Johnson & Johnson is suing the Red Cross and other parties over the use of the Red Cross. Talk about one heck of a juicy story. The reality is that J&J is suing the Red Cross because it is licensing the use of the Red Cross symbol to for-profit organizations, while J&J holds trademarks to the Red Cross symbol since before the Red Cross actually existed.
So what is a VP of corporate communications at J&J to do in response to such a corporate public affair’s nightmare? Send out press releases, hold press conferences, use all the traditional tools available to corporate communicators in crisis management mode? Not so for the J&J corporate com VP, Ray Jordan, who took his story to the J&J corporate blog, where he wrote up J&J’s point of view in an everyday and personal voice.
The result? A large number of comments and stories generally providing broad support for J&J’s point of view. While there are negative comments, the blog achieved what no other crisis communication’s vehicle would have delivered.
(via Johnnie Moore)