e-Reputation management goes beyond Search Engine Marketing

22 09 2008

One of the most popular questions I got from prospects is “How do you – as ORM professional – compete with Search Engine Marketing (SEM) agencies offering Online Reputation Management?”

Before answering that question, I’d like to add that most of ORM specialists come from eMarketing or PR worlds. As you know I’m a PR. 🙂

As PR my answer is: “When I’m doing ORM services, I’m not PR anymore. I don’t want to limit our actions portfolio to SEO-friendly press release, online press room, PR campaign,… When I’m offering ORM services, I’m ready to give you advice on how to react to online rumor/attacks with ads, marketing, PR, SEM, legal,… tools. Of course I won’t be able to take all the actions on my own. BUT that’s not my job as consultant!”

“When you are looking at most of the SEM e-Reputation Management services you rapidly understand that their only focus is ranking/positioning in search engines. They just miss the global idea of Online Reputation Management such as communication opportunities, brand protection, buzz analysis, etc.”

All right! SEM is a great tool to manage your online reputation. BUT ORM goes beyond SEM!!!

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Much more than a buzz tool…

29 06 2008

rumorAs I already told you in a previous post, Online Reputation Management (ORM) is all about reputation (not only about buzz).

If it’s important to measure your buzz and see if your (online/offline) marketing campaigns are generating reactions on the internet, it’s even more important to assess if this buzz is positive or negative.

Do you imagine the impact of negative rumors/conversations on your brand/name/company results? With ORM you’ll be alerted when negative buzz will be identified. You’ll then be able to react and (maybe) prevent the fast circultation of the bad news via blogs, forums,… You’ll be able to protect your brand or influence your consumers’ perception.

That’s all about reputation!





B2Win: Managing Brands’ Online Reputations (Press Release)

27 06 2008

B2Win logoBrussels, 27 June 2008 — B2Win (www.b2win.be), an independent Press Relations (PR) agency, has just launched an Online Reputation Management service (ORM – https://onlinereputationmanagement.wordpress.com/). Centred on the online monitoring and protection of client companies’ reputations, the service’s originality lies in the firmly innovative approach it offers to marketeers in this field.

Regardless of which ORM solution best suits the specific needs of a business, B2Win can take charge of the 3 e-Reputation phases: the monitoring of the buzz; the analysis of the results; and the actions aimed at stimulating the client’s Web presence or influencing users’ perceptions.

Because you can no longer afford to overlook one key fact: while a large majority of consumers still buy offline, they nevertheless connect to the Internet to carry out research, read test results and consult the opinions of other users. And due to the growing number of web 2.0 applications (like blogs, wikis, RSS streams, forums, social networking sites, etc.) whereby information can be rapidly posted on the Net, indexed by search engines and picked up on by the traditional media, it is a phenomenon that’s rapidly gathering momentum. It’s essential therefore that company bosses listen actively to what’s circulating online.

“For over a decade now, I’ve been managing the reputation of companies in the media and, these days, there’s no denying that the world of the media and the Internet are becoming significantly intertwined,” explains Valérie Léonard, B2Win’s Managing Director and PR Consultant. “The creation of our ORM service is consequently a logical step for an agency such as B2Win, especially as we’ve historically specialised in the IT and Internet sector.”

Download the full version (in English, French or Dutch) here





More than a tool, a service

19 06 2008

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If the ORM tools are able to gather all online conversations about your company/product/competitors/etc who is going to check all the results to assess if they are positive or negative, to detect communication opportunities…???

If some tools are able to read the conversations in order to alert when there are negative input, are they able to understand all languages? And what about the acronymes, irony or play on words???

When negative buzz is found who is going to analyze it (source, ranking, external links, positioning in Google results,…)? How do we determine what are the best action(s) to take?

Beyond the monitoring of your buzz, the Online Reputation Management is all about analyzis and actions. It means manual work and human consultancy.





ORM article in Business ICT magazine – 2 remarks

10 06 2008

Business ICT June CoverA nice article about ORM is published in Business ICT magazine (June edition). For the first time of my life since the launch of my PR agency (B2Win) I’m in the article 😉 But that’s not the objective of this post. I read the article carefully and want to share 2 remarks…

First of all most of people talking about Online Reputation Management (ORM) is monitoring web 2.0 media such as blogs, forums, message boards, videos sites, social networks, etc. They just forget to look at the websites. What happens when one of your competitors is critisizing your new product? Are you listening to this negative input about your brand?
Tracking websites pages is a must to manage your e-Reputation!

My second remark is concerning the ORM tools. Whatever the performance of those tools might be they all need manual monitoring to be able to analyse the results. If some of those tools are able to identify keywords to alert marketeers when the buzz is negative. What about irony, play on words, abbreviations, etc?
Besides manual work is necessary to assess the relevancy of the source of the negative input. Based on this assessment you should know how urgent it is to react and what are the right way(s) to respond.