Have the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media changed about sharing your political views? I guess it depends on how you heated up you are personally (or not) over the current state of affairs—and if you want to share that publicly as a business or brand.
Brands have a core message and stand tall for what they believe in. They can also influence, motivate, alienate or outrage prospects, customers and audiences. We see that in a big way today with swings to the left and to the right in Washington, and all over the country.
As a PR Mentor, I suggest to my clients that they keep their brand or company comments on target to their core message and core values. If your brand is a political one, that’s a completely different story.
In the past, there were 5 Subjects we never talked about on Social Media:
Today, each of us is the media.
We can share our opinions openly and for free. I honor that and am grateful for that right. But, how will your message affect your brand if you are the spokesperson – or you are the brand?
- Do comments about sex, partying and boozing it up online affect a job search?
- In a divided society with emotions high, do political comments help or hinder your ability to be a leader, get a promotion or win a prize client?
- Does talking about having lots of money alienate you in a world where many are struggling?
- Are you infuriating fans of one sports team (and possible customers) when you are obnoxious about a recent win of your rival?
- In a world of many religions, faiths and beliefs are we helping or hurting our brand with off the cuff or insensitive comments?
Ultimately, it’s up to you how to position your brand, and what to say or not say on social media.
Before you post ask yourself two questions. What’s my intention? What’s my end goal?
Whatever message you share, be sensitive to how it will be perceived.
It does matter.