Challenge: United Airlines and Continental Airlines planned to merge to create the world’s leading airline. The companies needed a strategy followed by tactical execution to announce the merger and gain support from internal and external audiences.
Approach: APCO executed critical elements of a comprehensive merger strategy for United that focused on educating key audiences about the benefits of the merger from its announcement through completion. Tactics included digital advertising announcing the merger; preparing key executives for congressional hearings; online communications and social media; and ally development and coalition building.
Results: APCO helped United effectively communicate with all of its key audiences about the benefits and impact of the merger and successfully generated broad-based support for the successful transaction.
Results At A Glance:
- Broad-based support for the merger among employees and key stakeholders
- Department of Justice approved the merger
- Coverage in every major newspaper and broadcast news outlet in the United States
- Dedicated morning segment on CNBC featuring both CEOs