Because what I do professionally is employer brand marketing, it’s second nature for me to observe and appreciate overall brand experience. This is true whether I’m buying something online or working to market my company’s employer brand. Successful brands — from behemoths like Amazon to small business retailers — follow basic principles of brand reputation: integrity, transparency, and empathy. In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible for a brand to be successful if it isn’t aware of (or acknowledges) what is being said about it as well as how the brand contributes to the conversation.
In just a couple of weeks, I will be flying British Airways as I travel to speak at Interaction 2013, an intranet conference in London that I’m really looking forward to and would ideally like to attend while fully dressed — I’m sure the attendees would appreciate it too. So, the recent firestorm regarding British Airways and the lost baggage incident on Twitter certainly peaked my interest. Painful as it for British Airways right now, it’s a great case study of many things: customer service, crisis communications, reputation management and social media presence.