Whether your business reputation has recently taken a hit due to bad reviews or you are simply looking to give your brand’s prestige a boost, there are a number of things you can do to improve your business reputation right now, as you will see below.
1. Give back
One of the best ways to boost your business reputation is to simply give back. Get involved in corporate giving, and do something good for your community, whether it is donating cash to a food pantry or sponsoring a local sports team, and your brand will instantly go up in people’s estimations.
Yes, giving back is great for PR, but if you are going to get involved in corporate giving, it is best to embrace it wholeheartedly, choose a cause you love and give in the most genuine way possible because people are cynical and they spot a cynical attempt to win favor from a mile away.
2. Reply politely to bad reviews
If you have gotten bad reviews, and you want to boost your business reputation, the worst thing you can do is to reply in anger or with snark. Address the complainant politely, and if you need to refute anything they are saying, so so dispassionately with factual statements. Then offer to get in touch to come up with a solution.
Anyone who is reading those bad reviews, if they see that you are reasonable and willing to deal with them, will not think so badly of your company as they might otherwise. Be professional and you can definitely limit the damage bad reviews do and turn things around for the better.
3. Show your values
These days, businesses that want to have a good reputation need to have values. So, if you are passionate about sustainability, make it known to the customers that you source only organic, sustainable products or if you care about the homeless, let your customers know that you donate a percentage of the profits to a local soup kitchen. Make your brand about your values and your values a part of your brand and you cannot fail to improve your reputation.
4 Offer amazing customer service
If you are serious about improving your reputation, then you need to think about your customers and what they would like, If they would like faster shi[pping or quicker access to customer service agents when they have a problem, then you need to do your best to make it happen.
You need to go above and beyond to not only meet, but exceed the customer’s expectations. This is a surefire way to get more positive reviews going forward, not to mention more referrals and recommendations too.
Improving your business reputation is usually something that takes a bit of time, and it will take some, not unsubstantial, effort on your part, but as you can see from the above, the steps you need to take in order to do so are not particularly difficult, so what are you waiting for?