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

Social Media and Your Franchise: Questions You Need to Answer by Michelle Hummel

Social media is a proven way for a franchise to connect with potential and existing customers. Because that type of connection is quite valuable, social media can be directly responsible

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for increasing revenue. While social media is quite powerful, it does come with some challenges. Since they have so many components, that’s especially true for franchises.

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Nationwide 2020 Social Media Management Certification Boot Camp Schedule Announced by CEO, Michelle Hummel, from Web Strategy Plus

Get hands-on training with Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus, a full-service Social Media Marketing Agency recently nominated for the Woman-Owned Business of the year! She is the Founder of Web Media University, a platform teaching social media training virtually worldwide. Michelle is a passionate Internet Marketer with 15+ years of successful online marketing experience. She holds a valuable Internet Marketing Degree and travels nationwide to her 25 Social Media Enthusiast chapters providing in-person social media certification boot camps, keynotes, and in-depth training. She’s a current contributing editor to The Franchise Woman and The Franchise Dictionary magazines. Founder of the Franchise Success Team an alliance of leaders in the franchise space to offer an all-in-one solution to the franchise industry. Published author of three books in her series, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers Through Social Media.”

Social Media Certification Training Agenda

Session #1 – Targeted Marketing Strategies
Learn how to find and engage with your target audience on the right Social Media networks for your business
Intro to the Social Media Management role and best practices
Review of your top Competitors and a plan on how you can win in your industry
In-Class Work: Create Your Social Media Content Marketing Strategy

Session #2 – Developing Your Content Marketing Strategy
Learn how to build social media followers with an engaging content strategy that inspires Brand Advocates
Review best practices for developing an engaging content marketing strategy
Review tools & resources to help build your content and marketing campaigns
In-Class Work: Create Your Editorial Content Marketing Calendar

Session #3 – Executing Your Marketing Strategy
Review best practices for social media marketing
Implement your marketing strategy
Review the most popular social media marketing strategies
Demonstrate what a Social Media Management Dashboard can do for your business
In-Class Work: Setup your Social Media Management Dashboard

Michelle will be available to schedule a 30-minute follow-up phone call session after your training to review any additional questions you have before taking the final exam. Pass the Final Exam to get your Social Media Management Certification. Receive a beautiful framed certificate you can hang proudly on your wall. For further credibility online you will also get a certification image badge for your LinkedIn profile.

2020 Social Media Management Boot Camp Schedule Announced:

COLUMBUS, OHIO MARCH 6TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at Indiana Wesleyan University

KANSAS CITY, MO MARCH 14TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at the Kaufman Foundation Conference Center

MIAMI, FL MARCH 19TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at StartHub Miami

WEST CHESTER, OHIO APRIL 2ND

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at Indiana Wesleyan University
DOBBS FERRY, NY APRIL 24TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camat HudCo

LAS VEGAS, NV MAY 14TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at InIntelligent Office

NASHVILLE, TN JUNE 11TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Bootcamp at 3LS Workspaces

GRAND RAPIDS, MI JUNE 24TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Bootcamp at the Treehuis

CHICAGO, IL JULY 29TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Bootcamp at BeOffice Urban Workspaces

ATLANTA, GA SEPT 16TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at Nexus 1201

ORLANDO, FL NOVEMBER 12TH

Social Media Marketing & Management Boot Camp at Novel Coworking

ANYWHERE, USA

Virtual Live Classroom Social Media Boot Camp, dates available through December 2020, classes taught on the first Monday of each month.

See what other attendees are saying:

“This class was well worth the investment and Michelle is an excellent trainer. We’ve already built our social media strategy for the entire season and finally, feel like we can manage it effectively.”
– Mark Bersani, Owner of Loveland Canoe

“The Social Media Boot Camp was fantastic. Anyone looking to maximize and streamline their social media effort strategy…this is a must.”
– Carrie Shoemaker, Marketing Director, St. Joseph Home Cincinnati

“Michelle did a great job of walking us through the various platforms. She was easy to understand and practical in her approach. I can honestly say that I am getting more clients than ever before by applying her social media strategies. I highly recommend this class for newbies as well as seasoned biz owners who want a good refresher. Thanks, Michelle.”
– Marla Cohen, Owner of Mantra Massage

“I took Michelle Hummel’s Social Media Boot Camp course and she was EXTREMELY informative and helpful. She was easy to listen to, the course was interactive, and I learned SO much. I will be recommending this to the rest of my marketing coworkers. Thank you, Michelle.”
– Schuyler Esen, Social Media Marketing Specialist, Hills Properties

“Left the class with a new understanding of social media marketing and a handful of tools that I can apply to my business’s social media management. I highly recommend a boot camp with Michelle.”
– Hannah Richards, Marketing Manager, Design Decor Art Group

“Michelle shared her expertise on how to successfully manage a social media strategy for a business. She started the class with an introduction to various media platforms. Then she provided me with tools and tips to create posts, grow our audience and manage time. Great class.”
– Molly Weaver, Capacity Coordinator, Covington Business Council

“Michelle did a great job of explaining the various applications to help identify the best platforms for my business. I felt much more confident about using social media after attending her class.”
– Bonnie Arend, Owner of Home Styles by Design

 

 

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10 Features Franchise Businesses Should Look For When Evaluating Social Media Management Tools

Michelle Hummel Franchise Marketing ExpertIt’s amazing how many organizations and businesses still don’t use a Social Media Dashboard. When I say that it’s amazing, I really mean that. Any organization that does not already understand that social media is the key to their future success has essentially hung out the “closed for business” sign and is waiting for someone to tell them. With the myriad of networks out there that need to be worked and monitored, there are only two viable options: have a large staff devoted to social media or get software to take care of your social media tracking. Continue reading

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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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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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!

Franchise Marketing Essentials You Need to Know

Marketing programs are an important part of franchising. Collecting funds from the different franchisees in a system can lead to greater marketing power. On the other hand, this type of policy can cause tension if some people feel that the money is not being spent the way it should be. That is why you need to make sure that your company’s marketing system is rock solid. Here are some key qualities of a great franchise marketing program: Continue reading

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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Using Social Media Effectively for Franchises by Michelle Hummel

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. Continue reading