10 things you probably didn't know about... Meg!

A massive hello and big virtual hugs  to our newest Wonderlander, Megan (or Meg to her mates). Already nicknamed Megalolz, the lovely Meg is really into space and imaginary dragons (what other kind is there?) but whatever you do, keep those evil peas AWAY.

 

  1. One of my biggest regrets in life was quitting piano lessons. I have started learning again, but can still remember how to play the entire score of Titanic, so every cloud…
  2. I have an irrational dislike of peas – I do not trust how they move around a plate and how they sneakily end up under chips
  3. I’m completely obsessed with space. I still rate the best day of my life being a VIP tour of NASA in Houston. Yep, it’s ranked above my wedding
  4. My favourite place in the world is Ceredigion on West Wales. I try to visit as much as possible
  5. I once sat on patio furniture drinking cans with Run The Jewels while Limp Bizkit warmed up next to us before a set
  6. When I was younger I thought I broke the world record for the oldest tamagotchi so my dad (the ultimate wind-up) told me to take it to the local newsagents to verify my life changing claim – they obviously had no idea what TF I was on about
  7. I had a very unhealthy relationship with The Wizard of Oz growing up, to the point where my mother had to call me Dorothy for two years and the video had to be hidden. Still can’t really watch it without feeling super weird
  8. I’ve had Sunday lunch with two Prime Ministers
  9. My first EVER sell in on my first day in PR was to The Times, I totally choked and he told me to ‘spit it out’ before hanging up, solid start
  10. I spent my childhood with two wonderful sisters, and an imaginary pet dragon that lived under my desk


MENTAL HEALTH - THE WONDERLAND WAY

This Saturday (10th October) is World Mental Health Day – an international day to promote education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma that still exists surrounding mental health.

Health, happiness and positive mental vibes are among the most important things we think and talk about on a daily basis at Wonderland. Heck, one of the reasons Wonderland exists is because we wanted to create a working environment that promotes positivity and puts people over profit.

We recently put all the stuff that we do to help people be happy and healthy in one place. We called it the Happy Health Plan. There’s some good stuff in it and some of our fave bits include:

  • Having a flexible working environment and office set-up that enables people to breathe and work in a way that suits them and their lives
  • Assessing everything we do for our Wonderlanders against MIND’s mental health standards
  • Having lots of internal and external support for anyone that needs a friendly ear to talk to or shoulder to lean on
  • Dodo Days – for the days when you just don’t want to get out of bed because your head isn’t feeling right / its best
  • Carrying out a monthly mental health survey to all Wonderlanders, checking in on how everyone is doing and where we need to dial up the love, advice and tea making
  • Making an effort to mark all mental health milestones, like this one, throughout the year, so our collective mental health stays front of mind

With 1 in 6 British workers now being affected by mental health problems each year and mental health becoming the leading cause of sickness absence throughout the UK, health and happiness HAS to be high on everyone’s business agenda. And with the Covid-19 pandemic changing a lot of people’s lives in many ways, including their working styles, it’s now important more than ever to get positive mental health in the workplace right.

So let’s end the stigma, get talking and help everyone around us.

With winter fast approaching, which for many is likely to be much harder than usual, there are lots of ways to keep your mental health as positive as possible.

Check out this great article from Glamour for some great first steps to take. And why not take a look at MIND or download CALM or Headspace for some additional tips and techniques for supporting your mental health.


WONDERLAND X CALEÑO

WONDERLAND SWAP FOMO FOR NOLO WITH NEW CLIENT CALEÑO, THE NON-ALCOHOLIC, TROPICAL FREE SPIRIT

Now, typically, Wonderland and booze-free are not uttered in the same breath but somewhere around our 50th lockdown hangover in a row, the thought of enjoying a tropical, non-alcoholic cocktail sounded pretty appealing. Particularly when it’s made with something as delicious as Caleño (and trust us…it’s tasty…we’ve done the legwork).

 

We’ll be helping the Caleño team on their mission to bring joy to “not drinking” – from chatting about the benefits of mindful drinking (think more sober curious than teetotal) to the guzzling of MANY an alcohol free, tropical cocktail. 

 

In a time when we could all do with a little bit more joy in our lives, Caleño’s vibrant Colombian roots can help us find our happier hour – after all, there’s a reason Colombia is one of the happiest countries in the world! A tropical infusion of juniper, citrus and spice botanicals that is sugar-free, sweetener-free, allergen-free and made with no artificial flavours – Caleño is the perfect way to keep our joy topped up whilst keeping our bodies tip top too. 

 

Wonderland’s MD, Rich, says it couldn’t be a better fit, “as avid fun lovers and big fans of a delicious drink (but not of a crippling hangover), Caleño is a perfect partner for us and our shared value of spreading more joy, particularly during this strange time, is something we’re all excited to be working on together.”

 

Now do excuse us, we’re off for a Caleño and tonic to celebrate.


A LOL A DAY KEEPS THE DOC AWAY

I am a big fan of laughing. I’m probably laughing right now…or at least desperately trying to make someone else laugh.

 

I’m never quite sure if everyone else is a fan of me laughing. My laugh has drawn comparisons with Jimmy Carr and Michelle Visage (which I take as HUGE compliments), but also a hyena (which I take less as a compliment). Nonetheless, I have ALWAYS believed that laughter truly is the best medicine.

 

Now, of course, there are actual real-life facts, stats and data that prove I am, in fact, right to believe how great laughing and laughter is. I’m not going to write a scientific study here, so apologies to anyone reading who thinks I’m spreading fake news. It’s not my intention. But here are some of the amazing things I’ve seen about the power of laughter:

  • It can release endorphins, relax you, and boost your immune system
  • It can help diffuse conflict; help form social bonds and is imperative for healthy relationships
  • It gets your brain working, can lessen anxiety and has even been compared to antidepressants in how it can help alleviate negative feelings and thoughts
  • AND it helps keep your heart healthy, can burn calories, and may even help you live longer!

 

All of which means I’ve cancelled my gym membership and now do at home brain and body workouts by simply watching my favourite comedy shows instead, all in the name of living longer.

 

All of those reasons are brilliant and totally valid. But why is it that I will go out of my way to make any ridiculous gag I possibly can (and I mean any, most of the time it’s a shot in the dark with a pity laugh from the ever-courteous Ellie)?

 

Well, it’s because I honestly think humour can get you through anything. Yes, it may also be a bit of a defence mechanism, but I believe that making someone laugh is the best buzz you can give yourself. Because making someone else laugh not only makes you laugh more too, but the fact that you have made someone laugh, smile or even roll their eyes means you have lifted and impacted their day in some small way and THAT is powerful.

 

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that laughter isn’t just the best medicine, it’s an addictive drug. One I think we can (and should) all get hooked on. Particularly right now. So, if this crazy world is leaving you feeling blue, then get in touch with the funniest person you know and feel the endorphins flow – chances are you’ll make their day as well as your own. Life is simply better when you’re laughing.

 

SvK

P.S. Please don’t ACTUALLY get hooked on laughing – we certainly don’t need a repeat of the Tanganyika laughter epidemic right now…


Say Hello to new Wonderlander Dani

Dani Shingler, aka Dash or Pea Head to her pals, joined Wonderland as a Communications Consultant at the beginning of March (yes, what a wiiiild time to start a new job), and she, and her wonderfully curious and curiouser nature, has slotted in peeeerfectly.  With nearly 7 years’ experience in the wonderful world of PR under her belt, including managing campaigns and press offices for global FMCG accounts, Dani will be helping us do what we do best – securing top-notch media coverage for our clients.
To get to know her a little better, we asked her to jot down 10 interesting things about her – so here you go!

  1. I was the first girl in an all-boys school – somewhat terrifying especially on Valentine’s Day
  2. I love to travel and am ALWAYS planning my next trip – fav things include doing a TEFL course and teaching English in North Thailand, a PADI diving course in Borneo and a 10 day trek in in Nepal
  3. I have the tendency to ‘interview’ people when I meet them – I’m very curious and want to know everything!
  4. My family all have the exact same laugh – we slap our hands down on the table, head back, silent laughter – looks really bizarre when we’re all together
  5. I’m terrified of heights and flying (hello Valium) but I’ve travelled all around the world and forced myself to do a sky dive and a hot air balloon ride. With very Jelly legs
  6. I love yoga and did a foundation course to improve my understanding – I prefer to keep as a hobby, but you never know I may teach one day
  7. I’m a bit of a film geek and can become quite obsessed, especially with anything MARVEL and the Oscar nomins
  8. I grew up in the best named place EVER – Timberhonger House, in Timberhonger (it’s in Worcestershire) my friends even had a song for it ‘In the honger, the mighty honger, the timber sleeps tonight…..atimberhonger timberhonger’
  9. I am obsessed with Bovril (on toast) and it’s why I could never be a vegetarian – my parents used to give it to me in sandwiches when I was little
  10. F.R.I.E.N.D.S is my happy place and could probably quote every episode 


LOOKING FOR AN ACE NEW JOB IN CONSUMER PR?

OH HEY THERE.

 

Looking for a new gig in PR?
Fancy working for Wonderland?

 

We’re looking for two bright, brilliant and bold people to join the Wonderland family: one at Account Manager level, and one at Director/ Associate Director level.

 

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PR ACCOUNT MANAGER JOB

 

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PR DIRECTOR JOB

 


CALLING ALL KICK-ASS CONSUMER PR DIRECTORS AND ASSOCIATES

CALLING ALL KICK-ASS CONSUMER PR DIRECTORS OR ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

 

Like the sound of this?

 

  • A communications agency where creativity and curiosity rule, people come before profit, and time sheets, oneupmanship and pointless admin aren’t a thing.

 

  • Working collaboratively with a bold, brilliant, supportive team who really know their shit, in an incredible waterfront office in the centre of beautiful Bristol.

 

  • Doing exciting, creative, original, strategically sound, fulfilling work that you believe in, for awesome clients – from legendary global food brands you almost certainly have in your cupboard to smaller local charities doing ground-breaking stuff.

 

  • Being free to wear what you want, be who you want, say what you want (within reason: we’re into respect, honesty and zero bigotry), with everyone’s voice being important.

 

  • Flexible working, tailored training, good pay, pretty great parties, unlimited holiday, a Wonderland nap policy (see below) and fun – because, let’s face it: If you’re not having fun, what’s the bleedin point?

 

 

This is what you’ll get here at Wonderland, and now we’re looking for our next member of the family – at Associate Director or Director level. You’ll be:

 

  • Brilliant and confident at owning client relationships, getting them loving and believing in the work you create as much as you do and excited about spending time with you.

 

  • Experienced creating and running campaigns with spot-on strategy and top-notch creative tactics for consumer and lifestyle clients agency-side at associate director or director level, and smashing the proverbial out of the results.

 

  • Inspiring, problem solving, accountable, creative, collaborative, unflappable and generally ON IT, making sure we’re always doing the right thing in the best way.

 

  • Happy getting your hands dirty doing the do as well as managing clients and teams.

 

 

if this all sounds right up your alley but you don’t live in Bristol, maybe now’s the time to move? It’s been named as the best place to live plus UK’s coolest, kindest and greenest city, and we reckon you’d love it.

 

 

THIS ALL SOUNDS FRICKIN AMAZING. HOW DO I APPLY? I hear you say.

 

Send Rich (rich@wonderlandcomms.com) your CV and tell us why you reckon we’re a good fit for each other, and kindly tell us the following too:

 

  1. What three words your best mate would use to describe you
  2. What is the ultimate crisp in your opinion, and why
  3. If you had to listen to just one song for the rest of time, what would it be?


CALLING ALL KICK-ASS PR ACCOUNT MANAGERS

CALLING ALL KICK-ASS CONSUMER PR ACCOUNT MANAGERS – WE’RE RECRUITING

 

Like the sound of this?

 

  • A communications agency where creativity and curiosity rule, people come before profit, and time sheets, oneupmanship and pointless admin aren’t a thing.

 

  • Working collaboratively with a bold, brilliant, supportive team who really know their shit, in an incredible waterfront office in the centre of beautiful Bristol.

 

  • Doing exciting, creative, original, strategically sound, fulfilling work that you believe in, for awesome clients – from legendary global food brands you almost certainly have in your cupboard to smaller local charities doing ground-breaking stuff.

 

  • Being free to wear what you want, be who you want, say what you want (within reason: we’re into respect, honesty and zero bigotry), with everyone’s voice being important.

 

  • Flexible working, tailored training, good pay, pretty great parties, unlimited holiday, a Wonderland nap policy (see below) and fun (because if you’re not having fun, what’s the bleedin point?)

 

This is what you’ll get here at Wonderland, and now we’re looking for our next member of the family. You’ll be:

 

  • Smart, creative, collaborative, positive, problem solving, accountable and generally ON IT.

 

  • Experienced working with consumer and lifestyle clients agency-side at account manager level, and confident managing projects as well as delivering the goods.

 

  • Fine with being your brilliant self with clients, getting them loving and believing in the work you create as much as you do

 

if this all sounds right up your alley but you don’t live in Bristol, maybe now’s the time to move? It’s been named as the best place to live plus UK’s coolest, kindest and greenest city, and we reckon you’d love it.

THIS ALL SOUNDS FRICKIN AMAZING. HOW DO I APPLY? I hear you say.

 

Send Rich your CV – rich@wonderlandcomms.com – and tell us why you reckon we’re a good fit for each other. Kindly tell us the following too:

 

  1. What three words your best mate would use to describe you
  2. What is the ultimate crisp in your opinion, and why
  3. If you had to listen to just one song for the rest of time, what would it be?

 


WERK THIS WAY - WE'RE RECRUITING

WERK THIS WAY – WE’RE RECRUITING!

 

We love doing brilliant PR, comms, branding and content for brands and people we believe in, and having a shitload of fun while we do it. No boring stuff, no bureaucracy, no bellends.
Fancy working this way? Then you’ll be pleased to hear we’re now looking for not one, not two, but THREE awesome people to join the Wonderland massive. WHOOOP!

 

In 2019 we turned Heinz Tomato Ketchup into Edchup (Oh Hai Mr Sheeran), invented Crème Egg Mayonnaise (yes, really – actually pretty good on waffles), put scaffolding on the picture of Big Ben you’ll find on HP Sauce bottles, got people to mention their pensions for Good Money Week, and made bins sexy for homewares brand Brabantia – alongside a whole load of other, equally awesome campaigns. YAY GO US. #modest

 

Joking aside, we feel very fortunate to say it’s been a bloody cracking (and yes BUSY AF) year, and thanks to a bunch of new projects and clients in the pipeline we have another one lined up.

 

That’s where you come in.

 

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAAAAS IS YOUUU (IF YOU’RE A CONSUMER COMMS GENIUS WITH A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE)

 

We don’t do your usual job titles at Wonderland – everyone’s a consultant or senior consultant. But to give you a steer on what we’re looking for :

 

  • 1 x consultant with 6+ years’ experience, currently a senior account director or equivalent.
  • 1 x consultant with 6+ years’ experience plus a strong working knowledge of and experience working with Irish national media. You’ll currently be a senior account director or equivalent.
  • 1 x consultant with 5+ years’ experience, currently a senior account manager or junior account director.
ABOUT YOU:

 

  • You’ll be experienced, creative and hands-on, able to boss projects and campaigns and collaborate well with both our brilliant team and clients.
  • You’ll know what’s right when it comes to managing people, work and projects, and be confident in your ability to deliver the goods (and then some).
  • 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.
  • You’ll be comfortable co-creating and leading some big, exciting projects for household names, but equally at home getting stuck into the delivery.
  • You’ll be willing to travel to client offices in London when required (approx. once a week); for the Ireland role, you’ll also be required to travel to Dublin to see clients and media about once a month.

JOBS WITHOUT KNOBS

 

When we started Wonderland, we were determined to get rid of all the things we didn’t like about places we’d worked before -like pointless dress or makeup codes, endless admin, a competitive environment, horrible hierarchies, presenteeism, inflexibility, chasing dollar, depressing offices and crap clients.

 

Oh and those occasional colleagues who were proper dicks.

 

We’ve taken a lot of time and care over who joins us, and are privileged to have a band of ballsy, brilliant, kind and funny people working here, who genuinely care about and support each other.

 

At Wonderland:

 

  • We put people over profit
  • We’re client partners, not subservient yes-people
  • We seek out work we love, and say no to things we think are boring or a bad fit
  • We operate democratically with no hierarchy or competition and everyone’s voice is important
  • We’re free to wear what we want, say what we want, be who we want. Our differences are not only accepted but celebrated. The only thing we ask is that everyone is honest and respectful
  • We have flexible working, tailored training, sweet new offices, lots of perks, parties you’ll tell your friends about (in a good, not cringe way) – and we pay well 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?
SO WHERE IS THIS COMMS AGENCY PARADISE YOU SPEAK OF?

You’ll be based in our BEEAUUUTiful new office in central Bristol, right on the Harbourside with epic views, and within stumbling distance to great coffee/ booze/ food. Come and do a walk by if you don’t believe us.

SOUNDS GOOD?

 

Email rich@wonderlandcomms.com with the following:

  • Your CV
  • Favourite campaign you’ve worked on in the past year – and why
  • Your dream client – and why
  • What you’d eat Creme Egg Mayo with

 

 


WE'RE HIRING - Join the Wonderland team

Wonderland wants YOU.

 

We’re looking for a shit-hot advertising account director to join us on a freelance, part-time basis.

 

If you’re good at strategy but also know what works creatively, have experience in advertising (out of home), digital and social, and fancy working on a fun, household-name challenger brand, OH HAIII.

 

You’ll be:

 

• An experienced, creative and quick-thinking Account Director in advertising and/or digital, including out of home
• A problem-solver who’s a natural at guiding clients
• Someone who’s happiest being themselves and having fun with workmates and clients (no business jargon, dick swinging or sharp suits here)
• Comfortable wihth challenging client-side big dogs when it’s needed to make sure we’re staying true to our creative idea
• Accountable and organised, and happy managing other freelance resource like designers
• Confident you can deliver shit-hot work
• London or Bristol based – if Bristol, you’ll be willing to travel to London for meetings
• Happy to work on the project for 6 months or so on a flexible basis (so less work when it’s not busy, and more work when it is)

 

In return you’ll get:

• An awesome work environment with a lovely office and people
• Or, the opportunity to work from home/ remotely
• Experience working with a fantastic household name client
• The salary you deserve
• Chips*

 

To apply:

Please email rich@wonderlandcomms.com with your CV and a few sentences on why you reckon this is the job for you. Closing date: 6th January 2019

 

*Chips are optional. But frankly if you don’t want chips, what the hell is wrong with you.