Are you a culturally connected digital native with a passion for creativity and experience in PR and/or media? Can you help W+K become one of the world’s most admired creative businesses? Are you interested in a new job? Then read on!
We are an independent, creatively driven advertising agency that creates strong and provocative relationships between good companies and their customers. The London office was founded in 1998 and we now have a team of over 200 smart, lovely, hard-working people.
Our founding goal was to do the best work of our lives for inspiring clients. We’ve tried to stay true to that aspiration ever since. Our core skill is advertising but these days that can encompass everything from building mobile apps to curating social media content.
We’re probably best known for our work on Nike, with whom we have worked for over 30 years. Other clients include Action For Children, Finish, Honda, Lurpak, Nurofen, Ovo, Rovio, Samsung, Southern Comfort, Three, Trident and Tyrrells.
As PR manager for Wieden+Kennedy London you will be responsible for promoting us and our work, securing external media coverage, managing our own media channels, assisting our clients with campaign PR, organizing events, developing PR strategies and plans, connecting us to culture, clients and partners
+ Keeping W+K London’s own channels up to date with news and views
+ Keeping W+K London profiles across other media platforms up to date
+ Being main point of contact for all media enquiries and press relations
+ Managing content for agency’s ‘shop window’ on Hanbury Street
+ Liaising and co-ordinating with W+K Global PR team
+ Identifying which campaigns should be promoted and to which extent
+ Writing media releases and preparing release packs
+ Advising teams on additional assets – behind the scenes images etc
+ Finding additional angles for types of media beyond trade press
+ Being main point of contact for production partners on outreach plans
+ Working with creatives and account teams during campaign development, giving guidance on PR potential of ideas and generating proactive ideas for PR activations as part of campaign
+ Assisting clients with management of PR around marketing initaitives
+ Helping to ensure that we are connected to the latest thinkers, makers and influencers in culture, locally and further afield.
+ Identifying potential partners and collaborators for agency projects
+ Providing information and inspiration for agency projects
+ Seeking opportunities for W+K presence at events, conferences and awards juries and approaching organisers, suggesting appropriate W+K London person, topics and partners
+ Helping W+K speakers shape content of talks and gather assets
+ Ensuring events are covered in agency channels
+ Managing award win announcements
+ Event attendance
+ Promoting wins on W+K London owned channels
+To be an ambassador and evangelist for all things W+K-related
Experience and qualifications
- Good knowledge and understanding of marketing, advertising, media, popular culture.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Excellent understanding of new platforms, social media and emerging trends in tech and society
- At least two years’ experience in media, advertising, journalism, PR or related industry
- Understanding and experience of successfully generating awareness, buzz, impact, debate, enhancing reputation, attracting eyeballs and grabbing attention
- Connections and contacts in the world of media, technology, culture, art, etc would be an advantage.
- Ability to get along with peers and clients in a fast-moving, busy environment
- Affinity for how we do things around here: lack of ego, willingness to do whatever it takes (within prevailing legal and moral norms), high level of attention to detail and pride in doing things well.
- EU citizenship / work permit
Does all the above sound like you?
Send your C.V. with a covering letter explaining why you think this might be the right job for you to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t hear back from us within four weeks of application then your application has been unsuccessful. Sorry. Thanks for applying and best of luck with whatever you do next.
Are you a creative social mastermind? A multi-platform renaissance man or woman? A wizz with words? Well, if this sounds like you, we may soon be carving you a space here in our cosy office.
Have a look at the job spec below and if you fit the bill, get in touch. To apply please send your CV to email@example.com
Wieden+Kennedy London would like to meet a new CREATIVE COMMUNITY MANAGER.
As well as handling day-to-day community management duties, our new CCM will take part in planning, writing/making, and evaluating social activity across great projects for brilliant brands.
What kind of person are we looking for? You’ll have real passion for social creativity, and an in-depth knowledge of best-in-class work. You’ll know the platforms inside out. You’ll always know what’s trending. You’ll be fascinated by user behaviour. You’ll have strong creative judgement. You’ll be a confident writer, able to adapt to different tones. You’ll have an ambition to make exciting, innovative, groundbreaking things happen.
What will you be doing? • Everyday community management duties across various brand projects (inc. moderating, user comment/query management). • Generating creative content plans. • Copywriting & sourcing/briefing/creating visual content. • Managing social content creation both within the agency and through partners. • Data analysis to establish insights to optimise future work. • Spotting and suggesting social engagement opportunities for the brands we work with.
What support will you have? • Account teams and planners will help you understand the brand strategy and objectives. • Interactive strategists will work with you on platform strategy, content plans, and evaluation. • Creative teams/CDs will provide creative guidance and direction re craft, tone of voice, etc. • Interactive producers and designers will help you bring your work to life.
We’d love it if you: • Have some experience managing brand communities/social media accounts, ideally across several categories/sectors. • Have an active personal online presence. • Have the confidence to voice your point of view amongst some experienced and opinioned (but lovely) people! • Can efficiently manage your own time and workload. • Bring your personality to work with you, making the agency a better place because you’re here.
Congratulations to them on graduating as our most recent placement team (this is them on their first day here...)
…to becoming our latest new hires (this is them today after a few celebratory Finest* bubbles!)
In the short time they've been with us they've already made some great stuff. Here's to them making more of the best work of their lives.
If you want to throw your creative hat into the ring for a placement, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for a book crit. You, too, could soon be photographed awkwardly somewhere at W+K Towers.
Chances are if you're reading this blog you will know all about us here at W+K London. But what you probably don't know is that we are currently recruiting for Account Executives across a number of our accounts.
So if you fancy getting a first foot on the advertising ladder and joining an agency that offers you the chance to do the best work of your life, then look no further. Past advertising experience is not a mandatory, but some experience in an agency/work environment will help as you'll be quickly thrown in at the deep end (in a good way, of course).
To be in with a chance of coming in to meet us properly we'd like to ask you six questions. Answer them how you best see fit and then please send all responses direct to Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Why do you want to work in advertising?
What interests you most about W+K?
Tell us about your favourite piece of creative work, and why you like it.
Which piece of work from our site don't you like, and why.
If you could choose 5 people to invite to a dinner party (dead or alive) who would they be and why?
I finally read the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It's a heavy tome (I'm sure Jobs would have specified a slimmer design), too big to carry about, and I generally read when I'm travelling, so it wasn't until I downloaded an electronic copy that I got stuck into it. I can recommend it for anyone who's interested in business, tech, the creative industries or Jobs himself.
Jobs comes across as an obnoxious, perfectionist weirdo who managed, in his own words, to 'put a dent in the universe', seemingly by sheer force of will. He was an unusual combination of hippy drop-out, inspired creative thinker and business mogul, with an obsessive compulsion for everything around him to be 'just right'. A revealing incident in the book relates how he was under sedation while being treated for cancer and the doctors tried to put a mask over his face.
Jobs ripped it off and mumbled that he hated the
design and refused to wear it. Though barely able to speak, he ordered
them to bring five different options for the mask and he would pick a
design he liked. . . . He also hated the oxygen monitor they put on his
finger. He told them it was ugly and too complex.
Yeah, I've worked with some designers like that.
Jobs's perfectionism and need for total control led him to create a completely self-contained system in which software and hardware were integrated and even the retail channel was owned by the brand. He specified everything from packaging to the colour of the walls in the factory and even deliberately had the products engineered so they couldn't be opened without specialist tools, to prevent people from so much as changing a battery. Once perfection had been achieved he didn't want anyone to tamper with it. When working on the specifications for Apple's new HQ, the architects wanted the windows to open, but Jobs rejected this. He “had never
liked the idea of people being able to open things. ‘That would just
allow people to screw things up.’ ”
At times in the book he appears to be a visionary genius who can anticipate what people want before they know themselves, transform whole industries in a matter of months and push his people to perform seeming miracles of engineering in products that astonish and delight the world. And at times he's a self-centred pain in the arse, who will simply ignore the facts if they don't suit him. He abuses, cheats and lies to those around him, apparently with no remorse.
The book touches on Jobs's approach to advertising and branding at a number of points.
It relates that in briefing Chiat/Day for the launch of the Macintosh, he demanded something as revolutionary as he believed the product itself to be. "I want something that will stop people in their tracks," He said. "I want a thunderclap."
A thunderclap is what he got.
Here's Jobs previewing the ad to the Apple sales force at an internal event in 2003.
The salesforce get it. But when he showed '1984' to the board of Apple, "Many of them thought it was the worst commercial they had ever seen." The board tried to pull the campaign but Lee Clow claims that Chiat/Day lied and told them they couldn't sell the 60s Superbowl slot. (That's such a great story that I really hope it's true.) The screening caused a sensation and '1984' has been described as the greatest TV ad of all time.
The concept (1984) captured the zeitgeist of the personal
computer revolution. Many young people, especially those in the
counterculture, had viewed computers as instruments that could be used
by Orwellian governments and giant corporations to sap individuality...
The ad cast Macintosh as a warrior for (personal empowerment) - a cool,
rebellious and heroic company that was the only thing standing in the
way of the big evil corporation's plan for world domination and total
mind control. Jobs liked that. He fancied himself as a rebel and he
liked to associate himself with the values of the ragtag band of hackers
and pirates he recruited to the Macintosh group...The ad was a way of reaffirming, to himself and to the world, his desired self image.
If Jobs identified himself with the message in '1984' then 'Here's to the crazy ones' must have seemed like a personal manifesto.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the
only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy
ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.
You get the sense that this is exactly how Jobs saw himself - a rebellious genius who pushed the human race forward, despite the carping of critics.People talk of Jobs's 'reality distortion field'; when
reality didn't suit him he ignored it, or sought to overturn it, or persuaded others that they could do so.
Here's Jobs in 1997, presenting 'Here's to the Crazy Ones' in another Apple keynote speech, when he had returned to the company as interim CEO. At this point Apple sales had slumped, their product line-up was weak and they had yet to launch the iMac or iPod. He needed to remind Apple fans and employees what Apple stood for, at its core and how they were going to return to those values. It's interesting to hear one of the world's great marketers speak about branding and marketing in such clear, simple terms.
The book goes on:
Starting with the 'Think Different' campaign and continuing through the rest of his years at Apple, Jobs held a freewheeling three-hour meeting every Wednesday afternoon with his top agency, marketing and communications people to kick around messaging strategy. "There's not a CEO on the planet who deals with marketing the way Steve does," said Clow. "Every Wednesday he approves each new commercial, print ad and billboard." At the end of the meeting he would often take Clow and his two agency colleagues Duncan Miller and James Vincent, to Apple's closely guarded design studio to see what products were in the works. "He gets very passionate and emotional when he shows us what's in development," said Vincent. By sharing with his marketing gurus his passion for the products as they were being created, he was able to ensure that almost every ad they produced was infused with his emotion."
Jobs was responsible for some amazing work, but he was a demanding client. He responded to the first draft of 'The Crazy Ones' with the words, "It's advertising agency shit and I hate it!' He told copywriter James Vincent that he hated the iPad launch work.
"Your commercials suck," he said. "The iPad is revolutionizing the world and we need something big. You've given me small shit." “Well, what do you want?” Vincent shot back. “You’ve not been able to tell me what you want.” “I don’t know,” Jobs said. “You have to bring me something new. Nothing you’ve shown me is even close.”
Vincent argued back and suddenly Jobs went ballistic. “He just started
screaming at me,” Vincent recalled. Vincent could be volatile himself,
and the volleys escalated.
When Vincent shouted, “You’ve got to tell me what you want,” Jobs shot
back, “You’ve got to show me some stuff, and I’ll know it when I see
The book explains how the agency presents twelve different campaigns, from inspirational and stirring to humorous, to celebrity endorsement. Further campaigns are developed and produced, but Steve still isn't happy.
He had been asking for ads that were different and new but eventually he realised he did not want to stray from what he considered the Apple voice. For him that voice had a distinctive set of qualities: simple, declarative, clean...And so they went back to a clean white background, with just a close-up showing off all the things that "iPad is" and could do.
Not so much the creative visionary, more the client who doesn't know what he wants until he sees it and makes you do a ton of work before he decides he liked the first thing best.
Despite all this, I have to say I would have jumped at the chance to work with the obsessive, perfectionist weirdo that was Steve Jobs.
In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.' Jobs was clearly unreasonable: he succeeded in adapting the world around him to fit himself. He couldn't have achieved so much without being unreasonable; the interesting question is whether he could have done it without being so unpleasant.
I've heard people in this business say we should "tolerate genius". (I think David Ogilvy said it first.) I've also heard Dan Wieden say, "Life's too short to work with assholes." There are few geniuses in advertising, no Lennons or Picassos or Dylans, but there are plenty of assholes. I've been lucky enough to work with some exceptional talents who are unreasonable enough to achieve greatness in our field, without being unpleasant in the process. Wieden is one of the few. Those people are never easy to work with, but they are crazy enough to believe they can make a difference. And the ones who are crazy enough to believe that are the ones who do.
So those of you who follow the blog will know we ran an application and interview process in late 2012 to find potential Planners to join our team for a three month placement in 2013.
We were graced with over 500 applications, from all around the world and from all different backgrounds. Thank you to everyone who made the effort.
Eleven candidates came to see us for an interview day. The kitchen flooded, we lost power, we couldn’t offer anyone a cup of tea, but we made it through together. Everyone put in a strong effort and really impressed our judging panel.
Since then, we have been lucky enough to confirm this week three young Planners who will be joining us each for three months this year. More on them once they arrive.
In the meantime, we have collated all our feedback from the applications to help you next time. Here’s our top W+K ten application tips.
1. Understand who you’re talking to
This is a Planner's bread and butter - understanding your audience’s needs, desires and motivations. You need to show this same understanding when applying to be a Planner. The person reading your application probably has a pile of over 50 applications sitting in front of them. How do you make sure yours is noticed? Make it simple for them to read it and quick for them to find your best bits.
2. Speak to your audience personally
Show you understand them, show you know who they are. Like with W+K, show you understand our values and culture, that you’ve gone further than copying and pasting our website homepage.
3. Be careful with ‘zany’ applications
In a bid to stand out, don’t damage your application chances. Gimmicky language and CVs that the reader has to ‘decode’ can make it hard for us to get to your best bits. Be confident in allowing your application to speak for itself.
4. Keep it simple
When writing briefs, Planners need to be able to distill complex information into a straightforward solution. Treat your application in the same way. Don’t overwhelm us with information; give us a topline so we want to read on. You may have life-changing genius on page 23, but that’s no good if we stopped reading at the third paragraph.
5. Research, research, research
Show you’ve done all you can to get to the bottom of a problem. Read a book, do a Google search, download a market report. But even better get out there and speak to people, go to watch people shop in Tesco, see what people are saying online, ask your friends, your mum, your six year old nephew. Get as many opinions and facts about the problem as you can.
6. Then, FILTER
Now you’ve got all your data, separate the ‘useful’ from just the ‘interesting’. Interesting is great, but useful helps you solve your problem.
7. Structure your argument
So important! Think about the argument you want to make with your answer. Say it, say it, and say it again. Use the introduction to set up the problem, the bulk to go into depth and the conclusion to draw it all together in an inspiring way. Use formatting to help signpost the reader though your argument – bold, italics, bullet points.
8. Present it well
Planners spend their days having to present information to people and how you do this can make all the difference. We’re not saying style over substance, but don’t underestimate the power of a well-styled document. What’s more, considering the presentation of your answer forces you to prioritise the most important points.
9. Sweat the small stuff
We're all human, we get that. (And thanks to those avid readers who spotted the cunningly encoded mistake in this very post!) However, taking the time to proof read can make all the difference. We spotted spelling mistakes, typos, untitled CVs, questions missed out, clients' names spelt wrongly and even our own name spelt wrongly!
10. MOST IMPORTANTLY show us who you are
We’re an agency made up of people. People we like. Curious people. Funny people. Smart people. People who cook. People who run. People who have hidden talents. Show us you are one of those people. We want to see more than just the stuff that makes you fit the job description. We want to know about you, because you're great.
Thanks again to all who got involved, we only wish we could squeeze you all in!
Wieden + Kennedy London is hiring. We’re looking for a smart, talented and interesting mid-weight Comms Planner to join our band of strategists. Full job spec (although that really might be overstating the formality of it) can be found below.
(No headhunters please. It’s nothing personal, we promise).