Reputation Management is something that every business owner hears about, but don’t always understand the significance of it.
Reputation means “Overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general”.
Management means “The act or art of managing: the conducting or supervising of something (such as a business)”.
Therefore Reputation Management means “the act of managing the overall quality or character of a business as judged by people in general”.
The reputation of a business used to depend on what they said about themselves and the reach of their customer’s connections. This is no longer the case.
Now the general public control the online and offline reputation of a business. The public can provide real time feedback on different review sites, social media, websites, etc.
Due to the fact that anyone at any time can leave a review about your business online needs to be managed.
It is impossible to please every single client that gets service from your business or walk through your doors for your product. If a business owner understands this and can accept this, it is much easier to manage your online reputation.
According to the biggest search engine in the world (Google), 9 out 10 of all local searches lead to action, with more than 50% leading to sales. 74% of consumers trust online reviews as much as they would a personal recommendation.
Trust from reviews leads converts into money, as consumers/clients will purchase products or services from businesses they trust. Therefore every business needs to have a great online reputation.
There is a lot that goes into Online Reputation management. If done properly a business can spend over 300 hours a year ensuring that their online reputation stays on track.
In all honesty if a business ever drops below 3.5 stars in terms of review it is basically suicide. 85% of people will not even consider a business that has less than 4 stars.
Online Reputation management isn’t something that you trifle with, it is literally the life blood of a business and needs to be maintained with the utmost care.
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