Influencer Marketing and Crisis Management: Perfect Combination in a Storm – 7 Facts to Consider

By Bill Mew

What do Influencer Marketing and Crisis Management have in common? Not a lot.

Crisis Management is as old as the hills. It tends to be dominated by traditional corporate communications agencies or specialist crisis communications ones. Given its maturity, there is a well-refined approach (you can find guides and templates anywhere). The value comes from preparation, practice and keeping a cool head when the storm clouds arrive. Its main focus is containment.

Influencer Marketing is a new discipline that is still finding its feet – its rules are still being written. It tends to be dominated by digital marketing agencies that work to bring brands and influencers together in the sunshine of mutual promotion. Its main focus is amplification.

A new reality is dawning, however, and it is defining an environment in which both now intersect.

For the first time ever, one issue has become both the top brand risk and also the top potential brand attribute:

  • The top brand risk is now data security and privacy
  • The top brand attribute is now digital ethics and trust

I have written here before about Digital Ethics and how it is going to be the defining issue of 2019 (see my other posts). One of the aspects that is often overlooked is the impact of a new EU privacy regulation called GDPR that has had global impact (firms outside the EU that do business in the EU need to comply).

One aspect of GDPR is the fact that in the event of a data breach, prompt disclosure to the regulator and to all impacted customers is mandatory. This makes the main focus of crisis management, containment, an issue.

Consequently, in times of privacy-related crisis, we need a different kind of approach and a different kind of influencer ….

  • Fact 1) Most brands think that digital ethics, trust and privacy is an issue just for tech firms like Facebook. WRONG – any brands that process data could have a data breach. Just look at the headlines about Marriott Hotels right now.
  • Fact 2) Digital ethics is going to be THE defining issue of 2019. Don’t believe me? Read my earlier posts or watch this short two-minute video.
  • Fact 3) Most brands think that traditional crisis management tactics will contain things when a privacy-related crisis happens. However, the new GDPR regulations make prompt disclosure mandatory, and containment impossible. Recent examples, like the current Marriott incident, show that there will inevitably be a large amount of hysteria and misinformation. And your PR team or crisis management agency won’t be able to combat this, as your credibility will be at an all-time low and the usual containment tactics simply won’t work.
  • Fact 4) This is where “a different kind of approach and a different kind of influencer” comes in. You need to apply Influencer Marketing tactics to leverage the credibility of authoritative figures that have real authenticity in privacy and digital ethics in order to counter any hysteria and misinformation.
  • Fact 5) Social media platforms may be littered with wanna-be celebrity influencers that you can work …read more

    Read more here:: B2CMarketingInsider

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