FTC: Social Media Contests Are Endorsements, Require Disclosure

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“This pin motivated by my desire to win fabulous prizes.” That’s the sort of disclaimer that participants in social media contests may need to start using under a March 20, 2014 letter ruling from the Federal Trade Commission. As I’ve written and presented about before, the FTC has been very strict in recent years about[...]

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5 Predictions for Augmented Reality Law in 2013 (and a Look Back at 2012)

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As a public radio commentator once said, augmented reality has “been the Next Big Thing for a while now, although it never manages to become the Actual Current Big Thing.”  In keeping with this Sisyphean observation, we did not (yet) see quite as much development in either AR technology or the law governing its use in[...]

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[VIDEO] My Presentation to the ARNY Meetup

At its December 27, 2011 gathering, the Augmented Reality New York (ARNY) Meetup presented a video I had recorded for the event.  The video was a summary of the FTC Complaint filed this Fall against PepsiCo and Frito-Lay, alleging that their AR marketing campaign for the Doritos Late Night brand amounted to “deceptive marketing” that[...]

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Beyond Doritos: How Else Might AR Be Called “Deceptive”?

As my readers are now well-aware, augmented reality marketing campaigns are now on the radar of consumer advocacy groups.  Last month, four of these groups filed a complaint claiming that a Doritos campaign involving augmented “virtual concerts” was “too immersive” for teenagers to handle, and “deceptively” blurred the lines between advertising and entertainment. Marketers should[...]

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When Do Social Marketing Pranks Go Too Far?

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If you saw this post on the Facebook or Twitter stream of your friend–or your child–how would you react? I recently blogged about the FTC complaint filed against PepsiCo and Frito-Lay over its series of Doritos Late Night digital marketing campaigns.  That prior post focused on the augmented reality portions of that campaign.  But also[...]

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