Increase Your Company Reputation: 5 Strategies To Stand Out

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You must have already heard this word hundreds of times: company reputation. Yes, today we will try to understand what this word represents, but not only. Here is a little preview: ⬇️

  • The definition,
  • The different types of businesses reputations,
  • 20 tips to increase it,
  • How to measure it?

Ready to know everything about brand awareness? Then let’s go! 💪🏼

Company Reputation Definition

Let’s start with the basics, its definition.

Company reputation is a term that designates the measure of recognition, visibility and therefore, the reputations that a person, a business or a brand enjoys.

What we are interested in here is brand awareness in marketing. Well, yes because it is essential for the success of businesses because it refers specifically to the recognition of companies among consumers but also to its ability to be associated with specific products, services or even values. It allows, among other things, to generate :

  • 🫱🏼‍🫲🏽 Trust and hard work.
  • 💟 Foster customer loyalty.
  • 🧲 To attract new prospects.

Even if you suspect it, brand awareness can be measured through indicators such as spontaneous awareness or assisted awareness (don’t panic, we’ll explain it in the next part). 🦋

Finally, it can be reinforced 🔗 by communication, management, advertising, public relations and digital marketing actions aiming at increasing the brand’s visibility and creating a positive or negative image in the consumers’ mind.

 

The different types of company reputation

Did you know that there are several types of brand awareness? Indeed, some are related to the recognition of a brand or a person by the public, while others are based on suggestions or reminders. Also, some focus on general e-reputation, while others focus on expertise in a specific field.

And since each plays an important role in building a solid image and visibility, we’ll each take a closer look at them. 🔎

 

#1. Spontaneous awareness

Let’s start with spontaneous awareness. This one occurs when potential customers can recognize and quote a brand or people without being suggested or recalled. It can be said to be the result of regular exposure (we’re not talking about tanning ☀️) and a strong presence in the minds of consumers.

Did you know that it reflects the popularity and impact of an organization, employees, or person? But how, you might ask? 🧐

Well, it proves that their name is closely associated with their products, services or achievements, as it is often the result 🍉 of hard work and time in building the brand image, the quality of products or services offered and most importantly, customer satisfaction.

To illustrate our point, here is an example:

If I tell you to name a soft drink, do you say? 🥁 Coca-Cola!

Yes, customers naturally associate this brand with the soft drink category due to its long history, market presence, strong communication and management. So this shows a spontaneous awareness where the company and employees are immediately recognized without the brand being suggested. 🫗

 

#2. Assisted awareness

This awareness refers to the ability of a brand or companies to be recognized by clients management when suggested or recalled.

Unlike the previous awareness, this one requires stimulation or mention for the business to be identified. 🔎

This can be achieved through effective advertising campaigns, strategic partners, media mentions or even word-of-mouth recommendations. 👄

It’s back to the example with the hot beverage giant. Starbucks is called to the stand, I take you. 📢

When people see a list of coffee brands, Starbucks is often recognized and cited, thanks to strong advertising campaigns and marketing efforts.

These actions have allowed the brand to become known to a wide audience and position itself as a leader 🥇in the coffee industry.

 

#3. Notoriety Top Of Mind

Let’s move on to the last, and most importantly, the holy grail of notoriety, I named, “Top of Mind”.

It represents the capacity of a company to be the first to come to a consumer’s mind when he thinks about a specific product or service category. Indeed, when a corporate brand occupies this privileged position, it is considered as a natural and preferential choice of the consumer.

It is often the result 🍑 of effective communication and branding, consistent quality, and a close association between the businesses and the needs, values, and desires 🔥 of customers.

Onwards to the last example with, this time, Nike (we’re talking about the famous sports brand, not the Greek goddess 🏺).

When potential customers spontaneously think of sports shoes or sportswear,“Nike” is often the first corporate brand that comes to mind 💬).

This company, stakeholders and employees manages to occupy this leading position by investing heavily in advertising, collaborating with famous athletes, such as Rafael Nadal, LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo and sponsoring sporting events, such as the World Cup or the Olympic Games, no less! 👀

This constant presence in the media and in everyday life, therefore, unconsciously encourages clients to buy sports items from Nike.

 

20 Tips to increase your Company Reputations

Now that you know more about brand awareness and what it entails, we offer you, just for your eyes 👀, 20 tips to increase your corporate brand awareness. Interested? Well, just keep reading! ⬇️

 

1) Brand awareness marketing: create quality posts

Creating quality content is essential to increase corporate brand awareness. Indeed, consumers are constantly looking 🔎 for useful, engaging and relevant information. In 4 steps, we’ll show you how you can build quality posts easily and quickly. 📈

 

Understand your target audience

As you might expect but, it’s essential to understand your target audience, and that goes through:

  • 🔎 Identifying who your ideal customers are,
  • 🎯 Finding out what their needs are,
  • 👀 Analyzing their behaviors,
  • 💟 Notice their preferences.

To do this, don’t hesitate to use demographics, market research, or even analytics to get a deep understanding of your audience.

Because yes, by understanding your audience, you’ll be able 📏 to effectively target your marketing efforts and generate interest in your brand.

 

Produce relevant content

The relevance of your publications is crucial to attracting and engaging your target audiences. Make sure your posts is aligned with the interests and needs of your audience.

For example, you can provide useful information, practical tips, solutions to their issues or even answers to their questions. 🫱🏼‍🫲🏽

To do this, you can use the AIDA method, which we explain in one of our articles. ⬅️

 

Use a variety of formats

It’s essential to leverage different formats to reach 🎯 a wider audience. Luckily for you, these days, there is no shortage of format types, you have videos, infographics, podcasts, webinars, white papers and even case studies.

What you need to understand is that each format has its own benefits and can attract different types of audiences.

For example, videos can be more engaging and compelling, while infographics can represent complex information in a visually appealing way 🧲.

 

Optimize content for search engines

Finally, optimizing content for search engines is essential to increase your online visibility and drive organic traffic to your website through SEO, this is called SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

As we all know, search engine are often the first step users take when looking for products, services or information. By optimizing this, you will improve your brand’s visibility and thus, increase your chances of being found 🔍 by your target audience.

 

2) Use social networks to increase your visibility

A powerful platform, networks allow you to connect directly with your target audience, engage in conversations and spread your message effectively. Let’s take a look at using networks in detail! 👇🏼

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Identify the social platforms

It is important to identify which social platforms you intend to use for your brand. Indeed, each channel has its characteristics and audience, so it is essential to choose the platforms where your target audience is. Nowadays, you have a wide choice, with Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest etc.

 

Create engaging professional profiles

Now you need to create attractive professional profiles for your corporate brand, using profile images and covers that reflect your companies identity (beware of clichés, keep it professional). You can also write clear and engaging descriptions to introduce your organization and its values.

To best guide you, here is an article that explains how to create a professional profile on LinkedIn. ⬅️

 

Share engaging posts regularly

As stipulated earlier, you need to create a variety of posts, such as articles, videos, images or even infographics that interest your target audience. 📢 Very important, don’t hesitate to encourage interaction by asking questions, launching polls or inviting users to share their experiences.

 

Encourage interaction and sharing

Last social networking tip that takes up what we were saying, you should encourage interaction and shares, by doing:

  • Actively respond to comments ➡️ show that you are listening and that their reviews matters. This encourages engagement and strengthens the relationship 🫱🏼‍🫲🏽 between your brand and your audience.
  • Integrate sharing buttons on your website ➡️ make it easy to share your posts on networks by adding clear and visible buttons.
  • Organize events ➡️ webinars, live chats, or online challenges are ways to create opportunities for engagement and interaction with your audience.

 

3) Collaborate with influencers and partners

On to the third strategy and not the least, collaboration! 👇🏼

 

Identify relevant influencers

Now that you understand the importance of social media, you need to understand that collaborating with influencers and partners is essential for your business.

You need to look for people who are authorities in your field of business and have great influence on networks. 🔍

 

Build relationships with these influencers

Once you have identified relevant influencers, you can start building relationships with them. You can:

  • ➕ Follow the accounts.
  • 🔗 Share their publications.
  • 💭 Leave a comment on their post.

 

Offer collaborations

This is it, it’s the big day 💒 (we’re not talking about the wedding, not yet at least), you can now offer collaborations to your influencers.

You can do this in many ways, such as sponsored posts, partnerships for events or product / service launches, and even interviews and content appearances. ✨

 

Organize events to get attention

Finally, the last tip, you can organize events that will attract the attention of the media and most importantly, your target audience. This can be a workshop, a webinar, a conference or even a product or service launch.

Make sure your event offers a memorable and valuable experience for the attendees so that they can remember it and most importantly, share their experiences on their own social networks. 🦋

 

4) Optimize your website for better brand awareness

Essential and very important step, the optimization of your website. Indeed, you need to make sure that your website is structured well enough and easily accessible by search engines.

To do this, do not hesitate to use relevant keywords in your page titles and descriptions to improve your LinkedIn ranking in search results. 🥇

Finally, for RGPD and other reasons, make sure your site is fast, secure and compatible with mobile devices because mobile is the most used device these days. This therefore contributes to a positive or negative user experience and thus promotes trust 🫱🏼‍🫲🏽 towards your corporate brand.

 

Ensuring an optimal user experience

A key element 🗝️ that helps to strengthen your brand awareness, I named ➡️ user experience.

Here are a few recommendations:

  • 🔵 Offer a clear and intuitive navigation, with well-organized menus and efficient search.
  • 🔵 Showcase your products or services in an attractive way.
  • 🔵 Reduce loading times by optimizing images and avoiding superfluous elements (GIFs, too imposing banners etc).
  • 🔵 Make sure your website is easily viewable on different browser devices (phone, computer, tablet…).

 

Creating an intuitive site architecture

I’m not telling you anything new if I tell you that your website plays a crucial role in your brand awareness.

If you want to have a good architecture, follow our advice:

  • 🟣 Organize your pages into clear categories and use internal links to allow users to easily move from one section to another.
  • 🟣 Use title tags and good or bad descriptions for each page to build it easy for users and search engines to understand the content.

Consider that a well-designed site architecture improves the usability and accessibility of your site. 🦋

 

Set up calls to action

Did you know that CTAs (calls to action) are used to get visitors to take action? 🤔

Yes yes, incorporating buttons or forms on your website can encourage visitors to engage more with your corporate brand. 🫱🏼‍🫲🏽

For example, you can encourage them to sign up for your newsletter, download free publications, make a purchase, or share your content on platforms.

 

Get quality links

Finally, the last tip to optimize your website that we can advise you is to look for partnership opportunities with influential websites, bloggers or media relevant to your field.

Indeed, quality links from other websites are essential to increase your company reputation.

To do so, you can:

  • 🥇 Participate in interviews.
  • 🥈 Be present on publishing platforms.

 

5) Track and analyze your brand awareness KPI

Last strategy, analyzing your key performance indicators related to your business. To do this, you need to identify specific metrics that allow you to evaluate the impact of your efforts on your brand awareness. 🤛🏼

Let’s go for the 4 tips! ⬇️

 

Use online monitoring tools

Tools allow you to monitor mentions of your company on the media, blogs, forums, and other online platforms.

You can, absolutely, use these tools:

  • 🔵 Google Alerts.
  • 🟣 Mention.
  • 🔵 Brand24.
  • 🟣 Hootsuit.

Thanks to them, you will be able to quickly, detect positive or negative mentions or respond to comments.

 

Analyze the statistics of social networks

As we have already told you before, social networks are essential channels for the proper functioning of your brand.

To be able to analyze them, you need to use the statistics provided by platforms, such as Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics and Instagram Insights, to be able to analyze the performance of your posts, the engagement rate, the number of followers, impressions, etc.

By understanding this data, you will be able to adjust your strategy and thus, optimize your activities on networks. 🦋

 

Conduct competitive intelligence to compare yourself to others in the industry.

Like in the movies, being close to your friends is good, but being even closer to your enemies is even better.

That’s why, you need to monitor the activities and strategies of your competitors in order to understand what works for them and thus, identify 🔍 the opportunities that you could, subsequently, exploit. 🌎

Here are some tips:

  • 👀 Analyze their online presence,
  • 📝 Take notes regarding their marketing tactics.
  • 🔎 Look at their products and services.
  • 💭 Track their interactions with their audiences.

 

Use the collected data to adjust your online brand awareness strategy.

The ultimate and last step of all these strategies, collect all the data acquired throughout your efforts. 🔥

You can track:

  • Performance indicators, 📈
  • User feedback and reviews, ⭐
  • Demographics, 📍
  • Consumer trends. 🍎

Identify what works well and amplify those aspects but, don’t leave out the weak points or missed opportunities because, you will be able to build the necessary changes to improve them. 💪🏼

 

Awareness Rate: How to measure your company reputation?

I think you can imagine that there are several ways to measure it. Let’s take a closer look together. 👀

  1. Consumer surveys: you can conduct surveys with a representative sample of your target audience. For example, ask questions aimed 👁️‍🗨️ at measuring your brand awareness, such as whether they know your brand, whether they remember your slogan or logo, or whether they have ever purchased your products or services. All of this will help you know where to position yourself in relation to your competitors. 🥇
  2. Media analysis: feel free to monitor mentions of your company on different social platforms and analyze the engagement generated with likes, shares, or even comments. Always think that the more your brand is mentioned, the more and more engagement it generates. 💟
  3. Market share: the higher your market share, the more recognition and trust you will have from your potential customers. ✨
  4. Website traffic: regularly check your website statistics (number of unique visitors, sessions, bounce rate, page views, traffic from organic related searches).

 

Conclusion: Company reputation

Well, I think you now know enough about notoriety. That’s why I suggest you to go on with some questions that are asked the most often in order to help you! 👇🏼

 

FAQ of the article

What is the synonym notoriety?

Notoriety has several synonyms. Nevertheless, let’s discover together, the most known ones: 👇🏼

  • ◼️ Celebrity.
  • ◼️ Renom.
  • ◼️ Renommée.
  • ◼️ Gloire.
  • ◼️ Popularité.
  • ◼️ Réputation.
  • ◼️ Vogue.
  • ◼️ En increase.
  • ◼️ Nom.

 

What makes a good company reputation?

It’s very simple. A good or bad business reputation is about establishing specific outcomes to increase the recognition and visibility of a brand or companies. This necessarily involves setting clear and measurable goals ⚽ to increase awareness with your target audience.

So this can include increasing brand recognition, improving online visibility, building a positive reputation, or expanding the audience. 👀

 

What are the different types of reputation?

Even though they have a word in common, they are nevertheless quite different, and here are the reasons why:

  • 🔵 Public awareness: refers to the general or overall awareness of a person, company, or entity among the public. It is measured by the recognition and visibility a person or company may have among a range ☂️ of people, whether directly involved in the field of activity or not.
  • 🟣 Brand awareness: focuses specifically on the recognition and perception a brand has with its target audience. It measures the familiarity, positive association 🧘🏼 and preference of a brand over its competitors in the minds of clients.

That’s it, that’s the end of this article about company reputation! See you soon for more adventures and help. 🥰

 

Sasha

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