How to Protect Your Business Reputation Online

September 24, 2013
Topic: Blog,Reputation Management

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Fact: People leave reviews and comments about companies all of the time.

Fact: There are people out there that post fake reviews about companies every day.

These people, combined with legitimate complaints from customers, can ruin your reputation and the reputation of your company if not handled carefully. With the help of the internet, it has given the average consumer a way to quickly share their opinions with thousands of individuals with minimal effort. One only needs to look at all the controversies surrounding a publicly accessible and editable site like Wikipedia to see how even small amounts of misinformation can blossom into big trouble. So how can you make sure that you take the right steps to protect your business reputation online?

Consistent Monitoring

When it comes to guarding your company’s growing reputation, one of the biggest things that you can do is make sure that there is constant monitoring of your company’s customer reviews and other social media marketing services that you may have on the Internet.

Monitoring your company is not something that one person can do all of the time. That is why it is so important to take the time and talk to a professional when it comes to reputation management and monitoring all of the different aspects of your business’s reputation.

What Does A Reputation Management Specialist Do Exactly?

Not only do reputation management specialists constantly monitor all of the positive and negative comments and other social media pieces that come out, but they also:

  • Repair and strengthen your company image and online presence.
  • Increase brand recognition.
  • Increase the trust from existing clients and help gain new clients.

The key is making sure that the individual or group you hire to monitor the different facets of your company’s reputation network knows what issues to relay to you. Ideally, someone who works directly for your company will also be involved in the process. Rapid response to customer complaints and suggestions for changes or additions to company products and services is key to success. In today’s business environment, the bigger a company gets, the more it is seen as a faceless entity that doesn’t care about its customers. Taking small steps to ensure that customers feel acknowledged and important can be critical to your company image. As is the case with many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

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