⛳ Beware of astroturfing

Published On: November 17th, 2023

Astroturfing is the attempt to create an impression of widespread grassroots support, often for a product or service, where no real support exists.

Maybe it’s a slew of 5-star reviews, glowing praise in the comments, or a vicious panning – chances are you’ve stumbled upon a fake review or testimonial while evaluating a product online.

The FTC isn’t into it. They’re trying to stop marketers from using illicit review and endorsement practices, ’cause deceiving consumers who are looking for real feedback happens everywhere.

Until there are laws that ban ‘astroturfing’, we’re on our own.

Today is all about weeding out bogus promotions and digging down to the real dirt.

Let’s do this!

Today’s newsletter is 285 words, 1½ minutes.

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The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the review.

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