WOMMA Ethics Tool: Clear Guidelines for Companies Working with Bloggers

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WOMMA.comCHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) today released for public comment a draft of the WOMMA Ethical Blogger Contact Guidelines, which gives marketers a 10-item checklist with which to make sure they are always appropriate and ethical when communicating with bloggers. WOMMA is asking for feedback and revision from the blogging community and all interested parties.

“It is vital that marketers understand the rules of the road when communicating with bloggers,” said WOMMA CEO Andy Sernovitz. “We’re committed to making it easy to be ethical.”

When companies engage with blogs, they are more open, transparent, and accountable. As companies respond to this call to participate, they need clear guidance on the rules of the road.

Marketers who want to join blog conversation must, 1) decide if and when it’s appropriate, 2) do it ethically, respectfully, and with good taste. If they choose to engage bloggers, then these guidelines will help them do it right.

Modeled on the WOMMA Ethics guidelines of honesty of relationship, opinion, and identity, this simple tool helps companies educate their entire staff on exactly which behaviors are appropriate.

“It’s an easy way to teach your team and to avoid mistakes that will be harmful to your reputation,” said David Binkowski, director of online outreach, Hass MS&L, who is co-chair of the project. “Prevention is a powerful protection.”