You need a good reputation for your business to survive. You’ve got clients who love you and you’ve done good work, but you’re only halfway done. It’s vital that your company’s reputation be available for others to find as well. We’ve got a few tips you should do to build your brand online. By implementing these early on, you’ll create a snowball effect as your business grows.
Testimonials and reviews — legitimacy from the people you’ve served.
This is perhaps the most important piece of proof when it comes to establishing an honest reputation.
In fact, 90% of customers will check the reviews before they make a purchase. Because of what they read in the reviews, they may or may not buy the product or service.
Therefore, it’s critical for you to get as many good reviews as possible. Timing is key however. The longer you wait, the more generic the kudos become. If you can’t get them right after you’ve closed the deal, send them a follow-up survey afterwards asking how you did. To be even more personal, call and ask how they’re doing. Lead up to your testimonial questions and ask if you can use what they say in testimonials on your site or ask them to share it online to help someone else have the same good experience they did.
The media — free exposure to hundreds, or even thousands.
Reaching out to the media can have a huge impact on your business. Magazines, newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations have a large following in the local community — and when you’re just starting up, many of your customers will be close to home.
You can reach out and establish a good relationship with the media by issuing a press release. This allows you to tell the story about your business or a great experience you created for a client. It also can spark interest that can lead to an interview, additional articles and quotes for other pieces. On a slow news day, they may even include your article in their publications.
Social media — free accessibility and interaction.
Secure your name on all of the social networks. Make sure you have the right address and contact information in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and especially Google Maps. Make yourself available to any potential customers — encourage them to tag you in posts or use your hashtag.
Respond to compliments and complaints — remember, it’s all public. Imagine that the complaint is coming from a customer right in front of your restaurant, and thousands of people are watching. Seeing the conversation and resolution between you and an upset customer may even encourage others to visit you.
There are other kinds of sites your business can join. If you’re the owner of a bakery, set up your Yelp and Zomato accounts. If you’re in the hospitality industry, sign into TripAdvisor. Builders, interior decorators and architects can get involved with Houzz.
It can seem a little daunting to get started, but leverage your connections on and offline. Joining organizations can provide support and networking can introduce you to tons of people. They key is to dedicate time to each of these areas in order to get the most out of them.
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