Hootville Communications (circa 1999) offers savvy media, marketing and communications training. We develop websites and PR campaigns. Journalist-turned-marketer Brett de Hoedt regularly speaks and emcees events. Hootville was founded with no business plan beyond straightforward world domination and the motto: Communications for good not evil. 400+ nonprofit clients later both the motto and the plan remain in tact today.


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This man needs Hootville. You do too.
As Australian media trainers we were so … impressed … by Ryutaro Nonomura’s impassioned press conference performance that we decided to make a 46 second video ad utilising the remarkable display. The basic premise: don’t leave media training until it is too late. For those of you not following Japanese... More »

Facebook’s retargetting means never saying goodbye.
We have all noticed the recent explosion in Facebook advertising. It’s all the rage for manufacturers of dental implants to manufacturers of marriages. If you need a primer why not read our previous posts? Of course nonprofits are using it too – to recruit, to solicit donations and to campaign.... More »

Brett talks climate change campaigning on ABC-TV
Before speaking about media to 500+ aspiring environmental campaigners at Al Gore’s Climate Reality event in Melbourne, media trainer Brett de Hoedt was interviewed on ABC-TV’s Weekend Breakfast. So how well does a media trainer perform on live television? Judge for yourself. Brett says it was a tricky interview: “The interview... More »

Al Gore almost meets Brett de Hoedt
Hootville’s Brett de Hoedt has been chosen to present at Climate Reality 2014, one of the environment movement’s major events for 2014, where he’ll share the bill with former U.S Vice President Al Gore. The Oscar-and-Nobel winning Harvard graduate and Apple board member will be in Melbourne to present An Inconvenient... More »

15 years celebration giveaway
Hootville tries to resist self-indulgent nostalgia but turning 15 is worth a toot of the horn. (And a giveaway detailed below – closes Friday July 4.) Our first client was the delightful multi-gold-medal winning Paralympian Priya Cooper in 1999. Brett scored a bagful of media coverage for Priya (she was... More »