About Us

Delivering results for the last 15 Years

Our mission – to acquaint the client with one of the most powerful sales channels – the Internet world, the possibilities of which are truly endless!

Holst Media is small but vibrant, creative and focused agency operating in beautiful South Africa, in a coastal city south of the Transkei, East London.

Our aim is to bring professionalism and creativity to your brand, product or company through various channels.

Holst Media, founded in 2007 by Marcel van der Holst, started off mainly as a print, design and photographic agency, Holst Media quickly branched into the digital space launching some of the first CMS WordPress websites for Eastern Cape businesses. With a passion to see the local business succeed, the natural progression from design to marketing management, combining “creative with strategy” a new digital marketing era began.

A special interest in real estate, auctions and tourism hospitality has become the agency’s focus since 2016 assisting in both the marketing as well as the brokering of property deals in South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius and in Chicago USA.

Holst Media has worked with various local, national and international companies. Working on projects, involved in photographing major sporting events such as Ironman, Junior Hockey Africa Olympic Qualifiers and working for international publications such as the London Times, and Chicago Tribune.

Who Am I?

Digital Marketing Specialist | Founder
Nahoon | East London | South Africa

I am an all-in-one entrepreneur with a passion to see businesses grow! Homegrown in East London, South Africa - I LOVE LOCAL and the environment we find ourselves in!

I have extensive experience in dealing with a multitude of clients in various environments, locations and structures.

>>creating brands that leave an impression>>

EDUCATION + WORK EXPERIENCE

Qualifications
IMM Graduate School of Marketing
2014-2015
BBA MARKETING MANAGEMENT
Shaw Academy
2015-2016
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING DIPLOMA

 *Distinction

Shaw Academy
2015-2016
DIGITAL MARKETING DIPLOMA

Shaw Academy Email Marketing · SEO Analyst & Google Adwords Professional · Digital Marketing Strategy Diploma 2015-2016 *Distinction

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
2003-2005
GRAPHIC DESIGN + PHOTOGRAPHY NATIONAL DIPLOMA

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Diploma 2003-2005 *Distinction *Graphic Designer of the year - 2004, 2005 *Student of the Year - 2004, 2005

Stirling High School
1998-2002
HIGH SCHOOL, MATRIC

Hockey 1st, Squash 1st

WORK EXPERIENCE
Heritage Harbor Ottawa, Chicago USA
2017-Present
Digital Marketing Manager

Brand Development, Lead Generation, Website Development, Seo, Paid Advertising and Social Media Management. Consists of Real Estate Sales, Vacation Rental Management and managing the Events and Restuarant Departments. Based from South Africa

Thompson Property Specialists
2015 - Present
Property Broker / Digital Marketing Manager

Property Broker - mainly dealing with commercial and residential property across South Africa.
Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager for both Thompson Trading Auctioneers and Thompson Property Specialists

Auction Station
2017 - Present
Digital Marketing Specialist

Online auctioneering platform that handles the disposal of assets such as property, vehicles, marine, plant and wildlife. Driving traffic to convert to leads in order to achieve reserves for various auction events.

Holst Media
2007 - Present
Founder

Holst Media has been involved in various creative fields - design, photography, web, mobile apps, social media strategy and digital marketing management. Holst Media has operated since March 2007 and has been involved with launching startup companies, branded small business, managed government collateral as well as managed local & international brands in both the traditional and digital spheres.

Halcyon Financial Services
2015-2017
Marketing Manager
  • Brand development, web site traffic growth, web site management and advertising revenue.
  • Developed brand strategy and statistics systems.
  • Social Media Management
  • C.S.I Initiatives
  • Handling of sponsorships & events.
  • Strategic Consulting, including business plan & sales strategy development
Halcyon Properties
2016-2017
Real Estate Broker
  • Strategically established a real-estate division within the Halcyon Properties Group
  • Real-estate market analysis.
  • Property Valuation
  • Investment Property Broker.
  • Asset Management
  • Residential & Commercial Sales
  • Property Development

SKILLS

and Specialties
CORPORATE IDENTITY
Brand Management and Reputation Management
Graphic Design
Creative Direction
Brand Development and Implementation
Digital
Social Media Management
Analytics
Strategy
Web Development
Wordpress
Google Adwords
Facebook Ads
Digital Marketing
Lead Generation
Email and Mobile
Database Management
Onboarding and Targetting
Analytics and Conversion Optimisation
Photography and Media
Photography
Architectural Photography
Corporate
Events and Portraiture
Drone Videography and Aerial Photography
360 Degree Virtual Tours
Software
Adobe Creative Suite
Corel Suite
Wordpress
Mailchimp
Office Suite