From The Rock

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 »

Why do YOU share content?

By | December 07, 2016

This will be the question of the future for all brands, according to marketing consultants like Mark Schaefer of Schaefer Marketing Solutions, who I had the pleasure of hearing speak at a recent combined luncheon of the Memphis chapters of the American Marketing Association and the American Advertising Federation. Through... Read More »

Do’s and don’ts for social media this holiday season

By | December 01, 2016

The holiday season is a busy time for businesses, so efforts like posting on social media sometimes fall to the backburner. But, you can leverage social media to boost customer relations and sales this holiday season if you navigate the social networks with care. Here are some do’s and don’ts... Read More »

4 Tips for Your Small Business Blog

By | August 17, 2016

If you are a small business owner [or if communications falls under your job description], you probably identify with one of these remarks: I don’t think I need a blog; I have been putting off starting a blog; I have a blog that is not doing so well; I have... Read More »

The Power of Video for Your Brand

By | June 01, 2016

Let’s face it; we’re constantly consuming content these days. In fact, many times we don’t even realize it. You’re doing it right now!! And if you’ve watched any of those one-minute cooking videos on Facebook, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, why is it important for YOUR brand? Let me first... Read More »

9 Vital Facts About Viral Content [Best Practices for PR Pros]

By | March 16, 2016

It is no secret that digital content has gone from the new kid on the block to everyone’s BFF. The kings and queens of this digital age are the lucky individuals and companies who have produced content that has gone viral. Having the world at your fingertips can benefit everyone... Read More »

Native advertising: You’re doing it right?

By | September 16, 2014

Last week, I gave my first thoughts on native advertising. I left off stating that while earned media coverage is the preferred method of exposure, I would recommend an online advertorial opportunity to my clients if the budget existed and only if we can ensure the content is valuable. I wanted to... Read More »

What’s so wrong with ‘native advertising’?

By | September 11, 2014

BuzzFeed. I love it. If I had to name three of the biggest time sucks for me during downtime, it’s Facebook, Etsy and BuzzFeed. I can get sucked into all the memes and lists – more often than not, I’m only reading the ones that make me laugh until I’m... Read More »

Native Advertising: The Irony and the Reality

By | September 09, 2014

According to Sharethrough, the world’s largest in-feed advertising organization, native advertising is a form of paid mass media where the ad experience follows the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed. This is growing particularly popular among advertisers in the digital space and is... Read More »

What’s Google’s stance on links in new releases?

By | August 21, 2014

I was reading the June PRSA Tactics newsletter when I came across an interesting and useful article about Google’s take on hyperlinks in news releases by Carrie Morgan, a public relations consultant. One of the million-dollar questions surrounding Google’s secretive search algorithms is: How does it judge the quality of content?... Read More »