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Social Media Management Contract Template

Social Media Manager
First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
Client
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC. (the "Consultant"). As a condition of the Client hiring the Social Media Consultant and other valuable considerations, the Parties to this Contract agree as follows:

1. WORK AND PAYMENT.

1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Consultant to do the following:

  • To research the Client's audiences and target market, as well as existing social media efforts.
  • To create strategies for social media to optimize performance and conversion rates.
  • To establish guidelines, processes and best practices for the Client's social media marketing.
  • To draft content for social media profiles, review online conversations and collaborate with influencers.
  • To monitor metrics and provide data regarding the success of social media efforts, overall sentiment and community.

1.2 Schedule. The Consultant will begin work on [START DATE]and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Consultant at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 6, Term and Termination.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Consultant an ongoing rate of [PROJECT RATE] per month. Of this, the Client will pay the Consultant a non-refundable deposit of [DEPOSIT AMOUNT] before work begins, to be deducted from the first invoice payment. This deposit is non-refundable due to the Consultant reserving their schedule on behalf of the Client.

1.4 Expenses. The Consultant may request additional payment for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses, which must approved by the Client in advance.

1.5 Invoices.  The Consultant will invoice the Client [INVOICE FREQUENCY]. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within [X DAYS TO PAY] days of receiving an invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of [LATE FEE PERCENTAGE]% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Consultant will not provide ongoing support for any deliverable once the Client accepts it, unless otherwise agreed in writing.

2. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSES.

2.1 Client Owns All Work Product. As part of this job, the Consultant is creating the "work product" for the Client. To avoid confusion, work product is the completed work, as well as drafts, notes, materials, internal processes, advertisements, wording, marketing phrases, mockups, designs, code, emails, illustrations, email content and anything else that the Consultant creates as part of this project. The Consultant hereby gives the Client this work product once the Client pays for it in full. This means the Consultant is giving the Client all of its rights, titles, and interests in and to the work product (including intellectual property rights), and the Client will be the sole owner of it. The Client can use the work product however it wants or it can decide not to use the work product at all. The Client, for example, can modify, destroy, or sell it, as it sees fit.

2.2 Consultant's Use Of Work Product. Once the Consultant gives the work product to the Client, the Consultant does not have any rights to it, except those that the Client explicitly gives the Consultant here or separately in writing. The Client gives permission to use the work product as part of portfolios and websites, in galleries, and in other media, so long as it is to showcase the work and not for any other purpose. The Client does not give permission to sell or otherwise use the work product to make money or for any other commercial use. The Client is not allowed to take back this license, even after the Contract ends.

2.3 Consultant's Help Securing Ownership. In the future, the Client may need the Consultant's help to show that the Client owns the work product or to complete the transfer. The Consultant agrees to help with that. For example, the Consultant may have to sign a patent application. The Client will pay any required expenses for this. If the Client can't find the Consultant, the Consultant agrees that the Client can act on the Consultant's behalf to accomplish the same thing. The following language gives the Client that right: if the Client can't find the Consultant after spending reasonable effort trying to do so, the Consultant hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Client as the Consultant's agent and attorney-in-fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest, to act for the Consultant and on the Consultant's behalf to execute, verify, and file the required documents and to take any other legal action to accomplish the purposes of paragraph 2.1 (Client Owns All Work Product).

2.4 Consultant's IP That Is Not Work Product. During the course of this project, the Consultant might use intellectual property that the Consultant owns or has licensed from a third party, but that does not qualify as "work product." This is called "background IP." Possible examples of background IP are pre-existing marketing strategies, code, type fonts, properly-licensed stock photos, proprietary marketing practices and web application tools.

The Consultant is not giving the Client this background IP. But, as part of the Contract, the Consultant is giving the Client a right to use and license (with the right to sublicense) the background IP to develop, market, sell, and support the Client's products and services. The Client may use this background IP worldwide and free of charge, but it cannot transfer its rights to the background IP (except as allowed in Section 11.1 (Assignment)). The Client cannot sell or license the background IP separately from its products or services. The Consultant cannot take back this grant, and this grant does not end when the Contract is over.

2.5 Consultant's Right To Use Client IP. The Consultant may need to use the Client's intellectual property to do its job. For example, if the Client is hiring the Consultant to build a website, the Consultant may have to use the Client's logo. The Client agrees to let the Consultant use the Client's intellectual property and other intellectual property that the Client controls to the extent reasonably necessary to do the Consultant's job. Beyond that, the Client is not giving the Consultant any intellectual property rights, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Contract.

3. COMPETITIVE ENGAGEMENTS.

The Consultant won't work for a competitor of the Client until this Contract ends. To avoid confusion, a competitor is any third party that develops, manufactures, promotes, sells, licenses, distributes, or provides products or services that are substantially similar to the Client's products or services. A competitor is also a third party that plans to do any of those things. The one exception to this restriction is if the Consultant asks for permission beforehand and the Client agrees to it in writing. If the Consultant uses employees or subcontractors, the Consultant must make sure they follow the obligations in this paragraph, as well.

4. NON-SOLICITATION.

Until this Contract ends, the Consultant won't: (a) encourage Client employees or service providers to stop working for the Client; (b) encourage Client customers or clients to stop doing business with the Client; or (c) hire anyone who worked for the Client over the 12-month period before the Contract ended.

The one exception is if the Consultant puts out a general ad and someone who happened to work for the Client responds. In that case, the Consultant may hire that candidate.

5. REPRESENTATIONS.

5.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

5.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

5.3 Consultant Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Consultant promises that it owns the work product, that the Consultant is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Consultant uses employees or subcontractors, the Consultant also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Consultant giving the Consultant any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Consultant's background IP and work product.

5.4 Consultant Will Comply With Laws. The Consultant promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable laws and regulations.

5.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Consultant promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Consultant has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Consultant has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

5.6 Client Will Review Work. The Client promises to review the work product, to be reasonably available to the Consultant if the Consultant has questions regarding this project, and to provide timely feedback and decisions.

5.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Consultant with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.

6. TERM AND TERMINATION.

This Contract is ongoing, until ended by the Client or the Consultant. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract. The Contract officially ends and the Consultant must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice once the notice has been received, unless the notice says otherwise. The Client will pay the Consultant for the work done up until when the Contract ends and will reimburse the Consultant for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 2 (Ownership and Licenses); 3 (Competitive Engagements); 4 (Non-Solicitation); 5 (Representations); 8 (Confidential Information); 9 (Limitation of Liability); 10 (Indemnity); and 11 (General).

7. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR.

The Client is hiring the Consultant as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

  • The Consultant will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.
  • The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Consultant is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.
  • The Client will not provide the Consultant with any training.
  • The Client and the Consultant do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.
  • The Consultant cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.
  • The Consultant is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).
  • The Consultant is responsible for its own taxes.
  • The Client will not withhold taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Consultant or any of the Consultant's employees or subcontractors.
8. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

8.1 Overview.  This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Consultant must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

8.2 The Client's Confidential Information.  While working for the Client, the Consultant may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Consultant promises to treat this information as if it is the Consultant's own confidential information. The Consultant may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Consultant use a user email list to strategize a marketing campaigns, the Consultant cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Consultant written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Consultant may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Consultant must give back or destroy all confidential information. The Consultant promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Consultant written permission first. The Consultant must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Consultant's responsibilities only stop if the Consultant can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Consultant came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Consultant came across it, but not because of anything the Consultant did or didn't do; (iii) the Consultant already knew the information when the Consultant came across it and the Consultant didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Consultant with the information without requiring that the Consultant keep it a secret; or (v) the Consultant created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

8.3 Third-Party Confidential Information.  It's possible the Client and the Consultant each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Consultant each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Consultant is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.

Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.

10. INDEMNITY.

10.1 Overview.  This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Consultant or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Consultant did, then the Consultant may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

10.2 Client Indemnity.  In this Contract, the Consultant agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Consultant has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Consultant of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Consultant of the promises it is making in Section 5 (Representations).

10.3 Consultant Indemnity.  In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Consultant (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.

11. GENERAL.

11.1 Assignment.  This Contract applies only to the Client and the Consultant. The Consultant cannot assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the Client's written permission. In contrast, the Client may assign its rights and delegate its obligations under this Contract without the Consultant's permission. This is necessary in case, for example, another Client buys out the Client or if the Client decides to sell the work product that results from this Contract.

11.2 Arbitration.  As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

11.3 Modification; Waiver.  To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Consultant must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

11.4 Notices.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed in this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

11.5 Severability.  This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

11.6 Signatures.  The Client and the Consultant may sign this document using online e-signature software such as Bonsai. These electronic signatures count as originals for all intents and purposes.

11.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

11.8 Entire Contract.  This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.


THE PARTIES HERETO AGREE TO THE FOREGOING AS EVIDENCED BY THEIR SIGNATURES BELOW.

Social Media Manager
First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
Client
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

Social Media Management Contract Template

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Social Media Management Contract Template

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Date: March 8th 2023


Between:

Coach:

First_name
Last_name
Acme LLC.
Client:

First_name
Last_name
Corporation Corp.

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Coach").

The Contract is dated January 23, 2023.

1. WORK AND PAYMENT.

1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Coach to develop a coaching relationship between the Client and Coach in order to cultivate the Client's personal, professional, or business goals and create a plan to achieve those goals through stimulating and creative interactions with the ultimate result of maximizing the Client's personal or professional potential.

1.2 Schedule. The Coach will begin work on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Coach at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 4, Term and Termination.

The Coach and Client will meet by video conference, 4 days per month for 2 hours.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Coach an hourly rate of $150. Of this, the Client will pay the Coach $500.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the Coach's expenses. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The Coach will invoice the Client in accordance with the milestones in Section 1.3. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 1.0% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Coach will not be available by telephone, or email in between scheduled sessions.

2.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

- A coaching relationship is a partnership between two or more individuals or entities, like a teacher-student or coach-athlete relationship. Both the Client and Coach must uphold their obligations for the relationship to be successful.

- The Coach agrees to maintain the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

- The Client acknowledges and agrees that coaching is a comprehensive process that may explore different areas of the Client's life, including work, finances, health, and relationships.

- The Client is responsible for implementing the insights and techniques learned from the Coach.

3. REPRESENTATIONS.

3.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

3.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

3.3 Coach Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Coach promises that it owns the work product, that the Coach is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Coach uses employees or subcontractors, the Coach also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Coach giving the Coach any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Coach's background IP and work product.

3.4 Coach Will Comply With Laws. The Coach promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

3.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Coach promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Coach has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Coach has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

3.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Coach with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.

4. TERM AND TERMINATION

This Contract is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 9.4. The Coach must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends, the Client will pay the Contractor for the work done up until when the Contract ends. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 3 (Representations); 6 (Confidential Information); 7 (Limitation of Liability); 8 (Indemnity); and 9 (General).

3. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR.

The Client is hiring the Coach as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

- The Coach will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.

- The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Coach is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.

- The Client will not provide the Coach with any training.

- The Client and the Coach do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.

- The Coach cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.

- The Coach is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).

- The Coach is responsible for its own taxes.

- The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Coach or any of the Coach's employees or subcontractors.

6. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

6.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Coach must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

6.2 The Client's Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the Coach may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Coach promises to treat this information as if it is the Coach's own confidential information. The Coach may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Coach use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Coach cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Coach written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Coach may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Coach must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Coach promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Coach written permission first. The Coach must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Coach's responsibilities only stop if the Coach can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Coach came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Coach came across it, but not because of anything the Coach did or didn't do; (iii) the Coach already knew the information when the Coach came across it and the Coach didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Coach with the information without requiring that the Coach keep it a secret; or (v) the Coach created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

6.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It's possible the Client and the Coach each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Coach each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Coach is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.

7. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.

Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.

8. INDEMNITY.

8.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Coach or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Coach did, then the Coach may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

8.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Coach agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Coach has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Coach of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Coach of the promises it is making in Section 3 (Representations).

8.3 Coach Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Coach (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.

9. GENERAL.

9.1 Assignment​. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Coach. Neither the Client nor the Coach can assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the other's written permission.

9.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

9.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Coach must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

9.4. Noticies.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

9.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

9.6 Signatures. The Client and the Coach must sign this document using Bonsai's e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

9.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

9.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.

THE PARTIES HERETO AGREE TO THE FOREGOING AS EVIDENCED BY THEIR SIGNATURES BELOW.

Coach

First_name
Last_name
Acme LLC.
Client

First_name
Last_name
Corporation Corp.
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1. Help clarify expectations

The client doesn't always know what they are actually looking for when hiring for a social media project, and it's easy to get lost in long email threads. A social media contract is a written commitment that helps clarify these expectations, and it serves as a guidelines for both parties to make sure there is no miscommunication.

If you take the time to build a comprehensive contract, it should include clear milestones and deliverables, and your social media contractor should take the time to define its services in details. You could also include a timeline and what the ongoing process could look like: when you'd like to meet, communicate, review the campaigns, agree on important launch dates, etc.

2. Define the obligations and responsibilities of the contractor

If you are an agencies or a small business looking to get social media management or marketing services, make sure you ask your contractor to clarify their responsibilities. More specifically, ask them to include information such as:

  • Deliverables
  • Deadlines
  • Payment details (so your organization can budget accordingly)
  • Account Accesses / Process to access your social media account
  • Content quality (make sure you align on this, it's important)
  • Other partnerships (this could include influencer partnerships that the contractor might take on your behalf)
  • Paid advertising (will the contractor run paid social media on your behalf? If so, make sure the budget is agreed upon)

3. Increase accountability and is legally biding

Ideally, you have a smooth experience and your contract delivers on time and meets your quality expectations. That said, there's always surprises and when there is, you'll want to have a well-structured social media contract template that is legally binding and enforceable.

If a contractor fails to meet their deliverables (or your privacy requirements), the client can hold them accountable. How you want to handle the situation is up to you, it doesn't have to be settled with lawyers, but at least you'll be able to shall it requires it.

4. Help you get paid

If you are the contractor, you might be facing a situation in which your client doesn't want to pay you for the services you provided (for example, they could be facing cashflow problems). Having a contract will ensure that you can take legal actions if required and get your money.

5. Increase trust and is more professional

Using a social media contract template is simply more professional, and in turn, will increase trust between the social media professional and the small business owner or agency. Who doesn't appreciate reliability and transparency? A formal agreement is a simple way to help with that.

Why you need an agreement for social media management and marketing

There is a lot that a social media contract can do for creative entrepreneurs. Social media is now a well established field within the digital marketing landscape, and services such as managing social media platforms, running campaigns, and building an online are pretty common. As a social media manager or marketer, a contract will give you assurance, mostly because it will make sure that:

  • The client recognizes the work you’re doing for them
  • They’ve agreed to your payment terms

How do you write a social media management contract?

Creating a social media management contract involves several key steps. 

  1. Identify parties' roles and names. 
  2. Define project timelines, scope, and fees 
  3. Add intellectual property rights and confidentiality clauses 
  4. Add termination conditions and dispute resolution clauses
  5. Both parties has to sign the document (to make sure it's a legal agreement)

We’ll talk about the detailed process further in this blog to help you create a social media marketing contract using Bonsai’s free template.

How to create a social media management contract with Bonsai for free?

Whether you're a social media professional or a business owner seeking social media services, follow these 5 simple steps to make the most of Bonsai's contract template:

1. Input essential details

Begin by entering basic identifying information about both parties involved in the contract. Include names, addresses, and any other necessary contact details to ensure the document is accurately customized for the specific partnership.

2. Define the scope of work

Clearly outline the details of the work to be undertaken in the social media campaign. Specify the specific campaigns or deliverables, set deadlines, and include pricing information to avoid any ambiguity about the project's scope and objectives.

3. Customize to your needs

Bonsai's template is highly flexible and can be tailored to suit all types of social media marketing relationships, regardless of campaign size or structure. Edit and personalize the template according to your specific requirements to ensure it aligns perfectly with the project's objectives. You can also generate invoices and set up automated payments.

4. Review and finalize

Thoroughly review the completed contract to ensure accuracy and clarity. Double-check that all the essential terms and conditions are included, and make any necessary adjustments before proceeding to the next step.

5. Sign and execute

Get it signed by both parties to indicate their mutual agreement and commitment to the terms specified. The signing of the document solidifies the partnership, ensuring a formal and professional agreement is in place.

What should be included in a social media management contract?

If you offer social media management services to a client or a company, you need a solid contract in place. After all, in a world where one ill-judged hashtag could spell disaster, it pays to be protected!

It also helps to make sure that both parties are on the same page when it comes to goals, objectives, and expectations.

So, to keep everyone happy and your campaign on track, here’s what you need to include in your next social media agreement:

Detailed descriptions of the work

This section is for establishing who you are and what you’re going to do for the client. With the help of a brief template, you need to be clear about what it is you’re aiming to achieve. It’s not enough to just state that you’ll be connecting with the target audience and establishing brand loyalty on certain social media platforms—be detailed and specific about your responsibilities.

For example, if the goal is to increase follower numbers, post engagement, organic mentions, or even to host a breaching party, you should explicitly state each of these responsibilities.

A must-have for every social media marketing agreement or contract is a list of the resources and information you require to successfully launch and run your social media and digital marketing campaign.

You should also name who’s responsible for delivering this info and when you’ll need it. If this is your main contact within the company, they may be the person to provide you with performance feedback too.

Timeline for deliverables

Next, you’ll need to outline the scope of the project and when you’ll be expected to meet certain goals.

Remember, don’t be vague. Use numbers and dates when talking about timeframes, posting frequency, and your availability within the scope of the project.

Next, you’ll want to outline the key milestones, dates, and deadlines associated with the project. Be clear around when something is due and what might affect this.

For example, if your client is late in delivering login access, this could alter your timelines and impact your ability to achieve your stated goals.

Payment details

The best social media marketers and managers won’t write a single tweet until the payment terms are discussed and agreed to.

The amount you charge and the method of payment are entirely up to you, but if you charge a monthly fee, you may want to include performance-related payments as an added incentive. What you should definitely include is an upfront deposit, which you’ll want to invoice and have paid before the work begins.

It’s also a good idea to outline how long a client can take to pay your invoices and any fees that may occur from late payments.

Copyright and IP (intellectual property)

If you’re producing content for social media posts or responding to tweets, you should state who owns this type of content and when ownership is transferred. It may seem arbitrary, but consider that this is the client’s final product and their intellectual property. It’s important to outline ownership and usage permission for legal reasons.

Confidentiality

Next, you’ll want to go into detail about confidential information, including a confidentiality clause, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)*, or a non-compete clause.

An NDA will benefit both you and the other party by protecting trade secrets and any shared personal information.

Having a non-compete clause usually means you agree to not work with any of the client’s competitors for the duration of the contract (and sometimes for a certain period after the contract ends).

Termination of contract

All legal documents need a termination clause. This could be on a specific date, once a project is finished, or after the final payment. Also mention criteria for ending a contract early.

Other things to consider could be to outline a clause around access to your client’s tools. This could be the logins to their respective social platforms, their Google Analytics account to track KPIs, and any other third-party software they may use.

It’s also recommended for social media marketers and managers to include a clause around the liability of responses on the platforms you’re posting on.

Social media management contract sample

Sign up to Bonsai now, it's free and you can access a whole range of contract templates including a fully vetted social media management contract. Once you're there, you can see everything that needs to be included and be able to make changes where you see fit, whether you're a social media marketer or manager.

What’s the benefit of using Bonsai, instead of editing a template yourself?

Would you rather be spearheading a social media campaign or creating and editing a contract template from scratch? I think you know the answer.

Bonsai takes all the effort out of drafting up and polishing a template all by yourself. You can simply download a free social media contract template and edit clauses and details where you see fit.

Below, you can follow our instructions on how to create your own contract.

How much should a freelance social media management charge?

As of 2021 in the U.S, a freelance social media manager will typically charge between $25-$125+ per hour. This will typically depend on your expertise, the scope of a project, what state or country you're in, and the client or company involved.

Keep in mind, you may need to adjust your rates over the next few years. The market growth for social media management is expected to rise 23.6% until 2026—and your rates should represent this growth too.

What is a social media partnership agreement?

A partnership agreement in social media means that the client or the business becomes a verified “partner” of the social media platform. This is usually because they’re recognized as a top-quality content producer for that particular platform.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about this template.

How do I write a social media marketing contract?

To write a social media marketing contract, include the contractor and client's legal names and roles. Define the project's start and end dates, and detail the scope of work. Outline the project timeline and list the fees and payment terms. Address copyright and IP ownership, specifying confidentiality requirements. Set termination conditions and define dispute resolution steps. Finally, obtain signatures from both parties to make it legally binding.

What is a breach of social media contract?

A breach of a social media contract occurs when one party fails to fulfill the agreed-upon terms. For businesses, it can lead to loss of control over accounts, legal liabilities for privacy violations, and financial losses. For social media managers, it may result in damaged credibility, legal liabilities, and loss of expected income.

What is a contract between social media manager and client?

A contract between a social media manager and a client is a formal agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of their professional relationship. It defines the scope of services the social media manager will provide, establishes payment terms, clarifies responsibilities, and addresses issues like intellectual property rights and confidentiality. This legally binding document ensures a clear understanding and protects the interests of both parties throughout their collaboration.

How do social media contracts work?

Social media contracts operate as legally binding agreements between social media professionals and clients. These contracts detail the scope of services, project timelines, payment terms, and other crucial aspects. Once both parties agree and sign, the contract serves as a roadmap, guiding the collaboration's course. It ensures that expectations are met, protects rights, and provides a clear framework for successful project execution.