Denver PR Blog

#BoycottCulture Forces Companies to Walk Fine Line
February 22, 2017, 9:46 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Jennifer Kaplan at Bloomberg reports on the PR contortions companies are performing in our highly politically charged political environment:

“Consumers are holding brands accountable as though they were political candidates, and they’re voting again and again,” said Micho Spring, head of global corporate practice at Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm that handles crisis management. A Weber Shandwick study, set to be released Wednesday, found that 57 percent of top executives believe that boycotts can affect a company’s bottom line. The survey polled more than 1,000 executives and 2,100 consumers around the globe last year, just as Donald Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination on his way to the White House.

Cactus Lands Colorado Lottery, CommunityAmerica Accounts
February 21, 2017, 9:36 am
Filed under: Cactus, Public Relations, Wins

Cactus has retained Colorado Lottery and added CommunityAmerica Credit Union as clients. Cactus will provide a variety of services including public relations, strategic planning, creative development, media planning and buying, digital, SEO marketing and analytics.


More Sports Changes at 9News; Soicher Lands in Phoenix
February 17, 2017, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Michael Roberts at Westword reports that rumors are swirling that 9News will continue to dramatically reduce its sports staff following the departure of Drew Soicher:

“… an industry source shared a rumor with Westword that 9News expected to pare its sports staff down to former Denver Post reporter Mike Klis and a couple of MMJs — which in this context means multi-media journalists who serve as their own camera operators — and allow the contract of Rod Mackey, another veteran sports anchor, to expire.”

9News President & GM Steve Carter is denying those reports. Interestingly, Carter also says that Soicher has landed at 9News sister station 12News (NBC) in Phoenix.

CBCA Names Crampton Day as Executive Director
February 16, 2017, 9:35 am
Filed under: Public Relations

ccd-headshotThe Colorado Business Committee for the Arts has named Christin Crampton Day as its new Executive Director:

“Crampton Day brings a strong background in communications, fundraising, management, and strategic planning having been co-owner at Schenkein and, most recently, Senior Director of Public Relations at Barnhart. She was also Executive Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Crampton Day is a life-long advocate for the arts, serving on the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees for 13 years, among numerous other volunteer leadership roles. A graduate of CBCA’s inaugural Leadership Arts class, Crampton Day was honored with CBCA’s Cultural Leadership Award in May, 2016.”

Crampton Day formerly was senior director of Public Relations at Barnhart, and before that was co-owner at Schenkein.


Abuse Allegations Rock CU, CSU Athletic Departments
February 16, 2017, 9:20 am
Filed under: Public Relations

It hasn’t been a very good month for the University of Colorado and Colorado State University athletic departments. Both CU head football coach Mike MacIntyre and CSU head basketball coach Larry Eustachy are facing allegations related to charges of abuse.


Fake News Charge Results in Fake Lawsuit Threat
February 14, 2017, 11:50 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has threatened to sue Colorado State Sen. Ray Scott after he tweeted that one of its recent articles was “fake news.”

Jay Seaton, the (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel) publisher, in an editorial over the weekend, said the tweet from the Senator is “a false character assassination that can’t go unchallenged.” … As of Tuesday, it is unclear if the newspaper will actually go through with the suit.

Paging Visit Denver …
February 13, 2017, 11:10 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The odds of poaching the lucrative Outdoor Retailer show from Utah seem to have gotten pretty good, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Several outdoor gear companies followed Patagonia’s lead and announced Thursday and Friday that they would no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer shows in Salt Lake City to protest public-lands positions promoted by Utah’s elected officials, led by Gov. Gary Herbert. …

Organizers announced last week that they were seeking proposals from other cities for the twice-yearly shows, a move largely in reaction to the persistent opposition to the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument from Utah leaders. …

Vermont-based Ibex Outdoor Clothing says it will attend with a reduced team and budget, channeling funds instead to the Conservation Alliance Public Lands Defense Fund and leaving its booth early to protest. 

“Outdoor Retailer cannot stay in Utah,” stated Ted Manning, Ibex’s CEO. “And until it moves out of the state, we as a company are taking decisive action to stand up for our public lands and conservation.”