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Hurricane Harvey: Chem Plant Crisis Communications

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] The catastrophic after-effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to claim lives, destroy property, and wreak havoc across Texas and the gulf coast at this writing. Today, floodwaters have touched off reports of explosions and fires at Arkema, a French specialty chemicals and advanced materials company with facilities now underwater in Crosby, Texas. […]

Wall Street Journal’s Suggestion Of ‘Radical Transparency’ For Trump Is Spot-on – But It’s Not Radical

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] The Wall Street Journal editorial board has a solution for the Russia scandal that the board suggests offers President Donald Trump “the best chance of saving his Presidency: radical transparency.” The editorial adds: “Release everything to the public ahead of the inevitable leaks. …every Trump family member, campaign operative and White […]

Postscript – United’s Dr. Dao Debacle

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] In the three days that have passed since I drafted our initial blog post on this unnecessary incident, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz tried a do-over on ABC, finally offering what seemed to be a more heartfelt apology to Dr. David Dao, the 69-year-old passenger violently dragged off of a United flight […]

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Trump and Twitter and Trepidation – Oh My: Some Calming Crisis Management Advice

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Your reputation is at risk on Twitter and the risk may be triggered by the President of the United States of America. Of course you’ve heard that one. You’ve probably seen the tweets and the stories that followed about New Balance  and Nordstrom and Toyota […]

Crisis Communications Expert: Dealing With Your Audience’s Bias – and Your Own

By Hennes Communications Welcome to the Golden Age of confirmation bias. An ancient phenomenon, confirmation bias — the tendency of people to seek out information and points of view they agree with – has references stretching back to Greek historians. As we wrote about a year ago, confirmation bias and its close cousin “the backfire […]

The Urgency of Truth in the Era of Alternative Facts

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] I don’t want to use the “T” word in this post – there are far too many hand-wringers out there opining about White House bombast and its daily Twitter fusillade. Here’s a “T” word that’s far more important: Truth. What’s happening to it? News anchors and reporters recoiled in horror […]

Crisis and Reputation Management Increasingly are About Managing Social Media

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] How fast is social media at reporting on events – including events that your organization might consider a crisis? Faster than you. Consider a situation involving a school in Westfield, N.Y., that we stumbled upon. Here’s the first paragraph of a story from the Westfield Republican: “Parents need to realize that […]

Twitterer-in-Chief Donald Trump

The biggest bully-pulpit in the land is located inside the Oval Office.  In the past, the occupants of that office have carefully chosen words and phrases, knowing they can move markets, armies and trends with minimal effort. Today, we are on the brink of uncharted waters as the next president of the United States appears to […]

Lies, Propaganda, Fake News and You: The Next Crisis Management Challenge

[by Scott Juba and Howard Fencl] First, it was simply called “lying.” Then, it evolved into “propaganda.” Then “disinformation.” For whatever reason, the term has been further sanitized as “fake news.” Whatever you call it, it’s all bad news for organizations whose reputation is under attack. Right now, Facebook is at the vertiginous epicenter of […]

Cats Sleeping With Dogs: How Lawyers and Crisis Communicators Can Work Together

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] At Hennes Communications, we often tell clients that they have an attorney for the Court of Law. But they have us for the Court of Public Opinion. And those two courts often require different – and at times conflicting – strategies. Attorneys have persuasive arguments for tailoring a strategy completely around […]

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