Denver PR Blog

The Best Ways to Track Your Brand in Social Media?
March 31, 2009, 9:41 pm
Filed under: Social Media

WhatsNextBlog compiles the list of tools. (Hat tip: PRNewser)

Turner PR Continues to Grow
March 31, 2009, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Turner PR, Wins

The Denver Business Journal profiled Turner PR this week, noting that, “While many businesses struggle to survive the recession, Turner PR is doing something surprising: expanding its clients and staff. The Denver company, which also has offices in New York and Los Angeles, has picked up six high-profile clients since November and is looking to hire a new social media specialist.” New clients include Eddie Bauer and Hotel Teatro. I’d point out that much of that growth has followed Turner’s hiring of Jordan Blakesley and BrieAnn Fast, but they are far too modest to want me to do that.

Great Moments in Journalism XV
March 31, 2009, 7:35 pm
Filed under: journalism

Michael Sheehan, a reporter with the FOX affiliate in New York City, was arrested on suspicion of DWI after being involved in a car-horse accident. Not surprisingly, it is the local CBS affiliate that has the details. While there are no photos from the scene yet, it may have looked something like this:

GroundFloor Media Hires Senior PR Manager
March 31, 2009, 12:56 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, PR Moves

GroundFloor Media has hired Kimberly Langston as senior public relations manager. Langston’s experience includes Swedish Medical Center and Ocean Journey (now the Denver Aquarium).

Former Schenkein Owner Named SVP at IMA Financial
March 31, 2009, 11:43 am
Filed under: PR Moves, Schenkein

Former Schenkein principal and co-owner Leanna Clark has joined Denver-based IMA Financial Group as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Executive Director of the IMA Foundation. While at IMA Financial Group, Clark will continue her work with the non-profit Project C.U.R.E., helping it take groups of community and business leaders to developing nations where it delivers medical supplies and equipment.

Q2 PRSA Events
March 31, 2009, 11:34 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Damon Runyon Award Dinner 
Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
Sports writer, author and Colorado native Rick Reilly will attempt to cheat death by accepting the Denver Press Club’s Damon Runyon award. PRSA members can receive the Denver Press Club member rate when they purchase tickets online at

PRSA Western District Conference
April 22-24 in Newport Beach, CA
The conference program, registration, hotel information, and things to do are posted at

2009 Gold Pick Awards
May 7, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Register today for PRSA Colorado’s 2009 Gold Pick Awards. Register before Monday, April 27 to take advantage of early registration prices:

Cactus Wins Colorado AIDS Project
March 31, 2009, 11:18 am
Filed under: Wins

Colorado AIDS Project selected Cactus to develop a locally activated and culturally relevant statewide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

‘The Deuce’ Launches 7 p.m. Newscast
March 31, 2009, 7:41 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Fox31, KWGN/News2

KWGN/Channel 2, now known as “The Deuce,” has reshuffled its evening newscasts so it is not competing directly against sister station Fox31. The Deuce has moved its 9 p.m. newscast to 7 p.m., and made it more entertainment focused, in an effort to attract the 18-34 year old audience. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details.

Denver PR Jobs
March 30, 2009, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are VisiTech PR (three positions), Webb PR, University of Colorado Denver, Western Union (two positions), Democratic National Committee, DigitalGlobe, IBM, ITT Corp. and Poudre Valley Health System.

Linhart Finalist for CWCC Athena Award
March 30, 2009, 8:38 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Congratulations to Linhart PR’s Sharon Linhart, who was named a finalist for the annual Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) ATHENA Awards. The ATHENA Award “honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service and generosity in actively assisting other women in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.”

Linhart’s fellow finalists include Cathy Hart, vice president, corporate services, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer, Xcel Energy; Tensie Homan, managing partner, KPMG,LLP; Caz Matthews, foundation president, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; and Jill S. Tietjen, president/CEO, TechnicallySpeaking. Winners will be announced April 30.

News Directors Turn to Technology to Connect with Viewers
March 30, 2009, 6:44 am
Filed under: Denver Post

Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post examines the lives of local television news directors, and finds they are quickly adapting to new technologies such as Twitter, Skype and Facebook because their jobs are “less about responding to breaking news and more about inventing ways to connect with viewers.

Social Media Experts Launch ‘Media On Twitter’ Database
March 30, 2009, 6:21 am
Filed under: Digital Idea Media, HARO, Twitter

TrackVia, Digital Idea Media, Sarah Evans and HARO‘s Peter Shankman are jointly launching Media On Twitter, a powerful media database available to all Twitter users. The database — which is populated by Twitter users, vetted by editors and free to the entire community — allows users to sort media twitter IDs by beat, location, name or media outlet. (Disclosure: I am a partner in Digital Idea Media and TrackVia is a client).

How to Market in a Recession
March 26, 2009, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Economic News

Harvard Business School professor John Quelch argues that the current recession demands businesses rethink how they segment their customers.

Volume’s Robinson Rings the NASDAQ Bell
March 26, 2009, 8:12 am
Filed under: Public Relations

VolumePR’s Elizabeth Robinson was among the PR Week award finalists who participated in the ceremonial NASDAQ opening bell ring earlier this month.


Metzger Adds Account Coordinator
March 26, 2009, 8:03 am
Filed under: Metzger, PR Moves

Metzger Associates added Melissa Vizcarra as an account coordinator. Vizcarra formerly was at Chris Christmas LLC and the Kempe Foundation.

PR Experts Examine Obama’s ‘Punch Drunk’ Moment
March 25, 2009, 7:57 am
Filed under: Politics

The Washington Post asked several PR pros to offer their perspectives on President Obama’s “punch drunk” moment on 60 Minutes Sunday. The most curious response came from Rich Masters of Qorvis Communications:

“The interview was nearly 30 minutes long and the ‘punch drunk’ segment lasted about 30 seconds, I think it’s ridiculous that 30 seconds would come to define an entire interview. 

As we all know, the purpose of a sound bite is to make a single statement define a much broader conversation. Sometimes in politics those sound bites work for you (think Lloyd Bentsen’s “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” or Ronald Reagan’s “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience”) ands sometimes they work against you (Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” or Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman … Ms. Lewinsky”). But for a PR person to argue that a sound bite – intended or otherwise – unfairly defines a conversation is naive or duplicitous.

‘You Say Fanatic, I Say Colorful…’
March 25, 2009, 7:36 am
Filed under: GBSM

GBSM’s Steven Silvers squares off against PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Unfortunately for catfight lovers, they appear to be on the same side of the issue, with just a few minor semantical differences.

5280 Named Top 5 Magazine by CRMA
March 23, 2009, 3:36 pm
Filed under: 5280, Awards

Congratulations to 5280 for being named a finalist for the City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual General Excellence award. 5280 joins Texas Monthly, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles magazines as the nation’s top local magazines with circulations greater than 60,000. 

Linhart, MGA Finalists for 2009 Silver Anvil Awards
March 23, 2009, 11:09 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart, MGA

Congratulations to Linhart PR and MGA Communications for being finalists for the 2009 PRSA Silver Anvil awards. Winners will be announced on June 4 at the Silver Anvil Celebration Event in New York City.

Denver PR Jobs
March 23, 2009, 10:21 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Webb PR, City of Glendale (Brad Bawwman need not apply), Graland Country Day School and the University of Colorado Denver.

Top 10 Things a Great Spokesperson Should Never Do
March 23, 2009, 8:26 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Bad Pitch Blog compiles the list.

Just for the Record …
March 23, 2009, 7:26 am
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Denver Post

The Denver Post’s business “section” is two pages today. You can subscribe to the Denver Business Journal here.

Denver Magazine Publisher Retains Aiello
March 20, 2009, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Aiello, Denver Magazine

The civil suit between Denver Magazine and its former editor, Dahlia Weinstein, is moving forward, and the magazine’s publisher has retained Wendy Aiello as his spokesperson. Penny Parker at the Denver Post has the details.

DNA Lays Off 40 Employees
March 20, 2009, 3:59 pm
Filed under: Denver Newspaper Agency, Layoffs

The Denver Newspaper Agency today let go the first 40 employees of a planned 200-employee reduction.

GBSM Names New Principal
March 20, 2009, 3:49 pm
Filed under: GBSM, PR Moves

GBSM expanded its management team with the promotion of Andy Mountain to Principal. Mountain has been with GBSM for five years as Senior Associate working with issues management and public involvement clients including AARP, RTD FasTracks, and Denver Water.

PRSA Colorado Goes Social
March 19, 2009, 3:31 pm
Filed under: PRSA, Social Media

JW’s Gina Seamans and Cactus’ Ashley Boyden, working with Elaine Ellis and her team at Metzger, are taking Colorado PRSA social:

Media Matters Shuts Down Colorado Operation
March 19, 2009, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Layoffs

Here’s wishing best of luck to Colorado Media Matters’ Bill Menezes and his staff, who were let go this week after a national reshuffling that consolidated its operations in Washington, D.C. Bill will continue to consult with Media Matters for a couple of months, but will be looking for other opportunities after that.

CBS4, Denver Magazine Team Up
March 18, 2009, 6:45 am
Filed under: Denver Magazine, KCNC

Denver Magazine announced that it has formalized a relationship with CBS4 to jointly cover local entertainment stories and charitable events. As part of the agreement, CBS4 critic at large Greg Moody will contribute a regular column to the magazine, and CBS4 will carry a segment the last Friday of each month “that gives viewers a sneak peek of one of the stories in the new issue of Denver Magazine.”

Local Firms Win Awards
March 17, 2009, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Awards
  • Congratulations to Cohn Marketing, which picked up two Rebrand 100 Global Awards for its branding work for Mont Blanc Gourmet and Developers Diversified Realty’s Centros ISLA (located in Puerto Rico).
  • And congratulations to Vladimir Jones, which picked up the APikes Peak Advertising Federation’s Best in Show award for a television spot the agency created for its client St. Francis Medical Center. 

JohnstonWells Adds Two Clients
March 16, 2009, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells added consulting firm Boatz Knutsen and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado to its client roster.

And Another One Bites the Dust …
March 16, 2009, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers

Hearst announced today that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will morph from a print publication to online-only, starting tomorrow. But if you were looking for the online version to be as beefy as it has been, you’ll be disappointed. Hearst will staff the “new” PI at 20 people, down from 150 for the print version.

Rocky Staffers to Launch Online News Service
March 16, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

The former Rocky Mountain News reporters and editors behind IWantMyRocky announced today they will launch, a subscription-based, online news service:

INDenverTimes is an effort to reinvent the newspaper for the Internet age, featuring many of the reporters, editors, designers and other journalists that the Denver community has come to depend on for coverage of local and national news, sports and the arts. News will be free, but the subscription will invite readers inside the newsroom as never before through news analysis, insight, online chats and other features.

Former Rocky staff involved in effort so far: Sam Adams, Tom Auclair, Lisa Bornstein, Mark Brown, Tim Burroughs, Mary Chandler, Mark Christopher, Kevin Flynn, Tillie Fong, Steve Foster, Scott Gilbert, Chuck Hickey, Cindy House, Kevin Huhn, Kim Humphreys, Jay Lee, Aaron Lopez, Gary Massaro, David Milstead, John Moore, Alex Neth, Melissa Pomponio, Bill Scanlon, Hank Schultz, Marc Shulgold, Ed Stein, George Tanner, Chris Tomasson, Bob Willis and Mark Wolf.

Denver PR Jobs
March 16, 2009, 10:06 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Covidien, MillerCoors, National CineMedia, National Ecological Observatory Network, R.W. Beck,  IT Tech, AECI (Springfield, Missouri), March of Dimes (Phoenix, Arizona) and the Salina Airport Authority (Salina, Kansas).

IWantMyRocky News Conference Scheduled for this Morning
March 16, 2009, 7:41 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

The former Rocky Mountain News reporters and editors behind have announced an 11 am news conference this morning to disclose what is presumed to be a paid online newspaper model.

Dovetail Launches New Site
March 16, 2009, 7:32 am
Filed under: Dovetail

Dovetail Solutions has launched its new Web site.

The Media Continue to ‘Discover’ Twitter
March 16, 2009, 7:28 am
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Denver Post, Twitter, Wall Street Journal

Last week, it was the Wall Street Journal that discovered Twitter. This weekend, it was the Denver Post. And the Denver Business Journal is now on Twitter:

Twitter, Facebook the Future of ‘Sponsored Conversations’
March 16, 2009, 7:23 am
Filed under: Social Media, Twitter

IZEA (formerly PayPerPost) founder Ted Murphy believes it has taken the industry three years to “warm up” to the idea of sponsored conversations such as blog posts. And with the trend evolving to include Twitter and Facebook, questions of disclosure and authenticity will take center stage.

CBS4’s Brian Maass Quotes Bawmann in Investigative Piece
March 16, 2009, 7:08 am
Filed under: Bawmann Group, KCNC

Brad Bawmann of the Bawmann Group was among those experts offering perspective on the City of Glendale’s Mayor Pro Tem’s use of no-bid contracts in a Brian Maass/CBS4 investigative piece.

Local PR Wins
March 16, 2009, 7:02 am
Filed under: Wins
  • The Creative Alliance has been selected by Naples (Fla.) Jet Center to redevelop that organization’s corporate identity, Web site and other marketing tools.
  • Pivot Communication was named agency of record for The Boomer Group, a Denver firm that connects companies with experienced baby boomer temporary or full-time staff.
  • SHiFT was selected by Boulder County Public Health to “refresh the organization’s graphic identity, develop strategic brand messaging, produce a PSA as well as print ads for the organization, all aimed at increasing awareness of BCPH health services.”

Sealover Lands at the DBJ
March 12, 2009, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Journalism Moves, Rocky Mountain News

Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Ed Sealover has landed at the Denver Business Journal, covering a mix of tourism and hospitality, airlines, DIA, retail, the brewing industry, and legislative affairs. One down, 200+ to go.

KWGN/Channel 2 Rebrands Itself ‘The Deuce’
March 12, 2009, 4:40 pm
Filed under: KWGN/News2

Bad news for Microsoft. The best case study it had that a business could create a logo using nothing more than PowerPoint is going away. KWGN/Channel 2 is rebranding itself “The Deuce,” and a new logo will presumably follow. While Michael Roberts at Westword examines the scatological implications of the new brand, we’d rather use this opportunity to again make fun of GM Dennis Leonard for his claim that he discovered John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Five for Fighting.

What’s Up with ‘I Want My Rocky?’
March 12, 2009, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

The consortium of former Rocky Mountain News writers that has formed I Want My Rocky will unveil their long-term plans tomorrow. Check it out (but wait until tomorrow).

James B. Meadow Memorial Scheduled
March 11, 2009, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Family and friends of former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow have scheduled a memorial to “tell stories, laugh and cry and rejoice in his life well lived.” The details are:

          A Celebration of James’ Life
          Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m.
          Colfax Events Center
          1477 Columbine Street
          Denver, CO 80206

Additionally, friends have established the James B. Meadow Tribute Fund at 1st Bank of Cherry Creek to help the Meadow family with expenses during this difficult time. All 1st Bank locations are able to accept your donations if you stop by or you may mail a check to:

          1st Bank of Cherry Creek
          P.O. Box 461050
          Denver, CO 80246

PR Firm WaggEd Turns Application Developer
March 11, 2009, 6:32 pm
Filed under: Social Media, Twitter

PR firm Waggener Edstrom has launched Twendz, a Twitter tool that examines tweets on topics and calculates whether opinions on them are trending positive or negative.

Wal-Mart Suffering from AIG PR Envy
March 11, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Wal-Mart apparently heard about AIG and its four PR agencies, and decided it could do one better. Take that.

Fort Collins Paper May Outsource Printing to the DNA
March 11, 2009, 8:26 am
Filed under: Economic News, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

Rumors are that the Fort Collins Coloradoan has agreed to outsource its printing operations to the Denver Newspaper Agency, a move that helps the DNA fill the printing void left by the Rocky Mountain News and puts up to 50 Fort Collins jobs at risk.

9News’ Lucas Bids Farewell After 32 Years
March 10, 2009, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA

We noted a couple of weeks ago that anchor/reporter Ward Lucas had decided to retire rather than accept another contract from 9News, but it was overshadowed that day by Scripps’ announcement that it would close the Rocky. Today, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post provides the details behind Ward’s decision.

PRSA Event: Protecting Brand Reputations
March 10, 2009, 10:02 am
Filed under: Events, Linhart, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is a hosting a March 18 lunch event/panel discussion that will examine how public relations has played a prominent role in trying to minimize the loss in consumer confidence during the recent financial and peanut-recall turmoils. Linhart’s Paul Raab will moderate, and the panelists are GolinHarris’ Mitch Head (who works with the U.S. Peanut Board) and Charles Schwab’s Sarah Bulgatz.

More information/registration is available here.

Metzger Wins ION Engineering
March 10, 2009, 9:53 am
Filed under: Metzger, Wins

Metzger Associates has landed ION Engineering as a client. Metzger will “develop industry positioning strategies and conduct a national public and investor relations program” for the company.

Dear Mr. Singleton …
March 10, 2009, 9:50 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells founder Gwin Johnston is using her new-found free time to pen a series of open letters to Denver media figures. The first one is an ode to Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton, and I can’t wait for the others.


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