From The Rock

Tips to set (and crush) your 2020 career goals

By | January 15, 2020

Hello, 2020! As we head into a new year – and a whole new decade – I’m sure we’re all resolving to make some changes personally and professionally. What steps are you taking to actually achieve your career aspirations this year? As PR folks, you know we don’t do anything... Read More »

Why clarity in customer communication is important for businesses

By | January 08, 2020

Have you ever been handed a set of forms to fill out only to be confused by what they are even asking for? Or, find conflicting or insufficient information in paperwork or online that only makes the whole process more complicated and drawn out? The lack of clarity in so... 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 »

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 »

‘Don’t check the basement’ and other ‘horrific’ advice

By | October 31, 2018

If you’re reading this blog post on the day it goes live, Happy Halloween! I have to admit, I’m partial to this fall holiday for all of the spookiness it brings. My teenage years were filled with scary movies, haunted houses and ghost stories, a unique connection shared with my... 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 »

Finding Creativity

By | July 12, 2017

Creativity is an important trait to possess in the PR profession. There are so many areas in which we need to input creativity, from brainstorming ideas to crafting content and from developing communication plans to pitching the media. And, it’s true that creative people can often deliver at the drop... 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 »

Words we would love to see retired in 2017

By | March 31, 2017

At the end of each year, a multitude of lists are published with words and phrases to stop saying in the new year. Just Google “words to stop saying in 2017” to see the many lists published last December for this year. You’ll find many of the same ones on... Read More »

4 Tips for Your Small Business Blog

By | August 17, 2016

If you are a small business owner [or if communications falls under your job description], you probably identify with one of these remarks: I don’t think I need a blog; I have been putting off starting a blog; I have a blog that is not doing so well; I have... Read More »