Reminder: Social Media and Website Pages
As many of you know, I am in the process of reviewing Social Media pages and Websites. I will be reaching out to you shortly if there are any questions/changes that need to be made with your sites/accounts. Please keep in mind that Compliance is here to protect you and your cooperation in making any needed corrections is appreciated as failing to do so is a violation of firm policy. Please call me if you have any questions and either Nick or I will help walk you through the changes.
I want to provide you with a few key reminders in the area of Social Media and Websites that I am finding through my initial review:
1. If you start to use LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for business purposes (discuss financial services, anything financial related being posted) and you have not previously notified Compliance that you are using these platforms in that way, you must immediately contact Compliance so we can archive your page and ensure that you have the appropriate disclosures on your account.
2. For those of you with websites that are not archived with FMG Suites, Emerald or Advisor Websites, you must provide Compliance with a copy (PDF) of any changes that you want to make to your website prior to making the changes on your public site. Additionally, you must keep a PDF of those changes along with Compliance approval in your advertising folder. I will review these during audits and regulators may ask for them as well to prove that you are keeping appropriate books and records of your website.
3. LinkedIn -- Endorsements must be hidden. Here are the 4 steps to do so: (1) Go to View Profile (2) Scroll down to Skills (3) In Blue it says "Adjust endorsement settings" - click on it (4) Slide the Bar to No.
4. This is the disclosure that should be on Social Media Sites (FB, LI or TW): Securities offered through Investment Planners, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through IPI Wealth Management, Inc.