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Do you know how legal issues affect your digital marketing business? As online advertising becomes more effective, you may seek to promote your clients through:
- social media;
- websites; and
- search engines.
Although there are many legal issues that your business must consider, this article will explain the five key obligations you need to regard when running a digital marketing business.
1. Privacy Law Obligations
- what information you are collecting; and
- the purposes of collection.
You will also need to store data securely and only for the length of time that you need it.
2. Terms and Conditions
Your marketing business needs a clear set of terms and conditions for the services you provide. If you sell your marketing services to clients online, you will need a click wrap agreement agreement setting out key details.
Your terms and conditions should cover:
- the scope of the work you are providing, including marketing strategies, goals and plans;
- deliverables and timelines;
- payment schedules and fees;
- restraint of trade with other parties;
- confidentiality of information shared;
- dispute resolution processes; and
- limitations to your legal responsibility.
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3. Consumer Law and Marketing
When promoting your clients’ products and services, make sure that your advertisements will not mislead consumers. Misleading and false advertising can include representations of the:
- quantity; or
- suitability of the good or service.
Another issue to be wary of is bait advertising. This can occur when you advertise a product at sale price but do not have sufficient stock to meet customer demand.
Finally, the law prevents businesses from sending spam marketing messages. This means that you must have received consent from individuals before contacting them. You also cannot send them an excessive number of messages. If you send emails on your client’s behalf, your client should communicate to their customers that it collects email addresses for use by their marketing provider.
4. Intellectual Property
If you use other content creators’ intellectual property (IP) (such as their music, art or photographs) to assist in your advertising, ensure that you have the appropriate permissions or licences to use them.
Merely changing a piece of work by a certain amount will not necessarily avoid copyright infringement.
5. Competition Regulations
A competition run to advertise a company’s products or services is known as a trade promotion. If you run trade promotions for your clients, you may require a permit, depending on the states or territories in which you run the competition. This will depend on whether the trade promotion is a game of skill or game of chance, where it is being run and the total prize pool. You will also need to establish trade promotion terms and conditions, which set out:
- who the promoter is (whether it is you or your client);
- who can enter the competition and whether there are any age or location restrictions;
- the timeframe for the competition;
- requirements for entry;
- details about the prize; and
- how you will notify the winner.
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Your digital marketing business needs to consider many legal issues. In particular, you should ensure that:
- your privacy practices are up to date;
- your contracts protect you from liability;
- you comply with consumer law requirements;
- you do not infringe upon others’ IP; and
- you have the permits required to conduct your business.
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