• Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Lonza Dennis

    #92: Lonza Dennis If there's a fashion show in town, Denver fashion blogger Lonza Dennis is there, camera in hand, ready to cheerlead for local designers with her online First Class Fashionista "blogazine." Whether covering the beat or promoting her own charity fundraiser, Paint the Runway, the har ... More >>

  • News

    September 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Colorado's new slogan is "It's Our Nature:" Calling Cabela's!

    Here in Colorado, it's in our nature to fight for the state we love -- and to get quite cranky when we see something that we don't think does this state justice. For the past year, Colorado chief marketing officer Aaron Kennedy has led an-all Colorado crew on what's billed as the most ambitious bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Russ Dalbey, Boulder infomercial king: Settlement costs $330 million

    Back in 2010, Westword contributor Teague Bohlen put together a list of TV's scummiest get-rich-quick schemers -- and prominently featured among them was Boulder's Russ Dalbey, whose "Winning in the Cash Flow Business" infomercials attempted to separate suckers from their wallets via easy-money prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    What makes Colorado Colorado? New state branding effort wants to know

    Endless vistas of the mountains and plains? Endless pours of craft beers? Endless protests about gun-control laws? What makes Colorado Colorado? That's what the state plans to find out with Making Colorado, an ambitious branding effort being announced today by Governor John Hickenlooper and Aaron Ke ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Steve Ells first brought Chipotle to Denver, now the Cultivate Festival

    Chipotle Mexican Grill got its start in Denver, in an old Dolly Madison by the University of Denver, where Steve Ells opened his first store in 1993. Originally, the culinary grad thought that store would be the way he financed a fine-dining restaurant. Instead, Ells says, "I guess I found my callin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Metro State name change official after six years, thousands of surveys, $95,000

    What's in a name? For the newly minted Metropolitan State University of Denver, about six years of research and discussion, thousands of surveys, numerous focus groups and $95,000. That's a portion of what went into a name change from Metropolitan State College of Denver that was made official yeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    New Belgium gets it wrong: Stop complaining about beer labels

    New Belgium Brewing's social media specialist created a small controversy yesterday when he complained in his blog on the brewery's website that the federal government was "leaking upcoming beer labels" and that bloggers were following suit. But the points he made ring hollow.

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Al White, Colorado tourism chief, pens new slogan for New Mexico: Just south of paradise!

    Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about New Mexico's $2.5 million effort to rebrand the state "as a place of charm and character, adventure, excitement -- and really good green chili cheeseburgers." It seems that the Land of Enchantment isn't perceived as very enchanting; focus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    7-Eleven teams up with Mall Jamz and Thump Records to sell music alongside taquitos

    ​You probably don't generally equate going CD shopping with 7-Eleven, but with record stores disappearing everyday, a direct-seller called Mall Jamz is trying to change the way we think of buying music by selling it at the same place where we buy Slurpees. Some 7-Eleven stores across the metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Help feed Illegal Pete's Starving Artist on their way to South By Southwest this week

    ​We're big fans of Illegal Pete's Starving Artist series. It's a great service for hungry bands in town or on tour, and it happens to be one of the more innovative marketing ideas we've seen in a while. That said, it's not always easy to dig up the ambition to head downtown to catch the series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Poker Junkies: Cease and desist order for movie producers/Gene Hackman name-droppers

    ​Poker Junkies may eventually come to a theater near you -- but it could take longer than hoped thanks to action by the Division of Securities at Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Officials there have issued a cease and desist order against producers for failing to register ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Taco Bell rolls out street food-inspired menu

    Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos​You know you've got an exploding trend when the lowest-common-denominator, late-night guilty pleasure, drive-thru chain decides to jump on board.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Chipotle menu changes: What's taken - and what hasn't - a year into the chain's "Low Roller" menu revamp

    ​When hometown hero Chipotle unveiled a new "Low Roller" menu last spring in Denver, featuring novel options like single tacos, small salads, pozole and kids items, some people heralded it as a disaster of biblical proportions - fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, human sacrifice, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Reefer Mania might go up in smoke before its time

    Reyna Von Vett as Cora Vette in Reefer Mania.​At the beginning of May, Reyna Von Vett's burlesque company (which won a Best Of award for Best Burlesque Comeback this year under the umbrella Black Box Burlesque before changing its name to BurlyCute) took up residency at the Crossroads Theatre, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Rockies home opener with Sarah Neumann and Allen Klosowski: Kenny Be's Friday Afternoon Club

    Kenny Be​ "Create Denver Week is an event where professionals teach artists that to be financially successful today, it is important to spend more time creating cross-platform marketing plans and to spend less time actually making art."

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    MediaNews Group: Former Comcast veep Mark Winkler exiting in major marketing shakeup

    Dean Singleton ordered some alterations.​Last week, Denver-based MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers around the country, officially emerged from bankruptcy -- and it didn't take long for boss Dean Singleton to make significant changes in the organization. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The next big pot biz: medical marijuana marketing?

    Talk about a logo with global recognition.​I was talking last night with a friend in public relations who told me that many PR firms around town are still reluctant to work with medical-marijuana clients. If that's the case, it's a shame -- since Colorado's dispensary scene is a marketer's dre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Beer and Cheer: Coors Winterfest is back!

    ​It's not often that a powerless little blogger can claim to have influenced a billion-dollar conglomerate like MillerCoors. After all, the big boys of beer spend ungodly sums of money on marketing teams and focus groups and executive vice presidents who are supposed to make the decisions that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Illegal downloading is a good thing -- at least when it comes to pushing INK

    ​This weekend, INK, a movie shot locally for $250,000 and self-distributed by Double Edge Films, was uploaded to various torrent servers such as the Pirate Bay. In just a few days, the movie has been downloaded nearly half a million times. By Hollywood's calculations, this is a massive loss o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Advertising that doesn't suck? That's's idea

    ​It would take some sort of rocket scientist to create a model of advertising that doesn't suck. No coincidence, then, that Roger Toennis used to work on projects such as the autonomous lunar rover, Titan 4 rockets and air-to-air missiles before creating, a product that promises to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Cheba Hut is a hit with Greeley judge

    ​Cheba Hut raised a toasty toast this week when a Weld County District Court judge overturned a ruling that had denied a liquor license to the sub shop's Greeley location. In April, Robert Frick, who rules on Greeley liquor licenses, turned down the company's request, citing Cheba Hut's pot-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    From Cañon City to Maui: Ex-con Weldon Long's strange trip

    ​It sounds like a tidy piece of inspirational fiction: A coke-snorting, booze-guzzling dropout squanders every opportunity in life, turns to armed robbery, burglary and sleazy telemarketing scams, spends much of his adult life behind bars as a self-proclaimed "worthless piece of shit" -- then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 13

    Yeah, it says what you think it says​ Worst. Product. Idea. Ever. I get a lot of dumb and worthless shit sent to me -- worthless shit being essentially any sample product that doesn't come in a nice glass bottle with "Product of Ireland" written somewhere on it. But in the history of du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Quiznos is the sandwich of choice for half-naked playmates

    While Denver-born restaurant chain Chipotle is getting flak for its new ad campaign's distinct lack of cojones, the marketing for Quiznos Sub Shop, another local restaurant chain done (sorta) good, still shows a lot of balls. Or, to be more accurate in this particular case, a lot of boobs. The Pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009 Chipotle lovers want their big-ass burritos back

    The Great Burrito War of 2009 has begun and, like the foil-wrapped monstrosities on which it is based, it's big, messy and is giving more than few people heartburn. The trouble started when Chipotle Mexican Grill, the burrito restaurant chain born and bred in Denver, unveiled a new "Low Roller" men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Q&A with Kevin Preblud, an entrepreneur backing In Denver Times

    On Monday, one week after a press conference about In Denver Times, a new web venture peopled by former members of the Rocky Mountain News, Kevin Preblud, one of three entrepreneurs behind the project (along with Brad Gray and Benjamin Ray), took part in the following interview. In addition to detai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Prime (rib) time at Dazzle

    Today, Dazzle is introducing a new reason to eat at Denver's great jazz club: prime rib. Not content with offering one of the town's best happy hours, owner Donald Rossa reports that his chef will be slow-roasting prime rib throughout the day -- which means "serious eating" tonight.Dazzle is located ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    The ten worst fast-food ad campaigns

    Some fast-food ad campaigns work because they're funny -- like the Taco Bell Chihuahua ads from the early '90s, or the more current examples from Jack-in-the-Box, which invite us to send our respects to the fallen Jack (he was hit by a bus on Super Bowl Sunday). Other ads work because they're creepy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Does Denver Water’s Naked Man Inspire Car Accidents Along with Conservation?

    As previously noted, Denver Water’s high-impact, multi-year “Use Only What You Need” marketing campaign is racking up achievements. According to a recent Denver Water press release, water use in 2007 was 20 percent lower than 2001 levels. The marketing means to this end are remarkable, to say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Spam a Lot, Pay a Lot

    In the exciting world of online marketing, it takes plenty of everything — millions of e-mail addresses, lots of bandwidth, endless diet pills, stock tips, porn sites, ringtones, chutzpah and moxie — to succeed. And if it also takes a few million bucks here and there to settle with unhappy custo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    What is the Sound of Color?

    The Sound of Color isn't your usual ad campaign. It doesn’t feature the company’s product, a slogan or even its name. It’s not on TV, radio or in newspapers and magazines. In fact, if you didn’t know that Sound of Color, the brainchild of Denver-based film and video production company Rehab, ... More >>

  • News

    January 25, 2007

    The Blogtrotters

    What's the next big trend? Follow the bouncing ball.

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Hard to Swallow

    I have tasted the futureand it's green apple.

  • Dining

    August 11, 2005

    Drink of the Week

    Twisted Mojito

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    Off Limits

    Better late than never

  • Dining

    March 4, 2004

    Drunk of the Week

    Chopper's Sports Grill

  • News

    July 10, 2003

    Pop Quiz

    July 10, 2003
    Disasters in the Pastures

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    The Light Stuff

    Coors loves the young male demographic -- and twins!

  • News

    September 26, 2002

    A Hard Cell

    There are a million Qwest stories in the naked city. This is just one of them.

  • People & Places

    March 29, 2001
  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Takin' It in the Pants

    In Jefferson County, vasectomies are quick, cheap and cool.

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    A Photo Finish

    John Fielder gets the big picture! Thats why his photographs are everywhere!

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Where the Buffalo Moan

    Theyve been worshiped, theyve been slaughtered. Now bison are backso why wont you buy some burger?

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    This Is Only a Test

    The programming secrets toies er's old-time formats radio.

  • News

    March 5, 1998
  • News

    April 4, 1996

    Running Out of Patients

    Denver General gets ready to launch a downscale marketing campaign.

  • News

    June 8, 1994



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