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FREE Lunch & Learn: How Personal Branding With Social Media Can Attract Leads

Want To Learn How Personal Branding With Social Media Can Help Attract More Leads To Your Business?

This training will address how to market yourself online professionally as a Business Owner. Many people Google your name as the CEO and depending on what they find – may or may not choose to work with you. We will dive into best practices for LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc.

If you are a: Consultant, Author, Coach, Agent, Advisor, Job Seeker, CEO, Entrepreneur, Small Business Owner or Speaker then this training session is a must attend!

What does it take to create a positive personal brand? You are the CEO of your own brand, it’s up to you to make or break your image. We will show examples of those who do it well. We will help you choose three positive brand words and teach you how to implement them to define your brand. If you believe in yourself, others will too.

Presented by: Web Strategy Plus CEO: Michelle Hummel
11:30 – 12 you can network, meet your peers and enjoy lunch
12 – 12:45 we will deliver the training
12:45 – 1 we will take questions and start the raffle

So bring yourself, a friend, business cards and your think tank to this fun and engaging learning session. We will be giving away many Door Prizes.

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Tips for Developing a Social Media Policy for Your Franchisees by Michelle Hummel

Social media is one of the best ways for franchises to market themselves in 2018. While social media is a very powerful option for connecting with customers, plenty of franchisors have concerns related to platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Given the immediate and widespread nature of social media, these concerns are completely valid.

Fortunately, there is a way for franchises to fully harness the power of social media and simultaneously protect their brand. The key to striking this balance is to create a social media policy for franchisees. Here are some of the most important elements to keep in mind as you work on creating this policy:

The Basic Objectives of a Social Media Policy

The three basic objectives of a social media policy are branding protection, legal protection and customer engagement. While many franchisors initially assume that their policy will take the form of a list of what not to do, that approach generally doesn’t lead to the best results. A better way to approach the development of a social media policy for franchisees is to give lots of examples of what they should do.

Best practices for desired content, recommended frequency of posts and similar guidelines can be extremely helpful. By empowering franchisees while also reminding them of what to avoid, you’ll be able to give them all the tools needed to make the most of social media as a marketing platform.

Additional Tips for Developing the Ideal Policy

It’s often useful to divide a social media policy into sections that are focused on the main areas of emphasis. This often begins with brand identity. You want franchisees to fully understand exactly what your brand is all about, as well as steps they can take to protect it online. A great policy will create a set of guidelines with clear expectations of how franchisees and their employees should act on social media so that they are great stewards of your brand.

Legal protection is a good choice for the next area of emphasis within your social media policy. You’ll want to explain why franchisees cannot make statements on social media that can be interpreted as misrepresentations, including misleading or over-promising a product or service. The same is true for not disclosing confidential information about the franchise system.

The last tip we want to cover is integrating customer engagement into your policy. Useful guidelines may include describing how franchise owners can comment on reviews, thank customers, answer questions and leverage public relations. These guidelines and examples will go a long way towards boosting the overall reputation of your franchise system.

If you want expert help crafting a highly effective social media policy for all your franchisees, 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 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 to share her wisdom by providing keynotes and in-depth social media training. A current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine and she has written 3 books in my series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares hers 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!

Social Media Matters

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 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 to share her wisdom by providing keynotes and in-depth social media training. A current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine and she has written 3 books in my series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares hers 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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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.

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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Michelle Hummel is CEO of Web Strategy Plus a full service 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 to share her wisdom by providing keynotes and in-depth social media training. A current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine and she has written 3 books in my series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares hers 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!

 

 

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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4 Top Franchise Lead Generation Strategies for 2015

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If you want to generate more leads for your franchise in 2015, here are the best strategies to utilize:

Targeted Marketing Based On Interest Level

2015 will see the need for the responsiveness of individual companies to be increased in order to personalize the interaction companies have with prospective clients. Without targeted marketing personalization, there will be a great deal of downturn in the overall productivity of franchisee opportunities. While it may take longer for companies to identify their target demographic, the end result will be more lucrative than previously anticipated. Continue reading