Get more clients, donors, customers, supporters, students or influence with Hootville Communications. We deliver savvy media, marketing and communications training. We also develop websites and PR campaigns. Founder Brett de Hoedt is a journalist-turned-marketer who regularly speaks and emcees events. 600+ clients and rave reviews since 1999. Our motto: Communications for good not evil.

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Want media coverage? Think visually.
Whether or not your story idea results in media coverage depends on many factors: timing, talent, exclusivity, topicality and many others besides. This bizarre form on the left, a creation by Australian artist Paula Piccinini at the behest of Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission reminded us once again of the power... More »

Pre-workshop reading
So that you get the most benefit from our upcoming workshop I strongly recommend reading these posts before the big day New to Twitter? Read this then open an account and have a play. Follow some people, send a tweet or two. Search Twitter for a hashtag that interests you.... More »

Matt Clear could do with your help
  Matt Clear was a part of Hootville some years back working for clients in the fields of disability and mental health among others. Great guy – a calm, community minded, family man. He generously acknowledged my jokes. I was shocked to recently learn of his diagnosis of brain cancer. There... More »

Sorry to report, I was right.
There’s been enough post-election analysis to fill a basket designed for an alt-right convention worth of deplorables. I won’t add to it here except to say that nobody should be in the least bit surprised. Trump is a household name, endlessly interesting, confident as hell and promising action. Along with... More »

How to facilitate
How to emcee or facilitate a session The call comes unexpectedly. It’s the event organiser: “Would you mind facilitating a session at the upcoming event? No big deal. A few speakers, some intros, some Q&A. You know the deal. Cool?” “Sure. Why not.” Now what? A facilitators’ role is to... More »