From The Rock

A grown-up Christmas List

By | December 23, 2020

In the category of cringeworthy Christmas songs, there are a few tracks that top my list. “Christmas Shoes” is a clear winner, but in a close second is Amy Grant’s “Grown Up Christmas List.”  I grew up in a household that wore out Amy Grant cassettes in December. Some of... 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 »

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 »

Disruptive holiday campaigns that work

By | October 02, 2019

Even though the temperature likely won’t drop below 70 degrees for another month, the city of Memphis is full of holiday cheer! Holiday season is upon us once again, which means it’s time for brands to begin preparing their holiday marketing campaigns. Let’s take a look at why these three... Read More »

Holiday spots that… hit the spot

By | November 19, 2020

There’s nothing that screams “it’s the holiday season” quite like Andy Williams and American consumerism. Regardless of how you feel about the gifting rush, you have to give it to the clever marketers and advertising executives who spent the month of May crafting the perfect message to make us open... Read More »

Making the cut: Holiday gift guide how-tos

By | September 09, 2019

It may seem like it is much too early to start thinking about the holidays, but if you are a B2C business owner, product maker or one of those super responsible people who buys their gifts with plenty of time to spare, the time is now. From lifestyle magazines and... Read More »

Off the Rock, On the Record: “These are a few of our favorite things”

By | September 16, 2021

We’re getting into the holiday spirit early…because why not? On this quasi-season of Off the Rock, On the Record, we’re bringing in themes tied to some of our favorite times of the year! Season nine, episode one is all about giving. If you’re looking to shop or support a local... Read More »

OPR’s guide to the giving season

By | November 13, 2020

Have a notoriously difficult person on your holiday shopping list? No fear! Every year, Obsidian releases a gift guide that is guaranteed to impress even the person who already has everything, and this year, our team came through! From edible delights to philanthropic investments, there is something on this list... Read More »

Planning for milestones – Have an upcoming milestone or anniversary? Wow your followers with a celebration.

By | January 30, 2019

Let’s celebrate! Cue Kool & the Gang – there’s a party goin’ on right here! It may not feel like a party if you’re reading this at your desk on a rainy Wednesday morning, but in my opinion, there’s always something to celebrate. In the PR world, we’re constantly looking... Read More »

Prompt pumpkins and public relations

By | October 06, 2021

It’s crazy to think that in 2014 we were still lamenting about how early pumpkin spice lattes hit Starbucks’ menus. If only we knew then that the pumpkin spice latte brand would evolve to include new masterpieces that span the beverage spectrum. No matter what you think about the onset... Read More »