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Red Flags of Franchise Marketing

Red Flags of Franchise Marketing

 

Creating a strong and effective franchise marketing plan can help franchisees and the entire organization flourish. However, creating this type of plan isn’t easy. Whether you’re in the process of creating a franchise marketing strategy or are concerned that your current plan has some significant issues, there are quite a few pitfalls that can come up during the planning and execution of marketing. Through our franchise marketing services, we’ve had direct experience seeing and helping to resolve many of these pitfalls. That’s why we want to share four red flags you’ll want to watch out for with your own franchise marketing efforts:

1. Inconsistency

One of the advantages franchises have is the ability to use their scale to continue growing their brand. However, many franchises miss out on making the most of this advantage. This is because they don’t create a consistent experience across their entire brand. A surprising finding of a franchisee survey was that 49% of franchisees “are not required to follow specific corporate recommendations on marketing strategy.” So even though it is helpful to get input from franchisees about what’s working best and which areas need improvement, your marketing plan should ensure consistency across all operators.

2. Scattered Campaigns

Both direct mail and email are channels that can work well for franchise marketing. While plenty of franchises are aware of these channels, they often make a significant mistake when trying to use them. That mistake is not managing these efforts through an integrated platform. Not having a centralized platform will increase marketing costs and decrease the efficiency of campaigns.

3. Lack of Budget

With marketing channels like social media, it’s possible to get more bang for your buck by creating campaigns and content that gain organic momentum. Although increasing marketing ROI is great, getting campaigns up and running still requires having a budget. So if a marketing plan doesn’t include getting at least some financial support from franchisees, chances are very good that it’s going to significantly hamper results.

4. Forgetting About Personalization

As a franchise, you probably want your presence to spread well beyond your home base. It’s normal to have aspirations to create an established presence on a national or even international scale. One important thing to keep in mind as your franchise is opened in more locations is marketing efforts should be personalized to the area. When franchises don’t take regional or cultural differences into account, they miss out on a big opportunity to tailor their marketing efforts in a way that helps them to resonate even more (while still maintaining a consistent brand image).

To get even more help with your marketing and other franchise operations, be sure to take a look at our franchisor services.

 

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SAN DIEGO, CA FREE Lunch & Learn: How To Successfully Grow Your Business With Social Media

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“How To Successfully Grow Your Business With Social Media”

Presented by: Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus 

Join us for a fun networking and learn session where we will show you exactly how to grow your business with proven Social Media Marketing techniques you can implement right away!

Dinner will be provided so bring yourself, a friend, business cards and your think tank to this fun and engaging learning session. We will be giving away Door Prizes and one lucky winner will receive a $1,500 value Social Media Makeover!

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The 4 Essential Elements of a Franchise Marketing Plan

Most franchises are already aware that they need a strong marketing message. However, there’s often a significant disconnect between crafting the right message and having an audience to deliver it to. The reality of the franchise industry is very few sales happen by accident. Instead, the types of franchisors that are able to consistently sell new franchises do so by having a clear marketing plan that’s carefully crafted to attract a specific type of prospect.

In order to craft this kind of marketing plan, there are some essential elements that need to be in place. We’re going to cover all four of those elements right now, along with the role they play in a franchise marketing plan:

1. Budget

The reason this element is first on our list is even the best marketing plan is only going to succeed if there’s a budget to support it. When it comes to choosing your budget, setting clear growth goals and then working backward is the best strategy. This will give you a ballpark estimate that you can then compare against industry averages. Once your marketing budget is set, you’ll be able to use it to check the feasibility of other steps in your marketing process.

2. Focused Market

Making the market you want to target as tight as possible has two significant advantages. First, you’ll be able to craft a message that truly resonates with these individuals. And second, you’ll reduce the amount of money you waste trying to reach people who aren’t ultimately the right fit for purchasing a franchise. In addition to using your intuition, you’ll want to use resources like primary research to really drill down into your target market.

3. Funnel

Although marketing funnels aren’t a new concept, many franchisors still fail to utilize them. Creating a marketing funnel will make it much easier to track all the metrics related to your marketing. A well-defined funnel will also improve the effectiveness of your marketing activities. And by knowing each step in your funnel, you’ll be able to pinpoint areas that are underperforming and then invest in optimizing them.

4. Timing

If the franchise you’re selling has a seasonal element to it, this is something your marketing plan should take into account. But even if seasonality isn’t an issue, it’s important to know that franchise sales are at their peak between January and March, with November and December being the months when these types of sales crawl to a halt. By taking these and other timing factors into account, you’ll be able to choose the optimal times to ramp up marketing spend.

While the four elements we covered above will help guide your marketing efforts, fully crafting an optimal franchise marketing plan and then executing it on an ongoing basis still requires a lot of work. If you would like a knowledgeable expert who can help with these kinds of tasks, be sure to take a look at the franchise marketing services we offer.

 

 

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What Are the Keys to Franchise Marketing Success?

Over the course of just a few years, many changes have occurred across the marketing landscape. These changes are just as relevant to franchises as they are to any other type of business that’s trying to reach new customers. Since marketing has a big impact on how well a franchise is able to do and grow, we want to highlight four essentials of any solid franchise marketing strategy:

1. Tell a Story

When it comes to making your franchise stand out from any competitors, having a compelling story to tell can be a significant advantage. By building your brand around a story that resonates with target customers, you can make them feel far more connected to your business. Once you’ve crafted a great story for your franchise, it’s important to look at each marketing outlet and come up with a strategy for the best way to communicate your story.

2. Utilize Customer Reviews

Receiving a great review from a customer always feels good. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what you should do with this kind of content. Not only can customer reviews boost the visibility of your franchise in local search engine results, but you can use them in a variety of ways. Whether it’s sharing them through your social media profiles or putting them directly on your website, reviews and any other types of content that customers create are marketing gold mines.

3. Don’t Overlook Email

Because social media has become such a popular form of online marketing, it’s easy to overlook other channels. But not taking advantage of options like email can be a big mistake. By using social media to drive leads to sign up for your email list, you will be in an optimal position to build a relationship with those prospects and ultimately convert them into customers. One of the advantages for franchises that make email marketing a priority is their ability to segment and target their list of email subscribers.

4. Empower Franchisees

Marketing works best when it runs through an entire organization. This fact is why the franchises that are most successful at marketing actively empower their individual owners. By not only creating a marketing system that can be utilized by every franchisee, but also giving them the ability to try new marketing channels and share their results with the rest of the organization, you will create a culture that allows marketing efforts to thrive.

While the essentials covered above will help you build a solid foundation for your franchise marketing efforts, there’s still a lot of ongoing work required for successfully executing this type of plan. If you would like expert, hands-on help with this work, be sure to take a look at the franchise marketing services we offer.

Using Social Media Effectively for Franchises

Using Social Media Effectively for Franchises

 

Over the past few years, social media has evolved from something that franchises viewed as helpful to an essential part of marketing. This is true for franchise owners who want to reach more customers. It’s also true for franchisors looking for potential franchisees. There are several reasons why social media has grown into such a powerful marketing channel. Not only can social media deliver an impressive ROI when managed correctly, but it also offers a level of targeting that’s simply not possible through other channels. Add to that just how much time people from all walks of life spend on social media platforms, and it’s easy to understand why social media as a marketing channel is here to stay.

With all that being said, the fact that social media can be a very effective marketing tool for franchises doesn’t mean it’s easy. Whether social media is being used with the intention of reaching consumers or potential owners, plenty of organizations struggle to make it work. Since competition for attention on social media platforms is only going to continue to increase, we want to share a few helpful tips for franchises to successfully use social media in 2017:

1. Try It All, Then Focus In

Franchises often wonder where they should start with their social media efforts. The best answer to that question is everywhere. Because there are multiple platforms with a large number of active users, it’s important to establish a presence on all of them. Then over time, you can see which platform(s) drive the most results and shift more resources accordingly.

2. Review and Adjust

There are a lot of different ways to execute a social media strategy. Although it can be helpful to have an initial idea when starting out, chances are some or all aspects of the strategy will change over time. The good news is social media platforms provide more analytics than ever to businesses, which means it’s easy to see which content is performing well and then focus on sharing more of the same kind.

3. Don’t Forget to Engage

While social media is a great way for a franchise to broadcast their message, it’s important to remember that this channel is a two-way street. So if you want to find real success with social media, making a point of engaging with customers or potential owners is a must.

4. Be Consistent

It takes a little time to really get the ball rolling with social media. Unfortunately, many franchises give up on social media too early. If you want to avoid this pitfall, having a little patience and being consistent with your posting activity is a must.

If you want to learn more about how to use social media effectively for franchise marketing, our social media magnet books are a great resource.

Important Social Media Considerations for Franchisors and Franchisees

Franchisors and FranchiseesRegardless of their specific industry, most businesses have come to the realization that they need to utilize social media. While that rule of thumb holds true for franchises, it’s important to note that they do present some unique challenges. Although it’s important to be aware of the considerations that apply directly to franchisee social media usage, the good news is once you know about those specific issues, you can adapt and ensure you’re making the most of your marketing strategy.

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5 Ways to Improve Franchise Marketing

5 ways to improve franchise marketingOne of the reasons that franchise marketing can be such a challenge is because it requires a somewhat different approach from marketing other organizations. While this type of marketing can present challenges, that doesn’t mean it has to be an uphill battle. As long as you know what works best and have a clear plan to follow, you can make your marketing efforts successful.

Since knowing where to focus and how to stay on the right track with marketing are some of the biggest challenges for franchises, we want to dive right into a handful of proven tips:

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Franchise Lead Generation: Can Content Marketing Help?

Franchise Lead Generation_1While franchises can be found in just about any industry, they all share some common traits. One trait that all franchises share is the need to bring in new customers on a regular basis. Although the number of new customers required can vary greatly depending on how much and how often they pay, new customers are still important.

A big obstacle for many franchises and other types of businesses is creating a strategy for consistently bringing in new leads. Since franchise lead generation can be a definite challenge, we want to focus on an approach that can work very well.

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