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Does your organization have a defined social media policy? The mechanics behind creating a social media policy are an area where The Brainzooming Group, in collaboration with Nate Riggs, President and Lead Strategist of Social Business Strategies, has developed strategic thinking exercises to identify key social media-related issues. These are essentially the do’s and don’ts to be considered in defining a social media policy.

We’re always refining our strategic thinking exercises to make them more situation than category-based. As a result, they’re moving toward the form of, “What should happen when something else happens?”

Based on our experiences, some of the situations your social media policy ought to consider include:

  • What should take place when a customer complains?
  • What do you want to happen when someone takes exception to your point of view?
  • What are the differences when one of your social media team members is using social media professionally vs. personally? What about when it’s an employee not on the social media team?
  • When is it okay to share and not share content about work that you do for customers?
  • Are there times when norms on social media transparency contrast with your organization’s culture?

That’s a sampling of the situations we’re addressing with clients to create social media guidelines.

For us, the watchword for developing a social media policy is simplicity. In that vein, I wrote a guest post for Nate Rigg’s blog on the world’s simplest social media policy. If you don’t have some type of social media guidelines in place right now, this will be a helpful starting point, especially related to social media content sharing.

What situations would you add to shape the most effective social media guidelines?Mike Brown

The Brainzooming Group helps make smart organizations more successful by rapidly expanding their strategic options and creating innovative plans they can efficiently implement. Email us at brainzooming@gmail.com or call 816-509-5320 to learn how we’ve developed  integrated social media strategy for other brands and can do the same for yours.


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4 Responses to “Social Media Policy – Whats and Whens Behind Your Guidelines”

  1. Mike Brown says:

    I published an article on creating a personal social media policy over at the TalentCulture blog. It relates a personal story of misjudging how others participate in social media, and the subsequent questions I’m asking to formalize a personal guideline for social media activity.

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