Crisis Communication Planning with AI: Before, During, and After a Crisis
Enhancing the Planning Process with AI: A Potential Guide to Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
In this edition of the Wag The Dog newsletter (and podcast), I look at how AI can be integrated into the whole crisis process: before, during and after a crisis, with a focus on the crisis plan.
Each phase of a crisis has its own obstacles, and AI offers potential practical solutions for each. The applications described in this issue are inspired by the research and practical application of crisis prompting I presented in my book in February.
Of course, things have changed in the AI industry in the meantime, but the following scenarios (and some of the prompts) are still very relevant.
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Pre-crisis: Proactive monitoring and planning
Data analysis and sentiment analysis
Let's say you work in the automotive industry. AI can follow social media discussions about brake failures on all types of vehicles in real time. When the negative sentiment increases, it's time to investigate and possibly make a pre-emptive statement.
AI algorithms in your industry can analyse past data on product recalls, for example. If a similar pattern emerges with one of your goods, the AI will warn you so that you can take countermeasures before a problem occurs.
Virtual exercises and scenario modelling
Artificial intelligence (AI) can, for example, simulate a product recall scenario so that your employees can practise their tasks in a safe environment. These simulated exercises can reveal weaknesses in your strategy and give you important clues.
Rapid response and resource allocation during a crisis situation
Automated initial response and FAQ
An AI chatbot can send initial alerts to customers and answer simple questions within minutes of a data breach, allowing your staff to focus on controlling the problem and communicating proactively.
Allocation of resources
Artificial intelligence (AI) can estimate the volume of customer service calls during a crisis and allocate staff resources accordingly to ensure that you are not understaffed at important times.
Multichannel communication and personalisation
For example, AI can divide your stakeholders into groups such as customers, investors and regulators and then tailor communications to each group. It can help you assess which communication channels are most effective for each group, such as email, social media or press releases.
Learning and improving after the crisis
Performance metrics and feedback loop
AI can analyse key performance indicators (KPI) such as response time, stakeholder engagement, and message effectiveness to conduct a thorough performance review.
Audit for ethical and legal compliance
After sending crisis communications, AI can evaluate the messages to ensure that they comply with legal requirements and ethical standards.
Analysis of skills gaps
AI can evaluate how effectively your team performed during virtual exercises and during the actual crisis, highlighting areas for development and recommending tailored training programmes.
AI is more than just a tool in crisis communication; it is a strategic partner. When you involve AI at every point of the crisis timeline, you are not only reacting to events but also staying one step ahead of them.
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