If you are a chief executive in your company, managing your online reputation is just as good for your company as it is for your own image. That’s because as a visible leader in the business, your reputation and ideas support and reflect the company’s online profile in addition to building your personal brand. There are 4 main ways executive reputation management can help build the company’s good reputation. They’re even more important–and effective–if you’re starting a small business or creating a startup.
Hire Better Talent
Good executive and company reputations work together to help you hire more skilled employees. Both company and executive reputations attract prospective employees by giving them a good indication of:
the workplace environment
business values, mission, and culture
recognized and rewarded behaviors
More importantly, if executives have reputations as industry experts and thought leaders, the business naturally attracts the best employees. They are dedicated to the industry, tend to have more talent, are diligent and hard working, and want to learn from the big names in their field.
Close More Deals
Whether you sell a product or service, strong executive reputations help the company generate more leads and sales. When executives are known for expertise, leadership, and quality, those attributes build and support the reputation of the company overall. With those virtues, the company’s offerings and customer support are more likely to be top-notch, which attracts more customers and clients.
Strong executive and company reputations can also help you
justify charging more for your products and services
negotiate better mergers and acquisitions
resolve employee or customer problems more smoothly
Attract Better Customers and Investors
On top of getting more leads, sales, and revenue, positive executive reputations help the company attract a higher caliber of customers and investors. With strong executive reputation management, business leaders can effectively share the best qualities of their personal reputations with the company reputation, attracting customers and investors who value those qualities. Some of the best personal qualities that attract better customers and investors include:
efficient and fair governance
social responsibility policies
supporting charities or important causes
And better customers and investors mean more funding and more revenue to grow the business.
Get Better Media Coverage
People connect with other people, not businesses. So an executive’s reputation is ultimately more important in getting media coverage, while more good press builds up both the company profile and the executive’s personal brand. Executives who maintain a positive online reputation attract more reporters and better news stories, and have an easier time getting their press releases and news published.
Executives who become thought leaders take it one step further by increasing the visibility of the company. By regularly publishing expert content with the business name as part of their byline, these executives build the exposure and expertise of their company and their own brand at the same time.