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8 min read | December 25, 2023

How to Create an Influencer Contract: A Complete Checklist

Influencer marketing is a rapidly growing industry, and with it comes the need for legally sound and mutually beneficial influencer contracts. A well-written contract can help to ensure that both the influencer and the brand are on the same page and that their expectations are clearly outlined.

This guide provides a comprehensive checklist for creating an influencer contract. By incorporating these essential components, both brands and influencers can establish a clearly defined partnership where the needs of both parties are met while minimizing the risk of misunderstandings or disputes.

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The first section of your influencer contract should serve as an introduction to the collaboration between your company and the influencer you have chosen to hire for your influencer marketing collaboration. 

Specifically, the introduction section of your influencer contract should include the following information:

  • The legal names and addresses of both parties (the influencer and the brand)
  • The purpose of the contract
  • The effective date of the contract
  • The duration of the contract (term), including the start and end dates of the partnership. Also include any provisions for contract renewal here.

Scope of Work

The scope of work section of your influencer contract should clearly define the influencer's responsibilities and deliverables under the contract

This usually includes the following:

  • The type of content that the influencer will create (e.g., blog posts, social media posts, videos, etc.)
  • The number of posts that the influencer will create
  • The social media channels on which the influencer will post
  • The specific hashtags and mentions that the influencer will use
  • The deadlines for creating and posting content

Compensation and Payment Terms

The compensation section should clearly outline your compensation structure, including the payment amount, frequency, and method of payment. Compensation might be in the form of a flat fee, a commission on sales, or a combination of both. 

This section of your influencer contract should also specify any additional expenses that will be reimbursed, such as travel or production costs.

Content Guidelines

The next section of your influencer contract should provide detailed instructions on the style of content that the influencer is expected to create, including brand guidelines, tone, messaging, and any specific requirements related to the promotion of products or services. This includes whether the influencer should incorporate certain calls-to-action, and any limitations on the use of competitor brands in their content. This section serves as a crucial roadmap for the influencer, helping you create a cohesive and effective brand image across various platforms.

For example, if you have hired a local Instagram influencer, provide detailed instructions that ensure their content resonates with your targeted regional audience. This might include incorporating local trends, events, or cultural nuances that align with your brand's image. 

Exclusivity and Conflicts of Interest

Address any exclusivity clauses that prevent the influencer from promoting competing brands or products during the contract period. Include guidelines on how to handle conflicts of interest that may arise during the partnership.

Intellectual Property Rights

The intellectual property section should define who owns the rights to the content that the influencer creates under the influencer contract (the brand or the influencer). This is important to protect both the influencer and the brand.

Disclosure and Compliance

Include a clause that ensures the influencer will comply with all relevant laws, regulations, and industry guidelines, including disclosure requirements for sponsored content and endorsements.


Outline the responsibilities of each party in the event of any legal claims, disputes, or liabilities arising from the content or actions of the influencer. Clarify how any damages or legal fees will be handled.

Termination Clause

The termination clause of your influencer contract should reiterate how long the contract will last and how either party can terminate the contract

This clause should also specify any penalties or obligations in the event of early contract termination.

Performance Metrics and Reporting

Define the key performance indicators (KPIs) that you will use to measure the success of the influencer's marketing efforts. Include provisions for regular reporting and the review of performance against predetermined benchmarks.


Include a confidentiality clause in your influencer contract that prohibits the influencer from disclosing any confidential information about the brand or campaign. This might include information about your brand's products or services, marketing plans, or financial data. That way, any sensitive data that you share will be legally protected.

Dispute Resolution

Specify the preferred method for resolving any disputes that may arise during the contract period, such as mediation or arbitration. Include the jurisdiction and governing law that will apply in the event of legal action.

Amendments and Modifications

Clarify the process for making changes or amendments to the influencer contract and specify that any modifications must be agreed upon in writing by both parties.

Signatures and Execution

The final section of your influencer contract relates to signatures and execution. Provide space for the signatures of both parties and include the date of signing to validate the agreement. Finally, ensure that each party has the authority to enter into the contract on behalf of the respective entity.

Provided you include all the above information in your influencer contract, you will establish a solid foundation for a successful and mutually beneficial partnership, safeguarding the interests of both parties and setting the stage for a creative and strategic alliance that elevates your brand's visibility and grows your business.

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