Managing your business reputation effectively is easier said than done. It just takes one bad review from a disgruntled customer to tarnish your company’s reputation. When that happens, you must know how to carry out damage control. This is all part of effective reputation management all business owners should know about. Read on for more information.
Never lose your cool with customers on social media forums. Even if you disagree with a customer, do not attack or act rudely towards the customer. Try to help the customer as best as you can and move on. Always act professionally since you do not want to create a bad reputation for your company.
If you find negative content about your brand online, get rid of it. It it is on a Web property you control, like a comment on your blog, just delete it. If you need to, send a request to the Webmaster where the content is. When they do remove it, make sure it no longer shows up by using the Google URL removal tool.
Be personable online. You have to actively engage your followers in order to make tweets and updates work. Be sure that any questions posted on social media sites receive responses as soon as possible. If you are unsure, inform them that you are going to find the appropriate response, and then do so.
Set realistic expectations with your customers. If you own a small business, let your customers know when you will respond to their questions. If you cannot answer every question immediately, place a banner saying that all questions will be answered within a certain amount of time, such as within 72 hours.
One good way to improve the reputation of your company is by asking customers who are happy with your service or product to post positive reviews on your blog or website. You can also ask them to say something nice about your company on sites like Linkedln, Google Places or Yelp.
Have a portfolio of websites you can optimize with search engines. It will seem natural to try and make your business website the number one search listing for your business name, when used as a search query. However, do not stop there. Try to have ten of your business web pages become the top ten search results for your brand name. Block everyone else out.
If you make a mistake, apologize quickly. Most people realize that everyone is human and mistakes do happen. If you are able to rectify the mistake do so quickly and address it on your website or social media site. If you are unable to rectify the mistake, apologize and go on with your business.
Competition is high in almost any type of industry that you can think of. A customer gives his business to the company with the best reputation because he is almost guaranteed to be satisfied every time. Bad publicity can spread quickly. So, pay attention to good reputation management and protect your business.