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How to Remedy a Dip in Your Business Reputation

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HOW TO NAVIGATE BAD PRESS

In the digital age, it can be incredibly damaging to your business if you have a PR crisis. Not only do issues spread like wildfire, but they might not even be true. Your company could experience bad press simply because someone told a lie. These dips in business reputation can be discouraging, but there are plenty of ways to navigate the issue.

RECONSIDER YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE APPROACH

Make sure that your customer service is amazing. Some of the most common lawsuits and PR problems come because of a bad interaction between a customer and an employee. If the employee was in the wrong, make sure their employment is terminated or that they are put on suspension.

Train your employees regularly. Have meetings where customers can ask questions about different situations. Avoid bashing customers—keep the meetings as positive as possible. If your employees view their work as an optimistic thing, people will have a hard time taking the bad press seriously, and your employees will be more effective.

FIX NEGATIVE REVIEWS

Another way your company can remedy its dipping reputation is by addressing negative reviews. People want to know they are going to have a good experience when they step through your doors. Customers also like to feel heard—especially when your company did something wrong.

You must turn this around. Only 9 percent of customers will consider going with a business with a one or two-star review. Start by addressing the most valid criticisms directly with the reviews. Tell them what you will do to improve, and ask that they give you a chance once again.

GET AHEAD OF BAD PRESS

Another tactic that can be helpful in the modern age is to get ahead of the bad press. If you know something was done improperly, have your PR team post a statement condemning the action. However, this isn’t always the case. You should also acknowledge when your business didn’t do anything wrong and declare how you will move forward.

When a claim or rumor doesn’t hold water, sometimes the smartest thing you can do is lean into it. For example, Subway was accused one time of not using real tuna in their sandwich. Rather than cower and admit defeat, Subway launched a campaign asking customers to try a free tuna sandwich—allowing people to try it for themselves.

No matter what dip in reputation you are going through, there is a way out. Humbly concede when you have done something wrong, work to improve and embrace what you stand by. These are the tenets of great PR.

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How to Remedy a Dip in Your Business Reputation 1Jeff Irvine
Founder – InnoVision
jeff@innovisionbiz.com
Sacramento 916-662-7491
Petaluma 707-981-7272

InnoVision is a full service digital agency that provides internet marketing services, SEO, Local SEO, website development, graphic design, branding, social media marketing, search engine marketing and more from our Sacramento and Petaluma locations.

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