For most PR pros preventing leaks is just part of managing an M&A process. Communicators also are responsible for convincing stakeholders that the merger will bring added value to the company and, if the deal is rejected (read: Comcast-Time Warner Cable), where the companies goes from there.
Communicating crucial details with the public is a primary concern when a tragedy strikes. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has proven a largely effective crisis communicator.
At a crisis management workshop at the Counselors Academy conference led by Joan Gladstone of Gladstone International, attendees were asked if they were prepared to say yes whenever a clients asks for help in a crisis. “If not, you’re taking a big risk that your clients may go elsewhere for crisis communications counseling and other PR services,” Gladstone said.
The growing manifestation of becoming a joke has sparked a new and growing phase in the lifecycle of your crisis and recovery plan. What do you do when your brand becomes the object of the latest globally trending Internet meme? What’s the right course of action when thousands of satirical, animated GIFs are being produced and shared every hour?
It’s one thing when agencies help their clients to manage an external crisis and/or cauterize a wound. But what happens when the crisis is happening right at the table and an otherwise stable relationship may be headed for the rocks?