Chip Wilson, founder of yoga apparel and accessories company, Lululemon found himself in an unfortunate situation after being ill prepared for a Bloomberg TV interview. In case you missed it, the company had to recall its yoga pants after it became quite obvious that its signature product was severely flawed.
What do you do when your CEO is under siege, the media smell blood and the story you’re trying to control takes on a life of its own?
Americans are a forgiving lot. But you already knew that. Nevertheless, making a public apology is an art form, and something that communicators need to be well-versed for those times when there is a screw up and the only solution is to say you’re sorry.
Royal Caribbean’s response following the Grandeur of the Seas fire—which included leveraging social media— kept media coverage balanced during the incident. For a week following the fire, there were more than 950 mainstream media pieces, 58.6 million impressions from Twitter and more than 3,375 Facebook posts—with 93% of the media coverage of the fire being either neutral or positive.
A consortium of several major food and chemical companies have spent more than $22 million to combat legislative action aimed at forcing companies to label genetically modified food (GMOs).
On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we can all agree that natural disasters of all sorts have slammed us before, and will slam us again in the future. That’s a fact of life, and one that communicators must be prepared to respond to, as a part of their overall crisis management planning.
The contrast between the two railway accidents offers an important juxtaposition in how to handle a crisis, and how not to.