Reputation is important for any organization. For some, though, it’s so important that a bad reputation could put the business in jeopardy. Rehab centers fall into this category. A good reputation builds trust and ensures a steady clientele, so it’s important to maintain it. That’s why reputation management must be a top priority.
Keep reading to learn more about the importance of reputation management, along with a quick primer on how to build a reputation management strategy for your center.
What Is Reputation Management and Why Does It Matter?
Reputation management is the ongoing process of shaping and maintaining the reputation of a person or an organization. It’s always been a common practice among corporations, which have PR teams to run frequent public relations campaigns. Today, the practice has moved online, where an entity’s image can be tarred by bad press or negative comments from web users.
This is why your center needs to focus on reputation management. Past clients may talk about their experiences at your center, some of which may not have been enjoyable. If they write about those experiences in blogs or on social media, their networks — including potential clients — will read about them and form a negative opinion of your center.
Unhappy clients aren’t the only ones who could put a dent in your center’s reputation. A news story about an incident at your facility, or even an inquiry into your methods and practices, can cast doubt on your track record and make people think twice about entering your program. With a proactive reputation management strategy, though, these potential risks can be mitigated.