Social media disclosures and FTC best practices w/ attorney Paavana Kumar, Davis & Gilbert
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Learn about when, how, and what to disclose as a social media influencer with our guest Paavana Kumar. Kumar is the Advertising, Marketing, and Promotions Attorney for Davis & Gilbert Law Firm.   


Our guest is Paavana Kumar, a marketing, media, advertising, and promotions attorney from Davis & Gilbert Law Firm.


Learning more about disclosing brands/products for social media influencers

Five things you’ll learn from this episode:

  1. What are the legal regulations for companies and influencers on disclosures?
  2. What are the advantages of bringing in legal counsel early in a disclosure?
  3. When and how do I make good disclosures?
  4. What are some tips on how to better manage influencer disclosures?
  5. What are important aspects of disclosing products that I should know about?


  • “Material connection is not just payment.”  - @LPaavana
  • “The fact that they’re issuing warning letters to influencers themselves shows they’re not afraid to take actions against individuals either.” - @LPaavana
  • “They’ll hold companies to a reasonable standard of training, monitoring, and ultimately taking action if an influencer is not complying with these disclosure obligations.”  -@LPaavana
  • “The FTC is not prescriptive in how to make those disclosures.” - @LPaavana
  • “You can’t require a consumer to only post if it’s positive because that would violate the requirement.” - @LPaavana

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About Paavana Kumar:

Paavana Kumar is a marketing, media, advertising, and promotions attorney. She is deeply involved in all aspects of social media marketing, social and experiential activations, influencer and native advertising, and related promotions.

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About your host Jason Mudd:

On Top of PR host, Jason Mudd, is the CEO and managing partner of Axia Public Relations. He is a trusted adviser and dynamic strategist for some of America’s most admired brands. Since 1994, he's worked with American Airlines, Budweiser, Dave & Buster’s, H&R Block, Hilton, HP, Miller Lite, New York Life, Pizza Hut, Southern Comfort, and Verizon. He founded Axia in 2002.

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