Given the vast wealth of user-generated content available on the internet, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the majority of consumers spend time reading reviews, scouring comments on social media and browsing through search engine results before deciding to make a purchase. Today’s purchase decisions are invariably made after extensive online research. People are more likely to choose a restaurant, hotel, high-street store or an online business based on what they have read on the Web. No matter what sort of business you have, online reputation management is critical for success.
More often than not, the first experience people have with a business is its listing in the search engine results. Millions turn to Google and other search engines every day to seek out new companies, and these potential customers formulate their opinions based on what they see. If the top-ranking result for a particular business is a listing on Rip Off Report or one accompanied by bad ratings and reviews from Google Places, they’re certainly not likely to proceed. Fortunately, online reputation is something that can be managed, and our online reputation management service here at Web Design SEM does precisely that.
If you don’t take steps to influence what people are saying about your brand online, then someone else will. An unscrupulous competitor, for example, might conduct a negative SEO campaign to obliterate your rankings on Google, and it is your job to stay one step ahead to make sure this doesn’t happen. Even a single bad review or comment on social media can wreak havoc for your business if it ends up ranking on the first page of the search results. If the credibility of your brand is publicly called into question, there may even be potential legal ramifications, further harming the financial stability of your brand.
Positive Impacts of Online Reputation Management
The benefits of having a reputation management expert at your disposal are indispensable. While online reputation management might conjure up negative connotations, it does not necessarily imply that the brand in question already has a bad reputation. Reputation management doesn’t always have to be a reactive measure; it may also be proactive in that it helps to safeguard your business’s standing in the search engines for the longer term. Here at Web Design SEM, we use tactics that ensure results which last for years to come. We do not provide unsustainable quick-fix solutions. Here are some of the benefits you can expect:
Improved visibility in the search engines and social networks
Strong presence in the places where your audience is
Increased trust and brand loyalty
Complaining customers appeased
More favourable user-generated content
More word-of-mouth and online recommendations
More influence on purchase decisions
Gain insights into consumer perceptions
How Our Reputation Management Process is Implemented?
Reputation management takes time, effort and patience, particularly if your company’s name is already in poor standing in the search engines. Fortunately, our online reputation manager can take care of the entire process. Here at Web Design SEM, we deploy a three-step process to help rebuild and enhance your brand’s online presence whether you’re recovering from a negative SEO campaign, a poorly executed digital marketing strategy or anything else. The first stage of the process involves a thorough analysis of your online presence so we can formulate an action plan to help recover and develop your brand’s image.
One we have developed a plan, taking into account your main website and any other online resources and profiles you use, we will be able to start working on improving your standing in the search engine results. This stage involves removing as much online content as possible that may be negatively associated with your brand before deploying tried-and-tested, white-hat SEO tactics to help recover your online reputation. We use only sustainable strategies to ensure lasting results that will not be harmed by future Google algorithm updates. Unlike some digital marketing firms, we will not use questionable tactics that may come back to haunt you later on.
The final stage of the process is an ongoing one whereby we continue to monitor your online standing and promote your website and other online content so that the results in the search engines continue to represent your brand in a positive light. We use a range of effective digital marketing techniques to promote a positive brand image, including content marketing, social media marketing, search engine optimisation and local search marketing. If you are ready to boost your brand’s credibility, generate more leads and protect your investments, our online reputation management team is ready to take your business to the next level.