Ad or Not? Neil Patrick Harris and Heineken
July 7th, 2017
The actor ditched a more clear and conspicuous disclosure, such as #ad, for the more ambiguous #HeinekenLightPartner in the caption.
Taking a closer look at this post also left us wondering about the target audience of this ad, given that Instagram is a popular social media app with teens and young adults. According to the Beer Institute, an alcohol industry self-regulatory group, advertisers should only place beer ads where at least 71.6 percent of the audience is expected to be adults of legal drinking age. A placement will be considered compliant, according to the Institute, if the audience composition data reviewed prior to placement meets the percentage.
We reached out to Heineken asking how it ensured that 71.6 percent of NPH’s followers were of legal drinking age and why its pitchman ditched #ad. Check back for updates.
Neil Patrick Harris and his inflatable Pegasus have reason to worry, since the FTC recently warned a number of influencers that marketing that isn’t sufficiently disclosed just isn’t going to float anymore.
UPDATE 7/14/17: Following publication of this piece, Harris has deleted the post in question. Perhaps adding disclosures to two previous Heineken posts, which are still live on his profile here and here, will be next on his agenda.
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