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ISBA Launches the first ever contract for advertisers to use when working with social talents

by on September 13, 2016 in Lead Article, Lead story, News you can use

ISBA Launches the first ever contract for advertisers to use when working with social talents

ISBA today launches the first ever template contract for advertisers to use when working with social talent.  Created in partnership with law firm Lewis Silkin the new contract also had input from major brands and social talent agents.

Brands are operating in a new era of influence where 92% of consumers turn to people they know for referral above any other source, and YouTube stars are seen as 90% more authentic and 17x more engaging compared to mainstream celebrities.

The rise and explosion in popularity of the vlogger in the past few short years has been nothing short of a cultural and social phenomenon.  There is no doubt that, the use of vloggers has opened the doors to a new form of highly effective marketing for some brands.

After consulting with its members, research by ISBA showed that best practice when appointing vloggers was in its infancy, and in particular, brands were unclear on how best to contract with vloggers.  ISBA therefore decided to create the first ever suggested terms for the appointment of vloggers by brands.

ISBA’s Director of Consultancy Debbie Morrison who spearheaded the projected said:

“With interest in the relationship between brands and social talent from regulators, the ASA and Competition and Markets Authority, increasing and having listened to ISBA members asking for direction we decided to try and create a contract that was a comprehensive and easy starting point.  As ever, the suggested terms are not set in stone, and are merely intended to give ISBA members good drafting tools and options when contracting with vloggers.  But we do hope they will help to raise standards around this growing activity”

Jo Farmer, Head of Brands & IP at Lewis Silkin who led the drafting on this new template said:

“We are really proud to have worked on such a ground breaking new template for ISBA members.  We know from our own work in this space that a number of brands simply don’t know where to start when contracting with vloggers and influencers.  This new ISBA template will give brands the right tools to enable them to contract with vloggers and will also help brands to develop best practice in this space.

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