Denver PR Blog

JW Adds Social Media Team Member
September 26, 2013, 10:55 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells Public Relations has added Serr Her to manage social media strategies for the firm and its clients. Serr’s experience includes managing social media for Denver Hmong Alliance Church and for the SALT young adults conference at Wheaton College. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in marketing. He also received a public relations certificate from the Communication school at UCD.

JW Wins Elevator Consulting Company
October 30, 2012, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

Elevator consulting company Lerch Bates has hired JohnstonWells to conduct public relations efforts on its behalf. Lerch Bates is headquartered in Littleton and has consulted on elevator construction and operations in many of the world’s tallest buildings.

JW Celebrates Its 41st Birthday
October 9, 2012, 10:17 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

Happy 41st anniversary to JohnstonWells.

Allonhill Selects JW for PR Work
August 24, 2012, 8:05 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells has been hired to develop a public relations program for Allonhill, a Denver-based financial service company that provides mortgage due diligence and credit risk management services.

JW Collecting Art Supplies for Local Non-profit
April 30, 2012, 7:04 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Pro Bono

JohnstonWells is collecting art supplies for the Heart & Hand Center, a nonprofit (and JW client) in the Denver Five Points area that provides meals, after-school activities and support to at-risk children. Contact Dan Peterson if you have any art materials you aren’t using (paper, markers, etc.) to arrange for pick-up.

JW Book Drive Benefits Mile High Montessori
March 12, 2012, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells Public Relations donated more than 50 books to low-income children at the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. The book drive was part of the agency’s 40th-anniversary celebration.

JW Book Drive Benefits Mile High Montessori
February 2, 2012, 11:26 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Pro Bono

JohnstonWells has organized a book drive for students at the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. The drive is part of the firm’s 40th anniversary celebration, and anyone interested in donating new and gently used books should contact Teresa Magnus at JW.

DRP Selects JW for Conference Planning Services
January 31, 2012, 10:56 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

Denver Resources Partners has selected JohnstonWells to help plan an upcoming conference. DRP is a Colorado-based company that helps foreign companies establish themselves in North America.

Mattson Development Selects JW for Project Work
January 16, 2012, 10:35 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells has been hired to develop a strategic plan for Mattson Development, a real estate re-development firm in Maine. Drew Morris, a former JWer, is the director of communications for Mattson.

JohnstonWells’ 40th Anniversary Celebration Continues
December 23, 2011, 9:51 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells announced that it has delivered 40 pairs of socks to the Delores Project, a homeless shelter for women, as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. As part of the ongoing celebration, “JohnstonWells has pledged to do something every 40 days from its 40th anniversary on Oct. 1.”

JohnstonWells? Try Johnston v. Wells
December 19, 2011, 8:02 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

Michele Wells, the eponymous Wells in JohnstonWells, has filed suit against her old firm for an undisclosed sum, according to the Denver Business Journal. The DBJ doesn’t provide any details, but I’m guessing it is for the $36,000 she claims JohnstonWells owes her for work performed during her short-lived return to the firm last year (see the comments section of this post).

JohnstonWells Celebrates 40 Years with Pro Bono Project
October 5, 2011, 9:10 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Pro Bono

JohnstonWells is celebrating its 40th anniversary by providing $40,000 worth of pro-bono public relations services to the HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) Foundation. The HALO Foundation serves as a safe haven to more than 40 children each night, fostering educational and emotional growth through a variety of after-school programs focusing on education, art therapy and recreation.

Johnston, Goldberg Inducted into DPC Hall of Fame
September 16, 2011, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Awards, Denver Business Journal, Johnston Wells

Congratulations to JohnstonWells’ Gwin Johnston and the Denver Business Journal’s Bruce Goldberg for being two of six inductees tonight into the Denver Press Club’s 2011 Hall of Fame class. Gwin founded JohnstonWells as a single mother 40 years ago and built it into one of Denver’s most successful and well-recognized PR firms. And Bruce may be Denver’s favorite curmudgeon, recognized for his work as associate editor of the DBJ and his tireless support of the Denver Press Club.

JohnstonWells Teams with LUNGevity Foundation
August 16, 2011, 8:10 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

National lung cancer charity LUNGevity Foundation is teaming up with JohnstonWells for a 5K walk/run at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 5. The event, Breathe Deep Denver, is being produced by a steering committee led by Gwinavere Johnston that includes U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, Don Kirchoffner and Associates’ Don Kirchoffner, former Rocky Mountain News Business Editor Rob Reuteman and City and County of Denver marketer Steve Sander. Those interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the event should visit its website.

Colorado Medical Society Hires Dickerson
July 6, 2011, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Johnston Wells, PR Moves

Ann Charvat Dickerson has joined the Colorado Medical Society as director of communications. She previously was creative director at JohnstonWells, where she had spent the previous 17 years.

JohnstonWells Adds Coolerado as Client
June 2, 2011, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells Public Relations has been hired by Coolerado to work with the company’s marketing team on public relations strategy and media relations. Coolerado designs, manufactures and markets air conditioning systems for light commercial use.

JW Sponsors ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards
February 7, 2011, 11:11 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells has been named the local public relations sponsor of Ernst & Young’s 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in the Mountain Desert region. This is the second year that JW has served as sponsor.

Evatran Selects JohnstonWells for Product Launch
January 11, 2011, 8:41 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells has been hired by Evatran to manage media relations as the company unveils its Plugless Power charging system in 2011. Plugless Power is the world’s first charging system that allows electric vehicles to refuel without a cord and plug or any driver interaction. The technology is based on inductive power transfer that has been used in electrical transformers for more than a century.

JohnstonWells Hires Senior Associate
December 14, 2010, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells has added Dan Peterson as a senior associate to its team. Peterson brings expertise in media and community relations, crisis communications, social media, business to business, and business development. Prior to joining JohnstonWells, Dan served as the Director of Communications for The Alexander Company, a Madison, Wisc.-based real estate developer.

JohnstonWells Relocates
November 12, 2010, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

If you see a parade of folk art heading down 15th Street this weekend, no need to worry. It is just JohnstonWells relocating from its current space to a new office at 16th and Wynkoop.

JohnstonWells Celebrates 39th Birthday
October 4, 2010, 8:52 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

To mark JohnstonWells’ 39th year in business, Gwin Johnston has put together a list of the agency’s best 39 clients and programs.

JohnstonWells Adds Client
August 2, 2010, 6:02 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

Lakewood-based Wystone’s World Teas has selected JohnstonWells to handle public relations for it locally and nationally.

Fact or Fiction?
July 22, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

That a former JohnstonWells CEO banned her employees (including Ef Rodriguez) from a Writer Square crepe restaurant because she didn’t like the way the employees smelled when they returned to the office. I’ll leave it up to JW employees to confirm or refute.

JohnstonWells Adds Two Clients
July 6, 2010, 9:21 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells has added two new GreenTech clients backed by VC-firm Cate Street Capital: Red Desert Water and Clean Runner. JohnstonWells will conduct community and media relations outreach in Wyoming for Red Desert Water, and help raise industry awareness of Clean Runner nationwide.

Restaurant Technology Company T1 Visions Selects JohnstonWells
May 25, 2010, 6:26 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells has been selected by T1 Visions, a technology company that specializes in interactive touchscreen solutions for restaurants around the globe, to conduct a national media campaign.

JohnstonWells Adds Associate
May 5, 2010, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

JohnstonWells has added Teresa O’Brien as an associate. O’Brien formerly was public relations coordinator at the Fort Collins-based branding and marketing firm One Tribe Creative, and she volunteers with the Denver Rescue Mission and the Mile High Down Syndrome Association.

A Celebration of Don Cannalte
March 25, 2010, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Events, Johnston Wells

Friends and family of Denver public relations executive Don Cannalte – including his wife Gwin Johnston – “gathered Wednesday on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora to fete him for ’50 years of leadership and dedication to the public-relations profession.'” Penny Parker at the Denver Post has the details.

Post Profiles JohnstonWells
March 25, 2010, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells was among several companies the Denver Post profiled today who use technology to help employees stay productive during snow days.

More Changes at JohnstonWells
March 24, 2010, 7:34 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

The evolution of JohnstonWells continues. Over the past few months, the agency has seen the return of Gwin Johnston as CEO and Michele Wells as a senior consultant, and now word comes that Gina Seamans and Lee Bley are leaving.

Seamans, who joined the firm in 2007 when it acquired her smaller agency Accent PR, says she is heading into semi-retirement, although she will still be involved in PRSA Colorado and may do some consulting. Bley, meanwhile, is headed to Washington, D.C., to work for WeddingWire.

JohnstonWells Lands E&Y Entrepreneur Awards
March 9, 2010, 6:06 am
Filed under: Awards, Johnston Wells, LeGrand Hart

JohnstonWells has been named the public relations partner for the Rocky Mountain region of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program. Public relations support for E&Y’s awards program was formerly handled by LeGrand Hart.

JohnstonWells Promotes Two
February 10, 2010, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells has promoted Breanna Deidel to counselor and Lee Bley to senior associate. Deidel is on the board of directors for Denver Urban Gardens, co-chairs the marketing committee for the Women’s Vision Foundation 2010 Walk, is a “Big Sister” and volunteers for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Mullen Home, while Bley is the 2010 co-chair of LoDo District’s Events Committee, the 2010 co-chair of the Denver Debutante Junior Patrons Committee and is an active member of LoDo Young Professionals.

2010 Denver PR Predictions – Gina Seamans
January 12, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: 2010 Denver PR Predictions, Johnston Wells, PRSA

By Gina Seamans
Senior Counselor, JohnstonWells

My predictions for 2010 are drawn from my experience of leading the PRSA Colorado Chapter during 2009. They are geared toward the people, rather than the business. I predict that even more PR professionals will seek membership and involvement in strong professional organizations like PRSA, where they can receive professional development and connect with people who will help shape their careers. Our chapter will be invigorated by  another year of membership growth, record levels of member involvement and demand for the strongest professional development schedule ever. All this invigorated activity is driven by three realities:

  1. The practice of public relations is evolving and smart professionals must stay on top of all points in the broad continuum of communication options.
  2. The job market is tight, so successful career movement depends on having an expanded network that can lead to meaningful introductions, referrals, and references.
  3. A successful professional must be willing to invest in themselves. This is the new normal, so professionals must grow and change, and be ready to move forward rather than look back.

JW Promotes Jumel
January 6, 2010, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

JohnstonWells has promoted its resident social media expert Elizabeth Jumel to senior counselor.

Michele Wells to Return to JohnstonWells
December 21, 2009, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

The changes continue at JohnstonWells. Michele Wells will return as a senior consultant to the firm that carries her name starting in January. The combined JohnstonWells was formed in 1993 when Gwin Johnston’s firm acquired Wells Communications, and Wells then worked at the firm until 1996.

Wells’ return follows this month’s announcement that JohnstonWells CEO GG Johnston has decided to leave the firm to pursue other opportunities and that founder and chairman Gwin Johnston will return to her role as CEO. Said Gwin, “Michele and I have sustained a friendship and maintained a working relationship these past several years. We’ve talked about working together again and now is the perfect time. It will be great to have her energy and experience.”

GG Johnston to Leave JohnstonWells; Gwin Johnston Returns as CEO
December 3, 2009, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

JohnstonWells founder and chairman Gwin Johnston will return full-time to the agency following her daughter GG Johnston’s decision to step down as president and CEO. GG joined JohnstonWells 15 years ago and was promoted to president and CEO in February when Gwin decided to step back from the day-to-day operations of the business.

The split is being described as amicable, and a statement from GG on the JohnstonWells Web site says:

“My decision to leave JohnstonWells and venture into the world outside family business is both exciting and sad for me. For 15 years, I have worked alongside Gwin and the talented team at JW. I am grateful for every minute of time I’ve spent here. I am well-prepared for whatever adventures are coming my way. I’m excited about what’s next for all of us.”

UCD School of Medicine: Don’t Bother Responding to Our RFP
November 19, 2009, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PRSA, RFP

You would probably think there are dozens of public relations firms in Denver capable of “building external and internal awareness of the [University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine's] Palliative Care Program and undertaking a successful fundraising campaign to raise philanthropic contributions for its educational and research program.” But not everyone sees it that way, and that has PRSA Colorado President Gina Seamans seeing red.

In a post today on JohnstonWells’ blog, Seamans takes the UCD School of Medicine to task for trying to sneak through a sham RFP Notice of Proposed Sole Source (NPSS) when the school has already decided to give the business to the only firm they think it qualified to handle the assignment. And while Seamans is too polite to name that firm, I’m not. It’s Davis Branding & Marketing.

GG Johnson Named DBJ Top Business Newsmaker
October 24, 2009, 11:26 am
Filed under: Awards, Johnston Wells

Congratulations to JohnstonWells CEO GG Johnston, who was named a Denver Business Journal 2009-2010 Top Business Newsmaker in the Media & Communications category.

Happy Birthday, JohnstonWells
October 1, 2009, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

Congratulations to GG Johnston and the crew at JohnstonWells, who are celebrating the agency’s 38th birthday today.

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.

Johnston Named SAGE Counselor
June 12, 2009, 9:18 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells

Congratulations to JohnstonWells’ owner and chairman Gwin Johnston for being named a SAGE Counselor by the PRSA’s Counselors Academy.

Denver Agency Wins
May 19, 2009, 7:08 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Weise, Wins
  • JohnstonWells landed law firm Faegre & Benson as a client.
  • Pushkin Public Relations added the Medical Group Management Association as a client.
  • Weise Communications announced the Eating Disorder Center of Denver (EDC-D), Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), St. Louis University Hospital and SALT Electric as clients.

JW Selects DMCLF as 2009 Pro Bono Project
May 13, 2009, 8:04 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells has selected the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation as its 2009 pro bono recipient.

Denver Metro Chamber Event Examines Media’s ‘Changing Face’
May 5, 2009, 10:19 pm
Filed under: Events, GBSM, Johnston Wells

GBSM’s Steve Silvers, JohnstonWells’ GG Johnston and Denver Post Business Editor Steve McMillan are panelists at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “Gold Program” event titled “Old Media. New Media. The Extraordinarily Changing Face of the Information Age” (I’m betting that neither Steve nor GG were responsible for naming the event). Anyway, the details are:

Thursday, May 28
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Denver Metro Chamber
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor

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.

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.

The End of An Era
February 24, 2009, 1:26 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

After 37 years of building JohnstonWells into one of Denver’s largest and most successful public relations agencies, Gwin Johnson is stepping down from her role as CEO. Her successor will be her daughter, GG Johnston, who has been serving as the agency’s president and COO. Although Gwin will no longer be involved in the the day-to-day details of the agency, she “will continue to be active in the company as owner and Chairman of the Board.” The official JohnstonWells announcement is here.

Google: Denver Public Relations
February 18, 2009, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

Just a quick “Damn you!” to JohnstonWells, who for six months has been the only site sitting above me in the Google rankings for the term “Denver Public Relations.” It’s hard enough to fend off Absolutely PR’s Maggie Holben and her vast network of self-referring Web sites without JW just sitting there mocking me month after month. I can’t be certain, but I think Efrem is to blame. If you are keeping score, the rankings look like this:

1. JohnstonWells
2. Denver PR Blog
3. Ogilvy PR
4. Absolutely PR
5. Pushkin PR
6. GroundFloor Media
7. Kruzic Communications
8. LeGrand Hart
9. Absolutely PR
10. Denver Business Journal

Happy Valentines Day
February 14, 2009, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

The folks at JohnstonWells – and many of the community leaders and members of non-profit organizations they work with – are feeling optimistic this Valentines Day.

JW Lands Board Assignment
January 22, 2009, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

Christina Bowen, senior counselor at JohnstonWells, has been named to the board of directors of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. 

2009 PR Predictions
January 5, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: 2009 PR Predictions, Johnston Wells

By GG Johnston
President & COO, JohnstonWells

The moment of great equalization

More firms will be looking to their younger staffers to help lead the way. This signals a break with the historic leadership trend among firms. 
Their ease and comfort with technology will enable young professionals to contribute to the growth (and in some cases “survival”) of their companies. While the relationships cultivated between long-time PR pros and their media contacts are still of great value, there will be a greater importance placed on authentic online communication – something that young professionals tend to exhibit naturally.

This is unprecedented and some long-time professionals may bristle at the implication that they have anything to learn from new grads and twenty-somethings. The more open-minded will learn all they can, while the closed-minded will contribute less and less.  

Bottom line is the bottom line

Public relations professionals have been challenged through the ages to prove the worth of their work.  Most of us left behind quantifying the value of what we deliver in ad equivalencies a while ago.  That’s a good thing since ad budgets are shrinking as consumers DVR, surf and cherry pick their information from the places they like best—rather than the places they used to be held captive.  The new metrics of relationships will find a place on the balance sheet but only after the balance sheet is part of the PR pros everyday vernacular.  There’s too much at stake in a tough economy for businesses not to demand financial prowess from their public relations counsel.

No faking allowed.  Authenticity rules.

The debate will rage on about whether or not PR firms can participate in online conversations on behalf of their clients.  Would we call and pretend to actually be our clients in one-on-one conversations on the phone?  No, certainly not.  So, why would we pretend to actually be our clients on blogs, micro-blogs and forums?  The answer is, we wouldn’t.  The question is, who would?  I predict there will be a heightened focus on the particulars of this conversation as some try to find loopholes that create revenue-producing opportunities  to “be” a company.  Tsk, tsk.  We’ve worked so hard to get rid of “spin” and “flack.”  Let’s not go there AGAIN!


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