We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
To be resilient. For almost every job I’ve had since I started working at 14, I taught myself to make a way out of no way. It’s helped me in my career to excel over other candidates, and it’s also helped me in life to get out of a lot of sticky situations. Resilience is not just about recovery, but it’s about the plan—the ability to adapt without instruction. Many people don’t have that, and I’m glad to have been born with such a fantastic attribute.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Christian Taylor Marketing (CTM) helps established businesses create dynamic branding kits, set realistic marketing goals, and define their target market through an automized marketing plan. We specialize in social media marketing, ad campaigns, and website design. We’re proud to say that as a woman-owned and black-owned business, 80% of our customer base is also woman-owned and black-owned. Now, that’s a whole lot of black girl magic.
Although our company has only been in business for less than a year (1 year on Sept. 1st, 2021), we’ve reached great heights. We started our business during a pandemic and have been able to thrive throughout, teaching other business owners methods to stay relevant and reach new sources of income.
See, we don’t just want to assist people with marketing; we want to educate them. It is one of our missions to teach small business owners marketing tools and techniques so that they too can become pandemic-proof businesses that will survive on their own if they ever needed to cut back.
We’d instead teach a man to fish than to give them a fish. The concept doesn’t mean that we are GIVING away our processes, but that you become a mentor when you teach. A mentor then becomes a part of this person’s life because they will always come to you for advice and guidance. This bond helps us to create dynamic relationships and long-lasting connections with our clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
What I love about Atlanta is that it’s always something new and exciting to do here. It never feels like the same place ever, but here are a few of the places I really like to go to and things I like to do in the city.
My ideal day would be starting our morning at The Gathering Spot for a complimentary breakfast. We can spend our time writing out our goals and discuss future plans. We could possibly stay there until lunch and chat with other members at the bar, and leave around the afternoon and go to my favorite vegan spot, Tassilis Raw Realty. We can also get ice cream and walk the beltline before the sun goes down.
Other notable restaurants:
Hodge Podge in EAV try the veggie patties and coffee
Thumbs Up Diner
Slutty Vegan – I get the Sloppy Toppy
Ponce City Market restaurants
Boxcar at Hop City
Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar
Thai & Sushi
The Juicy Crab
From The Earth Herb Shop
Places to go:
Atlanta Beltline – Our favorites are Ponce City Market entrance and the West End
Little 5 Points
The Farmers Market
Goat City Plant Design
Ponce City Market
Revel Night Club
Just about any rooftop in Atlanta
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could not have made it this far without the support of my family, friends, mentors, and my husband, Robert. Without them, I would be nothing. It would be remiss of me to name out every single person that has made an impact on my life, but here’s a shortlist that most likely won’t ruffle any feathers: My amazing husband (Robert Taylor), my mom (Stacy Stewart), my best friend and mentor (Samara Daise), my father (Howard Johnson), my marketing mentor (David Cooper), and my grandparents (Joel & Willie Washington). These have been people who have prayed with me, for me, and pushed me to be the rockstar I am today.
Kurt Holder, @iskinnylove