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Crisis Communications
As Billy Bush and NBC reportedly negotiate his exit from the Today show, it confirmed, yet again, why the blurring of lines between journalism and entertainment is a dangerous trend. Full disclosure: I spent six years as an on-air correspondent in a competing network’s news division. I was also a classmate of Billy’s at Colby...
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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting in New York City. The trademark session where I was one of three speakers was entitled “Brands Under Attack: How Brand Owners can Save Face.” Attendees came to hear how ambush marketing, data breaches and negative PR impacts brand value,...
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Wells Fargo’s September began with a $100 million fine from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ended with a Capitol Hill grilling by CFPB creator and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren after regulators found that 5,300 of the bank’s employees created an estimated 2 million bogus accounts. How can Wells Fargo begin to rebuild its reputation...
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The skies have not been friendly for airlines this summer, as both Delta and Southwest have dealt with major outages that have inconvenienced customers and damaged their brand. Solomon McCown President and crisis communication expert Ashley McCown shares her perspective on how organizations can best rebuild trust with customers in aftermath of the disruption with...
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T.J. Winick
Solomon McCown President and Crisis Communications Expert Ashley McCown’s take on The Top 6 PR Crises of 2016…So Far is currently featured on PR News. Her countdown, which includes the Cincinnati Zoo, Apple Computer, Disney and the Wounded Warrior Project, is captured on a video posted exclusively on the PR industry trade’s popular website. Click...
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The real estate industry is fascinating. We have the privilege of working with people changing city skylines, providing affordable housing, creating communities and reshaping the public realm. And, sometimes this work becomes extra exciting, often for a crisis: accidents, natural disasters, financial challenges or corporate drama. This week we were fortunate enough to find a...
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This week, Chipotle announced that sales were down 29.7 percent during the first three months of 2016—its first quarterly loss ever as a public company. Reeling in the wake of the E. coli crisis, one might look at those numbers and conclude this is the beginning of the end for the Mexican fast food chain....
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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 weaving. No ducking and hiding. She fessed up and took responsibility. How refreshing. Sammy Sosa. Barry Bonds. Lance Armstrong. Alex Rodriguez. Marion Jones. The playing...
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Academy Awards Crisis Communication
The curtains are finally closed on Oscars 2016 after what was a controversial year for the biggest award show on television. With the performances complete and the golden statues distributed, let’s recap how the Academy handled themselves amid a very public crisis. The controversy started immediately after the Academy announced the 2016 nominees in which...
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The two groups singled out in last year’s documentary The Hunting Ground for contributing to a culture of sexual assault on campuses across the country were big time college athletics and fraternities. So word that a Cornell University fraternity president is now facing charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse might, for some, validate the...
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