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Restaurant Marketing for the Upcoming 2021 Recovery

Restaurant owners are infamous for being callous with their marketing decisions, this is partly because the research process in the restaurant industry itself can be quite tricky. Gathering insightful data within a small or slightly larger community will be tricky as it is. This is precisely where digital surveys, restaurant management software, etc play a huge role.

MARKETING YOUR RESTAURANT THROUGH 2020-’21
Business Articles | November 19, 2020
BY KEVIN JOSEPH

Although it may seem rather glamorous at first glance, starting a restaurant is no easy feat. In fact, the restaurant & food business, in general, is one that is extremely time-consuming, high overheads, razor-thin margins & a manager’s nightmare.

But, it is also one that is central to our society and the eating-out culture in every country is the cornerstone of its culinary heritage. This is precisely why, especially during the light of the lockdowns, restaurants, in particular, are facing a very uncertain & grim future which, if left unchecked, can turn into a disaster for the industry.

There are a few things that we as consumers can do in order to help the restaurant industry and the entire hospitality industry in general, but more than anything else, this post is aimed at a few marketing strategies that restaurants can easily adopt.

1. Understanding Their Audience

Restaurant owners are infamous for being callous with their marketing decisions, this is partly because the research process in the restaurant industry itself can be quite tricky. Gathering insightful data within a small or slightly larger community will be tricky as it is. This is precisely where digital surveys, restaurant management software, etc play a huge role.

But more than anything that a machine can do, understanding what the consumers themselves experience while at the restaurant is something priceless in itself. For this, employees & busboys must be trained to ask the right questions and keep an eye out for understanding the consumer experience.

This practice is so conspicuous in its absence that several suppliers & marketing companies for restaurants have taken birth for a study that would probably best be done by the restaurant owner himself. For Instance: folks over at FurnitureRoots, a Jodhpur based manufacturer of restaurant furniture, on several occasions has recommended styling themes depending on the clientele. For a clientele that largely comprises of the youth, industrial style furniture happens to be the best option.

You may visit FurnitureRoots at Plot No 58/2, Jodhpur-Pali Highway, Sangariya, Basni Baghelao, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 342013

Rustic style furniture is another great option for restaurants that see customers visit with their families.

2. Adapt With The Changing Times

Most non-western countries have more or less been out of the eating out trend in the past. However, many countries have seen a drastic change in this trend. Countries like India are at the forefront of these shifts in trends.

Several cafes in India have seen a rise in environmentally friendly themes. Cognizant of this fact, Prithvi Cafe in Bombay began manifesting an eco-friendly establishment replete with cups and saucers made with disposable leaves, 4 different cans for recycling different types of materials & of course, greenery all around the place.

Naturally, Prithvi Cafe did understand its market’s shifting needs and adapted to it accordingly.

3. Spatial Strategies

These happen to be the strategies that are short term in nature (hoping the pandemic won’t be around for long).

Spatial strategies during these times are to ensure that the image of the restaurant reflects trustworthiness and safety. Although this does involve a bit of mental, time & a minor cost investment, it will forever instill a sense of trust among the local & regular customers.

Spatial strategies are the ones that aim to maximize the seating area while ensuring the social distancing norms for restaurants are maintained and are intact as well. This can also include moving to temporary outdoor seating as has been advocated by several governments across the world to curb the spread of the virus.

4. Go Digital

I bet most of you must be tired of hearing this every now and then but the fact remains that the digital landscape is no longer some sort of a novel initiative that one must undertake. It has become the staple of a business and several businesses are almost exclusively reliant on their digital strategies.

For restaurants, however, this does not mean simply enlisting themselves on food aggregating platforms. Several restaurants suffer from a lack of long term thinking, they fail to realize that the aggregating platforms own the customers and not the restaurants themselves.

Making an app or a website nowadays has become a complete breeze & it is also a sound business practice. Small wonder that Dominos, Burger KindHealth Fitness Articles, Mcdonalds have all invested heavily on their own platform to ensure loyal customers don’t have to purchase from them via a third party.

This is no less true for any other restaurant.

We hope all businesses in hospitality a speedy recovery after this dreaded misfortune of a virus.

Stay Safe!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin is the Marketing & Content Lead at FurnitureRoots.com, a hospitality furniture manufacturer, supplier & wholesaler

INVESTING IN PUBLICLY HELD RESTAURANT COMPANIES – WHAT DID THE PANDEMIC TEACH US?

These days, investors are more typically ETFs which have to own broad swaths of particular industries, as well as institutions that are fighting for day to day performance. The result is that all stocks within an industry have a strong tendency to move together, and it takes a long time for fundamentals to prevail.

INVESTING IN PUBLICLY HELD RESTAURANT COMPANIES – WHAT DID THE PANDEMIC TEACH US?
By Roger Lipton restaurant, COVID-19, Roger Lipton, Franchise Money Maker

The dust is beginning to settle, especially with a vaccine now in view. The stocks within the restaurant industry made a huge move on Monday, going a long way to recovering from the severe decline that started at the end of February. We are comparing prices from before the pandemic to the current prices. We published a chart on October 22nd that attempted to compare the current valuations (relative to reasonable expectations) to those before the pandemic began. That exercise revealed some interesting “inefficiencies” in terms of valuations. Shake Shack screamed “overvaluation” so we wrote first about that Company. Of course, it stands to reason that the apparently most overvalued situation would make one of the largest upward moves in today’s news about a possible vaccine. Thank goodness we are not short this volatile situation, which our experience has taught us is a nerve wracking exericise in a Federal Reserve supported easy money environment.

Before we get into a broader discussion of the last seven or eight months, there’s a lesson to be learned by a conversation we had with one of our money managing friends. Back on April 30th, he asked for our suggestion as to a “paired trade” in the restaurant industry. You know… one name that was well positioned and would outperform on the upside, paired with the short sale of a weaker company that would not do as well. The theory, which fifty years ago spawned today’s multi-trillion dollar hedge fund industry, is that equal amounts invested in well chosen offsetting positions would be market neutral yet hopefully outperform the general market over time. It stands to reason, of course, that the stock price will follow the fundamental performance over time, and the good companies will fundamentally do better than the weaker participants. Ideally the long position will go up and the short position will go down, profiting on both sides in a neutral market. That was often the case decades ago, when stock ownership was more broadly spread among individuals and institutions who were picking Individual stocks. These days, investors are more typically ETFs which have to own broad swaths of particular industries, as well as institutions that are fighting for day to day performance. The result is that all stocks within an industry have a strong tendency to move together, and it takes a long time for fundamentals to prevail. Adding to this “inefficiency” is that multi-billion dollar hedge funds maintain large short positions, managed with a hair trigger to limit losses if even short term news is announced. That’s why on a day like Monday when the general stock market makes a really big move, the stocks with the largest short positions go up the most, whether the specific fundamentals justify that price action or not. We could go on….but suffice to say that short term trading has become very difficult in recent years.

As an illustration: relative to the request for a couple of paired trades back in April, after we suggested that this approach has become pretty difficult, we provided a couple of apparently compelling suggestions. We paired the highly respected Darden (DRI) on the long side with the enormously challenged Dave & Buster’s (PLAY) as a compensating short. Surely DRI would outperform PLAY, especially with the predictable health concerns of the public, even after the worst of the pandemic. The chart below shows in retrospect that by 4/30 PLAY, which had declined by 68% between 2/14 and 4/30, was already “oversold”. The profit in Darden (62%) from 4/30 to 11/9 (today) was almost exactly equal to the loss (60%) on the PLAY short. So that trade hasn’t worked yet. It is worth noting that PLAY would have worked well from 2/14 (before the pandemic) to 11/9 (45% profit), against a 2% loss in DRI, but it was already too late by 4/30.

The second presumably intelligent paired trade I suggested on 4/30 was to go long Starbucks (SBUX) along with a short sale of Shake Shack (SHAK). Who could argue with a worldwide brand selling an addictive product (with major growth ahead in China), offset by the short sale of a ridiculously valued hamburger chain whose business model couldn’t be designed more poorly to cope with a pandemic. SHAK had no drive-thrus, high rents, resort locations, city locations inhibited, etc.etc. You can foresee the result. Between 4/30 and 11/9, an investor would have made 26% on his long SBUX position, and lost 51% on the SHAK short. Even from pre-pandemic 2/14 until 11/9, right through the pandemic, SBUX gained 9%, but the SHAK short lost 14%. Every time we write about SHAK, we emphasize our respect for their management, but they are not magicians, and the store level culture cannot force customers to come to the mall or bring NYC stores back to the $7M level of a few years ago.

So…be careful “trading” out there.

On a broader level, we tabulated, as shown below, the price changes among the “darlings” of the institutional investing set, the asset light, free cash flow pursuing pure franchising companies. Without the operating “risk” of running restaurants, they can leverage up their balance sheets to 5-6x trailing EBITDA in a historically low interest rate environment, often with the intent of declaring special dividends to shareholders.

The chart below shows that the ten fairly pure franchising restaurant companies declined by a relatively modest 12% from 2/14 to 4/30. The average was helped quite a bit by Domino’s, Papa John’s and Wingstop which had the twin benefit of delivery and pure franchising. Even eliminating those three names, the seven remaining companies were down 24%, a lot less than the 37% decline shown by the company operated restaurant chains shown below. The franchising companies rebounded 23% between 4/30 and 11/9, more than recouping the worst of the pandemic, and showing a 6% gain through the cycle.

The chains that are primarily operating company stores, with all the operating challenges, have fared worse, also shown below. The stocks were down as a group by 37% by 4/30, recovered 48% by 11/9 and were down 8% through the cycle.

CONCLUSION:

Avoid “paired trades” on a short term basis. It’s just too tough.

For longer term investing, we too, in this environment would favor the pure franchisors, in general, even at their high multiples of earnings and cash flow, and historically high debt/EBITDA levels. We don’t see anything on the economic horizon that will reduce the availability of low interest rate financing. The operating challenges for those companies with company stores are not going away. It’s of course true that franchisors cannot prosper unless their franchisees are doing well, and franchisors will likely have to do more than in the past to support their franchisees but they can borrow at low rates and could even pass through part of that low cost capital to their franchisees.

About Roger Lipton:
Roger is an investment professional with over 4 decades of experience specializing in chain restaurants and retailers, as well as macro-economic and monetary developments. After earning a BSME from R.P.I. and MBA from Harvard, and working as an auditor with Price, Waterhouse, he began following the restaurant industry as well as the gold mining industry. While he originally followed companies such as Church’s Fried Chicken, Morrison’s Cafeterias and others, over the years he invested in companies such as Panera Bread and shorted companies such as Boston Chicken (as described in Chain Leader Magazine to the left) .

He also invested in gold mining stocks and studied the work of Harry Browne, the world famous author and economist, who predicted the 2000% move in the price of gold in the 1970s. In this regard, Roger has republished the world famous first book of Harry Browne, and offers it free with each subscription to this website.

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MasterMind Minutes – BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING A START UP OR EMERGING BRAND FRANCHISORS?
One Guest – One Question – One Expert Answer – Minutes Not Hours

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING A START UP OR EMERGING BRAND FRANCHISORS? Today’s guest is Evan M. Goldman. Evan is a partner at A.Y. Strauss and serves as chair of the Franchise and Hospitality practice group and co-chair of the Litigation practice group. Evan is a leading expert on franchises, working closely with both franchisor and franchisee clients to draft, negotiate, and register disclosure documents, franchise agreements, and related key documentation. Evan represents franchisor and franchisee clients in dispute categories such as terminations, breach of contract, trademark disputes, fraud claims, employment matters, and enforcement of non-competes.

Contact Evan at:https://www.aystrauss.com/professionals/evan-m-goldman-esq/
Contact gary at: www.franchisegrowthsolutions.com

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IN THIS TIME OF UNCERTAINTY, PANDEMICS, SOCIAL UNREST AND A TUMULTUOUS ELECTION YEAR, HOW CAN PEOPLE STAY MOTIVATED AND WORK TOWARD A MORE POSITIVE PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY FUTURE?

Today my guest is Jermain Miller, the Founder of MiLL Real Estate and CEO of Jermain Miller Consulting.
Prior to launching MiLL RE in 2015, Jermain carved his way to being one of the top real estate professionals in NYC after being homeless and starting with only 93 cents in his bank account.
Because of a hunger and desire to succeed, his dedication to white glove client service and turnkey elegance coupled with his passion to help others, MiLL RE became an extension of his esteemed reputation built over years in New York City.
In late 2017 after living the dream of becoming a business owner as well as opening 3 real estate offices in less than 2 years, Jermain launched Jermain Miller Consulting which helps motivate, train, coach and strategize with people as well as corporations on how to be the greatest versions of themselves through the science of personal achievement, definiteness of purpose and by living their dreams.
He is also a best selling author of two and soon to be three books Wake Up and Win and now Wake Up and Live…
You can reach Jermain at: [email protected]
You can reach Gary at: [email protected]
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IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE & LENDING ENVIRONMENT, WHAT ARE BANKS LOOKING AT WHEN CONSIDERING A BUSINESS LOAN.
Today’s guest is Reg Byrd.
Reg is the Managing Partner DCV Franchise Group
For over 25 years Mr. Byrd has been a business venture strategist assisting entrepreneurs with a focus on financing, business plan development, financial projections and blueprints for aggressive return on investments. The scope of his work ranges from sole proprietorship businesses to capital intensive Fortune 500 hotel development projects. To date, DCV Franchise Group has served more than 300 franchise systems placing debt for franchisees in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Panama and Canada.
Contact Reg at https://lnkd.in/eDhmeqs
Contact Gary at: [email protected]
Learn more at: https://www,https://lnkd.in/d89cb29

HOW TO EVALUATE A STARTUP OR EMERGING BRAND FRANCHISE WITH ONE OR NO FRANCHISEES?
Our Guest Today is: Ed Teixeira.
Ed has over 40 years of experience in the franchise industry and is the VP Franchise Development for FranchiseGrade.com a leading franchise market research firm. Ed is the author of Franchising from the Inside Out and The Franchise Buyers Manual and has spoken before the International Franchise Expo, Chinese Franchise Association in Shanghai, China and has lectured at the Stony Brook University Business School on Franchising.
Contact Ed at: https://www.franchisegrade.com/. 1-800-975-6101
Contact Gary at: [email protected]
Learn More About Franchising: https://www.franchisegrowthsolutions.com

WHAT SHOULD EMPLOYERS THINK ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO LIABILITY CONCERNING EMPLOYEES GETTING CORONAVIRUS AT THE WORKPLACE?
today’s guests are:
Joel Greenwald is the Founder and Managing Partner of Greenwald Doherty LLP, a national management-side employment law firm. Focusing on labor relations and employment law. AND Michael Einbinder is a founding Partner of Einbinder & Dunn. He is a participating member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising.
Contact Michael at: [email protected] – Contact Joel at:[email protected]

HOW A COMPANY CAN SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY, ITS EMPLOYEES AND ITS FRANCHISEES IN TIME OF CRISIS – Today’s guest is Hector Westerband. Hector is the Founder and CEO of ACAI EXPRESS. He has over 20 years in the hospitality industry. He was introduced to the amazing Acai Stone Fruit. It was there where he started his own Acai Food Truck Called Acai Express in 2013.development.
Acai Express: https://lnkd.in/eESYZ6U

WHAT ARE THE FRANCHISE BRANDS THAT ARE DOING WELL DURING AND WILL DO WELL AFTER THE PANDEMIC? – Today’s guest is Lance Graulich
Lance is the founder & CEO of ION Franchising, an industry leading franchise consulting and development group, that represents over 500 franchise brands & business opportunities within 90 categories. Lance helps prospective entrepreneurs find their perfect franchise for FREE.

ARE YOU OVERLOOKING POTENTIAL MONEY SAVING CHANGES IN THE FEDERAL TAX LAWS THAT WERE INCLUDED IN THE COVID STIMULUS BILLS? – Today’s guest is MICHAEL IANNUZZI
Michael Iannuzzi is a partner and co-leader in Citrin Copperman’s franchise practice providing a variety of services to a wide spectrum of clients within the franchise community.

GROWING YOUR FRANCHISE COMPANY POST COVID-19 – Today’s guest is Harold Kestenbaum.
Harold is a franchise attorney who has specialized in franchise law and other matters relating to franchising since 1977. https://youtu.be/OOCXqhGPA_U

WHY DO FRANCHISEES FAIL – Today’s guest is Tom Scarda, CFE, Founder & CEO of the Franchise Academy, Best selling author and Podcaster.

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MATTO FRANCHISE
A Revolution is Brewing
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HOW ARE BANKS RESPONDING TO LOANS FOR NEW BUSINESSES?
Today’s guest is Reginald Heard – Founder and CEO of Bankers One Capital.

HOW ARE YOU MARKETING AND GETTING THE WORD OUT THAT YOUR BUSINESS IS GETTING READY TO REOPEN? Laura Skulman, Director of Marketing and Events for B&D Burgers in Savannah Ga.

HOW FRANCHISORS ARE CREATING A DIGITAL STRATEGY AS THE ECONOMY OPENS UP – Today’s guest is Aubree Coderre, National Sales Manager at C-Squared Social

Stephen McCluskey Insurance Expert – Discussing what you can do if your Insurance Company is not paying business interruption insurance due to Covid 19 closure

Michael Einbinder – Founding Partner of Einbinder and Dunn, a Law firm focusing on the needs of franchisees and franchisors

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MATTO FRANCHISE
A Revolution is Brewing
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OPPORTUNITIES TO OPEN A RESTAURANT NOW! Today’s guest is David Simmonds – Commercial Rental Expert

MasterMind Minutes – One Question – One Expert Answer – Minutes Not Hours
Our guest today is Doug Smith… He is the Director of Sale for ROI Experts which is a digital marketing agency that works with restaurants around the world. ROI Experts generates trackable ROI using their unique ROI engine platform. Doug is 27 year veteran of the radio, sales and marketing. Visit their website at www.roiexperts.com‍

Tips on How a Franchise Brand Can Become a Top-Performer in the Franchising Industry

How a Franchise Brand Can Become a Top-Performer

By Ed Teixeira.
VP Franchise Development FranchiseGrade.com , Author, Franchise Expert, MA Economics, Industry Partner of Stony Brook University Center of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pace University Lubin School of Business Advisory Board

For a franchise brand to become a top performer, franchisors must adhere to certain operating principles. One of the most important ones is to grow the number of franchise locations to promote the franchise brand. In the case of certain well-known franchise brands, system size alone doesn’t always convert to a top performing franchise brand.

Franchisors that want their franchise to be recognized as a top brand need to follow a set of building blocks that can serve as the foundation for a successful franchise system. Utilizing these building blocks will strengthen the franchise program, provide its franchisees the best opportunity for financial success and help establish the franchise brand as a top performer.

1. Equitable franchisee ROI must be a priority

The foundation of the franchise program operationally and financially must provide franchisees an opportunity for success that does not require extraordinary performance. If franchisees follow the franchise program and do not earn an ROI commensurate with their original investment, then the franchise may be flawed.

2. If the franchise program is flawed, then it must be fixed

Franchisors should adjust a franchise program that isn’t “working.” There is no reason why a royalty or advertising fund contribution can’t be changed. If certain products or services aren’t successful, then find alternatives. Conduct franchisee surveys to measure franchisee satisfaction levels.

3. The franchisor must control the franchise sales process and adhere to its ideal franchisee profile

Establish a franchisee profile and if franchise candidates don’t fit this profile say no! If the franchisor utilizes brokers, the franchisor must maintain control over the franchise sales process.

4. Be transparent with prospective franchisees

Provide prospective franchisees full disclosure about the franchise opportunity and what’s needed to be successful. The franchisor sales staff should act as more consultant and less salesperson.

5. Franchisor leadership must be engaged in the franchise operation

Franchisor leadership should be accessible and involved in the franchise operation, so they are aware of franchise system performance. There shouldn’t be surprises when it comes to franchisee performance.

6. Franchisee input should be solicited for important operational and marketing strategies

Significant changes or alterations to franchise operations and marketing, should involve the franchisees. This can be done using the FAC, advertising committee or other representative body.

7. New products and services should be evaluated and measured by franchisees before introduction

The franchisor should test new products, services or equipment in representative franchisee locations before introducing them. This process leads to objective and credible results that will earn the franchisees buy-in.

8. Obtain financial results from franchisees on a regular basis

Use franchisee financial statements to identify individual and collective franchisee performance. A lack of important financial information prevents a franchisor from knowing which franchisees are profitable and which are not.

9. Uphold and protect the integrity and standards of the franchise program

It’s critical that the franchisor uphold the standards of the franchise. The franchisees that follow the program deserve it and the customers that use the product or services provided by the franchisees are entitled to consistency. Franchisors that don’t protect the brand are not respected by their franchisees.

10. Invest in franchisee training and support

Top notch franchisors have viable and effective training programs. Training and support don’t end with start-up franchisee training but should be a continuing activity. When franchisor staff identifies weaknesses in the execution of franchisee operational practices the Training Department should implement programs to address these problems.

To build a top- performing franchise program franchisors can use these 10 building blocks, which requires implementing policies, practices and procedures to improve franchisee performance and success.
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Learn more about the author and Franchise Grade:
Ed Teixeira.
VP Franchise Development FranchiseGrade.com , Author, Franchise Expert, MA Economics, Industry Partner of Stony Brook University Center of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pace University Lubin School of Business Advisory Board

How Do You Write A Good Brand Story

How Do You Write A Good Brand Story
By Jon Allo  

Your brand story differentiates you from everyone else. Otherwise, you’re just one more solution for the same old problem that customers can choose from, and usually without a standout differentiator they’ll base their choice on price. Most of the time, you do not want customers to choose you based on price alone. You want them to choose you because you’re you.
Telling your unique story starts with these questions:

When, Why and How Did You Start?
The best way to show authenticity is to be able to tell your audience when, why and you started doing what it is that you do. If you can tell your story in a way that your audience relates to you, and even roots for your success – even better.

How Do You Want Customers to View You?
As you write your story, it’s important to convey your values and ideals in a no-nonsense way. While you may be frightened of turning off some people, you really don’t need to worry about that. Those people aren’t your audience. Your audience consists of the people who can relate to your story, share your values, and want to be part of it.

Where Do You See Your Business Down the Line?
This is where you’ll try to dream big, and let your audience know where you see your business in the future. It also gives you the opportunity to refine consumer expectations toward what you offer rather than what the competition offers.

How you answer these questions is important.
You’re going to have many opportunities to do so via every communication you have with your audience – be it your blog, social media or even through the types of products you offer.

With the answers to these questions you can start to form your story and weave it throughout everything you do.

Share through Story Telling
Using an honest, no-holds-barred communication style to tell your story, your customers’ stories, and the story of your products is a good start. Use case studies, interviews, and in-depth relatable blog posts to accomplish this.

Share through Doing Good
Get involved with your community to give back something that is noticeable. You don’t want to do this just to get noticed, but you do want to pick something that helps people understand who you are as a business owner and what your business stands for.

Share through Experiences
You and your audience likely share common experiences that should be discussed. The more ways you can relate to them, the more ways they’ll see your offerings as unique and different.

Share with the Truth
Don’t hype, and don’t “blow smoke”. Consumers are smart today. They want the black and white truth of the matter. If it takes 20 hours a week to do what you do, and you’re teaching them, tell them the truth. If you’ve had to stay up overnight to work around children’s schedules, say so.

Share Everywhere
Don’t just “tell” your story on your blog in the “about” section. Tell your story everyplace. Use infographics, memes, blog posts, guest blog posts, articles, testimonials, good deeds and every possible way to spread your story. Be your story by your actions.

Branding is important for small business owners as well as large ones. If you have a limited budget, smart branding is perhaps the most inexpensive business tool you can create. To learn more about how to make you and your business stand out, download my free checklist, Branding For Small Businesses at https://jonallo.com/branding

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Jon_Allo/1079948

Small-business retirement accounts 101

Small-business retirement accounts 101

By Brandpoint

(BPT) – If you’re a small-business owner — whether your business consists of just you and your spouse or a handful of employees — and you’re emerging from the pandemic into your new normal, it may be time for you to think about setting up retirement accounts, not just for your employees, but for yourself, too. That may be a surprising statement, considering many small-business owners do not currently offer retirement benefits to their employees, let alone take the time to set up an account for themselves.

There are myriad reasons why small-business owners put off saving for retirement, including investing every last dollar back into the business so funds for things like retirement weren’t available, anticipating selling your business when you retire so there’s no need to save now, and, a reason every business owner can relate to, there are just not enough hours in the day to think about it.

But the reality is, it’s easier than you think. A good financial advisor can explain the ins and outs of retirement accounts to you in an afternoon and help you decide on the plan that makes the most sense for you, your business, and your employees. Your retirement-age self will thank you, and offering those benefits will make it easier for you to hire and retain employees now, too.

Until you make that appointment with your advisor, here’s a primer in Small Business Retirement Account Options, 101.

SEP (Simplified Employee Pension)

A SEP is designed for self-employed individuals or small businesses, ideally with fewer than 25 employees. If you earn a self-employment income, you are allowed to save more for retirement using a SEP plan than a traditional IRA or Roth allows. A SEP is less complex and costly than a 401(k), allows employers to contribute larger amounts than a traditional or Roth IRA, and may qualify for larger tax deductions.

SIMPLE IRA (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees)

A SIMPLE IRA is ideally suited as a start-up retirement savings plan for small employers who have 100 or fewer employees, and who are not sponsoring a retirement plan. Contributions are tax-deductible, and earnings within the account are tax-free until withdrawn.

Solo 401(k)

A Solo 401(k) is for those who are self-employed and offers the same benefits of a regular 401(k), but it is designated for a business in which only the owner (and their spouse) is an employee. You can choose to make after-tax salary deferrals (adding a Roth component), with the tax advantages of withdrawals being tax-free when the time comes.

The power of self-directed accounts

What’s the difference between a traditional and self-directed 401(k) or IRA? Where you’re allowed to put those investment dollars. Especially in uncertain economic times like the ones we’re living through right now, that choice couldn’t be more important. With a self-directed 401(k), you can invest beyond the stock market.

So, if not the stock market, where do you put those dollars? With a self-directed 401(k), you can choose from many different areas, including:

  • Real estate

  • Private debt like corporate debt offerings, notes secured by deeds of trust or mortgages

  • Private equity like stock of C-corporations, limited partnerships, LLCs, and REITs

  • Precious metals, including gold, silver, platinum, and palladium

  • Cryptocurrency like Bitcoin

Why self-directed accounts are so attractive to investors

The beauty of this type of retirement investing isn’t just about having options other than the stock market. It’s about following your passions and using your own expertise to guide your investments. Let’s say you’re a real estate agent. You know the market extremely well. With a self-directed account, you can put your knowledge and your dollars together in a tax-advantaged way.

It’s also about paving the way for what you want to do after retirement. For that same real estate agent, it means retiring from selling properties and living on the income from the ones he or she owns via these investments. Equity Trust Company has seen investors use their knowledge of medical technology sales to fund their retirements and people involved in home restoration tie their retirement to the activity of their business.

Whatever retirement account option is right for you, investing now means peace of mind later for yourself and for your employees. Equity Trust specializes in helping people make decisions about their retirement accounts. To find out more, visit https://www.trustetc.com/contact-us/.

Equity Trust Company is a directed custodian and does not provide tax, legal or investment advice. Any information communicated by Equity Trust is for educational purposes only, and should not be construed as tax, legal or investment advice. Whenever making an investment decision, please consult with your tax attorney or financial professional.

What Are Common Area Maintenance Charges In A Commercial Lease?

What Are Common Area Maintenance Charges In A Commercial Lease?
Posted with Permission from Spadea Lignana Franchise Attorneys


What Are Common Area Maintenance Charges In A Commercial Lease?
Most commercial retail leases are triple net leases. The “triple” stands for (i) taxes (ii) insurance and (iii) maintenance.

Taxes: This is pretty straightforward, as the landlord will simply pass on to the tenant the real estate taxes proportionately based on the size of the overall property and the size of the tenant’s location.
Insurance: This is calculated in a similar manner based on the landlord’s insurance cost for the overall property, not the tenant’s specific insurance.

Maintenance: This is the big variable and is also called CAM or “common area maintenance.”
Basically, under a triple net lease, the landlord will pass through all of the expenses to maintain the property including landscaping, cleanup, snow removal and minor repairs to each tenant on a pro-rata basis. The CAM charges in a commercial lease are typically added on to base rent as additional rent (in addition to the taxes and insurance cost). This is an area fraught with danger for the unwary tenant. A landlord typically will try to pass through as much of their expenses as possible through CAM charges, and if not negotiated upfront, these expenses can grow and grow over the life of the lease.

CAM charges to be wary of are:

Administrative & Maintenance Fees
Roof Repair & Replacement
Capital Improvements
Lighting
Plumbing
Electrical Wiring
HVAC

Many of these charges should be considered capital expenses or general overhead of the landlord and should be excluded from CAM.

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Top 6 ways to Distribute your Surveys to get Quality Feedback Responses

Now the question arises, what is the right way or medium to distribute your surveys in order to get quality feedback responses. You design your survey and customize it with the help of a good Survey App, but are wondering the best way to distribute your survey?


Top 6 ways to Distribute your Surveys to get Quality Feedback Responses

By: Archit Jain
Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash

When we talk about obtaining Customer Feedback, the first thing which comes to our mind is surveys. To get real customer insights, it is a prerequisite to survey your customers.

“Survey is a process of collecting data by asking certain questions to the group of individuals. A Customer Survey involves obtaining Customer Feedback by asking certain questions from your customers about your products, services and the overall Customer Experience with your organization.”

Gone are the days when the surveys were taken by approaching the customers physically with a pen and a paper questionnaire and then filling the survey forms. Nowadays, a popular method of obtaining Customer Feedback is to take surveys using different digital channels through a Survey App.

Now the question arises, what is the right way or medium to distribute your surveys in order to get quality feedback responses. You design your survey and customize it with the help of a good Survey App, but are wondering the best way to distribute your survey?

Well, it would not be wrong to say that the success of a survey majorly depends on the response rate of the survey. And to get a good response rate, it is necessary to send the survey the right way and through the right mediums.

Let’s list out some effective ways to distribute your surveys so that you can get a good response rate with high-quality feedback responses.

Top Ways to Distribute Your Surveys to Get Quality Feedback Responses

Email Surveys
SMS Surveys
Online Surveys
Survey post a help Article or a Blog
Surveys Embedded in Blogs
Social Media Surveys
Let us review how you can use these channels in an effective way to receive quality feedback response data with a great response rate.


1. Email Surveys

Email Survey is the most commonly used method to obtain survey data. Being a method involving establishment of direct contact with your customer, email is the first method which comes to most peoples’ mind when talking about taking surveys digitally.

The biggest advantage of this way of distributing your survey is that you can distribute your survey to a large number of people in a matter of few clicks. By using a good survey app, you can customize your survey and send through emails which further increases the effectiveness of the survey.

Email has a very good read and response rate. Email surveys not only enable you to send surveys to multiple people with ease, but also enables your customers to fill the survey and send response as per their convenience of time and place.

2. SMS Surveys

SMS Surveys are surveys administered to collect the survey data through Small Messaging Service(SMS). SMS surveys have proven to be an extremely effective and the most efficient way to capture Customer Feedback.

“SMS Surveys has the highest read rate, even more than the Email surveys.”

With the help of an effective Survey App, you can easily create your customized survey and send its link through SMS to multiple people in bulk with a survey tool. The SMS should contain a small effective message followed by a survey link which should open in a single click without taking much of the customers’ time so that the customers can easily open the link and take the survey.

3. Online Surveys

When you want to gather Customer Feedback, you must communicate this through your website. This conveys that you care about your customers and Customer Feedback matters for you. Online Surveys is an effective way of obtaining quality feedback responses of your Customer Feedback surveys.

Survey links should be provided on your website and should open easily within fraction of seconds on a single click so that the customers can easily fill the survey. You can also use pop-up links for this purpose.

4. Survey post a help article or a blog

Help articles and blogs are an important component of any website. When you post a help article or a blog, you can provide links of survey just below the article or the blog. You can also add some such content in your blogs and articles which helps to motivate the readers to take the survey.

Moreover, you can especially write short blogs and articles to motivate customers to fill the survey. In these short blogs and articles, you can tell the importance of providing Customer Feedback through surveys. You can explain the customers how taking surveys and providing feedback will help you to satisfy them in a better way.

5. Embedded in a Blog

You can also embed a survey link in your blog. For instance, you are running a health care center and you are writing an article on prevention of a certain disease and if someone catches that disease, how your health care center can cure it effectively.

In the same blog, you can embed your survey link in appropriate places. You can ask about certain health aspects in that survey and how aware the people are about the disease and its cure. You can take Patient Feedback also from the people who have been a patient in your center.

6. Social Media Surveys

Social media is a great medium nowadays, be it for promoting your organization or for gathering Customer Feedback data. Whenever you write a blog or a help article, make sure that you promote it on social media along with the survey links provided either below the article or embedded in the blog itself.

Moreover, whenever you are organizing a program or an event, it is important to promote it on social media and ask for the views and the opinions of the customers regarding that. Likewise, if you are organizing a major survey, you should use social media platforms to promote your survey.

In the promotion, concentrate on how in the survey, the customers can share their views, opinionsFree Reprint Articles, and feedback and how it will help you to serve them better. This will encourage the customers to share genuine feedback and their views about your brand.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Archit Jain
Experienced Content Writer and Strategist, been in the IT Industry from last 6 Years. Passionate about writing survey tips, customer experience, customer satisfaction, customer feedback, net promoter score, customer effort score, customer satisfaction score.

A New Magic Cup Franchise Is Coming To McKinney, Texas

Experienced investors with degrees in finance and biology respectively, Chi and Tam already had an impressive portfolio in the beauty industry (and two luxury spa locations to their credit) before they decided to investigate their next business venture. Self-confessed boba, tea, and coffee addicts, Chi and Tam were always drawn to the beverage industry but knew they’d need a franchisor with both the patience and the resources to steer them toward success.

A NEW MAGIC CUP FRANCHISE IS COMING TO MCKINNEY, TEXAS
By re:verb Marketers

Big news for Texas tea lovers: After a solid 5 years of hard work and dedication, Magic Cup Cafe is excited to announce that our business is expanding to a new location!

Our new cafe will soon be opening in McKinney, TX, allowing even more tea and coffee drinkers to enjoy Magic Cup’s unique and delicious beverages in-store or on the go. Our Vietnamese-American-owned company’s innovative east-meets-west menu and its friendly community atmosphere have made us a local favorite for residents of both Richardson and Houston, and soon the citizens of McKinney will have a chance to experience our refreshing take on boba, tea, and coffee firsthand.

The move from beloved mom-and-pop cafe to the full-on franchise was a labor of love for our co-founder My Lynn Nguyen, whose expertise in both boba and coffee helped build Magic Cup into a top contender in a highly competitive industry. Beyond 5 years of work, it took 14 months to put together our franchise program. My Lynn notes: “The new Magic Cup franchise opening has been, and will continue to be, a massive collaborative effort, involving lots of careful preparation and consultation with experienced franchise programmers as well as an enthusiastic commitment from Tam T Trinh and Chi Tran, Magic Cup’s newly-obtained franchisees.”

Experienced investors with degrees in finance and biology respectively, Chi and Tam already had an impressive portfolio in the beauty industry (and two luxury spa locations to their credit) before they decided to investigate their next business venture. Self-confessed boba, tea, and coffee addicts, Chi and Tam were always drawn to the beverage industry but knew they’d need a franchisor with both the patience and the resources to steer them toward success.

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Once they met with My Lynn and our Magic Cup franchise consultants, Chi and Tam knew their search for the perfect franchisor was over. “We instantly felt the strong passion they have for the brand,” Tam says, adding that Magic Cup’s vision, core values, and comprehensive training program were precisely the right fit for her and Chi.

When Chi, Tam, and their new Magic Cup family were scouting for locations, they saw massive potential in McKinney, which has seen a remarkable development in recent years. The team is currently working with real estate developers in the area to finalize the location as soon as possible.

When doors open at Chi and Tam’s Magic Cup Cafe location, they hope visitors will experience the same welcoming feeling and thirst-quenching satisfaction they’ve come to expect from our Magic Cup brand. Whatever the future brings, Chi and Tam know that My Lynn will offer them ongoing support every step of the way.
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Tips On Raising Capital to Expand Through a Private Placement

Today’s article by our friends at the Law Office of Spadea Lignana touches on some of the tips to know when attempting to rise money through Private Equity Placement. Tom Spadea and his staff well versed and fully equipped to advise and guide you through the process. Franchise Growth Solutions assists in the process by working with brands seeking to expand their business.

Raising Capital to Expand Through a Private Placement Raising Capital to Expand Through a Private Placement
By Staff Writer at Spadea-Lignana Law Office

Even a Deal with Friends and Family Needs Proper Documentation
If you are an entrepreneur looking to raise capital by selling shares of your company to an individual that won’t be an active partner in your business, you have to be sure you are compliant with federal and state securities laws. If you are selling a portion of your company to an investor, you are subject to securities regulations. That is, UNLESS you fall under an exemption and you properly document, and in some cases, file for an exemption. This is a trap for many unwary entrepreneurs, who think they don’t have to worry about formal documentation of their deal because they are just offering shares of their company to a few friends and family.

While the offering they are contemplating may very well qualify for an exemption, if they don’t follow the laws and regulations by drafting a formal private placement memorandum (PPM) and complying with certain filing requirements, they run the risk of personal liability. This liability could include accusations of fraud and potential civil and criminal penalties for failure to properly register securities with federal and state agencies.


Drafting the PPM
The rules and regulations are designed to avoid Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent investing activities by making the transaction transparent and well documented. The creation of a PPM is not as difficult as many law firms and pundits may make it sound. We are not talking about an initial public offering with a six figure legal cost. Our experienced securities lawyers can walk you through the process and help you evaluate your project as suitable for a PPM. In many instances we can give you a flat fee project cost for documenting your deal. We have drafted PPMs ranging in size from a startup, fast casual restaurant to a multi-million-dollar alternative energy project.

Minimizing Personal Risk
Raising equity capital from outsiders is typically done to avoid personal debt, risk and liabilities while sharing the upside with those equity investors. If the deal is not properly documented, you are potentially erasing all of those protections and neutralizing the purpose of raising private money in the first place. Put another way, a poorly documented deal leaves the entrepreneur with all of the downside risk personally, with a portion of the upside sold off to investors. That is not a good business deal.

Seek Professional Guidance
Let us help you understand the cost, time and effort that it will take to draft a private placement memorandum for your deal. Call us at 215-774-3331 for more information. Visit https://www.spadealaw.com/