Time for a meat massage (NO NOT LIKE THAT)

If you like the idea of having your meat massaged (CHEEKAAAAY) just in time for the bank holiday, then you’re in luck!

 

We’ve been firing up BBQ lovers everywhere over the last couple of weeks, working with American pitmaster and barbecue sauce experts Bull’s-Eye to bring the world’s first Meat Massage Joint to the UK.

 

You might have spotted our video doing the rounds on the likes of the Daily Star and TimeOut London (along with a whole host of innuendo – TimeOut we’re looking at you for your ‘want your beef pounded’ puns), and now YOU have the chance to come along.

 

Open from 12-6pm on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May at London’s Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, the meat masters from Bull’s-Eye will be giving away 100 free cuts of meat to visitors on both days, before it’s massaged with some TLC (Tenderizing Loving Care – see what we did there) and smothered in your punchy Bull’s-Eye sauce of choice. TASTY!

 

So, if you fancy giving your meat a mild rub down or even a deep tissue massage this weekend (we promise we’ll stop now), get yourself down to the pop-up, grab some meat from the barbie and join us for some fun in the sun. It’ll be great to meat you. (Sorry – meat puns are rarely well done…)

 

We’ve had a friggin AMAZING time working on the launch with the Bull’s-Eye team over the last few months and we now know everything there is to know about meat. A big shout out as well to our pals at the Persuaders, Rubber Republic, Ruby & White butchers and the team at Mugshot Restaurants for all their help in bringing this idea to life.

 

Now let’s B 👏 B 👏Q!


AWARDS SCHMAWARDS

Why we don’t do awards.

Wonderland don’t enter awards. We never have and probably never will.

 

We’ve been asked about this a LOT in the last few months. Because it’s THAT time of year and some of our campaigns did really well in 2018 (Salad-Cream-maggedon anyone?!).

 

People are pretty curious about why our creative comms agency isn’t interested in chasing the associated fame and fortune that comes with a shiny piece of glass or metal or wood or whatever.

 

So, we thought we’d try to explain.

 

We don’t do great work to win awards. We do it because we love what we do, and we want to do our very best for our client pals.

 

For us, feeling proud and motivated doesn’t come from having awards logos on our website or email signatures or windows. It doesn’t come from a panel of people declaring “yes, you are best” or “yes, your work was better than the other people who entered this year”.

 

Wonderland’s pride comes from being really, really fucking good (which means trying really, really fucking hard) at what we do, producing amazing work, making the people we work with – and for – really happy, and trying our very best not to be a bunch of dicks.

 

We don’t believe that awards define us and how good we are. Our actions do.

 

And here at Wonderland, we have other ways we’d like to spend our precious time than filling in bits of paper which might end up with other people proclaiming our apparent successes.

Things like cuddling our kids, pets, partners, pals, each other.

Working on our charity and helping people who really need it.

Getting stuck into new creative campaigns.

Meeting new and interesting people.

Learning something new.

Dancing on our desks.

Doing our jobs.

Being good.

Being bad.

Being us.

 

 


This Month At Wonderland - April

From eggs to the undead, priests to platters, here are some of our favourite things from April:
Wonderland do Root (Emilie and others):

“To kick the long Easter weekend off in style, Alison and Rich took (almost) all the Wonderfam to Root (restaurant at Wapping Wharf) for lunch on the Thursday. We sat outside, dusted off our sunnies, drank rose and looked back on another month of busy madness at Wonderland. The food was AMAZING! Lots of different platters with all manner of lushness, and something for everyone too – we have a mix of veggies, vegans and meat eaters and were all beautifully catered for. Highly recommended.”

Wonderland vibezzzz (Alison):

“The amazing energy and spirit that everyone brings into work every day.” Awww.

Fleabag (Jamie):

“Possibly the funniest, heart-warming, heart breaking & perfectly acted piece of television I’ve ever seen. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is AMAZING! And I’m in love with a Priest.”

Game of Thrones (Jemma, and pretty much everyone else except Ellie M):

“We’re still yearning for the super sassy dialogue and big-character twists from the earlier seasons and there are plot holes (and plot armour) bigger than an undead giant – but nevertheless we’re LOVING it. Brienne getting knighted, Tormund’s giant-suckling story, Arya’s silent creeping… can’t say too much more because SPOILERS.”

Sugarloaf Mountain (Ellie):

“My favourite moment of the month was when I made the most of the beaaaaautiful sunsheyine on Easter Weekend and went for a walk around the absolutely stunning Sugarloaf Mountain in Abergavenny, where my partner’s family lives. The huffin’ n’ puffin’ was all worth it in the end, when we were greeted by a giant platter of cheese, bread and wine at the Sugarloaf Vineyards. That makes me sound well posh…  I did lie outside the Vineyard in a star shape pouring a bottle of water on my head upon arrival, if that helps?  #keepinitclassy “

 


This photo of Llansantffraed Court is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This tweet (James):

Our awesome chocolate eggs (everyone):

Alison and Rich gave the Wonderfam the prettiest / coolest/ most tasty choccy eggs  EVAR for Easter. Check this beauty out.


Come and get gooey at The Trumans Brewery this weekend

Heinz Creme Egg Mayo, the April-Fool-that-wasn’t from Heinz and Cadbury, has been intriguing journalists for the past week or two, and reactions so far have ranged from the sublime to the disgusted:

 

“I actually really like it” (Daily Mail), “You could definitely sit and eat this just with a spoon” (The Independent), “So many layers of weirdness” (Also The Independent), “much nicer than we expected” (The Sun), “Confusing” (Stylist), and “seriously bad” (Mashable – don’t worry, we won’t take it personally). Even Katie Price got in on the action.

 

Like it or loathe it, it’s been a freakin BLAST to work on this from start to sticky, sweet finish. (Not least because we’ve had a good excuse – like we needed one – to eat a trillion Creme Eggs for “inspiration”.)

 

And now the great British public (well, those who are in or can get to London this weekend) have a chance to try it – for free. Just get yo curious selves down to Ely’s Yard at Truman Brewery on Brick Lane between 11am and 8pm on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April, and between 11-4 on Saturday 13th.

 

If the Wonderland consensus is anything to go by, odds are that you’ll like this inspired Eastery concoction – just promise us you won’t get eggy if you don’t.


Wonderland win: BRABANTIA!

We at Wonderland are BEYOND excited to announce that we now are working with legendary housewares brand Brabantia.

 

It’s a very exciting year for our friends at Brabantia as they celebrate a whopping 100 years in business. That’s right, 100 whole years of bringing stylish designs to homes all over the globe – we even heard the rumour they made roller skates once upon a time?!

 

They couldn’t be a better fit for Wonderland, with a legacy of innovating great looking, high quality products with a focus on sustainability. From repurposing old milk cans into cups after the war to now, where they sponsor a number of worthy projects around the world such as WeForest and The Ocean Clean Up. They are proof that you can design great stuff and look after the planet too.

 

After a six-way pitch client David Slater, Brabantia’s Commercial Director told us: “From the six agencies we saw, Wonderland’s passion, creativity and innovative approach to telling our story shone through in the ideas they presented to us. This is going to be a great partnership.”

 

Rich, MD at Wonderland is absolutely buzzing “Brabantia’s product innovation and focus on sustainability mean they are the perfect client for us. As Wonderland continues to grow we are delighted to welcome another incredible brand to our family’

 

We’ve got some cracking campaigns lined up and can’t wait to start sharing Brabantia’s story with you.


THIS MONTH AT WONDERLAND

All the things making us have hearts in our eyes in March….

NATALIE JOINING WONDERLAND (Rich / everyone)

“New Wonderlander Natalie has joined us from Paris (oh la la) where she headed up M&C Saatchi PR. More about Nat soon!”

SKIP GALLERY X SELFRIDGES (Alison)

Wonderland pals Catherine and Lee, AKA Baker & Borowski, brought their awesome Skip Gallery art space to Selfridges’ shop floor, in collaboration with artists like Maja Djordjevic.

MASSIVE ATTACK IN FILTON (Jo)

“Adam Curtis did the visuals and it was pissing down with rain but it was great and different and the venue was spectacular, very stark but atmospheric.”

QUEER EYE SERIES 3 (Jemma and Jamie)

“It’s so full of heart, hope and sheer fabulousness. It’s impossible not to feel better for watching it. Now have serious binge-watch regret.”

REAL LIFE PEAKY BLINDERS (Ellie M)

“OK not quite but I went to an immersive Peaky Blinders-themed experience at DEPOT, an abandoned warehouse in Cardiff. We watched a (fixed) boxing match, witnessed a few deaths, did a bitta (fixed) gambling, all in our 20s Birmingham gangster wear. Casual Saturday night really.”

FASHION FREAK SHOW (Natalie)

A review of John Paul Gaultier’s life, in theatre format – absolute GENIUS.”

THE BRIGHTEST BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (Emilie)

The incredible story of Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood icon and amazing inventor. Not only was she a beautiful actress but a brilliant mind.

NEWCASTLE (Jamie)

“I went the furthest North I’ve ever been this month and I was AMAZED at how beautiful Newcastle is. The culture, the history, the food”

BRUNCH AT DELA IN EASTON (Katie)

“Hands down the best brunch in Bristol”

ARCTIC MONKEYS SONGS… (Ellie K)

“…performed by a 10 piece brass band. Worth it whether you are an Artic Monkeys fan or not!”

TOUCHING THE VOID AT BRISTOL OLD VIC (Sarah)

“An amazing interpretation of what I thought would be a very difficult story to translate into theatre, but it was captivating!”

“PUT IT TO THE PEOPLE” ANTI-BREXIT MARCH SIGNS (James)

“Insanely funny, insanely British.”


*SOUND THE "WE'RE HIRING" KLAXON*

LIKE THE WAY WE WERK IT? THEN JOIN US!

We’re looking for a new member to join the Wonderland family.

HELLO? IS IT YOU WE’RE LOOKING FOR?

 

If you’re an Associate Director with seven years’ (or more) experience in consumer comms, the answer may well be yes…

 

In the past few years we’ve tripled in size and got to work on some incredible projects in the process – like creating Heinz Ketchup Caviar, the whole “Salad Cream almost being renamed Sandwich Cream” thing, making ethical money talk for Good Money Week, and putting KeepCup in the middle of the single-use debate. DAYUM, WE BUSY GUUURL.

 

And now we need a new kick-ass Wonderlander to join us as we continue to grow. Specifically, someone who’s at Associate Director level already who can boss accounts, lead and collaborate with our brilliant team, instinctively knows what’s right – media, creative, strategy and results-wise – and who delivers the goods (and then some).

 

Most of your job will involve co-creating and/or leading some big, exciting campaigns for household names, and getting stuck in to the delivery too.

 

Super-smart, quick-witted, positive and problem solving, you’ll get clients loving and believing in the work you create as much as you do. If you’re a creative powerhouse who can hit that sweet spot of a brilliant but workable idea that delivers on the brief – massive bonus.

 

You’ll need a lot of experience (because that’s the best way of learning) – seven years or more in consumer comms, and at least five of those agency-side. You can be based in Bristol or London (with a bit of travel to both).

 

ABOUT WONDERLAND

 

We call ourselves a creative consumer comms agency and we pride ourselves on doing brilliant, varied work for brands and people we believe in. And we bloody love it.

 

But the work itself is only half the story – us being the right fit for you, and vice versa, is just as (if not more) important.

 

Excuse us while we toot our own trumpet but we think it’s a pretty special place to work. We’ve taken a lot of time and care over who joins the Wonderfam, and it’s paid off, big time. We have a brilliant band of ballsy, beautiful (and funny AF) people who genuinely care about each other. We also took all the stuff we didn’t like about our previous agency lives and threw it in the sea. This means:

 

  • We put people over profit
  • Creativity and curiosity rule
  • We’re client partners, not subservient yes-people
  • We operate democratically with no hierarchy and all share the same desks in the same office
  • No bullshit – wear what you want, say what you want, be who you want. Our differences are not only accepted but celebrated. The only thing we ask is that you’re honest and respectful (and go easy on the wanky business jargon)
  • Flexible working, tailored training, sweet offices, ridonkulous parties and yes, we also pay you money in return for your time, energy and passion
  • We have fun – because let’s face it, if you’re not having fun what’s the bleedin point?
INTERESTED?

 

Sounds like one for you (or someone you know, in which case please pass it on to them)?

  • Then drop our MD Rich a line with your details, telling us:
  • Who your ideal and nightmare clients would be
  • The funniest day of your working life
  • A recent comms/ PR campaign you wish you’d worked on (and why)
  • What Salad Cream should really be called

Any questions? Rich@wonderlandcomms.com is your man.


Say hello to the newest member of the Wonderland family - Ellie Kitcatt!

Awesome news alert: We’re doubling the Ellie fun with the addition of the lovely Ellie Kitcatt to the Wonderland fam. From cow’s bums to curries, here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about Ellie, so you can get to know her a little better. Enjoy.

  1. My surname is genuinely, 100% Kitcatt. Spelt differently to the chocolate bar so unfortunately I am not the heiress to the Nestle fortune
  2. My biggest weakness is Haribo, closely followed by Pringles.
  3. I originally studied to become a Costume Designer before changing my degree to Arts Management.
  4. I have a slightly morbid fascination with True Crime podcasts – any recommendations welcome!
  5. One of my first ever ‘is this my real life’ PR moments was being cast as the backend of a Pantomime cow, for a video that was meant to go ‘viral’. Needless to say it didn’t.
  6. I am exactly 6ft tall and yes the weather is lovely up here.
  7. I’ve never picked up the accent but I am in fact Bristol born and bred.
  8. I love a pub quiz, but am absolutely terrible at them. So if I suggest one don’t pick me for your team.
  9. I am a qualified scuba diver up to 18 metres.
  10. If I could only eat one dish for the rest of my life it would be any form of curry!


Wonderland gets ? over Heinz’s new Ketchup Caviar

ATTENTION HEINZ TOMATO KETCHUP LOVERS: Heinz is launching its very first Tomato Ketchup Caviar – which we’re super proud to have helped create ?

From an initial idea that was cooked up in the Wonderland kitchen, it’s a big moment for Heinz (and us) as it will be the first time ever its world-renowned Tomato Ketchup has been made in a new format. AHHH!

 

So what’s it all about?

 

Launching as part of the company’s 150th birthday plans, we always wanted to come up with something extra special (and a bit extravagant) for Heinz to celebrate in style.

 

Containing delicious (vegan) caviar pearls that burst in your mouth with the taste of Heinz Tomato Ketchup joy, only 150 jars exist in the UK.

 

And you could get to try it this Valentine’s Day. Here’s how YOU can get your mitts on one.

 

Die-hard Heinz Tomato Ketchup fans will have a chance to get their hands on a jar at a very special Valentine’s breakfast on the day of love itself, courtesy of Heinz and Fortnum & Mason – the very first stockist of Heinz products in the UK. You can find our more info on that here.

 

Big up to my Wonderland fam who have put so much love and work into this project, taking care of everything from the initial product development and photography, to video creation and media relations.

 

And big love to you all.


Anthony Burrill: It's cool to be kind (+ interview with Anthony Burrill)

We’re over the moon to be collaborating with letterpress design god Anthony Burrill to produce a limited edition set of prints, with 100% of proceeds going to Kindly Collective:


Kindly Collective, a charity set up by Wonderland founder Alison last year, is on a mission to help create a kinder world by funding and supporting grassroots projects with heart.

 

We’re massive fans of Anthony’s work – anyone who’s visited Wonderland HQ will have seen his prints in our meeting (AKA Tina Turner) room – so you can imagine how chuffed we are to be working with him and raising money for a charity close to our hearts at the same time.

 

The Wonderland X Anthony Burrill collaboration, ‘Kindness is Strength’, is in Anthony’s signature bold and beautiful letterpress style and we reckon it would make the perfect Christmas present for people who like things to look good AND do good. We hope it encourages a wave of kindness, not only through its message but through its fundraising too.

 

There are very limited numbers available so buy one now at our Shop.

 

We asked Anthony a bit more about kindness:

 

What does ‘Kindness is Strength’ mean to you?

 

It means being strong enough to show kindness, to consider the feelings of other people and lead your life in a positive way.

 

What kindness do you want to see sweeping across the country this festive season?

 

I’d like to see more tolerance and acceptance of other people, no matter what background they might be from. I don’t want it to be just over the festive season; kindness is for life, not just Christmas.

 

Tell us about a time you were shown (or showed) kindness.

 

I think it’s small random acts of kindness that can mean the most, the things that we do without thinking and on the spur of the moment that can positively change a stranger’s day.