7-Eleven ambushed in slow-motion by aggrieved stakeholders

 

7-Eleven logo

With ABC Four Corners, Arbitrator Michael Fraser, a class action lawyer, FairWork Australia, Alan Fels (ex-ACCC), a cohort of highly sympathetic and apparently disadvantaged ex-staffers (plus a changeorg petition) lining up to ruin their reputation (a process of over 18months it seems) , my only query from a PR disaster and reputation “good call/bad call” viewpoint is; “Why did it take them so long to intercept and try to clean up the issue, far less issue any PR messaging on the topic?”

It’s like giving Man Utd 3 goals of a start and hoping to score 4 in the second half.

Yet while hubris is no asset to PR, will it really cause a significant change in the purchase habits of convenience shoppers in a country that’s somewhat insensitive to race disadvantage? Stay tuned…

 

 

Retailer and manufacturer 'creamed' over fascist coffee condiment

Hitler creamerI haven’t posted on PR Disasters for a while; the usual cavalcade of drunken debauchery, emotional immaturity, ill-judged utterances, policy backflips and PR nightmares leave me with a grey ennui. BUT THEN…a story pops up that’s kinda one out of the box. It appears that a Swiss retailer is doing a PR retreat after stocking coffee creamers featuring the faces of famous facists – the rest is, as they say, history…

Ministerial advice, lobbying and industry ethics sullied in food ratings fiasco

Health Food Rating Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When almost two years of planning goes into a joint food health initiative and the corresponding public information website gets ORDERED off air ON THE SAME DAY IT GOES LIVE one might expect evidence of stakeholder dissonance.

I caught up with a gripping analysis of the Fiona Nash, AFGC and Alastair Furnival furore courtesy of the Background Briefing team of Anna Whitfield and Ann Arnold at ABC – great case analysis. HT SMH for screengrab.

PR Disasters 2013 – nominations and data flowing in

Reviewing the candidates and numbers for 2013’s Annual PR Disasters Awards is proving challenging; the feeling is that sport may very much dominate the field rather than previous years which saw government and corporate PR disasters abound. Just to whet your appetite, prospective candidates (in no particular order yet) for the Awards include:
Political expense abuse claims
Tom Waterhouse/Gai Waterhouse/John Singleton snafu
Essendon Bombers* performance drug scandal
MP Geoff Shaw court and stakeholder skirmishes
Collingwood boss Eddie Maguire’s King Kong gaffe
Myer’s Bernie Brookes NDIS pronouncements
VW car recall
Australian government phone spy scandal with SBY
Mark Textor tweet
Cronulla Sharks doping allegations
Young political candidate media gaffes

What stands out for you as the Aussie PR blunder of the last year?

Breakdown of a clumsy media interview

Successful media interviews are as much about context as they are about content, agreed?
Sydney-based media trainer Geoffrey Stackhouse asked me for my take on a clumsy media interview (from some years back), asking for my analysis of what went wrong. Here’s my armchair punditry on this one:
Analysing the recently posted media interview/PR disaster, my observation is that it went wrong because of El Presidente’s emotional intelligence deficits. In short, his inability to listen effectively (perhaps through nerves or rote-based media training) simply derailed the interview. Continue reading

Donut brand slam-dunked by racism claims

Part 1: How to sell a creative idea; pitch that it will star the daughter of the local CEO, reflect a MadMen-style chic, and tread the line in terms of controversy marketing.
Part 2: How to recover after it has gone to print; watch as the global company issues profuse apologies as snipers shoot down the execution and tonality.
Part 3; wait til the furore dies down and check with satisfaction as you show stats proving that awareness and media coverage for the concept dwarfs the original Ad spend available.

Swimming CEO Nettlefold walks after "ass-inine" comments

With quips, quotes and quick posts frequently becoming the source of modern PR disasters – the latest seemingly involving Swimming Australia’s now departed CEO allegedly asking to be referred to as “donkey” and making jokes about sex toys and condoms – I’m struck by the low levels of emotional and social maturity displayed. While businessmen, celebs and politicians must have hectic lives, not many of them make time (or have the inclination) to work on their self-development. If 45+ yr-old men make ill-advised comments about race, gender, sex etc, I’d venture that their EI (emotional intelligence) quotient may not have not evolved much since possibly school or Uni days. Sure, corporates can invest in media and presentation skills training, yet if not backed by an investment in emotional, social and gender awareness then the professional lives of their Execs can be easily undone – and brand reputation tarnished – by under-developed attitudes and juvenile outbursts.