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The North West region of a major public transport provider was hit with unprecedented and potentially damaging strike action

Smoking Gun were briefed to manage crisis comms and to:

  • Help the business’ voice to be heard amongst the noise made by the Unions
  • Lessen negative sentiment during an extremely challenging time
  • Report on media coverage every day to the senior people within the business to make sure they could keep ahead of developments as they happened



of crisis comms content contained comment from the transport provider helping negate negative sentiment – less content (55%) contained quotes from third parties such as the Unions

Media coverage

The sentiment of the transport provider vs. the Unions in media coverage was comparable (transport provider 2% positive / 85% neutral / 13% negative and the Unions 4% positive / 88% neutral / 8% negative

36 million

The combined audience of articles containing comment from the transport provider’s spokespeople was over 36 million.  Taking into account sources which produced multiple pieces of content over the time period, it is estimated nearly 9.4 million people reached an average of 3.8 times.

Strong level of support

Reader comments on online content showed there was a stronger level of supportive sentiment towards the transport provider

11.5 million people

It is estimated that over 11.5 million people were reached with the coverage, an average of  6.7 times during the strike period.  The combined readership of all of the articles was over 77.5 million.

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