From The Rock

‘It’s wedding season’ — and a few of our other fave commercials right now

By | May 04, 2015

We all have our favorite advertising campaigns, and one of my favorites right now is SouthwestAirlines’ “Wedding Season.” This is a continuation of the fall’s campaign of the same name, featuring the same dancing gal at multiple different weddings (touting Southwest’s fare sale). But, what makes an ad campaign great?... 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 »

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Marketing Approach

By | July 01, 2016

When we were growing up, my parents made sure we ate dinner together as a family at least a few nights a week. It never failed that my sister filled her plate with bread or macaroni and cheese. At some point she developed a rationale. She said the “bread compartment”... Read More »

A Brand-New Game: Why Companies Need to Set Some Boundaries with Digital Media Activities

By | July 25, 2013

Now, as in decades past, companies have hosted contests or encouraged feedback/testimonials from customers and fans using the communication tools of the day – first messages sent by mail and wire, followed by phone voting and now, voting through digital media platforms. And there have been some fantastic digital media... Read More »

Blood-Stained Apologies

By | September 23, 2014

As a woman who appreciates artistic expression through fashion, I am deeply dismayed by the length a company that I’ve shopped at many times has gone to in order to maintain its edgy and millennialist image. After making the news multiple times for outrageously offensive products and twisted messages, Urban... 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 »

Does Your Brand Need A Blog?

By | March 05, 2015

Not every brand needs a blog, but if you have the time and resources to maintain one, you should consider starting one today. Blogs are a prime example of content marketing that most any business can leverage. Content marketing is the abstract term for strategically delivering valuable, relevant, useful and... Read More »

Don’t let the coverage go to your head

By | November 06, 2014

This one goes out to the SEC lovers out there. Recently, my alma mater, Mississippi State University, hosted the famous ESPN College GameDay for the first time in school history – a moment I was excited to experience firsthand. After winning the game against the Auburn Tigers, Mississippi State was... Read More »

Frightening PR: Event disasters and how to avoid them

By | October 31, 2017

A few weeks ago, we shared a checklist to help you plan and promote events successfully. For me, the planning stages of event preparation are the easy part. There’s set protocol, you’re working with a team you know and you have full control over the outcomes. The day of the... Read More »