Folio Online
Ranked Among Africa’s Largest Language Service Providers

The Folio Group has been working with Brainstorm for more than 10 years, during which time they have been involved in the design, building and launching of two Folio websites, numerous e-mail campaigns, countless image customisations and photo uploads. Other notable projects include our annual International Translation Day mailer, annual office party invite and the creation of various templates for special events and occasions throughout the year.

Though we maintain a cordial relationship with CEO William Gets, we mostly deal with Shannon Malinaric, whom we have always found to be friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. In fact, Folio considers Ms Malinaric as our go-to service provider for all our design and website building requirements.

We have no reservations recommending Brainstorm.

Victoria Soames Samek
Artistic & Executive Director of Samek Music

Brainstorm Marketing takes website planning, design and building to a whole new level. Unlike many website consultancy companies, Brainstorm Marketing do as their title indicates, they look at a new website in terms of its future marketing potential. This single and most crucial factor influences every stage of the process in the development of the website.

From the very beginning of the discussions related to my company Clarinet & Saxophone Classics, the major change of incorporating my activities as musician and professor into the newly branded Samek Music; a website that would reflect everything I do in a carefully balanced way.

Discussion, listening, his genuine care and guidance, always responding with patience to my endless questions during the many preliminary discussions with William Gets resulted in a website which I have never been so proud to promote. It has quite literally transformed my confidence in promoting all aspects of my business.

But the story does not end there. His supporting team and most particularly, Shannon Marlinaric have enabled me to get involved and have some control of uploading and editing pages. That I can for instance record, mix and then upload a podcast all on the same day is so rewarding and empowering.

The facilities available to maximise sales and bookings has ensured that I have a website fit for the 21s century. But the story does not end there. Brainstorm Marketing sees this as just the beginning. We are now working together to expand and promote Samek Music.

With the new state of the art features and facilities available for booking, buying and browsing has ensured that I have a website fit for the 21s century. With their ongoing involvement in helping and guiding in ways to promote the website confirms that their company is who they are and what they do – Brainstorm Marketing Agency.

Bharat Gorsia
Founder of Simultech IT
I appointed Brainstorm to revamp my website and I am delighted with the result! William and his team looked at my company with open eyes and helped to me to revamp my whole brand first, then my website. Working with them was amazing as they guided me through the process of rethinking my brand. They listened to me and reacted positively to my thoughts and what I wanted in the brand. My new brand is now shorter, punchy, easier to remember and I am pleased at how much I was able to have a role in creating it. This new brand was then built into my new website which is a concise reflection of who my company is and what we do. I can recommend William and his team without reservation.
Graham Brebner
Founder of Aquatiere
I was amazed at Brainstorm’s ability to transform my often random thoughts into actual working strategy and as a result, have seen our sales increase two fold in only 6 months! I thoroughly recommend Brainstorm Integrated Marketing to any business seeking the ultimate marketing solution.
Miles October
Founder of PS4L

I have had the pleasure of dealing with Shannon and the Brainstorm team since early 2009 already. Our different group companies have used them to design our logos, websites, flyers, brochures, business cards, adverts for magazines and monthly newsletters. Brainstorm have also adopted the NPO that I have founded as one of their CSI projects and have done lots of pro bono work as a way of helping us to promote sport in underprivileged areas around Cape Town. Its very hard to find someone who is is extremely talented technically and creative at the same time. Shannon is a rare example of that. She always meets deadlines and goes out of her way to help us out on our last minute requests. I would definitely recommend using Brainstorm as the marketing partner for your business.

Oona Alexander
Parenting Specialist

William’s input was invaluable at every stage in the development of my online course and its attendant publicity campaign. He was a master of every situation. His approach was thorough, creative and intelligent: Everything he set up looked beautiful and worked effectively. Furthermore, in the heat of the moment, when deadlines needed to be met, he was both fast and unflappable. You couldn’t wish for a better, nicer, more artistic technical wizard than William.

Michael Young
Artistic Director – BOH

“Will is responsible for the crucial internet marketing side of the new orchestra/experience we have created, crowdfunded and on Monday of this week, launched with our first event. We couldn’t have done it without him.

Rion Willard made the introduction between myself and Will as recently as November 2015. Right from our first Skype session, Will threw himself into getting as close to the concept as possible, drawing out the immediately attractive aspects of the project that I barely knew were there. Within a few days he had produced several ‘meme’ images, teaser pictures with text that illustrate a key part of what we’re up to. Critically he took what could be a complicated and serious subject (combining classical music and topical talk in intimate spaces) and made it light and intriguing, without dumbing it down. Along the way he came up with the half-Beethoven-head image which has become integral to our ‘PR’ (see above).

Will is a joy to work with and we found common ground very quickly, from humour to music to the pure joy of CSS! This was very necessary as we embarked on a Kickstarter campaign that ran over the Christmas period and necessitated regular media creation, updates and engagement with our potential backers. Several formats were involved, including facebook, twitter, email and YouTube. Thanks to Will’s creativity, drive and initiative, we made our Kickstarter target 2 days early. True to form, Will produced a wonderful GIF animation of a celebrating Beethoven!

Now that the launch is over Will got straight into action on his own accord, making the most of the feedback we’ve already got on Facebook and plans are already afoot for a new website and lead tracking system to take this to the next level.

Suffice to say, Will has my absolute strongest recommendation.”


Titch Blachford
Marketing – Holland Jachtbouw

“William Gets has managed our Social media campaign since Jan 2015. His duties include making sure that we have constant postings to our various social media platforms and achieving various goals.

For example, we had too many followers from the Netherlands on our Facebook page. Over time, William’s efforts have balanced out the membership to different countries. We are happy to confirm also that our followers and page likes on all our platforms have increased steadily.

Most important to us, William has put in great effort to learn our industry and has shown great understanding and perception into the delicacies of content in the yachting world and has been a great help in guiding and collaborating with us on how to respond to some of our more sensitive content.

William has demonstrated consistency, professionalism and creativity and I have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Guillermo Guzman
President – H2O International
I have worked with William for over ten years. During this time he has been very professional and has always put the needs of the client first. His work is of excellent quality and he delivers on time and on budget.”
Cristiano Bruschi
Therapy Space
“I was introduced to William when I was looking to improve my online presence for my business. We met on different occasions, initially he gave me a marketing training and then he built a new website for me. William was very patient and professional and always very generous with time. His contribution has been really beneficial to my business and I would not hesitate to recommend him to other people.”
Tony Marchesini
 H2O International SA (2015)

H2O International has employed the services of William Gets and his firm, Brainstorm Advertising for the last 11 years.

It has been an unbelievably pleasant and fruitful association. I found that they were very capable of managing and increasing the value of the H2O International brand in South Africa.

The team working on our account brought the necessary creativity and competence to the table. They always handled the tasks allocated with the necessary speed and accuracy.

Brainstorm continuously adapted to marketing and business trends and adjusted our advertising and marketing activities accordingly. Even before Internet marketing and mobile friendly websites where the norm, Brainstorm were investigating and implementing systems to capitalise on these changes as they came in. Brainstorm updated and redesigned our web site, helping us to achieve a very high ranking on most search engines for all of our product categories. Our web site has currently a Google score of 73% and bounce rate of 12%, which is excellent compared to most web sites that score around 50% with the bounce rate of over 50%.

It is with great pleasure to highly recommend William and his team to anyone looking for a dynamic, engaging and competent advertising agency.


Toni Marchesini
H2O International South Africa – (2009)
“I am very please to announce that our hits have doubled almost immediately and have stayed at that level and searches on most of the products on my product line are appearing within the top 3 of Google. My franchisees and I are thrilled with what they have done for the H2O brand. I have no problem recommending them to other businesses that might be in need of the service of a professional and creative agency.”
Rion Willard
The Thinking hand Studio
Williams ability in navigating you through the world of Internet marketing is outstanding. In a remarkably short period of time he was able to help me develop a well researched and effective marketing strategy that was able to be integrated into my current website and social media platforms. He also was able to give me the tools to manage my own email campaigns which are specifically targeted at cultivating the best kind of clients to help my business grow. Williams energy, passion and enthusiasm for his work is infectious and makes working him very enjoyable and highly productive.”
Ross Van Reenen

A brilliant mind and a natural flair for understanding immediately what the customer wants. As one of my top students William helped me position myself in the early years. I will never forget the incredible success we had with the slogan he created, “Put some wind in your sales” – with this beautiful little nifty sailboat with sails bellowing in the wind!!

The business I got for Ross van Reenen & Associates more than 20 years ago were incredible, simply because of that campaign.

William is a mastermind to visualise the desired outcome for his customers…

I have been relying on Williams skills in advertising, graphic design and web development for many years to make my business a huge success. When I recently acquired a multi-million insurance business, the first person I turned to for web development and design was…William Gets! And it turned out to be brilliant decision, again…

He puts a lot of effort in to get to know the product mix and the objectives of the company well before embarking on the task. William designed Ross van Reenen & Associates logo 20 years+ ago and currently he only upgraded the design slightly – still keeping with the original flow and message. A tribute of how far into the future this man thinks.

He is a very dedicated and hard worker, is incredibly innovative and insightful when setting up and managing marketing, advertising and brand campaigns. His skills in advertising, coupled with his insight in brand campaigns makes William a must for any company who needs to get money in the bank, and believe me, he knows how to get that right for the customer.

He is truly a pleasure to work with, and has outstanding communication skills (we finalised my website with him in London and me in Stilbaai, South Africa, over Screen share software!). A diligent and responsible professional to work with, William comes highly recommended, not only from me but also from other very successful businessmen.”


Ashley Smith
 Stag Music
We consulted William at Brainstorm Internet Marketing to help us begin planning our new website and to research and focus on the way in which our clients found us on the internet. We decided that a day to look into the way in which our clients found us, the path they took online through our website and the best way to arrange our new website launching this year was the best use of our time together.
William was extremely easy to work with and his knowledge and experience was clear to see throughout our marathon 12 hour day! I would have no concerns with recommending William & Brainstorm Internet Marketing to my contacts & clients and look forward to working with him again in the future!
Tamzon Woodley
“I would like to recommend William’s WordPress course. I don’t live in the UK and William kindly agreed to do the course online. With screenshare, we went  through the whole course while I sat at my desk in South Africa. The course has really helped me to understand WordPress and I am already in the process of building my own site. I was able to choose and install my own template and set it up from there. Being able to log into the course notes is very useful. William is patient, engaging and attentive and has great general knowledge of what can and can’t be done when building websites. I recommend that you do his course if you want to build your own website.”
Justin Belcher
“William and his team created our logo, marketing materials and website. The site is fully adaptive with a modern, fresh design that captured our ideas perfectly. William is very easy to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending him.”
Sean Honeywell
H2O International UK.
“H2O Int UK has been with brainstorm for the past 2 years, during which time we have implemented a great new initiative of free bolt on websites for all our dealers/distributors throughout the UK. The simple design and fantastic finished product has added profit to all affiliate businesses. Dealing with Brainstorm UK has given us a refreshing enthusiastic approach to modern marketing for growing our business in these tough economic times. Well done William Gets and Brainstorm UK!”
Adele Grosse
Owner, In Touch Parenting.
“I find Brainstorm to think out of the box. Their creative concepts are different and catchy. The personal contact and service is also nice and assuring.”
Nick Alterskye
Ecopure International.
“I have used Brainstorm to build and design our Ecopure Filters International website. William Gets has been outstanding in designing a fresh and easy-to-use website which sets us apart from other water treatment companies in the UK. Service is always prompt and he is open to ideas on how to promote our brand which is very important to us. Too many web guru’s I have dealt with in the past get offended or defensive when making suggestions which may offer an alternate solution. Brainstorm however are thoroughly professional, creative and open to ideas.Thanks for your excellent work Brainstorm Advertising Ltd”
Amanda Billimore
“Thank you! After attending your 1 day WordPress course, I feel fully equipped to build a functioning website with related graphic design. Being a ‘visual’ learner, it was fantastic to be able to learn in real time and experience you building a website live, which until your course I hadn’t realised could be done in just one day. I particularly have benefited from the very detailed online notes that we could access after the course, everything is in there so has been a great reference point for me. Thank you again, it was a great course which covered everything I need to know.”
Dan Winning
“William is a proven marketer who has continually embraced the emergence of new technologies and theories, this means that his company represents a ‘one stop shop’ marketing solution for large & small businesses alike. His willingness to invest time to understand your brand means that his strategic response is individually tailored to your business’s needs. I look forward to working with Will & his Team again in the future.”
Greer Wignall
“I attended William’s One Day WordPress Course and found it to be very beneficial. With already using WordPress as the platform for my website I was very interested in learning new tricks and how to improve the look and functionality of my site. William certainly didn’t disappoint, with helpful tips and info starting right from the very beginning of the day and continuing throughout the course. I had many questions, all of which were answered. The best thing about attending William’s course is the access he provides to his very comprehensive notes, detailing many functions of WordPress step by step – simply click, click, click, done. I highly recommend attending Williams course if you currently self manage your own website and want to make it look like it’s managed professionally.”
Zizi Hollander
General Manager, Soccer-Laduma.
“We highly recommend Brainstorm to anyone looking for a creative, passionate and knowledgeable team for a big marketing project like this. As with any major projects, things did go wrong but Brainstorm always sorted these out promptly and satisfactorily with very little stress to ourselves. The proof of excellence of this project was that the soccer-Laduma City of Goal event was listed as a finalist for the Loerie awards”
William Blackie
Director: head of corporate Finance, Standard Bank.
“We found Brainstorm to be very committed and they did an excellent job. We have no hesitation in recommending Brainstorm for any event especially if you are looking for something out of the ordinary.”
Glen Isserow
Sales and Marketing Director: Ideal Fastener.
“Overall we have found Brainstorm to be very enthusiastic and creative and delivered very professional work according to our brief with plenty of their own suggestions too. In fact, we were so excited by the work delivered that we have decided to base out whole catalogue on this initial design of theirs.”
Bob Barker
Spring Clear Water Filters.

“I contacted Brainstorm when I saw work they had done on a brand development project. I needed the same done for a new brand of mine. They delivered the same excellence for me and I am delighted with the corporate ID pack that was created.Their approach was enthusiastic and professional with lots of suggestions thrown into the task as well and I recommend them as your advertising and brand management partner.”

David Chater-Jack

“I was introduced to William when I made it known that I needed help with my website. It is developed using an online web development tool that I was having difficulty managing. William looked at my website, learned the online development tool, took my brief and improved on it. He did all the required updates on the website and then, on his suggestion, restructured the whole website catalogue and marketing pages for easy navigation.I am very pleased with the result.

William’s approach is Logical, professional and conscientious. He regularly kept me up to date and delivered the project on time and within the budget. I recommend him and his Brainstorm team without reserve.”

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