From The Rock

Relevant AP Style changes to incorporate into your writing

By | October 26, 2018

The Associated Press Stylebook is an ever-evolving style and grammar guide used by journalists and PR pros, alike. It’s often referred to as the “Bible for professional communicators,” as it definitively (for the most part) sets the standards for language usage within our professions. As the world changes, so does... Read More »

Reviewing your crisis toolbox for 2021

By | October 21, 2020

We all thought we had an adequate crisis plan. Then 2020 happened. We may have been – slightly – off. A crisis plan is a wonderful tool to have in place should your organization face either a small issue or massive crisis that could negatively impact the overall brand, operations... Read More »

RIP mass marketing. Targeting is the name of the game.

By | September 23, 2020

If you’ve ever seen an old print advertisement, you may have rolled your eyes. There are ads with so many words. Some have messages we now know are crazy. Plenty of them are shocking or offensive (so I won’t link them here!). But at the time, those companies and their... Read More »

Save Thanksgiving

By | November 18, 2014

Did anyone else notice last month that while Halloween costumes and candy were on display, Christmas decorations and gift ideas were starting to creep onto the aisles of your favorite stores? I did. And it made me sad. Where was Thanksgiving? Maybe you found Thanksgiving like I did, tucked away... Read More »

Smellevision: PR of The Future

By | January 21, 2016

In my first session of the 2015 PRSA ICON, entitled “Multi- Sensory Magic,” Mike McDougall addressed how scent, taste and touch will redefine immersive public relations. He laid the framework by sharing a few stats.   Now most of us, especially professional communicators such as myself, would like to think... Read More »

Snapchat – Get with it!

By | August 30, 2016

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a technology-addicted, stereotypical millennial. The first thing I do when I wake up is reach under my pillow and grab my iPhone. My eyes squint as the screen illuminates, and muscle memory leads my fingers to my first source of infotainment for... Read More »

Sugar Bowl Allstate Mayhem Advertising Campaign

By | March 19, 2015

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During college football season, my husband and I watched the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Ohio State (excuse me, THE Ohio State) and Alabama. As an LSU fan, you’ll have to forgive me if I really did not care about it. But I digress. The point is, I watched the... Read More »

Survey Says…

By | January 23, 2019

Recently, an employee survey was leaked from Uber, a company with a not-so-solid reputation for employee satisfaction. However, according to the most recent survey in October, Uber employees are beginning to feel better about their employer and their work. With the majority of feedback being favorable for the company and... Read More »

Telling a visual story: How strong photos and videos enhance writing projects and storytelling

By | June 18, 2021

By Lauren Ready, Forever Ready Productions There’s always more to the story. That’s something I say a lot, especially after all my years working as a TV news reporter with tight deadlines and time-limited news slots. The headline is only the beginning of the story. And the quickly written body... Read More »

The Best Form of Marketing

By | October 21, 2014

When I graduated from college, my first job was in the marketing department of a Louisiana-based restaurant company. Part of my job was to work with the general managers to plan and execute various marketing efforts in their areas. But no matter what great events or campaigns we had planned,... Read More »