Case Study


Purple Riot was appointed to launch this gorgeous gifting brand to market with an integrated strategy comprising solid media relations, Instagram organic content, and influencer marketing.

SevenYays is a unique concept and British e-com company launched in summer 2021. The Manchester-based family-run business was created when their daughter asked, why don’t they make advent calendars for birthdays? Realising it was a genius idea, SevenYays was born!

SevenYays offers week-long countdown calendars for birthdays and other special occasions where customers can choose a selection of premium gifts to send to loved ones (or themselves). The calendars are opened over six days leading up to any ‘big day’, and on the seventh day, they get a bigger gift- the Seventh Yay!

Customers can either build their calendar by choosing from 400 luxe gift options or a range of ready-made gift boxes with feel-good names like Seven Days of Kindness, Seven Days of Sunshine, and Seven Days of Beardy Brilliance!

Gifts include something for everyone with craft spirits, wellbeing products, artisan chocolates, and toys.

What we did

We executed a two-phased approach over six months with a hard-working press office and media relations focus to drive awareness of this new brand and its beautiful products. 

Phase one focused on the products themselves and the story behind SevenYays, and phase two would promote new ranges launched later in 2021 for teens, men, and Christmas.

Ahead of the official launch on 1st June 2021, we created our lifestyle and product shots kit to give us plenty of content for the website, social media, and media kit. We then identified key journalists and influencers who were gifted with a calendar personalised to their tastes and a personalised branded card with a QR code, driving them to a specially designed VIP web page where we housed our media kit. We wanted journalists to experience the brand and website customer journey, so they were gifted a free box each to send to a friend and the one they received in the post as a surprise.

We engaged 65 macro and micro-influencers on a gifted basis who posted on Instagram with various grid posts, Stories, and Reels, highlighting the quality of the boxes and gifts. We were strategic with our outreach and engaged influencers with relevant audiences from across lifestyle, home, drinks, and wellbeing. A range of high-profile influencers posted content including Feel Good Club, Our Neutral Ground and Zack Hipps. 

We created teaser and launch Instagram assets and started to post a week before the launch with a countdown mechanic. We also created a social media strategy that included content around key awareness days, brand messaging, and products. 

SevenYays offers gifts from some gorgeous British Independent brands, including Masons Gin and Space Masks, who posted jointly branded launch content.

As well as gifting 50 journalists pre-launch, we issued a wider launch story to other key consumer contacts to secure as many product placements as possible. And we responded to any reactive gift call-out media requests and continued to pitch different products for different occasions, including Father’s Day. We issued a separate press story on the launch success, focusing on sales and the genius idea the family’s daughter thought up, tying into the GCSE results announcement in August 2021.  Our hardworking press office secured product placements and features with The Mirror, Closer Magazine, Manchester Evening News and OK Magazine amongst many others. 

Phase Two

For phase two, we launched new products for men, teens, and children and a Christmas range which we gifted to key press and influencer contacts. 

We focused on securing product placements around special occasions and relevant topics, including Christmas, well-being, and men’s grooming.

We also pitched the calendars as an alternative corporate Christmas staff gift to regional and national trade and business media, which led to an order from The Financial Times!

In total we secured over 90 pieces of coverage, and our phase two outreach secured product placements with The Independent, Psychologies Magazine and Heat Magazine among many others! 

See the results below! 

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Press Coverage
90 pieces of online and print top tier coverage with Cosmo, The Independent, OK, The Mirror, Closer, Heat, Stylist and Fabulous among many others. Total reach 892.1 million with 25 backlinks.
70 Influencers
Total reach 2.1 million
Nearly 6,000 followers
Best Launch PRCA Dare Awards 2022. Best Low Budget Campaign PRCA Dare Awards 2022. Best Low Budget Campaign PRCA Grand Prix 2022
Client Love
‘It’s been a pleasure working with Nikki and her team on the launch of SevenYays. Great strategic input and first class PR execution. Responsiveness and communication is a real strength. Would highly recommend” Andrew Staal, Director.
Incredible sales results for a first year business.

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