From The Rock

Opportunities to support victims of Hurricane Harvey

By | September 01, 2017

As Obsidian’s only full-time telecommuter, Hurricane Harvey has hit a little closer to home for me. I live in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which took the “third hit” of the storm that just won’t go away. My house has been spared, as have my family’s homes here. Some of our neighbors... Read More »

Behind the Bio: Courtney Ellett

By | August 15, 2017

An avid reader and writer since the age of 5, Courtney believed she was destined for a long and happy career as a writer of novels, short stories and poetry. While she still uses those very writing skills on a daily basis, her education and career track led her down... Read More »

Obsidian launches new podcast

By | August 10, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new podcast – Off the Rock, On the Record – where we’ll host different members of our rock-star team sharing their insight and expertise on a variety of topics in the public relations industry. Our first episode features Obsidian’s new director of client... Read More »

Q&A with OPR Intern Taylor McKinney

By | July 17, 2017

This summer, Obsidian secured a Level 2 intern who was no stranger to Obsidian. University of Memphis graduate, Taylor McKinney, served as a Level 1 intern in the spring of 2016, and we are so happy to have her back as a Level 2 intern! This outgoing, friendly and always-smiling... Read More »

Considering an acquisition?

By | June 30, 2017

Acquisition can be an attractive option for business owners interested in growing their business and expanding into new markets. While a successful acquisition can positively impact the bottom line, a poorly planned acquisition can greatly damage a company’s brand and leave the business in a worse position. In the last... Read More »

Planning for the big [acquisition] announcement

By | June 30, 2017

At Obsidian, we’ve assisted a number of clients through the process of an acquisition. For some, it’s a regular occurrence, happening multiple times within a year, and for which we follow a standard, proven path. But, we’ve also been there to help family-owned businesses navigate their first major acquisitions, and... Read More »

Please stop… using these words in your statements

By | June 28, 2017

As we continue to call out some of the things PR people do that crush the credibility of the PR profession, I want to point out that most of these flubs can result from succumbing to the monotony of some of the tasks associated with our job. Yes, some of... 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 »

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 »