Coverage Spreading like Wildfire - A Reactive Digital PR campaign for Distrelec

Creating innovative and industry thought-leadership campaigns Honcho secured over 100 pieces of coverage globally for B2B electronics distributor, Distrelec.







Distrelec Digital PR Case Study

Distrelec B2B Case Study

This is a great example of how data can be reused and realigned to find new angles in newsworthy content.

2022 broke records in the number of wildfires ravaging Europe. With temperatures set to continuously rise due to climate change, the Honcho 2022 team wanted to understand how governments could future-proof against loss of wild and human life.

Utilising data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), they calculated how much countries would benefit from implementing early-detection Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, alongside the cost of the wildfires in comparison to investing in this technology.

In 2023 our new Digital PR team used that data and reworked the campaign with a new angle. 




Using EFFIS to locate the European countries experiencing the most severe wildfires in 2022, the team estimated their cost based on the assumption that every hectare of land burned costs around 10,334 euros.

They measured the forest density of these countries using World Bank data, dividing the km squared by 15 (the range of the IoT sensor) to calculate the number of sensors required. Using the average market cost of IoT sensors in bulk, it was possible to calculate the total cost of sensors, and what percentage this number was of the total estimated cost of wildfire damage.

To calculate the CO2 emitted as a result of the wildfires, they took the average of 15 tonnes per 2.5 hectares burned.


Phase 1:

The team deduced that countries, such as Portugal, would benefit greatly from sensors. Their 2022 wildfires made headlines as they enveloped Madrid in smoke – 400km away! With 100,098 hectares of land burning, this cost an estimated €1,034,434,753.56, whilst implementing IoT sensors would’ve cost €43,961.28, just 0.00424% of the damage cost.

They outreached angles around percentage costs to highly relevant sites and saw some success, however, it didn’t make the impact we felt it deserved.

Then came 2023…

Phase 2:

Southern Europe saw unprecedented heatwaves this year, resulting in the largest wildfires across the continent burning through thousands of hectares of green space, impacting residents, wildlife and holidaymakers. Those in Greece being the biggest the EU had ever recorded.

We were able to rework the previous campaign and contribute to this story in a meaningful manner. Our approach was different, in that we simply looked at the total cost of the 2023 wildfires in the worst-impacted countries, and the total cost of preventative sensors.

Outreach Strategy:

With our objective to achieve top-tier links, we took the campaign to large publishers, whose authority would strengthen the domain. 




Coverage in 151 online articles

10 came from Phase 1 (2022), meaning 141 came from Phase 2 (2023).

Brand mentions featured in media outlets from 28 countries.

12 authoritative, editorially valid backlinks contributing towards improving Distrelec’s search engine rankings.

Coverage in top-tier publications including Bloomberg, (four separate times), CNN, MSN, Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, and CNBC.

Our story was also featured in two print articles, one being The Mirror (UK) and the other in Insurance Journal.



Due to such thorough detail and attention going into the creation of each campaign, we exceeded all set objectives. 

In a 6-month time frame we achieved 103 pieces of coverage and 90 backlinks to the Knowhow subdomain. 

The awareness of Knowhow noticeably increased with monthly organic engaged sessions increasing by 225%, engagement rate increasing 99.9% and average time on individual pages increasing 341%. 

As coverage across multiple markets was also a key objective, we were able to secure coverage in 32 European publications and a further 27 publications internationally. 


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“We were impressed by the simple, yet highly effective and targeted approach taken by the new Digital PR team at Honcho. The work they carried out was on brand and in our wheelhouse, meaning they were able to put us at the heart of an existing and important news story in a way that felt natural. We were hugely impressed by their ability to generate reams of coverage, links and social mentions so quickly and are very excited about what the future holds.”
Paul Morris
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