Markins Media Awarded “Best New Business” Pillar Award
This morning, at the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Economic Breakfast Markins Media was awarded the “Best New Business” Pillar Award. With our 2 year anniversary in business coming up this May we are truly honored to receive such a prestigious award from our local community! We would like to thank all the local businesses and non profits that have and continue to work with us through this journey! We are kicking it off with a bang and can’t wait to see what lies ahead!
Check out this great article that the University of New Hampshire Manchester wrote about Markins Media’s recognition.
UNH Manchester Alum Snags Best New Business Award
By Melanie Plenda
Friday, April 10, 2015
Mollie Markins’ mantra seems to be, “I can do that.”
After all, she had never worked in television but when the chance to intern at WMUR and Manchester Public Television came up, she thought, “I can do that.” When it came time to find work after college she was asked to do a promo video and though she only had a limited amount of experience, she said, “I can do that.” And when she was deciding whether she should start her own business at 23, she believed, “I can do that.”
And it’s that can do attitude and start up spirit that helped her video production company Markins Media earn a Business Pillar Award for Best New Business from the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. The award was given based on the company’s outstanding work in its industry and the community.
Markins will receive her award at a reception hosted during the Annual Economic Development Breakfast, Tuesday April 21 from 7:30 a.m.-10 am at Castleton Event Center in Windham.
Markins, a life-long resident of Salem, graduated from UNH Manchester in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and a Minor in English. Markins says she specifically chose UNH Manchester because of the variety of hands on video, audio, and editing classes offered.
“It was just a really great experience,” she says of her time at UNH Manchester. “The small class sizes were perfect for me. I really felt I was able to make a good connection with the teachers and faculty.”
And with their support and her own initiative, she was able to garner prestigious internships at WMUR and Manchester Public Television. She also had a chance to do some filming for the Manchester Food Co-Op while still in school.
“I really developed my passion for video production while I was working on these side projects during my four years at UNH Manchester,” she says.
After graduation, she had a big decision to make. She knew she wanted to work in the video prodcution field, that was a given. Yet, conventional wisdom would dictate that if she really wanted to do that, she’d have to move to New York or LA. But a funny thing happened while she was trying to decide: she kept getting work, right here in New Hampshire.
“It just finally occurred to me, I could start my own production company and I don’t have to go to LA to do it,” Markins says.
Since then, her business has grown almost solely by word of mouth. In the past two years, she has done work for the Timberland Community Band, KliQet, Cucina Aurora and the University of New Hampshire.
Her company even snagged a first place honor from the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce YouTube Video Awards for a video she created for the Home Health Foundation.
Markins says she prides herself on providing a quality of service to local residents, businesses, and non-profits that is not currently available.
“Over the years, as I’ve watched Salem grow as a town, I’ve met many of the local business owners and I noticed their greatest challenge in growing their company was keeping up with the latest and most effective method of advertising – Video,” she wrote in her nomination letter to the Salem Chamber. “The majority of video production companies are located as far as Boston, NY, and LA, charge costs that are unaffordable for most start-up and small businesses, and often leave their clients with a finished product that they are unsure of how to use effectively.
“I decided to take my passion for filmmaking and turn it into a business that is committed to the long-term success of not only our local companies but also our town as a whole. I would love to help Salem continue to grow into a profitable business community that new companies are eager to set up shop and develop the same pride to stay as I have.”
And her clients have taken notice of that spirit. Julie Weymouth, Founder and President, The Homeland Heroes Foundation, who has worked with Markins Media, commended Markins for understanding the importance of the work that HHF does.
“She has never wavered in her desire to do whatever we ask of her,” Weymouth wrote in her recommendation letter to the Salem Chamber.
She went on to say that as a fairly new entity, HHF not only needed to create a brand but also needed to present itself to the community in a professional manner.
“Because Mollie clearly understood those needs, and believed in our cause, without hesitation she stepped up to help us,” Weymouth wrote. “From creating promo videos, to taking photos, to coming to our fundraising events to collect video, Mollie has always said yes. In the world of nonprofits, it is not always easy to find individuals and or businesses that will remain by your side for the long-term.”
Markins is excited to continue growing her production company throughout the rest of new England and hopes to be working with international clients and offering destination wedding video packages in the next 2 years. You can find samples of her work at MarkinsMedia.com.
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Welcome to Markins Media!
Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out our new website! We are so excited to finally have it up and running!
If you scan through the pages you will quickly get a pretty good idea of what services we provide. But I wanted to give you all a little bit of a background about how Markins Media came to be and why.
When I graduated from UNH Manchester in the summer of 2013 with a bachelors degree in Communication Arts I desperately wanted to work for a production company making films. But after taking a trip out to California with my sister the previous summer I quickly realized California was not a place I could live. About a month before graduation I was in a panic along with many of my friends who also had not lined up a job. I needed money to start throwing at my student loans but I was weary of just accepting any job that would pay me more than minimum wage.
Over the previous year I had been helping a friend of mine start up his own electronics repair business (shameless plug – check out KliQet for all your gadget repair needs! (we also do all of their marketing if you are looking for samples of our design skills)) and just as I was about to put my dream on pause, because of my lack of income and overwhelming increasing interest gaining on my loans, he convinced me start my own production company here in Southern NH. I quickly realized that video production services was severely lacking in New Hampshire area and that I had the skills to fill that gap!
So I immediately started working on business cards and flyers and in the process of that stumbled across a friend of mine who was helping out with the newly forming Manchester Food Coop. He asked me if I could help them make a Kickstarter video. I agreed and so my first video was created!
Since that first video we have received all of our future clients from word of mouth and the Markins Media name seems to be finding itself in the spotlight of many local New Hampshire businesses. We have been lucky enough to work with some amazing companies including Merrimack Valley Hospice, The Palace Theatre, The Applewood Learning Center and most recently The University of New Hampshire!
I can’t believe Markins Media has grown so much in just one year and there are so many people to thank! (excuse my mini oscar-esque speech) I would like to extend a genuine THANK YOU to all of the businesses, non profits, and individuals who have given Markins Media a chance.
I would like to thank my friends who have supported me the whole way and have put up with me showing up late (or not at all) to events and get togethers because I was in the middle of a long edit.
And finally I would like to thank my family for their constant encouragement and praise after each and every completed video!
Markins Media would not be where it is today without all of your help!
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