Crisis Management

Seeking an Evolved Model in Communications Leadership

June 9th, 2014 by

The PR field has perhaps undergone more transformation in the past five years than in the previous two or three decades. Changes in the way content is produced, distributed and consumed have had a dramatic affect on marketing communications, from mobile to social media. But there may be an even more profound change afoot.

Wal-Mart in Crisis Response Mode After Tracey Morgan Crash

June 9th, 2014 by

The events that transpired early on Saturday morning involving a Wal-Mart truck and comedian Tracey Morgan certainly won’t help the retailer’s embattled image.


Jonah Hill’s Apology: ‘Use Me as an Example of What Not to Do’

June 4th, 2014 by

When celebrities apologize for bad behavior or hateful language, sometimes it seems like they’re more sorry for getting caught. Not so Jonah Hill. Last weekend, Hill was caught video using a gay slur
directed at a paparazzo, and on Tuesday the actor went on “The Tonight Show” to face the music head-on.

Social Media Icon Awards: Twitter | Crisis Management Campaign

June 2nd, 2014 by

Winner: Southern California Edison – Visalia Outage: SCE Social “Comes to the Rescue” When the power is out, Southern California Edison’s (SCE) customers can’t turn on the TV. They may not be able to access… Continued

Target, NYT Offer Contrasts in Crises

June 2nd, 2014 by

The goal of any good crisis-communications plan is to find the balance between being authentic and taking responsibility if appropriate, and not being seen as the perpetrator of the crisis.

#RedskinsPride Proves to Be Son of #myNYPD

May 30th, 2014 by

The Washington Redskins might have thought twice before launching its #RedskinsPride campaign yesterday if it had paid close attention to the New York Police Department’s #myNYPD campaign.

Chipotle’s Stance on Guns in its Restaurants Creates PR Challenge

May 20th, 2014 by

Chipotle is asking its customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants after gun rights advocates brought assault rifles into one of its locations in Texas.

Social Chats Can Backfire, So Have a Plan in Place First

May 19th, 2014 by

Whether they are social media trolls looking to start trouble or people with a legitimate gripe about your products and/or services, PR managers need (in most cases) to address detractors in a dignified way, one way or another.


How Not to Apologize Like Donald Sterling

May 13th, 2014 by

By deflecting blame, calling out Magic Johnson and making a spectacle of himself by weeping at times, Sterling did nothing to help rebuild his reputation.

NFL Faces Social Media Problems after Michael Sam Draft Pick

May 12th, 2014 by

Ahead of the draft, it seemed almost inevitable that following his probable selection someone, somewhere would end up in crisis and apology mode for comments made regarding Michael Sam’s sexuality.