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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Founder, Publisher, Editor, Content Curator, Writer, Researcher, Columnist, Thought Leader, Influencer, Speaker, Strategy, Networking, Marketing.


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] Justin Bonello

Justin Bonello, Cooked in Africa Films creative director and partner, is celebrating, along with executive producer and managing partner, Peter Gird, the success of the company's Ultimate Braai Master series...

By Louise Marsland 26 Nov 2015 07:23

[TrendTalk] Dear Santa, I want...

There are 34 sleeps until Christmas according to this Santa website and Bizcommunity has scoured the interwebs to bring you the most distinctive, trendiest Christmas gifts on offer this season...

By Louise Marsland 20 Nov 2015 09:51

[NewsMaker] Ashantha Thompson

Ashantha Thompson has been appointed as a non-executive director to House of Brave. The former CEO of Grid Worldwide Branding and Design will assist in growing the brand internalisation, content marketing and PR divisions...

By Louise Marsland 19 Nov 2015 11:43

[TrendTalk] Social solidarity in times of tragedy

The tragic events of the past few days, both in Paris and Beirut, have fuelled a debate about whose lives matter most on social media. Mainstream media has come in for this kind of criticism many times...

By Louise Marsland 16 Nov 2015 10:40

[TrendTalk] Amazon's new 'billboard' book store

Amazon just opened its first book store in Seattle stocked with books at the same discounted price as on its website. Is this a new disruption for the book publishing industry or just a giant interactive billboard for Amazon..?

By Louise Marsland 6 Nov 2015 11:12

[NewsMaker] Riaan Wolmarans

Riaan Wolmarans has returned to the Times Media stable after a couple of years exploring the world of advertising, as TML's Head of Audience Development...

By Louise Marsland 5 Nov 2015 10:28

[TrendTalk] Bringing home the bacon

I learned something this week: people don't fear death, as long as there's bacon. Not since the New York Times put peas in its guacamole recipe or Professor Tim Noakes told us to eat more butter, has there been such an outcry over food...

By Louise Marsland 30 Oct 2015 11:03

[Communications] Current media view on PR

Six editors and senior journalists were polled to find out their views on current working relationships with the public relations industry, as well as what their needs are in a leaner, under-resourced media industry...

By Louise Marsland 28 Oct 2015 08:37

[Communications] Tips for crafting a PR career

Since we've pegged PR as a top career choice, we asked top communications professionals what advice they would give young public relations professionals entering the industry...

By Louise Marsland 28 Oct 2015 08:16

[Communications] Global communications trends

Changes in the media landscape have dramatically altered the practice of public relations and media relations. Finding and reporting the news is very different today...

By Louise Marsland 27 Oct 2015 09:42

[Communications] PR: the job for the decade

This is the time for PR to shine. There has never been a more challenging space, nor a time when public relations skills in earned media are critical in the content revolution sweeping the marketing communications industry globally...

By Louise Marsland 26 Oct 2015 15:09

[TrendTalk] The hashtag revolution

Social media, as we have noted in other revolutions globally, has been the catalyst in changing perceptions, providing witness accounts, and creating a groundswell of support...

By Louise Marsland 23 Oct 2015 14:01

[NewsMaker] Dominic Malan

Dominic Malan was appointed Group Managing Director for Carat sub-Saharan Africa from 1 September. Malan joined the group a year ago as Strategy and Client director for the Dentsu Aegis Network...

By Louise Marsland 21 Oct 2015 11:53

[TrendTalk] The emojis of language

We are becoming a more visual society and our 'language' is evolving to include visual representations like emoticons to show our feelings. But do emojis belong in official communications and in media?...

By Louise Marsland 16 Oct 2015 12:07

[NewsMaker] Thabisile Mbete

Thabisile Mbete has been appointed Content Editor at Primedia Broadcasting. She was previously the Executive Producer for the John Robbie Show on 702 and part of 702's management team...

By Louise Marsland 14 Oct 2015 10:57

[NewsMaker] Lesley Waterkeyn

Lesley Waterkeyn is the founder of Colourworks marketing agency. She has launched 'Over the Rainbow', a social enterprise aimed at empowering new South African entrepreneurs, with education specialist Sandy van Dyk...

By Louise Marsland 7 Oct 2015 10:35

EXCLUSIVE: Verashni Pillay new M&G Editor-in-Chief

The Mail & Guardian has appointed seasoned journalist, editor and digital strategist Verashni Pillay as its new Editor-in-Chief...

By Louise Marsland 5 Oct 2015 10:00

[TrendTalk] The Pope, The Donald and memes

In societal terms, memes are a cultural construct for the transmission of ideas. Social media has distilled memes down to a way of slaughtering holy cows and popularising a central theme or ideas...

By Louise Marsland 2 Oct 2015 11:11

[NewsMaker] Selvan Naidoo

Selvan Naidoo has been appointed CEO of Marketing2theMax, a marketing solutions company. He previously held senior positions in sales and marketing...

By Louise Marsland 30 Sep 2015 09:53

[TrendTalk] Mirror, mirror on the wall

One of the best things about living in this fast-changing new digital-enabled time of ours is the incredible new products being invented. One of my favourites is an intelligent mirror that can diagnose what's wrong with you...

By Louise Marsland 25 Sep 2015 12:50

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