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April 7, 2015

PR, Pizza, And Crisis Management In Indiana

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

One of the tougher PR and reputation management aspects of the furor around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act is the struggle faced by local businesses who want to separate their own views and polices from the interpretation of Governor Pence’s original legislation as homophobic. Although the state quickly passed a “clarified” bill under pressure last Thursday, the…
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December 17, 2014

Five Cases Of Top PR Crisis Management In 2014

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions

It’s hard to find terrific examples of crisis management PR, presumably because we don’t hear about the crises that never happened. When a true reputation emergency hits, communications experts like to criticize it and offer retroactive advice.  Armchair pundits urge businesses to “get ahead of the story,” – good counsel, in theory. It’s not so…
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November 11, 2014

Does Everyone Deserve PR Agency Representation?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations

Would you serve as PR agency for a sexual predator? What about a celebrity with a reputation crisis? The sexual abuse scandal surrounding CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi raises questions for PR agency professionals. The storm may be smaller than some recent mega-agency controversies like Ketchum’s work on behalf of Putin’s Russia, or Edelman’s involvement…
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September 22, 2014

The NFL’s Black Eye Offers Lesson In Crisis PR

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations

For the NFL, the (reputation) hits just keep on coming.  Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press briefing following the release of the notorious Ray Rice videotape in which he knocks then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious is a lesson in crisis PR, but mostly about what not to do. Here are some of the more instructive learnings from the…
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January 21, 2014

Don’t Leave This Out of Your Strategic Communications Plan

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, PR Fish Bowl, public relations, reputation

When approaching a client PR proposal or strategic communications plan, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of insightful strategies and creative tactics. But it’s also important to prepare prospects or current clients for any downside risk. In the era of instant communication and real-time social media response, it’s best to put plans in…
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July 17, 2013

How To Apologize Effectively

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

  Mere hours after the tragic plane crash at San Francisco airport, executives of Asiana Airlines hosted a press conference to issue a formal apology for the accident. As is customary, CEO Yoon Young-doo and Asiana board members expressed their regret with deep bows of contrition in front of media and dignitaries. The Washington Post…
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June 27, 2013

The PR Verdict On Paula Deen’s Apology (Again)

by: in: branding, celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

From the frying pan to….yesterday Paula Deen, the queen of comfort cooking, faced Matt Lauer, and the outcome was not so comfortable for either one. Some have criticized Lauer for his brusque grilling of Deen. My view is that he took a no-nonsense approach, cutting to the business issues and her motive for finally living…
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May 3, 2013

Retractions and Reversals: Best and Worst of Apology PR

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

This week has brought a fresh wave of public mea culpas and backpedalings – plenty of fodder for self-anointed apology PR experts. Most proactive is the ad campaign mounted by JC Penney after the failure of its everyday low price strategy and store makeovers of last year. The spot, which is narrated in a warm,…
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May 1, 2013

PR Crisis Management Lessons From Behind The Headlines

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

Hindsight – ahem – is always 20/20, particularly when it comes to reputation management. Yet, textbook crisis successes (and failures) aren’t always what they seem. Here’s my take on some recent examples of crisis handling by top brands. The Lululemon Yoga Pants Recall. For sheer, on-the-spot crisis management skill, Lululemon wins, hands down. PR experts…
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January 28, 2013

Why Subway’s Apology PR Fell Short

by: in: advertising, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

Maybe because I’m reading John Kenney’s excellent novel, Truth in Advertising, I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity in brand marketing and public relations. It’s one of those things that we take for granted when present, but that can be a time bomb when absent. Yet, when I first heard about the lawsuits served up…
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August 28, 2012

6 Myths of Crisis Management PR

by: in: communications, crisis management, imPRessions, reputation

In the past several weeks, brands from Burger King and Penn State to Chick-fil-A and CelebBoutique have grappled with serious reputational threats.  These days, it’s almost routine for communications pros to be managing some kind of potential crisis situation along with proactive PR programs. Yet true “crisis management” is probably a misnomer.  Though there are…
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August 24, 2012

Armstrong’s Crisis PR Is In Fighting Form

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

As evidence that he used performance-enhancing substances has gained traction over the years, cyclist Lance Armstrong always managed to stay out in front, avoiding major reputation damage. Until now. But even now, he may be down, but he’s not out. As he threw in the towel, announcing that he’d no longer contest the US Anti-Doping…
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July 17, 2012

Can Penn State’s Reputation Be Saved?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

Among the casualties of the Penn State sexual abuse coverup were the personal reputations of university officials, including the late football coach and sports icon Joe Paterno. Paterno, Spanier, Curley, Schultz and others will be forever linked to the efforts to minimize and conceal shocking crimes against children. (Who can forget the email in which…
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May 21, 2012

Jamie Dimon’s Apology Tour: Is It Enough?

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, leadership, public relations, reputation

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s apology to shareholders last week managed to fulfill at least three prerequisites for a public mea culpa. It was swift, it was direct, and the CEO took responsibility for the bank’s $3 billion trading loss in a hedge gone wrong. Dimon used words like “egregious,” “sloppy,” “stupid,” and “self-inflicted.”…
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May 14, 2012

Crisis Management: When The Crisis Is The CEO

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, leadership, public relations, reputation

  It’s hard out there for a CEO. Recently, we witnessed a week’s worth of drip-drip-drip coverage about Yahoo chief Scott Thompson’s resume. The gaffe culminated in Thompson’s resignation after only four months on the job. But the controversy, on the surface, wasn’t about whether he’d faked an advanced degree, or falsely claimed Ivy League…
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March 29, 2012

JetBlue’s Response to Pilot Breakdown: Light On Crisis PR Strategy?

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

All airlines are prone to rough PR weather, but JetBlue seems to have more than its share. Maybe it’s because during a time of rapidly deteriorating expectations, many of us still expect more of JetBlue. It’s that rare industry bird, the customer-friendly airline. An oxymoron. So when it goes off-course, that’s news. There was the…
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March 12, 2012

PR Disaster Averted: 7 Cases of Good Crisis Management

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

PR agency pundits and brand watchers love to create “best and worst” lists around marketing and communications developments.  The emphasis usually falls on the “worsts” – like the most badly handled crisis situations, mangled cover-ups, or PR stunts that backfired. It’s easy to criticize, but what about giving credit for crises averted or PR battles…
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January 16, 2012

Racist Receipts and Other PR Blunders

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

Is any industry more challenging than retail? Not only is the business tough, but your employees are your brand. And those employees are notoriously transient and often underpaid, overworked, and just plain bored. And sometimes they do things that are just plain stupid. It takes only one misstep, powered by social media, to create a…
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