As the population of the world multiplies itself (many a times) each year, there is a new problem arising. Today, the percentage of name uniqueness is going down. If you look at it, there are more than 47,000 John Smiths and more than a thousand James Bonds in the US! With name multiplicity, many business owners are coming across a new reputation management dilemma. When you do a name search on Google, it pulls up most relevant stories. Now, this algorithm can be a great thing if you share your name with a celebrity, but can spell a doom for your business career if you share your name with a fraudster or criminal! While the negative news about your twin-named-evil comes up in the searches, many people might mistake the news to be about you. This has become a big concern for many business owners across the globe.
Just imagine a scenario: you are applying for a bank loan or a fresh round of business funding. The personnel at the funding organization, while going through your documents, perform a quick search on Google. And what they come across? They find a whole lot of negative news about a fraudster sharing your name! What do you think would be the fate of your application? It would be rejected, right? This is just one of the many scenarios where a negative name collision can hamper your business. And the simplest way to get over this is by using a reputed reputation management service.
How does reputation management help in purging the negative results?
As a first step the reputation management agency, you contact, will review all the negative search results appearing against your name. They will create a strategy to suppress these search results. But, leading reputation management agencies will have methodical flow to their tasks and some of them are mentioned below.
Firstly, they will contact the news organization or the website owners where the negative news is appearing. If it is a profane or vulgar content, then a strong worded mail often does the trick to get the news down. If it is a serious news, then the professionals might request the organization to get it down and many a times they adhere because the news has run its prime by then.
Often getting the prior news down can be a time consuming process. But in the meantime, the reputation management team starts their part of the work. They confront the negative news with positive postings around your name (as well as mention your company). They identify the top searched websites in your domains and keep posting positive content there.
Depending on the immediacy of the situation, the reputation management agency might also approach other thought leaders and authority websites from your business domain to publish positive news and reviews about you and your business. These are quick fixes to all the negative news.
Almost side-by-side, the agency would optimize your social media presence across all popular platforms. Your profile would showcase a lot of positive information. These are good enough to stop your same-named-twin from coming up in search results.
At Keyline we have tackled such situations in the past and have the in-depth know-how in this regard. If you are suffering from negative reputation on the web, let us address the situation. Take a look at our online marketing package.