Hayden offers valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of being a founder and provides tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Founded in 2013 by CEO Hayden Merryn, HVH Media & Marketing developed a full-service modern marketing agency tailoring unique, customizable solutions that deliver accelerated measurable results.
Merryn's work in the marketing industry has been instrumental to many startups, turning them into seven-figure businesses. She is a true leader in making campaigns successful, and her creativity knows no bounds!
What motivated you to start your company?
I hit the ceiling in my career early on. That started to force me to feel like I'd have to shift roles to grow constantly. However, I also longed for entrepreneurship's uncapped and stimulating nature. This ultimately pushed me to leap into business for myself.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake when you first started? Then, can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Entrepreneurship is all about making mistakes and learning from them. The best thing about great entrepreneurs, they find ways to make mistakes work in their favor. I've had various things happen, unlike how I planned, and I've constantly rolled with the punches to have them lead to an even more significant result.
What do you have planned for the future?
More business, more diversification, and having all of it built on to create this robust ecosystem. I also hope to parlay this success into giving back. I am quietly someone who gives back regularly and often. I want to live life on my terms, see it all, feel it all, give my family and loved ones a beautiful life, and leave an indelible mark when I go.
What did you want to be as a 12-year-old?
I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer. I knew I was smart, an over-achiever, and I prided myself on climbing to the top of whatever my perception was. But no one teaches children that someone designs the logo on your juice box or creates an advertisement marketed directly to 12-year-old me.
I wish we spent more time showcasing real-world roles to our children so they can be inspired beyond the stereotypical career roles and feel they can invent a role to encompass who they are and what they love.
What is the most significant risk facing your company?
All business has risks. One of the most significant risks for a company like mine is scalability based on the caliber of people helping to do the work. When generational differences deplete the previous caliber, it tends to make labor more costly and less valuable for the cost.
How did you deal with that failure?
I choose to slow the rate while I scale so I don't compromise my integrity and can hire the right people to help scale my vision.
Who is your favorite entrepreneur?
Whitney Wolfe-Herd, Grant Cardone, Elon Musk, and Sara Blakey are some of my favorites. All for different reasons. Honestly, I admire any entrepreneur who takes a risk and bets on themselves.
What is missing for Arizona entrepreneurs to succeed?
I don't feel disadvantaged by any means. On the contrary, Arizona has been good to me! But I sometimes think that entrepreneurship has been over-glamorized and has caused the market to be full of self-proclaimed "entrepreneurs" who want to avoid having a schedule and doing work.
But entrepreneurship is more work than a 9-5 and requires much scheduling and organization. Entrepreneurship isn't the easy way out of working. It's just a trade-off to work those hours for yourself.
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