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You've laid the foundation for how you will use social media, but don't dive in just yet. Take a look at these best practices and helpful tips first.
12 Social Media Dos for SJSU
Create Professional Log-in InformationUse a department's email address when setting up accounts and make sure you aren't the only person in your department with access to your accounts. Pick a secure password and share it with your supervisor or colleagues. Do not tie an SJSU account to your personal email address or profile.
Identify YourselfFill out information about your organization in the channel's description area. When possible, provide a real contact name, department, email or phone number so people know who is managing the social media channel. You can also identify yourself when responding to specific posts. See this Facebook example.
Approach Growth with Patience, Consistency and QualityIt's hard not to focus on numbers when you're first starting out. Instead shift your attention to creating quality content and developing a community with the followers you have, one by one. Try these tips:
- Share relevant content regularly
- Open up the platform for conversation and comments
- Engage with community members regularly
- Cross promote your channels online and offline|
- Think of ways to collaborate with other departments
- If after three months you haven't seen progress, it's time to evaluate your need for the platform.
Be a Good ListenerMonitor conversations about or relating to your area. What are people saying? Is it good? Is it bad? Is there some way you can help? Can you offer some sort of expertise? Listening is the best way to learn about your audience and join the conversation. It also provides valuable qualitative data for measuring your social media efforts.
Monitor but Don't Censor Your AudienceThe university strives to use social media to build community by encouraging people to exchange thoughts about topics related to SJSU, but that doesn't mean anything goes. Create a set of guidelines and post those as part your page. People are entitled to opinions, but when comments become a detriment to the community, you may have to take action. See the "Listening and Engaging" section of "Content Creation" for tips on how to deal with negativity.
Be HumanPeople use social media to be social. That means they want to interact with a real, live person who represents SJSU. Although you should always maintain your professionalism, that doesn't mean you have to adopt a distant "institutional voice." Use social media channels to listen, give a voice to our organization and have conversations. Speak plainly in your posts (don't use lingo or acronyms), and encourage conversation and be ready to jump in with a response.
Be HelpfulAs a social media representative of the university, you must respond to questions and concerns in a polite and helpful manner. This means providing timely responses (within 24 hours ideally) and real answers. Do your best to provide useful information in the same forum in which the question was asked. Doing so lets your community know you are responsive to their needs. It also allows other community members to benefit from the information you share and builds a sense of community on the page and for SJSU in general.
Post Useful, Interesting and Succinct ContentWhen thinking of what to share, remember your goals and who your audience is, then give them the good stuff. Share the most interesting items and understand it's OK if you don't have something to say every day. See "Part 3: Content Creation" for more information.
Follow Community Standards: Familiarize yourself with the rules and recommendations of the social media channel you are participating in and adhere to those. For example, don't create a Facebook profile for your organization because those are for use by individuals. Instead create a page or group. You can search topics and find more helpful information for Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
Use Student Talent WiselyStudents are a fantastic resource to help support social media efforts, but they do not replace the work of a full-time staff member. Staff should be providing clear guidance on how and why to use social media for your area. A professional should also be checking student work at least once a week. If a student becomes unavailable to help with social media, a staff member should have no problem picking up where they left off.
Measure and Share Your ProgressAt least once a month, share the activity and progress of your social media efforts with your supervisor and other stake holders. The format can be very simple and straightforward. See the section on "Measurement and Analytics" for more information.
Finish What You StartHave you come across an old, outdated Facebook or YouTube page that someone created and abandoned? This is not how SJSU should be represented in social media.
***If you have a page that is not being updated, Public Affairs will ask you to take
down your page.***
If you feel your audience needs an explanation, share a final post with information on where the conversation will be then delete the page.
To see more helpful tips on social marketing, take a look at Ragan.com's article, "20 social media marketing dos and don'ts" by Ashley Zeckman.