Behold

The Marketing Zoo, just a normal marketing company – with so much more!
We are fresh & innovative with marketing in its wildest form.

Our Story

Journey to The Zoo

Founder of The Marketing Zoo, Wian Smith-Venter, is a B. Comm Marketing Management graduate from the University of Johannesburg. Since 2008, he has worked in the Marketing and Media industry by fulfilling plenty of splendid roles in professional structures. During this time, he took responsibility for some of South-Africa’s biggest and wildest artists and was involved in plenty of successful projects and events. WS Marketing was founded in 2014 and the birth of The Marketing Zoo followed in 2017. Teamwork makes the dream work with our highly skilled team of young professionals! We are also a BBBEE Level 2 contributor!

2014

Founded WS Marketing

2017

Birth of The Marketing Zoo

2019

International Footprints

2023

Representing over 200 clients

But HOW?

We build our relationships and business values on integrity, transparency and efficiency, resulting in a profitable end result! Not only do we work with big businesses within a range of cool industries, but we make sure to work and closely collaborate with our clients, with passion and creativity! This way we can let our clients have an ab-ZOO-lutely awesome experience, leaving them with a lasting and positive experience!

2014

Marketing Company of The Year by Nyum-Nyum Brands.

2022

Service of Excellence from Wonderpark Shopping Centre.

2024

Portfolio includes collaborations: Jaguar SA, Spotify Africa, WetnWild, White Glo, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Time Square, and more.

What we Do

We do…WHAT?

The Marketing Zoo is not just a normal marketing company – we are so much wilder! With crazy cool and innovative ideas, we can promise to go above and beyond your wildest expectations. The Zoo is a developing brand since 2014, even though we’ve been building relationships since 2008! Unbelievable, right?

Who we Are

Why Choose Us As Your Marketing Partner

We take pride in managing your project / brand like our own. Your goals, needs and budget becomes our strategy. Previous / current projects include: Well-known artist management, Festival line-up & marketing management, Event coordination, PR & marketing strategy for franchising, PR & bookings for artists, Brand analysis & consulting for leading companies, Social Media management for successful brands, Entertainment bookings for corporate clients, specific design needs, noticable outdoor exposure – MARKETING in its widest form! We are not going to boast with all our success (or failure) stories, please ask us about what we have done / are still doing and we will gladly discuss this over a cup of coffee – we hope you like Zoo cookies? Let’s greet, meet and analyze your need.

Our Mission

Strive to live successfully in the business environment with experience, honesty and good relationships by being innovative in the industry we know best – MARKETING.

We Are Dedicated to Give You The Best Experience

Founder, Wian Smith-Venter, is a B.Comm Marketing Management graduate from the University of Johannesburg. Since 2008 Wian worked in the Marketing & Media industry by fulfilling various roles in professional structures. During this time he took responsibility for some of South Africa’s biggest artists and was involved in a lot of successful projects and events. WS Marketing was founded in 2014 and the birth of The Marketing Zoo followed in 2017. Teamwork makes the dream work with our highly skilled team of young professionals and we take pride in our valued relationships and strong connections. We are all lovers of entertainment, marketing & brand building and strive for success in every aspect. a Goal without a plan is just a wish. We don’t let our clients wish – we dream together and make it happen. Building brands is our biggest passion and our expertise branched into various aspects. We live, work and sleep by this – To be INSPIRED is great, to INSPIRE is incredible. In this zoo, any animal is welcome and we use different strategies to create marketing in it’s wildest form.

“Let’s work hard, but have fun while we do it”: Wian Smith-Venter, Managing Director

Our history and achievements at a glance

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

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Food and Drink

"Branding is what people say about you when youʼre not in the room"

Jeff Bezos

Wian Smith-Venter

Brand Buffalo

From CEO & Founder

Wian Smith-Venter

At The Marketing Zoo, we believe that service excellence is initiated by top management, as we strongly believe to lead by example. We, at the Zoo family, ensure that our employees understand our vision for the future and understand their respective roles and responsibilities. A fantastic example of service excellence is enforced by means of sharing visions, missions and
incredible ideas within our company and having a great two-way communication.

At The Marketing Zoo, our key focus area remains to be the experience of our phenomenal and valued clients. We do this by documenting the overall
experience and then comparing this against the organisational service standards and delivering on the mind-blowing service we promised.

Our main goal at the Zoo family is to listen, apply our observations and ultimately meet the expectations and desires of our staff, clients and
service providers. Continuous improvement can only be achieved once organisations promote a culture of structured innovation and learning!

“Let’s work hard, but have fun while we do it. We, as The Marketing Zoo ensure we are the number one choice of any marketing company to work with.”

Ilzé Saunders

Marketing Monkey

From Marketing Director

Ilzé Saunders

Updates on new funky trends and industry related news are also shared to the team on a monthly basis. We do this to ensure our clients get the absolute BEST service.

Training is usually done within the company. Zoo-staff members are required to spend 2 – 3 days per annum at head office for training, on condition that their campaigns and work are up to date. The team get evaluated monthly
on the quality of their work, an annual performance appraisal is also done, just to make sure if any of our members needs further training and skills development.

“We grab every opportunity with both hands, ensuring that we give our clients our outmost best. We are dedicated to bring you innovative ideas to level up in your business. We strive to make our company fun, creative and together we , JUST ZOO IT! “ Ilze Saunders, Shareholder, Marketing and Sales Director.

Company Values

Why We're Exceptional

OUR SERVICE

OUR SERVICE

Every client gets a project manager, whose job it is to ensure that the project is completed without a hitch. All our project managers are trained marketing experts with experience in the industry.

OUR QUALITY

OUR QUALITY

All of our design and development work is checked by the head of the department and the creative director before sending it to the client. This means that the quality of our work is exceptionally high, always.

OUR INNOVATION

OUR INNOVATION

Our ideas are often completely crazy, but always fantastic. We take innovative approaches to everything we do, helping your brand stand out.

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

The people that work at The Marketing Zoo are an interesting bunch, who are all passionate about what we do. That passion is transformed into your brand.

OUR STRUCTURE

OUR STRUCTURE

Over the years we've developed an approach to getting projects done, and how we charge, that is unique and offers incredible value to our clients.

OUR PRODUCTS

OUR PRODUCTS

You always get something unique, designed and built entirely for you.

OUR FULL SERVICE

OUR FULL SERVICE

Offering a range of services that are incorporated into a complete approach for you, delivering the best results.

OUR VALUE

OUR VALUE

The high quality of work we provide, and our in-house production results in exceptionally high value for our clients.

Our Team

The Zookeepers, they’re a talented bunch

The only way to create great things every day is with great people who truly enjoy what they are doing, we make sure to only hire the best. So who are the real people behind all the smoke and mirrors?

The Zookeepers, they’re a talented bunch

The only way to create great things every day is with great people who truly enjoy what they are doing, we make sure to only hire the best. So who are the real people behind all the smoke and mirrors?

Swing by,
or just roar at us!