Facebook ads boycott: A lesson learned on CSR and building positive brand image

The social network giant Facebook is suffering from a huge social boycott campaign joined by major brands. The decision to boycott should be a huge plus for brand’s image. However, by simply pulling advertising in a short period of time, Read More …

The trust in mainstream media regained since the COVID-19 crisis

As a routine, every morning Ms. Tran Minh Thu, director of a leading travel agency in Vietnam, starts her day by reading news on her Facebook Newsfeed. Posts and articles covering the impact of COVID-19 on Vietnam’s tourism industry appear Read More …

How to use social media the ‘right way’ during COVID-19 crisis

Nowadays, social media have become primary sources of information. During a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, how should social media be mastered and employed in a responsible way? I have some recommendations that will help marketers utilize social media in Read More …

[Crisis 101 – Part 3] More manage, less respond

The role of social media in crisis communication Organizations often confuse between two concepts: crisis management and crisis response. Many clients came to me asking to “manage” their crisis, but at that moment many problems had arised, therefore what they Read More …

[Crisis 101 – Part 2] Advantages and disadvantages of social media in crisis communication

Social media channels offer both advantages and limitations for crisis communication compared to using traditional media channels alone, such as holding press conference or releasing a correction press release. Advantages of social media channels are their speed, ease-of-reach, and interactivity, Read More …

[Crisis 101 – Part 1] How to develop a social media crisis management plan

Many corporations have very strong social media presence, with high volume of engagement between the company and its audience; but engaging widely does not mean engaging wisely. Especially during crises, a good social media crisis management plan directs the company’s Read More …

The fallout from Brunei’s new laws – Brands and social values in the 21st century

In 2014 the Sultan of Brunei announced new strict laws that would be gradually rolled out, with the most recent phase of the implementation including laws that would punish adultery and homosexual sex with death. Following mass media attention and Read More …

An overview of how Vietnamese and American PR practitioners perceive the use of social media in crisis communication

In Vietnam, social media has become one of the most popular communication platforms. Despite the powerful effect of social media in conditioning a crisis, and the trend to integrate social media into crisis management strategies in many countries, Vietnamese companies Read More …