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Uber vs. Lyft and the Impact of Politics on Business

Volume XVIII, Number 1

January 31, 2017

Just a Thought
"Reputations will continue to be made by many acts and be lost by one."

- Unknown

From the Editor
Whatever side you may be on, it's been impossible to ignore the impact politics have had on business over the past several months. There is no better example than the backlash Uber has faced repeatedly as a result of its direct connection to President Trump via its CEO's position on Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum.

The latest, and most volatile, reaction came swiftly after the ride-sharing app announced it would be turning off surge pricing during a one-hour taxi work protest against Trump's policy banning certain immigrants at JFK airport last Saturday. People immediately started tweeting using the hashtag #DeleteUber, with many encouraging ride seekers to use Lyft instead.

In response, Lyft sent a statement standing against the ban Sunday which also shared the company's plans to donate $1m to the American Civil Liberties Union. Then, in response to that, Uber announced the creation of a $3m defense fund to help drivers who may be impacted by the travel ban!

What's really interesting from a "breaking down the crisis" point of view is that a good number of other large companies have connected themselves to the Trump administration via their CEO, just as Uber has. Just a few examples - Tesla CEO Elon Musk holds an advisory position, as do PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Why Uber's been impacted to a greater degree than the others is a question they should all be asking.

If there's one thing this presidential race should have made abundantly clear it's that - whether you support or oppose what's happening - politics can and will create crises for organizations both publicly and privately held. Are you prepared for the possibility that your org is next?

- EB

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Here, we share a look at some of the most popular posts from recent weeks:

Ducking responsibility is not an option. Crisis Management Quotables...on Accountability explains why, like it or not, you need to take responsibility.

With ratings on sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Google creating issues every day, we thought we'd kick off the year with 3 Online Review Tips for 2017.

A tasteless tweet from a tasty treat. We shared some Learning from Cinnabon's Carrie Fisher Tweet in this post about the pitfalls of social media.

Practice makes perfect folks! Not convinced? Try 3 Reasons You Need to Practice for Crisis Management in 2017.

We support busting businesses who truly do something awful, but when we heard about this case we said, Chipotle slapped with a $2.2b lawsuit...for what?!

It pays to test every aspect of a product before selling it to the public. If you're not sure why, we have a great example for you - The Case of the Swastika'd Soles.

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About Us

Jonathan Bernstein is both publisher of Crisis Manager and president of Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., a national crisis management public relations agency providing 24/7 access to crisis response professionals. The agency engages in the full spectrum of crisis management services: crisis prevention, response, planning & training. He has been in the public relations field since 1982, following five-year stints in both military intelligence and investigative reporting.

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Erik Bernstein is vice president of Bernstein Crisis Management, and editor of this newsletter. Working in crisis management since 2009, Erik has watched the internet and social media change the field. Today, he brings that experience to bear assisting clients to protect and grow their reputations using tactics based on real-world knowledge and experience.

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