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J. K. Rowling’s Crisis Communications Victory (Maybe), DeepMind’s AI Generated Puppies, and More

QUICK PR READS YOU CAN TACKLE BETWEEN BITES The subtlest hint of fall is finally in the air outside. Indoors, however, it definitely feels like winter, where I estimate the temperature to hover slightly below freezing. The crispness has us all reaching for our favorite seasonal sweaters. In this week’s Lunch Break, AI is generating… Continue Reading J. K. Rowling’s Crisis Communications Victory (Maybe), DeepMind’s AI Generated Puppies, and More

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Harassment Policies Are Vital, But What About Crisis?

crisis communications harassment policy

With each passing day, new and ever more salacious revelations of sexual harassment come forward.  In this environment, companies are racing to update their sexual harassment policies. As much attention also should be focused on the creation of a crisis communication policy. Far too many organizations begin from scratch when trouble strikes. A crisis policy… Continue Reading Harassment Policies Are Vital, But What About Crisis?

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Finding Space for Meaningful Conversation with Customers in a Crisis

We live in an era when the loudest voice seems to be the highest priority. Turn on cable news. A panel “discusses” the issues of the day. Try this. While the broadcast airs, close your eyes and just listen. In far too many instances, panelists are talking over each other, voices are raised and there… Continue Reading Finding Space for Meaningful Conversation with Customers in a Crisis

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Stanton CEO Featured in Crisis Management Guidebook  

Peter Stanton on Crisis

Every second counts when you’re under the pressure of a crisis. Crisis management expert and CEO of Stanton Communications, Peter Stanton, shares the necessary elements to prepare for crisis situations in the new PR News crisis management guidebook, The Book of Crisis Management Strategies & Tactics. PR News, a respected source for growing a PR… Continue Reading Stanton CEO Featured in Crisis Management Guidebook  

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The Life Span of a Tweet

Life Span of a Tweet

Why Fast Isn’t Fast Enough in a Crisis & Why McDonald’s will be Just Fine Social media pros cringed as news broke this morning of McDonald’s troll-ish tweet at President Trump this morning. In later news updates, both McDonalds and Twitter were lauded for their quick action—Twitter notified McDonald’s the account had been breached, and… Continue Reading The Life Span of a Tweet

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When Hollywood Attacks a Corporate Brand

When Hollywood Attacks Corporate Brands

Later this summer, the Weinstein Company will release “The Founder,” a feature film about Ray Kroc, a businessman credited with buying McDonald’s in the 1950s and transforming it into one of the nation’s largest fast-food franchises. Early reviews and promotional trailers suggest it won’t be a flattering portrayal of Kroc, who is played by Michael… Continue Reading When Hollywood Attacks a Corporate Brand

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Communication During a Crisis: Words Matter

To say the crisis unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri is one of communication would be a stunning oversimplification. Yet there is no escaping the fundamental truth that the methods and words used to communicate about the tragedy are direct contributors to the unrelenting trauma. From the moment of initial contact between the police officer and the… Continue Reading Communication During a Crisis: Words Matter

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Crisis Communication Begins with Core Principles

It seems the world is in turmoil and each day brings a new horror to the front page. Of interest to our profession is the way each new horror seems to prompt a discussion of communication process and protocol. Comments in PR LinkedIn groups have covered whether Malaysia Airlines is salvageable as a brand; whether… Continue Reading Crisis Communication Begins with Core Principles

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What Bryan Goldberg Can Do Now to Fix Bustle

We are introducing a new feature on The Strategy Room called Four on Friday. Each Friday during the 4:00 hour, we will share four tips on a subject of interest from the week, four thoughts on the week ahead or four points on anything else that comes to mind. This week, we tackle Bustle. On… Continue Reading What Bryan Goldberg Can Do Now to Fix Bustle

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The Old Rules on Crisis Don’t Apply

The Obama Administration found itself this week the subject of criticism unparalleled since it first came into office.  If a perfect storm is the confluence of three events, this was the combination of four controversies unfolding concurrently and all in different directions.  Perhaps we can call it a plus-perfect storm. While the White House talking… Continue Reading The Old Rules on Crisis Don’t Apply

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