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Who do you trust?

9 June 2015 by Tim Lloyd

We read curated news feeds, not media statements. We read other people’s product reviews, not those of the provider. We want to hear advice from friends or experts, not senior management. So why should people trust your organisation? The Edelman Trust Barometer has been tracking the way consumers absorb and…

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When lightning strikes: how to stop a good campaign turning bad

28 May 2015 by Chris Malpass

Brands large and small, and across all sectors, are making increasingly prominent use of digital channels as part of their promotional marketing campaigns. And so they should: social media offers a direct line of communication with stakeholders not afforded by more traditional channels; allowing more creative and compelling content than…

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I Want You Back: Restoring stakeholder trust after a crisis

21 May 2015 by Justine Touaux

How do organisations go about winning back stakeholder trust following a crisis? In early 2015 Anthem, a US healthcare company, became the latest organisation to fall victim to a cyber-attack, with hackers accessing data belonging to around eighty million people. Anthem‘s response strategy, which centred around a statement issued on behalf…

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Dark sites in crisis communication: six reasons to consider

9 March 2015 by Tim Lloyd

The idea is straightforward enough: a dark site is a website you prepare (but don’t promote) in advance of a crisis as an alternative or fallback to your corporate website, containing the background information you need to share with media and stakeholders. One of the most talked-about examples belongs to BP, launched…

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Keeping the hounds at bay using ‘fast facts’

13 November 2014 by Chris Malpass

The question of what and what not to say is a recurring dilemma for organisations that find themselves in the glare of the media spotlight during a crisis. Inevitably, when a crisis strikes, an information gap – i.e. the deficit between the amount of information demanded by the media and…

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Shutting the stable door: handling data security breaches in social media

23 September 2014 by Steph Gray

Imagine waking up to an exposé of your firm’s supply chain: you’ve been indirectly responsible for supporting child labour on an industrial scale. NGOs are mobilising a campaign. A leading celebrity has already tweeted her disgust. Or the email that pings your BlackBerry on a Sunday morning confirming that environmental regulators…

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