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GOVERNMENT BANKRUPTCY

LP&A worked closely with the CEO and staff at a large municipal government, providing strategic changes to its post-bankruptcy restructuring plan and drafting a powerful speech for the CEO in support of the plan. Although early indications were that the decision-making body was split on the proposal, following the speech, it received unanimous approval.

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SENSATIONAL MEDIA

LP&A worked quickly with local media to correct sensational misreporting of a fatal stabbing that occurred at a major new shopping mall at the start of the pivotal holiday shopping season. We then worked with local police to convince the media how safe our client’s mall – and all of the area’s malls – are, making the cash registers ring.

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HOSTILE TAKEOVER

Shortly after a scandal rocked a large retail water district, a private water company petitioned LAFCO to approve a buyout of the district. LP&A’s strategy turned the scandal into a positive message for the need to maintain local control, and our direct mailers hitting on the higher costs charged by private water companies brought big crowds to the public hearing, leading to a LAFCO decision against the takeover.

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RUMOR CONTROL

When a dismissed restaurant employee spread the story that he was let go because he was wearing a “Livestrong” cancer-support bracelet, a media swarm ensued and local store sales plummeted. We quickly learned that the restaurant chain is a long-time supporter of various cancer-related causes, so our strategy called for the chain’s owner to meet personally with the former employee and his family and make a donation to the cancer charity they endorsed. The resulting favorable publicity quickly brought sales back.

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LANDSLIDE

The media had a great story when shifting hillside soils forced the evacuation of some apartment buildings during the holidays – with the complex’s management company as the whipping boy. When two more units started sliding, LP&A was called in. We focused the media on the science of shifting soils, and gave special care to the tenants, communicating safety issues and the relocation process, staffing an on-site info center, and even helping load boxes. The media loved it and the coverage turned completely around.

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NITRATE SCARE

A combination of unforeseen circumstances left a Southern California water district’s water supply with dangerously high nitrate levels. LP&A quickly met with the media, sent mailers, scripted an automated call to customers and organized bottled water stations – helping the district get through the crisis without lasting effect.

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WATER SHORTAGE

LP&A had only three days to spread the word when the pipeline delivering the majority of a major water district’s supply had to be shut off. Our outreach and aggressive media push resulted in a 60 percent reduction in water use among the district’s customers during the week-long summertime interruption.

Get me though a crisis situation.

An aggressive reporter. An attorney after a big reward. Even an honest error by a good employee. All can cause a crisis that can hurt the bottom-line and tarnish good will.

Your safety net is having LP&A’s fire-tested crisis managers in your corner. Here’s our approach:

  • Watch out.  Many crises can be avoided if you get and follow good advice.
  • Speak smart. Rely on the messages we prepare with you and the training we give you.
  • Cast a wide net.  Use the media but don’t be used by them. Go direct with outreach, social media and the Web.
  • Tell the truth. There is no viable or ethical alternative.
  • Play offense.  You score more points when you’re playing offense.
  • Look ahead.  What will you have to address tomorrow? What can you do to begin repairing damage to your reputation? We’re already at work on it.

LP&A values discretion, so we’ve kept names and clients confidential from these case histories.

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