We had the good fortune of connecting with Deanna Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deanna, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
Both of our kids have language-based learning differences. We have taught them to embrace their differences. Carter and Reese understand the power of their brain working differently and that with that comes opportunity. They also know firsthand what it is like to struggle in certain areas and are very empathetic to other people’s unique personal challenges.
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?
I founded 705 Marketing 14 years ago when we wanted to focus on starting a family. Several things shaped my current career and goals. First and foremost my parents. My dad is a second generational entrepreneur and instilled in us a great work ethic and the power to create your own future. When you combine that with my mom who is the rock of our family and taught me the importance of being involved in your community and your children’s lives, being an entrepreneur is the best path for me and our family. I am the managing director of 705 Marketing, which specializes in brand development, social media, and PR for nonprofit, consumer, technology, and financial services clients. 705 Marketing’s nonprofit expertise comes from my passion for service to the Atlanta community and my desire to deliver strategic, creative, and measurable results that improve nonprofit mission delivery. I am proud of my 14-year successful track record with 705 Marketing and especially proud of the team’s ability to deliver world-class marketing to nonprofits that fit within their budgets. I love to see the great stories and impact on nonprofits highlighted. On March 15 as COVID quickly became a reality for parents I started a Facebook Group, Moms Making it Together for moms to share, support and smile through this next normal. It started as a group text with three of my besties, then a shared note with my Girl Scout Troop and then a FaceBook group. Today we are 10,000 moms across the US and a few international moms. This group of moms is a source of sharing, supporting and smiles! As our world has continued to change since early March this group has grown together and expanded our community to Instagram and a blog I like to think of them as the 10,000 best friend strangers I never knew I needed. The Moms Making it Together community is a place where I can use my marketing and life experiences as a mom to help others. The biggest challenges are balancing life as mom, wife, business owner and community volunteer. The biggest reward also comes from being my own boss in that I can be a part of my children’s lives and also play a very active role in our community.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If this was pre-COVID we would start the trip enjoying some of my favorite places in Dunwoody. I would first head to Village Burger for lunch. After lunch, we would enjoy a walk through Dunwoody Nature Center. We would finish with dinner at Vino Venue and amazing wine. Other days, we would enjoy running at Piedmont Park followed by breakfast and coffee at Metro Fresh. We would spend an afternoon with some retail therapy exploring Scott’s Antique Market. For an adult night out we would check out the latest show at The Fox Theater and drinks at The Lawernce. We would spend a day enjoying the Beltline and finish it with drinks and dinner at Ponce City Market and the view of the city from the rooftop. No trip to Atlanta would be complete without a meal and margarita at Taqueria Del Sol and some Jenni’s Ice Cream. With the kids, we would hit all of our favorite spots – The Georgia Aquarium, The Fernbank Museum, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens as well as exploring local hiking on the Chattahoochee Nature Trail.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am so thankful to the women of The Junior League of Atlanta for their support, encouragement, and positive example to my kids on how powerful women can support and lift each other up. Second, is my kitchen cabinet. My kitchen cabinet in the group of men and women who help me balance and navigate being a mom, wife, business owner, and community advocate. Finally, my husband Jim, and my two kids, Carter and Reese, are my biggest cheerleaders and an integral part of my success. I would not be able to commit time to community service without the support of Team Anderson.