Social Media-The ROI Of Online Brand & Reputation Management

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Has your business ever received a bad review online?

Are you aware of all of the mentions being made about you and your company online?

Do you want to know how to and be able to respond to remarks being made online both good & bad?

Has your business been posted to a derogatory site such as your business sucks.com?

In business today, you're only as good as your reputation both on and offline. These days it is imperative you monitor and manage what is being said about you online as more than 90% of the public starts to make their daily decisions, from where to eat, where to stay, where to buy, and where to go to from information they find online.

The conversations about you and your business are happening online. Are you taking part?

This is the slideshow you have to view. We'll show you strategies and steps to take to monitor, protect, repair, and recover your online reputation, let us show you how:

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  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Social Media-The ROI Of Online Brand & Reputation Management

    1. 1. Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
    2. 2. Your Presenter: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Christopher Lower, Director of Marketing & PR, </li></ul><ul><li>Sterling Cross Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Chris’s Background: </li></ul><ul><li>17 years of Marketing, Sales, & Copywriting </li></ul><ul><li>10 years of focus on emerging web technologies and their use in marketing – Blogs, Podcasts, Viral Campaigns, Social Media (MySpace, etc.), Wikis, Web Video (YouTube, etc), webinars, RSS and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Worked for such companies as Disney, Toys R Us, Starlog Franchise Corporation, Build-a-Bear Workshops, Zeiss Microscopes, & Champp’s Americana. </li></ul><ul><li>Sterling Cross Communications: </li></ul><ul><li>6 year old Public Relations, Social Media Relations, & Marketing Firm </li></ul><ul><li>Local, National, & International Clients in Professional Services, Luxury Goods, Retail, Hospitality, Gourmet Food & Wine, Professional Chefs & Catering, Consumer Goods, Children’s Products & Toys, Trends, Technology, IT, Medical Device, Human Resources & Recruiting, and Media . </li></ul>
    3. 3. Agenda: <ul><li>Welcome & Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>The Growth, Prevalence, & Use of Social Media by your customers </li></ul><ul><li>How and where to monitor what’s being said online about your brand, your company, and you. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies and steps to take to respond to information already posted. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies and steps to take to have negative information removed, mitigated, or retracted. </li></ul><ul><li>The key components of Crisis Communication plans for online issues. </li></ul><ul><li>How to execute effective online Customer Service. </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
    4. 4. The Growth of Internet Use 2005 - Today Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com The number of Americans online in 2005 – 35% The number of Americans online in 2008 – 58% The number of Americans online in 2009 – 72% The number of Americans online in 2010 – 93% (projected)
    5. 5. How Prevalent is it? Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>According to a 2008 Cone Business in Social Media Survey, it was found that 60% of Americans use social media, and of those, 59% interact with companies on social media Web sites. One in four interacts more than once per week. </li></ul><ul><li>These same subjects surveyed also found that 93% of Americans believe a company “should have a presence in social media,” 85% say having a presence is not enough, and that companies “should also interact with consumers via social media.” </li></ul><ul><li>89% of US online buyers read customer reviews before they purchase: 43% most of the time, 22% all of the time. A bad reputation hits your bottom line. </li></ul>
    6. 6. What are they using it for?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>We’re focusing on “Critics”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post ratings/reviews of products or services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment on someone else’s blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to online forums. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to or edit articles on wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classifications Courtesy the book Groundswell (2008) by Forester Research Group – Josh Bernoff & Charlene Li </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
    8. 8. Who do people trust? Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>As you can see, 83% trust the word of a friend. But perhaps one of the more interesting points is that the number who trust consumer reviews by people they never met on a retailer's site is 60%, only slightly lower than &quot;a review by a known expert.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people trust strangers? </li></ul><ul><li>They don't, not as individuals. But they do in groups. Strangers are assumed not to have an axe to grind. If 100 people on eBags say a laptop bag is great, then it is great. If they say it's inferior, then it is inferior. Regardless of what a so-called &quot;expert&quot; might say. </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for your brand? </li></ul><ul><li>You never know who may be reviewing your product, or where. </li></ul><ul><li>If most of your customers like you, the lesson is this: help them to talk. Install ratings and reviews on your site. Create a blog and let them respond. Give them online tools and energize them. And embrace the fan groups they form on social networks. Fan the flames. </li></ul><ul><li>What if your customers don't like you? </li></ul><ul><li>Shutting them up is not an option . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SOURCE: Data courtesy of Forrester Research Group 2009. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Who do people trust? Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com Wikipedia lists over 150 “mainstream” sites that are being utilized for reviews. “ Mainstream” status is given to a social community that has a minimum of 100,000 registered “active” users.
    10. 10. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Domino’s Pizza: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Employees posted a horrific video on YouTube showing disgusting things they did to the food prior to it being delivered. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 1 million people saw this in the first 48 hours. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 of the first 12 Google listings for “dominos pizza” are now negative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 5000 people commented on the YouTube site’s comment section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domino’s held off on responding until after 48 hours after they found out (The video debuted on a Monday & Domino’s didn’t respond until following Friday). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As first reported by Ad Age, the video has taken a toll on quality and perception from an 81% positive perception to a 64% negative. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experts put the cost of this to Domino’s at over 50 mil (including legal, PR, loss of sales, and coupons to recover business) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Matt Bacak – A personal brand destroyed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Matt Bacak is a Business Coach in the Atlanta Area, that was new to Twitter, He used list building techniques to build a huge list of followers but was not following them back or monitoring what they said. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>According to a website called Twitter Grader – Matt saw he was listed as the #3 Twitter user in Atlanta, and he thought that was newsworthy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He put out a press release on his having attained “elite” status. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Twitter community was insulted by his egotistical display of hubris and started venting (he had some detractors) – and was dubbed “The Biggest Douchebag in Social Media” it was mentioned in an article posted to Digg (It received 500+ Diggs driving it to the top of the search ranks). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matt had left Twitter to go to a seminar after posting the release for over 24 hours he hadn’t a clue as to the whirlwind he had wrought. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are over a hundred negative reports on him and his business online – Prospective clients will find the D-bag comment wherever they search for him. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>They Are Not Alone: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2009 Web Tech Manufacturer Belkin – gets caught paying for positive reviews – casting in doubt the quality of their products. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Motrin – puts out a badly worded ad about mothers being caused pain for being “baby carriers” instantly earning them the wrath of the mommy bloggers (the largest classification of bloggers online). It spread to YouTube, Twitter, & the rest of the web. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 CNN falls for a rumor spreading on the internet that Steve Jobs has had a heart attack and reports it as news – it causes Apple’s stock to dip. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Exxon-Mobile – Gets brand-jacked by a person posing as a corporate spokeswoman on Twitter – The general populace believed she was real and that her interactions were those of the company. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 JC Penny – Third party individuals create overtly sexual ads representing the “brands” new direction – JC Penny is still attempting to have all of these removed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Target – Officials brush off customer complaints of an indecent ad, figuring it would go away – the story is covered on the Front Page of the NY Times. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 Target – Bloggers “out” Target for their “Rounders Program” where they encouraged and compensated college students to promote the brand on blogs and on Facebook but to keep it “our little secret.” </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>There are Industry Specific sites that could affect you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yelp, Urbanspoon, & Chowhounds – sites focused on Restaurants & Bars. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, & Bedbug Registry affect Hotels. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apartmentreview, Rentalprotection, & Badlandlord.com affect properties. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICANN reports that over 500,000 “sucks.com” sites have been created such as; www.wellsfargosucks.com , www.walmartsucks.com , & www.toysrussucks.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SEO can be a temporary fix to promote positive online reports and push back negative results. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. How to Monitor?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Basic first steps are free: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let Google do the work for you by setting up Google Alerts – Google will send any links to postings it finds based on the frequency you select (Weekly, Daily, As it happens). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform searches on your keywords on Social Media Search sites: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter = www.summize.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs = www.technorati.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia (video/audio) = www.ezinger.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More free monitoring tools: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moreover (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MonitorThis (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BlogPulse (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google News Alerts (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo News RSS Feed (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TwitterMeter (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TweetVolume (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BackTweets (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitter (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TweetBeep (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BackType Blog Comments Monitoring (FREE) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. How to Monitor?: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Paid services are more robust: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small Business Solution: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trackur – www.trackur.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Solutions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buzzlogic - www.buzzlogic.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Radian6 - www.radian6.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dow Jones/Factiva- www.factiva.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Niche Services: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GuestPulse – Restaurant & Retail www.guestpulse.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MarketCentral – European Financial Markets – www.marketcentral.com </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. How to respond – Strategy: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Always investigate complaints made & verify the facts and source. </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to a complaint - where: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When possible, respond on the same site the comment was made. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If it was on a blog submit a comment – if the blogger refuses to post your response, notate this and publish your post on your own blog or website. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When to respond: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respond in as timely a manner as possible, when the complaint has been investigated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 hours is a lifetime on the internet – waiting makes things worse. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. How to respond – Escalation: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>You may need to involve legal assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Legal action may be taken to protect your IP, Brand, & Reputation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet issues are tricky as there are 1 st Amendment issues involved that may require special expertise. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slander, Defamation of Character, Harassment, and online Bullying laws can apply. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal intervention is required in most cases to force removal of material from the internet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright Infringement could be involved in the case of brand or identity theft. </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. The key components of Crisis Communication plans for online issues : Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Check the facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ascertain the legitimacy of the source & complaint </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determine the impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What could the potential damage be? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bring together trusted counsel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PR, Legal, Business Advisors – those that can be trusted to give good counsel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand your detractor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek to understand their motivation and needs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decide on the appropriate response </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine if escalation is needed, otherwise, respond with sincerity, show action to correct issue, and actions to make amends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Host the conversation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a forum for your audience to voice their opinions & complaints – it’s easier than tracking down comments all over the web. </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. The best defense is a good offense: Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>The conversation is happening online whether you like it or not – will you participate? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not good enough to be present online – You need to engage your audience and participate in the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency and Authenticity rule the net – Lies and misrepresentation will always be found out and called </li></ul><ul><li>True Customer Service comes from listening, observing, and engaging – then, providing a thoughtful, timely response. </li></ul><ul><li>Perception online is always a consideration – if you are perceived as the bully in responding to a complaint, using threats, or worse – legal action that could be avoided, then you lose, even if you are in the right. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Are Your Brains Full Yet? Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com Q&A
    21. 21. Thank you for listening to me rant! Sterling Cross Communication - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com <ul><li>Feel free to check us out at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.abovethebuzz.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com/MrChristopherL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sterling Cross Communications would love to discuss any of the ideas and strategies presented here today, and can assist with the implementation and execution of any of the discussed technologies! Let’s grab coffee! </li></ul><ul><li>To contact us please call: 763-496-1499 </li></ul><ul><li> email: [email_address] </li></ul>

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