BlogWell Dallas Social Media Ethics Briefing, presented by Andy Sernovitz

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In his BlogWell Dallas presentation, SocialMedia.org CEO Andy Sernovitz shares his recommendations on how to stay safe and ethical in social media.

Andy covers the latest FTC updates, the fundamentals of proper disclosure, and how to make sure your agencies and vendors comply with your standards.

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BlogWell Dallas Social Media Ethics Briefing, presented by Andy Sernovitz

  1. 1. SocialMedia.org Video Case Studies SocialMedia.org This video is from Case Studies BlogWell San Francisco This presentation2011 June 20, is from BlogWell Andy Sernovitz socialmedia.org/blogwell Social media disclosure and ethics for big brands socialmedia.org/blogwell Dallas February 19, 2014
  2. 2. Social Media Disclosure & Ethics for Big Brands
  3. 3. The secret to success in social media: Trust
  4. 4. The difference between honesty and sleazery: Disclosure
  5. 5. THIS IS THE LAW
  6. 6. and it's not new
  7. 7. 3 + 1 Rules for Safe Social Media Outreach 1. Require disclosure and truthfulness in social media 2. Monitor the conversation and correct misstatements 3. Create social media policies and training + Don't pay for it
  8. 8. 10 Magic Words I work for __________________, and this is my personal opinion.
  9. 9. Who are you? Were you paid? Is it an honest opinion based on a real experience?
  10. 10. Clear and Conspicuous to the Average Reader Obvious disclosure Up front Don’t lie to your mom
  11. 11. 2013 FTC Warning Stop ignoring us Stop faking it If you can’t be honest, don’t do it
  12. 12. Fake disclosure fails #spon = #bs bit.ly/ad_12 “Native Ads” fake.url/teenytinyinfo
  13. 13. Brands are 100% liable
  14. 14. Training and Education The Biggest Risk & A Safe Place
  15. 15. Disclosure Best Practices Toolkit socialmedia.org/disclosure • Checklists for every situation • Customize for your team • Disclosure of Identity • Personal and Unofficial Participation • Truthfulness • Advocacy Campaigns • Agency/Contractor Disclosure • Vendor Questionnaire • Policies and Training
  16. 16. We have a chance to do something good
  17. 17. Save your brand Save your reputation Save your job
  18. 18. Brand Pride
  19. 19. Raise your standards Anything that makes an ad look like a not-ad is wrong If you have to disclose it, it's probably deceptive
  20. 20. “ FTC says: The need for a disclosure is really a warning sign that [it] may contain some element of deception. Rather than focusing on ... the whole disclosures rigmarole, how about stepping back and ... get rid of the need for a disclosure in the first place? We’re not sayin’. We’re just sayin’. ”
  21. 21. If you have to ask, the answer is no It’s easier to be honest Pass it on
  22. 22. SocialMedia.org This video is from Case Studies BlogWell Learn more about past and upcoming BlogWells San Francisco This presentation is from June 20, 2011 BlogWell socialmedia.org/blogwell Dallas February 19, 2014 socialmedia.org/blogwell socialmedia.org/blogwell

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