The Global Franchise Podcast
How to reinvent experiential franchising, with David McKillips of CEC Entertainment

How to reinvent experiential franchising, with David McKillips of CEC Entertainment

October 22, 2021

Experiential businesses are increasingly popular among today’s consumers, with everybody from families to couples to friend groups wanting to spend their money on something bigger than a product or meal. But this is a sector that has been around for decades, and perhaps no brand in the space is more recognizable than Chuck E. Cheese.  

Founded in 1977, Chuck E. Cheese has made a name for itself with its expansive entertainment venues where families can enjoy a pizza party and play arcade games to their heart’s content. But despite its American roots, Chuck E. Cheese is now embarking on international franchise growth with its first European site being announced earlier this year.  

To learn more about the ongoing growth and development of this iconic U.S. staple, we caught up with David McKillips, CEO of CEC Entertainment, the parent company of both Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza. Having worked at huge brands like SeaWorld and Six Flags, McKillips has been able to utilize his experience and knowledge when helming the ongoing growth of Chuck E. Cheese. 

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A comprehensive guide to Indian QSR franchising, with Dheeraj Gupta of Jumboking

A comprehensive guide to Indian QSR franchising, with Dheeraj Gupta of Jumboking

October 14, 2021

The Indian franchising scene is one of the most fervent in the world, but it’s sometimes overlooked by western entrepreneurs in favour of markets a little closer to home. That would be a mistake, however, as you’d miss out on the opportunity presented by brands like Jumboking: one of India’s largest homegrown brands providing vegetarian burgers.  

Jumboking’s founder, Dheeraj Gupta, has been a strong proponent of the franchising model since he fully embraced it back in 2011. The Jumboking story goes back further than then, however, with the first unit opening at a Mumbai train station over 20 years ago. 

It hasn’t been plain sailing, though. Over the 20 years of growth for the brand, Dheeraj has taken operations from franchisee-only, to corporate-owned, and then back to franchisees. To find out what invaluable lessons he’s learned about franchising along the way, make sure not to miss this episode with one of India’s leading industry professionals.  

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Kick-start your emerging brand the right way, with Rich Elms of BabyBallers

Kick-start your emerging brand the right way, with Rich Elms of BabyBallers

September 23, 2021

The world of child-centric franchises is an increasingly populated one, with the line between parent and entrepreneur becoming virtually non-existent. This is certainly the case for Rich Elms, who founded his child soccer concept BabyBallers back in 2016.  

Popularity prompted Rich to launch the BabyBallers franchise opportunity in 2017, and since then, the brand has expanded beyond its U.K. roots to markets as far as Australia. 

But if Rich could go back in time and give himself some advice in 2015, when BabyBallers was just an idea, what would he say to start the brand off on the right foot? And now it’s developing in international markets, what does Rich look for when recruiting new franchising partners? Tune in to find out! 

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How to modernize established franchise brands, with Beto Guajardo of Focus Brands International

How to modernize established franchise brands, with Beto Guajardo of Focus Brands International

September 16, 2021

The food and beverage franchise industry is easily one of the most analyzed and celebrated of all sectors in this business model. I’m sure we could all name countless restaurant franchise brands that we’ve loved over the years, and experts have been deciphering what innovations and evolutions work best since we began flipping burgers or slicing pizzas many decades ago.  

One organization that’s no stranger to evolution is Focus Brands. The parent company owns six beloved franchise concepts and has an impressive portfolio of more than 1,650 sites across 60 countries around the world. But recent news stories like the opening of the first-ever Auntie Anne’s drive-thru site, or a brand-new build-out for Schlotzsky’s, have shown that this is one franchisor that’s not afraid to try new things.  

To learn more about what the future holds for Focus Brands International, we sat down with Beto Guajardo, the franchisor’s president. Beto has many years of experience in senior leadership and is brimming with useful insight that restauranteurs far and wide can put into practice. 

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The essential traits of a successful care franchisee, with Shelly Sun of BrightStar Care

The essential traits of a successful care franchisee, with Shelly Sun of BrightStar Care

September 9, 2021

The in-home care market has exploded in recent years, with an increasing number of senior citizens looking to receive care in their own homes as opposed to moving into a residential care facility. As such, brands like BrightStar Care have been in fierce demand; with the established care franchisor continuing to grow and expand since its creation back in 2002. 

Now with over 345 locations open throughout North America, BrightStar Care has become an institution in the care franchising sphere; with the name being synonymous with empathetic and efficient at-home care and skilled medical services.  

But how did BrightStar Care begin, and how is it continuing to differentiate itself in the care market? And, for investors looking to enter this benevolent space, what personality traits and experience are best for finding success? To find out, we caught up with Shelly Sun, founder and CEO of BrightStar Care.  

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How business owners can buy themselves time, with Eric Schurke of Moneypenny

How business owners can buy themselves time, with Eric Schurke of Moneypenny

September 2, 2021

The sector we’re taking a look at today is very unique, in that many of our audience have probably engaged with an outsourced communications provider without even knowing. 

This is especially true for international supplier Moneypenny, which handles over 20 million calls and live chats for its client base of 21,000 businesses. 

To learn more about the benefits of using this model, and how it can boost the productivity of your brand, we’ve sat down with Eric Schurke, CEO North America for Moneypenny. 

Eric has been in the answering service game for upward of 17 years, making him the perfect expert to speak to about how this segment is changing the game for franchise brands across the board. 

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Understanding your franchise’s ‘why’, with Patrick Crawford of Scorpion

Understanding your franchise’s ‘why’, with Patrick Crawford of Scorpion

August 27, 2021

In today’s business landscape more than ever before, consumers are looking for authentic brands that are driven by more than just commercial gains. But sometimes, identifying the ‘why’ of your business can be trickier than it seems. 

In Scorpion’s latest market study, for example, the majority of franchise owners felt that the onus for pursuing brand loyalty and showcasing market differentiation fell onto them, rather than their franchisor. This comes from a misalignment of values from the top-down, and can result in customers and even new franchisee prospects being left on the table. 

So how do you recenter your approach and identify your franchise brand’s ‘why’? To find out, we’re joined on this episode by Patrick Crawford, senior vice president of strategic marketing at Scorpion. Patrick has built his career on relationship development and business growth, so he’s the perfect person to speak to when a strategy needs a much-needed adjustment.

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Unbeatable tips for boosting your franchise brand, with Keith Gerson of FranConnect

Unbeatable tips for boosting your franchise brand, with Keith Gerson of FranConnect

August 19, 2021

Our guest today, Keith Gerson, comes from an organization that should be familiar to many international franchisors. FranConnect is widely recognized as one of the leading systems for scaling franchise unit sales, with the business assisting in 8,022 franchises sold every year. 

This is just one of the many kinds of services that FranConnect offers, with franchisee engagement, unit profitability, and support for emerging brands being other pillars holding up the organization. 

In Keith’s role as president of franchise operations, he’s seen it all when it comes to brands looking to grow and expand, as well as emerging concepts making a name for themselves. Join us as we cover the entire international franchising playbook, and run through the specific, actionable tips that you can employ to really propel your business. 

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How the pandemic accelerated flexible workspace’s explosive growth, with Steve Holloway of IWG

How the pandemic accelerated flexible workspace’s explosive growth, with Steve Holloway of IWG

August 12, 2021

The world of flexible workspaces is one that we’ve covered previously on the Global Franchise Podcast, but it warrants a return visit considering the immense interest that franchisees are taking in this explosively popular sector. 

As the dust begins to settle on the global pandemic, remote working finds itself at the top of many employees’ wish lists. It’s a good thing, then, that international franchisors such as IWG are there to fill this increasingly competitive gap in the market. 

On this episode of the podcast, we speak with Steve Holloway, global franchise development director for IWG, about how the previous year has impacted the flexible workspace landscape. Will it be a consistent rise to further success, or have particular adaptations had to be made to accommodate a brand-new kind of client? Tune in to find out!

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Your topical guide to Australian franchising, with Mary Aldred of the Franchise Council of Australia

Your topical guide to Australian franchising, with Mary Aldred of the Franchise Council of Australia

August 5, 2021

The Australian franchise market has proven to be enticing for major international brands for decades, and even during an ongoing pandemic, large franchisors are flocking to its shores to take advantage of the country’s internationally-minded consumers who have an awareness of the franchise business model. 

But Australia is also still experiencing the challenging shockwaves caused by COVID-19. Many regions of the country are going into snap lockdowns mandated by the government, and the Australian business community is struggling to stay afloat. As of mid-July, for example, 40 per cent of the country’s population were under strict stay-at-home orders, preventing a return to any kind of normalcy.

For this episode of the podcast, we wanted to get a clear picture of what it’s like to franchise within Australia at the moment. Who better to join us, then, than Mary Aldred, CEO of Franchise Council of Australia. Mary has been in the role since 2018, and grew up around family-owned small businesses. She has a true appreciation for how this sector of the market operates, making her the perfect voice to dissect Aussie franchising.

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