Small Franchise Marketing Tasks with Big Payoffs

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Franchise marketing is like battling a many-headed dragon. There’s one head coming at you, insisting you engage with your social media audience every day. Another persistent and fearsome head demands you write fresh website content, like, all the time. A third head pops in to surprise you with suspended Google My Business listings. Why, though? He’ll never tell.

The battle can be exhausting and frustrating. Labor- and resource-intensive marketing strategies are not always worth it, especially for lean teams. Every franchise finds success in different ways, and sometimes small tasks can have big payoffs. We’ve compiled some quick battle tactics that can have a big impact on your franchise growth strategy.

Quick Wins for Franchisors

For franchisors, the focus is on improving brand awareness and generating leads. Here are a few quick tasks for franchise leadership to promote those goals:

  • Test your brand image and update, if necessary. Every franchise must periodically update its visual branding, tagline and messaging. Conduct user testing to see if your brand still resonates with consumers; if it’s missing the mark, adapt.
  • Create and maintain brand-approved marketing assets. A library of approved logos, videos, and images will encourage franchisees to share more content that adheres to brand standards across all channels.
  • Include a call-to-action (CTA) on every page of the website. The easier you make it to contact your brand, the more inquiries you will receive. Most content management systems (CSM) can automate this with templated CTA rows.
  • Streamline the conversion process. Automate lead dispersal so that franchises can contact prosects directly and in a timely manner.

Quick Wins for Franchisees

For franchise owners, it’s all about local outreach. Here are a few local franchise marketing tasks most in-house teams can handle in very little time to get major benefits:

  • Check your local listings. Google My Business and Yelp are just two places locals go to research their shopping, dining and service options. Add local listings management to your weekly to-do list. Keep your business hours updated, add new photos and respond to questions and reviews as part of your local listings strategy.
  • Share specials, deals and events with locals. Use GMB posts and social media to spread the word about what’s happening at your franchise location. New happy hour menu? Live music? Charity auction? Share it on social, and consider promoting or boosting the posts a little bit.
  • Stay in touch with past customers. In addition to maintaining a social media presence, consider creating a monthly email newsletter to keep locals up-to-date. It can be brief! Include helpful tips and information relevant to your industry, as well as updates specific to your business.
  • Experiment with hyper-local paid ads. Start with a small budget in Google Ads, and target audiences that closely match your ideal customer. See what works best, and build on those wins. Check out our paid media marketing tips to get started.

Choosing the Right Marketing Partners

Choosing an agency with franchise experience makes franchise marketing less stressful and more effective. The right agency will provide a flexible mix of services to support your organization. That’s why it’s important to go into the selection process with a clear understanding of your goals and needs.

Here are some questions to think about as you consider your options for a digital marketing partner:

  • Do your marketing needs fall on the national or local level? Or both?
  • Does your in-house development team need help maintaining your website(s)?
  • Are your paid media campaigns delivering the dollar-efficient results you want, or do they fall flat?
  • Is your franchise SEO strategy achieving good page rankings and organic traffic growth?
  • Are your system’s local listings a scattered mess?
  • Is your social media team too small to meet all its goals?

Energize Your Franchise Growth Strategy

Oneupweb loves the unique challenges and opportunities in franchise marketing. And with two decades of experience, we provide agile strategies and services to meet the needs of franchise organizations of any size. Visit our franchise marketing industry page to see some of our results.

Ready to slay the dragon? Call us at (231) 922-9977 or contact us online.

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