PR Emergency Headquarters created. The PR Director stays here and supervises designated staff.
Notification and liaison.
Internal: Notify CEO and other top officials on a need to know basis.
External: Notify the media, law enforcement, government agencies, next of kin (announce names to public after notification or within 24 hours.
CRISIS COMMUNICATION Prepare Media Materials 1. Have company backgrounder, fact sheet and bios of officers already prepared on the company website. 2. Prepare basic news release on crisis as soon as possible (one-hour rule)
Include all known facts (who, what, where when, NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT why...avoid fault)
Be certain information is accurate
Clear release with senior management, legal department and personnel department.
Issue release to media, employees, community leaders, insurance company and government agencies. Get it on the website. Use fax and email.
Crisis communication 3. Issue timely statements in an ongoing crisis. 4. Use one-voice principle-information only from official organizational statements. 5. Use full disclosure, but don’t admit fault. Let investigators investigate. Cooperate with those investigators.
Crisis communicationpublic info center 1.Establish a public information center somewhere within the PR HQ 2.Respond to phone, email and social media inquiries. 3. If you don’t know the answer, it’s OK. Explain how you will get the info and release it to the public. 4. Hold meetings with groups as needed to clarify misinformation. 5.Have a call center if needed. 6.Direct company employees to make no unauthorized statements.
Crisis communication media info center 1. Designate a place where the media can gather. Know they’ll be all over the place anyway. Know they will try and bypass the one-voice principle 2. Try and create some distance from the PR HQ. You’ll need the space. Close, but not too close. 3. Have a sole spokesperson on duty day and night.
Crisis communicationwhat I wish I knew 1.You have never appreciate the chaos. 2.You can never underestimate how important separation is of the media center and PR HQ. The more you plan, the better it goes. 4 4. Consider set press conferences every few hours. .This helps dispel rumors the media will uncover. This symbolizes you’re working. This gives a chance to get various stakeholders in front of the camera to present one voice.
Stuff the book doesn’t tell you
There are three ways I target bloggers
Good old fashioned grunt work
What blogs are bloggers reading?
Follow the trail….
Bloggers can be your best friend or worst enemy.
Prepare for both.
Blogger relationsthe differences
77% of Internet users read blogs
89% of journalists conduct research on blogs
72% of bloggers blog to share experience
61% of bloggers supplement their income by blogging
Blogger relationsthe differences
Bloggers don’t break news
Bloggers answer to readers and communities, not editors or news directors
Bloggers didn’t graduate from J school, let alone Scripps
Bloggers don’t have daily deadline; they don’t need press releases
Bloggers can get paid to promote products; they just have to disclose payments.
Define The Ask
Do you want to giveaway products?
Do you want a guest post?
Do you want an interview?
Do you want to be part of their links page?
Do you want permission to use their name as part of future outreach?
Build A Relationship
What do they like to write about?
How do they want to be pitched?
How far in advance to they work?
What is their favorite post?
Make The Relationship Last
Many bloggers use their blog as a revenue generating instrument.
How can PR pro drive quality traffic to the site.
@mentions on Twitter and Facebook.
Justification: Offer a simple declarative sentence as to why anything you’re pitching would matter to the blogger’s readership.
Does it solver a reader’s problem?
Will it spark a conversation that helps generate more traffic to the blog?