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Sustained momentum: Stakeholder engagement when you’re out of the woods

Most people associate stakeholder engagement with the management of something significant –events, change, crisis, or disruption. It is most commonly associated with the idea that you want someone to do, feel, or approve something related to a specific project. These projects can be enormous undertakings for an organisation, draining resources both financially and culturally. However, it’s often the case that, regardless of…

Taking the fear out of asking – Find out what your stakeholders really think

While it’s popular for businesses to pay lip service to ‘stakeholder engagement’, reaching out to employees, to clients and to business partners can be a confronting task. However, carefully structured engagement can produce useful insights that can lead to positive change. Engaging in a formal process to draw insights from your stakeholders can be a great step in connecting with, engaging, and…

The challenge of addressing community outrage

With the board approval of Indian mining giant Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, the issue of community outrage, and the challenges it can present to a project, has come to the fore. The mine has faced persistent community opposition from a range of stakeholder groups – green groups, farmers, nationalists and the Australian community more broadly, who have concerns…

The challenge of communicating change

Whether it’s mergers, restructures, acquisitions or redundancies, communication is critical for businesses during times of change. While change can create new opportunities, it can be met with criticism or resistance from staff, customers, shareholders and other stakeholders. With everything moving so quickly, it can be challenging to effectively communicate with different audiences and maintain confidence in the organisation. A good communication strategy…

What can the UK police teach us about crisis communication?

One thing that the tragedies in Manchester and London Bridge can teach us is the primary importance of providing information in the midst of a public safety crisis. In the Manchester incident, the Greater Manchester Police twitter feed updated every 15-30 minutes as events unfolded, warning people to stay away, and offering help to those affected by the incident. In London, the…

Fancy yourself as a thought leader? Prepare for others to be the judge of that.

The rise and rise of digital and social media has brought with it an explosion in so-called… Thought Leadership. You might be excused for thinking that the name itself – Thought Leadership – gives some solid direction as to the purpose, focus and value of this type of commentary. However, with the rise and rise of social and digital media, the proverbial…

‘No Comment’ – Avoiding a communication vacuum in a crisis

In the social media age, information, or indeed misinformation can spread faster than ever before. Nowhere is this clearer than in the midst of a crisis, and as several recent crises have shown, without a well-executed crisis communication strategy, companies can find themselves in a reputation tailspin. United Airlines, Pepsi and Samsung offer good examples of poor crisis responses, from United Airlines’…

Suffering from digital FOMO? Fear not. Being digitally discerning is a strength, not a weakness.

Have you ever wondered how much is enough when it comes to digital presence? Do you feel under pressure to add to your company’s digital activity because you are led to believe it is a guaranteed pathway to brand success? Or maybe you think that a presence on every platform is what digital marketing is actually about? Many businesses obsess over building…

Communicating a brand: from imagination to reality

Communicating with customers is an essential activity for any business, but in order to communicate effectively, you first need to know your brand identity. How do you want to portray yourself to customers? How do you want to be perceived? The challenge of formulating a brand identity, and maintaining it, can be an arduous one. But by defining your identity and communicating…

The power of the white paper

White papers certainly aren’t new to the content marketing arena – but despite the growing number of tools in the marketing tool kit, white papers can still be one of the most effective. A well-executed white paper can help to set up new relationships, build trust and position organisations and people as critical thought leaders. If a white paper isn’t already a…