Lino Simoes / MQD: If we do not take care of our reputation, success is not certain

According to Más Que Digital “building and maintaining, preserving and developing a positive reputation requires a continuous focus on quality, in the pursuit of customer satisfaction”

For engineer Lino Simoes, general manager of Más Que Digital (MQD), a company’s reputation has become an invaluable asset in today’s highly competitive world of business marketing. To the point that it is no longer just any component or element within marketing; On the contrary, it is something fundamental that must be part of every essential and integral strategy and that can make the difference between the success and failure of an organization.

“Building and maintaining, preserving and developing, a positive reputation requires a continuous focus on quality, in the pursuit of customer satisfaction.”

– Let’s explore how a solid reputation can influence brand perception, customer loyalty and the organization’s achievements, invites the MQD specialist and spokesperson.

Eng. Lino Simoes, general manager of MQD
Eng. Lino Simoes, general manager of MQD

Importance of reputation for companies

Simoes insists that the importance of reputation for companies is significant and encompasses a series of key aspects that affect or promote their success.

“A good reputation is essential to building trust and loyalty among customers, business partners and other stakeholders to establish strong and lasting relationships.”

As companies seek to stand out in the market, building and maintaining a good reputation becomes a strategic priority.

Benefits of understanding and meeting customer needs and expectations

Understanding customer needs and expectations has become a key focus task in terms of company reputation, says the general manager of Más Que Digital. Some of the most notable benefits are:

  • Trust: Consumers often choose products and services from companies with which they feel safe and confident. Strong prestige increases the likelihood that customers will choose a company over the competition.
  • Loyalty: satisfied customers are more likely to remain loyal to the brand over time. This not only ensures continued revenue, but also reduces the costs of acquiring new customers.
  • Talent attraction: Companies with a good reputation not only attract customers, but are also more attractive to potential employees and to retain high-quality talent.
  • Competitive advantage: Companies known for the quality of their products and business integrity often outperform competitors in the market.
  • Resilience: Companies with a good image are more likely to overcome problems in crises because they have a stronger support base. They are perceived as more credible in their efforts to solve difficulties.
  • Influence on purchasing decisions: Customers are willing to pay more for the quality and reliability that a well-regarded brand represents.
  • Social responsibility and sustainability: this enhances the company in terms of its perception and scope as an ethical and socially responsible organization.
(Reference image source: Andrew Neel in Unsplash)
(Reference image source: Andrew Neel in Unsplash)

 

How to analyze business reputation?

Lino Simoes also explains that the analysis of business reputation is a continuous process and must be reviewed periodically to ensure that the company is meeting its objectives.

To analyze business reputation, these steps can generally be followed:

  • Identify your objectives and KPIs. Before you begin, clearly define your objectives for reputation analysis. What aspects do you want to evaluate? (A KPI is a key indicator or performance meter or key performance indicator).
  • Consider key metrics such as customer satisfaction, brand perception, customer loyalty, and company image. Establish specific KPIs that align with these objectives.
  • Consider how different segments of your audience perceive the company. Credibility can vary based on demographics, geography, and other factors, so it’s important to tailor strategies based on your target audience.
  • Collect quantitative data such as satisfaction surveys, NPS (Net Promoter Score) and retention rates and qualitative data such as online comments and reviews. Surveys and focus groups allow you to get direct feedback from your customers and other stakeholders.
  • Compare your company’s reputation with that of the competition. This can provide valuable insights into your strengths and areas for improvement compared to other players in the market.
  • Synthesizes all collected data into a business reputation report. Highlights key findings and provides recommendations for improvement, if necessary. This may include changes in marketing strategy, improvements in customer service or crisis management, among others.
  • If the company has a focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), evaluate its reporting and practices in these areas. This will help understand how the company is perceived in terms of its contribution to the well-being of society and the environment.
  • Consult employees and collaborators to understand how they perceive the company from within. Company culture and internal morale can also influence image.
  • In various cases, it may be useful to have external advice, such as public relations consultants or companies specialized in reputation management. This is a good way to get an unbiased assessment and strategic guidance.

In general, it can be said that the aforementioned are all important steps. However, we must be clear that this is arduous work, that it is ideally carried out with the professional support of specialists and that it must involve multidisciplinary perspectives. Something that we take great care of at MQD.

(Reference image source: Christin Hume in Unsplash)
(Reference image source: Christin Hume in Unsplash)

 

The perception of a company’s reputation can vary over time and in different contexts. It is important to maintain a constant focus on monitoring as well as improvement or optimization, to maintain customer trust.

With information from Más Qué Digital

(Main reference image source: Sean Pollock in Unsplash)

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