Social Media

Miami’s “voice” in social media environments is similar to its style in publications: conversational, friendly, authentic. Often, we ask for audience reaction, and find that this style helps us with interactions and encourages their response and involvement.

Preferred Hashtag

In all cases, we prefer to use the #MiamiOH, with capitalization if possible. When creating a hashtag for a special event, it is preferred to incorporate MiamiOH into the name, rather than just Miami (i.e., #MiamiOHrules).

Key Descriptors

Miami tests audiences periodically to see what their perceptions are, and common adjectives or descriptors seem to occur that we strive to reference in varying ways in our promotional material:

Smart, prestigious, Ohio location, beautiful/stunning campus, undergraduate focus, student success, extensive study abroad opportunities, Midwest values, residential, Public Ivy, successful graduates, community service, strong academics, excellence, impressive.

Commonly Referenced Social Media Sites

All official Miami University social media accounts must follow Miami identity standards. Miami colleges, programs, departments and business units must use official Miami social media icons on official social media sites to visually connect with the university, differentiate from competing accounts, and establish uniform quality, credibility and user experiences. The simplest graphics that represent the Miami brand should be used so that sites can be readily identified at a glance. 

Facebook

Screenshot of the top section of Miami's Facebook page showing the cover photo, profile picture, and page name.

Fan Page Name: Must be titled "Miami University Name of Department or Organization”. This will indicate the site is officially associated with Miami, enhancing its credibility. It will also help users find the page more easily and narrow the search.

Profile Picture: Miami Facebook accounts that represent the university should have the branded logo incorporated within the profile picture, with the specific department or organization listed beneath. The more branded the profile pictures that use the Miami University colors and font are, the more official the account looks and the more likely it is to be found and recognized.

Note: Profile image should be square, at least 180 pixels tall by 180 pixels wide. The image will appear on the screen as 160px tall by 160px wide.

Cover photo: Cover photos can be customized by department or area. If it's a school or college, it is suggested to use a "beauty shot" of the building that represents that division, as those are often instantly recognized. Every time a cover photo is updated, the new photo appears in the newsfeed of those who like the page, which can be a great way to promote an event. Photographs of individuals should be used with permission; photographs owned by Miami University (and available on the WebDAM site managed by University Communications and Marketing) may be used at any time. Copyrighted material can be used only with permission.

Note: Cover photos are 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall.

Twitter

Screenshot of top section of Miami's Twitter page showing the header photo, profile picture, twitter handle, and username.

Twitter Handle: In 2012 Miami University changed its website domain name to www.MiamiOH.edu. This change affected Miami social media, especially Twitter. For consistency with university brand standards, ease in finding the sites, stronger visibility due to the MiamiOH web domain name, and to officially connect an account to Miami, official Miami twitter handles should be named @MiamiOH_ followed by the name of the department or organization (or its acronym). Miami’s central/main twitter account is the only one titled @MiamiUniversity.

Twitter Username: The username must be "Miami University Name of Department or Organization” and should be consistent with the Facebook fan page name.

Twitter Bio: The bio should include the phrase “Official twitter for Miami University _______”, a link to your website, hashtag used (if any), information about your department, and/or reasons to follow you.

Profile Picture: For the purpose of not confusing followers, the primary Miami University twitter account @MiamiUniversity should be the only account to use the solo beveled “M” for the profile image. Other accounts should use their official logo, the M with a name beneath (see above), or an image to represent their account. See identity guidelines website for details http://www.miamioh.edu/ucm or contact University Communications and Marketing.

Header Photo: The header photo must appear behind the profile photo, as with the Facebook cover photo example shown in the previous section. If the account is for a school or college, it is suggested to use a "beauty shot" of the building that represents that division, but the department may choose to use this space as they wish. Background Design: Since most people use mobile devices or third-party sites to view Twitter, a background is not always visible. However, using the default twitter background looks unprofessional and is likely to result in fewer followers. Use branded designs (the social media manager can assist you here) and colors to designate the account as an official Miami University site.