Welcome to Smoking Gun PR


It creates anticipation.

It inspires people to raise their game, liberates bold ideas and makes work compelling.


It’s also what drives this dynamic Manchester-based public relations agency. Home to storytellers extraordinaire, we work for clients across the globe, making people genuinely excited about the brands on our books through ingenious thinking and daring concepts, expert use of all things digital marketing and pioneering PR.


Ingenuity is believing that with knowledge and imagination, every PR problem can be solved. Our award winning team and authoritative associates rise above obstacles collaboratively, providing companies with bespoke, straight talking digital and traditional media communications solutions.


Whether tasked to integrate with a current high profile marketing strategy or help get a start-up off the ground, we can guide, tutor and assist you in navigating this brave new consumer controlled frontier. We work with people who have a passion to succeed, a tendency to be bold and try something new and who treat their agency as a genuine team extension. If that’s you and your business then let’s start storytelling together.

Case File

Silentnight Advent Calendar – a social media case study

Bed retailer Silentnight wanted to ensure it didn’t get lost in the festive madness and remain front of mind with consumers, ahead of the important January sales period.

Crucial to this was site visibility and social media.

We were tasked with increasing web traffic from social media and given a tough KPI of 10% of all traffic to be from social sources.


...and finally

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Smoking Gun strikes gold again at CIPR PRide NW awards

  The Smoking Gun team stepped out in style last night at the CIPR PRide NW awards, the largest public relations and marketing awards in the region, held at Manchester’s prestigious Midland Hotel, resplendant with a Great Gatsby theme. Once again the competition was fierce, entries were at the highest ever level with over 1,100 submissions, and the finest in…

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The Blagger’s Blog 27th February 2015

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort   Quote of the week “I’m mortified…” Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw attempting to apologise for his part in the cash for access scandal, whereby he was caught on camera offering to use his power and influence for the benefit of business interests. Whether he’s sorry for being caught,…

Peter Cobley, Founder and Organiser at SAScon says:

"Online PR, especially when blended with social media and search is an area of weakness for many companies and practitioners; but this is not the case for Smoking Gun PR."