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A History Of FTC Violations In Digital And Social Media Marketing

A History Of FTC Violations In Digital And Social Media Marketing

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The 4 FTC Cases That Have Shaped Online And Influencer Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is over a century old, and it’s constantly changing the way it approaches the task of protecting consumers from false and misleading advertising and unfair business practices. Social media and online marketing have presented some of the greatest FTC challenges to date. As social media evolves, so too do the requirements surrounding disclosures and endorsements.

In the last three years, several key cases have shaped the way the marketing and influencer communities approach sponsored and native advertising content on their channels and platforms. From video game console manufacturers to entertainment networks, several companies have learned the hard way that the FTC is serious about disclosures and consumer protections.

Here are the four key cases that have shaped the history of FTC violations in the digital and social media marketing landscape.

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Bots Are Out, Pods Are In: Instagram Pods Are The Newest Social Hack

Bots Are Out, Pods Are In: Instagram Pods Are The Newest Social Hack

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Instagram Pods: The Newest Influencer Hack Making Bots Obsolete

Building an organic following on Instagram isn’t easy. In the past, would-be influencers crammed dozens of hashtags into captions for discoverability or turned to bots and fake followers to boost their numbers.

In light of Instagram’s algorithmic feed re-ordering, though, some Instagrammers are turning to a new trend called “pods.”

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Lessons Learned From The Lord & Taylor FTC Case

Lessons Learned From The Lord & Taylor FTC Case

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What The Lord & Taylor Case Can Teach Us About FTC Compliance In Influencer Marketing

Just over two years ago, department store Lord & Taylor partnered with Nylon and Instagram influencers for a marketing campaign to promote a specific piece — a paisley dress — from its new Design Lab. The dress appeared on 50 influencer channels on the same day, and Nylon ran an article and posted a photo to its own Instagram account promoting the dress.

This is the way of new media advertising. In order to reach consumers effectively, advertisers have to find them where they’re spending time. Native advertising on social media platforms and on publishing websites is an effective method for reaching audiences in a way that’s natural and targeted. But when it failed to require disclosures from its influencers and from Nylon, Lord & Taylor found out the hard way that native advertising isn’t exempt from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and regulations that protect consumers from deceptive advertising practices.

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The Top 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes To Avoid

The Top 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes To Avoid

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Avoiding These 4 Influencer Marketing Campaign Mistakes Will Set Brands Up For Success

Influencer marketing efforts are getting bigger, more effective, and more sophisticated all the time. Influencer marketing is a $1 billion industry on Instagram alone. From Coachella to Walmart's social good campaign to brands partnering with influencers on Facebook Live, advertisers of all types are using influencer marketing to spread the word about products, brand values, events, promotions, and more.

By partnering with influencers for product placements, endorsements, sponsorships, giveaways, collaborations, or other types of influencer marketing campaigns, brands can reach audiences with authentic and trusted voices. Influencer marketing campaigns take a variety of shapes, but involve marketers setting goals, aligning messaging, selecting influencers, creating timelines, outlining deliverables, and structuring influencer agreements and contracts among many other steps and processes.

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Digital Content NewFronts: A Quick Marketer’s Guide

Digital Content NewFronts: A Quick Marketer’s Guide

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The Marketer's Guide To Making The Most Of The Digital Content NewFronts

With each passing year, digital content and original video become larger and more indispensable parts of our everyday lives. As publishers like The New York Times, Refinery29, and National Geographic endeavor to create new and compelling video content that drives digital media forward, platforms like YouTube, Hulu, and Twitter are finding new ways to bring that content to users. Brands and advertisers are paying close attention to both, finding opportunities to connect with audiences through the most successful digital media efforts.

The Digital Content NewFronts, an event held by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, exists to bring publishers, platforms, brands, and agencies together to discuss and shape the future of digital media.

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Coachella 2017: Branded Experiences, Social Media Stars, & More

Coachella 2017: Branded Experiences, Social Media Stars, & More

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Here's How Brands Are Using Influencers & Branded Experiences At Coachella 2017

Coachella is huge for brands. One of the biggest festivals in the United States, it presents a golden opportunity for brands to be a part of an experience unlike any other and to associate themselves with top tastemakers and influencers that drive trends in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, entertainment, and more.

Marketing at Coachella isn’t just a series of booths or banners on the backdrop of a stage. It’s integrated, designed to be a part of the experience. And that’s why it’s so effective. Brands at Coachella market differently than they do at any other festival, focusing on brand activations and influencer marketing opportunities at the festival that enhances the overall experience. Companies rent houses to throw branded parties or sponsor air conditioned tents and areas to give festival goers much-needed hydration shelter from the sun.

At Coachella, brands aren’t just present — they’re a part of the festival experience itself, and that’s what makes it such a valuable opportunity.

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Celebrities On Instagram

The Top 10 Highest Paid Celebrities On Instagram

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Here Are The Top 10 Highest Celebrity Endorsement Rates On Instagram

No one knows the power of social media like celebrities. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and more are all inextricable parts of being famous in today’s world. Posting is a way of life, and as Grammy winners, actresses, models, and reality television stars, social media’s top stars also command high prices for celebrity endorsement rates in partnership with brands.

For most brands, being featured on the social media channels of any one of these high profile celebrities is huge in terms of exposure. Typically, these celebrities are very selective about which brands they partner with, and any brand fortunate enough to land a coveted spot on a celebrity social channel is going to have to pay up in a big way. But the payoff is often staggering, and there are no shortage of brands willing to write the check.

Find out why a post from one of the top 10 highest paid celebrities on Instagram is worth so much.

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Why Amazon, Time Inc., And Adobe Are Getting Into Influencer Marketing

Why Amazon, Time Inc., And Adobe Are Getting Into Influencer Marketing

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Here's Why Amazon, Time Inc., And Adobe Are Getting Into The Influencer Marketing Industry

There’s no question that influencer marketing is growing — it’s on track to become a $5-10 billion market in the next few years. As brands and marketers begin to find new ways to partner with influencers and witness firsthand the benefits of these partnerships, influencer marketing becomes more and more vital for brands big and small. It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the world’s largest companies are looking to get into influencer marketing on a deeper level. Companies like Amazon, Time, and Adobe are finding their way into the influencer market in order to capitalize on the growing trend and push the industry forward.

They’re far from the only ones. Last year, Google bought influencer marketing platform FameBit in an attempt to get in on influencer marketing. Before that, The New York Times acquired influencer marketing agency HelloSociety.

Though each company’s involvement is different, they’re all evidence of an evolution in influencer marketing and they all speak to a single core message: Influencer marketing is exploding and everyone wants in.

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Understanding YouTube, Instagram, & Facebook’s Branded Content Tools

Understanding YouTube, Instagram, & Facebook’s Branded Content Tools

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Here's How Branded Content Tools Work On Facebook, YouTube, & Instagram

Taking the form of social posts, videos, photos, articles, and more, branded content is becoming a major part of brands’ efforts to reach audiences where they’re already spending copious amounts of time and consuming content. But as the line between original content and advertisements blurs with the rising popularity and quality of native advertising, it’s important for platforms and brands to make clear what’s branded content and what isn’t. So many major platforms have created tools for disclosing paid content.

When we talk about sponsored content disclosures, we’re usually doing it through the lens of FTC guidelines, which state that sponsored content on social media must be disclosed in a clear and unambiguous manner. It’s important to note that these branded content tools alone may not be substitutes for FTC disclosures, but they do provide valuable insight into the nature of the content for both users and the platform itself.

Let’s take a look at how branded content tools on some of the top social media platforms work and how they play into disclosure guidelines.

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What Instagram Shoppable Post Tags Mean For Influencers & Brands

What Instagram Shoppable Post Tags Mean For Influencers & Brands

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How Instagram Shoppable Posts Will Impact Influencer Marketing

Instagram’s rolled out a new feature that’s going to change how we use Instagram, but it’s not available to most users. Shoppable posts will allow brands to tag specific products in unpaid posts that will lead users out of the Instagram to a brand’s website where the tagged product can be purchased.

Originally made available in beta for big brands like Warby Parker, Kate Spade, and J.Crew, but are now available for all Instagram business accounts. Though the feature isn’t available to all users, it’s a momentous change that may have influencers and brands adjusting to new best practices for advertising on Instagram.

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