Who else is having fun with Apple's new Emoji Keyboard? We know we are!
With over 300 new characters, it's almost impossible to not get lost in Emojiland! I guess it's a good thing that the The Social Edge brought it's social compass to keep us all on the straight and narrow.
Let's put it this way: If you "winked" at every potential client who walked through your door, people might start getting a little creeped out. Right? Don't get us wrong, shooting a smiley, fist bump, British flag (and even sometimes a pile of poo) via text message or email can be a fun way to get personal with your clients and employees. We've all done it! But when is it appropriate and when is it not ok?
We're glad you asked!
- [Private Facebook Message to colleague] "Great job on that presentation today, Katie! You totally nailed it! :-)"
- Note: The 'smiley' is the most universally accepted emoji, in our opinion. Because social media posts and email have no tone, it's a great way to show you're not being sarcastic and are being sincerely genuine about the message you are conveying.
- [Email to employee from your company email] "So how about that new client today?! The 80's called! They want their shoulder pads back!" 😝
- Note: It's NEVER ok to send a joking email, no matter how much you trust the recipient, via company email. You never know when it may come back to bite you!
- [A Tweet directed at a fun-loving client you have known for years] "Who's ready for some football! I know a Cowboys fan who will be crying tonight!"
- As with any emoji use, you really have to think about the recipient. If it's someone you know well, and you can say without a shadow of a doubt that the comment you are throwing their way would result in a positive response, go for it!
- [A vacation responder for your company email] "Thank you for contacting me. I am currently out of the office, celebrating the holiday weekend with family and friends and paying tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars. Wishing you all a peaceful Memorial Day. <Insert cocktail emoji here>😎"
- Note: Emoji's should never accompany social media posts or emails regarding a serious topic. (Especially these guys!) Before using an emoji in a professional setting, always ask yourself first: "Would this offend anyone?" If the answer is -yes- be safe and hit delete.
Though it's always safer as a business owner or professional of any kind to avoid using emojis completely, these little guys have won us over and there's no going back! Just be careful when visiting Emojiland, and check back with The Edge for more on the latest communication trends!