Welcome to Smoking Gun PR

Ingenuity:

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.

BEST CUSTOMER PR AGENCY 2015

An agency is only as strong as its people and we have some very strong PR professors a board.

With decades of experience between us, ranging from consumer and B2B public relations to marketing and journalism, expect inquisitive minds, original thinkers, first rate multi-media experts, and fearlessly intrepid industry orchestrators. Not to mention stand out results.

INGENIOUS CLIENTS

Case Files

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Virgin Holidays – tunnel to Barbados

Virgin Holidays came to us to create a disruptive, engaging experiential PR stunt to raise awareness of its direct holidays from Manchester to Barbados. So we brought Barbados to... Read More

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Showing Nissan’s Caring Side

In 2012 Nissan UK soft launched its new CARED4 proposition in 50 of its leading dealerships nationwide and wanted PR to be a main driver to reach a wide consumer... Read More

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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... Read More

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Magnet Trade – B2B PR case study

Magnet Trade, the nationwide kitchen and joinery experts, challenged us to engage its tradesperson target audience via a B2B and B2C campaign - driving awareness of its products - with the... Read More

Testimonials

Tony Prosser, MD Realtime UK

The team quickly tuned into our business and our niche Market place, enabling them to deliver innovative and effective PR solutions that have already boosted our industry profile. They have in-depth understanding of social media and used it to our commercial advantage. I can highly recommend Smoking Gun PR.

CIPR PRide Judges 2013

We selected Smoking Gun because, in a tough field with a high standard of entries, they felt it stood out as exceptional in terms of measurement and evaluation. Not only was there clear juxtaposition between objectives, outputs and outcomes, but these were broken down very clearly and well presented. This was done by campaign phase as well, which provided further clarity and read back to clearly overarching objectives. The presentation of social media impact was also first class and the judges loved the ‘cost per eyeball’ comparison, showing clear value for money.

Andrew Barker, Mountain Hardwear

Rick and the team at Smoking Gun have demonstrated an incredible ability to quickly and clearly understand the uniqueness of the brands they represent by using a tailored approach in-line with core values and target consumers. Regardless of the brief –  technology, innovation, brand or athlete achievement, the team have delivered excellent results which in many cases have exceeded the initial goal. A very friendly, professional and passionate team.

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Smoking Gun named Best Consumer PR Agency

PR Moment award winners 2015 announced

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Journalism isn’t dead, it’s just finding itself

In the years since I started out in public relations so much about the industry has changed. It’s now almost unrecognisable. Plenty of good has come, but plenty of negatives too- not least the decline of print, job losses at every newspaper in the country, and the future of journalism becoming increasingly fragile. A leaked memo from Trinity Mirror, the…

And the most engaged media brand on Twitter is…

When you’re trying to encourage conversations about your brand amongst the public it’s vital you understand which media outlets can give your name the biggest boost. Following a recent Brandwatch survey news has hit of the most engaged title on Twitter, and it’s probably not the newspaper you expect. So whilst the ‘smart money’ might have been on Mail Online…