From The Rock

A year of stranger, better things

By | January 17, 2018

Yeah, I’m a little late to the party. In fact, I think I’m even late for the after-after-party. The Netflix juggernaut Stranger Things debuted in summer 2016, which means we’re almost a year and a half to the day from that premiere. For that long, I have sat on the... Read More »

Be a better employee by putting yourself first

By | January 10, 2018

Confession – I haven’t stepped foot in a dentist’s office in two years. Crippling anxiety and thinking “I don’t want to take time away from the office for this” have kept me out from under the hygienist’s light. But, I resolved that 2018 would be the year that I ended... Read More »

Staff Spotlight: Lauren Hannaford

By | January 01, 2018

Our director of client services, Lauren Hannaford, started at Obsidian as an intern nearly nine years ago. During her tenure at Obsidian, Lauren’s honed her professional skills and has become our go-to source for OPR history. If you’re one of our clients, you probably know her well. But, you might... Read More »

Favorite moments of 2017

By | December 27, 2017

When we asked our team to reflect on the last year, we were surprised that each of their favorite moments was unique and equally contributed to a great year for our firm. In January, Gracie became a full-time staff member. Her stellar work as an intern made her a must-have... Read More »

A seat at the table

By | December 13, 2017

Imagine your board room during a crucial business meeting and visualize who is in attendance. Your attorney, financial advisor and c-suite executives are likely present. Is someone from your PR or communication team seated at the table? When you make decisions that impact your business it is crucial that your... Read More »

Be your most productive self in 2018

By | December 11, 2017

The new year is always a great excuse to start fresh and find motivation to improve yourself, not only in your personal life but also at work. While it’s tough to jump back to real life after a relaxing holiday break, here are four tips to tackle your first day... Read More »

Our favorite holiday campaigns

By | December 06, 2017

The shopping rush that takes place during the holiday season spurs marketers to create commercials that pull at the heart strings. The more memorable a campaign, the more likely consumers will spend their hard-earned money at your business. Obsidian has been carefully watching holiday commercials over the past few weeks,... Read More »

The rise of small towns – attracting big attention to your smallish town

By | December 01, 2017

Small towns have always held a special place in my heart. I was raised in Stuart, Florida, a wonderfully quaint seaside town with a population of less than 20,000. Growing up, I was always amazed at how many tourists flocked to Stuart because I often found myself thinking, “There is... Read More »

Beyond barbecue

By | December 01, 2017

How to break the mold when pitching your city’s unique assets to national outlets Nationally, Memphis is synonymous with dry-rubbed, slow-roasted barbecue. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pulled pork plate, but I know that Memphis has amazing assets beyond the barbecue pit that deserve national attention. When... Read More »

Handling mistakes with grace

By | November 29, 2017

As public relations professionals, we strive for perfection (who here is a self-proclaimed perfectionist?!). We’re merely human, though, so expecting everything to turn out perfectly as planned is not based in reality. In fact, it’s often our own mistakes that cause campaigns, relationships and opportunities to sidetrack and go awry.... Read More »