A Recipe for Sales Success

When we do audits of a franchisor’s sales efforts, one of the most difficult issues to address in identifying the source of a problem, is the inherent conflict between sales and marketing.

When a salesperson fails to produce the expected results, they will invariably point to marketing, and often vice versa.  In this Franchise Times article, iFranchise Group CEO Mark Siebert addresses the elephant usually in the room – the relationship between sales and marketing.

When deals aren’t happening, which direction should a franchisor look? The answer may surprise you. This article takes you through the different angles for checks and balances between the sales and marketing teams, as well as steps to evaluate the overall concept itself. And while marketing professionals sometimes are at odds with the sales team, the best franchisors will recognize that both concept and sales process must be a part of the overall marketing plan for everyone to succeed.

Too Few Cooks Making Your Broth?

In this Franchise Times article, iFranchise Group CEO Mark Siebert explains the pros and cons of working with franchise brokers as part of your overall marketing strategy. He tells you why brokers, or consultants as they like to call themselves, should never be a franchisor’s exclusive franchise marketing strategy, but adds that on the flipside they may provide an entirely new lead flow that will freshen up any marketing plan. It takes just the right mix of ingredients for a perfect recipe.

Franchise brokerage networks today, by some estimates, account for more than ten percent (10%) of franchise sales, depending on the industry or individual brand. A good marketing strategy is made up of many ingredients. With an overwhelming amount of franchising information online for candidates to make their way through, increasingly, brokers are being relied upon to help people navigate their way through the complex world of franchising.  The real question, however, is when are their too many cooks in the kitchen? Siebert takes you through the steps to “broaden the menu” as you take your concept to market.