• D-Town on The Up and Up

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    A new survey by the Pew Research Center found that Denver was the top city when Americans were asked about where they would like to live. Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati were at the bottom of the list of 30 large metropolitan areas which Americans were asked to rank as places to reside.

    Are city planners paying attention to this? Because people saying they’d like to live here is usually followed by people firing up the U-Haul and moving here.

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  • Denver's Top Singles Coming to An Advertising Agency Near You

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    Flipping through the latest issue of 5280 turned out to be extra entertaining last night when we spotted Mike Sukle, 46, Creative Director/Owner, Sukle Advertising + Design and Esther Kang, 34, Owner, MIGHTYkarma Advertising & Design Shop in the 2009 Hottest Denver Singles section of the pub—where “24 of the hottest catches give you the lowdown on who they’re looking for.” Pure gold.

    Mike Sukle, 46 (second from left)
    Creative Director/Owner, Sukle Advertising + Design
    I’m a sucker for: Someone who laughs at my jokes. Weekend whereabouts: Home Depot, or home taking care of my boys (6 and 10). Secret hobby: I work in the garden. Just wish I had a green thumb. Fantasy vacation: Southeast Asia, trekking or canoeing down a river. Part of my charm: Sappy movies make me cry. Book I’m reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Lifetime wish: Getting to play quarterback for one down in the NFL. Biggest fear: Doing this interview.

    Esther Kang, 34 (second from left)
    Owner, MIGHTYkarma Advertising & Design Shop
    I’m a sucker for: Brooding, unnecessarily moody, and deep artist-types. Fantasy vacation: Road trip to Woodstock 1969 (it’s fantasy—we can go back in time, right?). Secret talent: I have quite a bit of dexterity with my toes—I can pick things up. You’d never guess: I was captain of my high school lacrosse team. Nickname: Lil’ Monsta. Childhood crush: The Fonz. Guilty pleasure: Cornucopia (the mini corn dogs) at My Brother’s Bar. On the bucket list: Deejay my 100th birthday party.

    Either one wet your whistle? Send them an email via singles[at]5280.com.

  • NDAC Super Ad Sunday

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    Overview:
    If you’re an ad geek, the hype of the Super Bowl isn’t about stats and figures and team pride. No, if you’re an ad geek, you prep for the Bowl by combing blogs, looking for leaks and banned spots. You try to one-up colleagues by dropping remarks in passing like, “Interested to see how the nation reacts to CPB’s Coke Zero Mean Joe Greene remake in which Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu appears in the role of Mean Joe then the spot takes an undisclosed twist that illustrates to viewers that it is possible to have real Coke taste and zero calories?”

    Well, the NDAC is celebrating our ad geekness this Sunday. The whole team is gonna get together and party and talk shit about Super Bowl ads. We might even watch the game. And during said game, thanks to CP+B, everyone can use the magic of cell phone technology to vote on spots. By texting in your vote, a website will be updated in real time. Shazam.

    Event Details:
    Join the officiating team at Jackson’s in LoDo (1520 20th St.) on Sunday, February 1st. Free Food and a Drink with admission. Children 12 & under get in FREE (better yet, leave them at home with a six-pack of Dew and a bag of Fritos).

    Register Now.
    Event Website.

    The Creative:
    Super Ad Sunday is all about voting and talking shit about Super Bowl ads. So, when you think about it, the ad kids who attend are really officials. There are all kinds of calls you make when you’re critiquing ads. So the ad club compiled them and created:

    The Comprehensive Manual to Calling Fouls on Crappy Advertising.

    The campaign launched with a teaser that was a fake amazon.com page where you could buy the manual. This was followed by three email “calls,” and today marks the launch of the microsite superadsunday.com.

    As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, copymaster Jim Glynn is the ref. Not only is Jim a super dynamic model with an unbelievable range and an amazingly expressive mustache, but he also looks super hot in those baseball/ref/tight/thingies.

    Bryce Boyer spent a few hours shooting and countless hours retouching the shots. His energy and enthusiasm was only matched by his behind-the-lens interpretation of Elvis.

    For the rest of the people who put together the campaign, they’re under the credit section of superadsunday.com. See ya there, boozer.

  • Bacon Makes Everything Better, Even Us

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    Local firm Notchcode used Bacolicio.us to spruce up the design of our site yesterday. A vast improvement, we agree, especially between the hours of 7am and 11am and again between 2am and 4am after pub-closing time. Wanna do it for your site? Just append the URL to http://bacolicio.us/http://YOURURL.com and watch it sizzle.

  • In The Egotist Inbox: Zac Taschdjian

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    Zac Taschdjian is a Denver-based digital artist and video editor specializing in broadcast advertising. He also claims “a black belt in After Effects and eight years of industry experience.” Do you have any CONSTRUCTIVE advice for Zac after watching his reel?

  • Web Directions North Seeking Sponsors

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    Web Directions North, one of the world’s leading conferences for web professionals, is coming to Denver this year from February 2-7. They’re seeking sponsors to help build a better event—providing food and drinks mainly—to show everyone who’s visiting (150+) that Denver/Boulder’s web community is in full force. Contact Chip at chip.diffendaffer[at]gmail.com if you got the goods.

  • Helping Denver Suck Less: New Type Central

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    We know the typical M.O. for interactive firms that get the big, sexy assignments. Build a fat site for a client with all the bells and whistles, give them a lightning 30-minute training on the CMS, then send them on their way to add ongoing content all by their lonesome (after you’ve convinced them how important it is to keep freshening things up).

    What gets left on the table by agencies during this whole wham, bam, thank you ma’am is a whole bunch of cash. Granted, you don’t want to update content internally—that’s some dirty-ass work. But the client doesn’t want to do it either. This large hole in the market for website content updates is filled by New Type Central.

    This cool, new company provides a service we’ve yet to ever run across. And instead of leaving client money on the table or assembling and paying for an internal team, you can hire New Type Central to update content for your clients through any CMS—then mark up their cost. You make the difference for little more than passing on the CMS login information to these Denver go-getters. Sharp idea, we know. Find them on our list of Recommended Talent when the time is right.

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