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I recently gave a talk on PR and stakeholder engagement to folks in Canada’s energy sector. Most of my presentation on this subject involves the challenges of defending resource projects at a time when the public is more vigilant concerning their social and environmental impacts. This more vigilant populace is now also empowered to seek and share information and mobilize against projects at breakneck speed. Continue Reading…

It’s a sad fact that reputation management literature largely deals with the defensive aspects of the issue, such as responding to attacks and crisis management. But how about working ahead and being proactive in establishing solid goodwill between the company or institution you represent and its clients and stakeholders? Goodwill, after all, is capital that can be leveraged towards your objectives and mobilized in times of crisis. One of the keys to this in the 21st century, especially online, is tapping into the Gift Economy. Continue Reading…

My work on social media strategy and online reputation these past few years has repeatedly brought me back to one approach that holds great promise for bridging polarities and enabling collaborative problem solving around some of the world’s toughest and most controversial issues. Continue Reading…

Despite the title, I am not sending out this post just to be a shit disturber (though it is a role I have embraced with enthusiasm in the past). What I intend to do here is to provide a much needed reality check on the limits of online reputation management. Most articles on reputation management and digital branding focus on the form and quality of online corporate communications. However, even a seasoned communications professional will secretly admit that the best approaches only go so far when a client’s business practices, or core business itself, are widely viewed as problematic. Continue Reading…

In my career managing social media campaigns for corporate clients, I have approached online Community Management from many different angles. First, when short-staffed, as a Community Manager (CM) myself, then as a CM supervisor when managing full fledged campaigns and finally, as the creator of CM protocols for projects that carried reputation risks. As a matter of fact, most of the projects I have worked on involved moderating communities for clients with controversial projects. Invariably, these ‘communities’ were online environments that pushed CMs to their limits and, as a result, led us to discover common traps that they may be drawn into by the nature of their work. Continue Reading…