Six out of ten U.S. consumers study a company’s reputation before buying a product or service, according to the 2013 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient. Reputation is everything with trust-based systems enabled by the Internet replacing traditional currency, such as an ad in the Yellow Pages, a magazine or on a billboard.
Take Amazon, for example, which beat Apple, Google, Walt Disney, and Johnson & Johnson as the most trusted company in the U.S. in the Harris Poll. It remains the leading online retailer with a reputation for security, an endless inventory, and effortless shipping and return. Plus, it has a truly groundbreaking recommendation system. The other top companies have similar strengths, but the emotional bond Amazon builds with its customers when their box arrives seals the deal.