Internet users are easily influenced by first impressions, and since interaction with them is, almost always, not face-to-face, it’s quite difficult to stop them from judging your business based on impressions alone. People would always go for brands that rank higher, are better seen on the Net, and carry an excellent reputation among its current customers. Why? It’s reputation; reputation reflects the way the business is being handled.

This is where reputation marketing enters the picture. Let’s say you have a website that provides high-quality content, which attracts visitors. Is that enough to prove that your business is of high quality? Building a reputation goes beyond that. recommends a more descriptive set of tactics for reputation marketing, three of which are the most crucial:

  • Highly controlled and intricate SEOs – whether you like it or not, people care if your website is on page 3 or page 27

  • Asking for customers positive reviews – this is a more believable strategy than any other ad, and

  • Dealing with customer complaints offline – as they say, once it’s on the Internet, it’s there forever.

Potential customers prefer to believe more the people who have experienced your services or bought your products than the fancy ads and sugar-coated write-ups on your website. The sincerity of your brand is a big deal to customers, and showing them how real you are through high-quality products and customer service contributes significantly to brand reputation building.