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Arctic winds offer a Texas-sized lesson in crisis communications

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An agency leader reflects on the takeaways from the crisis that left thousands of Texans without power as cold temperatures shut down power plants and compromised water treatment facilities. This recent crisis was no different. You want to be empathetic in a time of a crisis.

5 common missteps in crisis communication

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That means last year, 945 PR teams probably woke up on a random morning to a terrible crisis for which they were ill-prepared. Start a crisis plan, and start one now. I realize that it can be tough creating talking points for a crisis that doesn’t exist and hopefully won’t happen. Remember that a crisis PR plan doesn’t have to be perfect, but you do need to perfect it over time. Things move very quickly in a crisis, and facts can be hard to come by.

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5 crisis communications lessons from horror movies

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Silence does not bode well in a crisis, either. RELATED : Master the "Four Cs" of storytelling in this intensive master class.]. that the first 48 hours of a crisis are crucial in determining whether the company will survive. There will be “High Tension,” but a communication plan must be executed within 24-48 hours of the crisis onset. Company officials should communicate with key publics what happened and what the company is doing to solve the problem.

5 crisis comms essentials

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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the value of simplicity, consistency and honesty in communications. RELATED: Join Ragan's Communications Leadership Council, exclusively for leaders in employee and internal communications ]. Communication channels.

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The current crisis demands more external communication

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Often it is the difficult and brave decisions which come with the biggest reward—which means that external communication is a necessity during the COVID-19 crisis. For example, you might serve one particular market segment which is booming in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

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Ragan survey: Brand storytelling increases in importance

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And communicators are doing a lot more of it, too. Brand storytelling has dramatically increased in both importance and volume over the last three months, likely driven by the communications urgency of the pandemic and associated crises of 2020.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch flounders in shrimp-tail crisis

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch tried to deploy a crisis response strategy that wasn’t prepared to handle Karp’s lucid, engaging social media storytelling. As the story began to make the rounds in traditional media outlets, General Mills’ crisis response congealed.

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6 bedrock principles of crisis response

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Tulane crisis instructor Barbara Reynolds shares essential elements of an effective response to a crisis. These days, all communicators are crisis communicators. The six elements of an effective crisis response are: Be first.

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The importance of solid messaging and storytelling

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to deliver on communications goals has been a matter of life and death. In a morbid way, the pandemic has been a communicator’s dream. These messages are PR works of art and will surely be staples of communication study in future.

5 ways to get purposeful communication right during the COVID crisis

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Invest in clear, consistent, integrated communications as an essential part of your social purpose plan. 8 for our Crisis Communications Virtual Conference ]. Once you have a social purpose, it should make it easier for you to put it at the heart of your communications.

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6 ways to fortify your crisis response for 2021

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Here’s how to ramp up crisis plans with P2P, purpose and empathy. The pandemic has broken down silos between external and internal communications—with crisis communications now part of the job no matter where you sit on the org chart. Prepping for 2021?

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5 storytelling lessons from Square’s COVID-19 campaign

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Storytelling has become a buzzword in business communications. It’s the superpower wielded by communications pros that is the catalyst for headlines, digital content, social media posts and so much more. Is “storytelling” on it its own really enough to make your brand stand out?

5 stories to tell before a crisis strikes

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What isn’t talked about as frequently is the role it can play in blunting attacks on your brand and reputation when crisis hits. RELATED: Join us for our Clubhouse for Communicators Webinar ]. The post 5 stories to tell before a crisis strikes appeared first on PR Daily.

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Trust crisis: 5 changes you must embrace for 2021

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For communicators, the pandemic has elevated their role while also making the challenges they face more difficult than ever before. Communicators can no longer rely on what worked before. Communicators who recognize this will be ahead of the curve.

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When communicating in a crisis, ask: Who says what, when and how?

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Crisis communication is different from any other type of communication due to the urgency of the situation. There are three crucial aspects of crisis communication: Who sends and receives the messages. Consider the origin and intent of the communication.

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Why the old crisis comms playbook should be thrown out

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Here’s why one crisis communications expert says there’s no going back to the old way of brand reputation management and crisis response. For crisis communications, it’s a data obsession that will deliver results in the future. Holistic crisis comms.

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2021 resolutions for internal communicators

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RELATED: Join us for our Social Media & Digital Communications Virtual Conference ]. Internal communication is ultimately about building genuine relationships and understanding. These questions should be at the forefront of communicators’ minds in 2021.

Technology special feature for communicators

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Communicators must continue to adapt to the changing needs of the workplace—from communicating to a dispersed workforce to fostering collaboration—and measuring your efforts. Arm yourself with the most effective technology suited to your needs to reach your communications goals in 2021.

For better crisis responses, follow the 3 C’s

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How do you manage a communication plan for a crisis with no end in sight? Ragan Consulting Group has a new video featuring guidance from crisis communication expert Nick Lanyi, which touches on questions every communicator should be considering right now.

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Why a rapid-response website is essential in a crisis

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It was not only the biggest challenge the Nashville Electric Service (NES) had ever faced, it was the biggest communications challenge it had ever faced. 10-11 to find out what the future of communications holds ].

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Are we over-communicating COVID-19?

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My own time doing hundreds of focus groups and surveys reveals this simple truth: For all the employees who say please stop, you’re communicating too much, there are others who say they’re in the dark and complain they don’t know what’s going on. The post Are we over-communicating COVID-19?

From crisis to hope: Marriott’s journey through COVID-19

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At the beginning of the pandemic, CEO Arne Sorenson shared a powerful video message with stakeholders as the company stared down the worst public health crisis in a generation—events that would lead to layoffs and massive global disruption. RELATED: Showcase your crisis comms work ].

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3 communications lessons from viral ‘Gorilla Glue’ videos

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Social media has dramatically shortened crisis response times, so communicators should be consistently monitoring brand mentions and emerging trends or news stories that could affect their organizations.

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3 essential lessons from health communicators to keep you going after COVID-19

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PR pros reflect on the big moments of the crisis and what takeaways can be used to inform strategy in the months ahead. We launched the crisis plans we’d been preparing as incident response centers were set up, and employees were sent to work from home. Focus on internal communications.

Can corporate communications stay in the spotlight post-COVID?

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Will the gains remain once the crisis fades? Someone needed to communicate what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. And someone had to expedite the cadence of communications to public officials to near real time.

Why you should lead with values in COVID-19 crisis

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How can communicators protect reputations and preserve their stature amid the current health and economic crisis? The world is full of communications around COVID-19, the official name for the novel strain of coronavirus that has been labeled a “pandemic.”.

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How to create a crisis plan in less than 30 minutes

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22 for our Change Communications Virtual Workshop ]. Engage the 30-minute crisis plan. We had 30 minutes to create a crisis plan. You’ll need to monitor the situation, and respond if more complaints come in, but you can be ready for a crisis in about 30 minutes.

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6 ways to up your storytelling game

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You’ve transformed your communication department into a modern, digital newsroom, and your team is acting like the reporters they should be. Here are six reasons to take your storytelling to the next level—or maybe the one above that. This is a roundtable discussion among communicators who are doing brand journalism, or thinking about how to get started. The post 6 ways to up your storytelling game appeared first on PR Daily. You’ve launched a brand journalism site.

A venerated communicator shares hard-won wisdom from a remarkable career

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Peter Woolfolk drops his best tips on media relations, crisis comms and delivering meaningful messages amid turmoil. Before founding Communications Strategies in 2004, Woolfolk served as a Clinton White House appointee in the U.S. Crisis communication guidance.

How offering historical context helps in a crisis

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Your crisis communications should be able to lean on your past record. Context proves an organization’s resilience, its ability to navigate rough seas and manage through a crisis. In short, there was a crisis of faith.

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How to adapt your crisis response for COVID-19 and beyond

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Though this crisis might feel different, traditional crisis communications best practices, like the TACOS method, are how communicators can best serve their communities. The definition of a crisis is a time of intense difficulty or trouble. Over-communicative.

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What communicators know, and what they must teach

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What I learned from Larry Ragan and a thousand other communicators is what I hope to teach the world. When it became available for pre-order a year and a half ago, the topic was topical and relevant: communication lessons for tense times.

3 Crisis PR lessons from a #CoronaBride

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I had a backup crisis PR plan for my wedding’s backup plan. 10-11 to find out what the future of communications holds ]. Here are three key takeaways for communicators trying to bring people together during the COVID-19 crisis: 1. Communicate early and often.

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How the pandemic is revealing the indispensable value of employee communication

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An Italian study shows that communicators are poised to assume greater roles and responsibilities moving forward. Like all crises affecting companies, the COVID-19 emergency brought employee communication to the forefront — this time even more than usual.

5 tips for identifying—and avoiding—cognitive bias during a crisis

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It’s also important in internal and external communications to recognize that cognitive bias may also be interfering with your ability to communicate with your target audiences. Here are five ways to mitigate and avoid cognitive bias in times of crisis: 1.

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50 ways communicators can navigate the ‘new normal’

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Communicators stepped up big to keep the stay-at-home workforce connected. Now you’re communicating in a time of great change, from managing the unpredictable return to the office, the continuing impact of layoffs and budget cuts, and the urgent need to address racial inequality.

Incoming! How to handle media requests in a crisis

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Here are some tips and best practices for when and how to respond to crisis inquiries and keep your head on straight. It’s one of the greatest challenges any media relations professional will face: A crisis hits your organization out of the blue. In crisis comms, silence is not golden.

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Addressing diversity through mentorship and better communication

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Communicators can help their organizations have difficult conversations by being facilitators, creating safe forums, and by investing in mentorship programs. Courtney Newell, founder and CEO of Crowned Marketing and Communication s, says that the first step is owning past missteps.

Should your brand speak up during a global crisis?

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If you’re facing confusion around whether your brand has something to say in the midst of a global crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Cosette Jarrett is a communications manager for Vivint Solar.

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Take our survey: The State of Communication Summer 2020

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Tell us how your job as a communicator has changed, including what’s working for you in this short survey. We all know our lives have been disrupted for myriad reasons—and continue to be—which affects your job as a communicator.

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