A Practical Guide to Writing an Effective Social Media Policy

For many organizations, social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can help spread goodwill about an organization in an organic and genuine way.

However, the same characteristics that enable social media to benefit a company make it capable of destroying reputations if used incorrectly. To help encourage positive use of social media, while carefully mitigating any potential for risk, companies are finding it increasingly necessary to outline clear social media policies.

In much the same way that a mission statement provides overall direction for a company’s strategic decisions, and a style guide directs the way that your brand is presented visually to the public; a social media policy establishes a set of guidelines that govern how various company stakeholders represent your brand on various social networks.

Here are some practical considerations to have in mind when writing a social media policy for your organization.

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