A New Adventure

The summer is over and – at long last – so are my travels. My work with Lucozade is at an end and this time last week, I finished up my stint with Oxfam as well.

As the title suggests, it is indeed, time for a new adventure.

Today I’m doing just that by joining 1000heads as Engagement Strategy Director.

I’ve been aware of and worked alongside many different people from 1000heads (aka ‘the word of mouth people’) over the past four years, and they’ve always impressed me with their ideas, professionalism and more than anything else, their ethics. We’ve often shared stories about our respective projects & conversation ideals and very recently I had the opportunity to talk to them much more openly about my long term plans and ambitions.

It was the synergy that came from these meetings that made me realise that working with 1000heads was clearly the next logical step in my career. When it transpired that they felt the same way, everything just fell into place…

Even if you don’t know of 1000heads, you might not be surprised to hear that they are word of mouth (WOM) specialists. The company works with a range of clients from various industries to understand and engage with their consumers, from Nokia and 3Mobile to Canon, STA Travel, Sky and the BBC.

I am absolutely over the moon about joining the ‘heads and can’t wait to sink my teeth into the work ahead. I’ve already been into the office to meet some of the team and I’m going to spend this coming week getting up to speed with the accounts, campaigns and overall strategies I’ll be working on in the coming months.

After an eventful summer (where I really feel like I’ve been getting my hands dirty again), this move makes complete sense to me and well, I look forward to telling you all about the new adventures, as they happen.

Said in the only way I know how:

Bring it on.

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Author: James Whatley

Chief Strategy Officer in adland. I got ❀️ for writing, gaming, and figuring stuff out. I'm @whatleydude pretty much everywhere that matters. Nice to meet you x

52 thoughts on “A New Adventure”

  1. Congrats dude, hope it brings you new and interesting challenges, and I look forward to following your continued adventures.


  2. Yay Whatleydude is coming to 1000heads!

    You’ll meet me soon enough ^_^


  3. A perfect match! I’m so pleased that 1000heads managed to snag the irrepressible Mr. Whatley. I’m sure you’ll do great things James. Congratulations!

  4. congratulations.

    Based on your previous commuting experience can we assume you will be based out of the Oxford office πŸ˜‰

  5. Great news… as ever you’ve landed on your feet.

    If I believed in job-karma, I’d say this was it, but I don’t… so you must have earned it.

  6. Don’t know if I’m happier for James or the ‘heads. This is a dangerously well matched pair. Congratulations all around!

  7. Congratulations fella! Well deserved!

    Just so u know I have left ARN so if you have any recommendations James them please let me know…

    Thanks man!

  8. good stuff man, looking forward to seeing more excellent stuff coming from the heads crowd and maybe seeing you at their staff drinks sometime in the future! don’t let em work you too hard πŸ˜‰

  9. Awesome news! Congratulations both to you, and 1000heads πŸ˜‰ From what little I’ve seen of 1000heads, it seems like they’re definitely going in the right direction. And seeing that you’ve now joined them, clearly that makes them an all the more awesome agency πŸ˜‰ Sounds like you’re really coming into you’re own now πŸ˜‰ Excellent stuff!!

    Can’t wait to see what awesome stuff you generate and create with them πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck settling into you’re new team.


  10. maybe one of your clients will send you to Vancouver for the Olympics and we can do the mobilist bike ride that I spoke about when you were with the previous company! congrats!

  11. I completely agree with PseudoFinn – “This is a dangerously well matched pair. ”

    Bring it on, is right!

    To quote Motley Crue, “Knock ’em dead, kid.”


  12. Well done James – am definitely keen to learn about all the cool stuff you’d be working on – yes trust, respect, and ethics with users are core to proper WOM.

    Lovely videos I felt like I’ve travelled around the world just looking at your blogs πŸ™‚

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