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What is Online Reputation Management?

After SEO, SEM and other abbreviations you’ve had to learn in online marketing, here comes another one: ORP – Online Reputation Management. But what exactly does it mean?

Most people and companies now have profiles on many social media sites: Facebook, Trip Advisor, Twitter, YouTube to name but a few. Often, posts on those sites are being picked up by Google. For example, did you know that your Amazon wishlist can be found in Google and usually ranks quite high? Just google yourself and see. Having so much information about you or your business on the web can pose a problem. Disappointed customers, an angry ex-partner or friends can post blogs and photos that portray you or your business in a negative light. This week’s BBC fast:track programme talks about exactly that:

‘Over the past decade, travel review websites have become a primary source of travel information, especially as the web has grown. Rajan Datar investigates this trend and looks into their vulnerability to deception. Fake posts, biased reviews and intentionally negative comments to rivals have become common, as well as questions about the kind of people who post reviews. fast:track talks to industry professionals including a traditional guide writer and the Director of Trip Advisor.’

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ORP is the attempt to control hotel review sites, travel blogs and consumer-generated content in the modern world of Web 2.0. Some companies have been offering solutions for a while, e.g.: Hotel Protect by TIG Global.

The other option is doing ORP yourself, for example by setting up Google alerts or run Twitter searches but managing hundreds of profiles could be overwhelming.

It is still early days for many hotels or chains but with Web 2.0 becoming ever more important for the success of your online marketing, I am sure ORP will have to be an element of your marketing mix in future.

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Social Media: don’t just be there – have a plan!

Even though this is meant for restaurants, I’m sure it applies to hotel marketing, too. The main point being that you actually think about how to use Twitter and Facebook before you start using them. Don’t just create accounts because everyone else has one!

It should be pretty easy to determine your target audience and choose the networks accordingly since, contrary to common believe, not everyone is on Twitter.

Finding interesting topics and keep the updates coming might be slightly harder. Tip number 2 from the article is essential – do some research before starting! Set up a research system for permanent use (for example using Google Alerts). This would also enable you to respond to tweets in the way another blog describes it: Twitter’s Real Value Is In Personal Connections. Responding to tweets is very important because Twitter and Facebook are conversational and not just one-way.

Be visual! The number of tweets can be enormous when you follow more than a dozen tweeters. The most compellent tweets are those that have a link to click on which opens up more information or even better shows an image. Images make it personal, people love looking at them and they will also remember visual information better than a plain message.

I also like point 5 in the article, to create brand ambassadors. Let’s be fair, there is quite a lot of work involved in keeping social media marketing afloat and it’s taking up resources. So, if you can find people who are passionate about your brand, utilize them.

Whatever you do with social media – and the possibilities are endless – do have a plan first! Not only so you know what you are doing but also so that you can put the necessary resources into place to enable you to sustain your effort.

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Corinna Witt : e-commerce, hotel internet marketing expert for hotels and the travel industry

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