Pick a Franchise to Guide You
Identify a Company: Find a brand that matches your same philosophy on how you want to do business. At the Situation Room we want to work with entrepreneurs who share a similar thought process to ours. We believe in quality over quantity. We also do not try to force anything as that behavior is a way to make mistakes and you should keep this approach when choosing who you do business with.
Online Presence: It’s ok to spy on a company that you are thinking about getting into business with. Taking a magnifying glass to the company’s online presence is very important and may provide you with extra knowledge you need to know.
Social Media: Look at the company’s facebook, Linked-in, Instagram, Twitter account. See if they promote the image you want for your company. Also, make sure there is frequent and constant updating on some of these profiles as it is important to be part of a company that is looking at the future and not stuck in the past. Remember all of their posts will either directly or indirectly funnel down to their franchisee or licensee.
When it comes to social media marketing and presence, not all companies use all platforms by design so they can focus on ones that affect their marketing goals. An example would be a business that does fashion will want to be on instagram because a picture speaks to their customers. However, a business which sells a service to other businesses will want to be on the linked-in platform and will not have the same use for instagram as the fashion company does. Sometimes finding out a company is considering this angle demonstrates marketing strength and a blanket social media presence could be a sign of weakness with a lack of forethought in their marketing (“Jack of all trades = master of none”). When this happens Jack falls down and then will break his crown.
Website & Search Engine Optimization (SEO): This is how people find a company when they go to a search engine like google. A very important practice I would suggest is to go to www.woorank.com (it’s free and very accurate) then put in the website of the company you are researching and their franchisee websites to evaluate what their website presence and marketing efforts are. You will see a score ranked 0-100 and the higher the number the better. As a rule of thumb, more than 70 is a good score for national ranking. This is important because it tells you what the company is using to convert online customers, increase presence for their locations, and how they implement technology into their business. You want a business that operates in 2020’s not in 2010’s. A good example is if their website has stock photos of model perfect professionals shaking hands across a board table (2010’s) or if their photos reflect their real staff, real customers, culture and personality. Google knows the difference between high quality websites that will display original photos and give the best results to the researcher. Google will reward originality with better SEO rankings. Ultimately, as you look to launch a business you want to make sure it will get off the ground the fastest way possible. This appearance of company online will tell you a lot about emotional connections their customers make with the brand as well. At Situation Room we believe making last and meaningful memories for our customers is exactly why we are in business.
Read the Company Blog: Like this one. A great way to get to know the personality and culture of the company. You can also use this as a metric to see where future growth may be heading toward. Look for posts about how they do things in their company and how they treat their employees as well.