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Episode Show Notes: The Best Podcast Episode Ever: What is Puffery?



In this fifth episode of the Ad Watchers series, hosts Hal and La Toya talk about puffery. There is no universal definition for this term, but La Toya provided the following description: “Puffery is an exaggerated, blustering, or boastful statement. Or a general claim that could only be understood as an expression of opinion, not a statement of fact.”

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What Does it Mean to Have a “Reasonable Basis” Standard?



Advertisers are required to have a “reasonable basis” for their advertising claims, but what is “reasonable” in terms of support and the level and type of evidence needed? In this episode of the Ad Watchers, hosts Hal Hodes and La Toya Sutton break down the standard that helps us determine what is reasonable: the Pfizer Factors. Tune in to learn more about each of the factors that form the flexible framework for advertising law today.

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Episode Show Notes: So, Who’s Making These Advertising Rules?



Accountability Studios presents Ad Watchers—a unique podcast series brought to you by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs. This podcast series provides listeners with behind-the-scenes access and insights into the nitty-gritty of advertising law. In its inaugural episode, hosts Hal Hodes and La Toya Sutton talk about the importance of consumer understanding.

The conversation begins with the dynamic duo teasing up the types of conversations listeners can expect to hear, defining their target listener, and highlighting their goals for the podcast series. As La Toya stated, ultimately, they “want to help the listener know what to do, and what to look for to ensure that their advertising is truthful and substantiated.”

In this episode, Hal and La Toya also answer the question, “who makes the rules.” They start by clarifying that NAD does not contribute to the rule-making process. Instead, they help apply the rules formulated by federal organizations and agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and similar entities.

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