Busting graphene myths


STEM PR | Science PR | graphene PRThe Graphene Flagship is the EU’s biggest research initiative. With a budget of €1billion, the project’s objective is to take graphene from laboratories into manufacturing. Now entering the second half of a 10-year funding period, the Graphene Flagship must accelerate the uptake of graphene for industrial applications. Communicating messages from the world of academia, however, can be challenging.


Campaign objectives:

  • Raise the profile of graphene by generating 100 clippings in five-months, targeting UK, Spain, Italy, France and Germany (one clipping per £100 media relations spend)
  • Increase consumer interest in graphene by generating 10 consumer-facing national clippings. Measure this using searches for ‘graphene’ in Google Trends, hoping to increase the score by 25% in worldwide science searches.
  • Align the Graphene Flagship with graphene as a material using SEO/PR, generating 60 backlinks to Graphene Flagship website, improving domain authority and search visibility by 10%


Measurement and evaluation:

1. Raise media profile of graphene

149 clippings: five print, 144 online (149% of target)

  • 114 clippings in target regions; United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany
  • 35 further clippings in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Mexico, Cuba, Israel, Estonia, Poland, Korea, Iran, Singapore
  • 2.27 million combined circulation
  • 1.5 million combined online views
  • 26,200 social shares

One clipping per every £70.30 spent, exceeding target by 29%.

STEM PR | Science PR | graphene PR2. Raise consumer interest in graphene

15 pieces of national media coverage in 9 countries (150% of target)

  • Coverage included national newspapers in target regions:
    • Metro, Forbes (UK)
    • De Bild (DE)
    • Corrierre Della Sera, Il Fatto Quotidiano (IT)
    • El Pais, El Independiente (ES)
    • L'Équipe (FR)
    • Additional national news media coverage in Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal
  • 1.96 million combined circulation
  • 911,000 combined online views
  • 21,400 social shares

Google Trends data helps quantify the impact of national coverage, monitoring the popularity of searches such as ‘graphene’:

  • 111% increased Google Trends score following MWC, from 43 (Dec-19), peaking at 91 (Mar-19)
  • 51% average increased Google Trends score during campaign, averaging 75 (Dec-18 to May-19), exceeding target by 26%

3. Align the Graphene Flagship project with the material

93 backlinks generated to Graphene Flagship website (155% of target)

  • Average domain authority of 55, creating valuable backlinks
  • Graphene Flagship domain authority increased by 18%, from 49 (Dec-18) to 58 (May-19), exceeding target by 8%
  • Increased search visibility by 41.3% following MWC, from 75 (Dec-18), peaking at 106 (Mar-19)
  • Increased average search visibility during campaign by 10.7%, averaging 83.1 (Dec-18 to May-19), exceeding target by 0.7%



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About the author

Richard Stone
Richard Stone - CHART.PR, MCIPR

Stone Junction is managed by Richard Stone, a chartered member of the CIPR whose previous experience includes campaigns for Arup, AIT Plc, CIENA, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SIG, SKF, Roche and WorldCom.

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