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How to get the best from virtual crisis simulation exercises

11 March 2020 by Chris Malpass

The COVID-19 emergency is forcing many teams to quickly rethink how they conduct day-to-day operations and to implement processes to enable their people to work remotely as a means of halting the spread of the virus. We’re finding that a number of our clients are opting for virtual deliveries of…

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Five lessons learned after two years of being Helpful in the USA

2 March 2020 by Chris Malpass

In 2018 I packed up my London flat and moved to New York to open the US arm of Helpful Digital. The brief? To build on the work we had already been doing in the U.S. since 2015 to create a sustainable stateside business. We’re two years into that adventure,…

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The skills of modern media relations

3 December 2019 by Steph Gray

The popular picture of crisis communication is maybe a high-stakes press conference, or the chief executive being grilled by a well-known broadcast journalist or politician. We imagine brand reputations living or dying by how well leaders can demonstrate empathy on camera; or how adroitly the press conference can be stage-managed.…

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Mobilizing for crisis: the benefits of longer exercises

2 April 2019 by Steph Gray

Our typical exercises tend to run for 3 or 4 hours, often in a pair of adjoining boardrooms with good wifi, clear diaries and coffee on tap. The participants get to feel the shock and stress of dealing with something unexpected and fast-paced, and understand how well they work together…

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Cyber incident trends: what can you do to prepare?

20 February 2019 by Steph Gray

As you can imagine, the last couple of years have seen us get a lot more enquiries from clients looking to stress-test their crisis preparedness. Cyber incidents are especially tricky to handle, for a number of reasons: The information vacuum is more acute and extended It can take a while…

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Staying sharp in the era of fake news and Insta influencers

24 January 2019 by Steph Gray

Since we launched Social Simulator back in 2010, we’ve seen huge changes in the social media landscape and the way that news breaks and crises are managed online. In recent months we’ve been helping clients rehearse their readiness to handle fake news and malicious digital manipulation, blend media relations with…

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Fake news, real crisis

7 January 2019 by Howard Gossington

Our awareness of it may be higher, but there’s little sign of fake news losing its disruptive power. Is your organization prepared to deal with a fake news storm?

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A is for Authenticity

27 November 2018 by Steph Gray

Before fake news, there was spin, and before that, there was ‘PR’. The bottom line is, why should anyone believe you, especially when you’re trying to dig your way out of trouble? That’s a theme which came out in an exercise I’ve just wrapped up here in South Africa, which…

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#MeToo – the hashtag outing sexual harassment in corporate America

19 July 2018 by Chris Malpass

As sexual harassment scandals continue to engulf corporate America, how should your organisation be preparing?  It’s unsurprising that we’re being asked by leaders from some of the world’s largest companies to help them run their teams through training workshops and simulations based on the #MeToo scenario impacting their business. As shown…

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#boycottbyron: reputation management once social takes hold

3 August 2016 by Kate Rawlins

Social media is instantaneous. It connects us and keeps us informed in real time. It’s a sea of networks that feed off each other for information. It has the ability to create a viral sensation quickly – sometimes too fast. In an age where social media is interwoven into the…

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