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Announcing: FranConnect Acquires FranchiseBlast

By | News
Franconnect and FranchiseBlast

It’s a big day for both FranConnect and FranchiseBlast, and an even bigger day for our customers. Today, we are announcing that FranConnect has acquired FranchiseBlast, the leading provider of franchise operations software used by over 100 brands.

Read more at the FranConnect blog.



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The FranchiseBlast 1, 2, 3, Holiday Contest

By | Announcements, Events

It is that time of year for 2020, and it has been a year like never before… so we want to celebrate in a way we have never before!

We are giving away exciting prizes* including:

First Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Second Prize: $150 Amazon Gift Card

Third Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Plus Weekly random raffle draws for $100 Amazon Gift Cards!

Introducing, the 1, 2, 3, contest with FranchiseBlast, where winning is as easy as 1,2,3!

1. Sign up on our form to tell us that you want to participate.

You will also be asked to create an alias for the leaderboard. Otherwise, we will create one for you.

2. Do activities for points!

1 point for each Audit, Self-Assessment or Project completed between December 1-31, 2020. That’s right – doing your regular activities in FranchiseBlast will enter you into the contest!

5 points for downloading our Business Planning eBook Make sure to use your FranchiseBlast login when you enter your email address. Download now! If, for some reason you need to use a different email, let us know at info@franchiseblast.com.

10 points for sending us a holiday picture with you and your team or franchisees, celebrating in a unique way. Any fun picture will do! You can send it to info@franchiseblast.com.

The more points you have, the more opportunities you have to win!

3. Track progress with our weekly round-up email

People who sign up for the contest will get a weekly round-up email starting Thursday, December 10th showing the weekly winner, and the top 10 leaderboard (showing aliases only, to protect all brands involved). The final prize will be announced on January 7th! In the round-ups, we may also add new ways to enter the contest.

A Franchise Vision Plan that Inspires

By | Business Plans, Partners

One thing that the 2020 experience has taught us, is that sometimes we need to take a step back and reassess what we are doing, not just how we are doing it.

After all, a franchise, like so many endeavors, is a vehicle through which people achieve their dreams – whether they be financial, professional, or for the benefit of their family. Our friends at Franchise Business Review have long been thought leaders in this community. They are offering a free Vision Plan resource, tailor-made for the franchisor. It could be a great resource for your company.

Download How to Design an Effective Franchise Vision Plan Program Now!

We are in awe of how effectively so many franchisors have pivoted in the face of the pandemic – from going to online and delivery to moving to video tours of senior homes. Part of pivoting in the franchise context is to move to doing the right things, and this vision plan will help you with that.

Vision Plans Vs. Business Plans

Business Plans focus on the how, and Vision Plans focus on the what. Ultimately, the two artifacts work hand-in-hand and are better together.

This incredible eBook will give you all of the tools that you need to build an effective Vision Plan including:

  • What framework you will need for your vision plan
  • How to build a ‘dream team’ including franchisees
  • How to put your plan into motion

This amazing resource is packed with insider tips such as how to build a vision plan committee with franchisees (separate from your FAC) and how to prepare for pushback. It really is everything that you need in one place.

Download the Franchise Vision Plan here.

Final Note

If you haven’t downloaded our Business Planning eBook yet, you may want to check it out! Download now.



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Saxton Group Rapid Fire Top 10

By | News, Restaurant

The Saxton Group based in Dallas Texas, is not only McAlister Deli’s largest franchise, but they are also the largest franchise of Focus Brands. FranchiseBlast’s Sr. Business Development Director, Dean Hatzitheodosiou sits down to chat with brothers Matt and Adam Saxton to learn about their operation, their family, and why they love the restaurant business.

See more great content from Modrn Business, the top podcast in franchising, and one of the largest franchise community podcasts in the world.



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IFA’s MOD Conference 2020

By | Events
MOD Conference

IFA is holding its Marketing, Operations, and Development Conference which is what you need to know about the future of franchise marketing, operations & development — all in one week! It is happening next week on October 6th-9th. Register Now.



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7 Ways that Franchise Operations Have Changed in 2020

By | Events
Operations Change

Date: October 20
Time: 2:00 PM EDT
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Who could have planned for this year? 2020 has brought forward so many challenges for franchise operators. On a practical level, it has impacted everyday lives from opening procedures to new ways to communicate. In this interactive, action-packed webinar, you will learn about what other franchisors are doing in 2020, and get ideas about what you can change to move your brand forward. We explore these in this exciting presentation featuring Stefania Sigurdson Forbes and Mark Bowen.

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#FranchisingStrongerTogether with IFPG

By | Partners
IFPG

This week, Dean Hatzitheodosiou from FranchiseBlast was interviewed by Red Boswell on International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) #FranchisingStrongerTogether.

In this engaging conversation, Red and Dean discuss how franchisees are fortunate to have support, accountability and best practices in place during this time. They talk about phases that franchisors went through in the course of the pandemic, and how planning, in both the short and long term can help us continue to move forward together. IFPG is an organization rich on experience and content and it was great to be a part of their initiative.



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How Pivoting Your Franchise Operations will Create Success

By | COVID-19, Events
Pivoting Franchise Operations

Date: Thursday, June 18 at 3:00 PM ET
Guest: Rachel Shemuel, Field Trainer, Panago Pizza
Link: Register Now

Succeeding in this new environment is possible, but it requires a different approach. Everyone needs to shift their mindset, and pivot operations. There are several dynamic examples across the franchising community, and now is the time for us to come together and learn from each other.

  • Franchisors are pivoting to act more as coaches, instead of cops and increasing the number of touchpoints with franchisees.
  • Franchisees are leveraging procedures and tools to make sure to keep everyone safe.

Join Rachel Shemuel, Field Trainer at Panago Pizza, Dean Hatzitheodosiou, Sr. Director of Business Development at FranchiseBlast and other special guests to learn about how to use data effectively to navigate the new environment, and how communication is your best ally.

We also explore Virtual Visits and how this can be leveraged in an era of travel restrictions or the potential of second or third waves of the pandemic.

This will be a laid-back, video webinar with an opportunity for questions at the end. Register now.



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Webinar: Franchising Toolkit to Win

By | COVID-19, Events

Date: Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 11:00 AM.
Registration: Get Your Seat Now

Join host Sally Facinelli, CFE, and other franchise experts to discuss the toolkit needed for businesses to re-engage their franchisees, employees, and customers.

Topics include:

  • Brand image and messaging
  • Marketing toolkit
  • PR and how to support franchisees in their local market
  • Loyalty programs: keeping loyal customers loyal
  • Plan for your franchisee come back objectives

Confirmed Speakers:

  • HotDish Advertising – Dawn Kane
  • 919 Marketing – Graham Chapman, CFE
  • Fishman PR – Sherri Fishman, CFE
  • POLN8 – Tom Epstein, CFE
  • FranchiseBlast – Jason Kealey, CFE

Register for the webinar here



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Global Franchise Magazine: How strong franchisee relationships bolster franchise development

By | Franchise Sales, News, Partners
Global Franchise Logo

We are pleased to have our Sr. Marketing Director, Stefania Sigurdson Forbes featured in Global Franchise Magazine.

Article: How strong franchisee relationships bolster franchise development

Advocating collaboration and creativity across your franchise network can not only produce results but a more productive environment among your organization

Traditionally, franchise development and franchise operations had a certain degree of separation between them. There was a permeable wall between the two, ensuring that they could both do business without getting in each other’s way.

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