‘Phanda’ means ‘hustle’ and, in a South African context, that translates into ambition or hunger to turn a side-hustle into a major success.
McCann1886 Chief Creative Officer, Stuart Stobbs explained that, when 2020 didn’t quite go according to anyone’s plan, they turned to the McCann global mantra – ‘Creativity is the Only Way to Survive’ – for inspiration and to redefine the agency. This approach had three key drivers: agility, making and fun.
‘Admittedly ‘agility’ was an obvious driver to apply to how we worked, how we built insights, how we created, collaborated and thought. The agency wanted faster outputs, but without impacting on quality,’ he said.
‘Making’ was all about taking ideas to finish, and upskilling staff with the know-how to do so. Here, we reckoned, the more we could do, the better we could help clients. And ‘fun’? Well, what would be the point of all that work without fun?’ he said.
The agency initially put these drivers to work for Steers when it was preparing to re-open after being in a forced shut-down for three months. The need was for an immediate and significant upturn in revenue.
‘Our first campaign – the ‘Mix It Up Sharing Meal’ campaign – combined old adverts with new footage to create six pieces of fresh and engaging content that talked to the situation we were all in and reminded consumers of the power of sharing,’ said Creative Director, Mthokozizi ‘Zi’ Sithole.
‘Knowing time was everything, we followed up swiftly with a full social roll-out, and then proceeded to launch TV commercials (TVCs) for the ‘Shake It Up Sharing Meal’ and the ‘Cheese Boy Sharing Meal’. Agility and making indeed worked hand-in-hand to help us keep delivering for Steers in record time.’
Sithole said, ‘None of this would be possible without a solid relationship with a client who is just as agile as we were. And it turns out that, if you work together, creativity not only lets you survive a pandemic, but thrive in one too.’
The new executions were created for the ‘Phanda Ribster Burger Meal’ by Executive Creative Director Tumi Sethebe, Creative Director Zi Sithole and Art Director Chan Ma after they were briefed to show what it really means to be ‘phanda’ in South Africa while leveraging off the Steers value offer.
‘This new campaign acknowledges that, every now and then, phandapreneurs lose their hunger for success, because they are tired or physically taxed – maybe hungry – but just don’t realise it. So, our TVCs show how the Steers Phanda Ribster Meal helps them regain their phanda by giving the ‘fuel’ to re-ignite it. For our digital and social content, we spoke to real phandapreneurs, some of whom have been with Steers for a while. We interviewed them about how to cope with those moments when you feel like giving up and how Steers helps fuel their phanda,’ Sethebe said.
The TVCs and content was shot by Team Best and directed by Asher Stoltz, Bryan van Niekerk and Sifiso Khoza; post-production was done by Mushroom Media.