The UK Prime Minister’s special advisor, Dominic Cummings, allowed himself to be manoeuvred into a position that no special advisor wants to be in: that of needing to explain themselves to the media, on the record. Consequently the world got to see Cummings, the PM's man behind the curtain, squirm in his chair in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street, as he doggedly stuck to his story about why he broke the COVID-19 lockdown.
If your company still hasn’t got a crisis management in place for the Coronavirus, this week will be the crunch: Not having a contingency in place is a ticking time bomb. There are many “what if’s” right now, but as SARS-CoV-2 aka COVID-19 aka Coronavirus continues to spread, it is putting corporate reputations on the line.
Your angry tweets have become meaningless. There's an increasing tendency to immediately roast brands on social media, no matter how trivial your issue. Just stop it now.
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In the end, the price for United Airlines of losing its reputation came down to the cost of four seats on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, KY – a round trip that usually costs less than $400 in coach. As you’ve probably already seen, as it’s all over the news and social media, the airline “solved” an overbooking problem by forcibly dragging a passenger out of their seat. [...]
A guiding principle of credible communication – especially in crisis management – is to stay on message. This also applies on Twitter, as a German regional police force realized over the weekend.
The embarrassing volte face that Germany’s Spiegel Online needed to make this week underlines why for news outlets, the race to be first with the news can seriously damage your reputation.
Ride-sharing firm Uber is edgy and disruptive, I get that. It’s part of the way that Uber positions itself to the market – it’s a hip service, not something stuffy and tired like a regular taxi. In fact, Uber goes to great lengths to underline that it’s not a taxi service.
It’s important for organizations to treat Brexit as they would any other crisis management situation, where reputations are at stake. We’ve put together a 10-point guide to the communications minefield that lies ahead.