From The Rock

Virality as a strategy: stupid smart or just plain stupid?

By | December 09, 2019

In the last few weeks, I’ve felt accosted by several “viral” campaigns that left me cocking my head and furrowing my brow. The consumer in me sighed as the PR practitioner side took a more skeptical approach. Were these campaigns were created to be intentionally bad or controversial so they... Read More »

Handling a bad online review (the right way)

By | December 04, 2019

It’s no secret that the holiday rush can get a little hectic and messy, which means that your business might be seeing some not-so-flattering reviews come through online. What’s a business owner to do to rectify the company’s public reputation following a bad review?  Respond You always want to craft... Read More »

Stop. Give thanks, 2019 edition.

By | November 27, 2019

This blog post was originally written by Lauren Hannford in 2013. In honor of Thanksgiving 2019, Taylor Jolley gave it new wings (RIP, turkey friends).  When asked to write a blog about thankfulness six years ago, Lauren poetically laid out a case for the beauty of Thanksgiving and its transcendent... Read More »

Sports and media – why you should hone your PR skills if you’re planning to go pro

By | November 25, 2019

Think you have what it takes to go pro? Before you’re thrust into the spotlight, take a step back and examine what the title of “professional athlete” entails. Hint: It is so much more than athletic ability. Interviews, endorsements, speaking engagements, charity work – the job description is a lengthy... Read More »

3 reasons why your PR team should know your company plans

By | November 20, 2019

Businesses and organizations continually go through changes, sometimes minor and other times major. Some business leaders believe the minor changes are not noteworthy, and as a result, keep such details to themselves. Changes like a business’s facility renovations, personnel updates or budget cuts are often kept quiet if management doesn’t... Read More »

Out and about in Memphis – Where can you find us on the weekends?

By | November 13, 2019

In PR, we often talk about the importance of brand advocates, i.e. the people who show unlimited support for a brand, person or organization – your “ride or die” customers. It wasn’t until recently I realized that being an advocate is more than just being a fan of a particular... Read More »

Preventing bad reviews through customer service training – after all, the best defense is a strong offense!

By | November 06, 2019

“If I could leave no stars I would!…I’ll be sure to tell all my family and friends about his rude [expletive] customer service…” The above review (edited, of course) is real. It belongs to a family-owned restaurant that has been popular with MY family for years. And I can’t believe... Read More »

Staff Spotlight – Kelli Brignac

By | November 01, 2019

Our office is full of SEC alumnae, so it’s only fitting that one of our fall staff spotlights would be riddled with football references. Kelli Brignac – our colleague who works remotely from Lake Charles, Louisiana – has been enjoying a season of dominating performances by her LSU Tigers (and... Read More »

What a PR professional’s nightmares are made of

By | October 30, 2019

As the weather cools and darkness falls, Boogiemen and monsters in the closet fill the minds of young children struggling to fall asleep. The noise you swore was a zombie? It was just a falling tree branch outside your window. Your childhood nightmares were just a figment of your overactive... Read More »

Nonprofits! Let us help you share your mission.

By | October 23, 2019

There is something about the nature of philanthropic work that makes it inherently difficult to define. Nonprofit staff members wear multiple hats and work diligently to ensure the communities they serve receive the essential services their organization provides. And while staff members are entrenched in their work and deeply understand... Read More »