From The Rock

4 Ways to Combat Sensationalism in the Media

By | August 03, 2015

Being in the PR industry gives me a front-row view of one major challenge for businesses and individuals alike: reckless and sensational journalism. I’m not the first to bring up this point. In fact, many in our industry and the news media themselves have brought up this issue on numerous... Read More »

Do you struggle with pitch follow-up anxiety?

By | July 08, 2015

I have a confession that may sound a little silly. I suffer from pitch follow-up anxiety. Is it as prominent as it was when I first began my career? Not at all! I’ve certainly grown as a professional since my very first media pitch. But, I still get the familiar... Read More »

‘It’s wedding season’ — and a few of our other fave commercials right now

By | May 04, 2015

We all have our favorite advertising campaigns, and one of my favorites right now is SouthwestAirlines’ “Wedding Season.” This is a continuation of the fall’s campaign of the same name, featuring the same dancing gal at multiple different weddings (touting Southwest’s fare sale). But, what makes an ad campaign great?... Read More »

Save Thanksgiving

By | November 18, 2014

Did anyone else notice last month that while Halloween costumes and candy were on display, Christmas decorations and gift ideas were starting to creep onto the aisles of your favorite stores? I did. And it made me sad. Where was Thanksgiving? Maybe you found Thanksgiving like I did, tucked away... Read More »

Native advertising: You’re doing it right?

By | September 16, 2014

Last week, I gave my first thoughts on native advertising. I left off stating that while earned media coverage is the preferred method of exposure, I would recommend an online advertorial opportunity to my clients if the budget existed and only if we can ensure the content is valuable. I wanted to... Read More »

What’s so wrong with ‘native advertising’?

By | September 11, 2014

BuzzFeed. I love it. If I had to name three of the biggest time sucks for me during downtime, it’s Facebook, Etsy and BuzzFeed. I can get sucked into all the memes and lists – more often than not, I’m only reading the ones that make me laugh until I’m... Read More »

The F-bomb will never land you a job

By | August 12, 2014

Each time I do a round of interviews with college students and new graduates, I am always amazed by the lack of interviewing skills and the missing sense of professionalism exhibited by these candidates in particular. I understand that professionalism, to some degree, is learned in the first few years... Read More »

What keeps me up at night?

By | June 19, 2014

A PR person’s brain never stops. Never. No, really. Never stops. I guess technically, one’s brain never really stops, so let me qualify that statement: a PR executive’s thoughts are always racing – and generally, we’re OK with that (see Kerri’s recent post “Why I would do my job for... Read More »

Conscious Capitalism: Have you heard of it?

By | May 13, 2014

I’m fascinated by a movement happening in the business world right now. It’s called Conscious Capitalism. Ever heard of it? Many of you likely have heard of or read the book, “Conscious Capitalism,” by Whole Foods founder John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. The movement is gaining momentum in the corporate... Read More »

There’s a ‘line’ for a reason…

By | February 26, 2014

Social media has created a conundrum for businesses. Where is the line when it comes to an employee’s professional life and personal life? How can an employer protect its image when an employee uses poor judgment on Facebook, Twitter or another social media venue? And, is it an employer’s right... Read More »