Tag Archives: crisis management

What can brands do when they make embarrassing mistakes?

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Google has been in the spotlight for the last few days for an appalling mistake made by its facial recognition software. Now, when you upload images to Google Photos, Googles AI tags them with what it deems the most appropriate word. This caused an issue earlier in the year when it was reported that Google […]

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Anatomy of a crisis: LA Clippers


It’s easy enough for a business to ditch a troublesome employee for tarnishing the company name, but what do you do when it’s the owner who’s caused the problem? What happened? In April, Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was recorded telling his mistress not to bring black guests to Clippers games (after she posted […]

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Eat, drink and prepare for a social media crisis

The food and drinks industry has a particularly tough job. A mistake made in food preparation or manufacturing can threaten public health. Twenty years ago, if a customer found a foreign object in their loaf of bread they’d complain to the store (and possibly tell the local paper). These days you can bet that the […]

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Rehearsing a social media crisis: talking direct to consumers


We were in New York at the end of last month, running a series of social media crisis simulations and workshops for brands and agencies. Last year, Carrot and eModeration teamed up to combine our experience in PR, social media and crisis management to create a social media simulator. We did this because we both […]

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Five ways to alienate your customers

The horsemeat scandal isn’t really about food safety, it’s about trust. How can people trust the food that they’re eating? How can the brands involved reassure consumers that they’re taking the issue seriously and doing everything in their power to ensure the safety and quality of their food? Tesco and Waitrose have both promised changes […]

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More on last week’s crisis simulation

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There’s a great Storify by Tia Fisher of eModeration (www.emoderation.com) that takes you through the social media crisis simulation we ran last week, which I’ve embedded below. [View the story “Social media crisis simulation workshop ” on Storify]

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September in social #fail: the good, the bad and the ugly

Image from BetaBeat

An Unexpected Journey Ah, Apple. How I love your shiny, money-burning gadgets. How I fervently covert all the iPads and the MacBooks that I see flashed around by the cool crowd who are probably even now wondering, did she just make a Hobbit reference in this blog post? Yes. Yes I did. Anyway, über cool […]

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August: four sexist brand #fails

Nike Gold Digging t-shirt

There must have been something in the water this August. Brands near and far were tripping over themselves be accused of sexism. Maybe some witnessed the brief national and social media anger that erupted over the Madhouse trousers back in March. I can just imagine someone chewing on the end of their cigar, thinking “I’ll […]

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