How Outsourcing Can Help Grow Your Franchise Faster

How Outsourcing Can Help Grow Your Franchise Faster

Running your own franchise can be a great feeling, but that feeling can quickly fade as managing costs, hiring employees, navigating local business laws and marketing your business can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But there’s an easier way. Outsourcing puts otherwise time-consuming tasks in the hands of highly skilled experts who handle everything from human resources to marketing. At Franchise Success Team we know what goes into making a successful franchise, that’s why we provide you with the resources you need so you focus on what’s important and quickly grow your business. 

Build Your Brand 

Building your brand can be slow-going if you’re not up-to-date on the latest marketing trends, but with help from industry experts you can get what you need to grow your brand and reach your target audience. Professional insights can help you maximize the potential social media marketing offers, helping grow your online presence and reach a wider customer base. Helping you with everything from web design and social media to videos and online articles, a franchise marketing expert can help you see real results fast.

Build Your Team

Finding employees with the skills and expertise you’re looking for can be difficult. Sifting through applications to find the right members for your team takes valuable time away from running your business. Wouldn’t it be easier with the help of a human resources professional? Outsourcing your HR can provide you with the solutions you need by helping match you with qualified applicants and help reduce costly turnover. With customized HR solutions covering everything from developing training programs to recruitment, you won’t have to worry about HR hassles and can concentrate on what you do best.

Protect Your Business

Even if you’re an established franchise, managing legal documents can be stressful and overlooked loose ends can have an unforeseen impact on your business. But with the right franchise legal advice, we’ll help make sure you have everything to avoid legal pitfalls and help your business continue to grow. Whether its franchisee rights, compliance programs, annual updating or other legal matters, you can rest easy knowing your business is in good hands.

Better Money Management

Whether it’s managing your books or preparing your taxes, making sure your business’s finances are in order can be time-consuming, so why not let an experienced accountant handle them for you? Outsourcing your accounting services places your business’s tax and bookkeeping needs in the hands of a financial expert who can provide you with financial planning advice that can help save you money. So if you’re struggling with how to minimize your tax liability or looking for better ways to monitor your overhead, franchising accounting services might be the solution that you’re looking for.

As a full-service consulting agency with more than 25 years of knowledge and experience working in the franchise industry, Franchise Success Team can help you develop strategies to optimize growth and start seeing results. Contact us today to find out what our experts can do for you.

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Franchise Lead Generation: Can Content Marketing Help?

While 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. 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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The 4 Essential Elements of a Franchise Marketing Plan by Michelle Hummel

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. Continue reading

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5 Secrets to Successful Franchise Content Marketing by Michelle Hummel

Although it can yield big benefits, content marketing can be a challenge for any business. This strategy can be especially challenging for franchises. The reason is that it’s common for there to be so many different people involved in the process. While your current franchise content marketing situation may seem like an ongoing headache with no end in sight, the good news is there is a solution. And once you get the right management practices in place, you can follow several additional tips to get the best possible results from all of your efforts. Continue reading

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5 Steps for SEO Success for Franchises by Michelle Hummel

SEO stands for search engine optimization. At its core, this practice is simply a way to ensure that a business website shows up in the top group of results when someone searches for a relevant keyword phrase. Because Google is always evolving, the best practices for SEO in 2018 look quite different than even a few years ago.

To help ensure that you’re on the right track with SEO, we want to cover the 5 steps for franchise SEO success during the upcoming year:

1. Start with Key Pages

Franchisors often get overwhelmed by the prospect of diving into all of their SEO needs. That’s why we recommend starting with your most important pages. Good starting points include your homepage, About Us, main blog page and product/service pages. Investing time and resources to get these pages right can then be leveraged as a template for all other pages and online properties.

2. Create a Strong Online Footprint

The best rankings come from having a balanced and widespread online footprint. Instead of falling into the trap of chasing shortcuts, focus on ways to spread the word about your franchise online. More people knowing about your franchise will result in more people talking about it, which in turn will naturally generate the types of links that are so vital for ranking well in Google.

3. Optimize Location Pages

Some franchises have sub-pages for different locations. Others use individual websites for each location. And plenty of franchises take a hybrid approach. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you’ll want to be sure that customers in each target market are able to easily find local franchises online.

4. Understand Local

This ties directly into the above point. The way that Google ranks and displays local search results differs from general queries. As more people do searches from their mobile phones, fully understanding local has become even more important. One of the main things to keep in mind is that Google wants to verify that businesses have a local presence. NAP (name, address and phone number) citations are a key way they measure this. Ensuring NAP consistency across all major directories will help local rankings a lot.

5. Grab the Long Tail

The long tail refers to keyword phrases that are highly targeted but don’t get a ton of search volume. What makes the long tail so appealing is there’s less competition to rank in the first few spots. These highly targeted keyword phrases also have clear intent, which makes them great for converting searchers into actual customers. Integrating long tail content into your SEO strategy is a very smart choice for 2018.

If you want expert help creating the right SEO plan and putting it into practice during 2018, be sure to take a look at how Web Strategy Plus can help.

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Michelle Hummel is CEO of Web Strategy Plus a full-service digital marketing agency focused on Franchise Marketing. She was recently nominated for the Woman-Owned Business of the Year! She’s a passionate Social Media Trainer with 15+ years of successful online business development, sales, and marketing experience. She also holds a valuable Internet Marketing Degree however with the ever-changing world of web marketing she strives to learn something new every day. 

She travels Nationwide visiting her 22 Social Media Enthusiasts Chapters she developed Nationwide delivering in-depth social media training. She also provides Social Media Certifications through founding Web Media University. A current contributing editor to The Franchise Dictionary Magazine and she has written 3 books in her series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares her best-kept secrets to success. She also specializes in helping Franchisors and Franchisees develop an integrated web marketing program to drive leads. She’s available for interviews via email, telephone, Skype video, news segments on location and more. Just let her know how she can help!

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3 Must Know Success Factors When Marketing a Franchise by Michelle Hummel

Regardless 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. Continue reading

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How Franchises Are Using Social Media to Grow Their Business

It wasn’t that long ago when many franchises were at least a little skeptical about whether or not social media could do anything tangible for their bottom line. However, thanks to the explosion in social media usage across B2B and B2C demographics, franchise social media has become a standard marketing strategy for most organizations. Continue reading

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Social Media Matters More Than Ever by Michelle Hummel

At the start of this year, analysts found that there were 2.8 billion active social media users around the globe. To put that number in perspective, 2.8 billion was the entire population of the world in 1955. This figure marks a global penetration of thirty-seven percent. What may come as an even bigger surprise is social media grew by twenty-two percent last year.

Based on those figures, it’s safe to say that just about anyone your business may want to reach is on social media. Of the billions of active social media users, 28% are on just one platform and another 24% are on two platforms. Active users of three platforms drop to 16%, then 8% for four platforms and only 4% for five. What those percentages show is when people find a platform they like, they’re going to stick with it. This is the first big lesson for franchises that want to utilize social media marketing. You need a clear idea of exactly who you’re trying to reach so you can find the one or two platforms where most of those individuals are spending their time online.

Getting Your Audience’s Attention

When Facebook made a big change to their algorithm a few years ago, they explained that anytime someone visited their News Feed, there were over 1,500 possible stories that Facebook could show. Since then, the rate at which social media content is produced has only continued to grow. While social media usage (especially on mobile devices) has also continued to increase, competition for attention is fierce. Because major media publications and businesses of all sizes want to get their content in front of people on social media, identifying exactly who you want to reach and how to get their attention is an essential component of a successful franchise social media marketing strategy.

From Social Media to Customers

Once you have the attention of your target audience on social media, you’ll want to provide them with consistent value in the form of great content. By delivering value, you’ll establish a trusted relationship with your audience. Having this level of trust will then allow you to make compelling offers that successfully convert a meaningful percentage of your audience into customers.

How to Get An “Unfair” Advantage

Even though we only skimmed the surface of social media marketing, it’s clear that developing and executing an effective strategy requires a lot of work. If you know that you want to utilize social media to market your franchise but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at how expert franchise marketing services from Web Strategy Plus can put your organization on a path to online success.

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Michelle Hummel is CEO of Web Strategy Plus a full-service digital marketing agency focused on Franchise Marketing. She was recently nominated for the Woman-Owned Business of the Year! She’s a passionate Social Media Trainer with 15+ years of successful online business development, sales, and marketing experience. She also holds a valuable Internet Marketing Degree however with the ever-changing world of web marketing she strives to learn something new every day. 

She travels Nationwide visiting her 22 Social Media Enthusiasts Chapters she developed Nationwide delivering in-depth social media training. She also provides Social Media Certifications through founding Web Media University. A current contributing editor to The Franchise Dictionary Magazine and she has written 3 books in her series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares her best-kept secrets to success. She also specializes in helping Franchisors and Franchisees develop an integrated web marketing program to drive leads. She’s available for interviews via email, telephone, Skype video, news segments on location and more. Just let her know how she can help!

What Franchisees Look for in a Franchisor

What Franchisees Look for in a Franchisor

As a franchisor, you’re always on the lookout for the right entrepreneur to franchise your business and represent your brand. You know what you’re looking for and it’s important that potential candidates meet your criteria and expectations. And while it’s essential to make sure they’re the right fit for you it’s equally important that you’re a good fit for them. Investing in a business is a serious commitment and in order to attract and recruit high-quality candidates that will successfully uphold your brand’s image and values, it’s important to know what franchisees look for in a franchisor.

Are Your Values and Company Culture What They’re Looking For?

One of the most significant factors that franchisees consider before committing to a contract is whether or not your company’s culture and values align with theirs. Working with like-minded people is an important factor in a successful business relationship and can make things difficult if they’re not in sync. But demonstrating how compatible your values are with theirs can show franchisees how well your organization can help them achieve their business goals.

What Makes Your Product or Service Stand Out From the Competition?

With so many options available for franchisees, it’s important to be able to demonstrate the benefits that come with franchising your business. What makes your product unique? What sets you above the competition? And how will your product help them be profitable in their market are all important questions potential investors will have. So be prepared to show them how them why your franchise offers the best products and services available.

What Kind of Information Do You Provide Prospective Investors?

A successful business relationship is built on mutual trust and being able to quickly provide potential investors with basic information is an essential part of creating a long-lasting partnership. Being upfront about initial investment costs, minimum net worth requirements, and what territories are open in their area and other start-up aspects not only provides franchisees with important operating information, but also provides you with the opportunity to show investors that your company values honesty and communication, two important values many franchisees look for in a franchisor.

What’s Your Long Term Plan for Franchisees?

Success often doesn’t happen overnight and successfully growing a business takes a well thought out long term strategy. Franchisees are looking for a franchisor who is committed to ensuring their business is able to thrive and that they have the resources and support to help them grow. A carefully laid out long term strategy shows franchisees you value their business and you’re invested in their long term success.

Providing You with What You Need

Whether you’re a franchisor or a franchisee, Franchise Success Team has the expertise you need for successful franchise development. Our team of industry experts and collaborative approach provides you with customized solutions to help your business grow. If you’re looking to build your brand and grow your franchise contact us today for a free consultation. 

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