From The Rock

Three PR lessons from 2019 crises

By | January 22, 2020

Take a look through Obsidian’s blog in the crisis category, and you’ll find nearly 40 posts on how to plan for, manage and rectify crisis situations or issues. Crises are a part of life for PR firms so we’re never surprised when another strikes. Whether that’s three times in one... Read More »

Why clarity in customer communication is important for businesses

By | January 08, 2020

Have you ever been handed a set of forms to fill out only to be confused by what they are even asking for? Or, find conflicting or insufficient information in paperwork or online that only makes the whole process more complicated and drawn out? The lack of clarity in so... Read More »

Capturing the holiday magic on social media: authentic or cringeworthy?

By | December 18, 2019

What would the holidays be without brands capitalizing on/exploiting seasonal cheer? I don’t remember a world without red and green Hershey’s Kisses wrappers or a December commercial without faint sleigh bells in the distance. Honestly, for some people, over-the-top holiday spirit is half the fun – I mean, how else... Read More »

Don’t end up Upside Down – nostalgia is all the rage!

By | October 09, 2019

Author Joe L. Wheeler said, “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves,” and I have to agree. The feeling of crisp autumn air, the crunch of fallen leaves and the smell of a bonfire all take me back to a simpler time. To... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How to stand out among restaurant competition

By | November 07, 2018

It’s no secret that Memphis is growing. In fact, 2,136 new business filings were reported in the second quarter of 2018, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report. That’s 338 more than during same time period the year prior. Think new boutique hotels, new apartment buildings and... Read More »

‘Don’t check the basement’ and other ‘horrific’ advice

By | October 31, 2018

If you’re reading this blog post on the day it goes live, Happy Halloween! I have to admit, I’m partial to this fall holiday for all of the spookiness it brings. My teenage years were filled with scary movies, haunted houses and ghost stories, a unique connection shared with my... Read More »