our story

The fVnnel started where it all started: at Facebook, of course. Mikhaela Levitas (AKA Mix) was an account manager at the world’s biggest marketing platform until a desire to put her clients’ interests ahead of Facebook’s led her to found a break-away agency. Staying true to her vision, the fVnnel is a system of partnerships built on trust and mutual success. As your business grows and strengthens, so does the fVnnel. For this reason we choose to partner with clients we believe in and who believe in us.

One Big Talented Globally-Distributed Family

We’re a team of friends who go all-in for our clients and each other. Our depth of talent, education and experience enables us to over-deliver on the varied projects we do. Every member of the team has a voice and contributes something unique, with Mix providing the leadership that keeps this talented family—clients included—on a steep upward trajectory.

meet the team

Mikhaela Levitas

CEO / Founder

Since Mikhaela (AKA Mix) entered the digital marketing space in 2015, she has worked with various sized agencies and clients of all stripes. She gained invaluable experience as an account manager at Facebook, where she was instrumental in the success of hundreds of global businesses. She founded the fVnnel out of a desire for greater transparency, genuine teamwork, and the freedom to wholeheartedly serve her clients.

A true believer in the alignment of the universe, Mix feels blessed to have attracted aligned clients whose missions she is passionate about. She loves the fVnnel family, clients and team; everything else flows from there.

When she isn’t lit up by her laptop screen she’s out doing things that light her up from within. From delving into the philosophies of Tantra, to yoga, dancing, rock climbing, hiking, and surfing, Mix loves to explore and expand.

She is currently based in Canada.

Jonathan Glover

CFO

In his previous career as a civil engineer, Jonathan worked on multi-million dollar renewable energy projects requiring high-level analytical skills and the ability to deliver on time and within budget. Mix saw how this unique skill-set would play in the field of digital marketing and brought Jon onboard as a data and project management expert in 2017.

Outside of work, Jon loves to travel and spend time recreating outdoors.

He is currently based in South Africa.

David Glover

Account Manager / Digital Marketing Manager

The second qualified engineer to join the team was David, Jonathan’s brother. David graduated cum laude with a BSc in mechanical engineering in 2015 and cut his teeth in the New Zealand construction industry. He joined the fVnnel in 2019 and now applies his objective-focused brain and problem-solving skills to the world of marketing funnels and spreadsheets. An optimiser by nature, David has thrived as an account manager at the fVnnel.

In his free time David loves surfing, training Muay Thai and saving the world.

He is currently based in South Africa.

St John Nelson

Account Manager / Web developer

The fVnnel continued its winning streak of converting engineers into digital marketers with David’s friend, St John. Graduating in 2015 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, St John is known among his peers for his prize-winning final project, The Flying Car. At the fVnnel he’s known for his self-taught web development skills, ranging from building E-commerce stores to mastering back-end technologies with unpronounceable acronyms like ‘SQL’. Joining the team in 2021, St John brings his wide-ranging data skills and natural analytical abilities to his role as account manager.

Outside of work, you’ll find St John on the football pitch or teaching himself new web development tricks.

St John is currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Jenna Reilander

Account Manager / Web Developer / Web Designer

Jenna is highly skilled in diverse aspects of website development. Combined with her advanced graphic design and copywriting capabilities, her general creative talents, her eye for aesthetics, and her wide-ranging tech know-how, Jenna is an incredible digital marketer, and a strong asset in any website development project.

Beyond work, Jenna likes to explore Cape Town’s endless sights and experiences. Jenna enjoys wandering with her two beagles along the city’s beaches.

Jenna is currently based in South Africa.

Aimee Nel

Graphic Designer / Organic social media manager / video creator

Aimee completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science in 2015, majoring in Sociology and the Dramatic Arts. Since then, she’s worked in Dubai and spent three years teaching English in Vietnam and China. The confidence and cultural sensitivity she gained on her travels enable her to connect with a wide range of audiences, both through graphic design and as the fVnnel’s community manager.

After work she loves drawing, painting and spending time on the beach.

Aimee is currently based in South Africa.

Michael Glover

Copywriting and User Experience Consultant

Michael’s background is in writing consultancy and online course development. He has provided writing and communications advice to diverse private clients and has worked as a writing consultant at two universities.

At the University of Cape Town, he also co-designed international award-winning online courses. He has degrees in English literature, philosophy, economic history, and education technology.

Beyond work Michael likes to walk, cook, philosophize, look at glowing sunsets, and learn about animals.

Michael is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rain Cockburn

Copywriter / Branding Specialist / Web Designer

Rain is an experienced copywriter with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. In 2018 she was drawn into the fVnnel by her high-school friend Jonathan. Since then she’s channelled her creativity and writing skills into social media management and various creative projects, discovering a passion for design and (let’s be honest) emojis.

In her free time, she writes fiction. She loves the outdoors but can’t be described as ‘outdoorsy’ by the fVnnel team standards. e.g. she enjoys the kind of hike that you don’t have to wear hiking boots on.

Rain is currently based in the UK.
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contact

Now you know our story, we can’t wait to hear yours. Schedule a call or email us and let’s discuss your business.

Pre-Launch

This timeline is dependent on the client being responsive and completing all tasks related to the launch. This includes:

  • Assigning access to necessary platforms to the fVnnel,
  • Creating video content,
  • Completing landing page edits where relevant,
  • Approving copy and graphics, or if making their own copy and graphics providing it within that week and able to make any edits the fVnnel requests.

Please refer to our website www.thefvnnel.com to learn more about what services we offer.

Need to Know:

  • With our global team we are pretty much available around the clock for support and questions and can be flexible in the way we work based on your preferences and needs. This is why we consider ourselves a boutique agency. We become a part of your team while we work together.
  • We do not work on the weekends, so please do not expect responses from us over the weekend unless it has been prearranged for us to be available. If we are in the middle of a very large launch 50k + and being available on the weekends has been agreed upon, then of course we’ll be available. If it is prearranged we can work on the odd weekend with no issues, ideally we require a month’s notice to arrange this. Work life balance is important to us.
  • You can expect a response from us relating to an email you send within 24 hours. If we haven’t gotten a response from you within 24 hours and it’s urgent you can expect us to follow up within 24 hours.

During the Launch/Evergreen

If you have any outstanding questions relating to our process please don’t hesitate to reach us any time.

Ideally we request that we have a 10% increase in budget for testing for a week prior to launching. If the budget can not be spared we will take that 10% from the existing budget.

Need to Know:

  • Please do not expect a full layout of our intended strategy, targeting plan or daily emails

– We are very flexible and are happy to provide you with as much transparency as you like but this is not done as a standard operating procedure.

– Just let us know if you want more insights and then maybe a 30-minute weekly call is a better way to discuss strategies and plans than lengthy emails.

– We are in your account multiple times a day assessing the data, strategizing and pivoting. The more time we have to focus on this the better for all of us.

  • Please know that we will very seldom touch a campaign for the first 72 hours because it takes 72 hours for the campaign to stabilize and a minimum of three days for campaigns to exit the learning phase but it can also be a lot longer, depending on budget, costs of clicks and other important metrics as well as if we’re running tests, how many ads sets we have, number of ads etc.

– The only time we’ll touch a campaign in the first 3 days is if it’s necessary and the early signs show that the campaign as it is will never reach our goals, then we’ll pivot.

  • There may be more creativity for you to approve throughout the launch as we introduce countdown ads, reminder ads and sales ads.

– Often we will make these during the launch as they are less important to prioritize in that first week when we are trying to launch opt-in or sales ads.

  • Between 3-7 days there is a lot of machine learning going on.

– We will be making minor adjustments to bids, budget etc. but ideally we can see the first week as a data acquisition week, then we start optimizing once we have enough significant data and test results.

Post-Launch