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Build Your Franchise House on a Foundation of Rock, Not Sand

So you have taken the decision to franchise your business. What’s next? Once you take the decision to franchise, building a solid foundation is critical. You can’t build a franchise on a foundation of sand. And it’s not just about financing and legal matters. Also consider your new responsibilities as a knowledge provider: establishing processes, providing training and guidelines, and ensuring [...]

The Three C’S of Franchisee Relationship Fixing

What's your new year’s resolution? To improve the relationship with your franchisees? Not a bad idea. I’ve written previously that 50% of Franchise Master Licensees are not satisfied with ongoing support from the Franchisors and want help to perform better. There are a few low hanging fruits that you can pick immediately to help improve the relationship with your franchisees, while helping [...]

Is Your Franchisor Providing Online Support and Training?

In a recent post, I discussed what prospective franchisees look for in a franchise. With a score of 6.7 out of 10, “Franchise Training and support” ranked second only to “potential earnings” as the most important item considered by a franchisee when evaluating a franchise. So it’s surprising how many franchisors are making no promises to provide franchisees with any support or assistance [...]

Is Your Franchise Knowledge Powered and Enabled to Learn?

According to a recent study by Franchise Mind Corp., 50% of Franchise Master Licensees are not satisfied with ongoing support from the Franchisors and want help to perform better. Here are three critical findings:

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Digital Franchise Manual

Whether you are operating a franchise spa, tanning salon franchise, or a restaurant franchise, a properly written franchise manual will help you outperform competition. But having a digital franchise manual is not the same as slamming a PDF document on your intranet. A franchise manual is a living document that should be easy to read, and easy to apply in real life. In other words, everything a [...]

The importance of a Common View Across Your Franchise

A franchise that doesn't manage its brand will ultimately go out of business. But to manage your brand is more than creating powerful visual image. You also need to rely on your franchisees share your view. Let me clarify: nobody is better equipped to bring your brand to life, than your franchisees. Your job is to provide the right working environment for your brand to flourish. Unfortunately, [...]

3 Simple Steps to Move Franchise Consistency in the Right Direction

Consistency is the ultimate proof that your franchise is accomplishing what it’s set out to be. The bottom line is, that if your franchise is not able to provide the same customer experience, product and service across all of your locations, you are failing to live up to customer expectations. And once you have battled the price war, optimized your supply chain, and tweaked your business model [...]

3 Things Your Franchise Intranet Must Have For a More Consistent Customer Experience

Something is brewing across the franchise community: a heightened focus on compliance.

Study after study shows that providing a consistent customer experience from location to location, is the most critical component in building a successful franchise. Yet many start-ups fail to appear coordinated when going from single to multi-unit. How do you keep staff up to speed and informed in real time [...]

Chainformation to Equip Norway's Largest Tanning Franchise With Franchise Software

"Brun og Blid" Taps Chainformation for High Powered Franchise Intranet and Digital Operations Manuals

MALMO, SWEDEN--(May 14, 2013) - Chainformation, a leading provider of software for retail, franchise and chain businesses, today announced it will implement franchise software with Brun og Blid, the largest tanning franchise in Norway, currently with 136 locations.

Better Operations Manuals With WorkMap - Now Part of Our Offering!

Today we announced WorkMap for improved franchise compliance and operations manuals.  This is something I am really excited about and you will be hearing much more about over the coming months!