What all brands should learn from TSB’s self-inflicted reputational damage

The tragedy of TSB’s botched IT upgrade is that the bank has made things far worse for itself by handling the situation so badly.  The Daily Mail headline “Totally Shambolic Bank” summed up the situation for tens of thousands of customers who, two weeks on, continue to complain that they can’t access their bank accounts.  Ironically, TSB’s communication has been

Are you a spokesperson-bot?

When Theresa May was christened “the Maybot” by a Guardian columnist in 2016, the name stuck.  By speaking in anti-soundbites like “Brexit means Brexit” and “I’m focusing on delivering article 50” the Prime Minister failed to convey any meaning, allowing (forcing?) others to come up with their own interpretation. An absence of clear messaging usually backfires.   Spokespeople who spout incomprehensible

Facebook’s crisis handling – epic fail

Facebook’s response to the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal is proving remarkably inept. The dynamite revelation by a whistleblower, that the data of 50 million users was mined without their consent and used by a political consultancy, threatens the very future of the social network.  Yet it has taken five days for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to issue a statement.