Mistakes Companies Make in Crisis Communications: Seven Deadly Sins in the Digital Age

By Patricia Harden, APR, President & CEO, Harden Partners Business crises have dominated the headlines this year for some of the largest businesses in America. From the drip-drip of ongoing coverage of Wells Fargo’s travails to United’s shocking treatment of a passenger and the missteps of Uber’s CEO, we’ve seen major companies struggle to deal effectively with crisis communications. Most observers agree that despite their massive resources, these organizations have failed to manage crisis communications

Harden’s 10 Rules for Strong Client Relationships

By Cindi Goodsell, Director   At Harden, we have 10 rules to create strong client relationships, which is probably why our client engagements tend to last for many years. Results matter, but they are not the entire story by any means.  As business partners, we go above and beyond to deliver excellent results and take our relationships equally seriously.  Here are some of our agency’s rules for building relationships with our clients—approaches that have helped

Getting Press Attention—Can’t Deny Media Loves to Cover Lies

Good PR Counsel Should Steer You Toward Truth Telling and Accuracy By Cindi Goodsell, Director During the spring of 2017, nearly every major news service reported on the false information shared in President Trump’s Tweet accusing former President Obama of “wiretapping” Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. One thing is certain, Trump’s presidency has ushered in an era where alternative facts—likely even more than real facts—are great fodder for reporters and they garner a

It’s the Culture, Stupid: The Sorry Cases of Wells Fargo and United Airlines

Systemic Failures of Culture that Override Reason, Common Sense and Decency By: Pat Harden, President of Harden Communication Partners As we watch the video of a United passenger bloodied and being dragged off the plane, we are horrified.  Reading the Wells Fargo Board’s scathing report about the Bank’s massive fraud, I am horrified all over again by the scale and pervasiveness of the misbehavior.  In both cases, we see a culture where employees are driven

The Golden Age of Communications

The Golden Age of Communications By Pat Harden We’ve had the Golden Age of television, of movies, of trade, of exploration. But what about communications? I would argue that now is the Golden Age of Communications -- change is happening daily and we are able to reach and influence more people than at any point in our history. Never before have we had so many outlets and options for communication. The advent of personalized technology