ZGrowth and Prospect Direct Team Up to Bring MADabolic to Houston
Prospect Direct Deal Announcement

MADabolic recently announced its newest signed agreement in Houston, Texas with owners Steve and Michelle Hatcher and their business partner Mike Dunn, who were introduced to MADabolic by Prospect Direct.

“MADabolic came to us in October of last year looking for a lead gen solution that could help ramp up their latest franchise expansion plan. They gave us their ideal candidate profile and we moved forward with the campaign,” said Alex Oswiecinski, CEO of Prospect Direct. “Since engaging with Prospect Direct, we have built a robust pipeline delivering top-notch candidates – such as the Hatchers – allowing them to engage in quality conversations, and of course, ink more deals. We look forward to continuing our partnership of delivering high-quality franchise candidates to further develop their brand in additional U.S. markets.”

Dunn and the Hatchers are planning to open five new MADabolic locations in the Houston-area over the next few years. With one MADabolic location currently open in Austin and one in development in San Antonio, the group’s first gym will be the third MADabolic location in the state.

“We’re grateful that the Prospect Direct team was able to connect us with such a dynamic group of prospects and look forward to welcoming them aboard as franchisees,” said Al Mendoza, executive vice president of ZGrowth. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Prospect Direct as they continue to enhance awareness of the MADabolic franchise opportunity by introducing the concept to their strong pipeline of franchise candidates.”

Prospect Direct CEO Set to Educate Franchising Professionals on Going Global

Orlando, Florida – Alex Oswiecinski, CEO and founder of Prospect Direct, is a confirmed speaker set to discuss the topic of franchising internationally at the International Franchising Association 2020 Conference in Orlando, Florida to be held Feb. 8-11 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Part of the International Summit Track and session titled, International Franchising 101, Oswiecinski will educate attendees on finding the right fit franchisees in international markets.  Oswiecinski is a 13+ year veteran in international franchise development with management roles at both TGI Friday’s and Which Wich.  At Which Wich, as VP of International Development, he helped expand to its first international markets, signing master franchisees and opening stores in 10 countries outside the U.S.

Oswiecinski will be joined by a panel including Mark Siebert, Franchise Consultant at iFranchise Group, and Larry Weinberg, Partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLC, who will expand on the international topic with insights on a brand’s readiness to go global and its legal considerations.  The panel is set to take the stage Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m.

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Franchise Lead Gen

Franchise lead development can be fruitful if done right.  The reality is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this practice, but it can always be bolstered if approached correctly.  There are several avenues franchisors can take to get there – but the best bet is to figure out what works best for the specific franchise.

Every strategy doesn’t work for every system – so it is important to identify the concept needs foremost.  Looking to create more volume?  Want lead quality over quantity?  Knowing what the end game is before beginning can help you determine the best route to get there.

Get in front of the right audience

The road to any successful franchise lead generation strategy first and foremost begins with finding that target audience.  Lots of money and time can be spent on advertising in a variety of different ways – but it won’t mean much if the recipients have no interest nor the capital to even engage in the ask.

Creating a franchise buyer persona is a great way to establish who you need to target.  By defining exactly what types of franchisees are successful for your concept, you can build the right approach down to the when, where and how to reach qualified candidates.

Create copy that converts

Once you know who to go after, you need a way to reel them in.  Research suggests franchise buyers invest in concepts based on these key elements:  good track record; product adaptability/flexibility; affordable entry costs and fees; and brand image.   These are the items you need to tell your story and engage the imagination of a potential franchisee.

Your content should be equal parts research, strategy, and storytelling.  The content must be tailored to the audience in which you are trying to reach while being both specific and relatable.  People want to attach themselves to a brand they believe in – so let your content do the talking.

Broaden lead sources

In the franchise lead gen world, you never want to put all your eggs into one basket.  It is very uncommon to find a franchise that finds success off just one medium. Sticking with one source can eventually lead to the well running dry, so it is imperative you find a variety of lead gen sources to work for you. Customers today are constantly evolving, and you need to make sure you are evolving along with them.

Overall, the key to effective franchise lead development requires an investment.  Having a nice mix of both time and resources allocated to this portion of your business will lead to a more diverse strategy, ultimately leading to more success.