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Important Franchise Development Takeaways from the 2017 International Franchise Association Convention

Perfect storm of positive growth elements creates both opportunities and barriers for franchise development 2017 is off to a roaring start and for the first time in over a decade, the future of franchising is bright. The election is over, the SBA lending gates are open, Americans are gradually becoming more educated about franchising and […]

Takeaways from the 2016 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference

Gradual growth, record demand and younger buyers force change in franchise development It’s hard to believe it is the 18th year of the Franchise Leadership & Development Conference (FLDC). From humble beginnings with fewer than fifty people, the event has grown to become one of the premier places for franchise recruitment professionals to learn about […]

What You Missed At the 2016 International Franchise Expo

Interest in franchise opportunities continues to rise and franchising is more diverse than ever before By Thomas Scott, CEO of Brand Journalists The International Franchise Expo is the largest franchise trade show event for potential franchise buyers in the world. This year’s attendance was one of the largest on record, and the event has seen […]

Important Franchise Sales Takeaways from the 2016 IFA Conference

Changing customer expectations and rapidly emerging technology creates both an opportunity for growth and a performance gap for franchise systems By Thomas Scott, CEO Brand Journalists 2015 was a great year for the franchising industry and in the early months of 2016, the next few years look like an even better time to be a part […]

How Documentary Video Can Drive Your Franchise Leads in 2016

Brand Journalists CEO and well known franchise lead generation expert Thomas Scott was recently interviewed for Social Geek Radio by Deb Evans, President Deb Evans Consulting, and Jack Monson, Global Head of Strategic Accounts, Manalto, about the compelling case for documentary style video used in franchise development. Here’s the transcript of the interview: Jack: Thomas tell […]

How Much Should I Invest to Start a Franchise Company?

Why some fail and  what can be done to help more new franchise systems succeed Talk to any number of franchise brands at the IFA Convention with fewer than 100 franchisees or locations, and a troubling theme will emerge: An alarming number of them have not been able to grow as they expected. Some have […]

Important Franchise Development Takeaways from the 2015 Franchise Leadership and Development Conference

The franchise buyer takes control – are you prepared to meet them where they are? By Thomas Scott Franchising is an unusual industry. For an industry that generates more than $25 billion a year in sales and has thousands of competing companies, it remains one of the most transparent. Attend any franchise conference, and you’ll find […]

Why Clint Eastwood’s RNC Speech Is a Model For Brand Journalism

People don't want perfect; they want real. Eastwood shot from the hip and sounded like any interesting person you might run across at the bus stop or corner bar during your day. That’s why his speech is the one people will remember more than any other this political season. People tune out anything they think is “crafted” or “scripted.” Eastwood was real, and real is what people crave...

What is Brand Journalism?

Today, the typical person no longer trusts a company at face value. It is human nature to hate being sold, so most people avoid salespeople like the plague. When we want or need a service, we look to sources we trust and ask others for their opinions. You might say we are in the age of the expert opinion, and the expert is just about anyone besides a company trying to sell us something! For com...

Brand Journalism: What’s Your Company’s Story?

As long as humans have been communicating we’ve used stories to relate to each other, make sense of the world around us, and help us make decisions as we go through life. Advancements in technology have us sharing greater amounts of information, and we’re finding ourselves making more decisions based on those stories.