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Johnson & Johnson Crisis Communication Presentation

A crisis communications presentation on Johnson & Johnson's ongoing talcum powder/cancer crisis.

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Johnson & Johnson Crisis Communication Presentation

  1. 1. Managing the Talcum Powder Accusations Julian Gross and Katherine Knight Corporate Communications - Dr. Shelva Clemons Final Communications Plan May 9, 2016
  2. 2. Putting the needs and well-being of the people we serve FIRST Johnson & Johnson credo
  3. 3. Background • World’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products • Operates in 3 segments: medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products • Operates over 265 companies in 60 countries and carries 100 brands • “Guided by its credo” • CSR is at the heart of the company for its commitment and responsibility to the people • October 2011, Forbes named J&J the “top brand” in the U.S. • However, the company has had a series of missteps with recalls and lawsuits all questioning the reputation of the brand
  4. 4. The Problem • J&J is under heavy scrutiny for its sale of talcum powder and its connection to ovarian cancer • Forced to pay of $72M and $55M from two lawsuits this year • Facing 1,200 more from women with ovarian cancer J&J spokeswoman, Carol Goodwich: “The verdict contradicted 30 years of research supporting the safety of cosmetic talc. The company intends to appeal and will keep defending its products’ safety.”
  5. 5. The Problem… Newsy: Feb. 24, 2016
  6. 6. The Product Baby Powder • Johnson’s baby powder was first developed in 1893 • As of 2015, nearly 19% of American households use Johnson’s baby powder and 6.73% use Shower to Shower • Contains talc to help absorb moisture and reduce friction TALC • Mineral that contains asbestos in its natural form • FDA does not allow talc-based products to contain asbestos • All talc used by J&J is asbestos free through their own testing and FDA testing
  7. 7. Competitive Analysis Most significant competition in new drug research Main Competitors: Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Proctor & Gamble, Eli Lilly, Colgate- Pamolive, Pfizer Organic competitors: Honest Company, Burt’s Bees, Crabtree & Evelyn
  8. 8. Situation Analysis POTENTIAL ISSUES: • Negative Media Coverage • Brand and reputation damage • Breach of Trust OPPORTUNITIES: • Show understanding of customers’ concerns • Reiterate safety benefits of products • Expand into new developments • Rebuild brand image
  9. 9. Goal: To maintain and regain customer trust that has been lost due to recent accusations and pending lawsuits Objectives: ● Increase transparency through interviews and media stories ● Realign J&J with its original credo of being responsible to the customer
  10. 10. Target Audiences Who do we need to address? Mothers Mothers with children in diapers that might use baby powder Women Ages 25 - 44 Investors Women ages 25 - 44 that use baby powder for hygienic purposes Johnson & Johnson investors worrying about falling stock prices Intervening Public: The Media The media to reach the target audiences
  11. 11. Communications Strategies and Tactics • Social Media • Traditional Media • Leadership Messaging • Internal Communications • Investor Relations • CSR Opportunities
  12. 12. “Our Safety Promise”
  13. 13. Social Media • Engage with all concerned customers on social media • Promote positive content showing J&J is taking the steps to ensure the safety of its customers • Use all of J&J’s outlets to push content and cross share content from third party sources • Use paid ads to target segmented audiences
  14. 14. Traditional Media Be transparent with the media • Host press conferences, town halls, and speak directly from C-level officials Partner with trusted media outlets • Participate in live interview with medical officials • Invite media and bloggers to a call when there is a new development or product roll out • Offer exclusive interviews to trusted media
  15. 15. Leadership Messaging • One voice, one message • Position the CEO to talk transparently about company operations • Media train all CEO/C-level officials • Partner with scientists and researchers
  16. 16. Internal Communications Regularly communicate with employees • Weekly memos to employees • Video communication from CEO • No communicating with the media or on social media without approval • Develop crisis handbook detailing rules and roles
  17. 17. Investor Relations Be transparent and positive with investors • Highlight future growth opportunities • Show how company will rebound • Highlight positive opportunities over negative attention • Send special newsletter following big verdicts or significant drop in stock prices
  18. 18. CSR Opportunities Partner with key women’s and children’s cancer-fighting organizations • Sponsor Susan G. Komen 3-Day and Relay for Life • Turn lights teal in September to honor ovarian cancer awareness months • Make cancer research donations with the sales of certain products
  19. 19. Timing & Budget TIMING: • Quick Response & Executive Action • One succinct message • Immediate response following a verdict • Continue measurement and tactics for the year following BUDGET: • Cost effective on all fronts • Largest expenditures on sponsorships • Varies depending on verdict
  20. 20. Measurement Media Analysis Social Media Management SEO Benchmarking
  21. 21. SWOT Analysis Strengths ● Well-known trusted family brand ● Highest amount of pediatric pharmaceutical sales ● Highly effective response for previous crises, such as the Tylenol recall ● Responsive social media ● Consistent stock prices ● Variety of income sources and brand diversity Weaknesses ● Little transparency from CEO regarding recent lawsuits or company matters ● Wide variety of products each with their own issues that also require attention ● Claims of company knowing about the harmful effects of its product and not being transparent about warnings or implementing health safety label ● Self-regulated company that performs its own scientific studies; may not be up to FDA standards Opportunities ● Better inform customers of scientific facts behind talc ● Rebuild trust among parents and women for safety of J&J products ● Build positive media coverage ● Partner with cancer research organizations to raise awareness and inform consumers Threats ● Recent lawsuits with unpredictable outcomes ● Potentially more lawsuits depending on the outcome ● Falling stock prices ● Lack of complete scientific evidence behind products containing talc ● Negative media coverage surrounding product and J&J brand ● SEO shows negative search results
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