outspoken entourage crew
Digital Marketing Specialist
Accredited Designer ™
Welcoming Team Leader
Queen Bee. Whip Cracker. Data Nerd. Digital Marketing Maestro. Undiscovered Rap Superstar.
Nicola’s working life has been long and varied and somehow it has all accumulated to bring her to where she is today – Digital Marketing Specialist (and managing partner) of Outspoken Entourage.
She looks after digital marketing, copywriting, social media marketing and a whole host of other bits and pieces.
She’s ridiculously passionate about digital marketing and the results you can get through developing a strategic plan and rolling that out across all digital platforms.
Nic’s all about the numbers, data and stats - why bother doing something if you can’t see actual results?
She loves learning about your business and helping it grow through an effective digital marketing plan.
If you’ve got time for a coffee and a chat, and time to get your tech-nerd on, hit us up! Who knows what great plans we can devise when caffeine is involved ;-)
Nic loves nothing more than getting her nerd on when it comes to stats and data.
(Graphic & Website)
Creative. NFT Artist. Golf Tragic. Designer.
Mark Ruitenberg heads up the creative department as a partner of Outspoken Entourage.
Mark started out in the graphic design industry in the late 1990s in an industry mainly centred around print collateral. The past 20+ years has seen an ever-evolving industry transitioning from print through to the current digital landscape.
Mark created his first commercial website circa 2001. At that time Google had only been around for a couple of years and Yahoo and Excite were the dominant search engines.
Mark’s passion in trying to outdo each and every project he is involved with has been his driving force throughout his career.
Mark uses his direct experience in both small business and multi-national corporations such as Nestle to assist clients in creating a brand that they can be proud of that speaks to their ideal client.
Whilst Mark is able to accomplish many styles to suit each design brief, his passion particularly for personal projects errs on the side of brutalism design allowing a no-rules raw aesthetic. On the other end of the spectrum, Mark is passionate in exploring minimalism design and takes influences from the work of Michael Bierut and Paula Scher.
Mark was recently accepted as an Accredited Designer™ of the Design Institute of Australia. The DIA has an ongoing CPD program which members need to maintain. This accreditation ensures that you are in very capable hands with its member's commitment to ongoing education and ethics within the design industry. Mark (as of January 2022) is the only Accredited Designer™ in the region with this title in the graphic design field.
Mark was shortlisted in the Designers Australia 2021 Awards for his work in creating a logo and brand identity for CVCON (Clarence Valley Conservatorium). This nationwide awards program recognises Australia's top designers in their respective fields.
His label design for a local distillery claimed a Bronze Award in the Design Category of the World Drink Awards based in the UK in 2021. This showcases the best alcohol products in the world with a variety of categories from packaging design through to taste.
Mark has also achieved awards and recognition for website design in International Competitions ranging from 2019-2021.
Mark's side project (titled Brutalizm on Instagram) has been creating digital artworks which are then minted as NFTs (non fungible tokens) on the Ethereum Blockchain.
These original 1-off artworks are available for purchase and new works will be added as they are created and can be reserved for purchase.
With bright and intense use of colour these original artworks look amazing in contemporary interiors including commercial spaces that need an impact/statement piece or for Interior Designers looking to display a unique artwork in their client's space.
As Mark predominantly creates his art in a vector format, they can be infinitely resized from a couple of metres to a double story interior wall without loss of quality. The NFT (which gives provenance and proof of ownership) can be on-sold in the NFT art space. Check out the link below to view some of his artworks.
Mark's passion for continual improvement has been his driving force throughout his career.
Zoe was born in the South of Western Australia in 2011. Since she was introduced to Mark in the same year, they have been inseparable ever since.
Zoe has lived in Perth, Inner Sydney and now calls the Coffs Harbour Hinterland region home.
She enjoys carefully prepared home cooked meals and will inform anyone attempting to palm off generic dog food of their inability to grasp her refined palette.
She can often be found by the window in Outspoken Entourage HQ keeping an eye on the surroundings and ensuring brush turkeys, deer and kangaroo are not disturbing the surrounding gardens.
She remains close to the door on workdays to ensure that she is not forgotten when Nicola and Mark are making the commute to the office and if left out, can often be found pushing through her small entry through the door.
I enjoy the challenges of informing visitors of their responsibilities upon entry. Upon acceptance into HQ, I will ensure you follow my strict rules and regulations.
With coffee or cannoli, you may enter without resistance.
Valentino Enzo Ruitenberg's Italian pedigree adds a European flair to round out the core Outspoken Entourage team.
Born on Valentines Day, he is the youngest of the team and whilst his title is Welcoming Committee Team Leader, he understands that he has much to learn on his manners and behaviour when in the office.
Valentino will no doubt ensure all visitors will be aware of his presence and whilst his initial nature may appear hostile, he is sweet-natured and more than happy to ensure your double ristretto caffe latte is prepared to an appropriate standard should you take your focus from protecting your cup.
Valentino will remind the team on several occasions during the day if a ball game has been overlooked and during the afternoons, he retires to his quarters for a well deserved nap.
Valentino loves being greeted spiritedly by visitors and Valentino will be a friend for life.