• Accounts That Should Be In Colorado II: Let’s Talk Scary

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    Colorado.com is newly revised by the nice folks in Missouri who spend $19 million of Colorado tax dollars on the mediocre “Let’s talk” campaign. We’d love to hear your opinions.

    But while you’re loading that baby up, we’d like you to keep a couple of things in mind.

    In an article in the Kansas City Business Journal about the “ROI” of the Colorado Tourism campaign they created, MMG Worldwide’s results were touted as, “Colorado’s tourism numbers have improved since MMG has worked with the state. A record 28 million overnight visitors came to the state in 2007, an increase from the 26.9 million the year before.”

    You don’t have to be a math major to see the increase was a little over a million overnight visitors. That’s an increase of just 4%. But we spent $19 million. $19 million is head and shoulders above what the old PRACO (Vladdy Jones) spent. And as we all remember, it was a pretty epic snow year here.

    So this year, as we enter into a period where consumers are holding their money tighter; as we see our friends in ski towns concerned about bookings and restaurants running specials and hotels laying off workers, we all should keep an eye on the effectiveness of the $19 million that leaves our state in tourism dollars.

    Long term, we believe this is Colorado money that should be spent in Colorado. The decision by bureaucrats to move $19 million of tax money to Missouri is reprehensible. We need to hold the current work to the highest standard. Then, maybe in 2010, when we’re finished with the $80 million we’re moving to Missouri’s economy, they’ll find a Colorado agency to sell Colorado.

    Although, with their awful decision-making history, it might not be an account anyone would want.

  • Numbers, Speeds, Sprint...

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    Understand that the internet is a very big place; and while most of that big place is full of completely useless information, there exists the occasional nugget of data that might make you sound smarter in conversation or, at very least, keep you feeling moderately educated. Apparently Sprint Mobile Broadband have taken it upon themselves to bring as many of those gems together in one place as possible, no matter how overwhelming.

    Navigate the world of numbers at This Is Now.

  • Accounts That Should Be In Colorado: University of Colorado

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    Looks like CU has tapped the shoulder of brand-goliath Landor to help rebrand the university, as evidenced by the email below which was recently sent out to students from the Office of the President. Just like the DENVER Museum, this is another account that should absolutely not be leaving the state for its design services. You’re telling us there are no CU alums that could readily handle this bad boy in-state? Did anyone out there get invited or participate in this RFP? Pathetic decision once again by an institution that should understand the benefits of keeping Colorado accounts here at home.

    TO: UCB Students

    FROM: Office of the President

    SENDER: Office of the President

    DATE: 11/6/08

    SUBJECT: Identity Research

    Dear Students,

    The University of Colorado is a great institution with strengths in a number of areas. It is important for us to communicate that by presenting ourselves to our constituents in as effective and efficient a manner as possible. This is particularly challenging in a landscape overcrowded with communication and visual images. Consistent communication is also important to our efforts to attract public and private funding in a difficult economic environment.

    To help convey an effective, consistent image and to support our efforts to compete for funding, we are working to clarify and strengthen CU’s brand. To that end, we have engaged the services of Landor, a brand strategy and design firm.

    We are undertaking this effort for several reasons:

    CU presents itself to constituents in ways that are often confusing, ineffective and inefficient.

    Hundreds of different graphic images of CU, each with its own costs attached, are in use on our campuses.

    With the prominence of our Boulder campus and the emergence of our Colorado Springs and Denver campuses, particularly the skyrocketing growth of the Anschutz Medical Campus, the university system has matured to the point where it needs to renew and articulate its brand.

    CU’s fundraising efforts will benefit from a coordinated, cohesive brand.

    We need your help with this process. Thorough research will be the basis of our activities. We are conducting both interviews and questionnaire research with constituents inside and outside the university. You will soon receive an e-mail link to a survey regarding your impressions of CU’s identity. Your perspective is important and I encourage your participation.

    Our goals for this project are: to assess how we are viewed now; to clearly define optimal relationships within the CU system, on our campuses and among affiliates; to create an effective brand strategy; and to develop a graphic identity system that will allow us to present ourselves in the best way possible. We expect to have initial direction in the spring, and implementation will be ongoing.

    Thank you in advance for your time and participation.


    Bruce D. Benson

  • Pixar Trailer: Up

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    Looks like another goodun’ from the minds at Pixar.

  • Nike Melo Commercial - Now Shooting

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    A little bird told us that W+K is in the middle of shooting a Nike commercial with Carmelo Anthony at the Broomfield Event Center. Anyone have any more information on this?

  • Friday Night at Andenken Gallery: The Art of Borf

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    Borf is in the water. Borf doesn’t sleep. Borf systematically attacks the infrastructure of the totality. Borf is a foulmouth. Borf eats your homework. Borf brings you home for dinner. Borf is the dirt under your fingernails. Borf is the song that never ends. Borf gets down. Borf gets up. Borf is your baby. Borf is neither. Borf is good for your heart, the more you eat the more you. Borf is. Borf knows. Borf destroys. Borf is immortal. Borf pulls fire alarms. Borf scuffs the gym floor. Borf is looking through your mom’s purse.

    The Art of Borf Andenken Gallery – Tonight November 7th 7PM – 30th & Larimer – Artist will be in attendance

  • Lisa Wharton's Online Art Sale

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    One of our favorite local illustrators, Lisa Wharton, today began the first of her quarterly online art sales. There are 42 choice pieces for sale, priced right. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind silkscreened monoprint on 3/4 inch birch plywood. Good Xmas presents to be sure (if you’re into that whole giving thing).

  • Who’s Stepping Out of the Yukon?

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    At the DNC, we were waiting on the First Lady Elect, Michelle Obama, to arrive at an event, and a large black Yukon pulled up. Excitedly, the press moved forward to take her picture, but alas, it was not her. Instead it was Bigboy, in town to record a video. It was then that it occurred to us that the place where the music industry and politics overlap is the ubiquitous Yukon.

    With that in mind and the election over, we offer up a little Friday game. Who is stepping out of the Yukon? Decide who of the following are ® or (D)? That is, (Recording Artist) or (Diplomat)?

    Feel free to add your own.

    Roy Blunt
    Kit Bond
    Carole Yvette Marie Stevens
    David Blake
    Max Burns
    Johnny Cox
    Earl Simmons
    J. Ensign
    Chaka Fattah
    Slade Gorton
    Joseph Saddler
    Tracy Marrow
    J Kyl
    Ray LaHood
    B. Martini
    D. Payne
    D. Wu
    Shawn Corey Carter

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