Not single message to announce PW reset, sent out in bulk. Compassionate, honest, informative and interactive?
Crisis Management: Writing for Crisis
WRITING FOR CRISIS
Brought to you by Bernstein Crisis Management
CRISIS WRITING V. COMPOSITION
Subject matter not only consideration
Audience, emotions surrounding events, brand tone
Flowery language not welcome
No jargon, no prose, straight talk
Can expect to be questioned, doubted by readers, often
on same page writing is published.
Platforms make a difference.
Limits vary, from 140 chars to full-blown press release.
The Five Tenets
Prompt, compassionate, honest, informative, interactive
Miss one and risk a backlash
Always consider your audience.
Feelings, mindstate, background, education level - in depth!
Five W‟s for incident, impact
Who, what, when, where, why
How? How did things go wrong? How are you going to fix it?
How will you prevent it from happening again?
Transparency in all
Document and describe your process
Write all comms as if the public will eventually see them.
No internal rage memos
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In general, be sure to:
Always check that your browser‟s address bar is on a https://twitter.com website before entering your password.
Phishing sites often look just like Twitter, so check the URL before entering your login information!
Avoid using websites or services that promise to get you lots of followers. These sites have been known to send
spam updates and damage user accounts.
Review your approved connections on your Applications page at https://twitter.com/settings/applications. If you
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For more information, visit our help page for hacked or compromised accounts.
The Twitter Team
GODADDY GETS IT RIGHT
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The service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we
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NEGATIVE TERM ASSOCIATION
A classic crisis/PR writing mistake is to use the very terms you are seeking to
avoid being associated with. Never repeat a negative, even in a denial.
“I‟m far from being a dirty player,” Miami Heat‟s Dwyane Wade
tweeted after being suspended for kicking Charlotte‟s Ramon Sessions in the groin.
- Phrase made the headline of USA Today article, “Dwyane Wade: „I‟m far from being a dirty
player,‟” Dec. 28, 2012
“We are not against marriage per se. We‟re not
callous and repressed man-haters. We‟re not bitter
about ex-boyfriends who cheated or tried to teach us
the correct way to pour laundry detergent,”
- Lisa Arnold and Christina Campbell, The Atlantic, “The High Price of Being Single in
America.” Jan 14, 2013
“I am not big brother,”Ethan Roeder, director of Obama for America‟s data
operation, Washington Post, “Obama data director: „I am not Big Brother,‟“ Dec.6, 2012
NEGATIVE TERM ASSOCIATION CONT.
“We just want the public to understand that we‟re not
perverts,” TSA screener and local union official Ricky McCoy, in regards to
public reaction to a recently introduced new pat down policy.
Associated Press, “‟We‟re not Perverts:‟ TSA Workers Push Back,” Nov. 4 2012
“It‟s not just a shrunken down iPad,”Apple Marketing Chief Phil
Schiller as the company released the iPad mini.
US News, “Will the iPad Mini Be Successful?” Oct. 23, 2012
Reporter was particularly kind here, could have easily been, “Just a shrunken down
WRITING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
If you want your press releases, statements, etc. to
be social-share friendly…
Easily digested explanations
Major points in Tweetable form
120 chars or less, leave room for @names and
COMMENTING/RESPONDING ON SOCIAL
Don‟t make your first post to a Facebook group two minutes after you
discover the page, understand your surroundings or trolls will eat you.
Make sure your common sense is fired up. If you have doubts, stop and
Show respect at all times
Don‟t share private information just to prove a point - legal, business
Use real name, identify employer or admit relationships with orgs under
Have a clear goal
Don‟t write just to write, aim to achieve a goal – inform/guide/correct/thank
Use OP‟s name, conversational, positive tone
Calm down with the abrvtns ( don‟t do that)