Category Archive for: Crisis Communications

crisis situation

Speed Matters in a Crisis Situation: Shark Week Case Study, Part 3

Just tuning into this series? Check out part 1 and part 2 before diving into the following post on the importance of speed during a crisis situation.  Sharks must keep swimming to keep from drowning, right? We all know this. Well, it’s not entirely true. Jaws. Deep Blue Sea. Sharknado. This thing. Sharks have been…

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Knowledge Is Key For Crisis Comms: Shark Week Case Study, Part 2

Miss the intro to this Shark Week crisis comms series? Read it here before moving on to part 2. G.W.’s vegan donut shop is suffering from a crisis as a result of the negative media attention around sharks during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Luckily, G.W. has fin here before – and knows just what to…

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Crisis Management 101: Shark Week Case Study, Part 1

While Discovery channel is currently running their “it’s still a bad week to be a seal” campaign, we have a feeling it’s really sharks who are in for a tough few days. Why? Thanks to Google Trends, we know interest in the term “shark attack” is set to increase drastically as searches for “shark week”…

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Crisis Planning for Data Security Issues

The nexus of data security and crisis planning has taken on global importance recently. The rash of broad-based attacks just this last month, from the WannaCry ransomware to the more recent attack based on a variant of Petya, is effecting every industry. As the hacker ecosystem has become more automated and scalable, attacks have become…

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Effective Public Apologies: Part 2

“We apologize to our customers who have been affected by this and have taken immediate steps to help prevent this from happening again.” Well, that wasn’t too hard to say, was it? A few months back I wrote a blog post about the basic tenets of issuing a public apology, and the pitfalls that companies…

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How Prepared Are You? The Four Pivotal Stages of Crisis Planning

Today’s blog is from our partner at NATIONAL, Nancy Arab. Enjoy!  Consider your favourite brand. You may think that nothing could harm it because it is a multinational corporation, has a strong brand identity, or commands a loyal following. But in today’s world of consumer cynicism (outlined in detail in our Bold Thinking Report), no…

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managing global risks

Crisis Comms: How financial services PR pros can manage global risks

The World Economic Forum recently released its annual Global Risks Report. The report charts ten years of the largest risks to global stability, both in terms of likelihood of occurrence and also in terms of potential impact. It won’t surprise anybody within financial services communications to know that, in terms of both likelihood and impact,…

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Crisis Communications: Advice from a Former Reporter

I had the great pleasure of covering Capitol Hill in 2011 when former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) gave a master class on how not to handle crisis communications. The entire congressional press corps knew something was amiss from the beginning. Weiner’s initial explanation – “My Twitter account was hacked!” – didn’t pass the smell test.…

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Crisis Communications in a 24/7 News Cycle: How to Prepare

The phrase “24/7 news cycle” feels cliché at this point, doesn’t it? It’s no longer a novel issue but a way of life. Tweets go live seconds after an incident happens – sometimes even before a company realizes what’s occurred. Before they know it, it spreads like wildfire and spirals into a full blown crisis.…

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Crisis Communications

What is Crisis Communications?

Crisis communications in the public relations world can have many different interpretations depending on who you ask, but here’s the fundamental definition: you’re trying to mitigate damage to your company’s reputation by third party sources. It’s the reverse of traditional public relations, where you’re trying to acquire the attention and approval of third parties, earning…

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