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CRISIS COMMS IN A DIGITAL AGE

WHAT IS A CRISIS?

THE BRITS 2014

BRITISH AIRWAYS

ODEON

HANDLING A CRISIS

FAILING TO PLAN IS

Crisis communications teamBriefs held by Senior Media OfficersWatching briefRisk mappingResponse toolkitDigital essentialRegular updates to stakeholdersDisaster recovery planWhat if? WHAT ABOUT DIGITAL?

WHEN THE S*** HITS THE FAN

Golden Rules

Get key staff in a roomDecide responsesTailor to the audienceContact stakeholdersPrepare Q and AsExpect the unexpectedTo-do listMonitorUpdateMonitor again

DONT PANIC!

REVIEWING THE SITUATION

THE DAILY UPDATE

Journalist callsSocial media responsesEmails receivedPostal communicationsImpact on fundraisingLearn and adaptSecond guess senior managementTrust your instinctEvaluate and summariseDont be afraid to change approach

FROM PRINT TO SOCIAL

WIDER IMPACT

SOCIAL VS PRESSWeve funded over 1,000 life-saving research projects over the past five years, under 0.3 per cent involved dogs. This research is undertaken because heart rhythm in dogs is controlled in a very similar way to ours. This research is vital in helping us understand and treat dangerous heart rhythm problems known as arrhythmias where the heart is beating too fast or too slow.

Arrhythmias currently affect over a million people each year in the UK and can make people feel extremely unwell and in some cases cause sudden death. Scientists hope their findings will help improve and save the lives of heart patients in the future.

We always look for ways to reduce the use of animals in research. This is not an issue we take lightly.

The BHF is dedicated to saving lives through better treatments and cures for heart conditions. We fund vital research using cells grown in the laboratory, computer models, human volunteers and work involving animals when that is necessary.

Every application for research funding goes through a rigorous independent review procedure and of the many hundreds of life-saving research projects weve funded over the last five years, 0.3 per cent have involved dogs.

We proactively seek the reduction of animal use, and the replacement of animals with other research methods where possible. We require researchers to apply the highest standards to animal welfare.

BHF research has contributed to life-saving medical advances for heart patients over the past half century. But there is still so much work to be done and, for the foreseeable future, that will involve using animals in research.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

ANSWER THE QUESTION

THE RULES ACCORDING TO CAMPBELL1.Know the difference between a genuine crisis and a media driven frenzy. The former are rare, the latter common.

2. Once you have decided it is a crisis situation, operate the OST rule. Set clear Objectives. Define the Strategy. Only then think about Tactics.

3. Never lose sight of the big picture.

4. Centralise.

5. If the crisis needs new policy, structures or personnel to manage it, put them in place quickly.

THE RULES: PART TWO6. If it is a crisis playing out across the media, rebut with speed and aggression.

7. Decide the single figure to whom people will most look for leadership. Usually the person at the top but

8. Horses for courses. Understand that sometimes the top person may be a dreadful communicator if not used to it .

9. Agree basic messages and never tire of saying them.

10. Organise every part of every day for the tactical implementation of strategy.

THE RULES: PART THREE11. Organise your communications as far as they need to go. Take account of possible different audiences.

12. Put extra effort into the big moments.

13. Ensure proper internal comms. Dont forget your own people may get most messages through media. Make sure they hear from you first.

14. Remember it will end.

15. Throughout the crisis, have someone working on re-entry to normal strategy once the crisis is over

QUESTIONS?

QUESTIONS?

DISCUSSION

What kind of crisis comms have you dealt with recently?How prepared are you?Are your digital channels ready?