Crisis Management

Does PR Have a Reputation Problem with the Media?

October 16th, 2017 by

When Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg took a trip to DC last week to assure politicians that Facebook was taking serious the claims about Russian meddling in our elections, it was referred to as a “PR Blitz” by The New York Times, which also mentioned in the NY Times article that the social network hired three crisis… Continued

Is Integrated Communications the Holy Grail or Just Cheap Talk?

September 17th, 2017 by

Growing up, most of us were encouraged by our parents and teachers to play well in the sandbox, to share our toys and pay attention in class. Fast forward to now, and imagine your boss telling you to do the same. It would feel patronizing, right? Truth is, we could benefit from those childhood reminders.… Continued

To Celebrate Ethics Month, We Bring You ‘Reputation Launderer’ Bell Pottinger From Across the Pond

September 13th, 2017 by

Chances are we wouldn’t be writing this post had the story of British PR firm Bell Pottinger’s demise yesterday remained a story limited to two continents, Europe and Africa. Unfortunately for the reputation of the PR discipline here and abroad, Bell Pottinger was well known, which helped spread the story. The Bell in Bell Pottinger… Continued

The Epic List of PR’s Daily Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

July 24th, 2017 by

Reality checked in with me recently when a few parents on my son’s rowing team, knowing my affiliation with PR News, asked me to write the press releases for the club. Sure, it’ll be easy, I thought, not factoring in a few key variables such as time constraints and more importantly that I knew very… Continued

Delta Drops the Usual Customer Care Persona on Twitter—and Coulter Tweets On

July 18th, 2017 by

Delta Air Lines jettisoned the bland, cheery persona employed typically by social customer care representatives in favor of stoic sarcasm in two now-notorious Twitter replies to author and political commentator Ann Coulter on Sunday, July 16. Coulter, furious that she had been moved from a seat she had paid extra for on a July 15… Continued

A Mad Bum Who Knows Crisis PR

April 25th, 2017 by

Why does a 27-year-old athlete without a college education know that the best way to head off a potential PR crisis is to be honest, while highly experienced CEOs and heads of multinational corporations, who’ve had the benefit of media training, fail to learn this lesson? Last Thursday (April 20) the San Francisco Giants’ Madison… Continued

How to Lose a Customer and Tarnish Your Brand in One Easy (Mis)Step

March 13th, 2017 by

Rarely do I mess with cookies, except to eat them. But an experience over the last two weeks with a furniture retailer had me clearing the cookies from my computer. So annoyed was I by the poor customer service and the constant retargeting of ads from this particular furniture store that I resorted to cleaning… Continued

Your Organization’s Under Attack? Respond Fast! Wait…Don’t Respond

February 23rd, 2017 by

“Not every incident needs a response, but incidents that are ignored can lead to a bigger crisis.” This crisis management advice comes directly from Ernest DelBuono, senior strategist for strategic communications firm Levick. At its root is the kind of logic Captain Kirk used on murderous computers to make them self-destruct. DelBuono’s key insight goes… Continued

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s PR Chief Sounds Warning for Organizations With No Crisis Plan

February 2nd, 2017 by

This still-young year has felt like a midtown traffic scrum of competing, colliding crises, stoked by the overheated engine of a new presidential administration. Brands are nervously checking Twitter, seeing if the president has mentioned them for any reason, and if other pitched political voices are either supporting boycotts or defending them for any reason.… Continued

PR Leaders Agree: It’s OK to Be a Bad-Ass

January 25th, 2017 by

Coming just days after the Women’s March, PR News’ Top Women in PR awards luncheon in NYC was an ebullient event that brought the PR industry together to celebrate female leadership and the individuals who’ve moved the communications needle in the past 12 months.  If the on-stage commentary from the honorees is any indication, however,… Continued