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Greg Swan (@perfectporridge) and Christopher Lower (@mrchristopherl) tackle Online Reputation Management at the 15th Social Media Breakfast MSP (http://smbmsp.ning.com/)

Greg Swan (@perfectporridge) and Christopher Lower (@mrchristopherl) tackle Online Reputation Management at the 15th Social Media Breakfast MSP (http://smbmsp.ning.com/)

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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
  • Have you ever sent flowers that weren’t delivered on time? http://www.flickr.com/photos/84213819@N00/2268713741/
  • Greg sets up, Chris takes it from there
  • 1800flowers appeases customers via Twitter
  • Brandjacking is so commonplace, Facebook and Twitter are dedicating staff just to address it.
  • Only 3 European companies that were on the 2000 WMAC list were on the 2007 WMAC list (BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Nestle). Royal Dutch Shell missed 2006 so only 2 companies consistently made the list 8 years in a row.
  • Greg
  • Motrin launches ad campaign targeting baby-sling wearing moms to coincide with International Baby-Wearing Week. It was a tongue-in-cheek campaign with commercials and print ads targeting that “new baby” and “mommy” target audiences.
  • Click on image in “slide show” mode for hyperlink
  • Moms offended by the suggestion that they carry their babies to be “fashionable”. Mom bloggers started flooding Twitter with thousands of angry comments about Motrin, calling for boycotts, expressing criticism and demand to be heard.
  • Youtube search for “motrin”
  • Motrin tagged in delicious
  • Google search “motrin mom”
  • Motrin.com is down
  • The Motrin.com site is back up on Monday 1pm CST, after being down for a few hours, with the public apology
  • This presence has not been confirmed as legitimate.
  • Motrin SERP not impacted by blog storm
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Video is now gone
  • Domino’s actively responds to the Twitter chatter….both about the incident, and about the YouTube video they produced
  • 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
  • Jim Collins states that it takes a company “…an average of four years to crystallize a coherent strategic concept and seven years of intense effort below the radar screen before a company would show a significant and sustained leap to great results.” Many companies not prepared to manage reputation damage. Only 48% feel prepared.Two thirds or more prepared for physical damage, third party liability, business interruption, merger/acquisition restructuring and disaster recovery. Source: Aon, Global Risk Management Survey ’07 among 320 global business executives
  • ListeningCC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16231096@N00/187486660/
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • Sterling Cross Communications - Traditional Storytelling Integrating Today's Technology - www.sterlingcrossgroup.com
  • ResponseCC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48889110751@N01/7502115/
  • 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
  • Nortel Corporate Presentation 2007 Nortel
  • Listen to what your customers are saying about you. Participate in the conversation. Actually change.
  • Questions? CC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7811706@N04/2233942590/

Online Reputation Management, Social Media Breakfast MSP, May 22, 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Social Media Breakfast MSP - #smbmsp
  • 2. Christopher Lower, Director of Marketing & PR, Sterling Cross Communications Chris’s Background: • 17 years of Marketing, Sales, & Copywriting • 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. • Worked for such companies as Disney, Toys R Us, Starlog Franchise Corporation, Build-a-Bear Workshops, Zeiss Microscopes, & Champp’s Americana. Sterling Cross Communications: • 6 year old Public Relations, Social Media Relations, & Marketing Firm • 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.
  • 3. The Growth of Internet Use 2005 - Today 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)
  • 4. How Prevalent is it? • 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. • 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.” • 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.
  • 5. What are they using it for?: • We’re focusing on “Critics”: – Post ratings/reviews of products or services – Comment on someone else’s blog – Contribute to online forums. – Contribute to or edit articles on wikis Classifications Courtesy the book Groundswell (2008) by Forester Research Group – Josh Bernoff & Charlene Li
  • 6. Success often hinges on 1) being cognizant of and 2) participating within the thin blue line between control and credibility control credibility web 1.0 web 2.0 company consume
  • 7. 8
  • 8. Who do people trust? 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.“ Why do people trust strangers? 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;expertquot; might say. What does this mean for your brand? You never know who may be reviewing your product, or where. 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. What if your customers don't like you? Shutting them up is not an option. SOURCE: Data courtesy of Forrester Research Group 2009.
  • 9. 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. Have you ever sent flowers that weren’t delivered on time?
  • 11. FTD’s new communication challenges on Mother’s Day: • “FTD.com still hasn’t delivered the flowers I ordered Wednesday to my mom in the hospital, and they still haven’t replied either. Grrrrr.” • “Firing off an angry letter to FTD. They are liars, use 1-800- Flowers or call an actual, real florist on the telephone.” • “Calling FTD…mothers day flowers that were not delivered….” • “FTD had two days to get RA’s mom her mothers day flowers and they FAILED. I am SO waiting this 15 minute hold time to rip someone a new one.” • “FTD resolution was terrible; solution to missed Mother’s day flowers; send flowers tomorrow & discount the service charge!” http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/11/ftds-mothers-day-mishap/
  • 12. Does your company “own” its online identity?
  • 13. With all of this said, it’s no surprise… • Nearly 7 out of 10 global executives fear for their corporate reputations as online risks grow Weber Shandwick's 2009 “Risky Business: Reputations Online”
  • 14. reputation loss – the “stumble rate” 79 % corporate royalty losing reputation
  • 15. not an easy journey… General 1 General Electric Electric 2 Microsoft Toyota Procter Southwest 3 Coca-Cola & Gamble Airlines Dell Johnson 4 Intel & Johnson Starbucks 5 Berkshire Hathaway Apple Sony Berkshire 6 IBM Hathaway 7 Wal-Mart FedEx 8 Cisco Nokia Citigroup IBM Microsoft Home 9 Dell Coca- BMW Depot Cola 10 Merck Toyota PepsiCo 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Source: Fortune World’s Top 10 Most Admired Companies 2000 – 2007; Top Voting Results
  • 16. Motrin Case Study
  • 17. Response
  • 18. 3 DAYS LATER!
  • 19. Last Twitter update on Sunday night. No sign of response to issue via Twitter.
  • 20. Motrin apparently did little or no monitoring of their audience before or during the crisis Taxi’s corporate communications director was reportedly unaware of the online firestorm.
  • 21. Guess Who Noticed? Mainstream media “Slings and arrows: Online backlash ends Motrin ad” J&J Pulls Online Motrin Ad After Social-Media Backlash Company caves to moms' Motrin ad backlash Offended moms get tweet revenge over Motrin ads
  • 22. • A majority of leaders are out of touch with rogue employees online. A large two-thirds (66%) of global executives are either unaware or do not want to admit that employees are badmouthing their companies online. • Surprisingly, only one-third (34 percent) of executives worldwide say they know of an employee who posted something negative online about their company despite the ongoing prevalence of damaging digital chatter. Weber Shandwick's 2009 “Risky Business: Reputations Online”
  • 23. Case Study: Domino’s
  • 24. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: Domino’s Pizza: – 2 Employees posted a horrific video on YouTube showing disgusting things they did to the food prior to it being delivered. – Over 1 million people saw this in the first 48 hours. – 5 of the first 12 Google listings for “dominos pizza” are now negative – Over 5000 people commented on the YouTube site’s comment section – 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). – 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. – Experts put the cost of this to Domino’s at over 50 mil (including legal, PR, loss of sales, and coupons to recover business) 37
  • 25. quot;Nothing is local anymore,quot; Domino's spokesman Tim McIntyre says. quot;That's the challenge of the Web world. Any two idiots with a video camera and a dumb idea can damage the reputation of a 50-year- old brand.quot; – USA Today, 4/16/09
  • 26. vs What did Chevron do when it learned that “60 Minutes” was preparing a potentially damaging report about oil company contamination of the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador? It hired a former journalist to produce a mirror image of the report, from the corporation’s point of view. – Wall Street Journal, 5/10/09
  • 27. • “60 Minutes” report reached at least 12 million viewers on television • Chevron-sponsored video has 4k views • Maybe this is why 98% of execs “use” the Internet to evaluate company reputation, but less than 6 in 10 find it “useful” for making final judgments (Risky Business)
  • 28. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: Matt Bacak – A personal brand destroyed: – 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. – 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. – He put out a press release on his having attained “elite” status. – 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). – 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. – 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.
  • 29. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: They Are Not Alone: – 2009 Web Tech Manufacturer Belkin – gets caught paying for positive reviews – casting in doubt the quality of their products. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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.”
  • 30. What Happens When Customers Complain or Damage your brand online?: There are Industry Specific sites that could affect you: – Yelp, Urbanspoon, & Chowhounds – sites focused on Restaurants & Bars. – Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, & Bedbug Registry affect Hotels. – Apartmentreview, Rentalprotection, & Badlandlord.com affect properties. ICANN reports that over 500,000 “sucks.com” sites have been created such as; www.wellsfargosucks.com, www.walmartsucks.com, & www.toysrussucks.com SEO can be a temporary fix to promote positive online reports and push back negative results.
  • 31. Corporate Reputation
  • 32. ABCs of reputation management • No reputation is bulletproof • Recovery is continuous with no short cuts or days off • Reputation recovery comes with no completion date • Each crisis and recovery has its own rhythm • Second chances are rarely a matter of luck • Don’t leave reputation up to the roll of the dice
  • 33. recovery process – getting off the crutches 91% of global executives believe companies can fully recover ` On average recovery takes 3 years, 5 months Only 48% prepared for reputation damage Sources: Safeguarding Reputation™ survey, conducted with KRC Research, 2006: AON, 2007
  • 34. listening Listening
  • 35. How to Monitor?: • Basic first steps are free: – 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). – Perform searches on your keywords on Social Media Search sites: – Twitter = www.summize.com – Blogs = www.technorati.com – Multimedia (video/audio) = www.ezinger.com – More free monitoring tools: •Moreover (FREE) •MonitorThis (FREE) •BlogPulse (FREE) •Google News Alerts (FREE) •Yahoo News RSS Feed (FREE) •TwitterMeter (FREE) •TweetVolume (FREE) •BackTweets (FREE) •Monitter (FREE) •TweetBeep (FREE) •Google Blog Search (FREE) •BackType Blog Comments Monitoring (FREE)
  • 36. How to Monitor?: • Paid services are more robust: – Small Business Solution: – Trackur – www.trackur.com – Enterprise Solutions: – Buzzlogic - www.buzzlogic.com – Radian6 - www.radian6.com – Dow Jones/Factiva- www.factiva.com – Niche Services: – GuestPulse – Restaurant & Retail www.guestpulse.com – MarketCentral – European Financial Markets – www.marketcentral.com
  • 37. response Response
  • 38. How to respond – Strategy: Always investigate complaints made & verify the facts and source. Responding to a complaint - where: – When possible, respond on the same site the comment was made. – 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. When to respond: – Respond in as timely a manner as possible, when the complaint has been investigated. – 24 hours is a lifetime on the internet – waiting makes things worse.
  • 39. How to respond – Escalation: You may need to involve legal assistance. Legal action may be taken to protect your IP, Brand, & Reputation: – Internet issues are tricky as there are 1st Amendment issues involved that may require special expertise. – Slander, Defamation of Character, Harassment, and online Bullying laws can apply. – Legal intervention is required in most cases to force removal of material from the internet. – Copyright Infringement could be involved in the case of brand or identity theft.
  • 40. The key components of Crisis Communication plans for online issues : 2. Check the facts • Ascertain the legitimacy of the source & complaint 3. Determine the impact • What could the potential damage be? 4. Bring together trusted counsel • PR, Legal, Business Advisors – those that can be trusted to give good counsel 5. Understand your detractor • Seek to understand their motivation and needs 6. Decide on the appropriate response • Determine is escalation is needed, otherwise, respond with sincerity, show action to correct issue, and actions to make amends 7. Host the conversation • Provide a forum for your audience to voice their opinions & complaints – it’s easier than tracking down comments all over the web.
  • 41. The best defense is a good offense: • The conversation is happening online whether you like it or not – will you participate? • It’s not good enough to be present online – You need to engage your audience and participate in the conversation • Transparency and Authenticity rule the net – Lies and misrepresentation will always be found out and called • True Customer Service comes from listening, observing, and engaging – then, providing a thoughtful, timely response.
  • 42. Better Defense Through Inoculation Minimize Reputation Risk
  • 43. Fill the sandbags BEFORE the flood Inoculate through Proactivity: http://www.usernamecheck.com
  • 44. Participate and join the community Inoculate by Listening, Participating, Evolving
  • 45. Group Activity Time! 1. Trust Falls! 2. Partner off – seek out someone you don’t know. 3. Take turns “Googling” each other and see how much you can find out