Denver PR Blog

Congrats to Stapleton’s VP-Community Affairs Landri Taylor
January 29, 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

He is being inducted into the Colorado Blacks Hall of Fame Saturday, joining the likes of Wellington Webb, Penfield Tate, and Daddy Bruce Randolf.

Top PR Gaffes of 2007
January 29, 2008, 6:26 pm
Filed under: Denver, Denver Business Journal, Public Relations

Bruce Goldberg’s column in this week’s Denver Business Journal includes a list of the Top PR Gaffes from Story + Welch’s Jeremy Story. On the list are The Cartoon Network, Microsoft, J&J and Boulder’s own John Mackey. If you are not a subscriber, the list is on his blog here

Hey KOA, I Hear Scott Cortelyou’s Salary Demands are Quite Low
January 29, 2008, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Denver, KOA, Layoffs, Public Relations

One of the great truths in Corporate America is that any memo from management that begins, “I know you are keenly aware that the economy is a major issue facing our country” is going to suck. And the good folks at Clear Channel Communications (CCC) — KOA, KHOW, KBPI, KRFX, KTCL, KBCO, KKZN and KFMD — are learning that lesson firsthand. CCC Market Manager Lee Larsen is softening the ground with employees now, so if you were planning to pitch any of your friendly local radio news anchors/producers, you’d better hurry. And then point them to The Jump.

The 48th Street Journal?
January 29, 2008, 9:54 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Wall Street Journal

Rupert Murdoch plots to move The Wall Street Journal from Lower Manhattan to a News Corp. building in Midtown. 

Edelman Releases 2008 ‘Trust Barometer’ Report
January 28, 2008, 8:03 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The report is here, and Bela Lugosi look-a-like Richard Edelman provides context here.  

Denver (and Cleveland) PR Jobs
January 28, 2008, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Denver, Jobs, Public Relations

Among those hiring this week are Crocs, Catapult, Arapahoe Library District, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee, Passantino Andersen Communications, Western Resource Advocates and the Cleveland Clinic (yes, the one in Cleveland. No, we’re not sure why its being advertised here either.) 

‘Preparing to Launch’
January 27, 2008, 7:53 pm
Filed under: Denver, Pete Webb, Public Relations, VisiTech

Having finally dumped its interminable “14 Days to Launch” banner, the VisiTech Web site has retreated and now is in week 2 of “Preparing to Launch.” And this is a tech agency?

And before you get smug, Pete Webb, we’ve noticed that you’ve been without a real Web site for a couple of months. Remember the good old days when companies created a new Web site and then pulled down the old one to replace it? 

Upcoming Events
January 27, 2008, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Denver, Events, Public Relations
  • Flint Whitlock and flack emeritus Terry Barnhart will discuss their new book, “Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book: How Barnstormer and Aviation Pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen Made the Skies Safer for Everyone” at noon this Thursday at the Denver Press Club. 
  • Ex-LeGrand Hart employees are planning a “reunion” at 6 p.m. this Thursday at The Corner Office Bar.
  • The True Spin Conference, which bills itself as bringing together “flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics runs this Thursday and Friday at the Curtis Hotel downtown.
  • The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement are sponsoring the Colorado Business Hall of Fame black-tie dinner at 6 p.m. on February 7 at the Marriott City Center.
  • PRSA and Qwest are sponsoring an event titled “Tackling Tough Hits: Notoriously Anti-PR Journalists Share Breakthrough Pitching Tips” at 11 a.m. on February 14. No word yet on who the journalists are, but the other details are here.

Stephen Baldwin to the Rescue … (Has Anyone Ever Said That Before?)
January 27, 2008, 10:20 am
Filed under: Celebrity Apprentice, Crocs, Denver, Public Relations

Crocs’ SolesUnited program, which recycles and distributes old Crocs in impoverished countries, will be featured on this week’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice (Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC). The celebrities will create an awareness campaign for the company’s charity program. Because when your stock price has fallen 63 percent over the past three months, who better than Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons and Marilu Henner to develop the marketing strategy to turn things around.  

Great Moments in Journalism … I
January 26, 2008, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Denver, journalism, Public Relations

Okay … If We All Agree Not to Renew, It Might Be Free by Summer
January 24, 2008, 8:14 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Wall Street Journal

If you have been dragging your feet on renewing your online subscription to the Wall Street Journal because Rupert Murdoch had been hinting that it might soon become free, prepare to be disappointed. Not only will it not be free, but the online subscription cost is expected to increase starting in March. Read the details at the WSJ (and note the irony that this article was free to the general public).  

Graffiti Removal Hotline
January 24, 2008, 8:05 pm
Filed under: Denver, Denver Egotist, Public Relations
Not really PR related, but it made us laugh (found via The Denver Egotist):

Colorado Education Lobby Unveils Viral Video Campaign
January 24, 2008, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Viral Videos

Great Education Colorado is launching a series of what it hopes will become viral videos to create awareness for the lack of funding for public education in our state. Among the facts they are highlighting: Colorado is well below the national average in student-teacher ratios and funding per pupil. Watch the first video and sign the petition to encourage greater funding here.  

Fortune Finds 2 Colorado Companies Among Best 100 to Work For
January 24, 2008, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Awards, Denver, Fortune, Public Relations

Fortune has released its annual rankings of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and two Colorado-based companies — CH2M Hill and PCL Construction Enterprises — made the list

Layoffs and Downtown Rents Both Go Up
January 24, 2008, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Denver, Denver Business Journal, Public Relations

More than 5,000 Coloradans filed for unemployment benefits due to mass layoffs last year, and approximately half of those received their pink slips in the fourth quarter. With those kind of numbers, you would think office rents would be stable or decline slightly. But rents in downtown Denver actually rose 26 percent in 2007, which represented the nation’s seventh largest jump. 

Chipotle Looks to New York for Lead Advertising Firm
January 23, 2008, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Chipotle, Denver, Public Relations

Chipotle has dropped Boulder-based TDA as its lead advertising agency, replacing it with New York City-based DeVito/Verdi. 

Post Editor: Stop Gossiping About the Rocky Shutting Down
January 23, 2008, 9:13 am
Filed under: Denver, Denver Post, Layoffs, Public Relations, Rocky Mountain News
The rumors sweeping through the Denver Post yesterday speculated that the Rocky Mountain News is in such dire shape that it will either shut down or move to an online-only format soon. How pervasive were the rumors? So much so that Post editor Greg Moore had to distribute a memo to staff telling them to knock it off. 

Students Fear CSU/Gannett Deal Would Erode Independence
January 23, 2008, 9:11 am
Filed under: Fort Collins, Gannett

Rumors in Fort Collins have media conglomerate Gannett discussing a partnership or even acquisition of the Colorado State University student newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Collegian

‘They died doing what they loved to do — they were drinking, they were (driving) fast and they were together’
January 22, 2008, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Boulder, Boulder Daily Camera, Public Relations, Westword

The Boulder Daily Camera is taking heat for its article covering the spectacularly horrible car crash that killed three men who were in their early twenties. Westword has the details on reader reaction that accuses the paper of glorifying the men’s behavior, including this quote:

“The thing that really makes me feel much better about this is they died doing what they loved to do —  they were drinking, they were going fast and they were together,” (one of the dead men’s sister) said. “It gives me comfort, it does, to know those three things.”   

 UPDATE: The Boulder Daily Camera editor responded to the readers’ reactions.


Unleash the Inner “American Gladiator”
January 22, 2008, 1:30 pm
Filed under: American Gladiators, Bill Husted, Boulder, Denver, Denver Post, Public Relations

No one is tougher than PR pros, and here is your chance to prove it. NBC will be on the CU-Boulder campus on Feb. 2 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) auditioning contestants for the new American Gladiators.  

Whole Foods Dumps Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags
January 22, 2008, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Boulder, Denver, Public Relations, Whole Foods

Whole Foods announced it will only offer customers 100-percent recyclable paper grocery bags, in a move designed to bolster the company’s green credentials. The Boulder Daily Camera reports, “As part of the effort to cut out single-use plastic bags — which are petroleum based and can take more than 1,000 years to break down in a landfill — Whole Foods stores will sell canvas bags and a new reusable plastic sack for 99 cents.”

Turner PR Lands Two New High-End Resort Clients
January 22, 2008, 11:31 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Turner PR, Wins

Turner PR has added two new high-end resort and real-estate clients, Viceroy Anguilla and Viceroy Mayakoba, to its client roster. Turner PR will build the Viceroy brand and create greater visibility for the two communities using strategic media relations programs. 

Denver PR Jobs
January 21, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Denver, Jobs, Public Relations

Among the Denver-area companies hiring this week are Catapult, Turner PR, Children’s Hospital, Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation, Comcast, Denver Business Journal, Kaiser, MX Logic and Noodles & Company. 

From The Kenney Group to the Colorado Crush?
January 21, 2008, 10:29 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News profiles former Mullen High School and University of Miami Quarterback Ryan Clement as he takes what may be his last chance at playing pro football. Clement, who earned a law degree, currently works for The Kenney Group, a Denver firm that specializes in strategic political and government communications services. 

KUSA/Channel 9’s Kirk Montgomery Inks 4-Year Deal
January 19, 2008, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Denver, Journalism Moves, KUSA, Public Relations
KUSA/Channel 9 entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery has turned down an out-of-town job offer and instead re-upped with the NBC affiliate for four years. He hopes to expand his role to include hosting a show on KUSA’s sister station, My20. Now if someone could explain to us how he won Westword’sBest Hair on a TV Personality.

DIA to Offer Carbon Offsets to Flyers
January 19, 2008, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Denver, DIA, Public Relations, Rocky Mountain News

Denver International Airport hopes to have carbon-offset kiosks installed by August to help guilty flyers feel better about the environmental effects of their travels. Under the plan, passengers could input their flight information to calculate how much in offsets would be required to erase their carbon footprint.

Colorado Lags in Venture Capital Growth
January 19, 2008, 3:30 pm
Filed under: David Milstead, Denver, Public Relations, Rocky Mountain News, Venture Capital

Venture capital investments in Colorado dropped by almost $100 million in 2007, according to a David Milstead piece in the Rocky Mountain News. The 15 percent Colorado decline runs counter to the national trend of a 10 percent increase in venture capital funding. 

3M Campaign Puts its Money Where its Mouth is
January 19, 2008, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


BusinessWire: Lost in MySpace?
January 18, 2008, 10:20 am
Filed under: BusinessWire, Denver, Public Relations

BusinessWire is sponsoring a free Webinar (Friday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m.) on how to apply Web 2.0 tactics to press releases. According to BusinessWire, “You’ll learn how to ‘Digg’ your releases (and if you even should), how to save them on, and get them into an RSS feed — all in the quest of maximizing Google juice.” Get more information and register here

The “Broomfield Chamber Serving Broomfield and the Greater Broomfield Area” Was Their Second Choice
January 18, 2008, 10:04 am
Filed under: Broomfield, Denver, Public Relations

“The Chamber Serving the Broomfield Area” has officially changed its name to “the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce” to, in the words of its president Jennifer Kerr, “make it more identifiable as a Broomfield organization.” Local print shops specializing in business cards and letterhead reportedly applauded the brilliant decision.

NBC’s Russert to Be Honored with DPC’s Damon Runyon Award
January 17, 2008, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Awards, Denver, Denver Press Club, Public Relations, Tim Russert

The Denver Press Club will honor NBC political analyst Tim Russert with its 14th annual Damon Runyon award. The banquet is Sunday, April 13, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Tickets presumably are going fast and can be found here

Target Ad Offers Surprising Bullseye
January 17, 2008, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Target

Target has a reputation as being slightly upscale and wholesome, so many were surprised when the store’s traditional target logo featured an unexpected bullseye (see below). But what would have likely been an under-the-radar issue exploded when Target dissed a complaint from a blogger, citing its policy of “not participating with non-traditional media outlets.” Ouch.

Greeley’s Finest Leaves them Gasping
January 17, 2008, 9:33 am
Filed under: Denver, Greeley, Hickenlooper, National Western Stock Show, Ritter, Salazar

You know the National Western Stock Show officially is underway when a Greeley bumpkin throws out the first embarrassing racial remark. And extra points for doing it in a venue that allowed Mayor Hickenlooper, Gov. Ritter and Sen. Salazar to all race to the nearest reporter to denounce the comments.  

PR Week Salary Survey
January 16, 2008, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Denver, PRWeek, Public Relations, Salaries

PR Week’s annual Salary Survey is underway, and you can participate here. The survey provides an interesting benchmark for public relations practitioners on both the corporate and agency sides. Results will be released on Feb. 25.

PR Newswire Fires Staffer for Offensive Slugline
January 16, 2008, 5:39 pm
Filed under: Denver, PR Newswire, Public Relations

A PR Newswire staff member was fired for using “loony bin rally” as the slugline on a press release announcing a Mental Health Association rally. Gawker offers some perspective

Recent PR Moves
January 16, 2008, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Crocs, Denver, Jobs, LeGrand Hart, PR Moves, Public Relations, SHiFT
  • Crocs named Shelley Forslund public relations manager. Forslund formerly was with LeGrand Hart.
  • SHiFT named Michelle Crisci Shauf (say that three times fast) account supervisor. Shauf joins SHiFT from Anna’s Angels Foundation for Down Syndrome Research. Her resume also includes IBM, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ernst & Young.
  • The Cherry Creek Arts Festival named R. Tony Smith business and communications director. Smith formerly was finance and operations director for the festival.
  • Celestial Seasonings named Michael A. Bloom vice president of marketing. Bloom joins Celestial from Nestle.

Schenkein Goes Viral for Stapleton Campaign
January 16, 2008, 8:43 am
Filed under: Denver, PRWeek, Public Relations, Schenkein, Stapleton

PR Week has the details of Schenkein’s viral video campaign for Stapleton. A sample:  

Anonymous Blogger Seeks Same
January 15, 2008, 11:06 am
Filed under: Denver, Denver Egotist, Public Relations

Never underestimate the amount of work and sarcasm that goes into “helping Denver suck less, daily.” To help shoulder the load, The Denver Egotist is looking for a few good co-bloggers

Bronson Hilliard Finds Yet Another ‘Teachable Moment’ at CU
January 15, 2008, 9:37 am
Filed under: Boulder, Bronson Hilliard, Denver, Public Relations

If you have any pro bono PR work left in your budget, you might want to give Buffalo Chip a call.

Editors of ‘The Onion’ Coming to Boulder, Denver
January 14, 2008, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Denver, Events, Public Relations
Get drunk with the editors of The Onion on your to-do list? Good news! They will be in Denver and Boulder in late January for an audience discussion and book-signing for their latest work, Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth, Seventy-Third Edition. And the Denver event includes a 21+ after party where they are sure to answer the questions you so desperately want to ask (What’s The Onion?, Why don’t you ever use any of the press releases I send you?, Do you mind picking up the tab tonight?, etc.)
Boulder Event 
Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.
Old Main building on the University of Colorado Campus
Contact: Jon Bennett at (303) 492-6165 
Denver Event
Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.
Neighborhood Flix Cinema & Cafe (co-hosted by The Tattered Cover Bookstore) 
2510 East Colfax Ave. in Denver
Contact: (303) 777-3549
After Party (21+) at Rockbar, 3015 East Colfax Ave. in Denver 

Linhart, WhiteWave Finalists for PR Week Awards
January 14, 2008, 8:13 am
Filed under: Awards, Denver, Linhart, Public Relations

PR Week announced the finalists for the 2008 PR Week Awards this morning. Congratulations to Linhart PR for being a finalist for the “Small PR Agency of the Year,” and to WhiteWave Foods for being a finalist for the “Crisis or Issues Management Campaign of the Year.” 

Coors’ Lawyers Working Overtime on Super Bowl PR Campaign
January 14, 2008, 8:12 am
Filed under: Coors, Denver, Public Relations, Uncategorized

The Denver Post has the latest on Coors’ consumer-generated content campaign tied to the Super Bowl (previous post is here). Apparently the Coors lawyers are working overtime to try to prevent another public relations debacle.   

Post, News Report Circulation Drops of 12 Percent
January 14, 2008, 8:11 am
Filed under: Denver, Denver Business Journal, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News
The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News reported sharp declines in their paid circulation, largely due to a cutback in their practice of distributing free or sharply discounted copies to boost sales numbers, according to the Denver Business Journal.

Winter X Games ‘Rumor Alert’
January 13, 2008, 4:31 pm
Filed under: Denver, ESPN, Public Relations, Winter X Games

How do you break through the clutter when promoting an annual event that has lost some of the general public’s (and the media’s) attention? You aggressively respond to intriguing rumors about the event. What if no one is spreading rumors about you? No problem. Become a one-stop shop to create, spread and respond to the rumors

Changes at Factory Design Labs
January 11, 2008, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Denver, Factory Design Labs, Public Relations
Tracy McInnes has been promoted to president of Factory Design Labs, effective immediately. Before joining Factory in 2005, McInnes was at Karsh & Hagan Communications and Young & Rubicam in Chicago.

Coors Super Bowl Campaign Uses Consumer-Generated Content
January 11, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: Coors, Denver, Public Relations

PR Week has the details of Coors’ latest campaign.

’14 Days to Launch?’
January 11, 2008, 10:58 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, VisiTech

Would someone please wake up the IT staff at VisiTech? The unveiling of their Web site redesign has been “14 days” away for weeks now. 

Staff Departures Continue at Post, Rocky
January 11, 2008, 10:49 am
Filed under: Denver, Denver Post, Journalism Moves, Layoffs, Public Relations, Rocky Mountain News

Westword has the latest scoop on the continued departures of staff from the Post and Rocky. Among them:

  • Julia C. Martinez, reporter, Denver Post
  • Ivan Moreno, reporter, Rocky Mountain News
  • Fernando Quintero, reporter, Rocky Mountain News
  • Sarah Huntley, assistant city editor, Rocky Mountain News

Turner PR Continues to Grow
January 11, 2008, 10:27 am
Filed under: Jobs, LeGrand Hart, PR Moves, Turner PR

Turner PR has announced three new hires and a promotion:

  • Amanda Conti joins as an account executive; she previously worked at New York boutique firms Marina Maher Communications and Bratskeir & Company.
  • BrieAnn Fast and Jordan Blakesley have been hired as account coordinators. Both join Turner from LeGrand Hart.
  • Jill Neumann has been promoted to writer/research analyst.

EchoStar Wins CES ‘Best of Show’ Award
January 11, 2008, 9:33 am
Filed under: Awards, CES, Denver, EchoStar, Public Relations

EchoStar won a “Best of Show” award at CES for its TR-50 High Definition DVR. EchoStar’s press release is here.


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