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It’s Friday at 4 p.m. Do you know where your crisis is?

It’s inevitable. It’s Friday. Late afternoon. The call (to the crisis communications counsel, attorney and/or risk management firm) comes. “Hi, we’re dealing with a situation here. I’m not sure if it’s really a crisis, we’re reaching out to touch base, just in case.” Nine times out of ten, it is, indeed, a crisis. (One matter…

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Guest Blog Post: Castle Lessons – The Importance of the Brand

As public relations professionals we are brand ambassadors, brand protectors and brand builders. When I started at Castle as a green account executive I had no idea what this truly meant. In fact I did not appreciate the weight of it all until I was working in my current role as the director of communications at Saint Louis University School of Law – by myself – with only the experience of my Castle years to guide me.

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Make your audience your ally

One of the first rules of effective communications is to know your audience. This is particularly important when crisis hits.

Consider this: all the prepared holding statements, Q&As, talking points, letters and response strategies in the world won’t help in times of crisis if you don’t have an understanding of how your audience views a particular issue in the first place. In fact, if you don’t have a general awareness of who your various stakeholders are and what they think, your communications efforts could take what is actually a minor issue and inadvertently turn it into a full blown crisis.

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