How to Handle Your Social Media During the Coronavirus Crisis

Don’t know what to say on your business social media accounts during this outbreak? We answer all of your questions about your tone and brand voice on social, what to post and how to respond to social media comments during these trying times.

Tensions are rising about the Coronavirus, and it is clearly the topic of social media at the moment. People are spreading misinformation on social media and others seem insensitive to the crisis. So what can you do, as a business owner or designer, to make sure you’re social media isn’t missing the mark?

We absolutely recommend that you keep your social media presence going with regular and planned posts across a variety of social media platforms. As a matter of fact, you could increase your posting a bit. Try out Instagram Stories if you haven’t been posting. It would be a good time to start a video series if you find you have a little extra time. People will most likely be on social media more while they have some downtime.

Social Media Recommendations for Coronavirus

Regardless of your opinions about how the outbreak is being handled, everyone should now be using crisis protocols for their social media. But don’t let that intimidate you. That basically means to watch your tone, apologize if you make a mistake and show empathy. Twitter offers some great general recommendations on adjusting your brand voice for COVID-19 that apply to all brand communications.

Since the protocols and cultural sentiment are changing fast on this issue, check any scheduled content you have at least once a week and adjust as necessary. For example, early last week’s posts about going out to eat were likely fine. Now they are not.

Realize that your followers may have loved ones suffering from Coronavirus or at high risk from complications from it. Keep your tone empathetic and upbeat. Support and encourage others.

Never make light of the virus or the recommendations to prevent it. Don’t question whether the precautions are needed. Do not mention anything that indicates you are not following the protocols. Avoid all discussions of the politics of it (unless that’s on-brand for your business).

Do not post any sales, discounts or ask people to purchase something for at least the next month. You do not want to look like you’re trying to profit off of this or are insensitive to the job loss and financial problems people are enduring because of it.

If any of your business practices have changed, like your hours or how you’re working, update that on Google My Business and all of your social profiles, as well as creating a social media post about it.

If you post updates about the virus, even on your personal profile, make sure that they are only from highly trusted sources, such as the CDC or WHO. You do not want to be accused of spreading misinformation. We don’t recommend posting updates about the virus on your business accounts, except possibly local information from trusted sources about resources for your community.

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