A month in the Smoking Gun study


Welcome to the mad month, or rather silly season, as our industry prefers to call it. Those unsure about what that means should read our blog post here. Rather than preparing for downtime, though, here at Smoking Gun we’ve been firing on all cylinders, garnering several CIPR nominations, running graduate recruitment days, and welcoming new clients to the fold. Business as usual again, then.
First up, we’re delighted to be representing rentalcars.com to our roster of beloved brands. The firm has entrusted us to activate sponsorship, helping to promote its excellent services by offering our excellent expertise. Armed with some great content- not least Japanese robot tours- we’ll be working hard for the guys to help raise awareness around this particular campaign.

Elsewhere, we’ve managed to bag ourselves no less than five CIPR PRide award nominations, putting our team in the running for Best Integrated Campaign, Best Use of Digital, Best Use of Social Media, Best Use of Photography or Design, and the coveted Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy. Winners will be announced in November at the newly restored and truly lavish Principal Hotel here in Manchester, so wish us luck.
Smoking Gun has been overwhelmed with applications to the new graduate scheme, which commences in September, proving our commitment to nurturing and helping develop the best of tomorrow’s industry best. Last week we hosted a full day of interviews and workshops with the most promising applicants, and competition was fierce. Watch this space for news on who we picked to join our head office, where they will receive the best training money simply can’t buy.
It’s not just new arrivals we’re focused on improving, either. One of our esteemed Account Directors had her Out Of Office recently whilst on a strategic comms day, fine-tuning her already astute skills in the field. A worthy investment on our part, it’s safe to say firms won’t find themselves in safer hands going forward.
Just like the weather (until very recently), the office sunflower-growing competition has been getting pretty heated too, adding yet more greens, and yellows, to our rooftop meeting room best described as ‘deliciously edible’. Along with our tomato plants, it’s proof that we’re serious about mindfulness and workplace karma, which in turn has been proven to improve everything from job satisfaction to productivity- two things that can only benefit the companies we work with. Another month, another sign this particular ingenious agency is one step ahead of the rest, rather than continue to blow our own trumpets let’s leave it at that, and let the real results do the talking. See you in a few weeks then.  

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