From The Rock

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 »

Let’s eat! Obsidian’s favorite local restaurants

By | April 24, 2019

Part of establishing yourself as a trusted public relations guru is having a deep understanding of what makes the city you serve special. Here in Memphis, that something special is food. We Obsidian girls know food – from the hidden dives to the prominent local establishments, we’ve got your back... 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 »

Staff Spotlight – Jenna Taylor

By | April 03, 2019

Meet our new account assistant, Jenna Taylor! A recent graduate of Mississippi State University, Jenna blew everyone away during her time as Obsidian’s level 2 intern last fall. In February, Jenna joined us full-time as an account assistant. To help you get to know Jenna, we asked her a few... 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 »

5 training sessions a PR firm can provide for your organization

By | March 13, 2019

Hiring a public relations firms can lead to a number of successes for your business, such as public awareness, reputation enhancement and relationship building with target audiences. While a PR team executes most of the work behind the scenes, there is an army of people within an organization who also... Read More »

A peek behind the curtain – how I respond to bad experiences as a customer

By | March 06, 2019

Being a PR practitioner sometimes ruins things for you. In our role, you often get to peek behind the curtain, seeing the inner workings that the average consumer doesn’t see. I’ll give you an example. Nathan and I just bought a home, and as a part of our move, we... Read More »

5 valuable PR takeaways from the 2019 Grammys

By | February 13, 2019

Hi. My name is Courtney, and I am an awards show super-fan. I’m the special kind of entertainment geek who gets giddy for the shows themselves. I order my favorite takeout meal and crawl into bed with remote in hand. Happy. Place. Found.   Although I was knee-deep into fun... Read More »

Examples of media appearances gone wrong – how training makes a difference

By | February 06, 2019

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” As public relations professionals, we know how important it is to be prepared – whether it be for a crisis or morning show segment. It’s our job to make sure our clients’ messages are conveyed clearly,... Read More »