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FTC Stops Deceptive Advertising Sales to Small Businesses

Two media production companies based in Oregon and their owner have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. This follows a court hearing. The commission says the companies mislead small businesses about “exclusive” advertising placements. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) has charged the two media production companies for deceptively pitching “exclusive” advertising placements to small …

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FTC issues ad disclosure guidelines for social influencers, aims to reduce deceptive content

The Federal Trade Commission released on Tuesday a document and accompanying videos that inform on how and when social media influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers to comply with federal law. Titled Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers, the guide provides influencers with pointers on when an advertisement disclosure is necessary and offers examples …

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Opinion: Google’s store sales measurement data deal with Mastercard not ‘deceptive’

Bloomberg reported Thursday that Google has been using Mastercard credit card transaction data as part of the store sales measurement analytics that it has made available to some retail advertisers. That’s not really news. The reporter’s angle is that “most of the two billion Mastercard holders aren’t aware of this behind-the-scenes tracking.” This story picks …

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SearchCap: Google’s deal with Mastercard not ‘deceptive’, small business SEO & more

Debra Mastaler is Features Editor at Search Engine Land. She is an internationally recognized authority on link building and is an OMCP Certified Link Building Trainer. Based in Washington DC, Debra is also a columnist for Search Engine Land, has written for or been featured in numerous tech publications and is active on the search …

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UK local SEO firm Movette shut down by regulators for deceptive sales practices

Almost everyone, it seems, has received one: a call falsely claiming that your business listing on Google is about to expire. Many people also receive deceptive robocalls from marketing companies claiming to represent or be authorized by Google. One such UK-based company, Movette, was just shut down by regulators for using fraudulent tactics to sell …

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4 deceptive Google Analytics metrics that fool retail marketers

In the world of web analytics, not all metrics are created equal. Some can stand alone on their own, giving you valuable insights into business performance at a glance. We call these metrics Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and depend on these metrics to guide our marketing efforts, especially as we head into the busy holiday …

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