Madison, Wis. – “How can credit unions communicate more effectively in the midst of a crisis?”
Many credit unions have disaster recovery plans identifying how the credit union will function operationally during the time of a crisis. With crises varying from power outages to PR blunders to major catastrophic events, how well does the disaster recovery plan address the credit union’s plan for communication?
The new white paper from the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council titled, Crisis Communications, stresses the importance of preparing for crises and how to engage with various audience groups when a crisis occurs.
Credit unions may experience a variety of events that can cause long-lasting emotional, financial, and reputational damage. Robberies, fraud, severe weather, and cyber-attacks are just a few of the threats that credit unions face, and understanding the potential risk and having an action plan to respond are critical. Credit unions should be proactive in preparing for situations that can damage not only their reputations, but also daily activities and communication channels with internal audiences (employees and staff members) and external audiences (members and the public at large).
This white paper reviews the basics of crisis communications, including defining a crisis, perceptions of a crisis, and message strategies implemented in a crisis situation. Several emerging crisis communication issues relevant to credit unions include:
- Online reputation management issues within social media
- Perception of crises: Differences between current vs. highly likely events
- Reputation threats and challenges
- Implications and evolution of mobile technologies
In addition, this white paper reports the results from a pilot survey for credit union professionals regarding the current challenges and opportunities they see for crisis communication practices. Credit union professionals contributed their main crisis situation concerns and their perspectives about future training and education opportunities in crisis communications.
CUNA Council members are entitled to complimentary copies of these and more than 200 white papers; non-members may purchase the white papers for a price of $50 per copy.
Press can contact Jenny Jackson at email@example.com for a copy of the whitepaper.
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CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council
The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council is a member-led organization comprised of 1,000 credit union professionals across the United States. The council strives to provide superior educational and networking opportunities to help its members be recognized in the credit union industry as the premier experts in credit union marketing, business development, and related disciplines. The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council is one of the six organizations that make up the CUNA Councils, a network of more than 4,700 credit union professionals. For more information, visit www.cunamarketingcouncil.org or www.cunacouncils.org.