4 Simple Steps to Managing Your Online Reputation

Posted by: Chris Marentis

4 Simple Steps to Managing Your Online Reputation

Do’s
Don’ts


Reputation management has drastically changed in the last decade.  It used to be that a company would manage the way the outside perceived them through content management, customer service, brand management and transparency.  Nowadays, the strategies for reputation management have changed.  To stay ahead of the competition you will want to follow a few easy steps to make sure that your company is portrayed in the most favorable light.

1. Dominate Search Results.

First, perform a search on your own company and make sure the first ten to twelve pages are dominated with your own content.  This could mean blogs or articles you have written, events your company participated in, or your company’s information on partnership sites.  By creating content around your brand, it will be hard for other people to post content that will beat out your brand name in search results.

2. Review Your Reviews.

Set a system in place to consistently have reviews posted on Yelp!, Google+, and Angie’s List.  This can easily be done by providing incentives to customers and clients that post reviews.  A good defense is a good offense.  By consistently receiving positive reviews, the negative review will eventually be buried.

3. Focus On What You Can Control.

Don’t get too hung up on things posted on competitor websites.  If you have quality content, this will overshadow anything posted elsewhere.

4. Grammar Matters.

When you are writing on any of your company’s sites, it is important that you avoid the use of both pronouns ( we, us, about us) and proper nouns.  All corporate bios should be written in 3rd person.

Local marketing specialists agree that if you follow these easy steps, you’ll build a positive online reputation in no time at all!

Chris Marentis

Chris Marentis is a passionate entrepreneur and innovator determined to leave a legacy bigger than himself. Chris grew up in an entrepreneurial family with a father who owned a home contracting HVAC business. When traditional media was disrupted by the online world, empowering consumers to rely less on sales people and advertisements to make decisions, large companies with big budgets could afford to play the game, but the local entrepreneur, like Chris’s father was left behind. This disadvantage inspired Chris to write Surefire Social: the guide for local SMB’s to compete in the digital world. Chris was invited to speak at events and demand grew for ways to implement his ideas. Chris turned his vision into a reality when he started Surefire Social in 2009. Feedback was strong. Businesses began asking for help implementing their digital marketing and Surefire evolved into a SaaS and services business. The company’s dramatic growth came with only 1-2 sales people at any given time and a limited marketing budget, thanks to referrals from rabidly loyal clients. The company’s latest innovation Surepulse, an SMB’s Digital CMO, provides data insights and competitive tactics to marketing novices, giving them complete control over their online marketing activities. Chris has spoken at the following events: SMX, BIA/Kelsey, Hanley Wood International Roofing Show and Contractor Summit, NAILBA National Conference, Tech Summit, CCN, GAF Wealth Builders, Gutter Helmet National Dealer Meeting. Publications Chris contributes to: Street Fight, Search Engine Land, iMedia, Social Media Today, Franchising World‏.

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