From The Rock

How to Manage Deadline Stress in PR

By | August 05, 2014

When we all have those whirlwind weeks, it’s important to remember the key ways to manage deadlines and the stress associated with those deadlines. As PR professionals, every day we are faced with deadline stress when we are trying to pitch an editorial piece, achieve key targets and milestones, and... Read More »

How to recruit and cultivate gifted female leaders

By | July 19, 2017

When I was younger, my mom would never let me watch movies like Sleeping Beauty or Snow White because the princess would always need to be kissed to be saved. I was actually quite frustrated by this as a child. I didn’t understand why we tirelessly watched Mulan, even though... Read More »

How to respond to an unfavorable review vs. an untruthful review

By | July 24, 2019

It’s a fact that in today’s society of swiping, typing, texting, instant messaging (and I could keep going with the -ings), people feel more empowered than ever to voice their opinion. And, the bandwidth and instantaneous nature of social media and other digital platforms give people easy access to do... Read More »

How to stand out among restaurant competition

By | November 07, 2018

It’s no secret that Memphis is growing. In fact, 2,136 new business filings were reported in the second quarter of 2018, according to the Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report. That’s 338 more than during same time period the year prior. Think new boutique hotels, new apartment buildings and... Read More »

I have a confession to make

By | May 15, 2013

As a public relations professional (and, arguably, as an American citizen), it’s my duty to stay in the loop with what’s happening in my community and the world around me. I’m constantly plugged in to local, national and global news on a variety of topics. So at the end of... Read More »

If it’s worth a response, think it through

By | March 13, 2013

It was a day like any other day in the late 80s/early 90s, and since it was a day that ended in the letter ‘Y’, my little brother and I were fighting. While growing up, we were constantly fighting. Someone did this, someone took that, someone looked at the other... Read More »

If PR were an animal, it would be a …

By | January 25, 2013

There is no single right or wrong answer to this metaphor (said any knowledgeable PR practitioner). A good argument could most likely be made for several different animals, as PR has many characteristics and strengths. However, I’m inclined to state a case for one possible answer here, and I think... Read More »

Is it time for a website redo?

By | May 29, 2014

An organization’s website is oftentimes the first or second impression for a new customer, and if the site is outdated, dysfunctional or unorganized, it could be the No. 1 reason customers aren’t calling. The Obsidian team recently attended a PRSA Memphis luncheon where Amanda Mauk, digital marketing manager at Le... Read More »

It’s been a little spooky around here!

By | October 31, 2012

Greetings and Happy Halloween! If you’ve been following us via Facebook or Twitter lately, you’ve seen that some serious specter shenanigans have been brewing over here the last few weeks. Our Obsidian ghosts have been busy providing some afterlife advice. Here’s a recap of the messages they’ve left on our... Read More »

It’s worth a little operational discomfort

By | March 21, 2018

When people ask about my daughter, I tell them she’s a hot mess. She’s only 2, but a few weeks ago in church, she clapped after a baptism and said “YAY! WE’RE DONE!” She used her outside voice to ask where Nonna and Aunt Bekah were. (They live out of... Read More »