General Terms and Conditions
1.0 Subject matter of the contract
1.1 Online Digital X – Cross Media Online Marketing provides services in the fields of search engine optimisation, search engine marketing, social media marketing, display advertising, online shop installation and training.
1.2 All the accounts associated with the above-mentioned services are the property of Online Digital X – Cross Media Online Marketing.
1.3 All the concepts associated with the above-mentioned services are the property of Online Digital X – Cross Media Online Marketing.
1.4 All contracts must be established in writing and may not be amended verbally. Ancillary verbal agreements must be confirmed in writing in order to be valid.
1.5 All activities (SEM, SEO, SMM) are governed by a contract with a minimum term of 6 months and must be cancelled in writing 4 weeks before the expiry of the contract; otherwise the contract shall be extended by a further 6 months.
2.0 All invoices shall always be immediately payable unless an alternative term of payment is specified in a particular invoice.
2.1 If an invoice is unpaid or overdue, Online Digital X shall be authorised to reduce or totally discontinue the performance of a campaign or cancel or withdraw a service. If an overdue invoice is finally paid, Online Digital X shall relaunch the campaign or restart or activate the service as quickly as possible. Online Digital X shall be authorised to receive advance payments in the event of repeated overdue payments in order to guarantee the runtime of the campaign.
2.2 In the event of overdue payments, Online Digital X shall be authorised to demand interest at a rate of 8% above the base rate.
2.3 Budgets invested in SEM, SEA, SMM, SEO, PN and display ads shall not be reimbursed at the end of the period of cooperation.
3.0 Trademark law
3.1 Online Digital X is not responsible for the trademark law governing a particular customer. The customer shall have a duty of care with regard to trademark protection particularly with respect to Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook.
3.2 The data protection provisions of the search engine, price portal or social media platform used shall apply.
Online Digital X shall not be held responsible if a particular guideline violates the existing law; liability shall instead fall to the operator concerned.
3.3 We do not check any trademark laws or copyright laws. Trademark and copyright laws shall come under the responsibility of the contracting body or its subcontractors (Web designers, IT programmers, etc.).
4.0 Tracking codes
4.1. The customer shall be obliged to incorporate the tracking code provided by Online Digital X to measure performance data as soon as possible in its Website or Web shop unless an alternative written agreement has been reached with the customer.
4.2. If the customer uses their own tracking system deviating from our tracking data, Online Digital X shall not be bound by the declaration obligation; instead the customer shall be required to contact their tracking system service in order to clarify the tracking differences.
5.0 Contact partner and documents, launch of an order, cooperation
5.1 Online Digital X and the customer shall each appoint a contact partner to work on their projects.
5.2 Online Digital X shall be authorised to appoint subcontractors in this context.
5.3 The customer shall be obliged to provide all the necessary documents in electronic format as soon as the order has been placed.
5.4 The customer shall be obliged to cooperate actively, i.e. corporate texts, online PR campaigns and advertising materials must reach us as soon as possible following conclusion of the corresponding agreement.
5.5 Online Digital X shall be bound to launch an order or campaign within two weeks of written confirmation of the order, provided that the customer has supplied all the necessary data.
6.0 Search engine optimisation, search engine marketing, social media marketing, display advertising and E-commerce
6.1 If a customer has been excluded from a search engine, Website or platform ranking due to past activities, Online Digital X shall not be held responsible and shall be authorised in this case to withdraw from the contract.
6.2. If a customer has used unauthorised methods in the past in the above-mentioned areas of activity, Online Digital X shall be authorised to withdraw from the contract or service immediately and to demand a contractual fine corresponding to the order value.
6.3 Standard shop systems without specific adaptations for customers shall in general be run without maintenance. In this case, Online Digital X shall offer free support for 6 months from the shop system’s Live-Go. However, Online Digital X cannot offer free support if the customer changes configuration elements independently or if external firms / third parties are granted access with or without our knowledge and changes are made which alter the use of the shop system in a negative manner (e.g. impairment of operating methods). If Online Digital X is called upon to rectify an error, we shall base our charges on the standard hourly rates per hour worked. Free support for shop systems is only available if we have been commissioned with the marketing of the shop system using the corresponding online marketing components. We shall apply the standard hourly / daily rates for requests (email, telephone, fax) in cases in which said commissioning does not apply.
6.4 A maintenance contract is required for shop systems which have been especially adapted for customers (customised shop systems). The minimum term amounts to 6 months and shall be automatically extended after 5 months for a further 6 month period if the contract is not cancelled within at least 4 weeks of its expiry date. The maintenance contract costs shall be agreed upon with the customer and adapted to each individual shop system.
6.5 The SEO price structure is based on a standard CMS such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, etc. If a standard CMS cannot be used, further costs may be incurred for the programming and conversion of the Web pages.
6.6 All the necessary design conversions need to be made. If this is not possible for aesthetic reasons with the result that SEO measures can be implemented only partially or not at all, Digital X shall not be responsible for the results. The same shall apply in the case of text adaptations which are not SEO compliant.
6.7 We strictly refuse all unauthorised SEO techniques. In the event that the customer insists on such measures, the customer shall immediately release us from the contract with the settlement of the complete sum, the contract shall terminate and we shall no longer support said customer.
6.8 If Online Digital X uses its own Internet addresses including those which correspond to the customer’s URLs in the broadest sense in order to fulfil customer orders, these Internet addresses shall be the property of Online Digital X.
6.9 If the customer involves other agencies in the fields of SEO, SEA, social media and E-commerce support without our prior agreement, we shall be authorised to cancel the agreement or contract with the customer without notice and to demand payment for the residual term of the agreement or contract as compensation. This shall also apply to the consultancy functions of other agencies which affect our strategies in this area.
6.10 Services which are demanded by customers and are not covered by the contract, e.g. (internal / external) meetings, project coordination or support for additional services, shall be charged at the applicable hourly rate unless an alternative agreement has been reached.
7.1 Online Digital X shall not be liable for any damage which may be incurred in connection with the above-mentioned services due to malicious intent or gross negligence. The personal liability of the partners or subcontractors shall also be excluded.
8.0 Data protection
8.1 The customer and Online Digital X, as well as the subcontractors working for Online Digital X, shall be bound by data protection and are not authorised to pass information on to third parties. This shall also apply if a contract has expired or the customer has moved to a different service provider.
8.2 The references listed on the Online Digital X Website specifically agree to the publication of their logos, links and descriptions on our Website through their commissioning of an online marketing service.
8.3 Online Digital X shall not be obliged to use a given reference continually and may amend the reference page at will.
8.4 If a customer makes an unethical, racist or abusive comment either verbally, by telephone, by email or in any other form concerning Online Digital X, its employees, freelance workers or cooperation partners, Online Digital X shall be authorised to cancel any existing agreements / contracts with immediate effect on important grounds. Media budgets, etc. which have already been received shall not be reimbursed in this case. Furthermore, Online Digital X reserves the right to take further steps to protect its above-mentioned employees against such comments.
9.0 Jurisdiction of Frankfurt am Main
If individual provisions of these General Terms and Conditions are legally invalid or lose their legal validity due to subsequent circumstances or if a discrepancy or omission is identified in the requirements for ancillary copyright, this shall not affect the legal validity of the remaining provisions. A suitable regulation shall be introduced to replace the invalid contractual provisions or to rectify discrepancies which, insofar as this is legally and practically possible, comes as close as possible to what the contracting parties would have wanted had they considered this point.