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Public Relations


A public relations and marketing communications company that achieves results using only senior consultants.

Turquoise PR is owned and directed by Michelle K Blumenau and Despina Harito. Turquoise PR (est.2003) is a niche PR agency where freelancers are used based on skill and client fit. After all, it’s no longer necessary for specialists to all sit in the same office to be able to deliver successfully on a project.

Based in Johannesburg, Turquoise PR is considered to be a serious, straight-talking public relations company that is results driven. They specialise in media relations, financial PR as well as the co-ordination of marketing communication functions.

Turquoise PR has worked to date with a number of AlphaCode members including Ikhokha, Bankymoon, Fincheck, MamaMoney, Stock Shop, DocFox and Peach Payments.

Turquoise PR, can help you by tailoring a PR, publicity or marketing communication strategy to meet your needs. Once we’ve agreed on what you want to achieve, we will implement the plan and ensure you get print, radio, television and online PR coverage.

Michelle Blumenau, Co-founder @opinionmatters

Michelle has 25 years’ experience in both Marketing and Communications at corporate and consultancy level. She worked for ten years at a large financial services organisation and for two years at a specialist public relations company. She also has more than ten years experience in running her own PR agency. She is has a national diploma in PR and is a Quirk-certified eMarketer.

Having spent more than ten years in the corporate world, Michelle has a very good understanding of client needs. She has both task and people-orientation and is well known for her extreme dedication and ability to deliver difficult projects on deadline to an exacting standard.

She is equally skilled in writing, organisation and project management. She relates well to others and enjoys delivering creative solutions. She has an ongoing passion for Marketing Communications and long-term brand building. She is also skilled in financial PR.

Michelle is fascinated by and committed to building innovative brands through media relations with little or no advertising spend. She also enjoys supporting social entrepreneurs to achieve their objectives of social change.

Despina Harito, Co-founder

Despina has a B. Tech in PR and ran a successful food business before joining one of South Africa’s top five public relations companies. She served as director on the board of the financial communications agency before launching her freelance career in 2003. Despina has extensive experience in financial PR and public relations management across a broad range of clients during the last ten years, including the economic development sector, as well as property, architecture and financial services.

Despina considers writing to be one of her strengths. She is service and deadline-driven and is inspired by partnerships with clients who allow her to work as part of their team and add value by looking at their businesses from a fresh perspective.

Despina's approach is to understand your requirements before implementing a plan to suit your needs. She customises your strategy and devises impactful activities by tapping into her years of experience in communication.

  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Communication
  • Media Training
  • Communication Strategy
  • Financial Media
  • Publicity

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