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South Africa-based Tom Manners is Redefining Technology Journalism

Oct 18, 2019
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The South African entrepreneur runs Clockwork Media, a Johannesburg-based integrated communications agency he founded in 2011. As an entrepreneur, Tom successfully built Clockwork Media, one of South Africa’s fastest-growing integrated communications agencies, from a one-man show based in a Killarney bedroom to a consistent annual growth of over 1000%.

Tom Manners is a communicator that is passionate about the connection between creative execution and ROI. He started his career in copywriting and moved into technology journalism. Finding his feet in technology journalism, Tom recognized that in order for agencies to remain relevant within the ever-evolving communication industry, they needed to be more integrated.

To this end, he founded Clockwork Media with partner Nic Simmonds in 2011 and soon began consulting to and creating content on behalf of organizations such as Nike, Nando’s and Heineken.

The company specializes in content research and strategy, editorial compilation, digital and social media, public relations, design, web development and videography.

Working with clients such as Philips, PlayStation, SAP, Tata Motors and Ster-Kinekor, he has assembled a team of South Africa’s best content, digital and creative minds to work on several global accounts. The company is growing fast and currently has 11 employees and has also expanded to London.

Clockwork Media is one of South Africa’s fastest growing integrated content and communications agencies, with a team of 80 people, comprising South Africa’s best content, digital and creative minds working on several global accounts.

Today, the business is one of Africa’s largest and most awarded PR agencies, in 2017, clockwork media was announced as Homes Report African Agency of the Year, also it was 2017 and 2018 Prisms Large Agency of the Year.

Tom was also listed in the 200 Young South Africans 2014 and he continues to work as a writer and consultant to many South Africa’s largest corporates.

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