Did that song stick in your head too? though it’s supposed to be Monica hehe anyway….Last night I went for dinner at Chantal Bezuidenhout’s parent’s house. They have a guest house in town right on the edge of beauty! Valley Guest House it’s called – check it out. Chantal’s mum and dad know my mum and dad from before we were born, our mums nursed together and trained together. I have memories of us going to their farm when we were little and riding their horses. We also got some of our cats from them, happy times. They moved away from Joburg and I’ve recently re-connected with them and what a lovely family.
Chantal is a remarkable woman – a lady boss and entrepreneur of note. She has just launched her new business called Social Media Shakeup and I am now one of her clients (guinea pigs hehe). She is completely on the ball and already demanding all sorts of things from me…argh I can’t keep up 😀 So as the final day in the #rsabizblogs challenge, I have chosen her to interview.
Julie: What is your favourite food?
Chantal: Has got to be any vegetarian dish my sister cooks, she cooks vegetarian food better than anyone I know.
Julie: Why are you a vegetarian?
Chantal : I started off being a vegetarian because I didn’t really want to eat animals, but it’s progressed into much more than that, it’s about being healthy, it’s about creating a sustainable lifestyle and it’s about having a lighter footprint on the earth.
Julie: Who would you like to meet and why?
Chantal: I’m absolutely devastated to find out that Justice Malala is in town tomorrow and I can’t meet him because I didn’t know he was going to be here. I wouldn’t mind spending some time with Robin Sharma, quite an interesting dude, I’ve only started listening to his podcasts this year but `I like the way he comes across. He’s gentle and quite humble and seems to be very successful and I just like his whole attitude about being kind to people.
Julie: What drives you?
Chantal :I think what drives me is community. I believe that we are all connected and I believe in community, I believe in a sense of ubuntu and I think that’s my motivation for getting up everyday and doing what I do. I’m not sure if that answers the question of what drives you, but that is very important to me.
Julie: What led you to social marketing?
Chantal: Is the fact that it’s so social, it’s interactive. I like engaging with people and what I really like about social media marketing is that I can engage with people anywhere at anytime of the day and I don’t even have to leave my bed, so it really has an appeal.
Julie: What services are you offering?
Chantal: I’m essentially offering two services. The one is just normal social media marketing across various platforms, maximising a client’s SEO which is search engine optimisation. Making sure that their customers are landing up in front of them. So it goes back to the whole connecting people. And the other aspect to my business is social media marketing of events. Really making sure that events end up with the feet through the door that they need to enable everybody to have a good time and make a profit.
Julie: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years time I really see myself heads down in a community project somewhere, hopefully building mud houses somewhere. Not full time but I’d like to be project managing something like that. I’d like to work a four day week and have a three day weekend as I’d like to spend at least one day on my bed with a good book. That’s where I see myself in five years.
Well Chantal I believe you will get there and be very successful and I wish you all the best. I’m thrilled to have you on board helping me as I need all the help I can get haha.
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