Global PR Summit New York: Focus on Reputation and Data Leaks

June 11, 2017

150 PR and communications professionals from the US and abroad attended the inaugural edition of the Global PR Summit New York that took place last Thursday and Friday at Conde Nast in the World Trade Center.

The event kicked off with a keynote presentation by Lauren Day from Prudential Financial Inc who focused on the strategic importance of communications. “Our job is not to just cover the news, we try to predict the news”, she said in her speech.

“Your reputation is what people say about you when you're not in the room”, said Mary Jo Jacobi, Former Presidential Advisor and Former VP Communications at BP America.  She also emphasized on the importance of good reputation management and advised PR pros that “electronic messages are forever. Think before you write”. Mary Jo also pointed out that “empathy and sorrow are the two most important things you need to have in a crisis.”

Data leaks and hacking were also covered heavily at the Summit. Piers Schreiber, Managing Director at Estragon in the UK emphasized that “choosing a spokesperson who understands technical issues is key when handling a hacking crisis”.  He also shared that loss of customer data can result with 21% decline in brand value and it can take up to 12 months to recover.

At the Summit, Donald Steel, one of the world’s leading crisis communications experts focused on the importance of good crisis preparation. “Crisis is never a promotional opportunity. It's about the victims not the brand.”

Colleen Harris, Former Press Secretary to Princes Charles, William and Harry emphasized on the importance of good content. “The public demands more meaningful content, transparency and visionary communications”, she pointed.

The Global PR Summit NY was organized by P World, an international creative agency operating in 30 international markets. 

The next North American edition of the event will take place from 20-21 November in Toronto, Canada.