You had dreams of running a business, and now you that you have your dream, you want to protect it right? Your business has a face to it, an image so to speak, and you must protect the face of your business. Simply put, you need a good business reputation in order for customers to continue doing business with you.
One of the primary ways you can manage your reputation is to claim your business brand online and take charge of the content about you. Use either KnowEm.com, UserNameCheck.com or NameChk.com to locate every online instance of your business name popping up. You only need to use one, but any of them can let you know if anyone out there is misrepresenting your business or speaking ill of you.
When a negative comment comes your way, it’s important to have a good offense. Always do what you can to ensure the reaction to your name and brand are positive and focus on the positive feedback. This can help you to drown out anything negative that might be said. Make sure you update with positive feedback regularly as well.
Make sure that at least several of your business web pages are optimized for your business name. You want Google to recognize your business homepage as the authoritative Internet site about your business. You want to have the number one search position for your business name, not number two or three behind a Wikipedia article or some blog. Make sure that your website is the first listing someone sees when they Google your brand.
Stay on top of the latest events in your field. That will help you to provide good information to your customers. It only takes a few minutes searching the web everyday to get the latest news in your industry.
Watch what you say. This applies to both online and offline interactions. Avoid having any discussions about illegal activity or making derogatory comments. You also want to avoid having yourself and your business tied to images that are explicit or inappropriate. Also, try to avoid doing or saying anything negative that will be on a news station. Potential investors and customers may see these things as red flags.
Create a mailing list. Make signing up for your mailing list fast and simple. To help bolster you mailing list offer a coupon or other incentive to encourage signing up. As an added bonus, you can increase your mailing list by offering a coupon for referrals. This can be a free small product or a cost saving coupon.
Counteract any negative online content on your company by contacting its creator. If there is ever any negative content when you do a search of your company, try contacting the reviewer, blogger or whoever posted it as soon as possible. Ask them if there’s anything you can do change their negative sentiment to a positive one. If they are unwilling to do so, write a comment(if possible) with your side of the story.
You remember the saying fool me once….? Well, customers are going to take that approach with you if you are not doing good business. You might get an initial purchase, but are you actually going to retain and grow customers if you don’t use the reputation management tips you learned about here?