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The Top PR Crises of 2019

January 20, 2020 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

SM& President Ashley McCown’s video of 2019’s top public relations crises was recently featured in leading industry trade PR News. Those ensnarled in this latest countdown include one of the

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SM& President’s Top PR Crises of 2019… So Far

July 1, 2019 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

With the first half of 2019 in our rearview mirror, SM& President Ashley McCown recounts the biggest public relations crises in the last six months. Ashley’s list includes global corporations,

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The Top PR Crises of 2018

January 3, 2019 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

Our President Ashley McCown’s take on the biggest public relations crises of last year was recently featured in leading industry trade publication PR News. 2018’s list includes some of America’s

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The Gathering Storm: Weather & Communications Preparedness

September 12, 2018 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

The first major Atlantic hurricane of 2018, Florence, may have been downgraded to a category 1 storm by the time it made landfall, yet its gale-force winds and torrential rains

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Ashley McCown’s Top PR Crises

August 9, 2018 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

Ashley McCown, SM& president and crisis communications expert, rates her top PR crises at the halfway point of the year. Key takeaways from Ashley’s video include: Social media plays a

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Ashley McCown Featured in O’Dwyer’s annual Crisis Issue

January 22, 2018 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

Organizational communications will never be the same. Amidst the societal reckoning that includes the #metoo movement, the old rules no longer apply. Open secrets are no longer tolerated, and accusations

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Ashley McCown Featured in PR News

September 11, 2017 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

When Equifax, one of the country’s three major credit organizations, announced last week that it’s data network was breached, the company jumped into crisis mode. The data of an estimated

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Life Lessons From Our Own Woman of FIRE: Helene Solomon

July 21, 2016 In Executive, Public Relations, Real Estate Leave a comment

Helene is a Woman of FIRE. Now, tell me something we don’t already know. Banker & Tradesman made it official this week when they named Helene among this year’s distinguished

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Maria Sharapova’s Bold Crisis Management: Game, set, match

March 17, 2016 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

For a professional athlete who failed a drug test, Maria Sharapova did something very unusual: She held a press conference and announced it. No deny and lie. No bobbing and

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Zika and the 2016 Olympics: Brazil’s Communication Challenge

February 10, 2016 In Executive Leave a comment

How does a country assure the world it is safe to travel there? That is the challenge Brazil faces a little less than six months before it is set to

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