From The Rock

Making the cut: Holiday gift guide how-tos

By | September 09, 2019

It may seem like it is much too early to start thinking about the holidays, but if you are a B2C business owner, product maker or one of those super responsible people who buys their gifts with plenty of time to spare, the time is now. From lifestyle magazines and... Read More »

Fans are great, but advocates are more valuable

By | August 07, 2019

Let’s talk about sports. Specifically, let’s talk about my relationship with the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis is the first city that I’ve lived in that has an NBA team. I came to Memphis with a minor allegiance to the Miami Heat, but my proximity to the FedExForum is exponentially closer than... Read More »

Marathons are not for meetings

By | July 31, 2019

Recently, I traveled to Memphis to meet up with our Obsidian team and to see a few clients. But I made a huge mistake. Between traveling and scheduled meetings, I literally only had nine and a half hours of time in my week to actually get things done. Let’s just... Read More »

Tips on creating a five-star client experience

By | July 10, 2019

If I have one indulgence, it’s eating out. I tease my parents that I have that proclivity because we ate big family meals every single meal growing up with only an occasional pizza or burger indulgence at a restaurant in town. I was restaurant-starved! Honestly, it’s probably because I’m a... Read More »

Three things to consider before merging

By | June 05, 2019

Teamwork. Collaboration. Stronger together. Join forces. Streamline. Efficiency. These words might sound great, but if you’re using them to describe a merger or acquisition, they may sound like “corporate speak” to anyone who isn’t on the inside. No one wants their promising merger to flop because of poor public reception,... Read More »

Asking the right questions

By | May 15, 2019

Asking the right questions of yourself By Courtney Ellett, founder and owner at Obsidian Public Relations Welcome to a three-part series by Obsidian PR on “Asking the Right Questions: Getting the Answers You Need to Run a Successful Small Business.“ It sounds too easy, right? Ask the right questions and... Read More »

Why should you recognize employee accomplishments?

By | May 01, 2019

  Growing up, most of my free time was spent playing sports. If I wasn’t in the middle of a season, I was training for the next. Once I graduated high school, I thought I left my days on the field and court behind – and I did, in some ways.... Read More »

3 examples of companies that treat their employees right – and how you can mimic them on a smaller scale

By | April 17, 2019

If you ask any of OPR’s team members why they most enjoy working at Obsidian, I can guarantee they’ll all have the same answer – our company culture. Having happy and healthy employees is a prerequisite for long-lasting company success, and our firm certainly isn’t the only business out there... Read More »

Preparing to say “I’m sorry”

By | April 10, 2019

In the world of incessant internet conversations, it’s less about if your company will misstep and more about when. While outrage culture can nab businesses for the slightest infractions, this newfound accountability is a good thing. It pushes companies to pursue endeavors with integrity for fear of retaliation in the... Read More »

5 things I learned during my MBA program

By | April 03, 2019

I expected to learn a lot from my Master of Business Administration program at Mississippi State, and I did. However, something I didn’t see coming was how much I would develop as a professional during my time in the program. Nothing prepared me more to hold a full-time job and... Read More »