We’re living in an unusual time when a company the world’s richest man owns scraps plans to build a second headquarters in NY and it isn’t the lead news story. Yet there are myriad communications questions surrounding Amazon’s departure from NY, which had become largely a war of communications. Here are a few takeaways.
One professional well versed on the topic is Andrew Sherry, vice president of communications for the Miami-based Knight Foundation, a nonprofit that funds journalism, community engagement and the arts, with a special focus on 26 cities where John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Sherry will share his insights on a panel at the upcoming Crisis Management Summit on Feb. 27-28 in Miami Beach, hosted by PR News. In a recent Q&A, Sherry gave a preview of his session, “How to Respond to Attacks to Your Brand on Social Media…..And How To Measure Outcomes.”
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, our blogger looks for things to love about PR and marketing. Certainly PR pros like their jobs (we’re unsure if they love them). And the profession can do more better and quicker than ever. Unfortunately, the public sometimes has a tarnished view of PR. It’s time for this to change.
The maxim for writers is “write what you know.” Jim Lindheim followed that advice. The former Burson-Marsteller chairman has just written “Spin,” a novel with a PR crisis at its center. In this hybrid column, Lindheim offers a glimpse of the novel and provides best practices from years in the crisis-management trenches.
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The enmity between legal and PR is supposed to be a given, particularly during PR crises. In the first of a series about organization, we find that the digital era has made it important for communicators and lawyers to work in concert.
There are few topics in PR and communications that are discussed more than crisis management. To get you ready for the PR News Crisis Summit in Miami Beach later this month, we asked speakers from that event to respond to our roundtable question: What two areas should communicators invest in so they can manage future PR crises?
It’s a constant question facing communicators and the brands and organizations that employ them: When do you react to a situation and when is it best to say nothing or almost nothing? Apple is remaining relatively silent about its FaceTime bug, though it quickly acknowledged the situation and disabled Group FaceTime. Was this the right way to go?
Could you ever imagine likening a cross-department crisis management unit to a basketball team? Here’s how KFC’s Tori Carter sees it: a coach at the top, to draft players and call the shots; everyone on the bench ready to go in; and the players on the court, determined by their specialty and the game situation.
The bar is raised when a company prides itself on its open culture and encourages employee feedback. Google is discovering that corporate culture is a living creature that needs care and feeding. Some of the activities the company is alleged to have done seem to run counter to the image Google seeks to create.