Smoking Gun hits its first milestone and we’re not slowing down!

Happy First Birthday to us! It’s been quite a journey, as 12 months ago we were still just a really good idea. Over the last year we’ve implemented even better ideas, and worked with some fantastic brands.
We’ve delivered big agency results with real value for money against various sized budgets, thanks to our big agency experience. So our clients awarded us Recommended Agency Register Status, and we moved into shiny new Mount Street offices. With Manchester Town Hall on our doorstep, we now have the chiming reminder of the time to help with our tight deadlines.
Expert and innovative use of digital and traditional marketing has had people talking about celebrities like Elton John, Louis Walsh, Shay Given, David Weir, Rio Ferdinand, Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent and Helen Flanagan. Away from the hoi polloi we gathered international recognition and genuine grassroots engagement for our hidden camera work for the Welsh Assembly Government which challenged men’s behaviour towards women.
Meanwhile, more than just a few fans tweeted on kit launches with BURRDA for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Watford. All that’s without mentioning how the Man United faithful sang approvingly when the exclusive M Collection clothing range arrived.
Our marcomms campaigns have proved more than proficient across a range of sectors, either when delivered direct to clients or collaborating alongside other agencies, like the Jaguar campaign with Journey9 which even featured a bespoke film by Hollywood director Derrick Borte. And when expert animation studio RealtimeUK created a Samurai themed CG mini-epic, we ensured it was seen by the people that mattered, resulting in a major new contract win.
We left the big screen behind to tread the boards and make The Lady Boys of Bangkok’s presence in the North West known. Daring photo shoots, targeted social networking and a gala evening filled with Manchester’s leading business figures were just some of the ways the show became a success.
Winter arrived, bringing memories of last January’s thick snow. And with it 60 Days of Health, the online wellbeing trial we created as part of our blog-based campaign for BioStrath. Crowd sourcing and celebrity endorsement combined to create a real impact.
What time was left we spent providing consultancy, online and traditional services to clients like Outdoor Chic and lettings specialist YourShack. This was besides welcoming hotel brand Roomzzz, Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, and the UK’s largest car supermarket, Carcraft, to the fold.
Aside from that, we’ve undertaken crisis management work for private and public companies, and leading names from professional sport, going so far as to run campaigns protecting reputations on social media networks. You’ll never hear about this, though, proving a job well done.
Embracing the New Year, we’re still bursting with fresh ideas, like the ones we had for events like the Manchester Science Festival, and keynote presentations at conferences such as Mashable.com’s Global Social Media Day. Each week we’ve had plenty to say, and got people talking, in every possible way. So drop by, call 0161 839 1986 or say [email protected], and start telling your story today.