Is it legal to use Fivver Testimonials for E-Product Sales Pages?

by GoogleWarrior 31 replies
Is it legal to use Fivver Testimonials for E-Product Sales Pages?
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  • Profile picture of the author XYZcontent
    I don't think your allowed to have fiverr testimonials on Clickbank sales pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior X
    Testimonials are highly regulated by the FTC. You may slip through the cracks with paid/fake testimonials if you're small, but you have to ask yourself if it's a risk you want to take. Certainly Clickbank didn't think it was after they started taking heat.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    Is it legal to use Fivver Testimonials for E-Product Sales Pages?
    What do YOU think?
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  • Profile picture of the author JonOlivier
    If they read it / use it / view it or whatever and then give an unbiased testimonial then maybe that's OK. Especially if that testimonial was "typical" of the experience the avergae consumer would get and you clearly stated that it was a paid / solicited comment. Although the FTC may still disagree.

    Trouble is that if you pay for a review people seem to have a tendency to be positive (assuming they've used it).

    If it's a good product then wouldn't testimonials from buyers come thick and fast? Especially if you ask for comments or ways to improve the product / customer experience.

    Testimonials help sell but lack of testimonials isn't going to kill a product or service.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustFelix
    I only use real testimonials. I mean if you have a good product then it won't be that hard to get good testimonials. You got to ask people that try your product to give some testimonials proof to you. You can give them a free product or a discount and hope to receive a faster Testimonial that way and it'll be legit.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I guess it is not legal, and at some point it might be an ethical but to be fair sometimes you just needed because what type of customers actually will care enough to give a feedback ?!!!

    FTC trying to prevent anyone from using such testimonial ( it is not going only on clickbank ) because many people actually think these testimonial are real and buy the product based on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Why would you even want to do it in the first place? If your product is so bad that you can't get real testimonials then you're probably doomed before you even start - your sales will be minimal and your returns will be massive.

    If you have a good product you'll get testimonials the natural way, and won't have to stoop to buying them on Fivver. And the customer feedback might even help you to improve the product.

    As for your original question I'm not sure of the legalities, but it's obviously unethical.

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    • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
      Good point.

      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

      Why would you even want to do it in the first place? If your product is so bad that you can't get real testimonials then you're probably doomed before you even start - your sales will be minimal and your returns will be massive.
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    Paid testimonials are fake testimonials. Do you really need to ask the question?

    NO it is not ok to use them. Nor is it legal. Unless I believe you stipulate these are paid endorsements. but I am not a lawyer so I can't say one way or the other.But...why would anyone ever want something like that representing your business?
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Poc
    The best way that I know to get a REAL GOOD testimonial is to leave testimonials for other people and then give them your product and ask them to leave a testimonial / review for your product, but only IF they like it.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by Matt Poc View Post

      The best way that I know to get a REAL GOOD testimonial is to leave testimonials for other people and then give them your product and ask them to leave a testimonial / review for your product, but only IF they like it.
      And have you had genuine testimonials using this method?
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  • Profile picture of the author crystalDMP
    Can buyers actually tell if a testimonial is fake or real? If not, what's the differences between the two then in terms of helping sell products?
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    Get authentic testimonials for your product...no way around it...well probably is, but not worth considering.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Lessey
    Just to make sure we on clear ground...

    If you have a Fiverr gig for a service or product that you are selling on Fiverr.com / AND if your clickbank product is related to that service, then testimonials are fine.

    Paying for a testimonial on a fiverr.com gig for use on clickbank is not cool..You better off giving review copies on this forum for free and ask them for a testimonial
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  • Profile picture of the author euhlir
    Anytime I see a video testimonial from a customer I am very suspicious from the get-go, especially when there is more than one. There's always exceptions, but in most cases multiple video testimonials is not natural. You can almost be sure that the owner had some part to play in that by offering incentives/bonuses/etc, which hurts the credibility of the testimonial. Just my opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author kbailey1734
      Originally Posted by euhlir View Post

      Anytime I see a video testimonial from a customer I am very suspicious from the get-go, especially when there is more than one. There's always exceptions, but in most cases multiple video testimonials is not natural. You can almost be sure that the owner had some part to play in that by offering incentives/bonuses/etc, which hurts the credibility of the testimonial. Just my opinion.
      Unfortunately this is way to common and even the big boys do these on a daily basis. To me, it is just unethical. To others, its all about getting some shiny pennies.

      To each their own.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Brownsword
    Here's the link to the FTC document concerning testimonials:

    http://www.ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005...mentguides.pdf

    While this may not directly apply if you are not a US citizen and/or do not market to US citizens, it's still a pretty good guideline and should go a long ways towards keeping you out of trouble with regulatory agencies.

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    • Profile picture of the author jimmymc
      Fake positive reviews and the like will eventually cause the whole IM system to collapse for the lack of any credibility. If you plan on using IM to feed yourself and your family in the future, a quantum leap to quality and honesty is in order.

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  • Profile picture of the author LukeK
    I really think such testimonials are just unethical
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  • Profile picture of the author belegeuseman
    The funny thing about this entire question is that believe it or not that's how a lot of those gurus got started. You don't have to agree, but they got in the "heyday" of the Internet and were using services offline like today's Fiverr to buy testimonials.

    Just use common sense a lot of them who appear to be the top players got their some way. My problem that I have with giving review copies would be saturating my product out to so many people.

    Of course, that's price you pay if you need testimonials right? I let a few people before and marketers review my product, the marketers for a JV. They enjoyed the product and were going to work with me, then one whose name I won't say emailed me back promoting his coaching program to get me to where I needed.

    I am already there, sales page, product, video, all of that, you've reviewed my product, and you're going to play me like that?

    If the IM system will collapse because the lack of any credibility like jimmymc says, it will have to start from the top of the pyramid. These guys are leading a lot of us on. It's about taking responsibility, but they are making IM confusing and hard to do! PERIOD!
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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

      Is it legal to use Fivver Testimonials for E-Product Sales Pages?
      Even if it were legal, it's certainly not ethical (and sadly, the fact that you're asking suggests that ethics and integrity may not be that important to you...).

      Originally Posted by crystalDMP View Post

      Can buyers actually tell if a testimonial is fake or real? If not, what's the differences between the two then in terms of helping sell products?
      You're really asking this question?? :rolleyes:

      The difference is in the ethics and integrity of the seller... if they use fake testimonials because they can't get positive, legit testimonials, then do you really want to buy from them? And, if you're trying to sell a product by using fake testimonials, is that really how you want to run your business??
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  • Profile picture of the author Syamsul Alam
    Your question just make me aware of you and your product. I'll definitely not buy any of your product if I knew that you're behind it.
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  • Profile picture of the author imdomination
    If you've got a good product you shouldn't have ANY problems getting real, good testimonials from people.
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    eeeek,

    every time I see this sort of thread posted on warrior forum i just want to scream, or do that micheal jackson tribute clutch grab!! LOL!:rolleyes:

    seriously, what is stopping giving your product away for free first to get some testimonials. Some people do not want to do this, but why not, give away a few copies so you can get legitimate testimonials.

    Fake testimonials, are helping wreck some of the niche websites out there and make people even more skeptical of such products. Dont do it!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author royljestr
    No, you shouldn't do it. The FTC has really cracked down on these kinds of things. You need to have a valid testimonial on file in order to use it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eran Roseman
      If I use the Reviewers Wanted here on WF, can I use the reviews as testimonials in my Clickbank sales page?
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    People that are paid tend to give positive reviews. Like wow, gee jeeves, you really think so? Hey, that is so rad, can you imagine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Reed7
    Think the term might be unethical, plus your reputation, credibility are at stake...Its very straight forward to communicate with others, get valuable feedback for product creation, etc. Common sense rule applies...
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  • Profile picture of the author el marketorrr
    HAHAHAHAHA how many people did you pay 5 bucks for all those hot chicks pictures holding a thank you sign????

    Do you LIVE on fiverr? )
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