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How agencies can get more reputation management clients

Almost every business owner today knows the importance of reputation management. Local business leaders are no exception to this: 33 percent of the online reputation management (ORM) market is already dedicated to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) (Near Media). How can you get some of these reputation management clients?

Grab our white-label reputation management sales playbook to guide your sales pitch and close more reputation management clients.

Reputation management is a clear opportunity for your agency. It complements your other digital offerings well. But how can you grow this service?

With this guide, you can put your agency on the path to discovering—and keeping—more reputation management clients.

Offer reputation management to your existing clients

Step one is to make sure your existing clients know you’re now offering reputation management.

Why?

Existing clients are more likely to buy more services from you (Business.com). They already know and trust your agency team. There’s also a good chance that many of your existing clients are looking for help managing their reputations. You may have even decided to offer it because some clients mentioned it.

Some of your clients may be actively seeking ORM services. In other cases, you might know they have a service partner they’re not happy with.

Even if you haven’t heard a ton of chatter from your existing clients, chances are they can benefit from these services and may invest in it if you pitch it.

Identifying clients who can benefit from ORM

You’ll want to offer reputation management to every client your agency serves. At the same time, it’s helpful to identify which clients stand to benefit the most from it. Offering these clients reputation management is more likely to result in a deal. Since they trust you, they’ll take your word that they need the service. Alternately, they might know they’re struggling and be happy you offer the service.

How can you identify the clients who have the most to gain? It’s easier than you think! A sales intelligence tool, like Snapshot Report, can provide this kind of insight. It will analyze the client or lead’s digital presence and make suggestions for services that will help the client, including reputation management.

In this way, your agency team can zero in on those clients who will get the most out of reputation management. Arming your sales people with timely insights on the lead’s business will also help them get more clients on board.

Engage prospects with a try-before-you-buy model

Whether you’re talking to an existing client or a new prospect, you want to have some trial options available. A try-before-you-buy model helps you deliver value to clients upfront.

Most business leaders are skeptical about having outside teams work on their reputation. In fact, most think it’s a task that should stay in house (Forbes). They want their own team to handle it, even if their own team doesn’t have time or the expertise.

Convincing them that your agency is in a better position to manage their reputation doesn’t have to be a hard sell, though. Combining reports and insights from sales intelligence tools and a free trial goes a long way. With this information, business leaders are more likely to think your team is the right one for the job.

The try-before-you-buy model lets the prospect test-drive tools and services. That, in turn, can convince them reputation management software is something they really do need.

Near the end of the trial period, be sure to follow up with a discussion of reporting and analytics. Your team can show the client what changed during the trial period. With good reputation management, most businesses report increased sales, among other benefits. Helping the client see these improvements is a good argument for ongoing service.

Stay top of mind with email drip campaigns

Your prospects might not be convinced that your ORM services are for them right out of the gate. Offering sales insights and allowing a trial period can turn that around. Of course, some would-be reputation management clients will still hold out.

They might think any improvements during the trial period were a fluke. They might decide to shop around a bit more before committing.

You can stay at the top of their minds by including them in email drip campaigns. Drip campaigns keep you in touch with the client on a regular basis. In turn, they receive useful information and may come to trust your brand.

Drip email campaigns are effective in nurturing leads, since they provide ongoing contact and useful information. Best of all, they can be automated, so they don’t add to your team’s never-ending to-do list.

Fulfill reputation management needs with a white-label team

Now you’ve added reputation management to your list of services. You’ve drummed up a few new reputation management clients, and some of your existing clients are interested too. It seems like reputation management will soon be one of your bestsellers.

Have you prepared for this potential outcome? You want to add more clients for reputation management services, but you could run into “growing pains” if you need to scale quickly.

There is an easy way to manage service growth and ensure you can scale up your ORM services. You can work with a trusted ORM service provider to help with fulfillment for your clients.

A team of marketing experts can deliver the work under your brand, so you and your team can focus on finding new reputation management clients.

Best of all, this team is ready to scale with you as you add more clients.

Offer clients the best reputation management tools

Another way to entice new reputation management clients is to offer best-in-class tools. Not only do local businesses get the services they want and need, but they get access to tools to make their jobs easier.

Tools you want to be able to offer your clients include:

We’ve already talked about the importance of trials for clients thinking about ORM as a whole. A trial lets you immediately start delivering value.

So too do freemium software solutions. Your clients can adopt tools and test them out. When they outgrow the basic edition of the software, they can upgrade to get even more value.

A client-facing reputation management app is equally as important, if not more so. It brings everything your client needs together on a single dashboard. This centralized location lets them stay in the loop with real-time alerts. It also provides a holistic picture of their reputation online.

A customer feedback app helps your client get more reviews using branded templates.

Make your agency the online reputation management leader

With the right tools and the best reputation management team behind you, you’re poised to make your agency the #1 ORM stop for your clients. With brandable tools and a white-label fulfillment service, you'll be ready to offer clients more. Your clients get the expertise they need from an agency they trust.

If you’ve wanted to add reputation management or grow this part of your business, there’s no better time to start.

About the Author

Solange Messier is the Content Strategy Manager at Vendasta. Solange has spent the majority of her career in content marketing helping companies improve how they connect with their prospects and customers. Her diverse background includes magazine publishing, book publishing, marketing agencies, payment processing, and tech. When she's not working, Solange can be found spending time with her family, running, and volunteering.

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