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How Does the Holiday Season Affect Interest in Franchising

It’s the middle of November, so that means that FranchiseHelp is continually getting one of my favorite inquiries: How do the holidays affect franchise lead gen?

I want to keep this short and sweet, so here’s my brief explanation…they don’t. And here’s my evidence.

Here’s a graph of what organic traffic looks like on FranchiseHelp from November 15th 2014 – January 4th 2015:

FranchiseHelp Organic Visits Holiday Season 2014

As you see, there is a slight dip in traffic on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, but it’s not that significant. December’s traffic is slightly lower (~15%), but it’s certainly too strong too strong to say that interest goes down in any meaningful way.

It’s possible that lead sources such as brokers take a dive around the holidays, but this is because you’re relying on another person to bring you franchisees. With a site like FranchiseHelp, the leads are coming to you!

Based on what we can tell, the drop in franchise interest around the holidays comes from franchises focusing their efforts on the next year rather than the market of potential franchisees actually being less interested.

My best email subject line this year (sort of)

It is nearly impossible to over-state the importance of an email's subject line. In my days as a franchise marketer, I've written well into the thousands of subject lines.

2016 United States of Franchising

In the past 12 months, over 5.4 million people have visited FranchiseHelp.com, the internet’s leading resource on becoming a franchisee. Given the sheer volume of Americans seeking information about franchising from us, we’re in a unique position to look at how this breaks down across the nation.

“Call Me” Has Turned to “Text Me” for Franchisees

Last July, FranchiseHelp started our first experiment using text messages as a means of communicating with potential franchisees.