Jump to content

Facebook business pages
Would you think this languange is acceptable?


  • Please log in to reply
25 replies to this topic

#1 Coffeegirl

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

Okay. The company I work for is in the fitness industry so most of our customer base is under 35.  The majority are probably 18-25.   One of the managers (actually the owner's wife), as part of her role, writes our Facebook posts.

Her last few posts have been a bit  wacko.gif and I struggle to understand how she thinks her posts are acceptable on a business page.

One of the posts talks about sex and asks if our customers do X Y Z on the weekends.  Written along the lines of. "wake up, sex, breakfast, workout.  that's how I like to spend my Sat morning.  how do you spend yours?".  Nothing too dirty, but I just don't think it gives our business a good look iYKWIM?   Her other post used the word ****, but written F*%! and used in the first three words of the post.   Again I find it a bit off putting for a business page.

So WDYT?  Would this put you off a business if you saw it on their business page or am I being a fuddy duddy?  The other managers and I are racking our brains trying to figure out a way to approach her about this, but as she is the owner's wife we are trying to do it delicately.  

I've had a browse through the T&Cs of Facebook, but there isn't anything that says your can't swear.


Personally I'd love to just tell her she's an idiot, but I do like my job   happy.gif


#2 *Lib*

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:49 PM

I dont think its acceptable for any business....

I was quite surprised the other day the ansell FB page was asking for tips to make car sex easier!! I was a bit  huh.gif

#3 eachschoolholidays

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

Bizarre to be honest.  I'm not sure she really understands how that age-group think.

#4 SlightlyLeftFeral

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

I find that off. I don't want to discuss sex on a business profile!

#5 Coffeegirl

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:57 PM

QUOTE (*Lib* @ 13/11/2012, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I dont think its acceptable for any business....

I was quite surprised the other day the ansell FB page was asking for tips to make car sex easier!! I was a bit  huh.gif



At least it's aimed at the product base though!

#6 Unatheowl

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

Well perhaps I'm a fuddy duddy but i think its completely unprofessional.  

Despite being advised by many young maketing people to put my business on Facebook, I am still of the belief that being on Facebook AT ALL in my indsutry looks unprofessional and frivolous original.gif

#7 Feral Nelly

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:15 PM

I'm in the 'it's unprofessional' camp.

I would be turned off by status updates like that and wouldn't join that gym/health club.

Seem people do love a good over share on FB....  unsure.gif


Btw: I am under 35 and when not pregnant, love going exercise. This would definitely make me less likely to join.

Edited by Plappermaul, 13 November 2012 - 07:17 PM.


#8 Jembo

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:41 PM

Unprofessional, FB is akin to advertising for a business, it is not just chatting to your mates, but promoting your brand, so I think you need to think about what you post and is it creating the image you want.



#9 Chelli

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:45 PM

Would they put that in paid advertising on the radio or television? If not, then is should not be on fb either IMO. It would put me off, and I would find it very unprofessional.

#10 Drowningnotwaving

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:45 PM

I don't need/want to hear about anyone's sex life at the gym.

#11 ComradeBob

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

TBH, I think it would limit your number of potential customers. No one is going to go "Well, I would join that gym, but they're really boring, all they talk about is fitness", but they could well go "Well, I was going to join that gym, but all the sex talk is a bit gross, really, I'm a bit worried that it's going to be one of those real macho boofy guy places..."

#12 Relish*

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

I think it's unprofessional, yes. And a bit icky. It would definitely put me off!

#13 LB_K

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:57 PM

Since she is the owners wife, you should probably be treating her like another owner... don't do it 'delicately' just do it respectfully as you would if the owner had said it himself. It depends on what your relationship is like though - do you work one on one with her and her husband or are there people in between? If there is someone in between I would let them do it. If you can though - just straight out say next time she makes an inappropriate post - 'is that appropriate for facebook' and see what she says. Maybe that is the angle they want to work in marketing for their business, though it does seem a little crude.

#14 #YKG

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

OP I am just out of that demographic and I would find it highly unprofessional and if it was a more then a one off would contact the company in regards to the unprofessionalism of the person that is effectively the "face" of the company and in such contact with their customer base.


QUOTE (*Lib* @ 13/11/2012, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was quite surprised the other day the ansell FB page was asking for tips to make car sex easier!! I was a bit huh.gif

I wouldn't think twice about ansell asking this as sex is the reason they exist so wouldn't be phased. In an odd way I would expect those questions on their page.

#15 Chocolate Addict

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:13 PM

QUOTE (Unatheowl @ 13/11/2012, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well perhaps I'm a fuddy duddy but i think its completely unprofessional.  

Despite being advised by many young maketing people to put my business on Facebook, I am still of the belief that being on Facebook AT ALL in my indsutry looks unprofessional and frivolous original.gif


Really?? Most companies have facebook pages these days, it is almost a given that you have one.

Our company has one, I run it. I am very careful in what I write and what cartoons/jokes I have on there. Definitely no swearing, not even tame words like bloody or sh*t. It just isn't right.

FB is a powerful medium and you need to use it right or it could potentially ruin your business.

#16 Helena Handbasket

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

If you don't feel comfortable approaching her, could one of your friends like the page and make a couple of 'wow, tacky! Isn't this a business page?'

#17 Rubixx

Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

A FB page including the comments posted on the page is considered as advertising. If you wish, you can make an complaint to the Advertising Standards Bureau.

She could be breaching these sections of the code:
QUOTE
2.4 Advertising or Marketing Communications shall treat sex, sexuality and nudity with sensitivity to the relevant audience.

2.5 Advertising or Marketing Communications shall only use language which is appropriate in the circumstances (including appropriate for the relevant audience and medium). Strong or obscene language shall be avoided.


See
AANA Code of Ethics
for more info.

#18 CallMeFeral

Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:45 PM

Unprofessional. But one of the perks of being the owners wife I guess!

On an Ansell page fine - but anything other than a sexually related product, not a good look.

#19 CallMeFeral

Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:49 PM

QUOTE (Chocolate Addict @ 13/11/2012, 09:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
FB is a powerful medium and you need to use it right or it could potentially ruin your business.


Depends on your audience I think, and if you are marketing to an end consumer vs other business people. I have a vague idea of what unatheowl's business is, and agree that it probably wouldn't benefit from a facebook page.
The company I work for sells to other businesses. They have a twitter page but not a facebook page. My own pettiskirt business on the other hand has a facebook page (if you can call a never updated page that!), which is to do with it selling to end consumers, I think.
When selling to other businesses, more professionalism is probably required.

But even when selling to end consumers - sex life is out of bounds unless you are Viagra!

#20 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:36 AM

tacky, but I agree that its probably a 'stay away from my man' statement

#21 chic mummy

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:22 AM

very unprofessional. but like a PP stated i wouldn't feel comfortable approaching her about it either she could have "its my business not your" sort of attitude if she is the boses wife.

#22 Unatheowl

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 13/11/2012, 11:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Depends on your audience I think, and if you are marketing to an end consumer vs other business people. I have a vague idea of what unatheowl's business is, and agree that it probably wouldn't benefit from a facebook page.
The company I work for sells to other businesses. They have a twitter page but not a facebook page. My own pettiskirt business on the other hand has a facebook page (if you can call a never updated page that!), which is to do with it selling to end consumers, I think.
When selling to other businesses, more professionalism is probably required.

But even when selling to end consumers - sex life is out of bounds unless you are Viagra!



yes, I was considering Twitter to be more appropriate for my business, if anything but there I suffer from a personal technology challange there and you need to commit to uptating it regulalry - is that right?.  Facebook is extremely appropriate for your business Callmeal and indeed for a fittness business too but like anything what you put on it can make or break your image.  I cannot see how my business could benefit from Facebook and I feear it would harm it THB

#23 Team Awesome

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

For a fitness Facebook page I'd expect to see the following
Specials/deals
Information on classes, personal training etc
Fitness tips
Health tips
Health recipes
perhaps photos of any one who does training and goes on to compete in anything
Before and after of weight loss becauae of using your fitness centre wink.gif

I have a friend who is a pt so her updates would look a bit like
" it's a great day for doing a circuit outside" and include some ideas

She also put up pictures and recipes of those weird green spinach health juices that I won't touch Tounge1.gif

I've worked with training triathletes so maybe ideas for extra protein intake or alternatives to just a salad when trying to go for an easy non salad lunches for people

As an aside my cousin married a gym owner no way she'd have put anything up about her sex life

Maybe you could mention a friend was looking on the page and was looking for more of the above and maybe run a page poll asking what people would like to see more of?

#24 40+

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

Mmm yeah, not a good look for the business unless you're in the sex industry.

Someone's gotta say something. I'd hate to be the one to have to bring up the subject though. Could you talk to the Husband about it first?

#25 FeralZombieMum

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

I'd go with encouraging some people (that you know and trust) to post a comment on facebook to let her know that it's unprofessional and puts them off dealing with the business.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why we tend to hold our babies on our left side

On which side of your body do you carry or cradle your baby? If you answered "left" then you're not alone.

Taking fish oil in pregnancy may prevent childhood asthma

Women who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements (fish oil supplements) in pregnancy reduced the risk of their children developing asthma by almost one third.

Mum, dad and son all share a birthday

Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other's birthday.

Mum shares the bittersweet truth about pregnancy after miscarriage

A mother's candid and heartfelt reflections about pregnancy after miscarriage are providing comfort to other women.

16 simple ways to make your baby smarter

What's the best way to mentally stimulate your baby? It doesn't take a genius - just a loving, involved parent.

Your blood pressure could predict baby's sex even before conception

The average blood pressure of mother could suggest a baby's sex before it even exists, a study has found.

The breastfeeding photo that says it all

Ashley Rockill was lucky enough to have her birth photographer on hand to capture a precious moment.

13 pregnancy superstitions from across the globe

In honour of Black Friday, let's explore 13 of the strangest pregnancy superstitions from across the globe.

I'm a stay-at-home mum, and I'm sending my son to daycare

When you become a mum you give birth to a beautiful baby, but you also give birth to guilt.

Mum gives birth to 'Incredible Hulk' 6.4kg baby

An American mother was shocked when she gave to a 6.4kg (14lb 1oz) baby last month.

Mum demands $530 for daughter's shoes after playdate

A mum has made a pretty bold move by demanding $532 for a pair of her daughter's shoes that were damaged at another family's house. 

A toddler's guide to helping around the house

If a toddler was to write a guide to 'help' you with the household chores, it would go something like this.

The breast pump you can use on the go

The game-changing breast pump promises to make life easier all round.

'Mum, don't be mad but I've just had a baby'

A teen mum has shared her birth story – and her shock at not knowing she was pregnant until her baby's head emerged.

No, Senator, childcare workers don't just wipe noses and stop fights

The only thing childcare workers spend their time doing is "wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other"? Not quite.

'I wanted to be the birth mum so much'

When people say "aren't you lucky that there are two of you, that you can switch?" I give them a tight smile.

6 myths about breastfeeding toddlers

Although breastfeeding a toddler isn't for everybody, if you choose to nurse beyond babyhood you can expect some strong reactions.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.