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Managing Your Online Reputation

Your online reputation is increasingly becoming just as, if not more important than your offline reputation. We live within a world where we are quick to discover one’s online presence before anything else.

Has your friend ever recommended a really great restaurant to you, so you quickly jump online and Google their menu, photos of the restaurant and read the reviews. Suddenly, you have formulated an opinion about this place before even visiting them, and have probably decided whether or not you will try it.

It is something that we do subconsciously in today’s world. So now, more than ever it is crucial to ensure that your own online reputation is managed to make sure that people, and potential customers get a great first impression of your business!

We have created a few helpful tips to assist in managing your own online reputation.

  1. Maintain credible, well developed and accessible online platforms.

Websites are the most beneficial way to build your professional online reputation. They help to establish credibility within your industry. A website will be one of the main sources that a customer will discover when searching for your business.

It is important to ensure that your website is well developed. There are a number of templates and tools available to you to develop a website that looks good and can promote your business well. We are naturally drawn to aesthetics that we like, so ensure that you have developed a website that adequately displays your branding and promotes the messages that your brand values.

Social media has become one of the most important marketing tools within the past few years. It can increase your reach, communication and growth with your audience immensely. Using a social media strategy that aligns with your business goals, will allow you to present yourself online in a way that effectively sells your brand and will overall assist in managing your online reputation.

  1. Use quality images and content.

We now use more visual content than before to help us to make decisions about a product or service! Images and videos are what we are attracted to. Ensuring that you are using quality images on your website and social media will help boost your reputation. It displays a level of professionalism and consideration for your branding!

According to Skyword research, captivating photos are 94% more likely to get views than basic compositions!

  1. Manage Customer Reviews, both positive and negative.

 It is important to pay attention to the reviews that customers will leave on your businesses online pages. They can provide you with information on how satisfied customers are with your products or services. Give thanks to those who have taken the time to share their positive experiences with your business, it helps to build a progressive relationship with them and promotes communication.

Forbes conducted a study that determined that a customer is 270% more likely to purchase a service after a business has received five positive reviews!

It is also valuable to remember to respond to negative reviews, and to monitor the occurrences of any negative experiences. It may be an issue that you can easily rectify and will result in a win-win for both you and the customer. Managing reviews professionally and kindly can benefit your reputation with prospective customers.

Overall, managing your online reputation is beneficial in assisting your business growth and attracting new customers. Our online presence provides a public portfolio that gives potential customers a first impression of your business. It is important to manage this reputation to allow your business to flourish!

Our team of professionals work to help you build a valuable reputation to achieve your business goals. If you are looking for guidance and assistance on managing your online reputation, contact us, [email protected].

How COVID-19 has impacted digital transformation in today’s business world.

It comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world we live in, in more ways than we ever expected. Overnight, we began relying heavily on digital technology to allow us to continue our lives as best and as ‘normal’ as we could.

Digital marketing has become the saving grace for many businesses throughout this time. Consumers are trusting the use of digital platforms to gain information about products and services, more than ever before. From online shopping to business networking, the use of online platforms have allowed businesses to continue to flourish despite the unprecedented changes that occurred and continue to occur.

It has become a crucial element for your business to enhance your digital strategy. In a time where focusing on the digital elements of your business may have been an area lower on your priority list. It suddenly became the most important step in assisting in your businesses survival. However, the implementation of these strategies will develop long-term benefits for your business.

Interacting with your clients and customer base has reached a whole new level through this digital transformation. With more people becoming well-versed in the digital space, there are new opportunities for you to reach, network and grow your audience and business. A number of studies have shown that the business world has digitised far more rapidly than previously projected due to COVID-19 and it has raised the bar for the development of a digitally inclusive future.

A survey conducted by Mckinsey and Company determined that businesses are three times more likely to say that at least 80 percent of their customer interactions are conducted within a digital landscape. Research has also displayed that on a global scale business digitisation has accelerated by approximately 7 years.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have all become well acquainted with online shopping, (it’s just a little too easy isn’t it!). In fact, in Australia since the outset of COVID-19, total online sales saw a rise of 67.1% throughout 2020.

The transition to enhancing the use of the digital space has required businesses to invest heavily in specific strategies whilst managing the security of the business. With the processes and investments that are required to do so, businesses have chosen to invest in this area for the long term.

It is now, more than ever an extremely beneficial opportunity to invest in the digital world of your business. This space has grown rapidly in the past two years and will continue to rise in importance and value.

Here at Savvy Creations, we provide the services to assist your business growth in the digital world. Feel free to reach out to our team of specialists to help you ensure you are getting the most out of your digital presence!

Give the People What They Want — A Good Story

Author’s and copywriters are different. Journalists are in their own lane again, as are screenwriters.

Each artform has its own individual requirements and specialties.

But what ties them all together is how the artists must construct a story for their readers. It may be obvious how journalists, authors and screenwriters write stories as their craft is centered around recounting real or fictional events in compelling ways with compelling characters. Copywriting may look like the odd-man-out as the role focuses on writing text for advertisements or promotion; but there is (or should be) a story behind every heading, caption, website page, blog or advert.

It’s just a little less obvious.

But why do you need a story to sell something?

Stories are often looked upon as forms of entertainment. This is true, they have been entertainment since people shared stories around campfires and painted them as images on stone walls. But they are also ways of connecting with people, delving into shared experiences, dreams and emotions. With that being said, why wouldn’t you use a story to sell? Having both entertainment and connection woven into copy intended to sell a business, product or service heightens the engagement and interest that people will have with whatever is being sold.

In copywriting, there can be a complete story being told or simply characteristics of storytelling being used.

An example of storytelling characteristics being utilised can be seen in a Rolls-Royce advert written by David Ogilvy. After extensive research into the car he crafted this headline:

“At 60 miles an hour, the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.”

Ogilvy could have simply said “it’s the quietest car you’ll ever drive” or “new innovations have made the noise levels of the Rolls-Royce lower than any other car at 60 miles an hour”. But NO. He chose to create a story by including small details that show and don’t tell. You get a sense of the car’s luxury whilst subtly becoming aware of how quiet it is. It’s genius.

Another element of storytelling that appears in copy is a voice—a clear, personable voice of a storyteller. In novel’s, this is referred to as the narrator, but in copywriting it’s the voice that surges out of the words and expands the idea readers have of the brand personality. How something is expressed on paper (or the web) can create playfulness, intensity, urgency and a million other kinds of voices. A strong narrative voice is a weapon every copywriter should have in their arsenal.

In terms of writing a complete story, finding a story to tell is usually the hardest part. However, most people don’t realise that if they have a product or service, there is already a great story waiting to be told. How did your business come to be? What problem did you see in the world that you wanted to help overcome? This story allows you to connect with your audience as you show them that you have resonated with their pain and have worked tirelessly to take that pain away, which builds a relationship and trust. This story will build empathy and hopefully conjure feelings of hope and inspiration.

Your big take away from this blog should be that EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD STORY. When writing for your business, don’t forget to look for the narrative that is hiding in the mundane. Find a way to weave the wonderfully creative techniques of storytelling into your copy to add interest, intrigue and investment.

Gather people around your campfire to have them listen and care about the story you have to tell.