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If you’ve given artificial intelligence (AI) tools a test run, you’ve probably quickly figured out that while this technology is incredible, it’s not quite ready to take over the world. Yet.

But the truth is, like all sectors of the industry, AI in digital marketing will continue to evolve and become more sophisticated. As AI technology continues to advance, the way search engines operate and how businesses optimize their online presence is changing. Search engine optimization (SEO) professionals will have to adapt, and luckily for them, there are already many ways to integrate AI tools into their digital marketing strategies.

Poised to revolutionize the future of SEO, AI is already making an impact. Businesses will benefit from having a more accurate, personalized, and efficient SEO strategy for their digital marketing campaigns. AI-powered tools, such as enhanced user experience and predictive SEO, offer various ways to process search results at a rate beyond human capability, thereby transforming the search landscape.

At IDS, we know our clients have a unique set of digital marketing needs, and we have years of experience helping our clients target their audiences through SEO.

Our team of SEO experts utilizes a variety of tools to implement robust franchise search engine optimization and create long-lasting, healthy rankings. We’re staying ahead of this ever-changing market to bring our clients the best strategies for their specific requirements.

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Integrating AI in SEO and Digital Marketing for Franchises

In an ever-changing digital landscape, the integration of AI in SEO is becoming increasingly important in digital marketing for franchises while shaping the future of search and online visibility. With the release of more AI tools, there are many new ways for SEO professionals to integrate AI technology into their campaigns.

Harnessing the benefits that come with using AI can help businesses stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive. As part of a franchise digital marketing campaign, SEO professionals can assist businesses in attracting more prospective candidates by delivering an engaging user experience and adapting their strategies with the power of AI.

Some of the ways AI is being used to enhance SEO strategies include:

Search Algorithms

Search engines rely on algorithms to crawl, index, and rank web pages for relevance and authority. By using AI-powered algorithms, users have the potential to improve processes and make search results more accurate, personalized, and efficient.

Google’s RankBrain uses AI integration in search algorithms to better understand user behaviors and provide more relevant search results. It’s expected that more search engines will adopt similar technologies as AI becomes more advanced.

Keyword Research and Content

Two crucial components of SEO are keyword research and content optimization, which help connect users to the information they’re searching for. SEO professionals can utilize AI to automate and improve tasks with keyword research to understand relationships between keywords, identify search trends, and predict user behavior.

In terms of optimization, AI-powered tools can assist with ensuring content is relevant and engaging by analyzing user behavior to determine the best-performing content and offer recommendations to improve it. AI is also capable of generating meta tags, headings, and other on-page elements for SEO success.

User Experience

Search engines prioritize websites that provide a seamless experience for their users, making user experience a critical component of SEO strategy. Through the use of AI, SEO professionals can analyze user behavior data, identify areas of improvement, and suggest personalized content to improve user experience.

Predictive SEO

Predictive SEO can help businesses anticipate changes and adapt their SEO strategies accordingly by forecasting future trends, user behavior, and search engine algorithm updates. Using predictive SEO can help businesses identify trending topics, create content that speaks to the target audience, detect potential algorithm updates, and adjust strategies.

Voice Search

As more users utilize virtual assistants to conduct searches, voice search queries are becoming an essential aspect of SEO strategy. By focusing on natural language processing and long-tail keywords, AI can help professionals analyze voice search queries, understand user intent, and provide insights to optimize voice search strategies.

Visual Search

Like voice search queries, visual search queries are increasing as they enable users to search for products and information by using images instead of text. In addition to optimizing images with relevant metadata, AI-powered image recognition technology can make it easier for search engines to analyze, understand, and index visual content to improve the chances of ranking in visual search results by identifying objects within images.

Comparing SEO Rankings of AI-Generated Content vs. Human-Produced Content

With more businesses adopting AI technology into their marketing campaigns, there’s been debate as to the level of impact these tools have on SEO strategies. As SEO professionals look to increase the use of AI tools in their on-site content campaigns, they need to research and test if this technology will help or hurt their marketing efforts.

In an interesting experiment, Reboot sought to answer the question: Will Google rank AI-generated content better or worse than content produced by human writers?

Over a three-month controlled SEO experiment, the company tested whether there were any differences in rankings between AI- and human-generated content. The team hypothesized that with a controlled environment, these two types of content would perform equally, as it’s unclear if AI-generated content would impact rankings.

The uncertainty element of this hypothesis comes from ambiguity within Google’s guidelines. While using AI tools to generate content isn’t against the guidelines, it’s unclear if Google can determine whether the content is written by a machine or a human.

With their hypothesis ready, the Reboot team planned their methodology to isolate other ranking factors as they tested their independent variable (in this case, isolating the use of AI-generated content). They began by selecting a test artificial keyword to remove the risk of introducing outside ranking factors, settling on “flemparooni.” Since the keyword was unknown to search engines before the experiment, it returned no content in Google’s index.

Then, the team drafted domain names that consisted of made-up words to remove domain-level ranking factors from impacting the experiment’s results. They researched each domain name to confirm there were no historic ranking signals, no previously published websites on any of the domains, and none with external backlinks. Once it was confirmed that none of the domains were known to search engines, the experiment was ready to begin.

Reboot then created content with set guidelines, ran the content through multiple online AI content detection tools, published the test websites, and tracked the rankings. The experiment was run with a total of 10 test domains: five that contained AI-generated content and five that contained human-produced content.

With no outside factors influencing the perceived quality of a given website, the team analyzed the rank-tracking data and found that the human-produced content ranked better than the AI-generated content.

While it’s unclear how Google was able to identify the AI-generated content and factor that into their rankings, new technology is bringing more considerations to search results and processes for SEO professionals.

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Human-Produced Content and The E-E-A-T Principle

As we consider the SEO implications of using human- versus AI-generated content, it’s also important to discuss that experiments like Reboot’s illustrate the efficacy of Google’s helpful content update. The update aims to reward more original, helpful, human-produced content in search results and ensure users see less content created primarily for search engine traffic.

In Google’s September 14, 2023, helpful content system update, several changes were made to Google’s site evaluations. These changes included factoring in subdomain content when evaluating the overall site helpfulness, a clearer focus on author expertise, and more possible designation for AI-generated content, dates, and whether content has been added or removed.

The goal of these updates is to make the user aware of all facets of the search results they’re being provided to get the most accurate information to answer their query. This all ties into Google’s larger updates in general, as the goal is to reward human-generated, truly helpful content.

To meet the new guidelines for helpful content update, to ensure your content reaches your target audience, and to rank higher in Google search results, businesses should consider improving their site’s E-E-A-T.

E-E-A-T stands for Experience, Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness. Since 2013, the acronym has served as a part of Google’s guidelines for search quality content, and until December 2022, the acronym, previously E-A-T, was missing the “Experience” element.

Here’s how Google Quality Raters evaluate your site for each of the components:

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How to Improve Your Site’s E-E-A-T

While it’s not a direct ranking factor, E-E-A-T is an important concept in SEO as Google aims to better serve results with these characteristics. Additionally, high E-E-A-T can improve user trust and lead to more conversions on your site.

If you’re looking to improve your site’s E-E-A-T, you won’t need to overhaul your entire SEO strategy; rather, here are some ideas you’ll want to consider:

1. Producing High-Quality, People-First Content

Having high-quality content that is original, helpful to users, and written by people, for people is the best place to start. Your site’s content should answer questions, provide advice, and leave the reader feeling they are equipped with the information they need. You can do this by auditing your content for relevancy and adding new content.

2. Providing Author Information and Transparency

To establish credibility across the E-E-A-T principle, you’ll want to provide transparency for your site. Since Quality Raters look to see if the writer is a legitimate source of information, you’ll want to have an About Us page as well as individual author pages for each specific writer.

3. Using Credible Sources

As a general rule, writers should always cite their sources, and linking to trusted sources can establish credibility. This can include official sources like studies, research papers, academic databases, news publications, and more.

4. Protecting Your Brand’s Reputation

Online reputation can impact your brand’s trustworthiness when it comes to content and your overall site. Reputation management is crucial for E-E-A-T, so be sure to respond promptly and professionally to negative reviews or press.

5. Monitoring User-Generated Content

User-generated content (UGC) is content that’s created by consumers or users instead of the company. UGC can signal trustworthiness and establish brand loyalty through images, video testimonials, product reviews, blog posts, and more.

Need Specialized Franchise SEO Strategies?

The experts at IDS can help you reach your digital marketing goals with specialized SEO strategies for franchise brands. Our variety of franchise search engine optimization services and other franchise marketing services can help you reap the benefits of AI in digital marketing and find the qualified leads you’ve been looking for.

To learn more about how IDS can help your business with a specialized digital marketing campaign, get in touch with a member of our team today!

At IDS, we stay current on industry trends, with every member of our team following the latest in their areas of expertise. We regularly host company-wide meetings so all departments can come together to discuss topics of interest relative to the prevailing zeitgeist.

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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in digital marketing has become a hot topic of discourse, generating informative and passionate discussions surrounding its usage and implications.

The Rise of AI

When ChatGPT was launched in November 2022, the large language model-based AI chatbot immediately caught the attention of the masses.

Within weeks, consumers began sharing their experiences with ChatGPT, with accounts spanning the spectrum of possibilities, from increasing productivity at work to generating health and wellness routines and everything in between. The sudden influx of AI-generated applications started reshaping how businesses operate, affording companies numerous financial and productivity benefits, while creating exciting discussions about how the technology could continue augmenting human work for the foreseeable future.

In the first few months of its existence, ChatGPT has shown us its value as a gateway to endless online information, offering users a platform for piloting new tools, creating content faster and more efficiently, providing a boost for coders, and even diagnosing a child’s chronic disease when doctors were otherwise stumped. The tool’s performance thus far is a testament to its incredible computing power.

The positive possibilities seemed endless, with ChatGPT regarded as an overnight success. That is until more users began sharing their experiences with the tool, and its widespread use started conversations that conveyed an increasing number of clearer and, quite frankly, scarier considerations. These concerns caused a wave of panic about how this new technology could impact labor displacement in virtually every industry, fuel a maelstrom of misinformation, and set the stage for cyberattacks and fraud. Now, seemingly, hardly a day goes by without someone expressing concerns about AI taking over the world.

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Common Questions We Are Asked About AI

In recent meetings at IDS, we’ve discussed how clients have been approaching our team members with questions about the use of AI, and we’re answering those queries in this blog, from the benefits of AI in digital marketing to why you don’t want 100 AI-generated blog posts.

What is artificial intelligence, and how does it work?

Artificial intelligence is a technology that utilizes computer science and datasets to perform functions normally associated with human intelligence. As Encyclopedia Britannica defines it:

“Artificial intelligence is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term is frequently applied to the project of developing systems endowed with the intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, or learn from past experience.”

AI tools like ChatGPT enable users to interact with the chatbot conversationally, with the interface generating content based on length, format, style, level of detail, and language prompts from the user.

ChatGPT is hardly alone as an AI chatbot. Since its release, several other generative artificial intelligence chatbot technologies have also been developed and released, each with unique functions, capabilities, and datasets.

How can AI benefit my franchise, business or organization?

AI offers a myriad of advantages to businesses, including the ability to make more accurate, data-driven decisions; provide efficiency, productivity, and profitability gains; improve services; increase the speed of business; fuel innovation and expansion efforts; create personalized customer services and experiences; enhance monitoring capabilities; reduce human errors; better manage talent; offer industry-specific improvements, and more.

Does your digital marketing agency use AI?

Yes! We believe in being transparent in our methods, and most of us interact with AI every day. Departments across the company use AI tools to better analyze our clients’ data and provide them with impactful and integrated strategies to improve their performance.

Here are some of the ways our team uses AI in the workplace:

But what about my content?

The content team employs a conservative approach in utilizing AI tools, as we believe that the best content is human-generated content. Through thorough research and testing, we’ve found processes that can be improved with AI and use it sparingly. We are big believers that humans are still very much integral to the process of creating engaging, accurate, and valuable content for your audience, so our agency never uses content that is 100% AI-generated.

How can we use this?

AI can be used to enhance employee productivity, time management, and task automation. The suitability of AI for your specific situation depends on several factors, like the type of content, quality and context requirements, and project goals. AI-generated content can be used in a variety of ways, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, or social media posts.

Here are some applications where AI-generated content excels: structured data and reports, natural language generation, translation, chatbots and virtual assistants, data analysis and insights, repetitive tasks, and multilingual content.

Why wouldn’t someone want to use AI?

While AI offers many potential benefits, it also comes with a unique set of challenges and concerns. Some reasons why someone might hesitate to use AI include privacy concerns, bias and fairness considerations, lack of transparency, job displacement, ethical concerns, technical limitations, cost and resource constraints, security risks, regulatory and legal issues, and resistance to change.

It’s important to note that these concerns don’t apply universally to all AI applications, as the appropriateness of using these tools depends on the specific use case. If you employ AI, you’ll need to address these concerns through responsible AI development and deployment practices. We have experienced instances where clients do not want AI-generated content published on their websites and we respect their decision.

Can’t you just generate 100 franchise marketing blog posts and add them to our site?

Well, yes – in theory – but also no. While AI-generated content can be a useful tool to augment your content strategy, it shouldn’t be the sole source of your blog posts. The best approach to adopting these tools is finding a balance that combines AI assistance with human creativity, expertise, and quality control.

Here are ten reasons why you don’t want 100 AI-generated blog posts:

  1. It’s not very nuanced. We know and understand our clients’ preferences better than computers do and craft content tailored to your specific audience. AI tools may only partially capture the nuances of certain topics, leading to shallow or incorrect interpretations. Human writers genuinely captivate readers by creating relatable content that speaks to their audience’s needs, concerns, and interests.
  2. It can damage your brand image and trust. Relying too heavily on AI-generated content can affect your brand’s image and trustworthiness if readers perceive your content as low-quality, impersonal, or robotic.
  3. It lacks creativity. AI-generated content is constrained by algorithms and data and often lacks the creative spark and unique perspective human writers bring to their work. AI tools may struggle to provide fresh perspectives, opinions, or creative insights on a topic, resulting in bland and repetitive content that fails to engage readers.
  4. There are issues with sources and inaccuracies. AI tools are not infallible and can produce inaccurate or information that is not current, whereas human writers can ensure the accuracy of their content by fact-checking and verifying information. Sourced information in AI can be outdated as tools may only have a knowledge base up to 2021, or may exclude sources altogether for statistical data.
  5. It can generate unoriginal content. Sometimes, AI tools can inadvertently replicate existing content on the internet, leading to issues with plagiarism and duplicate content. This can harm your website’s SEO and reputation.
  6. It can affect your SEO. With the Helpful Content Update, Google increasingly prioritizes and rewards high-quality, original, and authoritative content (more on that below). AI-generated content may not meet these criteria and potentially impact your website’s search engine ranking.
  7. There are ethical concerns to consider. Not everyone embraces AI-generated content, and using AI to create content without proper attribution or disclosure may raise ethical issues, as readers may not be aware that the content is machine-generated.
  8. It might not be current. AI tools might not always produce content that’s up-to-date or relevant to current events and trends. Human writers can adapt and respond to changing circumstances more effectively.
  9. It requires editing and polishing. AI-generated content can feel robotic and disengage the audience and, as a result, require significant editing and revision to meet quality standards. Human writers can provide content with a personal touch, a relatable human voice, and closer to the desired final product.
  10. It takes time. While the process of generating content with AI is relatively quick, the time you’ll spend reviewing 100 blogs defeats any efficiency and productivity benefits. Plus, realistically, who has the time?

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Can AI-generated content replace human writers entirely, or is there a need for human involvement in the content creation process?

AI cannot replace our writers, but, instead, can enhance their abilities and efforts. Combining AI-generated content with human insight and creativity can often yield the best results, striking a balance between efficiency and quality while maintaining ethical standards and authenticity.

As one IDS team member put it, “The key is to maintain a human touch. As long as we shape what AI produces into something meaningful for our audiences, these technologies can help us spread ideas and touch people's lives. AI may quicken the process, but human empathy, purpose, and compassion will always be irreplaceable ingredients in content that truly matters.”

With the ability to instantly generate ideas, we can create content and drive progress faster than ever before. AI is only as smart as you make it though; it’s important to develop very specific prompts when working with AI to ensure the most effective outcome.

Can you trust AI’s marketing tools?

Trust in AI tools is a complex and multifaceted issue that depends on various factors. It's important to critically evaluate AI tools based on their transparency, data, algorithms, ethical considerations, and the context in which they are being applied. Building trust in AI requires a multidisciplinary approach involving technology, ethics, regulation, and education. More and more articles note when an article is AI-generated and whether or not human editors have reviewed it. This bolsters transparency and can make your site more credible.

One important element to consider when publishing AI-generated content is that it is never truly yours and, therefore, cannot be copyrighted. Many organizations can’t use AI because they can’t be licensed or copyrighted with content that AI generates.

While AI can do much for our clients, it cannot produce what humans can. AI should support your digital advertising strategy, not be your entire strategy. At the end of the day, you want an expert team like IDS to help you understand the impact of AI on franchise digital marketing.

Are you interested in learning more about how IDS can help your franchise business navigate AI in digital marketing? Get in touch with a member of our team today!

Growth. It’s what every parent wants for their children, and what every franchise digital marketing agency wants for itself. Ten years ago, Integrated Digital Strategies (IDS) started as an idea on a shoestring, setting up shop in three rooms where a handful of hardworking people dedicated themselves to the digital marketing needs of a dozen clients.

Today, we’re a global team of nearly 100 fully remote experts who excel at what we do - writers, marketers, designers, and more - all of whom strive to meet the needs of the 70 brands we service every day. 

 Our growth, our commitment to our clients, and our belief in our team means we’ve earned some recognition over the years, and today, we’re exceptionally proud to announce that IDS has made the 2023 Inc. 5000 list, a nationally recognized compilation of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

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Making this roster required us to meet stringent criteria, including a minimum percentage of revenue growth between 2019 and 2022.

Our franchise marketing company has been committed to the needs of our clients from day one, and that dedication has allowed us to grow in impressive ways, as we fine-tune our franchise development marketing to help each client achieve their unique goals.

It Takes a Village

As proud as we are of the recognition our agency has received over the years, we know two things: It’s not a given, and it’s the result of the many, not the few. It’s no coincidence that the success IDS has enjoyed has come as our company has added more and more talented and dedicated individuals to our team, allowing us to achieve more for ourselves and our clients.

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We’ve invested in human resources because we know it’s an important part of who we are and how we grow. They say it takes a village, and at IDS, we know that better than most. 

As a full-service boutique digital marketing agency that specializes in franchise development, we help both big and small brands reach their full potential. To do that, we rely on a team made up of US members in Texas, Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, and Massachusetts, and international members in South Africa, Prague, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and the Philippines.

And while we might be scattered across the globe, we act as a single entity, working together to set standards, reach goals, and support not just our clients, but each other. 

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The Benefits of a Global Approach

Leading a global team is extremely rewarding and comes with important benefits we wouldn’t otherwise enjoy. We’ve learned to fine-tune communication and cooperation to accommodate something as basic as different time zones or as nuanced as language or cultural differences.

This kind of flexibility and responsiveness is something we’re able to offer our clients as well, as we strategize to help them grow their brands and adapt their digital marketing campaigns to meet their changing needs.

The fact is, the IDS team benefits from each member’s life experiences, skills, and perspective; it’s what has allowed us to develop better business strategies and solutions for ourselves and for our clients - and studies bear out that fact. The more diverse a company is in terms of gender, ethnicity, and culture, the better able it is to outperform businesses with a less inclusive approach.

International teams are far more likely to collaborate, and because members work in different time zones, they can tackle tasks around the clock for quicker turnaround times and increased productivity.

We believe - no, we know - the expert services we can provide our brands are a result of the breadth of experiences each member of the IDS team brings - knowledge they use to exceed our clients’ expectations every day.

A Suite of Services

The IDS team provides a robust suite of online marketing solutions for franchise and multi-location businesses, considering the needs of clients to find the best mix of products and services to help them grow. We can help your brand reach its best customers through the following: 

 We are ready to help you and your brand reach its fullest potential by exploring new avenues for growth. Reach out to IDS’ hardworking team today to find out what our franchise digital marketing agency can do for you!

In today's digital age, social media has emerged as a game-changer for businesses, including franchises. With billions of active users across various platforms, franchise social media marketing provides an incredible platform to engage with existing customers, attract new ones, and build a strong online community around your brand.

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However, navigating the world of social media marketing for franchises can be daunting, especially for owners who may lack experience in this realm. In this step-by-step guide, Integrated Digital Strategies (IDS) will walk you through harnessing the power of online communities for your franchise through effective social media marketing, by among other tactics, recommending social media posting tips for businesses like yours.

The Power of Social Media Marketing

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn have billions of active users. These platforms are not just about connecting with friends and family anymore; they have evolved into powerful marketing tools. As a business owner, you can reach a vast audience, engage with your customers, and even provide customer service through these platforms.

For franchises, this means an opportunity to get potential franchisees and customers on a global scale. Social media marketing for franchises provides unique advantages and opportunities for growth in the digital age, such as:

Establishing a Digital Advertising Presence

Creating a solid digital presence is one of the first steps in transforming your franchise business through social media marketing.

By building profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others you can create a dynamic online hub where you can interact with existing customers and attract new ones.

An active and consistent presence on social media enhances brand credibility and sets the foundation for future growth.

Engaging with Customers in Real Time

Unlike traditional marketing channels, social media facilitates real-time communication with customers. Franchise owners can promptly respond to inquiries, comments, and reviews, showing customers their voices are heard and valued.

Engaging with customers on social media humanizes the brand and builds trust, leading to loyal and satisfied customers who are more likely to advocate for your business.

Targeted Advertising for Maximum Impact

Social media platforms offer powerful advertising tools that allow franchisors to tailor their messages to specific demographics and geographic locations. This targeted approach ensures that marketing efforts reach the right audience, maximizing the impact of each campaign.

By utilizing look-alike audiences, franchises can take this precision targeting a step further, identifying and engaging with potential customers who exhibit similar characteristics and behaviors that mirror their existing customer base. For franchisors, a lead generation campaign can increase in value as you identify similarities in the quality leads coming in over time, providing further insights to improve the targeting.

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Fostering Brand Advocacy

Social media marketing can unleash the power of brand advocacy. Satisfied customers who have positive experiences with the franchise can share their stories on social media, generating organic word-of-mouth marketing.

User-generated content, such as photos, videos, and reviews, can significantly influence potential customers and create a sense of authenticity around the brand.

Leveraging Social Listening and Insights

Social media provides a treasure trove of data and insights about customer preferences, trends, and competitors. Franchises can use social listening tools to monitor conversations related to their brand and industry, gaining valuable feedback and sentiment analysis.

By analyzing this data, you can make informed decisions, improve your products and services, and tailor your marketing strategies for greater effectiveness.

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Expanding Market Reach

Franchise social media marketing breaks down geographical barriers and opens doors to new markets. Through engaging content and targeted advertising, franchises can reach potential customers beyond their local areas, paving the way for expansion and growth.

Social media's global reach allows franchises to explore international markets and take advantage of a broader customer base.

How IDS Can Help Franchise Brands Reach Their Digital Marketing Goals

At IDS, we play a crucial role in helping franchises establish a robust digital presence. We provide an array of services to help them achieve their digital marketing goals through:

Effective social media marketing strategies can be a game-changer for franchises seeking to dominate the digital landscape. Staying abreast of digital marketing trends and best practices, IDS equips franchises with innovative strategies and advanced techniques to stay competitive.

Our valuable franchise digital marketing techniques have the potential to be a transformative force, revolutionizing the way franchises connect with their audience and grow their businesses.

Digital domination is not just a concept but a tangible reality that can elevate franchises to stand out from the competition and achieve remarkable success in the digital era. So, seize the opportunity, embrace franchise social media marketing, and embark on a journey toward digital domination for your business.

By establishing a robust digital presence, engaging with customers in real-time, leveraging targeted advertising, fostering brand advocacy, and analyzing valuable insights, IDS can empower you to unlock the true potential of social media marketing!

With our expertise and data-driven approach, we will assist you in creating personalized strategies that resonate with your audience, building a loyal customer base, and driving business growth. Through our comprehensive services and continuous support, your franchise can take full advantage of the digital landscape and stay ahead in today's competitive market.

Contact IDS today and allow our team to partner with you in achieving social media marketing success, propelling your business to new heights of digital advertising domination!

In the highly competitive world of franchise advertising, marketing strategies are critical for success. Among these strategies, brand awareness has emerged as a potent tool. But is franchise brand awareness a marketing strategy? To answer this question, we must delve into what franchise brand awareness is and how it impacts businesses.

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What Is Brand Awareness?

Before we delve into the nuances of brand awareness in the context of digital marketing for franchises, let's define what it means. Brand awareness refers to the level of familiarity and recognition that a brand has among its target audience or the general public. It is a measure of how well consumers can identify and recall a particular brand and its associated products or services.

Brand awareness is an important marketing concept because it significantly influences consumer decisions and ultimately drives sales. Below are three areas of focus to consider when improving your overall brand awareness:

Brand Recognition

Brand recognition plays a significant role in consumer decision-making. Brand trust influences the consumer's purchasing decision, which helps establish life-long customers.

It’s a critical aspect of marketing and branding strategies as it refers to the ability of consumers to identify a particular brand based on visual or auditory cues, such as logos, jingles, colors, or taglines, even without the mention of the brand's name.

Not only does brand recognition play a pivotal role in the success of a franchise, but it also increases the value of the franchise by fostering consumer awareness and loyalty, which in turn increases demand across more locations.

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Brand Recall

This level represents the ability of consumers to retrieve a brand from memory when thinking about a specific product category. It reflects a higher level of brand awareness because consumers can remember the brand even without visual cues.

Brand recall plays a crucial role in the success of a franchise. It’s one of a franchise's most significant advantages and is intrinsically linked to brand awareness and recognition. An already-established franchise benefits from a customer base that recognizes and prefers the franchise. This brand recognition, coupled with strong brand recall, leads to an increase in value for the franchise.

Top-of-Mind Awareness

This is the highest level of brand awareness, where a brand is the first that comes to mind when consumers think about a particular product or service category. Achieving top-of-mind awareness is valuable for brands because it increases consumers' likelihood of choosing that brand over competitors.

Building and maintaining brand awareness is crucial for companies because it creates a foundation for brand loyalty, trust, and preference. Effective marketing strategies, such as advertising campaigns, public relations efforts, social media, sponsorships, and other promotional activities, enhance brand awareness and ensure the brand remains visible and memorable to the target audience.

Understanding Franchise Brand Awareness

Brand awareness in the franchise industry is crucial for both the franchisor and the franchisee, as it refers to consumers' recognition and familiarity with a specific franchise. When a logo, slogan, or product is instantly identifiable with that franchise's brand name, it triggers instantaneous recognition among consumers. This key advantage, however, takes time to establish and results from years of consistent branding and marketing.

Brand awareness has a profound impact on both franchisors and franchisees, as it not only attracts potential partners and drives business growth but also provides a competitive edge by associating with a trusted and recognized brand, leading to enhanced customer loyalty and preference.

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Franchise brand awareness can be nurtured through effective marketing strategies, cooperative advertising efforts, consistent brand messaging, and providing a positive customer experience across all franchise locations. By understanding and actively working to improve franchise brand awareness, franchisors, and franchisees can maximize their potential for success in the marketplace.

The Role of Franchise Brand Awareness in Marketing

Brand awareness has a profound impact on both franchisors and franchisees, as it not only drives business growth by attracting potential partners but also provides a competitive edge for franchisees by creating an association with a trusted and recognized brand, leading to enhanced customer loyalty and preference.

Here are some key ways in which brand awareness impacts the success of franchise marketing:

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Franchise Marketing Strategies for Enhancing Brand Awareness

By harnessing the power of brand awareness, franchise businesses can adopt a variety of strategies, such as:

Consistent Branding

Maintaining a consistent brand image across all franchise locations is crucial. This includes consistent visual identity, messaging, and customer experience. Uniformity helps reinforce brand recognition and ensures customers have a cohesive experience, regardless of the franchise location they visit.

Advertising Campaigns

Franchise-driven advertising campaigns play a pivotal role in building brand awareness. Investing in targeted marketing initiatives, such as television, radio, print, digital advertising, and outdoor signage, can increase brand exposure and reach a broader audience.

Public and Media Relations

Leveraging public relations activities can enhance brand awareness. Engaging with media outlets, crafting press releases, and securing media coverage can increase brand visibility and generate positive publicity.

Social Media and Online Presence

Establishing a strong online presence is vital in today's digital landscape. Maintaining active and engaging social media profiles, creating informative content, and fostering online communities can significantly boost brand awareness among online audiences.

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Cooperative Advertising

Franchisors and franchise owners can collaborate on cooperative advertising efforts. Pooling resources and combining advertising efforts can increase brand exposure and generate mutual benefits for all franchise locations.

Implementing Franchise Brand Awareness as a Marketing Strategy

Building brand awareness takes time and consistent effort. You can strengthen your brand through:

So, is franchise brand awareness a marketing strategy? In essence, YES! It's a long-term strategy that requires consistent effort and investment, but the rewards can be substantial. Integrated Digital Strategies (IDS) can play a pivotal role in this process, providing expertise and support to effectively build and maintain your brand awareness, ultimately driving customer loyalty and business growth.

As a premier agency that offers comprehensive digital marketing services. Our integrated approach ensures alignment between marketing channels, increasing leads and conversions. These services are designed to attract highly qualified franchisees and maximize the digital marketing strategies of franchise brands.

Here's an overview of some of their key services:

Are you ready to leverage your brand awareness in franchise advertising? Contact the IDS team today to learn more about our services and how we can help your business grow!

In today's competitive business landscape, effective marketing strategies are vital for the success of any franchise. One powerful tool recently gaining significant traction is franchise PPC (Pay-Per-Click) marketing. By utilizing PPC campaigns, franchises can effectively reach their target audience and acquire tangible results.

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This article explores the strengths of PPC marketing for franchises and how it can benefit businesses operating under the franchise model.

What Is Franchise PPC Advertising?

PPC is an online advertising model where franchisors pay a fee each time their ad is clicked. This model allows businesses to display their ads prominently on search engine result pages or various online platforms, reaching potential franchisees actively searching for related franchise opportunities.

By understanding and harnessing the following strengths, franchise businesses can gain a competitive edge in their respective markets, connect with their target franchisees more effectively, and achieve sustainable growth.


Traditional advertising methods often require significant upfront investments, making it challenging for franchises with limited marketing budgets to compete effectively. However, PPC marketing provides a more affordable alternative with multiple cost-saving benefits, including the following:

Targeted Advertising

PPC marketing excels in providing targeted advertising capabilities, allowing franchisors to reach their desired audience with precision. This strength is particularly valuable for franchises that operate in specific locations and rely on local marketing to drive engagement. Here's how PPC marketing for franchises enables targeted advertising:

Flexibility and Control

PPC marketing offers franchisors unparalleled flexibility and control over their advertising campaigns. This strength allows them to adapt their strategies in real-time, make data-driven optimizations, and maintain a strong presence in the digital advertising landscape.

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Measurable Results and Analytics

PPC marketing offers measurable results and robust analytics, providing franchisors with valuable insights to make informed decisions and optimize advertising campaigns. This strength allows franchises to track and analyze key metrics, measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts, and refine their strategies for maximum impact.

Brand Consistency and Compliance

Maintaining brand consistency and ensuring compliance across multiple franchise locations can be challenging. However, PPC marketing offers effective solutions to address these concerns.

Competitive Advantage

Before launching any PPC campaign, it’s essential to ensure that you have conducted a paid search competitor analysis. After this, you can leverage the strengths of PPC marketing and outperform your competitors in search engine results, enhance prospective franchisee engagement, and gain an edge in your respective market.

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Turn to IDS as Your Franchise Marketing Company

To fully harness the potential of PPC advertising, it is crucial for franchisors to partner with a reliable and experienced franchise marketing company. Integrated Digital Strategies (IDS) is an exemplary choice for franchise businesses seeking a comprehensive digital marketing solution.

IDS specializes in franchise development marketing, offering services including PPC advertising, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, and more. Our expertise in franchise marketing ensures that each PPC campaign aligns with franchise businesses' unique needs and objectives.

Ready to partner with IDS? Contact us today or sign up for a complimentary digital marketing audit!

Marketing is an ever-evolving industry due to its close connection to the technology and business sectors. As more consumers become increasingly digitally savvy, businesses should embrace innovation to stay ahead of the competition. This is especially true for franchise digital marketing as franchisors seek to expand their brand awareness and reach more qualified franchisee leads.

The future of digital marketing is on a more dynamic, personalized, and engaging path, with rapid technological advancements creating more opportunities for businesses to connect with their target audiences in new ways.

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At Integrated Digital Strategies (IDS), we work closely with franchisors to help them leverage emerging technology using custom marketing solutions. Our mission is to develop comprehensive franchise marketing strategies so franchisors can adapt their marketing approaches and better meet customers’ needs and preferences, thus building stronger customer relationships, increasing brand loyalty, and driving sales.

So what are some of the trends that are driving innovation when it comes to modern franchising and digital marketing? Let’s take a look.

Digital Platforms Are on the Rise

One trend leading to marketing innovation is the increased use of digital platforms. Digital platforms can bring new ideas to business development, improve the customer journey, and save users time and money. Having a website as your sole digital platform won’t cut it in today’s digital world.

These platforms comprise software and technology that companies can use to connect with other users, streamline operations, unify IT systems, and engage with customers. Some of the more popular platforms are Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, but many more exist. Platforms can become a powerful resource for companies to enhance their customer experience.

Digital platforms facilitate communication between suppliers and consumers, as well as activities between businesses and customers.

As part of a comprehensive marketing strategy, digital platforms can complement a company’s business model and enhance the user experience by connecting organizations with business-to-business (B2B) clients and exchanging goods, services, information, and more.

Utilizing a digital platform allows businesses to have a sort of “all-in-one” experience. Platforms like Facebook, for example, also allow businesses to serve advertisements and sell directly on their site, thus incorporating many tools into one platform.

Each tool, such as Marketplace and Facebook Ads, can be managed separately so users can take advantage of the autonomy. If one tool is problematic, odds are the other tools you are utilizing will still work, so your sales process won’t be completely disrupted.

Digital platforms can also help reduce costs - a plus for all business owners. Once the platform is set up, businesses can shorten their processes without spending much time implementing each tool. With simple maintenance and upgrades, digital platforms provide businesses with an effective and efficient approach to reaching and engaging their target audiences.

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The goal of utilizing digital platforms is to build stronger relationships with customers while driving more sales. There is a wide range of digital platforms businesses can use to employ compelling marketing campaigns, including the following:

Advertising Platforms

Advertising platforms can include search engines (like Google), video hosting sites (like YouTube), and knowledge-sharing resources (like LinkedIn’s Lynda, Yelp, or Quora).

Social Media Sharing Platforms

Social platforms include sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Subscription-Based Platforms

Subscription-based platforms include premium versions of social media platforms and services like Spotify and Netflix.

Service-Based/e-Commerce Platforms

eCommerce platforms include eBay, Amazon, Google Play, Apple Store, and Uber.

Omnichannel Platforms

Omnichannel platforms can provide a seamless customer experience across multiple channels (like online, in-store, or mobile).

Authentic Long-Form Content Remains King

A trend that’s expected to continue thanks to developments like Google’s Helpful Content Update is a shift in focus toward long-form, educational content. The goal is to inform users rather than sell to them.

Authentic content thoroughly answers questions prospects have, guiding them to the right solution for their unique situation. This can help businesses build brand awareness and customer loyalty by establishing trust.

Still, Short-Form Video Content Is Increasingly Popular

While producing long-form content is a great strategy for some companies, another option to consider is short-form video content. As TikTok and Instagram Reels continue to see a spike in popularity, users can choose these platforms to post short snippets of entertaining or informative video content.

This type of content can help brands speak to their audiences quickly and effectively, getting their message across in a matter of seconds. Additionally, with easily sharable short-form video content, businesses can go viral, reaching an even wider audience than by using other forms of media.

Increased Adoption of Chatbots and AI

Chatbots, or tools that can answer customers’ basic questions no matter the time of day, are becoming increasingly accessible for businesses of all sizes, allowing them to focus on their core tasks.

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are also becoming more widely available, with more businesses utilizing programs like ChatGPT to generate marketing copy or connect with customers.

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Businesses can save time and resources by utilizing chatbots and AI tools. AI tools can help businesses with data analysis and automation, so they can make more informed, data-driven decisions to ensure their campaigns are targeting their audience appropriately and schedule repetitive tasks so they can stay focused on more high-level strategic work.

While AI in digital marketing can certainly help with generating content and providing valuable insights into your audience's behaviors, it’s important to remember that these programs can’t replace human expertise.

Voice Search Is Coming into Focus

One way to make your business stand out from the competition is by seriously considering the impact of voice search. As mobile devices and voice services like Microsoft Cortana and Google Assistant are gaining traction, there’s an increased chance customers will find your brand via voice search.

Deeper Insights with Data Analytics

Data analytics is a priority when it comes to your digital marketing campaigns. As the basis for digital platforms, data can help companies improve customer experience by fostering better decision-making, business management, insights, and automation.

Marketers can utilize the data they collect to improve marketing campaigns, ensuring their advertising and franchise marketing efforts are reaching the right audience.

Customized Content Is Necessary to Reach New Customers

With customers becoming increasingly accustomed to personalized experiences, a need now exists for businesses to create highly targeted campaigns that are tailored to their customers’ needs and interests.

By analyzing your content and analyzing customer data to gain insights into behaviors and preferences, businesses can leverage the data to provide a more personalized and relevant experience. Customers are more likely to engage with content that resonates with them, which can also help drive conversions.

Increasing Privacy with a Cookieless Future

While data analytics is more important than ever, there are also growing customer privacy concerns. Google is working to balance the needs of users, advertisers, and publishers in developing a cookieless tracking system, which is expected to roll out in 2024.

In this same vein, Google is releasing Google Analytics 4 (GA4) to replace Universal Analytics. Yes, it is happening, and analytics will still be available until July 2024. GA4 is designed for the future of data measurement, including the following:

GA4 will include a new metric: engagement rate. Engagement rate is the percentage of engaged sessions, or the number of sessions that lasted longer than 10 seconds, had a conversion event, or had at least two page views/screen views. This metric is more useful than Universal Analytic’s bounce rate metric, as it measures the behaviors of users who may have viewed a single page and left without taking further action.

Social Media Continues to Thrive

Social media platforms are one of the most important channels for digital marketing, as their audiences continue to grow each year. Like all other aspects of marketing, social media for businesses is continuing to evolve, pushing the need for brands to adapt to remain relevant to their audience and keep engagement high.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are Critical

As more companies adopt diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) policies for their internal practices, users are driving the critical need for more marketing campaigns and advertisements that reflect the diversity of the world around them. Younger generations are emphasizing the importance of racial and gender diversity in marketing while expecting brands to get involved in social equity conversations.

The Bottom Line to Get Maximum Results

At the end of the day, while trends can influence franchise marketing in the short term, that doesn’t mean you need to revamp your marketing campaigns immediately. The rapid advancement of technology shouldn’t entirely replace tried-and-true traditional marketing methods, but it should more or less encourage marketers to evolve these methods to fit the times.

The core concept of marketing is how your business connects with customers. You’ll want to consider all aspects of your business when determining which technology will be best for your company. The experts at IDS can help you develop a customized plan that considers your business's needs and your customers' desires.

Are you interested in learning more about how IDS can help design a marketing plan for your business with franchise digital marketing? Get in touch with a member of our franchise marketing company team today!

In today's digital age, businesses face the challenge of effectively reaching their target audience, which is even more complex for franchises with multiple locations.

Enter geographic segmentation, and include this concept into your franchise SEO marketing strategies to capture enormous growth.

How you may ask?

Well, this concept allows businesses to customize their marketing efforts to specific regions and connect with the right audience to achieve meaningful results. In this blog post, we explore how to do just that!

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Boosting Your Local Visibility

Franchise SEO marketing is crucial in any inbound marketing strategy. It involves optimizing your franchise website and online assets to improve local visibility in search engine results.

Targeting specific keywords and location modifiers can increase your online presence when potential customers search for products or services in their respective areas. This effective strategy can lead to more organic traffic, higher SEO rankings, and enhanced brand visibility, ultimately driving more targeted leads.

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Engage Prospects At All Stages

Effective lead nurturing involves building relationships with potential customers at every journey stage. Geographic segmentation is instrumental in tailoring efforts to capture the specific needs and preferences of individuals in different regions.

By analyzing data and understanding the characteristics of leads from various locations, franchises can create personalized content and targeted marketing campaigns to nurture these leads effectively.

This approach enhances engagement, builds trust, and increases the possibility of converting leads into loyal customers.

Measuring Success at a Regional Level

Monitoring franchise key performance indicators or franchise KPIs can provide valuable insights into the success of marketing efforts' implemented at the franchise brand overall.

Tracking specific franchise KPIs for geographic segmentation, such as local website traffic, conversion rates, and regional customer acquisition costs, can help franchises identify areas for improvement and allocate resources effectively to maximize their return on investment (ROI).

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Effective Advertising for Local Targeting

Franchise search engine marketing or franchise SEM involves paid advertising campaigns that target specific geographic areas.

Platforms like Google Ads can help franchises create highly targeted ads that appear to potential customers within a specific region. It reaches a qualified audience actively searching for products or services in the local area.

By precisely selecting keywords, creating compelling ad copy, and optimizing landing pages, you can drive quality traffic to your websites and increase your chances of generating leads and conversions on a regional level.

Aligning Marketing with Local Context

It is vital to align marketing efforts with the local context of each franchise location when implementing inbound marketing strategies.

Understanding the unique characteristics, demographics, and preferences of the target audience in different regions and tailoring messaging, offers, and promotions can establish a deeper connection with customers, enhance loyalty, and drive growth in chosen areas.


You know how important it is to reach your target audience meaningfully. But what about doing it on a localized level?

By dividing markets based on location, you can tailor your marketing efforts to specific regions, unleashing a whole world of opportunities for engagement, improved brand visibility, and, ultimately, better business outcomes.

Ready to unlock the power of precision in your franchise marketing? Contact Integrated Digital Strategies to discover how IDS can help you drive targeted growth through effective inbound marketing strategies for geographic segmentation.

In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 chicken franchise concepts for 2023 that drive the growth of this dynamic industry and provide insights into the important factors to consider when evaluating chicken franchise opportunities and investment opportunities.

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Food trends may come and go, but one contender has stood the test of time while continuing to ruffle feathers with its versatility and palatable charm: the ever-humble chicken.

From fried chicken sandwiches to wings and tenders, the growing demand for poultry has sparked a wave of new chicken franchise concepts and restaurant opportunities for entrepreneurs to capitalize on the most-consumed protein in the country.

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

The increase in demand for chicken is nothing new; beef has been steadily declining in consumer demand due to research linking red meat consumption with increased risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. The past few years have seen the rise of plant-based alternative meat products – mostly targeting beef analogs – in an effort to reduce red meat consumption.

When the National Chicken Council began recording per capita chicken consumption in 1960, Americans were eating an average of 28 pounds of chicken and 63 pounds of beef annually. Over the years, chicken per capita consumption has continually increased while beef consumption has steadily decreased.

In its early estimates for 2023, the Council predicts consumers will eat nearly 102 pounds of chicken and 57 pounds of beef per person.

With carnivorous consumers hungry for something deliciously different, chicken has stepped up to the plate and flown the coop. For franchisors, that’s nothing to balk at – they, too, can leverage the increase in chicken consumption to delight their customers with fresh takes on nostalgic favorites, new international concepts, and enhanced flavor capability via sauces.

Chicken, it seems, has scratched its way through the pecking order to rule the roost.

A Chicken in Every Pot

The food service industry is among the strongest in terms of economic output: forecast to reach $997 billion in sales in 2023, the market presents an abundant opportunity. With pandemic restrictions lifted, consumers are returning to the restaurant experience, as evidenced by 84% of respondents that stated that going out is a better use of their time than cooking and cleaning up.

In turn, the chicken franchise scene has seen remarkable growth. As part of the behemoth food service industry, the market for fast-food chicken franchises in the US is a chicken in every pot with an estimated value of $55.6 billion. The market has seen a growth rate of 1.1% over the past year alone, following an 8.4% uptick in growth over the past five years.

Chicken-focused franchise concepts are more popular than ever, creating an overnight sensation in demand and offerings. Over the past five years, more than 40 new fast-food chicken concepts have entered the franchising market, paving the way for new brands to compete for market share as part of this powerful trend.

Something to Squawk About

The demand for chicken is driving menu item innovations as brands continue to compete in this growing market. Chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, and chicken nuggets are among the most popular items, and franchise concepts are responding to the demand with high-quality food, innovative flavor options, and sharp operations.

While it was once the battle of burgers, we are now in the age of the battle of the chicken sandwich. Long-established and beloved brands are debuting new menu offerings left and right, while a new wave of franchise operators is embracing other trends like international flavors, healthier meal options, eco-friendly items, and dishes tailored to takeout to augment their chicken concepts.

With nearly every chicken franchise system featuring a fried chicken sandwich as a menu centerpiece, it really just boils down to offering a quality chicken sandwich with a flavor-filled sauce. Consumers care more about the main dish than the sides, and rightfully so. Franchisors can satiate growing consumer demand with flavor variety, international perspectives, and imaginative takes on nostalgic classics.

Feather Your (Franchising) Nest

For chicken concept franchisors, now is the time to make a full offering in the segment. As consumer demand for chicken continues to increase, franchise systems can take advantage of high demand by adding more chicken offerings while embracing lower food costs.

Coincidentally, as poultry supplies have improved, prices for chicken breasts, thighs, and wings have decreased, bringing relief to chicken franchisors. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the price for chicken breasts has seen a 70% reduction since its peak in the US, a key factor in driving more concepts to step up their chicken offerings while taking advantage of more attractive margins.

What’s more, savvy operators and franchisors are embracing the new normal as temporary fixes developed during the pandemic have firmly taken root with consumers. By offering expanded delivery services, providing outdoor dining options, and investing in contemporary technology, operators can cater to more consumers while boosting their bottom lines.

Additionally, operators have harnessed other aspects of the new normal to entice customers. This is accomplished by presenting engaging offerings at all hours, creating more value deals, offering flexible pricing, developing multi-course meal bundles, and more.

For prospective franchisees looking to get in on the growing craze, don’t be a chicken: this is a great opportunity to break into a booming industry and embrace a trend with staying power and solid return on investment. In short, the industry is booming and isn’t showing signs of slowing anytime soon. Consumer demand will continue to increase as franchise systems expand.

Top 10 Chicken Franchise Opportunities

At IDS, we provide integrated marketing solutions and strategies for a wide range of franchise concepts. While we don’t put all our eggs in one basket, we’ve established long-standing relationships with quite a few chicken franchisors, helping drive chicken franchise growth.

Let’s take a look at some of the top chicken franchise opportunities for entrepreneurs to consider investing in for 2023:

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Founded in 1972, Popeyes has built one of the most successful quick-service restaurant (QSR) franchises upon rich Cajun and Creole flavors. Unmistakably Louisiana-inspired, the brand embraces its history and culinary traditions while distinguishing itself with an authentic and unique New Orleans-style menu featuring spicy chicken, chicken tenders, and other regional items.

Popeyes offers a strong franchise opportunity complete with broad reach and decades of experience. The brand provides top-notch franchisee support in all sectors, including marketing, food, and customer services, in addition to instant brand name recognition, increased visibility, and customer interest.

To open a new restaurant with Popeyes, investors can estimate spending $383,500 to $3,545,800 for the initial investment.

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Focused almost exclusively on high-quality buffalo-style chicken wings, Wingstop has positioned itself as The Wing Experts by putting flavor first. Opening its doors in 1994, the brand quickly became a fan favorite thanks to its proprietary recipes, outstanding food, and superior customer service. The brand began offering franchises in 1997, becoming one of the fastest-growing concepts in the country.

Wingstop offers excellent corporate support, plentiful training and educational resources, a relatively low cost, territory protections, low staffing requirements, and more as part of its franchise opportunity. Franchisees enjoy site selection, lease cost negotiation, grand opening, and ongoing support, as well as marketing assistance.

The brand offers two different franchising options: single-unit and multi-unit. For either option, investors can estimate spending $315,310 to $948,080 on their initial investment.

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Golden Chick

Originating in central Texas in the late 1960s, Golden Chick has become a leading quick-service chicken restaurant. With over 50 years of franchising experience and success, the brand prides itself on wholesome and satisfying heritage menu items as the originator of Golden Tenders® while remaining mindful of the potential that the latest dining trends can hold.

Aside from its longevity, highly recognizable brand name, and beloved menu, Golden Chick offers a franchise opportunity with a business model that provides many advantages to owners, including competitive start-up costs, superb ground-up or conversion construction design, strong marketing, and advertising support programs.

The brand enables franchisees to choose from three unique concepts, allowing them to develop a restaurant that best suits the needs of their community while staying on budget. For freestanding, ground-up locations, investors can estimate spending $895,890 to $1,414,500 on their initial investment. For a freestanding conversion location, the initial investment range is between $438,450 and $957,500 and for prototypical end-cap restaurant locations, the estimated franchise cost is $470,450 to $946,400.

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Church’s Texas Chicken

As the brand surpasses 70 years of operation, it’s no surprise that Church’s Texas Chicken has become one of the largest quick-service chicken chains in the world. Starting in 1952 across the street from the Alamo, Church’s firmly cemented its original Texas roots with bold, hand-crafted flavor, and they don’t plan on changing that any time soon.

Church’s franchise opportunity presents investors with integrated support at every stage. The franchise system business model incorporates operations, marketing, and technology support to help franchisees see maximum return on investment. The brand’s team of industry experts provides franchisees with valuable tools and resources, including national media marketing, a domestic online delivery system, accelerated communication via streamlined tech, and more, all designed to keep guests happy and coming back for more.

The brand offers several franchise concepts to invest in. For a freestanding Blaze 1700, the initial investment ranges from $1,296,225 to $1,464,335. For the freestanding Blaze 1400, investors can estimate spending between $1,192,202 and $1,406,509. And for an end cap unit, the estimated franchise cost range is $676,500 to $1,016,300.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

No other brand is as synonymous with fried chicken as Kentucky Fried Chicken. The world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain was founded in 1930 and has been franchising since 1952. Pioneered by the “Colonel” Harland Sanders, the brand’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices has dominated the QSR industry, selling sixty million buckets of chicken annually in the US alone.

With nearly 75 years of franchise history, it’s hard to find a franchisor with more experience than KFC. The brand prides itself on its classic comfort food and commitment to value and serving local communities. It’s a brand that continues to innovate by adding new menu items like chicken sandwiches, tenders, and fries.

KFC’s franchise opportunity offers industry-leading incentives for new development, flexible asset formats and designs, digital ordering capabilities, award-winning marketing, and strong unit economics, offering several restaurant formats, including traditional, non-traditional, and in-line restaurants. For new-build, ground-up construction, investors can estimate a $1,442,600 to $2,771,550 initial investment, with a re-open or remodel estimated between $1,008,600 and $2,221,500.

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Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens maintains a simple mission: make the best hand-breaded chicken tenders using only 100% all-natural premium tenderloins and the freshest ingredients. Founded in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 2003, the brand offers chicken tenders, wings, and wraps cooked to order and served with house dipping sauces.

Slim Chickens is known for being more than a quick meal, combining craveable food, a cool vibe, and an extra touch of Southern hospitality as the company’s culture. The brand offers excellent branding, strong unit economics, and a passionate executive team to position franchisees for success.

Slim Chickens provides best-in-class support with site selection, design, construction, training, marketing, operations, real estate, and financing/accounting.

To open a new restaurant with Slim Chickens, investors can estimate spending $1,307,000 to $4,052,000 for the initial investment.

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Beyond its unique name, Bojangles stands out by existing simultaneously across three popular categories: quick service, chicken, and breakfast. For more than 45 years, the brand has offered Southern know-how when it comes to best-in-class fried chicken and putting franchisees on the right path. Their efficient business model utilizes convenience and quality to entice guests to keep coming back and help franchisees capitalize on growing industry demand.

As part of their franchise model, franchisees enjoy strong performance through all three primary dayparts; off-premises dining to maximize sales, labor, and workflow; and high-quality food with authentic flavor. One of the brand’s unique value propositions is having built a reputation for quality by using in-house recipes and fresh ingredients with no compromises, shortcuts, or microwaves. This includes made-from-scratch biscuits baked every 20 minutes and their hallmark Legendary Iced Tea®.

Bojangles offers two franchise concepts for franchisees to choose from: Express and Traditional. The estimated initial investment for Express locations ranges from $895,890 to $1,414,500, and for Traditional, $1,060,400 to $3,020,750.

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Since 1990, Zaxby’s has been serving made-to-order chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, and salads with Southern hospitality and a modern twist. The brand has since become beloved for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings, and legendary Zax Sauce.

Zaxby’s combines great food, a comfortable vibe, and fun people that care about each other, which translates into customer loyalty. The brand provides franchisees with marketing support, location development assistance, menu expansion, a robust initial training program, and ongoing business coaching.

To open a new restaurant with Zaxby’s, investors can estimate spending $501,700 to $950,200 for the initial investment. All of Zaxby’s locations are full-service restaurants in freestanding buildings that provide in-store seating and drive-thru windows.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

Wings. Beer. Sports.® What’s not to love about B-Dubs? Buffalo Wild Wings has grown from two hungry guys to the largest sports bar brand in the US, with over 1,200 locations. The brand stands out because, unlike other restaurants aiming to get customers in and out quickly, Buffalo Wild Wings wants you to stick around, enjoying their transformative restaurant design, best-in-class food and drink, and innovative sports-watching experiences.

Since 1982, Buffalo Wild Wings has embraced a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere where game time morphs into stories worth telling. With 20 signature sauces and seasonings, there’s something for everyone on their menu. The brand aims to be a premier operator and franchisor by providing franchisees with best-in-class support across all areas, including restaurant development planning, design and construction, operations training, marketing and branding, and supply chain expertise.

Buffalo Wild Wings offers a variety of franchise concept designs, including non-freestanding, conversion of an existing site, new freestanding, and non-traditional locations. The total initial investment for The Great American Sports Bar ranges from $2,481,500 to $4,604,800.

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Hooters logo


Hooters is a true American original, boasting a crave-able high-quality menu, reasonable prices, and a vibrant restaurant prototype. The legacy brand is approaching 40 years of franchise experience, built upon the strong foundation of its world-famous Hooters Girl hospitality.

The brand has come a long way from its start in October 1983, with over 430 locations in 28 countries and 250 corporately held locations. Franchisees can take advantage of their worldwide recognition in addition to several dedicated support teams: franchise development, franchise operations, construction and design, training, marketing, supply chain, and product development.

Hooters offers several franchise concepts, as they are adaptable, including freestanding, conversion of an existing freestanding restaurant, shopping center end caps, street-front retail locations, and highly trafficked captive audience venues. The estimated initial investment range for new build locations is $2,748,300 to $4,100,000, with the estimated initial investment for conversion locations ranging from $1,258,300 to $2,280,000.

Chicken QSR Opportunities by the Numbers

Franchise NameFranchise FeeRoyalty FeeAdvertising FeeTotal Number of Franchise Units (as of 2022)3-Year Franchise Growth RateEstimated Total Initial Investment Range
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$50,0005%4%3,85121.6%$383,500 - $3,545,800
Wingstop$20,0006%6%1,87343.7%$315,310 - $948,080
Golden Chick$30,0004%3%20915.5%$982,450 - $1,702,500
Bojangles$20,000 - $35,0004%2%7731.2%$577,000 - $3,020,750
KFC$45,0004-5%5%26,49814.7%$1,440,600 - $3,163,550
Slim Chickens$15,0005%3%16292.9%$1,307,000 - $4,052,000
Zaxby’s$35,0006%3-4.5%9121.6%$501,700 - $950,200
Buffalo Wild Wings$25,0005%3.25%1,258-1%$2,481,500 - $4,604,800
Church’s Texas Chicken$15,0005%5%1,504-3%$681,500 - $1,543,117
Hooters$75,0005%2%366-11%$1,438,250 - $5,231,250

Data collected from each respective brand’s page:
Chicken Franchises - Page 1.” Entrepreneur, 2023.

Factors To Consider When Choosing a Chicken Franchise Opportunity

There’s a lot for investors and entrepreneurs to consider when not only deciding whether franchising is the right choice for them but then also choosing which franchise opportunity is best suited to their goals. Ultimately, it’s important to review several concepts to determine which option best suits your capabilities and objectives, so you can make an informed decision that appeases all your personal and financial requirements.

Prospective franchise owners should review all relevant franchise information, including each brand’s Franchise Disclosure Document, as part of the due diligence process. You’ll want to keep in mind your personal preferences, especially when it comes to how present you’d like to be as an owner (versus taking on more responsibility as an owner/operator) and how excited you are about the concept.

A large factor you’ll want to consider is your financial qualifications. Each franchise concept has a unique set of financial requirements you’ll have to meet, so you must be prepared to conduct an in-depth review of your finances to ensure you meet the necessary monetary qualifications. If you require financing options and the franchisor doesn’t provide direct financing, you’ll want to determine which options are available to you.

Some of the key factors you’ll want to consider as you review chicken franchise concepts include:

IDS Helping Franchisee Candidates Find the Right Franchise

With chicken franchises on the rise, it’s a great time to consider investing in any one of the top ten chicken franchise opportunities we’ve highlighted above. These ten companies are time-honored franchise brands that provide exemplary franchisor support and can help you leverage your investment to achieve your goals.

As chicken consumption continues to increase, the demand for chicken franchise restaurants will undoubtedly continue to rise. It’s your time to capitalize on the growing demand for chicken, and a chicken franchise opportunity can help you do just that with the backing and support of a leading franchisor.

At the end of the day, determining the best franchise opportunity for you can significantly impact your success. You’ll want to choose one that meets all of your criteria and that you’d be an ideal candidate for. You’ll also want to make sure it excites you and aligns with your personal interests because becoming a franchise owner is more than just a job; it’s a path toward building the lifestyle you want.

It’s important to take the time to consider not only the factors we’ve outlined above but also all available resources when it comes to your qualifications and capabilities. Your success is inherently tied to your franchisor’s success, and a good franchisor can make all the difference.

IDS Works with Chicken QSR Franchisors to Strategize a Successful Franchise Marketing Plan

If your chicken franchise concept is looking for a complete franchise digital marketing solution, turn to IDS.

With over ten years of experience in the franchise industry, we offer full-service digital marketing services that help franchisors find the right buyers.

IDS can create a marketing strategy to help you turn your franchise development site into a magnet for ideal prospective franchise candidates while growing your brand’s digital presence and outranking your competitors on search engines with a robust website. We use a multi-pronged, customized approach to address your specific goals and objectives.

Our experienced marketing team can help you get the most out of your franchise marketing efforts by providing the tools, strategy, and expertise you need to grow your franchise brand and achieve the results you're looking for. We work with franchisors and franchisees to provide customized digital marketing campaigns that are proven to drive franchisee sales through a strong digital presence.

IDS features a full suite of digital marketing products and services to suit any franchise concept, including content creation, search engine optimization, social media advertising, website design, reputation management, and much more. You can count on our experienced franchise development marketers as an extension of your team.

If you’re looking for multi-location marketing, we can help with that too! We’ve assisted countless clients with specialized multi-location marketing strategies to further their business growth.

Our approach to driving sustainable online growth for multi-location brands includes high-level brand strategies, effective marketing plans, specific advertising goals, local SEO best practices, social media management, and more.

IDS is your expert team for attracting highly qualified franchisees to your concept, making their new locations a success for both themselves and your brand. Let our scalable, fully integrated digital marketing solutions elevate your franchise growth with a strategy that will bring your brand name to new heights!

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In today's digital age, it's essential for businesses to have a strong online presence. That's where digital marketing for franchises comes in. By leveraging digital channels such as social media, email, and search engines, businesses can reach their target audience more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

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There are numerous benefits of digital marketing for businesses. For one, it allows franchise business owners to connect with their prospective franchisees where they are spending the most time: online.

It also offers the ability to track and measure the success of marketing campaigns in real-time, enabling businesses to make data-driven decisions about their marketing strategies.

In this blog post, we'll explore what goes into a good digital marketing strategy for franchise brands. We'll cover everything from defining your target audience to conducting a digital marketing competitor analysis.

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By the end, you'll have a better understanding of how to create a comprehensive digital marketing plan that can help your franchise stand out in a crowded market.

Define Your Target Audience

Defining your target audience is an essential first step in developing a successful franchise development marketing strategy. Without a clear understanding of who your ideal customer is, it's challenging to create messaging that resonates with them.

To start, consider the characteristics of your ideal franchise prospect. What age range do they fall into? What are their interests and hobbies? What are their pain points, and how can your franchise help solve them?

Once you have a basic understanding of your target audience, you can dig deeper by creating buyer personas. A buyer persona is a fictional representation of your ideal prospect that includes demographic information, interests, challenges, and more.

To create a buyer persona, start by gathering data about your existing and prospective franchisees. You can use tools like Google Analytics and social media insights to better understand their behavior and interests. You can also conduct surveys or interviews with franchisees to gain insights into their needs and preferences.

Once you have a clear picture of your target audience, you can use this information to guide your digital marketing strategy.

Set Your Franchise Digital Marketing Goals

After defining your target audience, the next step in developing a successful digital marketing strategy for your franchise is to set clear goals. Your goals should be specific, measurable, and aligned with your overall business objectives.

Some common goals for franchises might include increasing website traffic, generating more leads, or boosting social media engagement. Whatever your goals may be, it's essential to define them upfront so that you can measure success and adjust your strategy accordingly.

To set your goals, start by asking yourself what you want to achieve with your digital marketing efforts. For example, do you want to increase brand awareness or drive more sales? Once you have a clear idea of your objectives, you can start setting specific, measurable goals that align with them.

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Conduct A Competitor Analysis

To stand out in a crowded market, understanding your competition and what they're doing in the digital marketing space is essential. A competitor analysis can help you identify your competitors' strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for your franchise to differentiate itself.

To conduct a competitor analysis, start by identifying your top competitors. This might include other franchises in your industry or businesses that offer similar products or services. Once you've identified your competitors, you can start analyzing their digital marketing efforts.

Some key areas to focus on when conducting a competitor analysis include reviewing a competitor's:

Once you've conducted your analysis, use your findings to identify areas where you can improve your digital marketing strategy.

Develop Your Strategy

Once you've gained insights from your target audience and competitor analyses, it's time to develop a comprehensive digital marketing strategy for your franchise. Your strategy should include a detailed plan of action for achieving your goals using the appropriate digital marketing channels.

Here are some tips for developing a successful digital marketing strategy:

Monitor Your Strategy

It's important to monitor and measure your results regularly. This will help you identify what's working and what's not and make adjustments as needed. Here are some tips for monitoring and measuring your digital marketing results:

How IDS' Franchise Marketing Services Can Help

Digital marketing has become an essential component of any successful franchise marketing strategy. By leveraging digital marketing channels, franchise owners can effectively reach their target audience, generate leads, and increase sales.

If you're looking for a franchise development marketing agency that can help you develop and implement an effective digital marketing strategy, consider Integrated Digital Strategies.

Our team of marketing experts specializes in helping franchise businesses achieve their marketing goals through proven strategies. From conducting competitor analyses to developing comprehensive digital marketing plans, we can help you every step of the way.

With our expertise, experience, and resources, you can be confident that your franchise will have a strong online presence that drives results and helps you achieve your business goals.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get started in taking your franchise marketing to the next level!

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