Laurel Kennedy
Laurel Kennedy

Blink OnDemand Crisis PR™ is working on what it says is the world’s first crisis PR planning software. The cloud-based software leads users through the crisis planning process, including team organization, risk assessment, media response, incident simulation and recovery planning. Company president Laurel Kennedy, who developed the software in partnership with Paula Hahn, says the software will be the “first in a portfolio of related products aimed at providing companies with the tool kit, process and templates to develop and implement professional public relations programming at a fraction of current prices.” The beta version of the platform is scheduled to be out this quarter, with a full release coming in the first-quarter of 2018.

WorldWise PR

WorldWise PR Affiliates, a network of international and independently owned public relations firms, has established a fund intended to help the victims of the recent Mexico earthquake, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. The relief efforts support the network’s Mexico-based affiliate, Avalos & Associados. The fund was organized by the network’s corporate social responsibility arm, One World. “The need is tremendous and incidents like this remind us that we are all one global community and we were pleased to be able to do our part,” said WorldWise PR Affiliates co-founder Sissy DeMaria. 

Don Yount
Don Yount

Critical Mention is expanding its reach to include international content. The platform now connects to more than 700,000 news, blog and social sources from over 273 countries in 91 languages. The added content triples the amount of online news Critical Mention makes available to users. “We see global content as a ‘must-have’ for our clients,” said Don Yount, Critical Mention CEO. The company says that it now aggregates, on average, more than 71 million articles per month from more than 1.2 million online sources.