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A Checklist for an Effective Crisis Communication Plan

July 20th, 2021 by

If you don’t have a crisis communication plan with designated strategies, roles, actions and follow-up, you will be hopelessly behind before the trouble starts. What follows are tips to serve as guides to best practices, and, depending on your level of acquaintance with crisis management, I hope they are helpful as new ideas, refreshers, jumping-off points, a checklist or a combination.

All Things Being Equal, A Trust Bank Helps You Emerge Faster from a Crisis

July 15th, 2021 by

This month’s Crisis Insider dialogue considers why two entities can react similarly to PR crises and obtain vastly different results: One company exits the crisis promptly, the other continues to experience issues. Our dialoguers are Maureen Cahill, partner, Bellmont Partners, and Dan Jasper, VP, communications, Mall of America. Interestingly, Cahill was Jasper’s predecessor at Mall of America.

Find the Best Spokesperson

June 15th, 2021 by

During a crisis, let others speak on your behalf. It can be an awkward feeling when the harsh winds and torrential rains are battering your company’s reputation.  Yet, in many cases, others can do a far better job of explaining who you are and what really happened.

Terms You Need to Know

June 15th, 2021 by

This month’s terms to know: Hodl, FUD and Onlyness.

Crisis Prep Fails When Leaders Won’t Change

June 15th, 2021 by

One of the biggest obstacles to effective crisis management is denial: company managers refuse to believe there is a risk that needs attention.   

Plank Study Shows Importance of Ethics Training for Handling Social Media Issues

June 15th, 2021 by

For communicators, ethics permeate their daily activity. A new study reveals just how much

A Three-Part Approach to Communication Can Help Mitigate the Effects of a Crisis

June 15th, 2021 by

How do we, as communicators, ensure our shadow reflects our company, our organization’s culture and our brand values, rather than the news, accurate or not, surrounding a crisis?

A Conundrum: Don’t Delay Getting a Tool, But a Proper Purchase Takes Time

June 15th, 2021 by

Crisis pros know it’s important to have the right tools in their arsenal. A platform that can monitor traditional and social media is one of them.  Having  such data before,  during and after a crisis can be invaluable to crisis pros.    

Lack of Transparency May Have Helped AP Delay But Not Avoid an Internal Crisis

June 15th, 2021 by

In this month’s issue, we ask crisis pros whether the AP averted a crisis over its handling of Emily Wilder’s firing

Determining the Most Vital Information is a Key Step in a Crisis’ Early Moments

June 14th, 2021 by

In this dialogue we look at the initial moments of a crisis, when communicators and companies decide, ‘Are we in a crisis? Should we react? When? How?’ Our dialoguers are TV-reporters-turned-crisis-pros Scott Sayres, Honeywell’s director, global corporate communications, crisis, reputation and issues management, and T.J. Winick, SVP, Solomon, McCown & Cence.