Denver PR 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’

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.

Newspaper Slump Deepens; Q2 Ad Sales Drop 29%

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.

Picture of the Week

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

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)

Westword: Fox31 Stars ‘Go from Anchors to Skank-ers’

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.

Denver PR News & Notes

  • 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.

Denver Companies Make Inc. 5000 List

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)

Denver Metro Chamber Hosts ‘Business Excellence Forum’

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

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

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?

Advertise on KOA, The Fox or KHOW? Might be Time for a Refund

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.

Metzger Wins Marketing/Design Client

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

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

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.

Trouble in Boulder?

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.

Great Moments in Journalism XVIII

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.