Tylenol - cited as key way to address bad incident with product; pulled product off the shelf in 6 days. Today, with word of mouth on the web this would not be fast enough.
S. S. Stevens, 1946 "on the Theory of Scales of Measurement" Science,Vol. 103, No. 2684
How do you measure an online reputation?--
Are people judging your reputation?
How are they judging you?
What is the quality of their judgement?
There are some tools that can help you understand this:
1. Social media analytics tools - if you are being judged, a little bit about how, but not about how to respond. Most of these are free tools.
- Technorati - authority - how many blogs link to this blog in the last 6 months; media take a little bit to interpret; takes time to record and analyze; nothing automated about the tool
- Digg - some of the reputation ranking is manipulated, but still has some value
- Google Trends
- ePinions.com - unbiased reviews; helpful for brand that has a product; a good, free, easy place to start; however, you must do it every month.
- web analytics (e.g. Google Analytics)
- Nielsen Buzz Metrics - very high aggregate level; between $35-$45,000 to use one time; if your brand is online-centric it is probably good value
- Cymfony - sometimes how you are being judged is more important then if you are being judged - compared cereal brand impressions online; looked at certain types of words; Cheerios mentioned most frequently, considered the healthiest; Count Chocula was a trailing 10th place, but most of the references were about nostalgia. This can show some kind of status to help you position the product.
- Umbria - segmentation analysis, brand mentions - say they can do gender and age analysis; not precise but can determine trends - they seed the system, and once it is seeded it learns. They have a good turnaround time for standard requests; a lot of it is automated - tools that helps you qualitate conversation; observe and then engage in the conversation.
- TruCast - from Visible Technologies. They teach it a few things; it learns. Analysis is very rudimentary (good, bad or "good and bad"). Specific blogger tracking and targeting--who is talking and who they are talking to. Prefer to watch.
Governance: In an organization, there are practices and processes that govern the organization; measuring anything new, they do not have accountability for it. You need a person to "own" the metric. They are accountable for watching that measurement. Make the person with high enough level of authority, power. Good to get champions from across the organization together as a "task force" to address concerns as needed.
Q: Your personal name, if it is the same as others, how do you manage your reputation?
Answer from audience: ClaimID or OpenID - you claim all of your online identities so you can direct people to your presence. Google will index it.
A: Not every employer understands this, nor has a lot of sophistication online to understand this. Many people will provide the Employer with a link to OpenID or LinkedIn.
These measurements are just a representation of your company's reputation; they are not actually your company's reputation.