Whether you’re a small business owner or a professional (dentist, lawyer, doctor, architect, etc), trust that your customers, potential business partners, and investors will do a quick search about you online. When people look up for your business or services on search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing, they should ideally find positive information about your company or office, get access to your business website, see your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts, and pertinent articles with positive feedback written about your business.
In reality, this is not always the case. Some businesses barely have a presence online. This lack of online presence makes them vulnerable to online attacks. To make sure your image remains unblemished across the web, you need an effective Online Reputation Management (ORM) strategy. You will require the help of experts to make this happen.
Don’t be a victim of online attacks
Businesses are often faced with problems about their online image due to absence or lack of an effective online reputation management strategy – these include getting a smear campaign from a competitor, a damaging social media post from a dissatisfied employee that went viral, or a negative comment from a customer who’s had a bad experience about a certain product or service.
ORM allows you to monitor what others say about your brand. This is especially true in social media and online forums. You can address negative reviews and comments posted on sites you’ve probably haven’t visited. It helps increase your credibility, lets you promote positive contents and, with the help of ORM experts, rank it on top of the search pages so people will immediately see all the positive things written about your products and/or services.
Take note that you cannot inhibit anyone from posting a damaging content to your brand, and once negative comments are posted online, there’s nothing you can do to remove it. Some of the best ways to lower your risks of getting a tarnished online image include participating in web conversations, creating positive contents regularly, and encouraging loyal customers to share their positive experiences about your brand through their social media accounts.
Don’t wait until the need arises before you consider an ORM campaign. The sooner you get started, the better you can gain control of your online image. Nothing else can be more valuable to your brand than gaining the trust of your customers and other key personalities relevant to your business success. A carefully planned and well executed online reputation campaign can do great things for your credibility and help you control the kind of information that gets passed on to your customers in general.
365Outsource offers results-oriented online reputation management for business owners and professionals from around the world. Call us today for a more detailed discussion.