Meet Karissa Skirmont

KarissaAtWordCampHello, I’m Karissa and I’ve created this page as a way for you to get to know me, my skills and expertise at a glance – without having to wade around the pages in my various websites.

A little about me…

I guide the technical magic so conscious entrepreneurs stay focused on their brilliance! I do this through WordPress websites, branding and strategic systems!
I started my business Kissa’s Kreations, when I was 21 in 2005 and now after 11 years, I STILL wouldn’t want to be doing anything else!

My strength is to be able to see the full picture AND each of the tiny pieces that make up the puzzle of an online business. I have a holistic approach utilizing a “right-and-left” brain balance and using emerging technologies to fully leverage time and resources.

I LOVE technology and set my clients mind at ease by coaching them through the steps  needed to build a strong, branded, online presence.

I’m based in Kansas City, Kansas USA (Central Time) and have worked with clients internationally, in countries including Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Canada and United Arab Emirates.

I’m an organizer for the Kansas City WordPress Meetup Community and annual WordCamp conference.

I love taking ‘personality tests’ to understand myself and others better. Here are my results across the various systems:

My Office. (Click to see larger)

My Office. (Click to see larger) As you can see I’m obsessed with “all-things-purple” and after meeting me, you won’t ever look at the color purple the same way.

 

What I Do

My Expert Specialties:
WordPress Multisite, Online Courses, Webinar Assistant & Data Management

Websites: WordPress website design & development, specialist in WordPress Multisite, online course development, domain name, email address & hosting management, website maintenance, basic search engine optimization (SEO), audio & video support, shopping cart setup & maintenance.

Graphic Design: Business, Personal & Event brand development, brand auditslogo design, social media branding & consulting, newsletter designs, photo editing & enhancement and PowerPoint slide presentations.

Print Design: Collateral materials (brochures, business cards, labels, letterhead, name badges, postcards etc.), Promotional materials (buttons, mugs, lanyards, shirts, stickers,  etc.), outdoor billboards and banners, advertising in print publications and more.

Marketing: Webinar setup and live assistance, internet & email marketing, autoresponders, social media management.

Data Management: Systematically organizing login & passwords, email management, contact management, computer file organization and more.

And More: Audio/conference call editing, video editing, computer support, online systems setup & structure, training & coaching on technology, and much more.

Software Systems: Adobe Creative Suite 6 (Illustrator, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver), Appointment systems (various), BaseCamp, Camtasia, Google Apps, Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word), Ning.com Social Network, SalesForce, Ulead Gif Animation, WebinarJam, WordPress (Plugins: Easy Digital Downloads, LearnDash, WishList Member, Woo Commerce and more. Themes: Genesis Theme Framework & Divi),  Xara Designer Pro, and many many more!

View my Virtual Biz Connect profile.

 

What I Stand For…

Honesty and integrity. I don’t subscribe to the high pressure, scammy, scarcity marketing tactics that are so prevalent.
Things done right! This means while perfection is not always possible, it will be pretty darn close. You can feel comfortable knowing that it’s in good hands.
Confidentiality. A high degree of professionalism and personal discretion. I guard the high level of access to accounts that I am given.
Efficiency. I have a strong desire to revolutionize, improve, maximize, optimize, grow, and make things run more efficiently.
Loyalty. I have my client’s interest at heart, sometimes even more than my own.
Ownership. I take my clients business’ and treat it as my own. I can’t help but grow to care so much for your success and become an ambassador and champion for it.

My Top 10 Values

1. Integrity (honesty of self and others)
2. Order (systems, organization, stratigic)
3. Challenge (learning and growth)
4. Efficiency (innovation)
5. Service (helping others)
6. Recognition
7. Excellence
8. Freedom
9. Creativity
10. Intimacy

My Passions

Open Source Marketing ConsultantI'm an organizer for WordPressKCI'm an organizer for WordCamp Kansas City

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My Personal Social Media Profiles & Pages

Karissa on Facebook Karissa on Twitter   

My Business, Kissa’s Kreations on Social Media

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What others have said about me…

MC Lessard

I feel like I've won at the lottery! As a result of hiring Karissa, I not only have a logo and website that truly reflect my essence but I also have a strategic foundation from which future versions, as well as my online presence, will continue to be developed. Karissa is like a holistic web practitioner if you will. While collaborating, she listened attentively, researched diligently, and kept her nose to the grindstone until I was satisfied. Karissa is one of few people-focused, service-driven, and results-centred technical professionals out there. I highly recommend her services.

MC Lessard ♥

Emotionologist {View Personal Brand portfolio | View WRAP Brand portfolio}

Jaitara Ashlie

"Before I found Karissa, I was planning to host my first webinar. I didn't have the time, nor was I interested in learning the technicalities of the platform. I knew trying to be both moderator and presenter would interfere with the power and impact of my presentation.

Karissa is a dream come true. Not only did she take control of all the techy details, she soothed me with her caring nature. I knew I could just relax on what I do best... presenting, as I left the rest up to her. The webinar was a great success. I didn't have to think about anything other than delivering my content. Karissa even knew to do things I didn't know needed to be done, insuring the communication between myself and the participants was smooth, elegant and professional. Working with Karissa is a joy. She is calm, grounded and a true professional, an expert in her field.

Now, I can't imagine doing a webinar without her. As I move forward preparing to create my new home study program from the webinar series we did, I have complete faith and knowing that Karissa will create everything necessary to systemize all the pieces of the puzzle together as we create a first class product. I especially love the passion Karissa has for her work. Creating systems and making the magic happen behind the scenes clearly excites her. It doesn't get better than that.

If you are considering hiring Karissa as your assistant for any of her offerings, do it! You will be happy with the results and you will feel at ease knowing that she’s got your back in ways you can't even imagine."

Jaitara Ashlie

International Speaker, Healer, Author, Coach and founder of www.SensualSage.com

Susan Kennedy

I can testify to Karissa's knowledge, ability to get things done quickly, ability to research a situation and way of communicating to me in a way I understand, and yes, even purple - started to make me smile! Want it done well and right, and better than you knew could be done, check this young lady out.

Susan Kennedy

Transformitive Career & Lifestyle Coach | www.SusanWKennedy.com

Rebecca Haden

We met Karissa at WordCamp Kansas City, and we admired the branding package she made for the conference so much that we asked her to make one for Haden Interactive. Our designers had already created our logo, website, and lots of graphics.

The process was very smooth and well organized. She set up a Google Doc with a form for us to fill out with things like our social media accounts, our fonts and hex codes (colors), our logo wardrobe, and so forth.

If you don’t know whether you have all those things or not, you’ll benefit from Karissa’s website/brand audit. Karissa caught some places where we were still using earlier versions of our graphics, pointed out some beautiful graphics that weren’t featured on our website at all, and caught some errors, too.

Karissa’s prices are very reasonable, and we will probably go back to her for future projects. If you’re at a DIY stage, you’ll find it useful to have a style guide ready when you bring in a web firm — and for yourself. Karissa gives sensible, gentle advice that a business thinking about branding should find useful (if you’re reading this, Karissa, I assure you that we are going to make those changes you suggested as soon as we get a chance). And we also found that looking at the PDF printouts together sparked some interesting new ideas for us.

Read our full review of the experience on http://www.hadeninteractive.com/trying-out-kissas-kreations/.

Rebecca Haden

Creative Director | www.HadenInteractive.com
{View Style Guide & Brand portfolio}

Karen & Bryan Green

Thanks, Karissa! Our success was due in no small part to all the branding and media work you did for us. Your work was everywhere at that Miche M-Power conference: on the purple shirts that our team proudly wore, on the Ask Me About My Purse buttons they all wore, and on the lanyards and nametags they all had. Well done, and thank you! You are definitely part of our success!!

Karen & Bryan Green

{View branding portfolio}

 

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