Last Revised 11.2021
The following Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) are applicable to and incorporated by reference into each insertion order (each, an “Insertion Order” and, together with these Terms and any Exhibits, the “Agreement”) entered into by and between SmartFinancial.com Insurance, LLC, an Ohio Limited Liability Company, (“SmartFinancial”), and you the person, corporation or other legal entity (“Affiliate” or “You”). To use the Service, you must accept and agree to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing the Service. We may modify these terms at any time by posting the revised terms to our website. Your continued use of the Service means that you have accepted the changed terms.
WHEREAS, SmartFinancial operates an insurance marketplace, SmartFinancial and other URLs such as SmartFinancial.com (collectively, the “SmartFinancial Platform”) for purposes including, but not limited to: matching interested consumers and businesses to SmartFinancial member advertisers, insurance agents, brokers, and carriers such services being commonly referred to as “marketplace” (collectively, the “Services”).
WHEREAS, Affiliate desires work with SmartFinancial platform and to link websites owned and operated by it (each an “Affiliate Website”) to one or more of the SmartFinancial Sites or tracking phone numbers in order to make the Services available to users of such Affiliate Websites, and SmartFinancial desires to provide such access on the terms and conditions specified in this Agreement.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties agree as follows. To the extent that these Terms are in conflict or inconsistent with an Insertion Order, the Insertion Order shall control.
1.1 SmartFinancial Marks. As used in this Agreement, “SmartFinancial Marks” means SmartFinancial's trademarks, service marks, trade names and logos used by SmartFinancial in connection with the Services including, without limitation, those shown on Exhibit A attached hereto.
1.2 SmartFinancial Content and Articles. As used in this Agreement, (a) “SmartFinancial Content” means all informational text and Articles appearing on the SmartFinancial Sites, except to the extent the copyright to any such material is shown (by the © symbol or otherwise) as being owned by a party other than SmartFinancial; and (b) “Articles” includes each story, explanation, definition, article or other distinct block of text which appears on a SmartFinancial Site.
1.3 License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, SmartFinancial grants to Affiliate a limited, non‑exclusive, royalty‑free license to display the SmartFinancial Marks on Affiliate’s Websites solely in connection with the exercise of Affiliate's rights and obligations under this Agreement. Affiliate may not assign, transfer or sub-license the license granted hereunder without the prior written consent of SmartFinancial. Affiliate covenants and agrees that Affiliate's use of the SmartFinancial Marks shall comply in all material respects with SmartFinancial’s policies and with the SmartFinancial Usage Guidelines that are set forth on Exhibit B attached hereto, each as the same may be modified from time to time by SmartFinancial in its sole discretion.
1.4 Ownership of SmartFinancial Marks, SmartFinancial Content and SmartFinancial Software. Affiliate acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest in the SmartFinancial Marks, the SmartFinancial Content and the SmartFinancial Software (including but not limited to all content, features and software available on or constituting the SmartFinancial Sites) are owned exclusively by SmartFinancial and/or its licensors, and that Affiliate's rights are strictly limited to the limited license granted in this Agreement. Affiliate agrees that it shall not, during the term of this Agreement or thereafter:
Affiliate agrees that its use of the SmartFinancial Marks shall inure exclusively to the benefit of SmartFinancial. All goodwill or reputation in the SmartFinancial Marks shall automatically vest in SmartFinancial whenever the SmartFinancial Marks are used or displayed by Affiliate. Aside from the license granted immediately above, SmartFinancial does not grant you any other license, express or implied SmartFinancial reserves all rights not expressly granted hereunder, including the right to continually evolve the Service and all related technologies and software.
In the event SmartFinancial pays a Fee to Affiliate in connection with a completed Quote Request that is subsequently rejected by SmartFinancial, SmartFinancial shall have the right to either (i) deduct the amount of such Fee from the next payment due by SmartFinancial to Affiliate following such rejection; or (ii) charge Affiliate the amount of such Fee which charge shall be payable by Affiliate to SmartFinancial within thirty (30) days of Affiliate’s receipt of an invoice therefor.
2.2 Payment. Fees shall be due and payable on the last day of the month following the month in which the Fees are earned, less any taxes SmartFinancial may be required by law to withhold. Fee payments shall be made by ACH or wire transfer; provided, however, if the Fees due for any month are less than sixty dollars (US $60.00) (the “Payment Floor”), SmartFinancial may, in its discretion, hold payment of such Fees until such time as the total amount due to Affiliate is at least equal to the Payment Floor, or if this Agreement is terminated, until the last day of the month following the month in which the termination occurs, whichever is earlier.
2.3 Limitations. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of this Agreement, SmartFinancial shall not be obligated to pay any amount due to Affiliate under this Agreement if any of the following occurs: Affiliate fails to comply with any of the terms or condition of this Agreement; any applicable law or regulation including, but not limited to, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC’s Implementing Rules and Regulations, and judicial/regulatory interpretations thereof (collectively, the “TCPA”); or the SmartFinancial Usage Guidelines and/or any other terms and conditions contained in the Exhibits attached hereto; or any of Affiliate’s representations and warranties are false either when made or at any time during the course of this Agreement.
2.4 Reporting. SmartFinancial shall give Affiliate access to its reporting interface for purposes of activity tracking and payments.
3.1 Traffic. Affiliate will send real-time Quote Request traffic to SmartFinancial marketplace by linking to one or more SmartFinancial site(s), API or tracking phone numbers as provided by SmartFinancial. The quote Requests will not be obtained by any unsolicited contacts with consumers and will not violate any state or federal law. Affiliate will not directly or indirectly (a) bid on or advertise on any Prohibited Keyword with any search engine or (b) use or display any Prohibited Keyword in any ad or website. Further, for the avoidance of doubt, no incentivized and co-registration traffic is allowed.
3.3 Compliance with TCPA. If Affiliate uses one or more 3rd parties to create, receive, maintain or transmit Leads or Calls, Affiliate shall require each such 3rd party to agree, in writing, to comply with the prior express written consent requirement of the TCPA and all restrictions and conditions to which Affiliate is bound in this Agreement. Further:
3.4 Intellectual Property. Affiliate shall not in any way use any intellectual property of any third party or SmartFinancial that is neither owned nor licensed by Affiliate, including but not limited to trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, patents, or other protected materials.
3.5 Complaint Processing. Affiliate will notify SmartFinancial, in a form and manner designated by SmartFinancial, of any consumer or regulatory complaints relating to the services provided by Affiliate to SmartFinancial under this Agreement received, directly or indirectly (e.g., via the Better Business Bureau, an Attorney General, or party to litigation), by Affiliate within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt thereof. Affiliate will fully cooperate with SmartFinancial in the resolution of complaints, regardless of source, including, but not limited to, promptly providing records, call/web interaction recordings, and interviews with personnel as may be requested by SmartFinancial.
3.6 Representation of SmartFinancial Relationship. Unless specifically permitted in writing by SmartFinancial, Affiliate will not represent to any person that it is contacting such person “on behalf of,” “at the request of,” “in partnership with,” or “with authorization of” SmartFinancial (or using similar terminology).
3.7 Data Security. Affiliate will maintain an information security plan that complies with all applicable laws and regulations and is appropriate for its business activities. Affiliate will train its employees and contractors in maintaining reasonable and appropriate physical, technical, and administrative safeguards that meet industry standards to prevent the unwarranted, accidental, or unauthorized access, disclosure, use, modification, or destruction of Confidential Information (as defined in Section 5.2). Affiliate agrees to immediately notify SmartFinancial in the event Affiliate knows or has reason to believe that Confidential Information in Affiliate’s possession or control, or in the possession or control of Affiliate’s service providers, contractors, or affiliates, has been or may have been viewed, accessed, acquired, misappropriated, or breached by an unauthorized person or for an unauthorized purpose (“Data Breach”). Such notification will identify the nature of the incident, the Confidential Information affected or potentially affected, efforts to investigate and mitigate the incident, and corrective actions taken tor planned. Affiliate will fully cooperate with SmartFinancial’s investigation and response to such Data Breach.
3.8 Exclusion of European Residents. Affiliate will implement commercially reasonable policies and procedures to prevent acquiring and/or supplying Leads/Calls to SmartFinancial containing the personal information of individuals residing or located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
Affiliate hereby makes the following representations and warranties to Contactability:
4.1 Authority. Affiliate’s execution, delivery, and performance of this Agreement are within Affiliate’s power, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate, limited liability or other act of Affiliate, and do not contravene or constitute a default under any provision of Affiliate’s governing documents.
4.2 Binding Agreement. This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by Affiliate and this Agreement constitutes Affiliate’s valid and binding obligations, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms.
4.3 Website Content. No Affiliate Website contains any materials that are obscene, sexually-explicit, targeted to minors, fraudulent, or defamatory of any individual or entity.
4.4 Intellectual Property. The intellectual property assets and intellectual property licenses as currently or formerly owned, licensed or used by Affiliate, and the content of each Affiliate Website do not and will not infringe, violate or misappropriate the intellectual property of any person. Affiliate has not received any communication, and no action has been instituted, settled or, to Affiliate’s knowledge, threatened that alleges any such infringement, violation or misappropriation.
4.5 Litigation. There are no actions, suits or proceedings pending against Affiliate or, to the best of Affiliate’s knowledge, threatened against Affiliate, in any manner, in any court, administrative agency or other forum that are based on or arise out of an agreement or arrangement between Affiliate and a third party that is similar in substance to this Agreement or the activities in which Affiliate will engage as contemplated by this Agreement.
4.6 Federal Tax ID Number. The Federal tax identification number set forth under Affiliate’s name on the signature page hereto is Affiliate’s true and correct Federal tax identification number.
4.7 Insurance. Affiliate has obtained and will maintain commercial general liability insurance covering all operations by or on behalf of Affiliate against bodily injury (including death), property damage (including loss of use), including premises/operations, personal, and advertising injury, products/completed operations, contractual liability, and data breach/cyber liability with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in aggregate. Affiliate has also obtained and will maintain errors and omissions or professional liability insurance coverage with a limit of not less than $1,000,000. Affiliate will add SmartFinancial as an additional insured and loss payee under Affiliate’s general liability and errors & omissions/professional liability insurance policies. All policies required under this Agreement must be written by insurance companies licensed to issue policies in Affiliate’s state of domicile or principal place of business and having an A.M. Best rating of “A-” or higher. Within five (5) business days of SmartFinancial’s request, Affiliate will provide SmartFinancial with certificates of insurance and all endorsements evidencing all the insurance coverage required by this Agreement.
4.8 Use of Company Trademarks, Service marks, Copyrighted Terms (“Company Marks”) in paid Search Advertising Campaigns.
4.9 Keyword Search Campaigns. Affiliate will not engage in keyword search campaigns on Google AdWords, MSN Advertising, or similar keyword search platform, on behalf of Company, or any such campaign that in any way redirects to Company websites or uses Company Marks.
4.10 Advertising Requirements for Leads and Traffic. Affiliate represents and warrants that it shall follow and adhere to the following requirements in connection with advertising, obtaining Traffic, and/or sourcing and developing Leads provided to Company under this Agreement:
5.1 Ownership and Privacy of Customer Data. All information provided by users in Quote Request Calls and all other information provided by users of the SmartFinancial Sites (collectively, “Customer Data”) shall be owned by SmartFinancial. Customer Data includes all information provided to SmartFinancial by a user, directly or indirectly, whether provided in the Quote Request Call or otherwise, and whether concerning the user or concerning the user's family members, employees, business associates or others. For avoidance of doubt, and not limitation, all Lead/Call data provided by Affiliate to SmartFinancial shall be Customer Data. Customer Data does not include information that (i) is unrelated to the Services and the SmartFinancial Sites and (ii) is provided by the user directly to Affiliate. Affiliate acknowledges and agrees that, except as required to satisfy its obligations under this Agreement, it (a) shall have no rights with respect to any Customer Data; (b) shall not intercept, receive or maintain any Customer Data, and (c) shall prevent disclosure of and shall promptly destroy any Customer Data that comes into Affiliate's possession.
5.2 Other Confidential Information. During the term of this Agreement, Affiliate may have access to certain non‑public information of SmartFinancial which is marked “confidential” or “proprietary” by SmartFinancial or which a reasonable person would consider confidential (“Confidential Information”). Confidential Information does not include information that is generally known and available or is in the public domain through no fault of Affiliate. Without limiting the foregoing, Confidential Information shall include Customer Data.
5.3 Protection of Customer Data and Confidential Information. Affiliate agrees: (a) not to disclose any Confidential Information to any third parties, (b) not to use any Confidential Information for any purpose except as permitted under this Agreement, and (c) to keep the Confidential Information confidential using the same degree of care Affiliate uses to protect its own confidential information but no less than reasonable care in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. If Affiliate is compelled by law to disclose Confidential Information, it will provide SmartFinancial with at least five (5) business days’ prior written notice of such disclosure (to the extent legally permitted) and any assistance SmartFinancial requests to contest or limit the disclosure. Affiliate acknowledges and agrees that due to the unique nature of both Customer Data and Confidential Information, there can be no adequate remedy at law for any breach of Affiliate's obligations under this Section 5 and that any such breach may cause irreparable harm to SmartFinancial or to a third party. Affiliate therefore agrees that, in addition to whatever other remedies SmartFinancial may have, SmartFinancial shall be entitled to obtain injunctive or other equitable relief to protect Customer Data and Confidential Information.
6.1 Indemnification by Affiliate. Affiliate will defend, indemnify, and hold SmartFinancial and its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, assignees, owners, directors, officers, employees, contractors, representatives, and agents (collectively, “SmartFinancial Indemnitees”) harmless from and against any and all claims, governmental investigations, demands, actions, and proceedings, real or threatened, and all losses, judgments, awards, settlements, damages, fines, injuries, penalties, and costs (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) (collectively, “Losses”) arising out of or related to (i) any breach or alleged breach of this Agreement, including the representations and warranties contained herein, by Affiliate or (ii) Affiliate’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.
6.2 Indemnification Process.
SMARTFINANCIAL MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING THE SMARTFINANCIAL SITES OR THE SERVICES, AND SMARTFINANCIAL HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OF NON‑INFRINGEMENT. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SMARTFINANCIAL DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SMARTFINANCIAL SITES OR THE SERVICES WILL OPERATE ERROR‑FREE OR WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. IN NO EVENT SHALL SMARTFINANCIAL BE LIABLE TO AFFILIATE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, ACTUAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHER DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES, THIS AGREEMENT, OR WITH ANY DEFECT, MALFUNCTION OR NON‑OPERATION OF ANY SMARTFINANCIAL SITE. IF SMARTFINANCIAL IS EVER DETERMINED TO HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO AFFILIATE ARISING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES, THE SMARTFINANCIAL SITES, OR THIS AGREEMENT, SUCH LIABILITY SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES PAYABLE TO AFFILIATE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT DURING THE CALENDAR QUARTER ENDING IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE DATE THE CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE.
8.1 Term. Except as hereinafter provided, the term of this Agreement shall commence on the date the parties accept the terms and conditions of this Agreement which shall be evidenced by the signatures of the parties’ respective authorized representatives below and shall continue for one year. The term shall automatically renew for successive one-year periods thereafter until terminated as provided herein.
8.2 Termination for Cause.
8.3 Termination Without Cause. Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time without cause upon delivery of thirty (30) calendar days prior written notice to the other party.
8.4 Effect of Termination. Upon the termination of this Agreement for any reason: (a) the limited license granted to Affiliate herein shall immediately terminate, (b) Affiliate shall immediately cease all use of the SmartFinancial Marks and Services, (c) Affiliate shall immediately terminate all links from Affiliate's Websites to the SmartFinancial Sites, (d) Affiliate shall promptly return all Confidential Information, and (e) no Fees shall be payable to Affiliate commencing upon the date of termination of this Agreement except those that were already payable to Affiliate prior to such date as provided herein; provided, however, in the event SmartFinancial terminates this Agreement pursuant to Section 8.2, SmartFinancial may withhold payment of any amounts otherwise due to Affiliate and take appropriate legal action to recover its damages.
8.5 Survival. Except to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of Section 8.4, the provisions of the Agreement shall survive any termination or expiration of the limited license granted Affiliate herein.
All notices, requests, consents, claims, demands, waivers and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given (a) when delivered by hand (with written confirmation of receipt); (b) when received by the addressee if sent by a nationally recognized overnight courier (receipt requested); (c) on the date sent by facsimile or e-mail of a PDF document (with confirmation of transmission) if sent during normal business hours of the recipient, and on the next business day if sent after normal business hours of the recipient; or (d) on the third day after the date mailed, by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid. Such communications must be sent to the Parties at the addresses set forth below each Party’s name on the signature page hereto (or at such other address for a Party as shall be specified in a notice given in accordance with this Section 9).
10.1 Expenses. Except as otherwise provided herein, all costs and expenses incurred in connection with this Agreement and each other agreement, document and instrument contemplated by this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby shall be paid by the party incurring such costs and expenses.
10.2 Further Assurances. Each of the parties hereto shall execute and deliver such additional documents, instruments, conveyances and assurances and take such further actions as may be reasonably required to carry out the provisions hereof and give effect to the transactions contemplated hereby.
10.3 Cooperation. The parties shall cooperate and work expeditiously to resolve any accounting discrepancies, technology issues, integration issues or other concerns that arise under this Agreement.
10.4 Relationship of the Parties. The parties are independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement will create any other relationship between the parties including, but not limited to, any partnership, joint venture, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship, or the relationship between principle and agent.
10.5 Headings. The headings in this Agreement are for reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
10.6 Severability. If any term or provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other term or provision of this Agreement or invalidate or render unenforceable such term or provision in any other jurisdiction.
10.7 Entire Agreement. This Agreement and related exhibits and schedules constitute the sole and entire agreement of the parties to this Agreement with respect to the subject matter contained herein and therein, and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations and warranties, both written and oral, with respect to such subject matter.
10.8 Amendment and Modifications. This Agreement may only be amended, modified or supplemented by an agreement in writing signed by each party hereto.
10.9 Waiver. No waiver by any party of any of the provisions hereof shall be effective unless explicitly set forth in writing and signed by the party so waiving. No waiver by any party shall operate or be construed as a waiver in respect of any failure, breach or default not expressly identified by such written waiver, whether of a similar or different character, and whether occurring before or after that waiver. No failure to exercise, or delay in exercising, any right, remedy, power or privilege arising from this Agreement shall operate or be construed as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, remedy, power or privilege.
10.10 Assignment. No party may assign any of its rights or delegate any of its obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the other party.
10.11 Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns.
10.12 No Third-Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is for the sole benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns and nothing herein, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any other person or entity any legal or equitable right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.
10.13 Choice of Law. All matters arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Ohio without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Ohio or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of Ohio.
10.14 Dispute Resolution.
10.15 Counterpart Execution. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall be deemed to be one and the same agreement. A signed copy of this Agreement delivered by facsimile, e-mail or other means of electronic transmission shall be deemed to have the same legal effect as delivery of an original signed copy of this Agreement.
10.16 Audits. SmartFinancial and/or a third-party designated by SmartFinancial may audit Affiliate to determine Affiliate’s compliance with this Agreement. Affiliate agrees to cooperate fully with such audit including, but not limited to, promptly providing requested documents and making personnel available for requested interviews. Affiliate will reimburse SmartFinancial for its reasonable audit expenses, including any fees or costs associated with SmartFinancial’s use of third-party auditors, if the applicable audit reveals a material breach of this Agreement by Affiliate.