Notes from the office diary


We know blowing our own trumpet doesn’t constitute a good regular read. But there’s big news afoot this month at Smoking Gun HQ.
As with almost every aspect of central Manchester, constant change and improvement is one way to describe things here. And, with new clients walking through the door, a forthcoming move to a fresh (as yet under tight wraps) address, and a brand new, wholly re-Tweetable weekly roundup from our media masterminds it’s certainly something to be embraced.
First up we’re delighted to announce a new campaign for Dr Kurt Wolff, the German cosmetic giant behind the UK’s fastest growing men’s shampoo, Alpecin. Our FMCG PR specialists will be introducing the anti-hair loss product to men in their 20s and 30s who are concerned about hereditary baldness, it’s just a shame Wayne Rooney didn’t know this was coming before he spent £10,000 on his new locks. To view the latest advert, click here.
Elsewhere it gives us great pleasure to welcome Verdo Renewables to the fold. This latest addition to our burgeoning home and interior PR client list is a major force in the international market, and has invested significantly in the UK operation. As such we’re eager to start our work, and begin educating the nation on the benefits of burning responsibly sourced and refined fuels.
As always we’ll be keeping the adventurous epicure’s hat on, with another business looking for travel and food PR support. The Lion is a brand new gastro-pub and hotel based in Staffordshire, offering delectable dishes to be enjoyed while indulging in a weekend getaway or overnight stay. Obviously then we’re delighted to represent the company, and ready to watch it grow.
We also recently launched ‘The Blagger’s Blog’ to help avoid awkward professional silences, and reduce the number of digests you need to consume. Log onto our blog, Facebook or Twitter from 8.45am each Friday morning to find our roundup of what the papers have been saying and Twitter’s top tags by location, along with the week’s best and worst media moments. So search for #blaggersblog and you won’t miss out on another conversation starter again.
And finally it’s not all been hard work, as Smoking Gun staff have managed to attend some of the biggest events in town recently. So you might have seen us catching up with old friends at The Lady Boys of Bangkok, watching Bjork open 2011’s Manchester International Festival (and partying for a few hours afterwards), celebrating the work of children’s hospital charity Many Hands at trendy drinking hole The Alchemist, or debating social media ROI with John Robb and the other attendees at The Feed. Of course, there will be plenty more in the next few weeks, so we’ll see you there if there’s no time to say [email protected] right now.