Reputation Management

$100K Hospital Bill That Shrank to $800 Illustrates Healthcare Communicators’ Dilemma

September 12th, 2018 by

Healthcare communicators have plenty to worry about, particularly working in a regulated industry where lives are at stake daily. Add to that the upcoming elections, where the Affordable Care Act is a major issue. Speaking of affordable care, questions abound when the story of a school teacher’s $100,000 hospital bill being cut to $800 is raised.


Marriott’s Firing of Social Media Employee Highlights China’s Sway Over Global Brands

March 5th, 2018 by

In the fast-paced world of social media, careers can be made or broken in the blink of an eye—sometimes even the click of a button. The latter is the case with former Marriott social media employee Roy Jones, who has been fired for liking a Jan. 9 tweet by a group called Friends of Tibet, which drew the ire of the Chinese government and its supporters on social media.

Workplace Culture, CEO Activism, Fake News Seen Critical to Brand Reputation

February 6th, 2018 by

What will be the main drivers of brand reputation when the Reputation Institute issues its Brand Trakr report next month? CEO activism, handling of fake news and rumors and workplace culture will be among the factors getting heavy play in the report, the Reputation Institute says.

Why the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan Chase Health Alliance Is Great PR

January 31st, 2018 by

While analysts are scrambling to digest Tuesday’s announcement from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase about their new healthcare alliance, the PR perspective, at least at the outset, seems less complicated. It was a tremendous win for the trio of companies in terms of internal and external communications as well as reputation management.

PR Lessons From President Trump’s Capitol Hill Reality Show

January 10th, 2018 by

PR pros know the importance of controlling the message. On Tuesday afternoon President Trump went far off script, allowing cameras to roll during an hour-long session where Republican and Democrat lawmakers negotiated about immigration issues, with the president overseeing the proceedings. The gamble worked, as it allowed Trump to appear presidential and in control, countering the image portrayed in a recent book about his administration’s first year. It’s an episode with lessons for communicators.

Uber’s Messaging on Cyber Breach Scandal Leaves Much to Be Desired

November 22nd, 2017 by

Uber’s response to its cyber breach crisis has raised more questions than answers, allowing speculation and coverage to increase and brand equity to erode, according to crisis expert Sam Huxley, senior vice president with Washington, D.C.-based agency LEVICK.

Consumers Say They Will Favor Brands That Give to Disaster Relief During the Holiday Season

November 21st, 2017 by

As we get ready for Giving Tuesday next week, we found the implications for brands of a Ketchum survey interesting. The survey found nearly half of all consumers are more likely to make holiday purchases from brands they know are donating to disaster relief.

6 Steps to Take if Your Brand’s in a Social Media Nightmare

October 20th, 2017 by

Your nightmare has come true, except this time you didn’t show up to school naked. Instead, your company tweeted out something that was wrong, worse than wrong, bad, and worse than that—the whole world decided to notice. So, what do you do when your brand totally screws up in public? Here are six ways to help you wake up from the nightmare.

How Aflac Raised Its Reputation Pulse Score for Its CSR Initiatives

April 24th, 2017 by

In our regular feature on trends in PR, an Aflac executive whose portfolio includes reputation building discusses how brands are putting increasing importance on reputation and CSR activities. He provides a look behind the scenes of how Aflac improved its reputation scores by expanding perception of its CSR activities.

How Communicators Can Build Trust to Thrive in the Challenging Era Ahead

February 27th, 2017 by

Trust. To succeed at anything, we must earn trust and be accountable to demonstrate it to others, not just occasionally, but daily. No matter how the technology and job description of communications officers may change, our ability to create, build and maintain trust is the most important thing we do. As the world enters the fourth industrial revolution, we are embarking upon an era that fundamentally will change the way we live, work and communicate. Its scale and scope are unknown, but one thing is certain: We must take a thoughtful approach about how we manage communications to engender trust and preserve our organization’s reputation.