WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
In a multiple-screen world where distraction reigns supreme, content is fast becoming the most valuable form of brand currency. Simply put, if you want your message to withstand a tsunami of hashtags, Snapchats and 140-character micro-messages, you’d better have a story worth sharing.
Southern Write works with brands across the globe to craft compelling, commercially-driven narratives, designed to connect with consumers, promote brand advocacy and boost your bottom line.
STOP, COLLABORATE AND LISTEN
Have you ever tried telling someone a story in this day and age? Between their WhatsApp messages, emails, Twitter feed and Tinder swiping you’ll be lucky if they register a tenth of what you’re saying. Today, the world’s great storytelling brands are the ones who construct their plots collaboratively, inviting the audience to be part of the process and to offer their own narrative input along the way.
We’ll help you to lay the foundations of your brand story, and then invite your audience to join in, crafting a layered, nuanced and inclusive arc that sparks talkability, promotes loyalty and drives business revenue.
Here are just some of the ways in which we get people talking
We’re a passionate, dedicated team of communication consultants, committed to building your brand and adding value to both your audience and your business. We don’t just spin yarns and make things sound pretty – we’re committed to doing what’s best for your brand, and to getting your customers both emotionally and financially invested in your enterprise.
Founder & Stategic Director
It took careers in PR, marketing, advertising and even chicken delivery for Rob to finally realise where his strengths lay in life. But, having explored the full spectrum of communicative disciplines from various perspectives, he eventually came to the conclusion that writing was perhaps his likeliest meal ticket. Since this revelation, Rob has gone on to carve out a niche as a specalised digital content provider, crafting consumer-friendly narratives designed to inspire, engage and drive bottom line.
A WordPress whizz and organiser extraordinaire, Louise brings a wealth of digital experience to the team, having spent the past few years co-ordinating global events for Automattic, one of the world’s largest online operations. Overseeing all things financial and logistical, Louise heads up the operations side of Southern Write – no easy feat considering the ever-shifting nature of the digital landscape – and turns chaos into calm with ease.
Brand Content Manager
Naturally creative & relentlessly likeable, Janine is the ultimate brand conduit, using her wealth of communicative skills to build strong connections between businesses & consumers. An explorer by nature, she’s inherently attracted to new and exciting challenges, making her a perfect fit for the ever-shifting world of digital. Janine enjoyed a successful stint in the PR industry before shifting her focus to the digital sphere, where she now channels her energy into creating dynamic visual and written content.
Brand Content Manager
A word enthusiast and style aficionado, Bongi has always had a love affair with reading and writing, cementing this with a BA degree in English and Communications. She has spent several years honing her skills as an Events Manager in the advertising field, with a valuable year-long PR stint in between.
Bongi has always had her finger firmly on the pulse of current affairs and pop culture, and brings vast industry expertise and an unfailing sense of pizzazz to the team.
Brand Content Manager
Inherently curious and intrinsically driven, Andrea has explored a wide spectrum of marketing endeavours over the course of her short but impressive career. Having graduated from the IMM Graduate School of Marketing with a Bachelor’s Degree in business, Andrea soon discovered a natural affinity for content creation. While she enjoys creative work, she can be a bit of a nerd and doesn’t shy away from numbers and spreadsheets.
Head of Paid Media
Heading up the paid media team, Alain boasts a wealth of digital experience, combining Google-certified smarts with his 7 years of online experience to ensure our social efforts get the attention they deserve. Having worked for some of the country’s biggest brands, Alain is equally equipped to drive traffic, boost brand awareness and deliver e-commerce conversions.
An experienced social media specialist and creative writer, Lisa’s career started in the newsroom before expanding into the ever-shifting digital universe. A skilled selfie taker, ardent chocaholic and dedicated mum, Lisa’s a jack-of-all-trades with a can-do attitude and a penchant for new challenges.
Community Manager & Visual Content
Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, Simon is a skilled photographer, wordsmith and social media savant who brings a breath of fresh country air to the team. Having graduated with distinction from Red & Yellow in Cape Town, Simon joined the team as an intern, and has since become a key member of the team, his diverse array of skills and unrelenting energy proving invaluable across the board.
“Ask Kim” has become an all-too-common default response in the Southern Write team. With a wealth of experience in both visual arts and account management, Kimberley is a veritable fountain of expertise, which, paired with her positive attitude, multi-tasking prowess and inability to back down from a challenge, makes her our go-to guru and someone we can’t imagine getting by without.
BUT DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Of course we’re going to tell you we’re great (it’d be weird not to, right?), but if you want to disregard all the preceding prose, we totally understand. To ensure you’re getting a well-balanced overview of who we are, we’ve rounded up a panel of clients to give us the full Idols treatment, and offer their uncensored, unedited views on who we are and what we do.
Southern Write have been integral to the success of our growth and are our trusted brand voice and content developer/advisor. In particular, our marketing efforts have paid off in the digital space, with some of the major social media channels approaching us to develop benchmark studies.
Rob is a wordsmith in the true sense of the word. Literally doing magic with words!
I can highly recommend him for any type of copywriting.
Southern Write has made such an impact to our digital activities, that I can’t imagine what we would have done without them. Rob and his team have always been willing to go the extra mile on all the projects and have shown such a huge amount of passion and commitment to our brand that we view them as part of our team.
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