Denver PR Blog


Denver PR Jobs
August 31, 2009, 8:30 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are 104 West, The Children’s Hospital, Correctional Healthcare Companies, City of Commerce City, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Print Media, Department of Veterans Affairs, City and County of Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Jeffco, ProBuild, Teletech, Fort Collins Coloradoan, U.S. Department of the Interior, Vectra Bank and CNN.



Majority Leader Reid Having His Own ‘Jared Polis Moment’
August 30, 2009, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers, Politics

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis danced on the grave of the Rocky Mountain News, and now U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has thrown a shovel full of dirt at the Las Vegas Review-Journal hoping it sparks something. Here’s a free PR tip: Quit publicly rooting for something that would be devastating to the hundreds of your constituents who are LVRJ employees and the hundreds of thousands who are subscribers.



Great Moments in Journalism XIX
August 28, 2009, 9:14 am
Filed under: journalism

I don’t even know what to say about his one. Seriously, I’m speechless (mostly because I can’t stop laughing).

(Hat tip: Jim Dissett)



Newspaper Slump Deepens; Q2 Ad Sales Drop 29%
August 27, 2009, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Economic News, Newspapers

The Associated Press reports that “newspapers’ financial woes worsened in the second quarter as advertising sales shrank by 29 percent, leaving publishers with $2.8 billion less revenue than they had at the same time last year.” More troubling, industry analyst Ken Doctor says newspapers will be lucky to recover half of the losses they have sustained because much of the drop has been from a permanent advertising migration to the Internet rather than just recession-based losses.



Denver Magazine’s PR Win of the Week
August 27, 2009, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Denver Magazine, Denver Post, Fox31, Westword

Denver Magazine has scored this week’s PR Win of the Week. Magazine covers are all about capturing attention, and Denver Magazine’s cover shot of Fox31 anchors Libby Weaver and Natalie Tysdal has been the talk of the town this week. Westword offers Photoshopped versions of the cover featuring various Denver duos, and Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post even weighed in on it this morning.



Picture of the Week
August 26, 2009, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Crisis Communications

Microsoft is playing a little public relations defense today after a photo appeared on its Polish-language Web site that Photoshopped a black man into a white man. There are, of course, a number of lessons to be learned here, not least of which is that a white guy with black hands may arouse suspicion.



CU Ranks High on GQ’s Douchometer
August 26, 2009, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Boulder, CU Boulder

Congratulations to University of Colorado at Boulder, which was named one of the Top 10 Douchiest Colleges in the U.S. by GQ Magazine. The Top 10 rankings are largely a mix of Ivy-ish schools and universities you’ve never heard of:

15. Notre Dame (not part of the Top 10 but included for Elaine Ellis and Dan Welch)
10. University of Colorado at Boulder
9. Charter College
8. Rollins College
7. Amherst College
6. Bob Jones University
5. Deep Springs
4. Harvard
3. Princeton
2. Duke
1. Brown

(Hat tip to 5280)



Room 214 Expands Client Roster
August 26, 2009, 7:39 am
Filed under: Room 214, Wins

Boulder-based social media agency Room 214 landed skin-care product company Bioelements as a new client.



Westword: Fox31 Stars ‘Go from Anchors to Skank-ers’
August 26, 2009, 7:25 am
Filed under: 303 Magazine, 5280, Denver Magazine, Fox31

When 303 Magazine announced its recent “Gentleman’s Issue” featuring nude local marketing directors, I wrote it off as the desperate last gasp of a magazine being squeezed to death by 5280 and Denver Magazine. But now Denver Magazine has followed suit with its own “Men’s Issue,” and Michael Roberts at Westword has called out Fox31 GM Dennis Leonard for allowing anchors Libby Weaver and Natalie Tysdal to transform themselves from “anchors to skank-ers” for the cover photo shoot.



In Memoriam
August 25, 2009, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Obit

A sad day for the dozens of GM fans around the world: They must bid farewell to the iconic GM logo. Created in the early 1960s, the logo once represented global brand strength. Now, it is just another brand anchor around the necks of Chevrolet and Cadillac, among others. GM announced it will gradually phase the logo out starting in 2010.



Is the Billable Hour Dead?
August 25, 2009, 11:45 am
Filed under: Fees

The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek are the latest to think so.



Chipotle iPhone App
August 25, 2009, 11:35 am
Filed under: Chipotle

Denver-based Chipotle, which has made a killing by being slightly ahead of trends, has introduced an iPhone app that allows customers to pre-order food.



Denver PR Jobs
August 24, 2009, 10:35 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Turner PR, Kaiser Permanente, CORAM, The Kempe Foundation, Pueblo Community College, Los Alamos National Lab (N.M.), Newport Beach (Calif.) Conference and Visitors Bureau, The Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), and the town of Gilbert (Ariz.).



Denver PR News & Notes
August 21, 2009, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, Wins
  • Alexis Hammack has joined Level 3′s corporate communications team as a contractor handling media relations, analyst relations and internal communications and social media. Hammack formerly was at JohnstonWells.
  • COMPA Ministries has hired Greg Morton as director of marketing and communications, a new position for the agency. Morton previously was with Vladimir Jones and he also ran an independent marketing and public relations firm for five years.
  • Trippe & Company announced it has designed a new logo for the Ralston Valley Pom Squad and donated it to the team.


Fort Collins Coloradoan Conducts Second Round of Layoffs
August 21, 2009, 8:23 am
Filed under: Fort Collins, Layoffs

The Fort Collins Coloradoan has laid off nine staff members in its second round of layoffs this year. The Denver Business Journal has the details.



Denver Companies Make Inc. 5000 List
August 20, 2009, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Awards, Inc. 5000

Congratulations to the Denver communications and advertising companies who made the 2009 Inc. 5000 list:

644. Cactus ($18.4M in revenue; 429.6% growth)
1279. Cohn Marketing ($3.3M in revenue; 247.3% growth)
1425. Location3 Media ($12.6M in revenue; 224.4% growth)
1682. 90octane ($2.6M in revenue; 190.1% growth)
1767. Worldways Social Marketing ($5.5M in revenue; 178.9% growth)
1929. Memolink ($34.9M in revenue; 165.0% growth)
3516. Vladimir Jones ($25.9M in revenue; 68.7% growth)



SE2 Launches New Blog
August 20, 2009, 6:47 pm
Filed under: blogs, SE2

Colorado-based public issues and policy firm SE2 has launched its new blog, The Megaphone.



Denver Metro Chamber Hosts ‘Business Excellence Forum’
August 20, 2009, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Events

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “2009 Business Excellence Forum” is Wednesday, August 26. The keynote speaker will be communications expert Dr. Audrey Nelson, and break-out sessions will be:

  • Twitter for Business, led by Melissa Hourigan of Digital Idea Media
  • Leveraging Social Networking, led by Bonnie Griffin Kaake of Innovative Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Social Media 101, led by social media coach Yvette Francino
  • Social Networking Etiquette, led by Kimberly Lucas of Goldstone Partners


VisiTech Hires Menezes
August 20, 2009, 10:51 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves, VisiTech

VisiTech has named Bill Menezes as senior account director. Menezes formerly was editorial director of Colorado Media Matters, and spent years as a reporter and editor at publications such as the Denver Post, Wireless Week and Multichannel News. We can only hope that Menezes’ bio will finally replace that of Gabe Boeckman, who left VisiTech a year ago (literally) but whose bio is still the second one listed on the VisiTech Web site.



Picture of the Week
August 20, 2009, 9:06 am
Filed under: Politics

I’m thinking you had better represent either Boulder or Golden if you are a Colorado politician who is going to get away with bongin’ a Coors Light on Stephen Colbert’s show. Fortunately for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, he represents Boulder. Now for the pressing follow-up: Why hasn’t Golden’s U.S. House Rep. Ed Perlmutter stepped up to bong his own Coors Lights?



In Memoriam
August 19, 2009, 8:39 am
Filed under: journalism, Obit

The world of journalism has lost two giants in two days: political reporter Robert Novak yesterday and 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt today.



Advertise on KOA, The Fox or KHOW? Might be Time for a Refund
August 19, 2009, 8:31 am
Filed under: 23259045

850 KOA talk-show host Mike Rosen may rail against Chicago politics, but it looks like his supporters know a thing or two about stuffing the ballot box. In the first Denver radio ratings sample since the introduction of electronic “people meters” (rather than the previous self-reported diaries), Rosen appears to actually have about half the listening audience he thought he had. And the news isn’t good for 850 KOA’s Dave Logan, KHOW 630 or pretty much an Clear Channel station either.

So who is winning with the new, more accurate measuring devices? KOSI 101, Spanish language station KXPK 96.5, and 99.5 The Mountain. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details.



Linhart VP Named to WWI Board
August 17, 2009, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR VP Dawn Doty was elected to the board of directors of the Women’s Wilderness Institute (WWI). Boulder-based WWI is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the courage, confidence and leadership qualities of girls and women.



Former Fox31 Meteorologist Dunn Lands in Phoenix
August 17, 2009, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Fox31, Layoffs

Meteorologist Chris Dunn, who was let go from Fox31 last month, has been picked up by Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO-TV. Dunn is the station’s new weekday evening meteorologist.



Catfight Alert: Tom Martino vs. Westword
August 17, 2009, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Fox31

You can always count on Fox31 “journalist” Tom Martino to liven things up. Note to Fox31 GM Dennis Leonard: You’ve canned a dozen people since you arrived here last year. How the hell was Tom Martino not one of them?



Perino to Keynote PRSA Retreat
August 17, 2009, 5:01 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado has landed former White House press secretary (and Denver native) Dana Perino as the keynote speaker at its 2009 Chapter Retreat in October. Registration links will be available on the PRSA Colorado Web site soon.



WSJ: Hard-Hit Schools Try Public-Relations Push
August 17, 2009, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Public Relations, Wall Street Journal

Public schools are learning what companies such as Coca-Cola, Apple and P&G have known for decades … public relations and advertising work. The Wall Street Journal profiles a few – including Denver Public Schools – that are jumping on the marketing bandwagon.



Denver PR Jobs (and a Great Moment in Journalism)
August 17, 2009, 9:08 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Webb PR, Chipotle, The Colorado Health Foundation, CoBank, COPIC, 9News/KUSA, National Jewish and tw telecom.

And, as a special bonus, a “Great Moments in Journalism” nominated by Denver’s PR jobs guru Andrew Hudson:



Linhart Finalist for PR News Award
August 13, 2009, 9:37 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart PR has been named a finalist for PR News’ “Small PR Firm of the Year” Platinum PR award. Award winners will be announced on October 21 at an awards event in New York City.



Metzger Wins Marketing/Design Client
August 13, 2009, 9:34 am
Filed under: Metzger, Wins

Metzger Associates has landed interactive marketing and design firm IdeaWork Studios as a client. IdeaWork Studios is based in Las Vegas, Nev., and Santa Barbara, Calif., and specializes in the nightlife, gaming and hospitality industries. Its clients include Harrah’s Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Cirque du Soleil.



The Denver Post’s Fake Comics Poll
August 12, 2009, 7:56 am
Filed under: Denver Post

When I first started work at US West (or U S WEST as they required us to write it at the time), I had a co-worker who constantly complained about the office temperature being too hot. He would occasionally adjust the wall-mounted thermostat near our cubicles, but most of the time he would find it already set to the lowest temperature (from the last time he visited it).

One day, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about how offices were placing decoy thermostats that could be “controlled” by employees. The thermostats weren’t connected to anything, but they created the illusion that employees could control their environment. I showed the article to my co-worker, who immediately got up from his desk, walked over to the thermostat, pulled off one of his cowboy boots and knocked the thermostat off the wall. It was a decoy. There wasn’t even a hole in the drywall behind it – it had just been glued on.

I was reminded of that story this morning when I saw the Denver Post’s annual Comics Poll, where readers can list their most liked and most hated comic strips in an attempt to influence which comics the Post keeps. As a subscriber, the Post has my address and my phone number. If it wants a statistically valid sampling of which comics are desired and which aren’t by readers, it could do that. But it would rather create a way for all the cranks who bitch and moan about the comics to think their voices are being heard.



Ef Rodriguez Moves from JW to Turner
August 11, 2009, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves, Social Media, Turner PR

Denver social media guru Ef “Pug of War” Rodriguez has made the move from JohnstonWells back to Turner Public Relations, where he got his PR start and where he will lead the travel/tourism/outdoor agency’s social media efforts.

JohnstonWells President and CEO GG Johnston said her firm is tapping Elizabeth Jumel to lead its social media practice. “After careful consideration, we decided that Elizabeth’s 11 years of experience and her insight into the right mix of social media and traditional media are exactly what our clients need right now,” Johnston said.



Twitter Twongue Twister
August 10, 2009, 8:44 pm
Filed under: Cohn Marketing, Twitter

Cohn Marketing is sponsoring a Twitter Twongue Twister experiment. Details are at http://twonguetwister.com.



Trouble in Boulder?
August 10, 2009, 8:35 pm
Filed under: CTA, lawsuits

If you are a crisis communications expert and are looking for a job, you might want to contact Boulder-based CTA Public Relations. This week’s Denver Business Journal lists a lawsuit filed by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank against CTA Public Relations Inc./Shirley Thompson/Carl R. Thompson.



Denver PR Jobs
August 10, 2009, 7:55 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Jefferson County Public Library, Dovetail Solutions, The Children’s Hospital, Outdoor Industry Association, Agrium, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Coors, Federal Reserve Bank (St. Louis), Hach Company, Kaiser and Teletech.



Lament for a Dying Field: Photojournalism
August 9, 2009, 4:12 pm
Filed under: Newspapers, photojournalism

With the decline of newspapers and magazines, photojournalists and their agencies are suffering like never before. At least those not covering celebrities.



What’s a Big City Without a Newspaper?
August 9, 2009, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Newspapers

A former reporter from Philadelphia chronicles for the New York Times a return home to the place that could be the first without a daily newspaper.



Fox31 Drops High School Sports Reporter Neville
August 6, 2009, 8:38 am
Filed under: Fox31, Journalism Moves, Layoffs

Fox31 has told high school sports reporter Marcia Neville that her contract will not be renewed, making her the eighth television sports personality to be let go this year, according to the Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow.



Great Moments in Journalism XVIII
August 5, 2009, 4:00 pm
Filed under: TV News

If you spent any time in the Bay Area during the good old bubble days, you probably remember Sasha Foo from KPIX-TV. She’s since landed in San Diego, where she anchors the local evening news and insults child skateboarders.

This “Great Moment in Journalism” is brought to you by Genevieve Miller and Denver Center Attractions.



WSJ: ‘For the Self-Employed, It’s an Endless Workweek’
August 5, 2009, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Wall Street Journal

Richard Abels of Centennial-based Abels Communications is cited in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal on a topic we can all relate to: the disappearance of the traditional vacation.



Friday is the DBJ Deadline for ‘Best Places to Work’
August 4, 2009, 11:19 am
Filed under: Awards, Denver Business Journal

Is your agency a great place to work. Or can you trick people into thinking your agency is a great place to work? If you said yes to either of those questions, you have another couple of days to nominate yourself for a Denver Business Journal “Best Places to Work” award.



Colorado PRSA’s ‘PR Boost’ Needs Your Support
August 3, 2009, 12:59 pm
Filed under: PRSA

Okay, PR experts. It’s time to give a little something back. Click here to register.

WHO:
PRSA Colorado Volunteers
WHAT: PRSA Colorado members donating time and public
relations expertise to area nonprofit organizations.
WHEN:
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
WHERE: REI Flagship store, meeting room
1416 Platte St.
Denver, CO 80202


Denver PR Jobs
August 3, 2009, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting, The Fresh Ideas Group, VisiTech PR, The Colorado Trust, KBDI-TV Colorado Public Television, Black Hills Energy, Reed Business Information, Arapahoe County Government, Colorado State University (Pueblo) and Applebee’s (Overland Park, Kans.).




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