Crisis Management

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

Early PR Lessons From Tropical Storm Harvey

August 30th, 2017 by

It’s Friday afternoon, August 25, and you’re at work in Houston. You’re expecting Hurricane Harvey, but you’ve heard on radio and television that an evacuation of your city, America’s fourth largest, is not recommended. Local officials, including your mayor, Sylvester Turner, have reiterated that message. You’re concerned, but not overly worried. As a longtime Houston-area resident you… Continued

PR Lessons From the Trump Letter and the Chrysler-UAW Case

August 1st, 2017 by

Mistakes of all sizes happen. We know that. PR pros often are called in after those mistakes occur. They usually attempt to mollify things. Sometimes they goof and fan the flames. At times, communicators can do very little to make things better. Mistake By The Lake Look at what happened last week and this week in Michigan.… 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

The Leadership Lesson from The Super Bowl

February 6th, 2017 by

As the Super Bowl went into overtime and the Patriots took the lead and won the Vince Lombardi Trophy, my husband looked over at me and did not say “Wow, that was amazing!” Nor did he say “Pass the chips.” Instead he said, accusingly, “You’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?” Too obvious a… 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