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How to Take Reputation Management to the Next Level

In today's media environment, reputation management has become a necessity.

For decades, brand reputation has been meticulously monitored, but with the introduction of the internet and social media, new channels have emerged that can influence a brand's or organization's reputation. As a result, online reputation management has become critical for huge corporations. After all, a deteriorating reputation will have a serious influence on an organization's success.

What precisely is reputation management?

Reputation management is the systematic monitoring of any reporting that has an impact on how people perceive your product or brand, with the goal of acting on it to help enhance or protect the reputation. By keeping track of your reputation, you can keep everyone in your company up to date on what's going on and whether or not expectations are being met. Nowadays, brand reputation is largely controlled by a much bigger range of followers, consumers, critics, customers, influentials, politicians, and bloggers, rather than a small number of direct stakeholders.

Good media monitoring is the foundation of reputation management: mapping, protecting, and improving an online reputation. You can track exactly what is being said about your brand by monitoring both online and offline media, such as social media, RTV, and newspapers. However, you must first describe exactly what you wish to track. What information is critical to your business and has a specific application? Equally crucial is ensuring that this information is brought to the attention of the appropriate persons in a controlled and understandable manner. You'll gain a better understanding of what your brand's general sentiment is based on these insights, allowing you to keep a closer check on your reputation and make modifications as needed.

Reputation management's significance

You'll be able to collect data for communication, marketing, and customer service, as well as assess which aspects influence your brand's online reputation, if you set up media monitoring in a structured way. On social media, as well as news sites, blogs, and newspapers and magazines, brands are bombarded with messages from stakeholders on a regular basis. It's critical to obtain a thorough understanding of all of these sources and communications in order to gain a decent overview of your reputation. It provides excellent insight into consumer, potential customer, and stakeholder messages. You'll be able to see what's going on and decide which keys need to be pressed.

To properly maintain a reputation, you must first understand what to look for. The practice of recognizing, influencing, and optimizing public confidence in an organization using online and offline media is known as reputation management. This indicates that you, as a brand or organization's communication expert, gather data on what is being expressed concerning your brand, exercise influence where necessary to change your reputation, and optimize everything to increase your brand's reputation.

How do you assess a brand's reputation?

When it comes to evaluating your company's reputation, four emotional markers are crucial: trust, appreciation, admiration, and a positive mood. The Reputation Institute's RepTrak© method – often known as the 7 reputation pillars – is the most widely used way for gauging this (Van Riel, C., 2014). The Reputation Institute's mission is to assist organizations in answering the following questions:

  1. What is my reputation?

  2. How does my reputation compare?

  3. How can I improve my reputation?

A reputation score is created by combining these elements. The pillars assess how target groups feel about key themes related to your company from the outside. The perspectives of relevant stakeholders are incorporated in addition to those of consumers. The following are the seven dimensions on which an organization is evaluated:

Take action! From facts to conclusions.

Monitoring and analyzing data offers you the ability to gather insights that you can utilize as an organization to assist you take the next step. On a weekly or monthly basis, data analysis and in-depth reports will provide you with new insights, and they may also be used ad hoc, for example, in the case of a specific incident or the release of a new product.

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