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Safeguard Your Customers From Hackers: 3 Failures To Avoid »

By David Ellis

Every day there seems to be a new "security breach" making the news. We hear a lot more that don't make the news. Businesses from all over the world call us in a panic, trying to figure out what went wrong with their online security. Unfortunately, for many franchise systems, these miscues are common. My hope in sharing some details from three actual security failures is that you will discover actions you can take to enhance your own IT security practices.

1) Please pass the pepperoni - and the passwords. Several small pizza chains used the same restaurant management software and POS system. Sadly, hundreds of those restaurants were hacked.

Once each restaurant's POS system was configured, the local restaurant owners did not change the default password set by the payment application vendor...

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Using Social Media Inside Your Organization »

By Eddy Goldberg

"Businesses that successfully transition to social organizations will have a competitive advantage over those that do not."

That's from a white paper called "Using Social Media to Improve Organizational Communication & Efficiency," authored by Amy M. Young and Mary D. Hinesly from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

For the past several years, we've been hammering away here at Franchise Update about the importance of "breaking down the silos" in your corporate organization. Also for the past several years, we've all been hearing ad nauseam about how we need to embrace social media to reach and engage customers.

But what about using social media tools within the organization to have different departments - sales, marketing, operations, field support, real estate, etc...

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To Grow, Reinvest In Infrastructure, Technology, And People »

By Richard S. Weissman

Many franchise leaders are slow to embrace the idea that the best time to grow is in uncertain times. Even those who may reluctantly agree are often constrained by the demands of stakeholders for bottom-line performance, and use the excuse of the "bad economic storm" to cut expenses to meet those bottom-line expectations. Historically, however, the fact remains that the strongest companies are those that create working systems to grow during all economies, and that see the opportunity in bad times for accelerated growth.

In my experience as the CEO of a national early childhood education franchise, while the majority of others in the field experienced difficulty securing new franchisees to continue growth, our reinvestment and leadership speaks well of the brand, and has allowed us to see exceptional growth during recent economic tumult: more than 410% growth since the 2008 recession...

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Lead Generation Checklist: Time To Review Your Process? »

By Steve Olson

The following is a review of the lead generation principles and best practices outlined in my book, "Grow To Greatness: How to build a world class franchise faster." For a more in-depth examination of successful lead-generation practices, ordering information is available at the end of this checklist.

✓ Embrace the four successful lead generation principles that high-growth franchisors use to expand their brands:

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Social Media Roundup - March 2013 »

By Daniel Lieberman

Facebook no longer cool? Teens desert it for newer platforms
Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr are all experiencing a lot of success with the teen demographic, which often serves as a sensitive barometer of trends. Teens report finding Facebook addictive, lacking in privacy, and not as much fun as Instagram or Tumblr. And that's according to Facebook, whose annual 10-K report, filed in February, noted the trend and admitted that it could harm the brand in the long run. That said, Facebook owns Instagram, and is working hard and successfully to capture mobile social media traffic.

Retailers pin their hopes on Pinterest
With 25 million young, mostly female users who are well-educated and have plenty of disposable income, Pinterest attracts a lot of attention from retailers...

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NPS: Identify, Improve, And Maintain Customer Loyalty »

By Steve Baxter

Nothing is more critical to the success or decline of a franchise brand than what customers think or say about its products or services. As a rule, franchisors who understand and appreciate the significance of customer loyalty are the ones most likely to thrive. Those that don't "get it" generally experience challenges that can seep into multiple areas of their franchise organization, including overall sales, recruitment, and retention of franchisees and customers alike.

Franchise organizations that deliver a customer experience that drives engagement and generates strong recommendation behavior on all levels will get a higher return. Customer experience directly affects referrals, repurchase, renewals, and reputation. Today's competitive market, combined with word of mouth through the web, amplifies the impact customer loyalty has on financial performance throughout a franchise system...

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Turn Your Convention Momentum Into Year-Long Results! »

By Evan Hackel

This is the final installment of our three-part series on leveraging franchisee conventions. Part 1 addressed how to improve attendance at your franchisee convention. Part 2 discussed how to make your franchisee convention an event that provides the maximum benefit to your franchisees.

In part three, we look at strategies you can employ to take the momentum and ideas gathered at your convention into your franchise operations and as a recruiting tool for the next conference. As with parts one and two, we draw on the results of an online survey conducted by Speak!, Ingage Consulting, and Franchise Business Review, which drew responses from nearly 200 franchisors.

Hosting a top-quality, exciting conference can do many things for your organization...

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Social Media: Does It Sell Franchises (Yet)? »

By Eddy Goldberg

In the ever-changing world of social media, much has changed in how franchisors are using these emerging platforms to reach customers. The use of social media for attracting franchisee prospects, however, lags far behind, with many questioning its use at all in franchise development. Nevertheless, franchisors continue experimenting with LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Craigslist to reach prospects.

Although selling franchises through social media platforms still ranks quite low in terms of total sales, the numbers are climbing, though slowly, as franchisors learn to use these new channels--and the trend is clearly toward increased adoption, as both franchisors and prospects learn to incorporate these channels into their recruitment and research activities...

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Maximizing The Benefits Of Your Franchisee Convention »

By Evan Hackel

Part 1 of this three-part series addressed how to improve attendance at your franchisee convention. In part two, we discuss how you can make your franchisee convention an event that provides the maximum benefit to your franchisees. As with part one, we use results gleaned from an online survey conducted by Speak!, Ingage Consulting, and Franchise Business Review, which drew responses from nearly 200 franchisors.

There is no better advertisement or promotion of your convention than having a top-quality event. "Your annual meeting can have a tremendously positive effect on a franchisee's productivity, profitability, and passion for the brand," says Katrina Mitchell, CEO of Speak!

When you have a winning event, the franchisees who attended not only put it on their calendar as a must-attend for next year, they pass that feedback on to other franchisees who did not attend, and to new franchisees...

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9 Tips For Greater Ad Response »

By Steve Olson

Getting the most from your advertising spend is more important than ever. These 9 tips can help you become more effective at choosing where you place your ads - and how to evaluate the results.

1. Test, test, test. Especially now, with the Internet's instant feedback, measure different creative to determine which brings the greatest response and run with it. Advertising is a science, so experimentation often pays off in additional franchise prospects. Did you know the headline "business opportunities" draws greater response than "franchise opportunities" does? Or that "businesses for sale" outperforms both of these recruitment titles? Test, test, test!

2. Develop opportunity-driven ads. Focus on ownership benefits and rewards, market potential, product demand, lifestyle, unique advantages, and growth opportunities...

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Hiring A PR Agency »

By Steve Olson

Note: For part 1, Discovering the Power of Public Relations, click here.

Public relations is a business and a world unto itself, and most franchisors should consider outsourcing their publicity efforts when they can afford it. Good agencies have established ongoing relationships with editors of key media and know how to package and present your franchise with story angles they are seeking. They understand which TV, radio, print, and Internet venues have target audiences you need to reach, and they can create special events and activities that will garner live and positive coverage for your franchise.

Unlike what we may think, public relations is a very tough, fiercely competitive business. Successful PR agencies are professional "boiler room magicians," constantly pitching your franchise to hundreds of media people every month through phone calls, letters, PR kits, email blasts, personal visits, trade show events, lunch meetings, etc...

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The Winner's Column - May 2012 »

By Eddy Goldberg

As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a volatile economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas. To be considered for next month's Winner's Column, please send your good news to eddyg@franchiseupdatemedia.com.

Domestic

Burger King Refranchises 96 Florida Restaurants to Guillermo Perales
Burger King has sold 96 company-owned restaurants in the Orlando-Daytona market to Magic Burgers LLC, a subsidiary of Sun Holdings LLC. Founded in 1997 by Guillermo Perales, Sun Holdings became a Burger King franchisee in 1999. The acquisition makes Perales, president and CEO of Sun Holdings, the fourth largest U...

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2012 Annual Franchise Development Report Now Available »

By Eddy Goldberg

Last year the headline on our Annual Lead Generation Survey story in Franchise Update magazine read: "Adapt or Die." Responses to two new survey questions this year indicate franchisors have taken this lesson to heart.

In responding to the question, "Do you believe the fundamental lead generation process used before the recession must be changed to effectively recruit today's buyers?" three out of four (77 percent) said Yes. And to a similar question about the franchise sales process, 74 percent said Yes.

"Don't wait for the recruitment environment to change. You need to change your approach to succeed in this environment," said Franchise Update Media Group President Steve Olson, who unveiled the results of the 14th annual survey at the Franchise Leadership & Development Conference in October...

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The Winner's Column - November 2011 »

By Eddy Goldberg

As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a volatile economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas. To be considered for next month's Winner's Column, please send your good news to eddyg@franchiseupdatemedia.com.


New Units & Deals

Pollo Campero Debuts New Design in Houston
Pollo Campero will open three Houston locations by year-end featuring its new design and menu. A fresh salsa bar will remain at the center of the restaurant's layout, said Roberto Denegri, president of Pollo Campero USA. The revamped design will also feature a patio for outdoor seating...

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2011 AFDR Review Highlights; 2012 Survey Now Starting Up »

Franchise Update

The Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) from Franchise Update Media Group is a comprehensive research guide to sales and lead generation performance in franchise recruitment. The report drills down to industry categories, investment levels, and recruitment budgets; provides marketing costs information; reports the top-producing sales and lead sources; reveals performance evaluations of franchise websites and follow-up to prospect inquiries; and analyzes current and historical industry growth trends.

The data and analysis in this 150-page report have been helping franchisors for years to benchmark their sales performance, accelerate system growth, increase selling performance, and make smarter, more cost-effective advertising and marketing decisions...

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The Winner's Column - October 2011 »

By Eddy Goldberg

As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a changing economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas. To be considered for next month's Winner's Column, please send your good news to eddyg@franchiseupdatemedia.com.

New Units & Deals

Yum! Brands Sells Long John Silver's and A&W to Franchisee Groups
Yum! Brands, Inc. has signed definitive agreements to sell Long John Silver's, Inc. and A&W Restaurants, Inc. to two separate buyers led by key franchisee leaders. Long John Silver's will be acquired by LJS Partners LLC, led by a consortium of franchisees and other investors...

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Recruiting Latino Franchisees: Essential Tips For Franchisors »

By Jose Torres

Franchisors looking to bring in minority franchisees must consider the current cultural aspects of the ethnic minority groups they are hoping to recruit. One of the potential recruits a franchisor should consider is the fastest-growing ethnic minority population in the United States: the Latino community. Approximately 45.5 million Latinos currently living in the U.S., and it is the minority with the greatest potential for increase. This ethnic population constitutes a sizable percentage of the U.S. economy.

Before recruiting Latino franchisees, one of the most vital factors franchisors must take into account are the cultural differences between the minority and majority, specifically in terms of economic goals. To avoid accidentally offending your target franchisees when you are attempting to recruit Latino franchisees, you should be aware of common mistakes franchisors make:

1) Lack of Spanish speakers
Failing to hire a Spanish speaker as part of the Latino franchisee sales team is one of the most crucial mistakes a franchisor can make...

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The Winner's Column - September 2011 »

By Eddy Goldberg

As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a volatile economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas. To be considered for next month's Winner's Column, please send your good news to eddyg@franchiseupdatemedia.com.


New Units & Deals

Jersey Mike's Signs 2 Multi-Unit Agreements
Jersey Mike's has signed two multi-unit development agreements: one for the Phoenix area, and one for West Houston. Restaurant industry veterans Steve Rosenfield and Linda Nash Rosenfield (who own and operate 99 Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Restaurants) plan to open 10 Jersey Mike's units in the Phoenix area in the next 5 years as part of their Rosenfield Restaurants group, with the first expected to open by year-end...

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Mid-Year Progress Report: Weak Consumer Demand, Confidence Slow Franchise Growth »

By Darrell Johnson

A report produced for the IFA at the beginning of this year, the Franchise Lending Matrix, forecasted approximately 15,200 new units would be added in 2011. We're at the halfway point of 2011. It's a good time to check the progress.

The first half of the year showed a continuation of weak consumer demand. From the low point in late 2008, consumer demand had fairly consistently increased until mid-2010. However, it has been drifting downward since, which is at the core of the reasons for the weak recovery and persistently high unemployment numbers. In June unemployment ticked up to 9.2 percent.

Consumer expenditures compose about 70 percent of GDP, so where they go the economy goes. Fueling consumer expenditures is consumer credit...

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The Winner's Circle, August 2011 »

By Eddy Goldberg

As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a changing economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas. To be considered for next month's Winner's Column, please send your good news to eddyg@franchiseupdatemedia.com.

New Units

Zoup! Adds Second Denver Location
Following on the heels of its first Denver opening, Zoup! Fresh Soup Company opened a second restaurant in the city last month. After spending more than 15 years in the construction industry, new franchisee Tim McKennie switched career directions and signed on with Zoup!, a fast-casual soup concept founded in 1998...


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