The Coca Cola Debacle

    One of the duties of a PR person is to monitor the environment and give feedback to the executives of a brand so that they can align their vision and their activities with the trending sentiment of their publics. However, this can prove to be a tricky tightrope act.  Witness the Coca Cola debacle of "sensitivity" training intended to lessen racial tensions … [Read more...]

Crisis & Reputation Management on Boards’ Radar

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The 2016 Aon Global Risk Management Survey that polled CEOs, CFOs and risk managers ranked damage to brand and reputation as a top concern, displacing the financial and economic risks that have traditionally dominated this survey in the past.  KPMG’s 2017 On the Board’s Agenda report also has crisis and reputation management listed as a priority and notes that crisis prevention … [Read more...]

Search & Owned Media Most Used by Journalists

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The 2016 Businesswire Media Survey revealed this nugget of information:  Journalists looking for information on a company first do a Google search, then visit the company website and go to their newsroom. So if you want to be media ready - and every company ought to strive for that - here's the plan: Google: Take a hard look at the Google search results for your company … [Read more...]

Are You Ready to Deal With an Online Crisis?

Voorsprung Social Media Technik Audi South Africa has just been hit by a new media iceberg. The lasting effects of this new media storm are going to be damaging beyond the immediate event. The problem with bad news these days, especially when it comes to a brand, is that it can explode online and become a cultural meme incredibly fast. In the old traditional news model … [Read more...]

Progressive Insurance PR Debacle – Why You Need a Social Audit

Progressive Insurance found out this week why every company should do a social audit. When Kaitlynn Fisher died in a car accident in 2010 she had a policy with Progressive to protect her in case of an accident with an under insured driver. Let's just start by saying that they should have just paid the claim and done the right thing. But when her family tried to  claim on … [Read more...]