What You Must Know About The Internet Better Business Bureau SealWhat You Must Know About The Internet Better Business Bureau Seal

The internet has become one of the most active arenas in marketing and advertising. The internet enables companies to reach millions of potential customers at any time of the day at practically any place. However, the fact that business transactions are carried out online allows some unscrupulous people to hide behind their online persona; making the average internet business newbie susceptible to problems regarding information loss (including credit card information), identity theft and overstated product and service offers.

To help customers identify 'better' and legitimate businesses, the internet better business bureau came up with the Code of online business practices. For the consumer, an IBBB seal means that the company whose product or service they are contemplating of buying is trustworthy. Well, if a company is a non-BBB member, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is involved in rather shady activities. Another point to note; a BBB seal is a vote of confidence but please keep in mind that companies may not be maintaining the standards that they have had when they first applied for membership. There are companies that have lost their accreditation because of numerous customer complaints and poor performance in rating reports.

The internet better business bureau sees to different businesses such as health, fashion, education and tourism. They are implementing the Reliability Seal Program to ensure that companies provide the level of service that they advertise on their website. They are also known to arbitrate disputes In order to promote confidence and establish client loyalty to enable smooth business relations. In the field of education, however, the IBBB recommends that the student also check into the Council on Higher Education to find out whether an institution is accredited or not.

An internet better business bureau seal implies trustworthiness. If you own an online business, here is how you can apply for an IBBB seal.

First, you must be a member of the local Better Business Bureau. You can do this while you are applying for a BBBOnline membership since completing the online application form will serve the same purpose.
Of course, your business must fully meet government requirements. Your company must be based in the US or Canada. It is also required that your company has been operating for at least one year, unless it is a division of an existing business. Note that even customers can file complaints against non-members so you have to have a satisfactory complaint handling record with the BBB.

After submission, it will be forwarded to the local BBB office and the information you provided may be verified by a visit to your company's premises. After that, sign the Participation Agreement. Then, you can pay the fees. It varies depending on the scale of your operation. Find out how much it costs by visiting the BBB website.

Finally, after reviewing and approval of your application, you will be contacted about how you can install the BBB seal on your company website.

Before doing online transactions, consumers often look to the internet Better Business Bureau for information and protection. If you are one, you still have to make sure that the use of the BBB seal on a website is authorized. Please check the validity. You can do so by clicking the image, which is supposed to take you to the BBB page confirming that the site is a member. After all, it is very easy to post an image on a website.
The Internet Better Business Bureau can help you. But you also have to literally help yourself as well.
by Christopher Granger
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