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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 franchisees to market themselves. 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:

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4 Top Franchise Lead Generation Strategies by Michelle Hummel

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

Targeted Marketing Based On Interest Level

Without targeted marketing personalization, there will be a great deal of downturn in the overall productivity of franchise 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

5 Ways to Improve Franchise Marketing

One 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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Find Out Exactly Why Your Franchise Needs to be on Social Media

Every business has heard on multiple occasions that they need to be on social media. However, the reason some businesses either aren’t on social media or haven’t kept their presence active is that they’ve never been given a truly compelling reason for doing so. If you’re in that exact position, let’s take a look at five specific reasons why your business needs to be active on social media: Continue reading

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

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 franchisees 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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SEO

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!

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

ANYWHERE, USA Virtual Social Media Management & Marketing Certification Bootcamp Training

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Social Media Boot Camp training will be from 9am to 5pm EST (with breaks)

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Here’s What to Expect in Your Social Media Bootcamp Training Program

Content Overview

Session #1 – Targeted Marketing Strategies 9am – 11am

  • Introduction to the Social Media Management role, best practices, tools and must-have resources
  • Learn secret strategies to find your target audience on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google Plus
  • See how easy it is to discover Key Influencers on social media and develop strategic relationships to help grow your business
  • Learn how to easily monitor Facebook and Twitter conversations with targeted keywords to find your customers
  • Learn how to create Twitter leads lists and import them into the Send Social Media Management dashboard for monitoring and engagement
  • Classroom Work: You will create your Targeted Marketing Profiles

LUNCH BREAK AS NEEDED 11am – 12pm

BREAKOUT, Q&A WITH TEACHER, 11:30am – 12pm

Session #2 – Develop Your Content Marketing Strategy 12pm – 2:30pm

  • Introduction on how to develop a magnetic content marketing strategy to attract customers to your brand
  • Learn how to build social media followers fast and inspire them to become Brand Advocates
  • We will review best practices and give you several great ideas you can use for your content strategy
  • Learn how you can use tools like Send Social Media and Feed.ly to quickly find quality content
  • You will be provided with a Social Media Marketing Calendar template which you will use to start building your own strategy
  • Classroom Work: You will create your Social Media Marketing Calendar

BREAKOUT, Q&A WITH TEACHER, 2:30pm – 3pm

Session #3 – Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy 3pm – 5pm

  • Introduction on how to use the Send Social Media Management Dashboard
  • How to add and manage your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Instagram, Foursquare, YouTube, WordPress and Pinterest
  • How to set up your Twitter Welcome Tweets, List, Searches, Retweets and AutoReplies
  • How to create an Email and SMS Mobile marketing campaign
  • How to optimize your social media posts – the best time to post, repeat your posts, add lead generation links, create custom designs, add videos & automate your RSS feed
  • How to pull reports to optimize your social media strategies
  • Classroom Work: You will input your Social Media Content into the posting dashboard

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In-Depth, Industry Specific Training

We will review your homework and provide answers to specific questions that relate to your Industry. We will deliver in-depth training and help you understand the Social Media Tools that are right for your business.

Industries we specialize in for Social Media Training:

Accountants
Authors/Writers
Construction
Educational Facilities
Entertainment
Fashion/Beauty/Fitness
Financial/Brokers/Insurance
Healthcare
Hospitality
Legal
Marketers
Musicians
Non Profits
Real Estate/Realtors/Home Builders
Recruiters
Restaurant
Retail
Sales
Travel