From The Rock

Please stop! … Mass-pitching reporters

By | June 22, 2017

The focus of this second post in our new series, “Please Stop” (intended to point out things some PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap), is among the biggest fails on behalf of PR people: mass-pitching reporters. It’s a flop that continues to mar the... Read More »

Please stop! … Using these headlines in your news releases

By | June 18, 2017

We’re kicking off this new series on the blog called “Please Stop,” which is intended to point out some of the things that not-so-great PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap. This week, our focus is on news releases – specifically, headlines of news releases.... Read More »

Summer Intern Spotlight: Carlee Smith

By | June 15, 2017

This summer, Obsidian’s Level 1 internship position will be filled by two outstanding PR students. Arkansas State University senior Carlee Smith is one of them! We wanted to get to know her a little more – and you can, too, as she is our team spotlight this month! Position at... Read More »

Asking for a review – how, when and what to say

By | June 07, 2017

By now, we all understand the power of the online review. I mean, how often do you find yourself skimming reviews before booking a hotel room or purchasing a product online? According to Nielsen’s 2012 Global Trust in Advertising report, online consumer reviews are the second most trusted source of... Read More »

The Barnett Group reflects on brand awareness after three decades in business

By | June 01, 2017

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of The Barnett Group, a local Memphis company that provides benefit solutions for employers, as well as wealth and asset management services for both businesses and individuals. Started by Ed Barnett in 1987, The Barnett Group has grown its team to... Read More »

Brand Management: What’s in a name?

By | June 01, 2017

A brand name encapsulates a brand’s reputation, its products or services, its people, the good it does, etc. Companies spend decades building a brand image, of which is entirely represented by the company moniker. A brand’s name is everything, and careful planning should be executed in not only naming a... Read More »

Questions candidates should be asking in interviews

By | May 24, 2017

  It’s graduation time! And while many [fortunate] graduates may have already secured a full-time job, others have most likely discovered that landing that first job out of college isn’t as easy they thought it would be – and it often takes more than one or two interviews to get... Read More »

Summer Intern Spotlight: Jenna Mehmed

By | May 15, 2017

This summer, Obsidian’s Level 1 internship position will be filled by two outstanding PR students. University of Memphis senior Jenna Mehmed is one of them! We wanted to get to know her a little more – and you can, too, as she is our team spotlight this month! Position at... Read More »

What does your social media portfolio look like?

By | May 10, 2017

We often hear questions like these: “What social media platforms should our company use?” “Where should we focus our social media efforts?” “What social platforms make the most sense for our business?” These are great questions, and I’m glad to hear people asking them. It’s much better to be strategic... Read More »

Mastering the climb of the PR agency ladder, rung by rung

By | April 30, 2017

For the most part, you will find a similar structure at many public relations agencies. The size of the firm can sometimes have an impact on the number and level of positions offered, as can the type of services and specialties the firm offers. However, as noted in this helpful... Read More »