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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Franchising Trends: Stay-At-Home Customers

By | Franchise Trends

One of the biggest trends coming out of the end of 2021 is stay-at-home customers. People are spending more time at home than ever, affecting some industries where franchises operate powerfully.

According to Google, there are a few underlying behaviors of the at-home consumer.

  • A new relationship with time and space. Time is more fluid, and we are finding more uses for space. The bedroom is becoming the home office, and the living room is turning into a gym for at-home workouts. The kitchen table is doubling as a classroom as kids continue to homeschool. As a result, home services franchises are thriving.
  • Seeking novel ways to enjoy the outdoors. Travel restrictions mean that people are looking for new ways to have adventures. One way is enjoying their own backyards and outdoor spaces, helping pool, deck, and similar companies.
  • Redefining companionship. As people are spending more time apart, human beings, who are social creatures by nature, are looking for companionship. This has led to a boom in pet buying and the services, such as boarding and daycare, that support animals as part of the family.

Home Services, due to their essential nature, are often considered recessionproof. In fact, during the pandemic, some of these businesses are booming. According to CNBC, “Home extensions and additions jumped 52%, and security and privacy also saw much greater demand with interest in fence installation and repairs up 166%.”

Premium Service brands, which offer lucrative and unique brands in niche areas, stood out as a group sharing positie news. 360° Painting grew their system by 15 units, and saw 35.5% increase in sales Q1 2020 over Q1 2019. In fact, several brands had success stories to share in 2020.

Pools and other outdoor activities are booming. According to MSN, “Pool demand is so strong that even Wall Street investors are taking note. Poolcorp, an international distributor of swimming pool supplies, parts, and outdoor living products, hit an intraday all-time high this week and is up over 54% year to date. The stock is on pace for its best year since 2003.”

Poolwerx, one of the world’s largest pool and hot tub maintenance providers. opened 11 stores in 11 months in Australia. “The home service industry has proven time and time again to be recession-resistant, and this has become particularly evident during Covid-19,” CEO John O’Brien explained.

As stay-at-home customers look for companionship, they are finding it in animals. Many of us have friends or neighbors recently buying a dog to fill the void created by the pandemic. According to the Washington Post, “Shelters, nonprofit rescues, private breeders, pet stores — all reported more consumer demand than there were dogs and puppies to fill it. Some rescues were reporting dozens of applications for individual dogs. Some breeders were reporting waiting lists well into 2021.”

Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest pet care franchise, includes dog daycare and boarding. During the pandemic, they opened nine new camps nationwide, and continued their high-growth trajectory with twelve franchise sales across the continent.

Stay-at-home customers is a trend here to stay in 2021 and beyond. The examples above are just some of the businesses that will emerge stronger as we move forward together.



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Franchising Trends: The Rise of Multiunit Ownership

By | Franchise Trends

One of the biggest trends for 2021 people are seeing across the franchising community is multiunit ownership. This trend, is driven by a few key factors, including:

  • A small but growing number of franchisors are seeking out multiunit owners due to their overall advantages.
  • More sophisticated concepts require owners with more experience (and capital) needed to enter the market.
  • If a multiunit franchisee has 30 units already, they likely have strong operations, so adding one more will be less risky than a new franchisee with no experience.
  • Technological advancements such as video calls, online accounting, and more means that owners can live from anywhere.

Multiunit owners were more likely able to weather the pandemic’s storm and any economic uncertainty that may be coming in the future. Additionally, according to Global Franchise Magazine, “Large territory, multiunit franchisees are the best way for a franchisor to operate a franchise business with less effort put into monitoring franchisees and a much higher return when they sell the company.”

In general, if you are a 150-unit system, it is easier to manage 30 50-unit franchisees than 150 franchisees.

Being a multiunit owner is different since it is less tactical and hands-on and more managerial. We take a look at three successful multiunit systems and how they manage at scale.

Flynn Restaurant Group is a multiunit and a multibrand concept of Appleby’s, Taco Bell, Panera Bread, and Arby’s. With a turnover of over 2.4B annually and 47,650 employees, they are among the most respected brands in the community.

Flynn stays on top of their units by having incredibly high standards. They accept nothing less than perfection when it comes to the physical condition of their restaurants, according to their website. “we believe in ‘zero tolerance,’ which for us relates to the physical condition of our restaurants. We strive for our units to remain as close to “perfect” in their appearance as possible because we believe it is a critical component of the guest experience and a key factor in retaining the best talent.”

The Saxton Group is a family-owned multiunit franchisee with locations throughout Texas and beyond. Since 1982, they have developed and operated over 125 restaurants.

They introduced the popular McAlister’s brand to Texas, where it took off. One of their strengths as operators is their solid locations strategy. According to the Dallas Business Journal, “One of our initial growth (drivers) in Texas was to open in college towns. Everywhere we have a market for development of McAlister’s, usually one of the first places we go is to the college market.”

Dyne Hospitality Group is Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s largest multiunit franchise with 60 cafes in 6 states and many more under development.

They manage a wide area with this iconic health brand by instilling a powerful culture. For them, culture is a living, breathing part of the business. According to their website, they “encourage their teams to live by it, and hold each other accountable to it.” They use it as a foundation of key business elements, including hiring, promotion, team member reviews, performance, and communication. The pillars of their culture are:

  • Invest in people
  • Understand why
  • Make smart decisions
  • Make it happen

Last Word

The rise of multiunit ownership is here to stay. FranchiseBlast has tools available for both franchisors and multiunit franchisees to manage their brand, communications, and more. Book a demo with us to learn more.



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Franchising Trends: Delivery and Remote

By | Franchise Trends
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2020 has been a year like no other. And, we have been in awe of the franchising community’s resistance and flexibility in the face of these changes. When the COVID-19 outbreak eventually goes into the history books, we foresee some of the accelerated trends during this time to be here to stay.

One of the biggest trends we have seen is an increase in delivery and remote models. For restauranteurs, 70% of Americans order delivery or takeout once a week, and digital ordering and delivery has grown by 20.2% in one year. There are similar trends across other sectors served by the franchising community. Take a look at how franchisors of all sizes and industries are leading the way into 2021.

Virtual Tours Done with Care

CarePatrol, a National US Senior Care Placement firm shifted as the world has to provide virtual tours of care homes to their clients. According to their website: “While we may not be able to meet with you in person, we are able to assist by audio and visual chats and provide virtual tours. As such, we are fully committed to continue providing you with the expertise and guidance you have come to trust.”

The company is also offering support calls remotely to their franchisees, recording the information in FranchiseBlast. These new delivery models could translate into new options for CarePatrol customers.

Providing Options to Unstick Parents

With parents globally scrambling to offer homeschooling to their children, Mathnasium is offering a remote option. The math-only learning center dedicated to building a love of the subject in students offers Mathnasium at Home using the same method and instructors that one would find in the center. In another creative way to bring options to customers, they also offer Prime Study Space, a safe, clean space for a remote classroom. Some of these creative options could make it into a Post-Pandemic environment.

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Packaging for the Win

In a world where delivery is moving to the forefront, packaging plays a key role, as it does in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) world. Among those ordering takeout and delivery, 84% agree that packaging is important when placing an order. Eco-packaging is emerging as a key trend in this space. Chipolte uses a combination of customized and non-customized eco-friendly packaging in its 2,600 plus. This balances both cost and eco-friendliness. Packaging will continue to play a key role in delivery culture.

Ghostkitchens Unleash Creativity

With Ghostkitchens getting more and more capable from a culinary standpoint, franchisees are chosen for their Marketing power, including celebrities. Nextbite has recently partnered with Wiz Khalifa to build food concept, Hotbox by Wiz. With no need to remodel, change expensive menus, or no worry of perceived failure if there is a menu change, they can be data-driven and flexible in their approach. As consumers buy more and more online, these innovative concepts are here to stay.

As we look to 2021, we will continue to watch these exciting trends play center stage as the world heads for a change.



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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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Press Release: Jamba Selects FranchiseBlast for Brand Consistency

By | Press Releases

800-Location Health Food Pioneer Uses Mobile Brand Consistency Tools.

Jamba, a global health food brand leader with over 800 locations chose FranchiseBlast for their mobile Brand Consistency apps. Jamba, a pioneer in the smoothie world serves on-the-go freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies along with made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and shots, boosts and more.

Read the full press release here.



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Presentation: 7 Ways Franchise Operations Have Changed in 2020

By | COVID-19, Franchise Trends

The world has changed, have you changed with it? Take a moment to explore this enticing content about how franchising has changed in 2020, and what you can do.



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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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