Fighting Digital Illiteracy with Social Media Governance Policies

As psyched we all are about the benefits of integrating social media into marketing, PR and organizational communication, it seems we're all still learning how to implement social media governance polices that effectively redefine information discovery and reputation management.

Despite the wide spread adoption of social media on a global basis, most companies remain unsure about how to regulate digital media communications in the workplace.

How else do explain these surprisingly naive incidents that spurred articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal:

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The cold, hard truth is that these lapses in judgment are so sophomoric, all you can do is chalk it up to digital illiteracy.  

And by the way, if the errors they made aren't clear to you, you're digitally illiterate too.  

But don't feel bad.  You're not alone.  

And chances are, it's even not your fault.

You've probably been to a few social media conferences where you learned just enough to be dangerous.  

Speakers took the stage and told you how well they did with social media to promote themselves and generate new business.  

They avoided the gory details.  

No one's ever actually sat you down and explained how these channels really work, or how to master them.  

Why would they? They want you to hire them.

The fight against digital illiteracy will not be won through keynotes or panel sessions.

What's required is practical, applied knowledge.

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  • Build a social media monitoring dashboard to find, listen and engage with your existing online community. You may not know it, but you've an online community already.
  • Use white hat search engine optimization tactics to make it easier for your customers to find you via search. Coming up forst for the name of your company doesn't count. Google gives you that one for free. It's about coming up for early-stage, buyer-oriented keywords. Has anyone ever actually showed you how to find them? It's not that tough.
  • Or how to optimize a website or blog for social sharing.  Can you install Facebook “Like” button, “Tweet” button and Linkedin “Share” button on your corporate website?  And can you optimize your Facebook status updates from maximum engagement so you rank high in the social newsfeed?

Over the next few days I'll be running a series of posts to help you stamp out digital illiteracy in the workplace. I'll lay out specifically what you and your colleagues need to know, and how to teach it to those with only minimal exposure to social channels.

If you're looking to develop a policy, check out my social media policy template and my course on social media policy development.

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