Keep reading for a detailed understanding of FTC rules and regulations on endorsements and testimonials in social media.
Any time the US Government implements new regulations, there is discussion, debate, information and plenty of misinformation.
Nearly 2 years ago, in December 2009, the FTC revised, for the first time in 3 decades, its rules and regulations about endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
The prior rules were made long before the Internet and needed to be updated to account for this new type of media. Since implementing the new FTC Disclosure Guidelines PDF for endorsements and testimonials in advertising, bloggers have been given a multitude of interpretations, rules, best practices and how-to’s. Sadly, most of the information has been more scare tactics than useful.
Here’s a simple strategy to help you convince prospects to become customers. And it’s done by embedding Twitter testimonials on your website.
Why Testimonials Matter
When potential customers check out your business online, they want to see proof that you deliver what you promise. It’s important that you provide evidence that you have happy customers.
Testimonials are powerful because they come straight from your customers in their own words. It’s important you add testimonials to your site. You can easily tap into tweets from people who say great things about your business.
We relied 100% on social media tactics to drive traffic to this site.
In less than 5 months, Social Media Examiner was declared the #1 small business blog in the world by Technorati, added more than 13,000 email subscribers, brought nearly 100,000 people a month to the site and is ranked as one of the top 4200 websites in all of America by Alexa.
We didn’t advertise, didn’t rely on the press and almost none of our traffic is coming from search engines. Nearly overnight, this site has become a top destination for businesses.
Social media goes beyond Facebook or Twitter. It’s about connecting with people and developing relationships. And sometimes those connections can be literally face-to-face!
Social media allows us to make connections faster and over greater distances, but there is power in social media to bring us closer to our neighbors, too. One of the ways to do that is with a Tweetup.
What Is a Tweetup?
There are some things that just can’t be done with a 140-character limit.
If you look at most Twitter users’ Favorites, this feature is often completely empty or seldom used. Many people simply don’t know the power of this tiny tool! There are so many creative and useful ways to get mileage out of selecting tweets to favorite (others’ and your own).
With the constant stream (river!) of information rushing by on Twitter, here are five fun ways to capture your favorite tweets and have a way to archive/refer back to them.