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The Indestructible Brand
Crisis Management in the Age of Social Media



July 2017 | 172 pages | SAGE Response

Whether or not your brand is on social media, your consumers are. They are continuously sharing their good and bad experiences about your brand. Most brands are not prepared to deal with negative feedback which, if ignored, can spiral into a crisis. This book seeks to aid brand and business owners to structure organizations to be crisis- ready. Creating a crisis squad and a crisis playbook, envisioning various scenarios that can occur, and what the brand’s response should be are some of the areas the book delves into. It also recommends preventive measures that can save brands from social embarrassment, and social listening strategies that can alert organizations to a problem before it becomes a crisis. When everything else fails and a crisis is at hand, the focus shifts to executing the playbook, turning the conversation around leveraging evangelists and influencers. Once the crisis has ended, it’s time to audit the playbook and close the gaps, as well as evaluate financial or reputational damage done to the brand, and see how quickly one can recover.

 
Foreword by Sanjay Behl
 
Preface
 
The Age of Crisis
 
Creating a Crisis-ready Organization
 
Building a Crisis Playbook
 
Securing Your Digital Assets
 
Social Media Monitoring
 
Storycrafting
 
Execution
 
After the Storm

“An old adage of public relations tells us that there are two rules of crisis communications: (1) communicate early; (2) communicate often. Venke Sharma and Hushidar Kharas’s book The Indestructible Brand shares keen insights and engaging case studies on the transformation of crisis communications in the ‘age of social’, and how social media monitoring and engagement can help you prevent, mitigate, and manage your brand in today’s complicated marketplace.”

Adam Brown,
Executive Strategist, Salesforce.com, US

“Don’t be fooled by the title of this book; there is no such thing as an indestructible brand. Years, even decades, of great service to your constituencies may be undone by just one thoughtless tweet or a mere hour’s delay in responding to an untoward event involving your brand. Every brand is now on notice, since mass communication tools are freely available to its dissatisfied consumers, disgruntled employees, and the inevitable ambulance chasers. As a caring brand custodian, what you can do to pad up for this new world is craft an elaborate policy framework for social listening and response, equip the brand with the right team, train them well, and pray. Or you could buy many copies of this truly helpful book, and just follow the instructions. The authors have made crisis management feel as easy as putting together an Ikea stool. This book is really a practical, no-nonsense playbook for crisis management that no brand should go without. Seriously, get the book, and act on it.”

Karthi Marshan,
Senior Executive Vice President and Head–Marketing Kotak Mahindra Group, India

“In life, and in business, reputation is everything. That said, reputation is very fragile and it only takes one mistake to cause irreparable damage to your company’s image. Venke is a true digital leader with over 17 years’ experience in marketing and creating digital experiences for companies. He is an expert in leading a business into the always-on digital media and nurturing brand experiences through the use of strategic social media conversations. This book is a practical and useful resource for executives looking to develop company and brand transparency and deliver high customer involvement. Ignoring strong public digital voices isn’t an option anymore. Companies have to not only communicate effectively in the social media age but truly listen to the social chatter and respond in the way that align with both brand and customer expectations. The book looks at best practices for integrating social media into your crisis communications strategy, and focuses on how to leverage social media tools and develop companywide processes to manage and mitigate harmful events that could have long-term consequences for the health of companies and their brands.” 

Adam Good
Chief Digital Officer, Asia Pacific Dentsu Inc., Singapore

“This book is essential reading for any brand that has customers with access to the internet, that is, any brand on the planet. Being a ‘brand in the time of social’ is tough, and often you’re just one customer tweet away from a crisis. From your product to your brand ambassadors to rogue social media accounts, a lot can go wrong and has—as the many brands mentioned in this book will agree. Brands, big and small, need to be prepared and do a lot of scenario planning with a crisis playbook in place and be ready to execute. This book is a doer’s handbook loaded with sobering examples and practical how-to’s on building your brand’s unique crisis playbook and executing to it so you’re prepared for the worst—a key step toward building an indestructible brand in the time of social.”

Lakshmanan (Lux) Narayan
Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Unmetric, USA

“We live in a connected era where people are more informed, less loyal, and more demanding. We also live in the age of fake news and low-level divas often screaming for attention. Whilst the best offence is a good defense, prevention is often impossible. With The Indestructible Brand: Crisis Management in the Age of Social Media, Venke and Hushi offer practical advice on how companies should expect, react, and manage a social crisis. Do this today to safeguard your hard-earned shares, profits, and reputation.”

Suresh Ramaswamy
Digital Lead and Regional Director, South East Asia Grey Group, Singapore

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Venke Sharma

Venke Sharma is a digital marketing practitioner, recognized by SAP as India's Most Influential Digitalist Thought Leader in the domain of marketing (2015). He had begun advocating digital brand strategy at a time when most brands didn't even have websites, and he built Tribal DDB India, one of India's first digital agencies. He subsequently built Leo Burnett's integrated marketing services agency Arc Worldwide (India); under his leadership, the agency won Cannes Lions for campaigns on Luxor (first Cyber Lion from India) and Tide. During his stint in Jakarta as Leo Burnett's Head of Digital, he set up the social media practice for Samsung... More About Author

Hushidar Kharas

Hushidar Kharas is a passionate marketeer and technophile. He has built campaigns for large customer brands over the last 10 years. After a stint at the Future Group, working on the personal care brand Wild Stone, he moved to Yum Restaurants India where he built the digital and customer engagement practice for KFC India from scratch. His work on the launch of KFC WOW resulted in a Webby, an international award. He was also responsible for setting up online ordering for KFC. He went on to lead digital marketing for Star Sports, building a wildly engaged (and often demanding) base of fans and helping create new properties such as the... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386446794