As we’ve covered in other articles, online reputation management is currently a hot topic. For those unaware, online reputation essentially consists of your online presence and how you are viewed by others. For example, if you appear professional, helpful, and honest, then more people are likely to do business with you.
Often, however, many business owners (and businesses) struggle to find the time to manage their online presence and reputation. So, this is where online reputation management services come into play. But are these worth the money? Here’s what you need to know.
Online reputation management is crucial
If you do not have the time to manage your online presence, working with a reputation management professional is likely a good move. For example, neglecting your online presence may lead to a neutral or negative reputation, unanswered comments or messages, and further disruption, and a lack of professionality for your business.
Working with a specialist is the most straightforward way to prevent this – oftentimes, these services are not that expensive either.
Protect your online reputation
Your online reputation management is your opportunity to share your story, but more importantly, is your chance to respond to comments, feedback, and queries. This is essential for numerous reasons. For example, let’s say you run a holiday let but one user left a negative review. While you should remain professional, polite, and respectful, responding to the review in public provides other users justification as to what said user left the review. Maybe this one person had a negative experience for other reasons out of your control, or maybe, they were just those difficult customers we all have to face once in a while.
Failing to respond to these comments removes the opportunity for you to tell your side of the story, protecting your online and business reputation in the process. We’re not saying you need to defend your business tooth and nail, as sometimes it’s best to take the feedback on board to prevent these experiences from happening again – just be sure to respond appropriately using online reputation management.
Reputation management is crucial in today’s digital world. If you do not have the time but have the resources to hire a reputation management service, then we highly recommend doing so. This further promotes your brand in a positive light and increases the likelihood of others wanting to do business with you.
Feel free to contact me for more info – let’s begin managing your online reputation the right way.