Campaigns: Events - Prince the ideal advocate of home show

Campaign: Ideal Home Show 2011
Client: Media 10
PR team: Stuart Higgins Communications
Timescale: March 2011
Budget: £10,000

Event organiser Media 10 wanted to position the 2011 Ideal Home Show as one of the UK's top consumer home events. Stuart Higgins Communications was hired to handle consumer and trade PR for the 17-day event, which took place in London.


- To increase the number of visitors

- To achieve more than 650 positive media mentions.

Strategy and plan

To attract national consumer and trade press interest, SHC developed a number of news angles, most notably licensing the Coronation Street brand from ITV to create a replica of a Coronation Street home at the show. Celebrities from the soap were invited to the event. Another angle was a partnership with The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment to create a green, new-build home at the event, which the Prince of Wales also attended.

Measurement and evaluation

The campaign generated 1,026 pieces of coverage, double that of 2010. These included 485 national print articles and 95 pieces of broadcast coverage. There was an increase of 1,170 Twitter followers and 1,257 Facebook followers for the event.


The show attracted 267,450 visitors, a seven per cent rise compared with 2010. More than 1,630 journalists attended the event.

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