We think and work big by drawing on the skills of exceptionally good partners.

At Desire Path we offer full-service marketing without the full-on agency price tag. After laying down the right strategy for your project, we will bring together an expert team to execute the plan. This approach gives us the chance to draw on some of the best marketing thinkers in the business while keeping things affordable for you. 

Don't see the particular marketing service you're looking for? Ask us. Chances are good that we can find you the right resource.

  • Web design and development

  • Graphic design

  • Video production

  • Photography

  • E-mail marketing and news

  • Printing and production

  • Media relations

Get started now. Request a free consultation on any project. 



We care deeply about style, efficiency and creativity, but we believe respect is the value that drives all great marketing.

To us, respect means never wasting people’s time or underestimating their intelligence.

It means choosing communications channels with care so the right followers will find you naturally.

It means sharing your story without bragging or shouting, knowing that a warm invitation is always more effective.

When you embrace respect, people notice. They find your website easy to navigate, enlightening to read and packed with great insights and offers. They smile when they see your blog and social media posts -- because what you’ve shared truly resonates with them.

Respect is the best way we know to turn people into clients, allies, donors and supporters.


Ready to talk about your current project? Ask us anything -- we are here to help.


More about us

Portraits by Marc Hauser


Patrick O'Brien

My path in work and life looks a lot like my favorite bike route. I’ve owned a restaurant. Produced training videos and educational seminars. Translated complex business procedures into step-by-step guides for bankers, sales reps and insurance underwriters. Written on subjects as diverse as the chemistry of concrete and the intricacies of CDOs.

At every turn I looked for the excitement and value inside what we were doing and sought to share it with the people who would benefit most. You could say that’s a natural route to a career in marketing. 

I love helping clients improve their marketing thinking and tools. Most often, this starts with their websites but it can begin anywhere. We’ve been hired to work on videos or printed pieces, only to find the most pressing need was actually a new strategy or core messaging. In our view, the point of entry doesn’t matter. It’s where we go together that makes a measurable difference.



Betsey O'Brien

My career began in journalism school but quickly carried me into other fields. For decades I worked to fuel the growth of large and small businesses, honing my skills as a strategist and storyteller. Then life offered me the chance to focus on what I care about most — the field of mental health.

Today I work with stakeholders throughout the mental health system to reduce stigma, offer education and advance programs that will transform the way we view and treat mental health conditions. I am proud to serve large nonprofit organizations as well as local care centers and individual therapists.

No matter what we’re working on together, the goal is to provide a clear, compassionate view of those dealing with mental health challenges and affirm that recovery is possible. Every service I provide – from speechwriting to blogging to op-ed planning, web content and more – comes from a deep personal commitment to improve mental health care at all levels.

 What can we do for your organization? Ask us for a free review of any project you have in the works.

Some of our earliest clients were construction companies. Following them, we learned a lot about architecture and landscape design. The term “desire path” comes from what they taught us. Designers of outdoor environments use these words to describe the rough trails that lead away from established routes, showing where people prefer to walk or ride.

That sounded like marketing intelligence to us. If you want to know where a group of people are headed, just watch their footsteps.

We also believe that true leaders are also willing to follow. Our clients are open to insights which, like the “goat paths” in a landscape, show where clients, partners and donors want to go. Knowing this can help any organization align its strengths with the needs of its key constituents – a powerful first step toward even greater success.

How can we help you reach your goals? A free consultation is a great place to start.