From The Rock

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 »

Everyday editing and writing reminders

By | February 26, 2020

While each day in the life of PR professionals varies, one thing always remains constant amid the flux of meetings, calls and tasks – writing! Writing is the foundation of our career, and a strong base is required for steady growth. To help you stay on track,  here’s a list... Read More »

Fun PR takeaways from the 2020 Oscars

By | February 12, 2020

Every year when the Academy Awards ceremony rolls around, you’ll find me in the comfort of my bed ‒ well prepared with delicious takeout and my Twitter feed rolling with Oscar commentary. And while Sunday’s show earned the lowest ratings EVER in the program’s history, I loved (mostly) every minute... Read More »

How to maintain relevance throughout your entire performance season

By | March 04, 2020

For public relations professionals, campaigns for product launches typically have a similar routine leading up to their release date. We work to build consumer excitement with a goal of achieving impressive sales at the launch, but afterward, we quickly wrap up and move on to another campaign. Season-long campaigns, whether... Read More »

Our favorite ways to keep up with the news

By | March 18, 2020

With the ever-changing news cycle, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest news. It doesn’t help that there are so many news channels to consume that it can seem overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for a deep dive into the news or a quick read while you’re... 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 »

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 »

The baby in the king cake: finding your unique proposition

By | February 19, 2020

A few weeks ago, my husband, our two daughters and I cut into a king cake. We found a pink baby and learned — (not really a) SURPRISE! — we’re having a third baby girl. Learning our new baby’s gender with a king cake during the Mardi Gras season was... Read More »

The good, the bad and the influencer

By | February 12, 2020

Influencers are the modern-day reality TV stars – they’re elusive, intimidating and suddenly making a huge splash while garnering a lot of attention. They started out as people with expertise on a specific topic with a trusted audience (think contractors with home renovation tips) but grew into internet mini-celebrities. And... Read More »

The most wonderful time of the year, indeed!

By | December 30, 2019

As we at Obsidian begin to wind down our work year to spend some much-needed time with family and friends, it seems a most appropriate opportunity to take a look back at 2019. And we do so with great fondness – this year has been our best ever! Three cheers... Read More »