Crisis Insider


When Crisis Calls, Answer the Phone

May 18th, 2021 by

How many crises might have been averted just by asking a few more questions and offering a couple of clarifying points? The author provides some key lessons.

Is Your Business Prepared for Cyber Armageddon? 

May 18th, 2021 by

Recent attacks have become bolder and more sophisticated and include invasions of government agencies, healthcare providers, schools and organizations of all types and sizes, including the likes of Twitter and Microsoft and the National Basketball Association. But while most attacks are against large, well-known brands, small business also is a big target for bad actors. The ransomware attack on one of the United States’ largest fuel pipelines is an all-too-frequent reminder that more needs doing. Now.

Terms You Need to Know [May 2021]

May 18th, 2021 by

Each month, we look at new terms picking up steam in the crisis landscape. In this month’s Buzz Box, we explain “Cryptoviral Extortion” and “Internet of Behavior.”

Social Risks Seen Rising Yet Resources for Battling Online Threats Remain Flat

May 18th, 2021 by

One of the communicator’s domains is online, where, among other things, they monitor social conversations about the company. As such, corporate leaders see them as having intimate knowledge of social and they’re the first call where online risk is involved.

W.W. Norton Drops Roth Biography, Gets Only Mixed Reviews from Crisis Pros 

May 18th, 2021 by

This month’s Crisis Averted shows how a terrific campaign for a lucrative product can go awry quickly. The story touches on a bevy of things: crisis readiness, immediate and more measured reaction to crisis, #MeToo, cancel culture, media, social media, tremendous irony and a large cast of characters.

If Everyone Knows How to Respond to Crisis, Why Are So Many Fumbled?

May 18th, 2021 by

With so much reporting of how botched crisis response can harm companies and organizations, why do we continue to see so many crises mishandled? Crisis veterans Ayme Zemke and Gene Grabowski dive into this complex topic.

Tools Help Track Disinformation from Its Sources as They Try to ‘Slow the Spread’

May 18th, 2021 by

PR agencies are working on tools and processes to curb the spread of disinformation. PR trade groups and agencies recognize disinformation as an issue that clouds their clients’ messaging. Recently Ruder Finn and Edelman joined the ranks of those offering tools to combat disinformation and identify sources of some of the noise.

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Don’t Bombard the C-Suite: Shoulder the Worry and Keep Volatile Leaders Calm

April 20th, 2021 by

The idea for this month’s Crisis Dialogue springs from something we hear often from crisis pros: ‘That person/company is difficult.’ So, we talked with Chanel Cathey, founder/CEO, CJC Insights, LLC, and Daniel Roberts, a corporate crisis specialist, about handling uncooperative executives during a crisis.

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A Pre-Pandemic Crisis-Simulation Solution That Works Wherever You Are

April 20th, 2021 by

 While we lack data on it, we’ll guess that with so many employees working from home since the start of the pandemic, the already-sparse scheduling of desktop crisis drills has contracted even more. One of the characteristics of crisis is an uncanny ability to arrive according to its schedule, not yours. As a result, a PR crisis strikes when the CEO is in a remote part of China negotiating a deal or the COO is on a ski vacation in Aspen and has gone off the grid. As such, the most realistic crisis-readiness exercises, pre-pandemic and now, were and are conducted with staff situated in various locations.

Survey Notes Diversity Issues, Importance of Leaders in ‘Sticky’ Crises

April 20th, 2021 by

“Sticky” crises require near-immediate response and might compel crisis managers to explore and understand emerging crises’ breadth and scope. These additional complexities and communication demands influence the way crisis managers prepare for crises. Leadership requirements during sticky crises and diversity were some of the areas examined in a survey from Crisis Insider parent PRNEWS and UGA’s Crisis Communication Coalition. More than 400 PR pros were surveyed in early spring 2021. We provide several highlights.