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Weddings for Real

Jul 31, 2018

Jill Donovan came on the show today to talk about the growth of catering company Donovan's Dish, and her positive perspective in the face of overwhelming tragedy.
In March of 2016, Jill's husband, business partner, and the chef of the company, TJ Donovan, tragically passed away.  Jill was left with businesses to run and 3 young girls to raise. With the help of her amazing village surrounding her, Jill has not only survived but has continued to grow both personally and professionally.
Listen in, it's truly an inspiring story!
Jill Donovan
Episode 22 Guest Jill Donovan
TJ and Jill Donovan
TJ and Jill Donovan
Jill Donovan and her 3 girls
Jill Donovan and her 3 girls
Donovan's Take-Out Market. The first take-out market opened 4 days before TJ passed away in 2016.
Donovan's Dish on Social Media:
Instagram: @DonovansDish
Facebook: @DonovansDish
Jill's Beach on Social Media:
Instagram: @jillsbeach
Weddings for Real on Social Media:
Instagram: @weddingsforreal
Facebook: @weddingsforreal
twitter: @weddingsforreal

At the top of the show, Megan mentioned an online marketing seminar. It's at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on September 6th. Here are some of the details, and you can sign up at Eventbrite. We can't wait to see you there!

What you can expect from this intimate seminar:
An Insider’s Guide to Social Media Strategy & Etiquette, SEO Tips and Tricks, and Generating More Legit Inquiries!
The Social Media Strategy:
 Breaking down Instagram components and how to maximize use of them for your business
 How to build the right following and continue a steady growth of followers/future clients
 Social Media Vendor Etiquette and how this translates into real life referrals
 Best use of Instagram stories, polls, etc
 What to post, what not to post, and best times to post
 Tools and tips to streamline your Instagram posting
How are millennials finding their wedding vendors? What factors determine whether you get the job? Learn some easy best practices for attracting and communicating with the generation that is your biggest client base.
The SEO Component:
 Setting up/Refining your Google business page
 Online directory tips to improve your rankings
 Getting reviews (the formula Megan uses!)
 Titles, tags and descriptions and how these help or hurt your business rankings
 Writing SEO friendly and user friendly content for your site
 Image optimization tips

Sign up at Eventbrite. See you there!


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The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She's also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.