Top 10 Most Inspiring Women 2016

Donna Duffy

3E Marketing Solutions | CEO & Founder | Visit Website

Why We Chose Donna Duffy

“Here’s my biggest secret: I’ve never actually met Donna Duffy. Crazy, right?! However, I know a heck of a lot about her because she’s a bit of a local legend when it comes to marketing. (Okay, I also stalk her on social media.) I hear her name on everyone’s lips — and always positive things. I know she’s a marketing guru who offers boutique, personal attention to her clients. She’s a huge resource to Delaware. I can’t wait to meet her. Read on.”

Jane Clark, Co-Founder of BrandSwan

Donna Duffy

3E Marketing Solutions | CEO & Founder | Visit Website

The Story

Tell us how it all started. Why? What’s the story?

Out of my desire to build community and help others develop business potential, I organized and facilitated a weekly marketing mastermind group of small business owners that met in my home, around my kitchen table. We discussed marketing strategies and tips, as well as how to cross-promote participating businesses through joint venture projects. Understanding the importance of strategy and marketing as well as its challenges, from these humble beginnings, 3E Marketing Solutions was born!

Biggest Success

What is your biggest success so far?

The most pivotal change for me, was taking the business from the kitchen table at home, into an office in the City of Wilmington in 2013.

Biggest Challenge

What is the biggest challenge in your industry? What are you doing to deal with that?

Staying cutting edge with the ever changing digital world, is by far one the biggest challenges for the marketing industry. I am a ferocious reader and follow many of the top thought leaders in digital and new media marketing. Key to my manifesto is RLDT—Read-Learn-Do-Teach. My outreach to the community via my monthly complimentary Boost Your business series, enables me to impart to others, all that I am learning and absorbing.


What advice would you give to a business owner starting out in your industry that you wish you would have known going in?

Business owners are not intended to wear all hats. It is essential even in the early stage, to begin to develop a resources community to draw from and outsource to, those responsibilities that don’t align with your natural strengths.

Surprise Tidbit

What don’t most people realize about you or your company?

We are not strictly a marketing company. We are a boutique agency whose primary asset is the strategic approach that we take with each individual client. We create a strategic alignment with our clients to assist them with their growth and development. Before we do anything, we want to understand the WHY behind the what, so that we know the best way to proceed on their behalf.

Stay tuned for day 3!

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