Meet Danielle Does Marketing

Meet Danielle Does Marketing

Tell us about Danielle Does Marketing and why you started it. I am a one-woman creative marketing agency that helps small, local businesses become recognizable, trusted, and successful names in the community and beyond. After being a commercial photographer, working in the advertising realm for over 16 years, and being a marketing coordinator for an AI Saas startup, I’ve been on both sides and understand very well what pain points small business owners face. When I was laid off from my tech sector marking role in October of 2023, I decided I would no longer let my fate be decided by others and took the leap to go out on my own in marketing. As a third-generation entrepreneur, I’ve observed firsthand the challenges of establishing brand awareness and effectively marketing a business. I also understand that running a business often requires being a jack of all trades, which usually leads to being a master of none. I want to provide businesses with targeted help in the areas where they need it most so that they can concentrate on running their business. I firmly believe in the power of organic outreach and keeping things simple. You don’t need an elaborate, overly complicated plan. Organization, research, and a willingness to try something new can yield excellent results. Consistency is KEY.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? I have two that have stuck with me: “Start slow; start small”. Burnout is real, and dying stars shine the brightest before disappearing. Going 100 mph all day won’t advance you any faster, but being methodical, thoughtful, and calculating will. The other piece of advice I learned early in my photography career is, “not everyone wanting your services is a good fit” for your business. Just like potential customers weigh the pros and cons of working with a company, businesses must also assess if a client is a good fit for them. Some clients may want to work with you because your price is right but expect results you can’t deliver. It’s a two-way street; you’ll save yourself a lot of stress by trusting your instincts. You can’t be everything to everyone.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? Do I have to pick? When looking for a place to live here 9.5 years ago, I stumbled upon the Red Steps and thought, “Man, I would love to live close to these. How cool is this spot?” A week later, I found my apartment just one street over and felt it was fate. It makes the best “thinking spot.” I don’t do it enough, but I like sitting there with my earpods and listening to music to destress. The Red Steps offer such a nice view of the Harbor and Devereux Beach.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m an open book, for the most part, but for those who don’t know me personally, I was a musician and singer in another life. Although no longer religious, I sang on the praise and worship team at church from my teens to my mid-20s and played drums and piano in a few bands. I have several original recordings floating around the internet from years ago. My college plans were to go to school for music in Australia, but my dad was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer shortly before I was supposed to go, so I changed plans out of fear that I would face challenges coming home if anything happened to him. I made the right choice because he passed away just 2.5 years after his diagnosis. Thankfully, I was able to spend invaluable and precious time with him. During that time, I fell in love with photography while attempting to document the last years of his life. It led to a lifelong career in visual storytelling that I still never tire of. Ironically, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last February at the age of 40, playing music became medicine and soothed my anxiety in a way nothing else could. Having made a full recovery, I am eternally thankful for the powerful way music has and continues to impact my life.

Danielle Does Marketing
Danielle Wehunt
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