From The Rock

Being politically correct in the workplace

By | September 18, 2015

Merriam-Webster defines ­being politically correct as “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.” But political correctness means more than just watching what you say and do. In an article by Kate... Read More »

Beyond barbecue

By | December 01, 2017

How to break the mold when pitching your city’s unique assets to national outlets Nationally, Memphis is synonymous with dry-rubbed, slow-roasted barbecue. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pulled pork plate, but I know that Memphis has amazing assets beyond the barbecue pit that deserve national attention. When... Read More »

Blue-footed boobies aren’t the only things that evolve – let’s talk about language.

By | June 17, 2020

If you read Shakespeare in grammar school, then you at least subconsciously understand that language evolves over time. I highly doubt people are sliding into a prospective partners’ Tinder inbox with, “But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” A much more modern (and less romantic) message might be, “What’s... Read More »

Body Language: An Important Communication Skill and Tool

By | September 29, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying “actions speak louder than words.” This rings true because oftentimes, our body language is what people remember most. Good or bad, it can leave a lasting image in your mind that shapes what you think of someone, particularly in the business realm. Reading body language... Read More »

Brands doing it right in times of crisis

By | April 13, 2020

I’m 33 years old. I guess you’d call me an “old millennial.” And as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes me realize I’ve already seen quite a few large-scale crises by now. I was a freshman in high school on Sept. 11, 2001. I was a freshman in... Read More »

Breaking bad… News, that is.

By | March 07, 2013

The other day, an interesting email came across my inbox. For privacy purposes, I’ve removed names: Subject: [Name of Person] Resignation To Whom It May Concern: [Name], our COO, has resigned.  Please erase her contact information. We will let you know when we have found a replacement COO. Sincerely, [Name],... Read More »

Building a visual identity – capturing stellar photos

By | July 29, 2020

In public relations, we often talk about crafting language or materials that tell a brand story. We associate certain words, phrases and concepts with the essence of a company, and we use these words throughout our materials to reinforce key messages for our constituents. As PR professionals in a world... Read More »

Building a visual identity – creating compelling graphics

By | July 29, 2020

Pause – If you haven’t already, check out our first blog post in this series. You can read it here.  In public relations, we often talk about crafting language or materials that tell a brand story. We associate certain words, phrases and concepts with the essence of a company, and... Read More »

Building trust on social media

By | January 16, 2019

It was hard to miss – 2018 was a crisis year when it comes to trust on social media. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica news coupled with Mark Zuckerberg testifying at a congressional hearing led consumer trust in the platform to plummet. In turn, Twitter faced heat over the large... Read More »

Campaigns that evoke thankfulness

By | November 21, 2018

Kleenex are in short supply around my house between seasonal allergies and the holiday commercials that have now taken over the airwaves. I’m a sucker for a commercial that tugs at the heartstrings, so much so that  I have to leave the room during P&G’s Olympics spots. But, there are... Read More »