We frequently mention products and brand names in the context of our radio show, personal appearances and articles. Are we paid to mention those products or do we really believe in them?
The answer is: both.
As home improvement journalists, we are among the first to learn about new products and new technologies. When we see something we like or know about something that resolves a question from our audience, you'll hear about it. Sometimes the companies hear about our testimonials and want to pay us to talk more about it.
And we're OK with that.
As with nearly all media, our ability to provide valuable content is funded by sponsors. The key to providing value is our integrity. We do not represent products or services of questionable value. It is a judgment call we make, based on our expertise with home projects and repairs, in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines for endorsements and testimonials. (Read more here: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/guides/endorse.htm)
The bottom line is always our audience. Your trust in us is paramount, and you have our word that we will honor our relationship in everything that we do.
"If you think Tom's greatest asset is his silky voice or complete command of his subject matter think again. Yes, he has the voice and knows home repair inside and out, but what he really excels at is his business sense. Tom knows how to start and run a successful enterprise, he knows how to satisfy his customers and add value to their businesses, and he knows how to get results! Tom and I have worked together on a host of projects and he always over delivers and never disappoints."
Host, This Old House and Ask This Old House
"AARP's work with Tom and Leslie on the Home Makeover project delivered a result that was successful beyond our wildest expectations. They are a creative, professional team who has consistently gone the extra mile to deliver results for all our initiatives."
Director of Integrated Communications, AARP