From The Rock

You need a PR pro at your holiday dinner

By | November 14, 2018

Halloween is behind us, and it’s officially the holiday season. With Thanksgiving and other festivities rapidly approaching, I know many people are nervous about uncomfortable holiday dinners and time spent with family. Topics from politics to news and general life can spark controversy around the holiday ham, but I can... Read More »

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 »

Don’t be afraid, be strategic!

By | October 17, 2018

The sheer mention of the word crisis can lead to immediate feelings of anxiety, stress and concern. And in a business environment, these feelings may be magnified tenfold. It’s understandable – crisis situations (and the way they’re handled) have the potential to make or break a company’s future. The good... Read More »

Frightening PR: The unexpected interview

By | October 18, 2017

The second installment in our “Frightening PR” series focuses on something that strikes fear in the hearts of PR professionals across the globe: lack of control. Specifically, not being able to see or hear the message your client shares with the media until it runs in print or on air.... Read More »

Promote U: Putting your money where your content is

By | October 04, 2017

This is the final post in our series called “Promote U” – the ins and outs of promoting yourself, your product or your business through creative, original content. And we conclude with some news you may not want to hear: sometimes you have to pay to publish and promote your... Read More »

Are you even ready for media relations?

By | July 26, 2017

Earlier this week, I read an article on PRDaily.com that outlined the characteristics of a “perfect client,” and many of those characteristics related to media relations. (You can check out the article for yourself here.) That’s likely because media relations is one of the most sought after services in public... Read More »

Please stop… mass-pitching reporters

By | June 22, 2017

The focus of this second post in our new series, “Please Stop” (intended to point out things some PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap), is among the biggest fails on behalf of PR people: mass-pitching reporters. It’s a flop that continues to mar the... Read More »

Please stop… using these headlines in your news releases

By | June 18, 2017

We’re kicking off this new series on the blog called “Please Stop,” which is intended to point out some of the things that not-so-great PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap. This week, our focus is on news releases – specifically, headlines of news releases.... Read More »

Obsidian PR Turns 10: Retrospective from Owner Courtney Ellett

By | February 01, 2016

When asked about the early days of Obsidian, I always come back with the same response – I started at home with two clients and a laptop. Sure, that is an accurate account of our founding and one I’ll continue to use when asked. But as we celebrate our 10-year... Read More »

The List: Top 10 Reasons Obsidian Rocks

By | February 01, 2016

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we decided to share 10 reasons why Obsidian is one of the best places to work and among the best in the PR biz!