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Over 30 years experience in the creation, connection and activation of innovative ecosystems...

Experience Profile

Consulting
Integrated Marketing Communications

Marketing

  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • Brand Strategist + Manager
  • Accounts Director
  • Creative Director
  • Campaign + Project Manager

 

PREVIOUS WORK:

All clients mentioned in the PR section also contracted me for IMC as PR and IMC are so inter related.

Public Relations

Public Relations

  • PR Manager
  • Int + Ext Communications Manager
  • Account Director
  • Relationships Manager
  • Customer Experience Strategist

Media

  • Media Relations Manager
  • Digital + Social Media Manager
  • New Media Coordinator
  • Media Training Specialist (Leadership)
  • Media + Influencer Campaign Management

Events

  • Events Director + Producer
  • Events Manager
  • Creative Director - Brand Experience
  • Event Communications Manager
  • Event Program Coordinator

 

PREVIOUS WORK:

I had plenty of clients over the years but the most recent or prominent companies I had contracts with were…

BMW Motorrad, Anglo Platinum, Nissan Sub Saharan Africa division, Vuma Reputation Management for whom I did various PR jobs, and Take Note, reputation management who had clients in the tourism and travel industry.

For Nissan I did Corporate PR in SSA region working with their vehicle distributors in various African countries. Apart from all other PR functions I did counselling management at all levels in the organisation with regards to policy decisions, courses of action and communication, taking into account public ramifications and the organisation’s social or citizenship responsibilities. And several VIP Luxury events launching new products like the Nissan Patrol in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda and other vehicles in Mozambique and Uganda.


For Anglo Platinum working on their project Alchemy it was more about strategising, researching, conducting and evaluating, on a continuing basis, programs of action and communication to achieve the informed public understanding necessary to the success of the organisation’s aims with Alchemy. Planning and implementing efforts to influence or change public opinion.

 

For BMW Motorrad I was involved in various lifestyle projects organising launch and VIP travel events, GS Trophy, and Country Trax  their off-road Academy.

 

For Vuma, I did PR for all of their clients which included mining, telecommunications, IT, universities and other educational entities.

 

Take Note has clients in the tourism industry for which I did a lot of press releases.

 

Responsibilities often involved:

  • Planning, developing and implementing pr, communication and marketing strategies
  • Communicating with colleagues and key spokespeople
  • Liaising with, and answering enquiries from media, individuals and other organisations, often via telephone and email
  • Researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media
    collating and analysing media coverage
  • Writing and editing in-house magazines, case studies, speeches, articles and annual reports
  • Preparing and supervising the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail leaflets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programmes
  • Devising and coordinating interview and photo opportunities
  • Organising events including press conferences, exhibitions, open days and press tours
  • Maintaining and updating information on the organisation's website
  • Managing and updating information and engaging with users on social media sites
  • Sourcing and managing speaking and sponsorship opportunities
  • Commissioning market research
  • Fostering community relations through events such as open days and through involvement in community initiatives
  • Managing the PR aspect of a potential crisis situation
  • Manage a company’s reputation

 

References

Motorcare (Kjaer group) Nissan authorised distributor and dealer in Uganda and Mozambique) Lilian Wasserfall:

L.Wasserfall@kjaergroup.co.za

This is what she had to say: “Rizel had been a tremendous help in launching the new Nissan Sentra in Uganda, Xtrail and Qashqai in Mozambique. She helped with media liaison and workshop, events management and several other PR functions. I can recommend her to anyone - her work is thorough and very comprehensive.”

Content Direction| Production

Content

  • Content Strategist + Director
  • Content Development Manager
  • Film + Video Producer
  • Custom Publishing Manager
  • SEO Copywriter

 

PREVIOUS:

Mindvalley

Had a contract with Mindvalley.com for a year doing remote, copywriting work for their blog, and social mediums while I was travelling.

Did SEO copywriting, that includes blog posts, social media snippets and advertising copy, google adwords and email marketing copy. Should you need examples let me know.

 

References: Reporting to Vadim Vink - you can reach him on: vadim@mindvalley.com

This is what he had to say: “Rizel has a brilliant mind and her articles always a great read and source of inspiration or interesting, thought provoking concepts. She did a lot of SEO marketing copywriting for Mindvalley and delivered clear, influential copy that drove lead generations to high levels of engagement on all our platforms. She always bring new ideas and creative strategies to the table. Since she worked remotely, she has discipline to work on her own, always meet deadlines and never missed an online conference meeting even in wide time-zone differences. She is highly recommended.”

Journalism

Journalism

  • Editor (Content Planning)
  • Investigative (Issues)
  • Interpretative (Business)
  • Writer (Business + Culture + Lifestyle)
  • Researcher

 

As a Freelancer Had Published Article Placements In These SA Newspapers:
South African: Caxton, Natal Witness, Witness Weekend, Pretoria News, Sunday Times Lifestyle, Star (IOL Travel), Africa Independent (IOL) Abroad: LA Times, Boston Global

Consumer Magazines:
Automotive Industry: Speed and Sound, Two Wheels, SA 4×4, Leisure Wheels, Bikers Lifestyle, Bike SA, Marie Claire, True Love, Beautiful Brides, Baby Gro, Waiting Room, Restless Me, Transitions Abroad, International Living, Marco Polo, GoNomad, Travel and leisure, Travel Africa

Trade Magazines:
CapeMedia Publications: Leadership, Opportunity, Achiever, Energy Forecast, Mining Prospectus, Ubuntu, Explore, Leaders in Wellness, Blue Chip, Black Business Quarterly (BBQ), Harvest SA, Sport, Road Ahead,  Project Manager, Service

Inflight Magazines:
Khulula, Sawobona, Mango Juice

Online streaming broadcasting:
Broadcast interviews; Business Network Radio, Alive to Green, Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention, SMME Opportunity Roadshows, Clean Business International, Skills Development Summit, BBQ Awards

Achievements

Cover story in Achiever - On Arnoux Mare - 2018

Cover stories in Leadership x 8 over the years - One example of a cover story was this one which also appeared in print and online...
Nominated for Ubuntu Tubbies Award for article on Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma UN Chairperson (Leadership mag)

Recommendations:

“Rizél Delano has been assisting Cape Media Corporation, in particular Leadership magazine on a freelance basis. She is one of the best writers we have worked with in the industry and always willing to help, no matter how big or small the job. Rizél's attention to detail is magnificent. We highly recommend her for any project.” Client Liaison Officer - Cape Media - lizel@capemedia.co.za

 

These two editors below left but this is what they had to say before:

 

“Rizel Delano is one of my regular contributors for both my publications: Opportunity and Ubuntu. Throughout the years she delivered exceptional written content, well researched and always delivered on time. I can recommend her for anything as she is always willing to partake in any project.” – Tracee Harvard – Editor: Cape Media Publications

“Rizel is a well versed and experienced writer. She has written countless articles for Leadership with around five of them reaching cover status. If I look for a writer to interview a CEO, I always think of Rizel first.” – Lindsay King – Editor: Leadership Magazine

Some published work...
See a list of all published work here…

Top Skills
  • Strategist
  • Organised
  • Design Thinker  (+ visionary thinking)
  • Analytical  (+ synthesis skills)
  • Creative
  • Logic reasoning
  • Instant decision making
  • Proactively manage expectations
  • Activator + Achiever
  • Interactive storytelling
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Influence opinion and behaviour
  • Accomplished writer
  • Highly curious and exploratory
  • Handle new, uncertain, unexpected, threatening or complex situations quite well
  • Can formulate any single problem in a highly diverse range of ways, and can generate a large number of solutions.
Top Technical Skills
  • PM + Team Collaboration: Atlassian, Jira, Asana, Trello, Slack, Flock, Loom, Appear, Skype, Join.me, RingCentral
  • Processing: Windows, Apple Mac, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Box, Dropbox
  • Design: WordPress (website), Adobe Photoshop (graphic), Illustrator
  • Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro, After effects, Audition, Frame.io (cloud editing)
  • Database: File Management, Email Management, CRM (Customer Relations Management), CMS (Content Management Systems)
  • Presentation: Google Slides, Powerpoint