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Louise has been writing about the media, marketing and advertising industry in South Africa for 20 years. She was Editor of; Editor-in-Chief of AdVantage magazine; edited The New Age newspaper weekly Media & Marketing Page; Editor of Marketing Mix magazine; Editor of Progressive Retailing magazine; and writes on the industry as a specialist columnist, trends commentator and speaker. She is currently a Contributing Editor to Fast Company SA; and is Publishing Editor
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Editor in Chief, Publisher, Journalism and writing, Content curation, Public speaking, Strategy and planning, B2B media, Sub Editing, Leadership skills


Masters in Commerce
Year completed:2008
Education level:Masters
Final year subjects:Strategy & Organisational Dynamics
Institution:University of KwaZulu Natal
Location:Durban, South Africa
National Diploma
Year completed:1987
Education level:Diploma
Final year subjects:Journalism & Political Science
Institution:Pretoria Technikon
Location:Pretoria, South Africa
[NewsMaker] Michelle Vahl

Michelle Vahl has been appointed NAB Sales Manager (Johannesburg). She oversees a team of 13 sales people across both NAB and Habari Media...

By Louise Marsland 1 Jul 2015 11:26

Somewhere over the rainbow...

The kaleidoscope of colour that greeted the US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality on Friday, was significant for many reasons, not least, as a case study for brands following key news events...

By Louise Marsland 29 Jun 2015 14:05

[TrendTalk] Cannes, sex and Donald Trump

What did we laugh at before internet cats and other memes? For a fun month-end, school holidays Friday, here's what went viral this week: no cats, but there is sex and Donald Trump, although not in the same room...

By Louise Marsland 26 Jun 2015 11:34

[NewsMaker] Talib Sadik

Talib Sadik was recently appointed MD of Mediamark, the specialist media solutions company owned by both Kagiso Media and Lagardere Active Radio International...

By Louise Marsland 24 Jun 2015 10:10

[TrendTalk] A fashionable future

Our clothes as well as our food will in all likelihood be grown in labs in the future. The latest fashion trend, bio-fashion, uses the living cultures of micro-organisms such as yeast, fungi and algae to produce fabric, reports Native VML...

By Louise Marsland 22 Jun 2015 10:59

[NewsMaker] Deshendri Smit

Deshendri Smit has been promoted to Executive: Sales & Marketing of Primedia Unlimited's Mall Division: Primall Media and MallWorx...

By Louise Marsland 17 Jun 2015 11:47

[NewsMaker] Monica van der Spuy

Gauteng Bureau Head of marcusbrewster, Monica van der Spuy, has been promoted to Business Director, taking on a larger strategic management and development role across the business...

By Louise Marsland 11 Jun 2015 10:39

[TrendTalk] Dealing with rapid change

Are you fully aware of the momentous change that is predicted in only the next five to 10 years and do you know how your industry will be affected by the top trends?...

By Louise Marsland 1 Jun 2015 13:56

[NewsMaker] Nandini Parshotam

Nandini Parshotam has recently been appointed Editor of MamaMagic Milestones magazine and is also the Communications Manager of Exposure Marketing...

By Louise Marsland 27 May 2015 07:58

[NewsMaker] Shauna Carter

Shauna Carter has just taken up the position of National Sales Director for MaxAxion. Carter is the former regional head of sales at Mxit. She joined Mxit in 2008 as account manager...

By Louise Marsland 20 May 2015 07:41

[TrendTalk] The retail experience trend

Shopping trends herald the return of the 'mall rat' and more interactive retail shopping experiences to revitalise the tired mall shopping environment...

By Louise Marsland 15 May 2015 09:43

[NewsMaker] Lou Boxall-Davies

Lou Boxall-Davies has been appointed as chief strategy officer (CSO) of Havas Village South Africa. She will be responsible for strategy for Havas brands in South Africa...

By Louise Marsland 13 May 2015 08:19

[TrendTalk] Can brands unlock the sharing economy?

Can current business models unlock opportunities within 'the sharing economy', which is a real threat to businesses within the industries in which sharing models are gaining favour...?

By Louise Marsland 11 May 2015 07:16

[TrendTalk] Great ads in play

This has been such an interesting year for advertising already as branded content, social advertising and storytelling take the lead in branding, resulting in new advertising concepts and ideas...

By Louise Marsland 4 May 2015 06:54

[TrendTalk] Why influence marketing has huge impact

Influencer marketing has seen explosive growth in the last couple of years and is becoming a dominant practice in marketing communications...

By Louise Marsland 24 Apr 2015 11:59

[NewsMaker] Deshnee Subramany

With the launch of Kagiso Digital's online news portal aimed predominantly at the millennial generation, Deshnee Subramany has been appointed editor of NOW...

By Louise Marsland 22 Apr 2015 09:32

[TrendTalk] How to be a sustainable brand

Brands that invest in sustainability programmes ensure their own sustainability. It is as simple as that...

By Louise Marsland 17 Apr 2015 14:39

[NewsMaker] Gavin Rooke

It's rare these days that new agencies are launched, but veteran marketer Gavin Rooke has launched The New Order, an agency designed for innovation, which intends to lead change in marketing...

By Louise Marsland 15 Apr 2015 14:47

[TrendTalk] Branding for good

There is no doubt the tide has turned in marketing, with products and campaigns from big brands working hard at providing solutions to societal problems...

By Louise Marsland 13 Apr 2015 09:46

[NewsMaker] Scott Cundill

Marketing technology is one of the fastest growing areas of high tech today and South African internet communication company, Majestic Interactive, is expanding to Europe to market its software solutions...

By Louise Marsland 1 Apr 2015 08:47

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