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Decibel is a boutique brand, marketing and communications agency based in Sacramento, CA, with writers, designers and other experts from coast to coast.

Our experience spans for- and non-profit; B2B, B2C and D2C; medical/healthcare, foundations, museums, bars, footwear, accessories and more. 

We specialize in integrated campaigns combining digital and traditional media and events, enticing your audience with inspiring, captivating experiences that result in higher engagement, increased acquisition, greater retention and a fatter bottom line.

We believe humor is important for well-being and making genuine connections (when appropriate, of course).

We believe in equality, ethics, truth, transparency and fairness.

the team


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Karen Cristello, MBA, CTSM

Launching Decibel was a no-brainer for Karen. She's been enamored with writing and marketing since she was a wee tot. In ninth grade, she designed her debut campaign for Tasty Bugs cereal—a meticulously branded extravaganza with a cockroach-embellished box, TV commercial, radio ad and print ad. 

She's come a long way, with more than 20 years of broad experience creating PR, promotions, advertising, event and marketing campaigns for nightclubs and Dr. Martens footwear in Portland and at medical associations, a foundation, a museum and a public service program in San Francisco. (Plus sales in NYC and teaching English in Japan!)


One of her greatest delights was serving on a team that completely rebranded the American Academy of Ophthalmology and won a finalist award for rebrand/relaunch strategy of the year—competing with the likes of renowned agencies Saatchi, Mondelez International and Leo Burnett; and brands such as Iceland, FujiFilm and Oreo.

Karen holds a Master's of Business Administration degree, a bachelor's degree in English literature/professional writing, a Certified Trade Show (and events) Marketer certification, and a PR/Advertising/Marketing certificate from the American Medical Writers Association. Her MBA capstone was a comprehensive, strategic marketing plan for Gekkeikan Sake USA (Folsom, CA). 

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