Fiverr and Video Testimonials

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I recently read a WSO that stated to buy video testimonials from Fiverr. I wanted to get your reactions to using this method while affilate marketing. It obvously works, but doesn't seem quite right.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Originally Posted by gorufus View Post

    .... doesn't seem quite right.
    Thats probably because it isnt.

    A testimonial by definition according to Wikipedia

    Testimonial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ....and of course the FTC

    Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: Rules of the Road | BCP Business Center
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  • Profile picture of the author gorufus
    I just found it amazing how far "outsourcing" has gone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raymond_Perrin
    This has been discussed here before (understatement, I know ) --but *obviously* it is wrong to pay for fake video testimonials to promote your own products like WSOs etc. I assume this would earn you a ban from the WF too.

    On the other hand, let's say you are promoting product X online, and you pay someone to talk about it in a short video then the lines are a bit more blurred. After all, when mainstream businesses launch a new product, they pay people to talk about the product. It's called advertising.

    I guess it comes down to whether or not you know the product does whatever it claims to do and is a good deal for buyers. If you believe in the product, know it works, and consider it to be a good deal then video advertising is legitimate.

    Just don't scam other affiliates, IMers, or the general public!

    My two cents... (and, tbh, I have more questions than answers when it comes to this topic (and don't use video testimonials to promote my WSOs!)

    (Edit: Useful link Ramone_Johnny. Thanks! Gabba gabba hey! )
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    • Profile picture of the author gorufus
      It was actually in a recent WSO that I purchased. I was going over the course again, and it actually threw me for a loop. I actually thought of a better way to do it. A remix of sorts.

      The cb product that I decided to promote had several video testimonials on their site. I took those video testimonials, came up with 3 questions from what they were saying in their testimonails, i.e. have you had issues before with weight loss, have you tried other programs and what has worked for you. Really simple and the video turned out ok. Not my best work, but it was fast and it got uploaded. Fired a few links to the video and bam two sales.

      I just didn't like the whole get someone on fiverr to do a video testimonial thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cee
      Originally Posted by Raymond_Perrin View Post

      On the other hand, let's say you are promoting product X online, and you pay someone to talk about it in a short video then the lines are a bit more blurred. After all, when mainstream businesses launch a new product, they pay people to talk about the product. It's called advertising.
      I think it's okay to hire someone to talk about a product and point out the good qualities that the product provides without actually saying they have used it. That is advertising. But to actually give a video testimonial for something that the person has never used and pretends that they have used is IMO very unethical.
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      • Profile picture of the author Raymond_Perrin
        Originally Posted by Cee View Post

        I think it's okay to hire someone to talk about a product and point out the good qualities that the product provides without actually saying they have used it. That is advertising. But to actually give a video testimonial for something that the person has never used and pretends that they have used is IMO very unethical.
        Good point. I agree.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
        Just in case the question comes up, you can no longer use video testimonials from Fiverr or any other site on your own WSOs. I don't think it's a good idea for anywhere else, either.
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        • Profile picture of the author gorufus
          Originally Posted by Ken Strong View Post

          Just in case the question comes up, you can no longer use video testimonials from Fiverr or any other site on your own WSOs. I don't think it's a good idea for anywhere else, either.
          This product was not promoting their own products, it was how to promote affiliate products from cb and a few other places.
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      • Profile picture of the author msmir75
        Originally Posted by Cee View Post

        I think it's okay to hire someone to talk about a product and point out the good qualities that the product provides without actually saying they have used it. That is advertising. But to actually give a video testimonial for something that the person has never used and pretends that they have used is IMO very unethical.
        Agree agree agree 100%!! And because I am on Fiverr a lot I have seen the "featured" testimonials and pretty much remember what those who look like creating them. Well I happened to run into an ad for an advertising program that used one of the "testimonials" from someone on Fiverr basically saying she "used the service and got great results".. yeah right. And based on knowing this, I laughed and knew to basically forget it. Who knows, it may have been a good service afterall... but the fact that I "knew" who that person was giving the "testimonial" and where she was from is what was the turn off. People can easily find out that these testimonials are fake. That is why I would never even dream of doing that even though I opened up a new business. There are other ways to create a web portfolio and stuff without testimonials. And you are right, hiring someone to point out the good things about the product without actually saying he or she used it is fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    The best and probably most ethical way of getting legitimate testimonials is to give your product or offer away to those on your list for free, and in return, ask them for feedback/suggestions/testimonials.

    This is a really powerful way of doing a number of things at once...

    1. Building trust and credibility
    2. Getting feedback which you can use to improve your product
    3. Get an idea of future products
    4. Fix anything that needs immediate attention that you may have overlooked
    5. Bring a bucket load of sales

    Those are just a few off the top of my head...theres probably more
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  • Profile picture of the author gorufus
    It's funny because now when I do a certain search, I see the same three girls promoting the same products. The script is nearly identical.
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    I recently read a WSO that stated to buy video testimonials from Fiverr. I wanted to get your reactions to using this method while affilate marketing. It obvously works, but doesn't seem quite right.
    Illegal advice being sold as a WSO is awesome. MOAR!!!

    Video testimonials bought on fiverr are fake. Ain't no shades of grey about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JBrooks
    This is similar to buying facebook likes. false representation. unless of course the video testimony is from someone that has actually used your product or service!
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    • Profile picture of the author gorufus
      Originally Posted by dealme View Post

      This is similar to buying facebook likes. false representation. unless of course the video testimony is from someone that has actually used your product or service!
      Well, what would be the difference between facebook likes and youtube views and comments? When you buy favorable comments and views, the assumption is that you are purchasing favorable responses correct?
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  • Profile picture of the author gorufus
    I think it's easy for those of us who know what to look for will know that the testimonial is fake. But what if you have never experienced fiverr and found the video on youtube? You would just think that "oh, she/he must have used it" and click the link.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by gorufus View Post

      I think it's easy for those of us who know what to look for will know that the testimonial is fake. But what if you have never experienced fiverr and found the video on youtube? You would just think that "oh, she/he must have used it" and click the link.
      Thats pretty niave.

      You know its not the right thing to do, so dont do it.

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      • Profile picture of the author gorufus
        Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

        Thats pretty niave.

        You know its not the right thing to do, so dont do it.

        End of.
        I agree, pretty niave for you and I. But for a video that has over 70k views, it's apparent that niave people are out there.

        Again, I'm not advocating this method, just trying to spark some conversation.
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