Stories by Katie Paine

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Tesla, White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Stumble Through News Cycles

May 8th, 2018 by

Brands and organizations can rest on their laurels no longer. Even darlings of the media and Wall Street, such as Tesla, are prone to crises these days. Katie Paine looks at how Tesla and founder Elon Musk and the White House Correspondents’ Association handled recent crises.

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KFC and Oxfam Take Different Paths to Crisis Resolution, Honesty Triumphs

March 20th, 2018 by

Katie Paine compares crises at Oxfam and KFC in her regular Image Patrol feature. In this edition she explores how transparency and even humor can be prime tactics for managing crisis.

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A Look at PR Metrics That’ll Fade in ’18, and Which Will Dominate

January 16th, 2018 by

Katie Paine takes a look at what’s ahead in 2018 and sees a sobering return to reality, with more realistic measurement leading the charge. She also sees more bots in our future as well as fewer choices for those companies seeking help with measurement.

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In an Unprecedented Year, Multiple Mistakes Earn Equifax Top PR Crisis

December 19th, 2017 by

Our regular crisis measurement guru Katie Paine considers crises of 2017 and selects the crisis of the year. Can you guess which brand has the dubious distinction? Hint, the brand was handed an awful situation, partly through its own negligence, and then sat on the situation for several weeks before announcing it to the public.

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Facebook’s Russia About-Face Is Costly; So’s Equifax’s Crisis Avoidance

October 3rd, 2017 by

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is eating crow as the situation with Russian ads on Facebook has amounted to more than the nonsense he called it initially. Equifax, of course, has committed nearly every error possible in terms of its early crisis management to its summer data breach. Katie Paine grades the two brands’ crisis response efforts.

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Crisis Report Card: Merck CEO Moves First; Kaspersky CEO Gets Blustery

August 22nd, 2017 by

Katie Paine grades the crisis response of Merck, whose CEO took a stand against the President that eventually led to the downfall of two White House advisory groups, and Kapersky Lab, which whiffed when its integrity was questioned.

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How USA Gymnastics Excelled at Handling a Harsh Investigative Report

July 17th, 2017 by

In her latest installment of Image Patrol, Katie Paine looks at how USA Gymnastics is handling its sexual scandal and contrasts it with Bell Pottinger’s mishandling of its crisis concerning an account from a South African company with ties to that country’s president.

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A Tale of Two Apologies: Colbert’s Authenticity Works, Fyre’s Hype Fails

May 15th, 2017 by

You don’t have to look far to find examples of people and organizations screwing up. So as tempting as it may be to pile onto Uber’s woes or the latest airline mess, Katie Paine uses this edition of Image Patrol to look at the follow-up to crises. What you do is very important, but so is how you respond, ie, the way people and brands say they’re sorry – or don’t.

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Navy, Marines Take 2 Paths on Crisis

April 3rd, 2017 by

There were many examples last month of organizations screwing up and resulting in crises badly handled. We could have piled on PwC for the Oscars, but given that Hollywood obsessed about it for weeks, it was hard to find much more to say. And of course, we would have loved to weigh in on the great leggings-on-United kerfuffle clinging to Twitter as, well, leggings do. But frankly, in these times, all that seemed trivial compared to a couple of serious crises plaguing America’s military.

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The Social Order: Uber and PewDiePie Illustrate Society’s Influence on Crisis

February 27th, 2017 by

In today’s personality-driven culture, it’s sometimes hard to sort out whether it’s the guy at the top who causes a crisis or the culture he has created within the organization. Either way, most of the time, a crisis starts at the top. But in 2017, one could make the case that cultural and social norms are exerting a greater influence than the people in charge. The crises we’ll examine here, PewDiePie/Youtube/Disney/Google and Uber’s latest, we would argue, owe as much if not more to changing norms than to corporate leadership.