Carol Morgan with Denim Marketing and Paul Cardis of Avid Ratings present Online Reputation Management: Give Them Something to Talk About. This seminar offers ways that companies can proactively work on reputation management while also giving some suggestions of what not to do.
The majority of people trust online reviews and endorsements from friends when making purchasing decisions. In fact, they turn to the Internet for recommendations and confirmation before approaching the market. Consumer access to reviews can either benefit or damage a company’s sales. Managing your reputation online is critical. Learn how to harness the power of positive reviews and testimonials while reaping the benefits of crafting a solid online reputation.
The Power of Online Reviews
- 90% of consumers read online reviews before visiting a business.
- Online reviews impact 67.7% of purchasing decisions.
- 84% of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation.
- 74% of consumers say that positive reviews make them trust a local business more.
- Every one star increase in a Yelp rating means a 5 to 9% increase in revenue.
These statistics are from Forbes.com’s Online Reputation Statistics that Every Business Owner Needs to Know.
Get out in front of bad reviews. Be proactive in getting reviews and testimonials. Are you proactive or reactive? Do a quick audit and be honest with yourself about your company. Do you need help with online reputation management?
Do you have…
- Bad SERP Results (Search Engine Results Placements – what do you see when you Google your company’s name?)
- Bad Reviews on an individual site (Have you been slammed on Yelp, Rip off Report or Pissed Consumer?)
- Bad Reviews on multiple sites (Yikes, do you have multiple bad reviews?)
- No Reviews (If you don’t have any reviews, today’s buyers will assume that you don’t really exist.)
Now that you know where your pain is, what is the next step? Will you work to get reviews or testimonials? And, what is the difference anyway?
A review is a report in which a person gives their opinion on the quality or performance of a product or service. These are typically on third-party sites.
A testimonial is a formal statement of a person or company’s qualifications or character typically written or created after an experience of working with them.
It is important to know the difference because review washing was made illegal by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its Consumer Review Fairness act. This federal law provides rules for survey systems and reviews. It makes it illegal to suppress negative reviews from third-party sites from appearing online.
Paul Cardis is quoted in a recent blog on the Avid Ratings site as saying, “We know consumers depend upon verified customer reviews, and without them, your company could suffer significant damage. Worse yet, you could become the poster child for the FTC on review washing and that would be bad for the entire [home building] industry.” He continues, “There is no easy, quick fix to bad reviews and if someone is selling you that option, buyer beware. There are safe and legal options to manage your reviews that are fully compliant with federal laws. Seek a provider who understands this and can keep you in safe harbor.”
- Learn about tools and techniques to monitor, protect and defend your brand.
- Discover how to proactively manage your company’s reputation through social media.
- Learn ways to get positive testimonials.
To book the Online Reputation Management seminar, call 770-383-3360 x20 or contact carol (at) denimmarketing.com.
For more information on how Denim Marketing can help your business with online reputation management or other strategic marketing, Contact Us!
Read our recent article on ironing out your online reputation – here.
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