A bad reputation can cost your business: Here’s how you can fix it

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It is said that it can take years to build a reputation and a few minutes to destroy it. If you consider this statement, you have to plan on building a plan around managing your brand review before it even happens. One thing you need to know is that reputation can be broken, and you have to prepare ways on how you can maintain it.

What can you do to prevent your brand from an attack? How can you restore your brand’s reputation after a bad reputation hits your business? What arsenal is in your chamber when a personal attack, a blatant falsehood, or customer complaints are made against you and your company? How is it possible that people can get away with anything they say on the internet without any consequence?

Let us expound on these points.

It is possible to say anything on the internet without any consequences

For media outlets, yellow journalism is still present, but due to slander and libel laws, reporting news has to be done carefully by media outlets. Sadly, on the internet, these guidelines do not exist.

Unfair attacks are common

Accusations and slander attacks are not new to both companies and individuals. In the world of media, you will find that some online sites post misleading information to improve the circulation of their content or to make themselves known by the public.

How to prevent damage by monitoring your brand

If you want to gauge your online reputation, look at Google Autocomplete, (SERP) Search Engine Results Pages or go for white label reputation management services. When you are ahead of negative stories, you can be proactive in protecting your online reputation. When an issue emerges, you can use Google Analytics to look for traffic spikes on your website to point you to the events that might indicate the cause of the issue.

Steps on how to fix your bad reputation

Organization and foresight are the two ways you need to manage your reputation. For starters, ensure that you place Google alerts on titles in question using popular misspellings, product tags, brand names, competitors, popular search phrases, and key industry terms. When you discover the problem early enough, you have a better chance of developing a solution faster.

You should always have a detailed plan on how you want to handle an attack on your reputation. At times, you don’t need to respond to a problem to fix it. For instance, check if the attacking website will gain popularity with your comments on the matter. If that is the case, then avoid responding at all.

It is also said that the best way to counter reputation management is by authority. If you have more authority, it is easier to make an impact where the stories will rank high on search results. You can build authority by developing a social media reputation that has a strong following. You don’t manage the bad reputation by purchasing likes, but by engaging with people and by being transparent about your brand.

You can also rebuild your brand by participating in events or being a sponsor for a charitable organization. You can also counter any negative publicity online by going for white label reputation management services.

Other steps that you can take to fix your brand reputation include:

  • Own your past: acknowledge the elephant in the room by accepting any wrongdoings that the company has done. Apologize and create an action plan to fix the issue.
  • Apologize to customer complaints immediately: a happy customer usually tells a few people, but an unhappy customer tells masses, but for a customer who had the complaints fixed can also spread the word to many other people.
  • Monitor the complaints made by employees: you can do this at Glassdoor.
  • Create a response plan on social media using a plan based research, avoid using emotions.
  • Lastly, be patient because rebuilding a reputation can take longer than building a brand reputation.

Author Bio: Adrian Rubin is a freelance writer and online reputation management expert.

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