Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

With the terror in Paris unfolding check your pre-scheduled social media posts now

Christoph Trappe

November 13, 2015

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As over 100 people were killed in Paris, please check your pre-scheduled social media updates to ensure you aren’t saying something you might regret later. I’m thankful to a friend who reminded me of the importance of this when terrible events like this happen.

Julie Perrine ran across this post on Facebook:

the 13th

And right on top of this post Julie was seeing this post:

paris

paris trendingClearly, not great placement of the presumably pre-scheduled post and obviously the poster didn’t know what else would show around it in somebody else’s feed. And certainly I’m sure the intent wasn’t to comment on the Paris attacks. The post was later deleted. But the terrible news out of Paris was trending on Facebook and Twitter and it clearly can be assumed that it will dominate news feeds for a while.

I actually do tell partners that it’s OK to sometimes insert themselves into breaking news events, but incidents like this are not in that category.

The only way I would recommend in cases like this to get involved is to share condolences – if at all.

The post came from Hootsuite, which is often used by people – including myself – to schedule social media posts. It’s a great tool to keep social media posts going. But just because we use automation like this, doesn’t mean we should be hands off. I personally know that it’s easy to schedule and forget. But when events like this happen, it’s so important to check our scheduled posts. I just did to make sure I wasn’t sharing something that could be seen as insensitive in the wake of these terrible events.

Thank you to Julie for reminding me to check my posts and giving me the opportunity to remind all of you as well.

Keep in mind that it’s still OK to share stories on digital channels. We just want to make sure they don’t accidentally refer to a tragic event we didn’t know about when scheduling them.

My condolences go out to everyone affected by these events.

 



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