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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Brett’s on the radio. Tune in anytime.
You can hear a little or a lot of Brett’s new radio show. No podcasting required. Just browse and click and listen. For those in Melbourne who like their Hootville live tune in Saturday’s 10 to noon on 1377am MyMP. Ol’ fashioned radio or MyMP digital.... More »

Speak Savvy the Zimmerman way
Brett’s back on radio and his interview with executive director of the Australian Retailers Association Richard Zimmerman holds some tips for anyone who finds themselves in front of a microphone. Richard is an old hand and showed it from the minute Brett made contact the night before. He called from... More »

New funding platform
Media Release February 2015 JOIN THE CROWD AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST HOMELESSNESS StreetSmart  launches crowdfunding platform to secure grassroots projects Melbourne based not-for-profit, StreetSmart Australia, is branching out from its DineSmart and CafeSmart fundraising events to launch an online crowdfunding platform and boost support for community organisations. Adam Robinson, the... More »

Great pitch leads to media hit
Within hours of last week’s Lowdown announcing Brett’s return to radio we received this snappy pitch which had the right tone, topic and timing. New shows, in any medium, are more open to suggestion.  And this positive, pithy pitch fills the quirk quotient. Kudos Lisa. Dear Brett, I see from... More »

Seeking an intern: meet Victor
Victor Mims is a fine young chap who worked for Hootville some time back. He’s looking for an internship. We recommend him. Interested in exploiting his goodwill and hope for the future?  Read on: My name is Victor Mims and I am currently completing my final year of a bachelor... More »