Is Public Relations (or PR) still relevant today? How do almost instantaneous social media networks influence the art and science of PR?
That is the million dollar question. One which many organisations struggle with in the social and digital age.
AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes – a model for airline CEOs (courtesy of Says.com)
Airline incidents and accidents are magnets for public attention.
Unlike a common road accident or a train delay, an air disaster is both dramatic and tragic.
What should you do when a major crisis erupts? How can you counter the wave of negative public opinions that emerge, especially online?
Well, it really depends on the circumstances. As the saying goes, having the best hammer doesn’t mean that every problem is a nail. Similarly, managing communication crises requires you to first diagnose the cause and effect of the issue before prescribing the right public relations strategy.
(image courtesy of Muslim cartoonist Khalil Bendib)
Like fire, media publicity is a good servant but a bad master.
Managed well, it focuses the glaring spotlight on neglected issues which warrant a global audience. However, extensive media and social media coverage may also lead to unwarranted consequences.
Let us examine a recent tragic news event to see how this unfolds. One that is close to everybody’s hearts.