So lets say you go to a site. It has a very popular trust seal on it. But you go to click on it and it's just the seal, not linking to it's proper verification. Would that hurt your brand or consumer trust or would it just be neutral? or negative?
Then what about this scenario. You're using a specific popular trust seal of some sort. one that the customer "was going to click on", with 100% certainty. However, you have some temporary bug on your site. So you don't bother removing the trust seal. And you don't remove it because in a few weeks you'll have it up and running again. Instead you provided some explanation as to why that specific thing wasn't working. Like "it's temporarily down and we're doing maintenance on it, please try one of our other options." Would that hurt your brand? Or would the popularity of the trusted brand still help you overall even if the main purpose of that trusted brand was not actually functional.
What are your thoughts?