How to Create a Compelling Supplement Offer: Avoid Illegal Celebrity Endorsements

By Cody Bramlett

I’m sure you know how important it is to create a compelling supplement offer that will appeal to your potential customers. 

Well there’s a huge difference between a compelling offer and one that will land you in legal trouble!

Have you ever heard of a faux mat?  It’s an ad formatted into an online news report that features miraculous celebrity transformations from muscle-building to weight-loss supplements.  

The image featured is an example of a faux mat that the FTC charged as illegal.  

A group of advertisers featured a “special report” for “Men’s Life & Health” claiming that “Will Ferrell Packs On Muscle in Just 3 Weeks Using These 2 Muscle Supplements That Celebrities Love.” 

The subheading continued, “This report was created by Men’s Life & Health to expose the truth behind two new muscle-building supplements.” 

The “report” was an ad for the supplements that promised substantial fat loss and muscle gain without changing diet or exercise.

But let me tell you, using a celebrity’s name or likeness without permission is a huge no-no.  Not only is it a violation of their rights, but it can also get you into serious legal trouble.

Deceptive faux mats violate the FTC Act.1  Decades of cases establish that it’s illegal to deceptively dress up ads to look like independent news, reporting, or programming. 

Also on the list of practices to avoid: falsely claiming that celebrities endorse products or that media outlets have evaluated them.

I understand the temptation to use celebrity endorsements.  We’ve all seen those ads with famous actors or athletes claiming that they use a specific product.  But you must be extremely careful when using a celebrity endorsement in your marketing.  Without permission, you could be opening yourself up to a lawsuit that puts your entire business at risk.

When it comes to creating a compelling supplement offer, there are plenty of effective strategies that you can use that don’t involve using a celebrity endorsement. 

How to Create a Compelling Supplement Offer – Try These 3 Proven Strategies Instead

Many other types of endorsements can be as powerful, if not more so, than a celebrity endorsement.

  • Customer testimonials are among the most effective ways to build trust and credibility with your audience.  By featuring testimonials from satisfied customers who have used your supplement and seen actual results, you can demonstrate your product’s effectiveness in an authentic and relatable way.
  • Before-and-after photos are another powerful tool that you can use to showcase the transformative power of your supplement.  By showing real-life examples of people who have used your product and achieved their health and fitness goals, you can help potential customers visualize what’s possible and inspire them to take action.
  • Expert endorsements from people in the health and wellness industry can also be a highly effective way to build credibility and trust with your audience.  You can position your supplement as a trusted and reputable product backed by science and research by featuring endorsements from doctors, nutritionists, and other health and wellness experts.

In addition to these types of endorsements, there are plenty of other strategies that you can use to create a compelling offer for your supplement.  

For example, you could offer first-time customers a 180 day money-back guarantee, a promise of friendly customer service, or a massive discount on a high quantity purchase.  

You could also create educational content, such as free ebooks or resource videos, providing valuable information and insights about your supplement, its benefits, and associated subjects of interest to your customer.

The key is to find a strategy that resonates with your audience and effectively communicates the value of your supplement.  Then, by developing a compelling, ethical, and legally sound offer, you can build a loyal customer base and grow your supplement business over time.

So, if you want to create a successful supplement offer while staying legally compliant, check out Supplement Millionaire Mastermind.  With the help of myself, my co-founder Peter Tzemis, and our expert coaches, you can learn how to create an irresistible offer that will take your supplement business to the next level!

1 Fauxmats, false claims, phony celebrity endorsements, and unauthorized charges. (2022, May 24). Federal Trade Commission.