Social Media Style Guide by Mailchimp

Maintain a consistent brand personality across social media.

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Social Media Style Guide by Mailchimp

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We use social media to build relationships with Mailchimp users and share all the cool stuff we do. But it also creates opportunities to say the wrong thing, put off customers, and damage our brand. So we’re careful and deliberate in what we post to our social channels.

This section lays out how we strike that delicate balance.

🔢 Basics

Mailchimp has a presence on most major social media platforms. Here are our most active accounts and what we usually post on each:

  • Twitter: Product news, brand marketing, events, media mentions, evergreen content, “we’re hiring!” posts

  • Facebook: Product news, brand marketing, events, media mentions, evergreen content, “we’re hiring!” posts

  • LinkedIn: Product news, recruiting content, media mentions, evergreen content

  • Instagram: Design outtakes, cool office visitors, life at Mailchimp, cool stuff we made

These channels are all managed by the marketing team. We also have a few team-specific accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, Dribbble, and other platforms. The guidelines in this section apply to all of Mailchimp's channels.

☝️ Guidelines

Our writing for social media should generally follow the style points outlined in the Voice and tone and Grammar and mechanics sections. Here are some additional pointers, too.

Write short, but smart

Some social media platforms have a character limit; others don’t. But for the most part, we keep our social media copy short.

  • Twitter: 280 characters.

  • Facebook: No limit, but aim for 1-2 short sentences.

  • Instagram: No limit, but try to keep it to 1 sentence or a short phrase. Feel free to throw in an emoji.

To write short, simplify your ideas or reduce the amount of information you’re sharing—but not by altering the spelling or punctuation of the words themselves. It’s fine to use the shorter version of some words, like “info” for “information.” But do not use numbers and letters in place of words, like “4” instead of “for” or “u” instead of “you.”

Engagement

Do your best to adhere to Mailchimp style guidelines when you’re using our social media channels to correspond with users. Use correct grammar and punctuation—and avoid excessive exclamation points.

When appropriate, you can tag the subject of your post on Twitter or Facebook. But avoid directly tweeting at or otherwise publicly tagging a post subject with messages like, “Hey, we wrote about you!” Never ask for retweets, likes, or favorites.

Hashtags

We employ hashtags rarely and deliberately. We may use them to promote an event or connect with users at a conference. Do not use current event or trending hashtags to promote Mailchimp.

Trending topics

Do not use social media to comment on trending topics or current events that are unrelated to Mailchimp.

Be aware of what’s going on in the news when you're publishing social content for Mailchimp. During major breaking news events, we turn off all promoted and scheduled social posts.

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A social media style guide is a manual on how your brand should appear on social media.

Having a comprehensive social media style guide means you can go on vacation knowing that whoever fills in for you will be prepared to keep your social media going without a hitch. And in case you decide to expand your team, the onboarding process will be much easier with a style guide in place.

And even if you’re the only person posting on your brand’s social media accounts, having one source of truth for yourself to reference is important.

And while every brand is different and needs to find its own unique voice, it doesn't mean that you can't learn from successful companies. The Mailchimp team has put together a detailed social media style guide which can be a great source of inspiration for any company looking to define their own.

Originally published here: Mailchimp Content Style Guide.

How to define your social media guidelines

There isn’t one fixed format for a social media style guide. You can have as few or as many components as you like. Ours is just one example out of the many. Some commonly included sections include:

Most importantly, your social media style guide should be a living document that can evolve over time and is created in collaboration with your team. It also needs to be discoverable, so store it in an easily accessible place, such as your internal company wiki – which can be easily set up in Nuclino. Simply import this social media style guide and use it as a template.

You can bring your style guide to life with images, videos, files, embeds, and more. Everything can be edited in real time, making it really easy for your team to collaborate and keep your social media style guide updated.

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