Protecting Reputation in a Digital World

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Breakfast presentation at Hill & Knolwton during Social Media Week.
Tim Luckett, Lead Counsel, Issues & Crisis and Candace Kuss, Lead Counsel, Planning & Interactive Strategy discussed:

* the new reputational communications challenge
* the dark side of user generated content
* how can you help protect your reputation

For more information contact Annouchka Behrmann on +44 207 413 3044 or annouchkab@hillandknowlton.com

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  • http://twitter.com/greenpeaceuk/status/15547016378> don't you hate adverts that make green claims which aren't true? like, say, hsbc's? if only someone could fix them... http://bit.ly/a2UpcK@greenpeaceukGreenpeace UKhttp://www.youtube.com/group/hsbcadvertshttp://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/forests/hsbc-adverts-are-just-greenwash-so-why-not-make-your-own-20100603HSBC adverts are just greenwash, so why not make your own?>Our Kit Kat advert was instrumental in changing Nestlé's forest policy - now you can do the same with HSBC.We'd like to show the best ones at Glastonbury >
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  • http://www.andybarefoot.com/politics/cameron.phphttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240734/As-pre-election-campaign-steps-gear-meet-Dave-airbrushed-poster-boy.html>Tories denied suggestions that the photograph - which will feature on hundreds of 15ft-wide posters as part of a £500,000 nationwide advertising campaign - had undergone major airbrushing to enhance Mr Cameron's appearance. But an official conceded there may have been minor touching upRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240734/As-pre-election-campaign-steps-gear-meet-Dave-airbrushed-poster-boy.html#ixzz1DHIufn4H
  • http://www.andybarefoot.com/politics/cameron.phphttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240734/As-pre-election-campaign-steps-gear-meet-Dave-airbrushed-poster-boy.html>Tories denied suggestions that the photograph - which will feature on hundreds of 15ft-wide posters as part of a £500,000 nationwide advertising campaign - had undergone major airbrushing to enhance Mr Cameron's appearance. But an official conceded there may have been minor touching upRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240734/As-pre-election-campaign-steps-gear-meet-Dave-airbrushed-poster-boy.html#ixzz1DHIufn4H
  • http://www.andybarefoot.com/politics/cameron.phphttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240734/As-pre-election-campaign-steps-gear-meet-Dave-airbrushed-poster-boy.html>Tories denied suggestions that the photograph - which will feature on hundreds of 15ft-wide posters as part of a £500,000 nationwide advertising campaign - had undergone major airbrushing to enhance Mr Cameron's appearance. But an official conceded there may have been minor touching upRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240734/As-pre-election-campaign-steps-gear-meet-Dave-airbrushed-poster-boy.html#ixzz1DHIufn4H
  • http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/subverting-the-logo-on-bicycles.php?campaign=daily_nlfficially they are called Barclays Cycle Hire, unofficially they are called Boris Bikes after the Mayor of London who introduced them.But slowly all kinds of subversive tags are showing up on the new rental bicycles that dot the town. That big blue Barclay's logo on the rear wheel was just too inviting to ignore...Not everyone is happy with the banks and their profits these days and this is an easy way to vent.Barclays is a big bank that paid big money-- £25 million--to buy their sponsorship. As well as getting their company colours painted on the street as bicycle lanes, they also get their logo on the 4,000 bikes that are part of the new rental scheme. Others object to the commercialization of the bike rental scheme, feeling that London has become one big blue ad for the bank.These stickers appeared one morning to convey some pranksters' views on the bank and its sponsorship.In another hit, thousands of stickers, in the same shade of blue and same font that Barclays uses, were placed on bikes all over the city, carrying such messages as "Barclays does not give a shit about you" and "£20m investment in bikes, £7300m investment in bombs".- - --http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2010/09/16/jon-day/invasion-of-the-boris-bikes/>http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/08/457086.html>Having spent £25m on the branding rights to London's new cycle hire scheme, the bright sparks in the Barclays marketing department have started a dialogue with the public which could last for several years. The scheme is part of a private finance initiative providing thousands of rental bikes in return for painting London's roadways in the bank's corporate colours.Only minutes after the bank unveiled the bikes-for-rent in partnership with the city's Conservative administration, situationist guerrilla teams struck in the night to add their own mobile advertising messages under the Barclays logo. One of the messages, "Funding depleted uranium birth defects in Iraq", was particularly timely. New studies suggest that the ongoing genetic damage caused by the U.S. attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 may be worse than that caused by the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago.
  • http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/subverting-the-logo-on-bicycles.php?campaign=daily_nlfficially they are called Barclays Cycle Hire, unofficially they are called Boris Bikes after the Mayor of London who introduced them.But slowly all kinds of subversive tags are showing up on the new rental bicycles that dot the town. That big blue Barclay's logo on the rear wheel was just too inviting to ignore...Not everyone is happy with the banks and their profits these days and this is an easy way to vent.Barclays is a big bank that paid big money-- £25 million--to buy their sponsorship. As well as getting their company colours painted on the street as bicycle lanes, they also get their logo on the 4,000 bikes that are part of the new rental scheme. Others object to the commercialization of the bike rental scheme, feeling that London has become one big blue ad for the bank.These stickers appeared one morning to convey some pranksters' views on the bank and its sponsorship.In another hit, thousands of stickers, in the same shade of blue and same font that Barclays uses, were placed on bikes all over the city, carrying such messages as "Barclays does not give a shit about you" and "£20m investment in bikes, £7300m investment in bombs".- - --http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2010/09/16/jon-day/invasion-of-the-boris-bikes/>http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/08/457086.html>Having spent £25m on the branding rights to London's new cycle hire scheme, the bright sparks in the Barclays marketing department have started a dialogue with the public which could last for several years. The scheme is part of a private finance initiative providing thousands of rental bikes in return for painting London's roadways in the bank's corporate colours.Only minutes after the bank unveiled the bikes-for-rent in partnership with the city's Conservative administration, situationist guerrilla teams struck in the night to add their own mobile advertising messages under the Barclays logo. One of the messages, "Funding depleted uranium birth defects in Iraq", was particularly timely. New studies suggest that the ongoing genetic damage caused by the U.S. attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 may be worse than that caused by the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago.
  • http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/subverting-the-logo-on-bicycles.php?campaign=daily_nlfficially they are called Barclays Cycle Hire, unofficially they are called Boris Bikes after the Mayor of London who introduced them.But slowly all kinds of subversive tags are showing up on the new rental bicycles that dot the town. That big blue Barclay's logo on the rear wheel was just too inviting to ignore...Not everyone is happy with the banks and their profits these days and this is an easy way to vent.Barclays is a big bank that paid big money-- £25 million--to buy their sponsorship. As well as getting their company colours painted on the street as bicycle lanes, they also get their logo on the 4,000 bikes that are part of the new rental scheme. Others object to the commercialization of the bike rental scheme, feeling that London has become one big blue ad for the bank.These stickers appeared one morning to convey some pranksters' views on the bank and its sponsorship.In another hit, thousands of stickers, in the same shade of blue and same font that Barclays uses, were placed on bikes all over the city, carrying such messages as "Barclays does not give a shit about you" and "£20m investment in bikes, £7300m investment in bombs".- - --http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2010/09/16/jon-day/invasion-of-the-boris-bikes/>http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/08/457086.html>Having spent £25m on the branding rights to London's new cycle hire scheme, the bright sparks in the Barclays marketing department have started a dialogue with the public which could last for several years. The scheme is part of a private finance initiative providing thousands of rental bikes in return for painting London's roadways in the bank's corporate colours.Only minutes after the bank unveiled the bikes-for-rent in partnership with the city's Conservative administration, situationist guerrilla teams struck in the night to add their own mobile advertising messages under the Barclays logo. One of the messages, "Funding depleted uranium birth defects in Iraq", was particularly timely. New studies suggest that the ongoing genetic damage caused by the U.S. attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 may be worse than that caused by the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/frugalbinx/5415033459/in/photostream/By rachelbinxhttp://twitter.com/#!/KennethColePRfull story:http://mshahab.posterous.com/hashtag-hacking-the-kenneth-cole-failcoveragehttp://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2011/02/kenneth_coles_egypt_tweet_the.html
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  • 10 thousand followers for real accountvsabout 7,500 in a day or so for fake one (now dropped)
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/joncainecu/4711495907/http://twitter.com/chrisharringtonhttp://twitter.com/chrisharrington/status/16481708288Friend @whoisjoncain made this Oil Bird profile pic for me. You can download it from his flickr page. http://bit.ly/aBJJHM#savethegulf
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  • http://mashable.com/2010/06/01/bp-oil-firefox-plugin/ Creative agency Jess3 has developed a Firefox plugin that aims to black out all mentions of BP (British Petroleum) across the web.
  • http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/quirk/vuvuzelas-for-bp>>BP is not feeling the pain they are causing in the Gulf. BP is spending millions on PR. In order to put a bit of public pressure on them, we plan to buy 100 vuvuzelas and hire 100 vuvuzela players off Craigslist to play in front of BP's International Headquarters in London for a one-day flash mob. >http://twitter.com/quirk
  • $25All proceeds from these satirical shirts will be given to www.healthygulf.orghttp://www.healthygulf.org/
  • What position are you in now?Issues tracking and analysis– who to listen to?what are they saying?what does it mean?Early warningPreparedness – Training for your staffRegular review of crisis plansDevelopment of e-learning tools for cross site/brands Training and simulations including full digital element Dark site development Real time internal status monitoring appsReview of current social media currencyAdvocate and influencer relationship management
  • Growth of mobile platformsEmployee’s developing their own ‘brand’Blurring of lines between bloggers and traditional mediaImportance of video to portray organisation's characterYou Tube moving to a broadcasting channelQuality of user generated content is improvingMedia consumption dictated by user rather than outletFacebook and Yahoo news, driven by Twitter linksDouble digit yearly decline in print media salesDeveloped world work place standards applied to emerging markets – amplified by internet scrutiny
  • Protecting Reputation in a Digital World

    1. @HK_London<br />#SMWLDN<br />PROTEcting reputation in a digital worLd<br />8 February 2011<br />Tim Luckett, Lead Counsel Candace Kuss, Lead Counsel<br />Issues and Crisis, London Planning & Interactive Strategy<br />
    2. Reputation:communication hazards facing organisations in the digital world<br />Tim Luckett, Lead Counsel <br />Issues and Crisis, London<br />
    3. Speed by which issues escalate into crises<br />The impact of new media on traditional media<br />Unprecedented transparency<br />Increased “noise” & misinformation <br />Ability to mobilize & activate<br />Role of employees:“Brand Guardians”<br />Rise of specialist groups<br />“Google Effect”:The impact of digital permanence & search / reputation<br />How crisis is changing...<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    4. Us airways<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    5. Shooting on oxford st?<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    6. Shooting on oxford st?<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    7. Shooting on oxford st?<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    8. Kit Kat<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    9. Employees as Brand Guardians: Loss of Control<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    10. the dark side of user generated content<br />@CandaceKuss// #SMWLDN // 2011<br />
    11. the pro-am<br />
    12. the happy side: doritos<br />
    13. subvertise<br />
    14. unofficial attack ads<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3G-lMZxjo<br />
    15. lots of coverage<br />
    16. © By rachelbinx<br />
    17. joncainecu<br />
    18. 10x more followers<br />
    19. “So what is the point of all this? The point is, FORGET YOUR BRAND. You don’t own it because it is literally nothing. You can spend all sorts of time and money trying to manufacture public opinion, but ultimately, that’s up to the public, now isn’t it?”<br /> - ‘Leroy Stick’, the man behind @BPGlobalPR<br />
    20. what can we do to mitigate?<br />
    21. Digital Vulnerability Audit<br />
    22. Move quickly<br />Dark site to act as central reference point<br />24/7 monitoring<br />Accept negative comments – but don’t delete them<br />Response protocols must be defined<br />Be prepared to say sorry on-line<br />Employee SM Policies & Guidelines must defined & Communicated<br />Lessons learned?<br />Transparency and honesty are key for building trust<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    23. What’s next?<br />© Hill & Knowlton 2011<br />
    24. Thank you<br />tluckett@hillandknowlton.com candace.kuss@hillandknowlton.com<br />

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