Ethical PR Practice with Bloggers

Having an influential blogger promote your product, service, or cause can work wonders for your marketing efforts.  But relationships with bloggers have to be carefully managed to preserve the trust that consumers place in word of mouth recommendations, comments, and reviews.  The Word of Mouth Marketing Association has come up with 10 Principles for Ethical Contact by Marketers, worthwhile reading for every publicist and marketer.
For more information, visit www.womma.org/ethics.

  1. I will always be truthful and will never knowingly relay false information. I will never ask someone else to deceive bloggers for me.
  2. I will fully disclose who I am and who I work for (my identity and affiliations) from the very first encounter when communicating with bloggers or commenting on blogs.
  3. I will never take action contrary to the boundaries set by bloggers. I will respect all community guidelines regarding posting messages and comments.
  4. I will never ask bloggers to lie for me.
  5. I will use extreme care when communicating with minors or blogs intended to be read by minors.
  6. I will not manipulate advertising or affiliate programs to impact blogger income.
  7. I will not use automated systems for posting comments or distributing information.
  8. I understand that compensating bloggers may give the appearance of a conflict of interest, and I will therefore fully disclose any and all compensation or incentives.
  9. I understand that if I send bloggers products for review, they are not obligated to comment on them. Bloggers can return products at their own discretion.
  10. If bloggers write about products I send them, I will proactively ask them to disclose the product’s source.
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About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a public relations and marketing consultant, and owns Fletcher Prince (www.FletcherPrince.com). Follow Mary on Twitter @FletcherPrince.

Posted on July 20, 2009, in Public Relations Tips. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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