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Savanna Cider highlights the ironies of influencer marketing and invites consumers to also get 'money for nothing' in new promo

These days influencers are an ubiquitous part of every marketing plan, including that of Savanna, South Africa's most-loved cider. Known for its crisp, witty perspective on the ironies of South African life, it now turns that perspective on itself and its dependence on a new class of celebrity - famous not for skill or artistry, but for clout and likes.

But what if influencing is an artform? A new campaign by Grey Africa and Liquid, WPP’s bespoke agency solution for Distell, proposes that it is. Kind of…Sort of…No, really.

With his tongue firmly in his cheek, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (Lion King), one of South Africa’s greatest living thespians, ‘brings the secret of the stage to your Instagram page’. Over four episodes he deftly teaches method acting techniques to some of the country’s top influencers. And it’s hilarious.

The result is a campaign built for engagement as consumers and influencers alike will be challenged to complete the modules laid out in the Siyavanna Institute of Influence.

Each episode or module deals with a topic like Unboxing, Product Reviews and the perfect Product Selfie and calls on consumers to also get “Dollas for Dololo” (Money for Nothing) with their share of a million rand in cash and giveaways.

Consumers can sign up to Siyavana Institute of Influencer by purchasing any crisp Savanna Dry, Light or Angry Lemon dialing *120*1538#, entering a unique underliner code and following the prompts for a chance to win Dollas for Dololo.

Competition ends Saturday, 31 October 2020.

For more information, follow Savanna’s social media channels or go to
Instagram: @savannacider
Facebook: @SavannaCider
Twitter: @SavannaCider
YouTube: SavannaCider

Agency credits

Brand: Savanna
Product: Savanna
Title: Siyavanna Institute of Influence –
“The Art of Influence”, “Unboxing”, “Product Review” and “Selfie”
Agency: Grey/WPP Liquid
Chief Creative Officer: Fran Luckin
Executive Creative Director: Felix Kessel
Creative Director: Steph van Niekerk
Art Director: Kevin Radebe
Copywriter: Tyler Lambert
Head of Production: Linda Hauser
Business Director: Jacqui Howard-Tripp
Account Manager: Lubba Ngonzo
Production Company: Darling Films
Director: Chloe Coetsee
Executive Producer: Lorainne Smit; Melina McDonald
Producer: Saskia Finlayson Gupffert
DOP: Robo Wilson
Editor: Chloe Coetsee
Sound Engineer: Lorens Persson/Sterling Sound
Colourist: Warwick @ Mushroom Media
Animation: Hendre @ Mushroom Media
Client Representatives: Maija-Liina Hansen-Chipps, Eugene Lenford, Irmie Marman, Paigon Prince

About Savanna, the unapologetic cider

Savanna is a premium, crisp apple cider with a distinctive, dry taste. It is one of the largest cider brands in the world and available in over 60 countries. Since its launch in 1996, Savanna Premium Cider has won the hearts and funny bones of consumers with its intelligent sense of humour. Go to to find out more.

23 Oct 2020 07:51