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FranConnect’s Franchise Sales Index Report reveals critical insights for franchisors

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FranConnect’s Franchise Sales Index Report reveals critical insights for franchisors

85 per cent of the leads that resulted in deals were those that were contacted within the first four hours of their inquiry, demonstrating the power of “speed to the lead”, reveals the report

85 per cent of the leads that resulted in deals were those that were contacted within the first four hours of their inquiry, demonstrating the power of “speed to the lead”, reveals the report.

Franchise management software provider, FranConnect, has released its Franchise Sales Index Report for 2020.

Now in its fifth year, the report reveals critical best practices relevant for franchise operators looking to confront the economic reality of the pandemic.

This year’s edition of the report benchmarks anonymized and aggregated data from 597 franchise brands representing the nine vertical markets, consisting of personal services, QSR, table/full-service restaurants, lodging, retail food, retail products & services, real estate, business services, and commercial & residential services.

“This year’s report confirms that there was already a notable decline in franchise sales leads before the pandemic, the result of a then full-employment economy. And now, with unemployment rates having skyrocketed, there is going to be a rush by those impacted as they seek new opportunities and a sense of control in these turbulent times,” said Keith Gerson, president of franchise operations at FranConnect. “What the pandemic has accomplished is to reveal the cracks that already existed in many franchise sales programs and systems.”

The findings serve as a guidepost to improved sales effectiveness:

  • Total average lead volume per brand fell 12 per cent year-over-year, likely due to the effects of 2019’s full-employment economy; but some sectors fared better than others
  • The overall deal closure rate (lead-to-deal ratio) decreased by 10 per cent year-over-year, as franchise development teams struggled with stronger competition for a smaller overall pool of leads
  • Franchise portals generated the most leads, while ranking fourth in terms of closed deals
  • Referrals and brokers proved to be considerably more effective at helping to close deals, based on lead-to-sales conversion rates, relative to the prior year
  • 85 per cent of the leads that resulted in deals were those that were contacted within the first four hours of their inquiry, demonstrating the power of “speed to the lead”
  • Lead follow-up processes are not implemented sufficiently in most organizations, as nearly three-quarters of all leads failed to receive meaningful responses.

The full 69-page Franchise Sales Index Report is available for free download at franconnect.com/salesindex.

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