Social Media Etiquette for Kin

Posted By on March 2, 2016

Here are some simple guidelines to keep you and your club in the right on Social Media

  • Be completely transparent about who you are and your professional role.
  • Never pretend to be someone you’re not.
  • If you make a comment that relates to your business/organization, be sure to disclose that you work/volunteer for Kin Canada. It can be as simple as saying, “I volunteer for Kin Canada, and I …”
  • Don’t talk trash about brands/people.
  • Don’t talk negatively about competitors/other organizations.
  • Know when to disengage. Don’t feed the trolls.
  • Never say anything online you wouldn’t say to someone’s face, or you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the newspaper attributed to you.
  • Understand the way people use each social network, and the etiquette for each network, before you begin using it for business.
  • Share a lot of information that is useful to your community, and they will accept a little bit of your own promotional messages. Some people call this the 80/20 rule.
  • Avoid potentially controversial or divisive topics like politics or religion. Don’t use language that people might find offensive.
  • Don’t discuss anything you wouldn’t talk about with a customer at a business/formal dinner.
  • Don’t post photos that portray you in an unprofessional light.
  • Thank someone for following, but don’t DM them selling
  • Resist the urge to Tweet too much
  • Use #hastags appropriately
  • Write professionally
  • Be timely
  • Address issues/inquiries privately
  • Warn followers if you are going to Tweet a lot – live Tweet


See more ideas in the Communications Corner

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