Recently, a few blog authors have written posts about Monsanto employees visiting their site. Some have even affectionately nicknamed the Monsanto visitor, “Mr. Monsanto”. If they knew the full circumstances of the visit however, they probably wouldn’t be as keyed up.
At Monsanto, we have incredibly smart and hardworking individuals that focus on researching what is being said about Monsanto. Being one of those people, I work every day to see what news is being released, and what social media sites such as blogs and YouTube are saying about the company.
We learn a lot about the online conversation by going to search engines such as Google News and Google Blog Search. Doing so provides us a link to any blogs mentioning Monsanto and we click through to read the information. No blog is too big or small, we read all of them.
What kind of successful company could operate completely oblivious to what the public is saying about them? We would be foolish not to see what positive and negative things were being said about the company or our products. We take pride in the work we do every day and want to know what others think about us. In fact, it may not even be me that checked the blog. There are over 20,000 employees worldwide that have as much pride as I do in the company they work for and could be checking up on what is being written as well.
Which leads me to ask, why all the fuss over Monsanto being curious about what you have to say? If you have issues with us, the company should be aware. I would venture to guess the majority of these bloggers have looked at Monsanto’s Website, and if you haven’t, at least check out this section to answer any questions you may have about what you may read in blogs. We are simply doing our job. However, I do look forward to seeing my nickname in blog postings.
So please remember, we are not specifically seeking out your blog, we are simply searching for what is being said about our company, which is just good corporate responsibility. I would think most bloggers would be excited to see that Monsanto is interested in what they have to say, not accusing us of being “big brother”.
Oh, and one more thing, that is MS. Monsanto to you.