Denver PR Blog


State of Colorado Study Finds Tough Job Market for PR Majors
July 12, 2016, 9:42 am
Filed under: Jobs, Public Relations

Aldo Svaldi at The Denver Post reports:

Colorado’s workforce should grow twice as fast as the rest of the country through 2024, with many of those new jobs coming in higher-paying, knowledge-based occupations, according to a labor market study from the Colorado Office of Economic Development.

But the study — conducted by Mercer — found some big mismatches when it comes to the kind of college degrees students in the state are obtaining, and the jobs available.

“We are doing pretty good on the employer side. We will have to focus more on the talent side,” said Fiona Arnold, executive director of the state’s economic development office.

For example, Colorado graduates enough advertising, marketing and public relations majors each year to replace everyone employed in those fields in the state — and then some.



Denver Broncos PR Staff Wins National Award
July 1, 2016, 9:25 am
Filed under: Awards, Denver Broncos, Public Relations

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos’ public relations staff, which has been selected as the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). The Rozelle Award is given to the NFL public relations staff that “consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media.”

Denver’s PR department is led by Patrick Smyth (VP of public relations), assisted by Erich Schubert (senior manager of media relations), Seth Medvin (media relations coordinator) and Rebecca Villaneuva (corporate communications manager). The department was also assisted by interns Brock Anderson and Anne Noland.

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The Hits Keep Coming at Chipotle
July 1, 2016, 7:47 am
Filed under: Chipotle, Crisis Communications, Public Relations

When I was at StorageTek, the CEO asked me what it would take to get him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. “Embezzle $100 million,” I joked.

Recently, Chipotle has seen a lot more coverage in the Wall Street Journal than it wants, and the hits just keep on coming. If you see Chris Arnold today, buy him a drink. He’s earned it.

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Cinemark asks shooting victims to cover $700k in legal fees
June 30, 2016, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Crisis Communications, lawsuits, Public Relations

Now that Cinemark has been found not responsible for the Aurora theater shooting, it’s pretty easy to see why it would want to get the money it spent defending itself back. But I’ll give Cinemark the same advice I have given literally dozens of CEOs across many different industries: You are never sorry later for having taken the high road. Not to mention that the reputational damage for trying to collect $700,000 will be in the tens of millions of dollars.



Chipotle Taps Linhart for National Marketing Role
June 30, 2016, 10:04 am
Filed under: Chipotle, Linhart, Public Relations

Chipotle Mexican Grill has engaged its long-time regional PR partner Linhart PR for a new expanded national role: supporting Chipotle’s field marketing team and regional brand strategists in all restaurant markets nationwide. Chipotle previously worked with four regional firms.



R&R Partners Adds Government Affairs Strategists
June 30, 2016, 9:21 am
Filed under: Jobs, Public Relations

R&R Partners has added national government affairs strategists Steven Palmer and Mary Kay Hogan. Both most recently served in senior positions for Grayling and are based in R&R’s Denver office.



Decibel Blue Launches ‘Green’ Sister Agency
June 29, 2016, 9:13 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Decibel Blue has launched a new sister agency that specializes in cannabis and sustainability – Decibel Green.

The firm first started doing cannabis-related work three years ago under the Decibel Blue brand, and it has represented the dispensaries Puff Pass & PaintYour Green Contractor and Sue Sisley. In addition to that work, the firm represents D.C.-based clients Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.




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