3 Takeaways From M&C Communications' Silver Anvil Award-Winning Crisis Communications

3 Takeaways From M&C Communications' Silver Anvil Award-Winning Crisis Communications

M&C Communications Wins National 2020 Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award

At M&C Communications, our experience handling breaking news as former journalists gives us the experience to stay calm and help solve some of the thorniest challenges on behalf of our clients. (We call this our Insider Media Relations™ training).

We use this experience to keep things calm when we get a call from a client who has found themselves in the throes of a crisis situation or is worried that an issue could turn into a reputation nightmare. We pride ourselves on our Brand Protection™ PR expertise. But mostly, we feel good about helping clients navigate the sometimes frustrating, sometimes scary, always brand-threatening curveballs that crop up when you least expect it.

Last week, we joined the top crisis communications firms in the country by winning the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award for Most Effective Campaign $5,000 Or Less for Government. While this award recognizes our work on behalf of a client facing an unusual situation, we’d like to share some takeaways that apply nearly every time you deal with a PR crisis.

What is the first step a company should take when responding to a crisis?

  • First: breathe. Take a deep breath and help your brain get out of fight-or-flight mode and into problem-solving mode.
  • Second: clearly define the crisis and estimate your best and worst outcome. This gives you a roadmap to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
  • Third: assemble your Brand Protection™ team, including, if possible, outside PR consultants. This doesn’t need to be a PR firm but could be other PR practitioners in your industry who can give you wise outside perspective on the issue you’re facing.

When no news is good news

Remember what feels like a crisis to you may actually just be a smaller PR issue. Accurately defining your situation will inform how you deal with the situation and keep you from overreacting. You don’t want your response to elevate interest in the issue. Remember that “What is crisis communications in a PR plan?” can be defined as little-to-no news coverage. What it does mean is finding appropriate messages to talk to your target audiences, keeping them up to date with new information, and always being prepared for coverage to explode, especially on social media.

Get started on a crisis communications plan to protect your brand

In the case of our award-winning crisis communications PR, we won a national award for a story you probably never saw or heard about. Our experience, planning, and training help us to quickly respond and deal with a PR crisis. Do you know what steps you should take in a crisis? It can make all the difference in protecting your brand and your business. Call us to get started on your own crisis communications plan and you'll be ready for anything.

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About M&C Communications

At M&C Communications, we don't do PR. Not in the traditional sense, anyway.

We do Brand Protection: helping companies and non-profits build active communities, deflect negative public relations, and build trust to stand head-and-shoulders above their competitors.

We do Insider Media Relations: using our experience as local and network journalists to help you navigate the shifting sands of traditional and social media so your message makes an impact.

We do Crisis Communications: using our unique Brand Protection Tool process to help create durable crisis communications plans and deftly handle life's curveballs.
At M&C Communications, we do results, not excuses. We do substance, not style. We do strategy, not PR.

So, what can we do for you?

M&C Communications
25587 Conifer Road, Suite 105-606
Conifer, Colorado 80433