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Disclosure. This is a disclosure.

This is a guest post from Mitch Joel — President, Mirum and author of “Six Pixels of Separation” and “CTRL ALT Delete.” See the original post this is adapted from and more like it on his blog. #Client. How often are you trolling the social media feeds and you see some kind of post about how…

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Video: Andy Sernovitz shares the latest FTC warnings on social media disclosure

Trust is at the heart of all great social media programs. But too many marketers, focused on short-term goals like traffic or quarterly sales, are willing to put that trust on the line with unethical tactics. They buy some fake reviews, pay for a bunch of promotional blog posts, and disguise ads as content from…

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Video: Andy Sernovitz explains why social media ethics should be a priority

We’ve all seen the headlines: Fake Facebook fans, fake Twitter hacks, and fake celebrity social media endorsements are all over the place. But according to SocialMedia.org and WordofMouth.org CEO Andy Sernovitz, the FTC is fed up with it, and they’re starting to do something about it. In his presentation at SocialMedia.org’s BlogWell conference in Chicago,…

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Video: Social media success starts with trust, presented by Andy Sernovitz

Building trust is the secret to success when it comes to effective social media and word of mouth marketing. Being honest with your consumers is the ultimate bottom line, but that line can become blurred if proper ethics and disclosure practices aren’t a core part of your social media strategy. SocialMedia.org and WordofMouth.org CEO Andy…

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Why paying for reviews is never worth it

This is a guest post from Andy Sernovitz — CEO of WordofMouth.org and SocialMedia.org and New York Times bestselling author of “Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking.” You’ve got a more important issue Too often, incentives for reviews are used by lazy marketers who are avoiding a bigger problem: They’re just…

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New FTC updates on social media disclosure laws

This post was originally published by WordofMouth.org CEO Andy Sernovitz on his blog, Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That!. The FTC just released an update to their “.com Disclosures” guide — the biggest update on social media disclosure laws since the 2009 update to their Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, and the first…

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4 key groups to train on word of mouth ethics

[Welcome back to our Word of Mouth Marketing Lessons newsletter. This is text from the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using this handy form.] Nobody is going to put their reputation on the line to recommend you if they have any questions about your trustworthiness. It takes a long, long…

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The Word of Mouth Ethics Checklist

Download and share this simple checklist with your staff and your agencies to use every time you launch a new word of mouth initiative.

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