Who We Are
AVATAR is an established and successful full-service marketing agency with digital at the core owned by Zibusiso Mkhwanazi and Veli Ngubane.
AVATAR unites a professional team of over 60 marketers which consists of creatives, developers, writers, strategists, account managers, producers and many others. We create ideas which impact some of the world’s most recognised brands including Brand South Africa, National Geographic, Fox International Channels and South African Airways to disruptive challenger brands like us.
We help our customers of all shapes and sizes decide what’s next for their business, and then we take them there by helping them build great brands and engaging customer experiences.
WHY DO WE EXIST?
In this constantly evolving digital world, the connection between people and brands is constantly evolving.
Today’s customers demand more from brands than ever before. They expect memorable engagements from the brands in their lives, rewarding those that deliver and punishing those that don’t. This is why we think todays companies need a special kind of agency to partner with them. One that understands that the big idea coupled with great content in relevant marketing channels will make their brands desirable wherever, whenever and however people choose to engage with them.
SO WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?
We are really cool people to work with.
AVATAR has perfected the art of integrating traditional and digital thinking, in my years of working with them on my International brands I have found that they are a World class agency.
AVATAR have remained at the cutting edge of digital and technology related solutions for all our campaigns; their “can-do” attitude towards assignments and the direct involvement by owners and directors is a refreshing difference in today’s advertising world.
AVATAR has been crucial to the uptake for the South African Airways social check in tool. It has been widely acclaimed from India to the US and back to SA. The tool has been featured on Huffington Post, Forbes India Magazine and other publications. The concept was simple, powerful and it resonated with the passengers who have tried the tool. AVATAR took extra steps to ensure our message was reaching the right audiences the right number of times and that our budget was well spent. Well done AVATARS.
AVATAR won the pitch with their enthusiasm and innovative campaign ideas
Zibusiso Is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was a contender for Most Admired Ad Agency Boss in South Africa and in Jozi in the MarkLives Agency Leaders’ Most Admired poll for 2016.
He has completed management programmes at Harvard and Yale.
Veli entered the world of advertising after completing his BSocSci (Politics, Economics & Law) at the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate Marketing & Advertising diploma at the Red & Yellow School, where he currently serves as advisory board Chairman. He is also a board member at the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMSA). He has judged all the prestigious creative awards in South Africa including: the Loeries, Apex, Pendorings and Adfocus awards. He has a passion for entrepreneurship and transformation within the advertising industry. He sits on IAB’s Transformation & Education Council. He was also chosen as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Youth of 2017.
Mthunzi is a forward-thinking adman, entrepreneur and marketing extraordinaire, with profound continental experience in this ever-changing world of advertising. He has a passion for creating unique experiences and advertising, making his approach to business truly distinct.
Heather helps business increase productivity and reduces costs through aligning people and systems to company strategy. She specialises in the business management, integrated solutions and streamlining of client/agency operational processes including planning, risk and compliance.
Heather has extensive experience in advertising, having operated at a global level, coordinating & streamlining production output for 53 markets around the world.