From The Rock

3 tools PR professionals can’t live without

By | March 05, 2017

All professionals have specific tools that they need in order to do their job well. Plumbers, electricians and homebuilders are rarely without their tool belts, stocked with various wrenches, gauges and rulers, and architects and engineers no longer rely solely on paper and pencils to chart out their visions, as... Read More »

Money Matters [to Women]

By | March 01, 2017

Red Door Wealth Management is an example of a company successfully identifying a niche audience – one that Gretchen Gassner Turley, director of client relations, could personally identify with and, therefore, communicate to successfully. She gives some of her insight into the company’s niche audience of female breadwinners in this... Read More »

Niche Audiences: Identify, Aim and Engage!

By | March 01, 2017

The success of any business can be directly attributed to how well the business understands its targeted audiences, for only then will the business be able to best serve (and communicate with) its audiences. However, being able to further drill down niche audiences – specialized segments of your targeted audiences... Read More »

Small firm, big benefits

By | February 22, 2017

Recently, I read an article on Forbes.com, titled “Why Richard Branson Says You Should Never See Yourself as ‘Big Business,’” which focused on how to retain culture as businesses expand. The author, Allison Coleman, used input from multiple well-known entrepreneurs for the article, which gave tips such as always thinking... Read More »

Q&A with Kelli Brignac

By | February 16, 2017

Obsidian’s longest-tenured telecommuting team member, Kelli Brignac, has been working for our firm from her hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana, since 2013, when her husband received a great job opportunity that lured them away from Memphis. Now a mommy to 1-year-old Cecilia, Kelli says remotely working for Obsidian allows her... Read More »

Characteristics of an outstanding account manager

By | February 15, 2017

We are currently on the hunt for a new senior account manager at Obsidian, and I will be honest; we are very critical during the process of adding to our team. We can’t just hire anyone, though – we know exactly what we are looking for in our next hire.... Read More »

Social media and crisis communication: No monkeying around!

By | February 06, 2017

While crisis communication has been around much longer than social media, there’s no doubt that the two go together like peanut butter and jelly in terms of satisfying audiences’ hunger for information when a crisis rears its ugly head. And, it’s not hard to find examples of companies effectively using... Read More »

Crisis Communication: What you don’t know WILL hurt you

By | January 29, 2017

Crisis communication and management is not the most fun element of public relations. It is certainly one of the most impactful, though, as how a company or organization handles a particular crisis can really make or break its reputation. When a crisis breaks, the rapid and extensive collection of information... Read More »

4 tips for developing professionally in your 20s

By | January 25, 2017

As a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee, I feel like it was just yesterday I was living the carefree college life. I didn’t have much of a transition from student to employee because I started working three days after graduation. Therefore, I quickly learned that life as an... Read More »

3 [potentially uncomfortable] things you must do to make the most of your internship

By | January 18, 2017

It’s no secret that internships are the key to landing a full-time job after graduation. No longer is it just something great to have on your resume; it’s expected. However, it’s not just about how many internships you have completed, it’s about the experience you gained. And sometimes, in order... Read More »