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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
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
(Hat tip to 5280)
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.
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.
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.
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.).
- 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.
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.
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)
Colorado-based public issues and policy firm SE2 has launched its new blog, The Megaphone.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Cohn Marketing is sponsoring a Twitter Twongue Twister experiment. Details are at http://twonguetwister.com.
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.
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.
With the decline of newspapers and magazines, photojournalists and their agencies are suffering like never before. At least those not covering celebrities.
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 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.
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.
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||PRSA Colorado Volunteers|
|WHAT:||PRSA Colorado members donating time and public
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||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|
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.).