Inevitably it will happen. Someone will say something negative about your brand or service on social media or your company may become enthralled in some negative PR at which point you’re not so sure all PR is good PR.
This week, as we wind down our Business Expansion Series, Phyllis Bailey of 3B Resources Group and marketing and social media consultant and keynote speaker Crystal Washington share how small businesses can overcome negative PR.
Even if your name has been through the proverbial mud, there is a way to handle gracefully if you have a plan, a signed social media policy and admit when you are wrong.
Phyllis and Crystal share experiences any small business owner can learn from.
Enjoy the show everyone!
Mentioned on the show:
- Kickstarter: We were wrong
- Hasan Syed and British Airways
- Amy’s Baking Company: Social Media Meltdown
- Red Cross Tweets About Getting Slizzard
About Phyllis Bailey: Phyllis is owner and president of 3B Resources Group Public Relations, LLC, a Houston-based firm specializing in public relations, media relations, and special events.
Prior to opening her own firm, Bailey served as an Associate for the firm of Winner/Wagner & Associates, a national public affairs and crisis communications firm with offices in Houston, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. She was responsible for servicing client accounts, office management and overseeing special event projects.
During her tenure as Executive Assistant to the General Manager of the Four Seasons Houston Hotel, Bailey formed relationships with some of the country’s most high profile and influential leaders, well-known entertainers and government officials. She developed and executed culturally diverse programs for employees and guests. In addition, she coordinated and assisted with media FAM trips; collaborated on major media announcements; cultivated extensive media contacts on a local, state and national level; planned and executed hotel-sponsored events, and was the community liaison for many special projects.
Bailey is involved in many community activities and in 2009 was named one of Houston’s Top 25 Women by Rolling Out Magazine. She was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Leadership and Support for the Diversity Summit by the Association of Chinese American Professionals. Her company produced the event A Taste of Soul as well as published A Taste of Soul – A Guide to African-American Eateries and Caterers in the Greater Houston Area for the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her memberships have included the: Downtown Houston Alliance, Houston Area Urban League, the National Association of Black Journalists, Houston Association of Black Journalists, NAACP, Women in Film and Television, Women Professionals in Government, Alliance for Women in Media, National Black Public Relations Society and Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance. She is the former Associate Publisher of Who’s Who in Black Houston from 2006-2010. Bailey was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau Board and the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA).
About Crystal Washington: Hired by companies including Google, Microsoft and GE, companies in the USA, Africa and Europe book Crystal Washington when they want their teams to take action online!
Crystal is known for her ability to take complex Web and social media topics and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people and small business owners. As the owner of CWM Enterprises and cofounder of Socialtunities, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y’s to Baby Boomers in strategically using social media, Crystal educates consumers on the practical applications of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Crystal hosts a weekly technology segment on Houston’s Fox television affiliate and has appeared in Black Enterprise Magazine, Essence and CareerBuilder.com. She has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and numerous radio stations and magazines around the globe as a social media expert.
Crystal is the author of the new book, The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business.
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Intro music by my nephew: Justin Daniels Sanchez.
Cover art by PrettyWork.
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Next show dates: February 21 and March 7.