August 2020

Men Behind the Business: John Kautter

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

John Kautter
HHB marketing & web design
At only 25 years old, John Kautter is a young entrepreneur who has found success owning Bluffton’s highest rated marketing agency, HHB Connect. His sharp focus and passion for simplicity and beautiful designs has gotten him to the top of his field.

“Starting a successful company gives me a lot of pride, but what makes me happy and brings me fulfillment is my beautiful sons and wife,” he said. He believes that since work is going to fill a vast part of your life, the only way to be truly happy is to do exceptional work. The only way to do exceptional work is to love what you do.

For Kautter, being the president of HHB is what he loves. HHB Marketing & Web Design offers website design, graphic design, photography, videography, and branding. It is truly the one-stop shop in Bluffton for all marketing needs.

HHB has earned over $ 7 million in gross revenue for their clients in 2019 alone. With more than 60 five-star reviews on Google and a plethora of happy clients, HHB has achieved a great deal in only their third year in business. Located conveniently in the heart of Bluffton, at 12 A Palmetto Way, they are just down the street from the Bluffton Library.

Kautter’s favorite artist is Bob Dylan, and that influence can be seen in the rebellious, free-willed, and artistic team and company culture. He believes that innovations distinguish between a leader and a follower. “You have to be a leader of value; some people are not used to being in an environment where quality is expected,” he said.

His team describes him as a dedicated, hard worker who expects the highest quality for his clients. His drive and determination to succeed inspires them to create the best designs possible. Kautter is known for telling them “Marketing isn’t anything new. It’s the processes that make us different. Don’t focus on being better than the competition, focus on being different from them.”

Kautter has a collection of vintage computers at the office. He believes that having them around is a reminder of how far we’ve come and shows the complex beauty of timeless design. “Simple can be harder than complicated; you have to really work to get your mind clean to make it simple,” he said. He believes that the end result of design should be greater than the sum of its parts. He wants his legacy to be about the beautiful things he has created, and not his success.

12A Palmetto Way
Bluffton SC, 29910
(843) 471-0253

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