For short-term crisis situations, PPC search can be a great tool for both pushing down negative elements in a SERP and facilitating distribution of a positive or balanced marketing message.
Search engine reputation management issues come in many forms including: short-term, news-driven and longer-term SERP pollution, brand/company name, and those affecting product name. The diversity of reputation management issues and the fact that often the SERP in question isn't exclusively for the brand search alone, but may also include the words "reviews," "ratings," "testimonial," or industry terms. Because reputation management issues come in all flavors, the proper strategy varies. Certainly for any long-term SERP pollution issues, an SEO strategy makes the most sense, but SEO often takes time, so PPC search can provide a temporary fix, even in scenarios where a long-term solution must be SEO-driven.
For short-term crisis situations such as a product recall, C-level individuals named in a compromising situation, or via a news-driven change to the SERP, PPC search can be a great tool for both pushing down negative elements in a SERP and facilitating distribution of a positive or balanced marketing message.
That brings us to my five tips for using PPC for reputation management:
Some of the strategies listed above are difficult for one team to execute in-house. Consider using an agency. Some agencies even use campaign management technology that can determine which ads should be favored and avoid the scenario in which you are overpaying for clicks because you happen to be bidding against your strategic partners in a reputation control effort.
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