Managing Negative Online Reviews: When to Engage and When to Ignore
We are getting great info at PubCon this week! Heard another great speaker, Tony Wright (CEO of WrightIMC), present information about how to effectively, manage negative reviews manage negative reviews during the “Reputation Management: Monitoring your Brands Online” panel discussion yesterday. Main things we took away from Tony are below.
When monitoring your online reputation, it is important to be aware that there are no tools out there to keep track of your reviews in Google; monitoring what’s being said about you must be done by hand.
If you discover negative reviews and find that your reputation is under attack, there are several things to keep in mind:
With this information in mind, you need to determine if, when and how to respond. Of course, this depends on the resources you have available. Because if you start combating the negative conversation about your company, brand or service, you need to be able to commit for the long term. You need active, timely and regular communication—or you will not succeed.
Of course, the main idea is to take a proactive approach to online reputation management by gaining traction in the search engines across a variety of venues and platforms. If the top ten listings in the SERPs are all sites that you own, have control over or have influence over, those negative reviews will be less visible as they appear further down in the SERPs.
Additionally, since unhappy customers are much more likely to complain online, your goal should be to get happy, well-satisfied customers to talk about you online. A good Internet marketing firm should be able to get your happy customers talking about you and posting positive reviews about you across a broad spectrum of online vehicles. Contact SonicSEO.com to learn more.