It is more important than ever to manage your online reputation and engage with customers through social media. Like it or not, everybody has a voice on the internet and damage is easily done. Local businesses that fail to address bad reviews, keep visitors engaged, or just simply to keep their online presence ‘fresh’ can easily fall foul to websites that eagerly want juicy reviews from real people.
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Have you ever heard of online reputation management before? If not, and you are a business, then it is best that you pay attention because this particular service could very well help to save you from a lot of negative publicity that could very well destroy what you have worked so hard to build up.
The Problem With The Internet.
You see, the problem with the Internet is that people are now using it to not only find companies like a huge telephone directory, but they are also using it to learn more about the companies and what they are like to either hire or buy from. Reading online reviews is big business and people are willing to make their own decision by reading what complete strangers are saying about a business.
Now, that works great when the comments are positive, but it is completely different when any negative reviews are posted and the scary part is that it is very easy for anybody to post something bad about you even if it is false. Do you want to know something that is even worse? Those people that have posted things may very well be your competition and you have no way of knowing and that is not all. Google loves websites that offer reviews, so somebody can do a search for you and they will see that negative comment and how badly will that then reflect on you?
The Role Of Reputation Management.
The role of reputation management is simple. You hire experts that will deal with those negative comments so that they do not appear on the search engines and destroy the confidence that people have in you. Instead, positive comments will be promoted because clearly they are more favourable to you and your business.
In other words, it should form an integral part of your online marketing strategy and it frees you up to focus on what you do best. Do you have the time to check what people are saying about you on the Internet and to then try to make amends? Of course not, so why not hire somebody to do it for you?
So, online reputation management is:
- When you hire an expert that deals with negative comments or reviews of you posted online.
- These negative comments rank highly on Google reflecting badly on your business.
- Anybody can post anything they want even if it is not true.
- Your competitors could be doing it.
- Your business needs this service so that potential customers only ever see you in a positive light.
So, even if you do not really rely on the Internet, this is still a service that you should use. By doing so, you are going to limit the potential damage caused by somebody that may very well just have a bone to pick with you and why should that be allowed to destroy your business?
Read this excellent article in Forbes online about online reputation management.