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Three crisis communication action steps to take

How to avoid getting into hot water when a crisis arises


When a crisis hits, the priority is to not do or say anything that can make matters worse. You don’t want to prolong the crisis and generate even more negative buzz for your company. It’s better to learn from the mistakes of others instead of repeating those same mistakes.


When your company is going through its own crisis, use these three steps to prevent any further damage. 

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Topics: PR tips, crisis communications

Five Google results that can ruin your career

Knowing what shows up when your name is searched on Google is essential. A future employer or even a customer may read an article or a post about you. Here are five things you should avoid at all costs to save your online reputation:

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Topics: public relations, online public relations, crisis communications

Tips to Create a Crisis Communications Plan

A crisis communications plan protects and defends companies and organizations from a fallout in the public eye. These crises are caused by issues like a company scandal, an executive’s inappropriate behavior, or a product recall. Developing a crisis communications plan can help companies maintain their reputation. 


Companies task public relations agencies to design comprehensive crisis management plans that limit risks to their brands. We craft specific messages for employees, investors, customers, the public, and news outlets. Insufficient external and internal communications can cause the following:


  • Operational response failure

  • Stakeholders reacting negatively

  • Public perception that the company is inept and, even worse, criminally negligent

  • Sever impact on the company’s brand, reputation, and finances 

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Topics: public relations, PR tips, crisis communications

Can your insurance cover the costs of hiring crisis public relations?

Crisis PR is key to a great crisis plan, so make sure your insurance helps you pay for it


When your company is in crisis, you’ll take in many sudden expenses that you’ll have to pay for out of pocket. This can strain budgets that used to be open or push your already tight budget to its limits. One of these expenses includes crisis public relations to manage your reputation in such a trying time. Having insurance help pay for crisis PR is a big help, but can insurance do that?

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Topics: public relations, insurance, crisis communications

How to measure crisis PR and why you should

No company is safe from crisis as we’ve seen with the coronavirus pandemic. Although your communications strategy and tactics must shift to crisis communications during a time of emergency, it’s still of utmost importance to monitor and evaluate your company’s coverage as it weathers the storm.


You should continue to measure your company communications during a crisis, and you should include these four values in your criteria.

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Topics: crisis communications, measurement

How 2020 Has Changed PR

The year 2020 started with a focus on the latest public relations trends. Niche targeting, live streaming, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Big Data integrations generated the most buzz, and they continue to do so. Although they haven’t faded in the background, the focus on how to use them has drastically shifted.


Brands have started to actively market to a niche audience through influencers, self-publishing platforms, social media, and informative content. The top players from brands have started to use live streaming to get in front of the audience. 


Artificial Intelligence and big data have become the go-to source for brands to monitor social media platforms, predict consumer needs, and develop targeted content based on causes impacting their audience. Handling it all from behind the curtain is an experienced public relations agency. 


Public relations agencies are well-aware of the changing times and have doubled down on their efforts to point brands in the right direction. We want to highlight how PR has changed in 2020 and what to do about it.

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Topics: public relations, crisis communications

COVID has changed the marketing and PR game, not eliminated it

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have decided their best course of action is to suspend their ad spending and limit their PR expenditures. This could wind up being a big mistake.

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Topics: crisis communications

How to handle Facebook haters

In most cases, Facebook can be a delightful asset to your company, generating goodwill between you and your customers or generating strong leads that allow the inbound marketing strategy to fall perfectly into place. However, at times, Facebook can breed negativity. 


When that happens, you don’t want to waste time being unprepared.

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Topics: crisis communications, social media

Three tips to crisis response when customers have been offended

Customer service is hard. Dealing with conflict and complaints is even harder. For many companies, this can be a make-it-or-break-it point. If you have poor relationships with customers and clients, it can even permanently tarnish a company’s reputation. To avoid that and strengthen customer relations along the way, here are three tips for responding to a crisis response when customers have been offended.

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Topics: crisis communications

Getting back to business as COVID-19 passes

Use these three tips to get back to normal.


This is a story about COVID-19 and its impact on business and PR. Read Media Relations during COVID-19 and four communication actions your company can do during COVID-19 for more information.


The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly slowed down the economy, putting a dent in your company and your public relations plans. However, now that lockdowns are starting to rescind, you need to begin thinking about how your company will get back to business and how your public relations plans will go forward.

As things start to open up again, consider these three points as you plan for things to return to how they used to be.


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Topics: crisis communications

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