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  • 1. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit
  • 2. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Introduction: People are talking about you without you. Before the Internet, businesses controlled their public image and message through television, yellow pages, radio and print advertisements. But now, people are openly discussing your business image, products and services on social networks, review sites, online directories and blogs. Not only that, what they say impacts the buying decisions of your potential customers. The name of your business says a lot to new and existing customers. It could mean “great customer service.” It might stand for “unbeatable value” or it could be “rude salespeople, long wait, STAY AWAY.” Your online reputation affects your bottom line because it can mean the difference between a consumer doing business with you, or doing business with one of your competitors. Delivering excellent products and services at every transaction will always be the best foundation for maintaining a good reputation, but taking measures to manage your online reputation helps consumers feel more confident about becoming your customer. About this Paper: This special edition Reputation Management Resources Kit is designed as a companion piece to the WSI Webinar “The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation”. To get the most out of this kit it is strongly recommended that attend the corresponding webinar which will also be available on demand from your WSI Consultant. It is essential that every business evaluate their online reputation. The forms and tested techniques included in this document are ideal for that; however businesses with serious reputation issues are advised to seek the assistance of a professional. Contact your local WSI Consultant for assistance if necessary. Special thanks to our partners at ReachLocal for their collaboration and cooperation in the production of this document. Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 3. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit 1A Evaluate My Online Reputation on Search Engines Worksheet 1A | Evaluate on Search Engines Purpose: First, you need to evaluate your online reputation as it is today and record the details on your Reputation Worksheet. Once you assess the current state of your online reputation, you’ll identify action items to focus your efforts towards improvement and how to measure progress. How it Works: We start with the 3 most popular search engines; Google, Yahoo! and Bing Step #1: Search on the following phrases: [your business name] [your business name] reviews [your business name] complaints Step #2: Examine the first page of results for each search on all three search engines. Step #3: Record the results on section 1A of your Reputation Worksheet. Step #4: Circle the plus symbol (+) if you feel that overall the page is favorable (positive) or circle the minus symbol (–) if you feel that overall the page is unfavorable (negative) to your business. NOTES: Keep in mind that not all the results you see may be about your business, but the ones that are (both good and bad) are worth keeping track of because they are what potential customers read when deciding whether or not to choose your business. In the Action column, RN means “Respond to Negative Review” and the PP means “Promote Positive Review”. Specific Actions are covered in the webinar. If your business name is one that can be found in many areas (ex: AAA Plumbing), be sure to add a location keyword for your area to make sure you’re only focusing on your business, not somebody else’s. (ex: AAA Plumbing Dallas). When listing the search engine results about your business on your Reputation Worksheet, it’s best to copy and paste the entire site address, or URL. However, some URLs can be extremely long and full of characters. In those cases, just be sure to jot down the crucial details, or at least the first part of the URL so you can recognize it when you come across it later. Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 4. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Sample of Completed Form 1A: Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 5. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit 1B Evaluate My Online Reputation on Local Directories and Review Sites Worksheet 1B | Evaluate on Local Directories and Review Sites Purpose: Some of the sites you’ve listed from your search engine results pages (on Worksheet 1A) may be links to popular directories, review sites or sites all about your business type/industry. These sites are especially important because some consumers will go to them directly without visiting a search engine first. Google Maps, Yahoo! Local and Yelp are the most important free local directories and review sites you need to be on, but be sure to list some of the other sites you saw in your search results on your Reputation Worksheet, section 1B, in the column labeled Site. How it Works: Look for your business by name on each of the sites listed on the form and indicate on the form whether you already “Claimed” your listing or not. Step #1: In the “Listing Claimed” column, circle “N” if: You do not see a listing for your business. You have never set up a listing or submitted information to that site. Circle “Y” if: You do see a listing and it’s one you set up before. You do see a listing and it’s one you’ve submitted information to already. Step #2: In the Listing Updates Needed column, circle “Y” if: The information is incomplete or incorrect. There are no photos or video, or you need new ones. In the “Rating” column, note the rating (often a number of stars) for each listing if applicable. Step #3: See if there are any reviews posted on your listings. In the Reviews column, tally the total number of reviews and then evaluate the ones you feel are positive or negative, and enter the number in the appropriate cell. NOTE: There may be more local directory/review/vertical-specific sites that are worth checking out because they’re relevant to your business type. If you don’t know any off the top of your head, see Appendix B. Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 6. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Sample of Completed Form 1B: Now that you’ve taken stock of what’s online when consumers research your business, it’s time to give yourself a grade! Get your Reputation Worksheet and let’s tally up your points. First, add your total positive search engine results (from section 1A) to your total positive reviews (from section 1B). Record your overall positive total number. Next, add your total negative search engine results (from section 1A) to your total negative reviews (from section 1B). Record your overall negative total number. What does your reputation look like? Are there more positives or negatives? Do you have work to do? Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 7. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Summary Action Plan Don’t feel overwhelmed with the tasks ahead. Reputation management needs time to work. For now let’s concentrate on setting realistic, manageable goals. Some of the links and listings that need your attention are more important than others. Some action items like claiming and setting up your listings, are more time-intensive than others (e.g. sending an email blast to customers to request positive reviews). Even if you finish this month’s action items, you might find some new things when you check your reputation again next month… Start by filling out the Summary Action on your Reputation Worksheet with your hottest, must-do action items. We’ve included 10 spaces for each of the four techniques we’ve just covered, but you should list the amount that you feel comfortable completing in 4 weeks. Not sure what your first steps should be? Here are some ideas to get you started: Claim your listings Upload existing photos or videos to multimedia sites Update your listings with the latest info and content Create an email and postcard for requesting customer reviews Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 8. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Appendix “A” Sample Forms (Full Size) and Blank Worksheets Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 9. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 10. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 11. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 12. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 13. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 14. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Appendix “B” Directory & Review Listings Below are some local directories and review sites that you may want to consider for establishing and managing your online reputation. This is not an exhaustive list, but a broad sample representative of many regional or vertical-specific destinations to help get you started in building your own list. The sites that will be most meaningful for your business are the ones which appear when you search online for your business name, or the sites that your existing and potential customers refer to most when making decisions about businesses. WSI is not endorsing or prioritizing affiliations by including any names in this list. • Google Maps: http://www.google.com/local/add • Yahoo! Local: http://listings.local.yahoo.com/csubmit/index.php • Bing: https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx • Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/business/unlocking • CitySearch: http://www.citysearch.com • Insider Pages: http://www.insiderpages.com/advertiser/sign_up.html • Localeze: http://webapp.localeze.com/bizreg/Add.aspx • Local.com: http://advertise.local.com/ • Info USA: http://dbupdate.infousa.com/dbupdate/startupdate?bas_request=A • Kudzu: https://register.kudzu.com/packageSelect.do • HealthSpa Guru: http://www.healthspaguru.com/Spa-Submit.aspx • 1-800-Dentist: http://www.1800dentist.com/for-dentists/ • Angie’s List: https://company.angieslist.com/Registration/Registration.aspx • RateMDs: http://www.ratemds.com/StartAddDoctor.jsp • Urban Spoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/e/add_restaurant/13 Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 15. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Appendix “C” Collect, Create & Publish Content Your Content Toolbox: Best practices for Content Ideas: Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business
  • 16. The Insider’s Guide to Leveraging your Online Reputation Special Edition Resources Kit Summary: Don’t under estimate the impact that your online reputation has on your business. This is about how you search for products and services. Most people start with a typical search on the service or the product and when they find something that looks like it meets their needs, they “re-search” by searching directly on the person or company they are considering. 86% of consumers check out business reviews online before making purchasing decisions.* 90% of consumers trust the reviews they read!* 58% of searchers visit a competitor’s site after seeing negative comments!* *Source: Kudzu research study The Internet is forever…when people say bad things about good businesses those things don’t go away by themselves. In fact they never go away… they can only be displaced out of immediate sight. Repairing a damaged reputation is going to cost you time and money. You have to decide how much it is impacting your business. Unfortunately you never know about the consumers who never contact you. There are many things you can do to establish and maintain your online reputation if you are willing to integrate it into your regular business activities. If you don’t have the time… make it, or call a professional. “If you’re not actively building your identity and establishing a presence online you’re letting search engines cobble together information, good or bad, and write your public story” Jason Fitzpatrick -Writer, Lifehacker Blog About the Author: Chuck Bankoff is a WSI Certified Research Analyst, and has certified other WSI Consultants around the world in Landing Page Design and Conversion Architecture strategies. Chuck is currently serving his third term on the Internet Consultant Advisory Council for WSI and is a sought after speaker at Internet marketing conferences in both the United States and Europe. If you have any questions, please email education@wsicorporate.com. Copyright © 2011 by Research and Management in Association with ReachLocal. All rights reserved. Each WSI franchise is an independently owned and operated business