We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Tanner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jill, what is the most important factor behind your success?
We “do work”. That’s our motto and what we live by at Clutch Media Works. We say what we mean, mean what we say, and always deliver. If we make a mistake, we own up to it and make it right. Success is defined by work ethic, in my opinion. If you truly put in the work, continue to learn new things, and always treat everyone with respect, you will be successful.


What should our readers know about your business?
Clutch Media Works acts as a full marketing department for small businesses in our area. We are “all-inclusive”, meaning we can take an idea or business and build it, design it, and market it. Sometimes it’s an event, making graphics and spreading the word, but usually, it’s about marketing a small business as a whole, making sure they are seen on every platform with consistent branding and information.

We have a strong team. My husband, Mark, is a self-taught graphic designer, former Marine and works on every project as if it were for his own business. Taylor Nyenhuis, our Director of Design and Media, has been at Clutch for six years. She has an incredible work ethic and is a major part of our success. Shelby Carrico, our Social Media Manager, graduated from Ole Miss earlier this year and took her first job with Clutch. She fits right in, as she understands the concept of “do work”.
You are only as good as the team you put in place.
We are most proud of the consistent work we provide. We always under-promise and over-deliver.
Getting where we are today wasn’t easy – it shouldn’t be. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Building relationships and becoming a company that people want to refer, takes time, patience, and constant networking.
The biggest and hardest lesson I’ve learned – Never work with a client who is unkind, makes you feel bad, or doesn’t have respect for you. Sure, business is business, but your well-being is more important than a paycheck. I’ll never forget when we were finally free of a client who had no respect for us, and the load that was immediately lifted off my shoulders. And the funny thing was that new clients came rolling in. It was like the Universe knew we were available.

We interview our potential clients now, making sure we are a good fit before beginning work. It’s really the only way to go.

What we want people to know is this: DO WORK. Do what you say you are going to do. Have a fire lit every morning that today you will accomplish what you need to accomplish to be successful.

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?
We visit Atlanta frequently. I love MetroFresh in Midtown. It’s my go-to spot for a healthy meal. My cousins took us on a stroll of the Atlanta BeltLine and it was fantastic, stopping at breweries along the way. I grew up going to the Fox Theater and highly recommend catching a show there. If you get a “wild hair”, head to the Clermont Lounge for a show like no other – located under Hotel Clermont, which is also fantastic. So much to do in Atlanta, it’s hard to only pick a few.

If you are ever down in South Walton, Florida, there are some great places to visit. North Beach Social is lots of fun for families – dine on the beach with your toes in the sand and watch the sunset, while the kids play with giant blocks and sand toys. Enjoy some of Chef Jim Shirley’s most famous dishes like Grits á Ya Ya. Make sure to catch a show at Emerald Coast Theatre Company – a local, professional theatre company with excellent programs! Pescado in Rosemary Beach offers an incredible view of the Gulf of Mexico – a must-visit restaurant. I highly recommend Cafe Thirty-A which offers incredible, consistent cuisine since 1995. Take a ride with Timberview Helicopters in Destin and stop for dinner at Boshamps on your way back.

Grayton Beach is my favorite beach. It’s genuine perfection – white sand, emerald water, and locals with permits can drive down to park on the sand – we love that part the most.

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?
Associate Professor of Marketing & Professional Sales at Kennesaw State University, Randy Stuart, really got me excited about marketing. At the time, as most college students probably feel, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. I was basically just good at talking. Ms. Stuart embraced that, instead of putting me down for it and really made it fun. With the Kennesaw Marketing Association, we traveled as a group to the British Isles, New Orleans, and had many more exciting learning adventures. Thanks to Ms. Stuart, I left with a passion for marketing that stayed with me forever.

Website: clutchmediaworks.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clutchmediaworks/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-tanner-86362673/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clutchmw/

Image Credits
Collis Thompson

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