You had dreams of running a business, and now you that you have your dream, you want to protect it right? Your business has a face to it, an image so to speak, and you must protect the face of your business. Simply put, you need a good business reputation in order for customers to continue doing business with you.
Being proactive helps you counteract negativity online regarding your brand. The more positive chatter there is, the less noticeable the negative will be. Keep updating with fresh, positive content to make anything negative slip down the search results.
Take your time and think carefully before responding to any complaints. By keeping cool and carefully thinking of how you will respond online can keep your reputation intact. Before posting a reply to a complaint, read your answer several times. If possible, have an employee read the response to ensure it is appropriate.
Try searching for your company online like your customers would. It is possible that doing searches on your computer may yield very different results than your potential customers. This may be due to your personalization options. Try turning off these options to get a better idea of your search engine results.
Keep in mind that your online and in-person reputations both matter just as much. There are many people that are great in person yet they are not very great with customers over the Internet. You should be nice either way since you have no idea if this customer will spread negative information that can destroy you.
You remember the saying fool me once....? Well, customers are going to take that approach with you if you are not doing good business. You might get an initial purchase, but are you actually going to retain and grow customers if you don't use the reputation management tips you learned about here?