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Silentnight Eco Beds


Our client, the UK’s leading bed manufacturer Silentnight, had developed a revolutionary new product— the first entirely eco-friendly mattress, Eco Comfort, made using fibres spun from recycled plastic bottles.

Smoking Gun was tasked with launching the mattress, capitalising on the growing environmental movement and the success of BBC One’s Planet Earth II series. The primary goal was to introduce Eco Comfort to consumers and trade, increasing awareness and driving purchase consideration.

we were set the following KPIs:

  • 10 pieces of national coverage in mainstream media outlets
  • A feature-length report in trade bible Cabinet Maker to influence retailers
  • 20% of coverage to include a backlink to Silentnight’s website
  • 5,000 visits to eco webpage from social media sources
  • Direct contribution to business target of 200% sales uplift

Mass awareness was of primary importance, so attention was focussed on securing a high profile TV opportunity for the company. This wound up being a live broadcast of BBC One’s Breakfast show, direct from the Silentnight factory.

For trade press, we carefully created exclusive feature ideas for influential outlets to develop their own in-depth reports from. We invited Cabinet Maker to visit the Silentnight factory and interview the company’s operations director.

Our staff actively sought out advocacy from online influencers who were recognised and trusted by Silentnight’s core demographic. We also ensured the science and story behind the Eco Comfort mattress was publicised via compelling digital content.


1.5million morning viewers

BBC Breakfast TV slot with presenter Sean Farrington broadcasting live from the Silentnight factory, explaining the Eco Comfort story to some 1.5million morning viewers. Total live broadcast time of 13 minutes with 18 brand mentions

47 media hits

including nationals The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, MailOnline, Daily Express, Huffington Post, Prima and Good Housekeeping

Two 3-page articles

in Cabinet Maker, including multiple interviews, product images and retailer call-to-action

Additional trade coverage

in Furniture News, Interiors Monthly and The Furnishing Report

100,000 subscribers

reached in Marine Conservation Society magazine and newsletter coverage


of coverage included a backlink to Silentnight website

100% coverage

in key messages


of coverage included product imagery, 38% included RRP

84,00 video views

Social content posted to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter produced 84,000 video views, reach of well over 1million and 24,000 engagements


visits to eco webpage driven by social media


increase in Eco Comfort mattress sales, making it Silentnight’s second most popular mattress

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