Have you ever wanted to Tweet something bogus to see if you can spark a viral Internet rumor? Washington Post sportswriter Mike Wise did, and the newspaper just put him on a one-month time-out because of it. Although it will actually be for five weeks, I’m told.
Among those hiring this week are Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Armada Medical Marketing, Aurora Loan Services, Black Hills Corporation, Humane Society of Boulder County, CaridianBCT, Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association, Community College of Aurora, National Wildlife Federation, University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and Sky Ute Casino (Ignacio).
Happy seventh birthday, Pure Brand.
Is Turner PR expanding beyond travel, hospitality, outdoor and real estate? Word is that the agency has landed Denver-based Organic Pizza Co. as a client, which could put Turner in a position to start competing with the more established food/beverage practices at agencies such as Linhart, GroundFloor Media, JohnstonWells, Aiello and Guttau.
Public relations firms are better delivering on the promise of social media because the industry understands the art of persuasion while edgy digital firms continue to be too focused on the technical tools. At least that’s what Ad Age says.
For those of you who are Googling the recently departed Denver movie critic Reggie McDaniel and coming across this post, let me just say first that is was written two years ago. I am not, in fact, “dancing on his grave.” So quit emailing me. And, second, McDaniel was a critic, and he understood that criticism is part of being a public performer/personality.
Tech PR consultant Nicole Jordan inelegantly argues yes. Instead, she recommends working your way into broader business conferences.
The New York Times uses BP as a reason to weigh in on the practice of public relations. A couple of the money quotes:
Eric Dezenhall, a communications strategist in Washington who worked in the White House for President Ronald Reagan, argues that the standard playbook is useless when the facts are sufficiently distasteful. …
Mr. Dezenhall is particularly scornful of the classic imperative to “get out in front of the story,” as if swift disclosure provides inoculation against all ugly realities. When the facts are horrible, he argues, the best P.R. fix may simply be to absorb the pounding and get back to business, while eschewing the sort of foolish communications gimmicks that can make things worse. …
“BP could apologize every day,” says Keith Michael Hearit, a communications professor at Western Michigan University. “They could have a situation where the C.E.O. goes on an environmental pilgrimage and falls on his knees going up a mountain, and it wouldn’t do them any good. Until the oil stopped, there was nothing that could be done to make it better, but there was plenty that could be said to make it worse.”
Among those hiring this week are Exempla, Fresh Ideas Group, IHS, Janus, LEGO Universe, Holland & Hart, NPR, the Nature Conservancy, the Veterans Health Administration and Colorado Mountain College (Glenwood Springs).
Have a gift for remembering useless information? Want to test your wits against your fellow marketing and PR professionals? Then Colorado PRSA invites you to Trivia Night on Wed., Sept. 1.
Colorado PRSA Trivia Night
Scruffy Murphy’s, 2030 Larimer St., Denver
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
5:30 p.m. – Registration & Networking
6 p.m. – Trivia Begins – Don’t be late!
Click here to register. PRSA will pair up individuals that evening, and teams can have a maximum of six players. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Last-place team will be required to pay Paula Berg’s bar tab.
Courtesy of CNN:
The Denver Press Club is hosting a 60th birthday party for Bruce Goldberg on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. The event will feature free appetizers and a cash bar, and Bruce requests no gifts other than donations to the DPC if you are so inclined.
Volume PR has an opening for an (unpaid) intern.
Among those hiring this week are the American Water Works Association, CoBank, The Colorado Trust, DaVita, Denver Botanic Gardens, DISH Network, EchoStar, Exempla, Functional Ingredients, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Lincoln Financial Media, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Skiing Magazine, Thule Organization Solutions, Unified West Corp., VISIT Denver, KSFY-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Jackson National (Lansing, Mich.).
Do you know a nonprofit that is looking for guidance on PR campaigns, traditional and social media, crisis communications and other communications issues? Let them know about PRSA Colorado’s annual PR Boost event on Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
PR Boost brings together experienced public relations practitioners with local nonprofits to provide PR counsel and guidance specific to your nonprofit organization’s communications needs. Each attending nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual counseling sessions.
Among those hiring this week are Amelie Company, Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation, Correctional Healthcare Companies, University of Colorado at Boulder, Intrado, National Education Association, Richmond American Homes, Unified West Corp., Votigo, Best Buy (Richfield, Minn.) and Mindspace (Tempe, Ariz.).
Look the f@#! out. We’re calling the shots now.
P.S. Of course, that’s not to say our recommendations will always make a lot of sense. Now double our budgets, or else.
The Jens at Philosophy Communication may win the award for the year’s most honest press release:
“I’m excited to be a part of the Philosophy team. I’d heard a lot about Philosophy through my dad, who is the president of Roth Distributing, a regional distributor of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and a nine-year Philosophy client,” admits Thielen. “I have to throw a shout out to my dad for being such a loyal Philosophy client.”
“Lynne started as a Philosophy intern, a position she absolutely received because of her dad. We like to support our clients, whether being customers ourselves or hiring their children as interns,” said Jennifer Miller, Philosophy co-founder.
Nominations for the annual Colorado Healthcare Communicators (CHC) Gold Leaf Awards are due Friday, Aug. 27. The Gold Leaf Awards, which will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, Oct. 21, honor public relations, communications and marketing professionals for their work in the healthcare industry.
- Duo Marketing & PR has added entrepreneur and radio personality Nick May to its client list. Duo will manage publicity and social media services for May.
- Conversation Starters has been selected by Chemo101 to handle web and social media development.
- Dovetail Solutions has added Amanda Pehrson and promoted Ryan Peacock to senior manager of client services. Pehrson formerly was with Pelligrini Solutions and The Fresh Ideas Group. And, on an unrelated note, members of the CJ Powell Fan Club (CJPFC) will be glad to know he has been added to the group shots on the Dovetail website.
Denver’s Farm Credit and its agency Inview Communications are feeling the love from PR Week, which profiled the financial services company’s new brand launch. Margaret Fogarty, formerly of Qwest, is Farm Credit’s communications director, and Carey Madsen and Maria Miller from InView manage the account.
- Perini & Associates has added Hardware Oasis as a client.
- MMG Mardiks named Carly Grimes as account supervisor for its Colorado Tourism Office account.
- GroundFloor Media has added St. Anthony Central Hospital as a client.
- Linhart been retained as agency of record by specialty finance company Stout Street Funding, LLC.
- Adrenalin has been hired as marketing/branding agency of record by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
The Denver Business Journal is accepting nominations for its annual “Best Places to Work in Denver” awards. The deadline to submit your company or agency is Friday, August 13.
Congratulations to MGA Communications’ Jeff Julin, Ayers PR’s Sydney Ayers and JKD & Company’s Jane Dvorak for being named to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows, which was created in 1989 to honor the accomplishments of the best in the public relations profession and has more than 400 members.