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Airbnb sends a strong message and Walmart’s insult to injury.
Everyone makes mistakes, sometimes egregious ones, but in time those can be forgiven. What is not forgiven is lying about your role in bad behavior.
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?
Ben Affleck, who directed the political thriller Argo, should know better: you foster what you try to hide. Affleck now is learning that the hard way.
Google has prepared a response to antitrust charges from the EU, and it may hold some key lessons for communicators who want to keep employees in the loop while grappling with difficult cases.