From The Rock

Frightening PR: The unexpected interview

By | October 18, 2017

The second installment in our “Frightening PR” series focuses on something that strikes fear in the hearts of PR professionals across the globe: lack of control. Specifically, not being able to see or hear the message your client shares with the media until it runs in print or on air.... Read More »

Promote U: Putting your money where your content is

By | October 04, 2017

This is the final post in our series called “Promote U” – the ins and outs of promoting yourself, your product or your business through creative, original content. And we conclude with some news you may not want to hear: sometimes you have to pay to publish and promote your... Read More »

Promote U: Getting published

By | September 27, 2017

If you followed the advice in our first post of this “Promote U” series, Creating a Content Plan, then you should have a list of topics on which you can produce content, as well as an inventory of channels through which you can push content – your website, blog, newsletter, etc.... Read More »

Promote U: Creating a content plan

By | September 20, 2017

Welcome to the first post in a series from Obsidian’s Promote University – or “Promote U” – the ins and outs of promoting yourself, your product or your business through creative, original content. This post focuses on creating a content plan, which may seem like a daunting task, but it’s... Read More »

It starts with one step

By | September 01, 2017

Launching a new campaign is a massive undertaking, but the enormity seems larger when the goal has the whopping number of 100 million attached to it. This was the task that our American Paper Optics team faced when they began their project with APO in August of last year. One... Read More »

Are you even ready for media relations?

By | July 26, 2017

Earlier this week, I read an article on PRDaily.com that outlined the characteristics of a “perfect client,” and many of those characteristics related to media relations. (You can check out the article for yourself here.) That’s likely because media relations is one of the most sought after services in public... Read More »

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 »

Beware the ‘Hot Mic’: 4 Tips to Remember for Media Interviews

By | April 01, 2016

Presidential campaign season is full of great examples of what not to do during a media interview. If you’re following the current presidential race at all, you may have seen the headline from The Washington Post a couple of weeks ago – “Caught on a hot mic, Clinton speculates about Chris Christie’s support for... 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 »