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How to Improve Your Company’s Image After a PR Disaster

How to Improve Your Company’s Image After a PR Disaster

After a public relations nightmare, it might feel as if someone dug a large, dirty hole, and tossed your company’s carefully-built reputation into its depths. It could be a horrific review that everyone can see, or a scandal that hits the news. Fortunately, there are ways to bring your company up out of the hole and brush the dirt from it.

Responding to a Bad Situation

You’ll need to decide who will be the face of the company. This person will be the one to respond to bad publicity events, scandals or terrible reviews when they happen. If reporters are involved, you don’t want them to hear conflicting stories from people in the company. There should be one person responding to inquiries or dealing with the public.

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The company cannot ignore a bad situation, or it could escalate. A formal statement admitting the problem, along with the steps you’re taking to fix it, is often the best way to respond to a scandal or bad publicity that has hit the media. If it’s in the form of reviews, you should respond to the complaint directly and take steps to remedy the situation.

A Positive Campaign

Once you’ve acknowledged the problem, the best thing for your company is to drown out the negatives with positives. Nothing is ever gone after it has been published on the Internet, but you can control what shows in the first few pages of search engines. You can start by becoming involved in charity work or a community event. That will create some positive buzz around your company, which will start pushing bad publicity down in the search results.

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Bad reviews don’t have to be the end of the world. You can take this opportunity to fix something that is wrong with your business. A scandal or bad publicity might not seem positive, but you can turn the situation around with some focused attention on your SEO and public relations.

Using white-label marketing software will help your company project the right image to the internet, correcting any misinformation that’s been spread through negative PR. An experienced SEO company can help you focus on increasing your positive visibility online.

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Listen to Feedback

You should respond to negative buzz as much as possible because you can’t hide your company’s face in the ground hoping it will go away on its own. Along with responding to negative feedback from unhappy customers, you should be considering changes within your organization based on that feedback.

While it might seem appeasing to tell a customer you’re looking at the problem internally to find solutions, be prepared to come back with those solutions. If people are upset with your customer service, find ways to create positive experiences. Implement strategies that allow customers to talk directly to your company. Send them follow-up emails after they’ve used your service. Learn from both the positive and negative experiences customers have with your business.

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Social Media and Positive Reviews

Creating profiles on many of the social media platforms where your audience congregates is a good way of providing a positive experience that will reflect on the company. You can use these profiles to build a bigger audience to drown out the recent negatives about your company.

When you have happy customers who are thrilled with your product or service, encourage them to leave positive reviews in online review spaces, like Yelp for one example. If you see people talking positively about your company on social media, contact them directly and ask that they head to a review space and leave their positive opinion there.

A PR nightmare doesn’t have to be the end for your company. You can come back from a bad review or scandal if you respond properly to the situation and work towards improving your reputation.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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