Dovetail Solutions has added Midchix.com to its client roster. Based in Denver, Midchix is a boutique social networking community for women over the age of 40.
Among those hiring this week are Volume PR, Blue Mountain Arts, Bonnier Mountain Group, CIGNA, Mercy Regional Medical Center (Durango), National Governor’s Association, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), Brewers Association and Otterbox (Fort Collins).
If you run into Penny Parker or Bill Husted today, you should buy them a drink (and then give them the receipt so they can expense it). Denver’s ESPN Zone, which has provided the backdrop for some of their lamest “sightings” ever – is closing. In honor of ESPN Zone, here is a brief retrospective of Penny and Bill’s work:
- “Adam Foote at ESPN Zone for lunch Wednesday.“
- “Broncos CB Dre Bly lunching at ESPN Zone.“
- “San Francisco Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand and starting pitcher Matt Cain both ate lunch at the bar at ESPN Zone Denver this afternoon.“
And although this one isn’t technically an ESPN Zone sighting, it remains my favorite:
Great news – GBSM’s Steven “Steve” Silvers, author of the Scatterbox blog, has returned home and is doing well following emergency double bypass surgery last week. Steve will remain out of action for three to four weeks, but doctors expect a full recovery.
Congratulations to Westword’s Michael Roberts, Joel Warner, Jared Jacang Maher and Kenny Be, all of whom picked up awards at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual conference.
Billy Mays, the television pitchman who helped launch Denver-based Orange Glo into a national brand, is dead. He was 50.
Dovetail Solutions has landed the Denver-based business consulting firm RAS & Associates as a client.
In spirit of Bike to Work Day, Cactus is throwing the most eco-friendly after party on the block – the 1st Annual Bike From Work Bash. Enjoy lots of freebies: snacks from Illegal Pete’s, cold spirits from Breckenridge Brewery and live tunes. Word on the street is that there will even be a a Revenge of the Nerds style trike relay and a free bike valet.
When: June 24, 2009; 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: Cactus Parking Lot (2128 15th St., Denver)
Denver PR jobs guru/bassist Andrew Hudson made the front page of Sunday’s Denver Post Entertainment section as part of an article on Denver’s best jazz spots (guest-authored by KBCO’s Bret Saunders). Those of us who were in Denver pre-Coors Field remember what a great dive El Chapultepec was before LoDo existed (it’s still a great spot – just different now).
Among those hiring this week are Kaiser Permanente, Arrow Electronics, BAE, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Mercy Housing, ReadyTalk and tw telecom.
(Hat tip to LocalTVNews)
Meterologist Nick Carter, who was let go from 9News for salary reasons in January, has landed at Fox31.
Who says Denver media doesn’t cover the local public relations scene? Denver Post gossip columnist business columnist Penny Parker offers an in-depth review of the bathrooms at SE2/Eric Sondermann’s new office. I smell Pulitzer!
Ernie Bjorkman is in the news again this week, but it isn’t a New York Times profile or a guest appearance on Oprah. He and his wife are listed in the foreclosures section of the Denver Business Journal, with U.S. Bank foreclosing on his home in Englewood that carries a $367,470 balance. I stand by my last comment on the subject:
Could someone please explain to me how former KWGN/Channel 2 anchor Ernie Bjorkman can make the rounds on national media talking about his financial struggles after losing his anchor job? Today it was the Oprah Winfey show. The guy made $250,000 a year and within five months of being out of work he has to borrow $1,000 from a friend to cover his car payment. Seriously?
Bill Husted catches up with elusive Denver Post editor Greg Moore as part of his recurring “Bar & Grilled” column. Normally I wouldn’t be that impressed with a columnist scoring an interview with his own editor, but when was the last time you saw Greg Moore in public? Husted should enjoy this one for now, because I fully expect Penny Parker to up the ante with an exclusive with publisher Dean Singleton any time now.
Internet marketing and social media firm Mango Media has picked up PaySimple, Alive at 25, Similasan USA, Albeo Technologies, Hammond’s Candies and The International Center for Performance & Health and The Healthiest Executive Competition as clients.
GroundFloor Media has joined Public Relations Global Network, an international network of 40 independent public relations agencies representing six continents.
How important has Twitter become? From today’s Washington Post:
“The State Department asked social networking site Twitter to delay scheduled maintenance earlier this week in order to avoid disrupting communications among tech-savvy Iranian citizens as they took to the streets to protest Friday’s reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. …
” ‘One of the areas where people are able to get out the word is through Twitter,’ said a senior State Department official in a conversation with reporters, on condition of anonymity. ‘They announced they were going to shut down their system for maintenance and we asked them not to.’ “
I keep reading media articles that position politicians such as U.S. Rep. Jared Polis as technology-friendly leaders who use social media to connect with constituents, and I have to shake my head. Rep. Polis has 2,439 Twitter followers, and he has followed a grand total of 59 of them back. To Rep. Polis, Twitter appears to be just another bullhorn through which he can spread what he wants constituents to hear. And he isn’t alone:
- U.S. Sen. Mark Udall – 2,016 followers; follows 10
- U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman – 1,140 followers; follows 17
- U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter – 714 followers; follows 9
- State Sen. Josh Penry – 185 followers; follows 9
The power of social media is in creating relationships – or at least engaging conversations – with people who matter to you (and to whom you matter). Of the major elected officials in Colorado, only one at least makes an effort to create the appearance he uses social media to listen to constituents:
- Gov. Bill Ritter – 2,149 followers; follows 2,002
And, surprisingly, a significant number of high-profile Colorado politicians aren’t even using Twitter yet:
- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
- U.S. Rep. Diana Degette
- U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey
- U.S. Rep. John Salazar
- U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn
- State Sen. Brandon Shaffer
- Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão, scheduled to open downtown in mid-July, has selected Linhart PR to handle its launch communications.
Denver jobs guru Andrew Hudson is hosting a “Reinvent Event” seminar and networking party on Wednesday, June 24. Click here for more information or to register.
The Mile High Social Media Club’s June meeting is this Wednesday. The details are:
Mile High Social Media Club
Wednesday, June 17, from 5–8 p.m.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th Street, Denver 80202
Click here to RSVP (the event is free)
Among those hiring this week are ColoradoBiz Magazine, JANUS, Arapahoe House, BAE Systems Information Technology, Donor Alliance and Skyworks (Irvine, Calif.).
Former Rocky deputy editor Gil Rudawsky has joined GroundFloor Media as a senior public relations manager.
Congratulations to JohnstonWells’ owner and chairman Gwin Johnston for being named a SAGE Counselor by the PRSA’s Counselors Academy.
Paula Berg, manager of Emerging Media for Southwest Airlines, is the featured speaker at next week’s PRSA Colorado luncheon. Berg will discuss her experience developing and managing Southwest’s corporate blog, “Nuts About Southwest.” Details are:
PRSA Colorado Luncheon
Wednesday June 17, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Curtis Hotel (14th & Curtis)
Click here to register
Maybe the Denver Post’s wire-heavy, two-page business section is more out of necessity than choice. In the past two weeks, two Post business reporters have announced their departures, and neither is being replaced. First up was energy reporter Gargi Chakrabarty, who announced she was leaving to join her husband in Boston. And now word comes that business reporter Elizabeth Aguilera will be leaving to accept a fellowship at USC (the good one).
Linhart PR’s Sharon Linhart has been elected to the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) Board of Directors. The CJI’s mission includes preserving and enhancing the independence and excellence of Colorado courts; furthering public understanding of the Colorado judicial system; and ensuring the courts meet the needs of the people.
- Metzger Associates picked up the Metropolitan Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as a client.
- Vladimir Jones landed a project with the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) to handle marketing strategy, creative and media planning/buying to promote its Colorado ENERGY STAR New Homes Program.
Tickets are now available for Ignite Boulder 5.
Among those hiring this week are Xcel, Dish Network, Echostar, DWG & Associates, CSU Housing and Dining Services and Great Plains Communications (in scenic Blair, Neb.).
Linhart PR’s June “Inside Scoop” event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16. Inside Scoop is a monthly information session for those looking for jobs at the agency or careers in the public relations field, and anyone interested in attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national PRSA finally posted the list of 2009 Silver Anvil winners, and there are two Denver connections. Denver-based MGA won a Silver Anvil in the Events and Observances category for its campaign “Refuge Roundup 2008 at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge,” and Centennial-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association won in the Issues Management category for its campaign “Better Safe & Savory Than Sorry.”
Additionally, Linhart PR received a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for its work with Rudi’s Organic Bakery.
Want to know who the winners were from last night’s 2009 Silver Anvil Awards? Me too. But the national PRSA won’t announce the list of winners until tomorrow, 48 hours after the event ended and cleverly buried on a Saturday. Nice.
PRSA Colorado is now taking registrations for its annual golf tournament, which will be held at the Arrowhead Golf Club on Aug. 21. The cost is $70 per player (foursomes get the PRSA discount rate of $280), and everyone who registers before June 15 gets one free swing tip from Gina Seamans. Register here.
Mango Media has hired Sabrina Comroe as Marketing Director. Comroe formerly was Director of Digital Media at 5280 magazine.
Stefanie Jones PR landed Sport Dimensions as a client. Sports Dimension is a motorsports marketing firm in Denver that works with companies such as Shell Oil, Penzoil and Best Western.
Who has more credibility? Shagman or Tom Martino?