September's notes from the office diary


Despite summer vanishing there’s a buzz around Smoking Gun HQ this month. So here’s the latest on our new staff, clients and free industry information.
First up, while still settling in to our new address, we have welcomed another highly experienced PR face to the team. Carolanne Bamford joins us after a spell in London with international communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton, bringing even more big industry experience to our ever-burgeoning enterprise. Along with expertise in digital strategy Carolanne boasts razor sharp observational skills- just take a look at her evaluation of Jordan’s new publication, Katy- My Magazine.
And now every Wednesday there’s another reason to head for the Smoking Gun blog, as we’ll be posting our weekly infographic. Bringing you a fascinating overview of today’s talking points via easy to digest imagery, so far everything from the first statistics on Google+ and a guide on how to build the perfect LinkedIn profile, to advice on job hunting via social media has been covered.
On to new business, and we’re proud to announce our team will now be representing technology firm Martin Dawes. With a fully integrated campaign designed to push the specialist audio-visual communications arm of the business the latest brand to join our retail PR client list presents a fresh set of challenges. As such we can’t wait to start providing proof of how our digitally-minded PR expertise can help bolster the company’s reputation.
And that’s not all, as we’re currently dotting the is and crossing the ts on contracts with two international brands, so more news to follow regarding those next month. It’s also nice to know all this hard work isn’t going unnoticed, as we’ve been shortlisted for another two illustrious accolades. This time it’s the CIPR PRide awards, so we’ll be attending our North West regional dinner, hoping to pick up the title of Outstanding Small Consultancy, and Best Use of Social Media for Panda Liquorice.
We are, of course, delighted to be working with Panda, and this is the second nomination we’ve received recently as a result of our efforts. By way of celebrating the success of this ongoing relationship we’d like to share the love a little, so make a comment on our Facebook Page explaining why we should pick you for a chance of receiving a healthy supply of delicious liquorice, delivered directly to your office. Witty one liners at the ready then.
Aside from all this we have, as per usual, been at some of the most noteworthy dates in Manchester’s recent diary. So that’s the exclusive opening of the new pop up bowling alley outside our Spinningfields office, the Social Media Cafe, Arcade Fire at the MEN, and more live music inside Pretty Green. But don’t worry if you didn’t make it to any of these, October’s looking equally busy so hopefully we’ll see you about town over the next few weeks.