Theres a large group of people holding angry placards in front of your headquarters. An accusatory tweet has garnered sympathetic shares. Protests seem easier and more frequent these days, so what should companies do about them?
Nothing. Well, at least not initially.
The rules for communicating during such crises have changed since they were first written back in the days of 3 broadcast TV networks, 24-hour print news cycles, and a consumer audience who, generally, bought into the same facts and believed the media people who delivered them.
Here are three things you should know for when the next protest finds your business:
First, dont become part of the media event. It might seem counter intuitive, but protests are less about a targeted offender and issue, and more about the protest itself. Theyre pseudo-events, as Daniel Boorstin named them in 1961, created solely to be covered by media (versus real events occurring in business or life that might subsequently get media attention).
Its no surprise that a self-reflective tool like Twitter is the most common place to start or build such an event; while nominally about an it or them, the message is really about me.
So why would you add to it, or extend its lifetime?
Read the entire essay at Linkedin