Flat Tummy Tea

April 7th, 2017

If you’re new to Instagram, you may be wondering what’s up with all the selfies of people in workout clothes posing with various brands of diet or detox teas. Here’s the deal: If the caption includes “#ad,” you’re looking at an example of influencer marketing. If it doesn’t, it may still be an ad.

That’s because advertisers don’t always make clear the rules for disclosure with influencers, and influencers can be reluctant to let their legions of fans know they were paid to peddle a product. Take makeup blogger Sheikhbeauty, who was recently compelled to disclose #ad in this Instagram hawking Flat Tummy Tea after an inquiry by ASA found it lacking:

Without the disclosure, ASA said the Instagram “was not obviously identifiable as a marketing communication” and thus violated its code of advertising, the specifics of which were not outlined in Flat Tummy Tea’s correspondence with the beauty blogger.

Flat Tummy Tea has also signed on Instagram giants Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian to pitch its product on the popular app. Last summer TINA.org found more than 100 Instagrams by members of the Kardashian/Jenner family that forgot to #ad it, including sponsored posts by Khloe and Kourtney for another diet tea called Fit Tea.

Find more of our coverage on influencer marketing here.

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When an individual (or cute pet) promotes a good or service, primarily on social media, because they were paid to do so, or because of a material connection between the person (or pet) and the company

The Advertising Standards Authority, abbreviated ASA, is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media.

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