GKS Consulting Solutions through insight

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Working both independently or in partnership with other marketing service providers, GKS Consulting supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and service-oriented businesses to build organizational focus and strong, responsive audiences. GKS delivers knowledge and solutions through insight that are smart, actionable and above all, measurable. Principal Gail Straus brings 40 years of experience in market research, brand identity and marketing plan development to growing organizations of all sizes.

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What others say.

I have known, worked for and with Gail Straus over the past 17 + years. Our company has worked with numerous research providers and without hesitation Gail has been by far the most effective, professional and pleasant of resources. Gail brings a keen, rational research process pared with extensive marketing experience. Her moderation skills are exceptional whether group or one-on-one.

— Rudy Magnani
President and Founder,
Magnani Continuum Marketing

Gail has exceeded our expectations by delivering work that is on schedule, insightful, and immediately applicable.The bottom line is that we could not have done it without her.
I highly recommend
Ms. Straus to you.

— Robert J. Willey, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Human Services

I have worked with numerous consultants over my 16 years at the helm of the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs and few have been as professional, creative, and understanding of our work as Gail Straus. She and her fellow consultant Mary O’Connell did a superb job in analyzing our shared housing program (Homesharing) and coming up with new ways of getting the word out to various target audiences. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

— Gail Schechter

Gail Straus, Principal


Led by Gail Straus, GKS Consulting works with organizations and businesses to achieve their objectives in audience or member development, brand advancement and strategic marketing. By integrating customer voice with wise internal perspectives, Gail works closely with clients to develop realistic solutions to a range of marketing challenges.

Working independently or in partnership with other marketing service providers, Gail has managed research and planning projects for many organizations. Her client list includes educational institutions from large public universities and small private colleges to independent schools, professional associations and nonprofit organizations. In addition, Gail has conducted marketing research for a diverse list of clients from the for-profit sector.

Qualitative research capabilities

As a “moderator for hire,” Gail Straus uses her listening skills to garner input on a host of topics with diverse audiences. Gail serves as a focus group moderator, in-depth interviewer (in-person, online or by telephone) and facilitator to bring customer voice to conversations regarding areas such as creative testing, brand perceptions, website usability or product development. Through objective qualitative research, clients eliminate assumptions about what customers, members or users want, how they define terms, or how they see themselves interacting with organizations.

For recent projects, Gail has generated insights for clients with audiences as diverse as high school counselors (The College Board and the University of Illinois Springfield), Medicare and Marketplace recipients (Molina Healthcare), expectant and new mothers (Medela breast pumps), graduate school alumni (Institute for Clinical Social Work), small business owners (McCullough Rossi Accounting) and pediatricians (American Academy of Pediatrics).

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