Fight Viral with Viral: A Case Study of Domino’s Pizza’s Crisis Communication Strategies


  • Cory L. Young Ithaca College
  • Arhlene Flowers Ithaca College


Domino's Pizza, crisis communication, social media, YouTube, Twitter, case study, public relations


Domino’s Pizza was embroiled in a viral crisis situation when two rogue employees posted videos of adulterated food on YouTube in April 2009. Tim McIntyre, Vice President of Communications, was part of the internal team that delivered the company’s crisis communication plan through Twitter and YouTube. What makes this story so compelling is the social media aspect of both the crisis itself and the strategy for managing the crisis. Using a case study approach, this paper assesses Domino’s decision to integrate the same medium that sparked the crisis into the strategies to manage the situation, and it questions the efficacy of best practices and principles of crisis management in the age of social media.