From The Rock

Frightening PR: Managing scary personalities

By | October 25, 2017

Picture this. You’ve just landed a coveted media placement for a client. When you tell them about it, you’re told it’s all wrong. In another scenario, you give strategic counsel to an executive regarding a concerning situation. It seems like you’re on the same page, but the results are disastrous... Read More »

Opportunities to support victims of Hurricane Harvey

By | September 01, 2017

As Obsidian’s only full-time telecommuter, Hurricane Harvey has hit a little closer to home for me. I live in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which took the “third hit” of the storm that just won’t go away. My house has been spared, as have my family’s homes here. Some of our neighbors... Read More »

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Marketing Approach

By | July 01, 2016

When we were growing up, my parents made sure we ate dinner together as a family at least a few nights a week. It never failed that my sister filled her plate with bread or macaroni and cheese. At some point she developed a rationale. She said the “bread compartment”... Read More »

How to Choose (or Be) a Good Spokesperson

By | April 01, 2016

From political races to crisis situations to paid endorsements, choosing (or being) a spokesperson is a tough job. Some people, like company presidents or CEOs, expect to serve as spokespeople. Others are thrust into it unexpectedly. But even for those who expect to be spokespeople, what if the situation to... Read More »

6 Tips for Handling a PR Crisis

By | March 30, 2016

When I was in college, I lived with my sister in an off-campus apartment with reserved parking for each unit. While there were plenty of visitor spaces, our neighbor’s boyfriend always parked in our spots despite us asking him to move at least once per week. One time while I... Read More »

Kelli’s Top 10 Memes

By | February 17, 2016

If you ask some of my co-workers at Obsidian, they would probably tell you I’ve got a lolcat for every occasion. But if I’m being honest, we all have a few choice memes that make their way around our office now and then. To celebrate Obsidian’s 10th anniversary, here are... Read More »

Kelli’s Version of How to Win Friends and Influence People

By | January 14, 2016

Not long ago, I was in a security line at the airport. I was about seven months pregnant, so while it wasn’t really a secret, most people wouldn’t say anything unless I did. The guy in front of me didn’t think that way. He turned around and asked when I... Read More »

Facebook isn’t for everyone

By | September 08, 2015

I have a confession. After work and on weekends, I avoid Facebook. It seems strange for someone who seems to live social media for several clients, but that’s actually the primary reason I avoid it. I’m on Facebook all day long. I’ve got 10 business pages to check on. So,... Read More »

PR Ethics in the Social Media Era: 3 Tips to Remember

By | July 17, 2015

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Brian Williams “misremembered” being a passenger on a military helicopter that was shot down 12 years ago. Justine Sacco, a PR practitioner, sent a tweet on her way to South Africa that started as a joke and turned into the end of her career as she knew it. Although you... Read More »

Think Before You Post

By | May 29, 2015

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I gave a presentation to a group of students at McNeese State University. The topic of my presentation was “social media and your personal PR plan.” I was speaking to a room full of students and professionals representing industries like engineering, accounting and marketing, among others. My goal wasn’t to... Read More »