How important is your reputation?
When your reputation is mission critical, ReputationDefender’s elite Special Projects team offers the most powerful reputation management tools available anywhere.
Custom, personalized solutions
Designed to your needs—no two engagements are alike
Powerful results delivered quickly
Proprietary approaches not available anywhere else, fueled by over a decade of R&D
Discreet and confidential
Handled by a dedicated team of experts who work exclusively on Special Projects
86% of executives say reputation risk is a potentially crippling business liability.
– Willis Towers Watson (2020)
90% of employers factor a job candidate’s social media accounts into their hiring decisions.
– The Manifest (2020)
A company’s reputation is responsible for nearly two-thirds of its market value.
– Weber Shandwick (2020)
Capabilities of the Special Projects Team
We have experience with virtually every type of online reputation and digital privacy issue imaginable. Below are some of the most typical requests handled by Special Projects.
Reorder your search results to amplify true, positive materials and de-emphasize attacks or misleading items.
Autocomplete and search suggestions
Change the suggested terms that people see when they start searching for you or your company.
Get the most mileage out of your existing Web properties with actionable advice on how to leverage them for reputation gains.
Image and video remediation
Control which images and videos appear in your main search results, your knowledge graph, and in image and video searches.
If you or your business lack content that accurately reflects you online, we can build a network of positive, quality materials that promote your reputation naturally and effectively.
Analysis and reporting
Receive detailed reporting and on-demand consultation for any type of reputation issue and the progress of your engagement.
Excerpt from a Special Projects client report
Tracking the progress of search remediation
Less competitive negative sites are quickly suppressed.
More competitive sites show some initial progress, followed by a period of regression as search engines test out new trends. Eventually, the trend is proved true and the negative site drops permanently.
Is Special Projects right for you?
ReputationDefender’s Special Projects team steps in when standard online reputation management approaches just won’t cut it. Special Projects clients have prominent public personas—or want to avoid developing them.
|Search volume||low to moderate||moderate to high|
|Online presence||little or none||moderate to extensive|
|Type of threat||blogs|
|Technological search signalling||×|
|Custom, multi-pronged approach||×|
|Images & video||×|
|Optimize existing websites||×|
Typical engagement scenarios
Brand haunted by old news
Past mistakes by a previous executive team continue to dominate the search results, steering consumers to incorrect, outdated materials. In the news media, old issues continue to dominate, overshadowing recent successes. Hostile bloggers further highlight the negative.
We use technological search tools to push down the old, outdated search results.
We push up more relevant, recent materials through search signalling.
We conduct SEO work with the company and mount a strategic publication plan.
Executive being maligned
A former lover with an axe to grind makes up scandalous allegations against a successful executive. Crude, doctored photographs begin to appear in the executive’s search results, which attract attention from bloggers and the media. As a result, a potential hire ceases negotiations and a prominent client suspends orders. In addition, threats are made anonymously against the executive’s family.
Privacy and reputation
We begin robust, Deep Web privacy monitoring and protection for the executive and affected family members.
Search remediation technologies are used to suppress the doctored photos and negative press.
Under advisement from our Special Projects team, the company’s PR department publishes strategic news releases to change the online conversation.
Frequently asked questions
Standard Defender® engagements rely on strategic content creation and publication. Special Projects engagements instead rely on a suite of proprietary technologies designed to influence broad search trends around your name or company name. New content is sometimes helpful for Special Projects, but it isn’t always necessary.
That said, the techniques employed in Special Projects are very resource-intensive and expensive. If you can solve your issues through a standard Defender® engagement, you should consider it.
Yes. Since Special Projects engagements are largely technological, we can often work entirely with pre-existing positive content that exists in your search results already. Our efforts will look completely natural—because they are. All we do is influence the order of the materials that are out there, drawing attention away from negative or misleading content.
We can’t disclose the specifics, but broadly speaking, the technologies we use work by influencing search patterns. This makes it more likely that people will find relevant, positive materials about you or your company. Once people start finding and interacting with positive content, their behavior sends signals to search engines about what information is important to them. As a result, search engines reorder the results to better represent your reputation.
It depends. As you can understand, discretion is extremely important to our Special Projects clients, and most are not willing to speak to third parties they do not already know. However, occasionally we do have clients who are willing to serve as references, under specific circumstances. On request, we can reach out to potential references on your behalf. If they agree to speak to you, we will put you in touch.
Yes, definitely. In fact, Special Projects engagements are often much more successful when we can work jointly with your PR or marketing teams.
No, absolutely not. Since Special Projects engagements work predominantly with pre-existing content, your search results will be filled with natural links to real sites. If you do require the creation of new content, we will work with you or your team to design materials that faithfully represent you or your company.
An internationally renowned business consultant contacted ReputationDefender because comments he had made on a news show had been taken out of context and used against him, spawning a raft of negative follow-up coverage.
Despite ongoing media attention, the ReputationDefender Special Projects team successfully cleared the first page of his search results of all negative content.
Financial services firm maligned
A team of entrepreneurial financial experts launched an innovative company that gives consumers more control over their credit. Unfortunately, just as the young company started to achieve its first successes, it was mischaracterized by the press.
The ReputationDefender Special Projects team aggressively engaged the company’s search results, pushing all negative content off of Page 1 within 3 months.
Defamed law practice
A law firm specializing in financial law was targeted by an online smear campaign, mounted by another firm facing bankruptcy. Although the targeted firm won legal relief from its attacker, negative third-party commentary continued to rank online, leading to the loss of important clients.
We were able to suppress the firm’s negative content from the default Google results within six weeks, reversing the firm’s losses and allowing them to rebuild their client base unhindered.
Philanthropist faces threats
A prominent financier and philanthropist contacted us following a robbery in which his passport was stolen. The individual was disturbed that the thief had been able to track him down and break into his car. He was also worried that his search results painted a one-sided picture.
ReputationDefender Special Projects removed his personal information from the vast majority of people search sites within 2 months and created the desired online image within 4 months.