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Highclere & Silentnight


Silentnight launched its exclusive ‘Highclere Collection’ to align the ‘Britishness’ of the brand with the heritage of Highclere Castle. The consumer product PR launch tied in with the release of the new Downton Abbey film which is set within the iconic castle.

Smoking Gun worked with Silentnight on a campaign to launch the collection to the media and consumers with an exclusive event for home and interiors journalists and a video showcasing the new mattress within the stunning setting of Highclere Castle.

what we did

As part of our consumer product PR remit we planned the invitation-only media event, including securing seven top tier journalist and blogger attendees, booking activities for the day

Attended and managed the event and built on existing media relationships

Continued conversations with the media following the event to secure product placement coverage

Organised bed gifting for the attendees to secure further bed review coverage

Organised competitions in key home interior publications such as Good Housekeeping to target this relevant audience and raise awareness of the new product

Created a video showcasing the new mattress within Highclere Castle – including multiple edits for media and each social media platform

Designed an Instagram mosaic featuring the new Highclere Collection and created dedicated webpage and blog content

Launched social media giveaways of the product and Lady Carnarvon’s new book

Created on-the-day content across all digital channels to support the media event



High quality coverage across key titles including the Sunday Mirror Notebook, Real Homes and House Beautiful


100% of coverage included an image of the new product and 75% included a backlink to the product page on the Silentnight website


A total potential media reach of 771,426


During launch week, the video was viewed on Facebook 23,000 times


The overall engagement rate for the launch across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram was 21%, representing significant out-performance against social media’s benchmark 2% engagement rate for brand content


opportunities to see the brand, at a spend of £1 for every 7,643 eyeballs

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