Stronger FTC Influencer Marketing Rules

Influencer marketing is a BIG deal today. With influencer marketing, we target well-known individuals. Their effect on the purchase decision is significant for some consumers (followers). Because of some abuses in the use of influencer marketing, stronger FTC influencer marketing rules introduced new rules. Our past posts on influencer marketing include the following:  Influencer Marketing: […]

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More Gamesmanship on Retail Prices — Even Online

As we wrote a short time ago, companies are not always transparent or honest when they say an item is ‘on sale’ when it really is not: “Unfortunately, many retailers misuse the term ‘sale.’ And shoppers are often persuaded that a product is on sale even when it isn’t.” According to Evans and Berman’s Marketing […]

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When Is a “Sale” a Sale?

Unfortunately, many retailers misuse the term “sale”. And shoppers are often persuaded that a product is on sale even when it isn’t. [For our holiday shopping tips, please click here.] As noted in Evans and Berman’s Marketing in the 21st Century: Price advertising guidelines have been set by the FTC and trade associations such as […]

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Aggravated by Airline Pricing?

The complexities and variability of airfares can be disconcerting even to the most patient people. Two recent articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal illustrate the situation. The second article referenced in this post shows how dire matters are to many fliers — the government is proposing a new disclosure rule.   First, Scott McCartney […]

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“Injectible Ads”: A New Practice That Has Some Firms Fuming

We have another new term for our expanded marketing dictionary: “injected advertising.” This occurs when third parties with sophisticated software programs upload online ads onto the Web sites of unsuspecting companies. Only the third-party firm gets paid for the ad. This is clearly a practice that is upsetting to many companies on whose sites such […]

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This Is a Big Deal: Black Friday Not Always a Bargain

This post is important enough as a consumer shopping tip that I am posting it at both of my blogs (evansonmarketing.com and bermanevansretail.com). I’m sure that more than a few retailers are not happy with the Wall Street Journal for publishing the story. Black Friday has traditionally been the start of the holiday shopping season. […]

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