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As every good entrepreneur knows, branding is key to success. Branding means projecting an image of your company that is consistent, pleasing to your audience, and which suggests a specific, agreeable personality.

Many brands have a mascot, which is a clear representation of a company’s identity. The job of reputation management consultants is to make sure your brand identity is both positive and accurate.

Of course, the first and most important step in brand reputation management is great customer service. You do that. But every merchant and vendor will eventually encounter a customer they cannot please.

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A comprehensive Reputation Audit provides invaluable insight into your company’s online reputation.

When that happens, bad reviews and posts appear, and the damage to your reputation can spread like wildfire.

That’s where our team of professional reputation management consultants comes in.

Threats to Your Brand Reputation

for most consumers, checking online reviews is essential before buying a product. Every good product review advice column and best-of article advises readers to check reviews before making a purchase.

That means your products and services are certain to be accumulating reviews.

We’ve all heard about customers leaving blistering reviews out of spite. Unfortunately, some people leave bad reviews for the feeling of power it gives them.

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These represent the first point of business for any good reputation management service.

Security Breaches

Any time hackers compromise your customer’s data, it raises an enormous red flag. Understandably, anyone who suffers any kind of fraud, abuse, or identity theft connected to a transaction they made with you will avoid you like the plague.

Likewise, anyone they share their story with will also avoid your company. You may be 100% fair and honest. But just a handful of security breaches can be enough to damage your reputation permanently.

Toxic Corporate Culture

If the people who represent you don’t do their part to promote a positive image of your brand it can be a serious problem for your brand reputation.

It’s important to give your team the incentives and the training they need to present themselves to your audience in a way that is positive and on-brand.

Viral Customer Complaints

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When a potential customer searches online reviews before buying, it can take just one negative review to put them off. If your product or service serves a niche audience, you may have only a few reviews. This amplifies the power of that one 1/2-star review.

But, the right reputation management strategy can target that one bad review and deliver great results.

Negative Social Media Attention

Mitigating the damage of bad reviews is relatively simple compared to bad word-of-mouth commentary on social media. Bad reviews and comments can be very difficult to find and deal with on social media.

Dedicated reputation management consultants can do this labor-intensive work and help turn the conversation around on major social platforms.

Reputation Management Techniques

There are things you can do to manage your brand reputation.

Engaging with the public on social media and responding to public posts with solutions is one of the most effective methods.

Reputation management services focus largely on this very thing. The reason these services are valuable is that experienced reputation management professionals understand the flow of viral posting. This enables them to track the conversation and mitigate reputational damage at its final destination.

Perhaps more important than this is the fact that reputation management consultants work in teams full-time to achieve real results on a scale that makes a measurable difference.

The alternative is to spend all of your free time scouring the Internet, hoping to catch a few bad posts. No one person could ever perform a thorough brand reputation management audit alone. But a trained team of web-rep professionals can. Here’s how we do it.

Reputation Audit

The first step in any complete reputation repair and management job is to survey the conversation surrounding your brand. Our reputation technicians will find out what is being said about you. We identify what is being said that is off-brand, where these conversations take place.

We then search out, categorize, and monitor potential vectors of spread for off-brand posts and commentary.

Branding Repair

Once a bad post is found, repairing the damage done is straightforward. This is done by offering a positive response to the negative feedback. Most readers understand that any good company will make mistakes and encounter problems.

That’s why offering an apology and a service solution to a dissatisfied customer on their post is so powerful. We tell them in a public forum that the problem is regrettable and offer them workable solutions to the transaction gone awry.

The most important benefit of this step is not the restoration of the loyalty of the one customer, though that is important. It’s the restoration of the loyalty and the potential engagement of those who see the interaction and recognize a meaningful attempt at reparative customer service.

Demographic Narrative Monitoring

Once we track down and smooth out viral negativity, our team begins the steady work of monitoring review sites, pages, and social media groups where commentary on your brand has been known to appear.

This includes regular broad searches for new sources of negative word-of-mouth commentary and performing reputational maintenance where it appears.

Oftentimes, it’s just one viral, negative post that does the brunt of the harm. When we engage those posts with positivity and responsive service, it will do wonders for your brand image.

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of working with professional reputation management consultants.

The Benefits of Working With a High-Quality Reputation Management Team

The benefits of a good reputation are not hard to discern. In business, however, we want to be able to predict, track, measure, and translate the benefits into meaningful messaging that we can share with clients, partners, and investors.

So, when partners and supporters ask you why you are investing in reputation management, here’s what you can tell them.

Improved Marketing Effectiveness 

Let’s face it, nothing can shoot down an outreach campaign faster than bad word-of-mouth. If the negative messaging isn’t dealt with properly, it will create a lasting and measurable drag on your growth results.

However, when coupled with the right response from you and your representatives, a bad review can even help your reputation. You see, your customers are smart. They know things go wrong in transactions as a matter of course.

When you provide a constructive response to a negative post or review, it lets your best prospective customers see how you deal with the toughest customer service challenges. In reality, bad reviews and comments are an opportunity to make your online reputation truly bulletproof.

The challenge is to find all of the most effective negative messages and to respond to them. That’s where we come in.

Greater Trust 

The friendships, families, businesses, communities, and whole nations run on trust. Without trust, organizations collapse. Protecting and improving your brand reputation is the most important way to guard the trust between you and those whose trust matters most- your customers.

But of course, our mission isn’t to merely maintain the trust of your clients and customers but to grow it. After all, growth depends on financial success, and money is a symbolic representation of trust. In other words, trust equals success.

Higher Profits 

If you want a measurable metric for success, you can’t ask for a better one than greater profit margins. You could look at the studies, and you could ask us, but we’ll leave it to you to look at our reviews.

Time and again, our teams have shown with their work that protecting reputations is a proven and reliable way to get the results you’re looking for. As your company grows, and as your reputation grows brighter, you’ll find it easier and easier to meet the challenges to your reputation.

Remedying customer complaints, providing superior customer service, and responding with constructive positivity will all become easier. After all, success breeds success, and positivity nurtures trust.

Finding Better Talent 

We mentioned the potential effect an undesirable corporate culture can have on your brand reputation. Well, just as positivity breeds success, a glowing reputation will attract talented professionals who are motivated to represent your organization in a positive light.

Finding the Right Reputation Management Partner

Doing reputation management right is a full-time job. It’s one that many energetic and sincere business owners try to do on their own. Inevitably, this leads to valuable time and energy taken away from doing what they do best.

Even worse results can be expected by working with reputation management consultants who don’t have the training, the staff, the resources, or the expertise to do the heavy lifting and delicate work needed to guard against reputation damage effectively.

That’s why the people at Reputation Sciences are committed to providing you with credible credentials, verifiable success metrics, and the reviews of our many satisfied clients. After all, our reputation depends on our ability to nurture your reputation – and that’s not a ball we’re willing to drop.

To learn more about the powerful advantages of world-class online reputation management services, get in touch with the professionals at ReputationSciences.com. Let us help you build the reputation you’re working for.

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