November 13, 2012

Your online brand matters more than you realize

Manage your online presence to cultivate a positive reputation

Target audience: Businesses, brands, marketing professionals, SEO specialists, agencies, general public.

David SparkWhat you say about yourself online and what others say about you online will affect your business’s bottom line. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review, an overall one-star increase or decrease on a review site can result in a 5 to 9 percent increase or decrease in sales. Similarly, a study by Edmunds.com discovered that auto dealerships with a 3.5 star rating or below get 30 percent fewer leads, said Brent Franson, vice president of sales at Reputation.com.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel discussion for the Jewish Community Federation Business Leadership Council on building and protecting your online brand. Joining me and Franson on the panel were Shanee Ben-Zur, social media strategist and manager for NVIDIA, and Daniel Bernstein, product partnerships lead for Social/Google+ at Google. Continue reading

September 24, 2012

Win the online reputation land war

Online reputation management tries to replace negative results with positive & neutral entries

Chris AbrahamWhile I concur with Vizzini, the Sicilian from the movie The Princess Bride, that one should “never get involved in a land war in Asia,” sometimes there’s no escape — and taking on Google’s search index, algorithmic prowess, and the natural results of organic search itself is, indeed, akin to getting involved in a land war in Asia. Most folks know only of the fierce fighting associated with organic search engine optimization (SEO), a process by which we write copy, optimize architecture, use keywords, add hyperlinks, and interlink sites in order to associate a keyword phrase with our particular brand, product, service, and site; another, larger battle is online reputation management, or ORM. Continue reading