With more than 1,300 different franchise brands in Canada across
more than 50 industries, according to the Canadian Franchise
Association, finding the ideal fit for you may seem like a daunting
task. If you've already narrowed your list down by industry,
investment and other general requirements, it's time to take a look
at each franchisor's advertising and marking approach. Here's what
you need to know to get off to a solid start.
Know the brand and its reputation
You need to understand the franchise's reputation and brand.
Without that knowledge, you can't properly evaluate its advertising
and marketing strategies. Determine if the company's brand and
reputation are well-defined. Advertising is only believable if it
supports the brand and its promises. As a prospective franchisee,
you should know how your contributions to the advertisement fund
are being spent.
Keep the media mix in mind. Customers still listen to the radio and
watch TV, but digital and social media are now also essential in
any comprehensive media mix. The Toronto Sun reports that Canadians
spend around 36.3 hours browsing the web each month, so it's vital
that your franchisor devotes some time marketing there.
Ask questions and do some digging
The franchisors you're considering should willingly explain the
fundamentals of any regional or national marketing or ad fund
you're required to participate in. Ask for samples of past work,
from TV commercials and radio spots to direct mail or newspapers
ads. You can even search for ads yourself. Past work should give
you an idea of the quality of their ad and marketing work. You can
also request the table of contents of marketing support guides they
supply to franchisees to get a picture of their related training
If there is a marketing fund franchisees must contribute to, find
out what level of input and oversight franchisees have for ensuring
the money is spent in appropriate ways. These funds are usually
controlled by the franchisor when it comes to final decisions, but
the level of franchisee participation varies by brand. There is a
good chance you will want some say or control over how that money
Talk to franchisees
Current franchisees can give you a pretty solid indication of how
well the brand's ad and marketing campaigns work. Ask franchisees
about the quality of the programs and, if possible, what complaints
or concerns they have.