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Don't Name Baby After Dad -- You're Damning His Online Reputation (And Yours!)

Ryan Erskine | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Ryan Erskine

Naming the baby after the father used to be as common as meatloaf and green beans. It was a deeply rooted and well-respected tradition.

PR Problems and Legal Muscle Don't Always Mix 

John P. David | Posted 11.06.2015 | Miami
John P. David

It baffles me when companies hire lawyers to manhandle public relations issues.

What's the Deal With Book Deals?

John P. David | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
John P. David

The book publishing world has been in tremendous flux in recent years, but I had no idea how much so until I began researching options for my own book about how to defend your reputation online. Here's what I have learned so far about the current state of publishing.

The Ashley Madison Hack: A Privacy Issue, Not an Adultery Issue

Patrick Ambron | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Patrick Ambron

While on the surface this may seem like a deserved day of reckoning for exposed adulterers, it speaks to a much larger privacy issue that concerns everyone. We live our entire lives online, and our actions there hinge on the promise of privacy.

Can Your Reputation Withstand Increased Surveillance?

John P. David | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
John P. David

Sitting in a restaurant with a friend recently, I asked a simple question: How many cameras are in this place?

4 Steps to Managing Your Small Business' Online Reputation

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 08.02.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Since 90 percent of customers say their buying is influenced by online reviews, you'd better make sure your online reputation, in reviews and other places, is as positive as possible.

Attention Graduates: You Will Be Googled

John P. David | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
John P. David

Anyone in the workforce who wants to have a long and successful career needs to look good online. We can't all be David Geffen and be worth $6.9 billion, but we can start at the bottom and work our way up -- as long as we can get that first opportunity.

The 3 Best Ways to Become a Highly Connected Entrepreneur

John Bowen | Posted 05.06.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we understand the power of connection -- how building meaningful relationships can result in huge and sometimes unexpected wins for our businesses. We've all had that experience.

7 Things Every Business Must Do When Responding to Online Reviews

Matthew Collis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Matthew Collis

Let's face it, knowing how to properly handle and manage online reviews isn't just important, it's a must. 85% of customers read online reviews for local businesses and this number is likely to further increase.

Building a Reputation in Your Industry Beyond the Brand of Your Employer

Brian Honigman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Brian Honigman

The most common question I get from my network is how to grow a reputation in an industry, while also attending to the responsibilities of a full-time job.

Online Reputation Management, CEOs and the Age of Gender Discrimination Litigation

Ellevate | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women

Ellen Pao's lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins vividly illustrates how CEOs and business leaders are scrutinized online in a way most of us will never be. Every day, the players in this case are the subject of articles, commentary and speculation.

Is My Avatar Fat? And Other Things To Worry About Online

Lauren Salkin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Thanks to technology now you have to worry about your online reputation in addition to the one on earth -- two reputations to stress over when one is enough to set your brain on fire.

Five Ways to Ethically Manage a Brand's Online Reputation

Amy Hayes | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Amy Hayes

In an environment where consumer confidence in a brand's digital presence can make or break business success, approaching online reputation management ethically is a core strategy. Here are some best practices in managing online content for a strong reputation.

3 Things Doctors Can Do to Connect With Patients

Patrick Roth, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick Roth, M.D.

It is clear that patients want to connect with their doctors. Doctors, however, seem more ambivalent about making such a connection. To some doctors, it is as if forming a connection will somehow undermine the traditional relationship which is best kept as formal, paternalistic, and standoffish.

Being "Off the Grid" May Damage Your Online Reputation

John P. David | Posted 04.11.2015 | Technology
John P. David

Just as every business needs a reputational firewall, every professional person should take control of their online reputation as a key part of their career advancement strategy.

6 Steps to Successfully Managing Your Online Reputation

Ian Mills | Posted 01.10.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Almost every business is going to have problems with customers at some point. If you're proactive, you should be able to resolve most issues directly ...

How the Law Is Changing Online Reviews

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Local businesses have a love/hate relationship with Yelp. On one hand, having an active Yelp page with great reviews can be a real boon. But just a few irate customers can sink a company's reputation on the site.

Why Feeding Online Trolls Only Feeds Online Trolling

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 11.08.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

On the Internet, a guy in his boxer shorts shouting at the computer in his mother's basement can get as much attention as a senior executive logging in from her Wall Street office.

Getting Up After You've Been Knocked Down

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 10.15.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

While it is true that the internet lives forever, so does an individual's legacy. While the public may act as judge and jury during a media firestorm, the person who has been through the storm has the ability to chart his or her path to redemption.

Reputation Recovery and Management

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Leading a "perfect" life -- very low-profile, never breaking any laws, never participating in any form of social media, never doing anything that might draw negative attention -- does not ensure a clean personal reputation in 2014 or beyond, unfortunately.

You Are Being Watched -- And Judged

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

What you write (or say) online "can be used against you" in the court of public opinion or in the privacy of an employer's or a recruiter's office. Yet, it appears that too many people are not aware that what they do online, in the "privacy" of their social media accounts, is often very widely visible.

Correcting the Record

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 09.07.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

The world is revolving more and more around search results. Google, Bing, Yahoo -- all return slightly different results for any search (so don't neglect to check all of them). What really matters is that you are presented prominently and at your best.

Should the U.S. Have Google's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Too?

John P. David | Posted 08.02.2014 | Technology
John P. David

Google recently unveiled a system which enables citizens of the European Union to ask the search engine to remove results from its listings. The move comes in response to a landmark European Union court ruling which gave people there the "right to be forgotten."

The Right to Remember

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The European Union Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of a "right to be forgotten" has roiled the Internet industry and observers alike. While on the face of it, the court's decision would appear to be a victory for individuals, it brings a host of other unintended consequences and considerable uncertainty.

Sterling Scandal Winners and Losers

John P. David | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
John P. David

Winner: Swift Justice.