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Kona Ice is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List 

Kona Ice is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List

Mobile Shaved Ice Franchise Ranked on List of Largest United States Franchises

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice announced today that it has been named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list, which is an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises. Based on the company’s worldwide system sales and number of locations, Kona Ice has been placed alongside the largest franchises in its industry.

This recognition validates the tremendous growth the company has experienced in the past year. In 2017, the brand generated $166 million in sales and added 133 trucks. Kona Ice now operates over 1,000 trucks.

“We are humbled to achieve this incredible milestone,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “This ranking is a direct result of our franchisees’ hard work and dedication to succeed. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we grow into new markets and offer continued support to our existing franchisees.”

Using a combination of companies’ voluntary reports and the most recent franchise disclosure documents, the Franchise Times Top 200+ is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort each year that results in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

To qualify for the ranking, companies must be a legal United States franchise, with its headquarters based in the United States or at least 10 percent of their total units located in the country. Franchisees must also own at least 15 percent of the company’s total units. The 200 franchises with the top global systemwide sales, including total sales for both franchise and company units, receive the highest rankings.

Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice offers its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats across 47 states. Equally as appealing as the icy treats that the brand offers is its philanthropic commitment in the communities it serves. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $50 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Kona Ice franchise should have the ability to invest $117,125 – $135,925. An initial franchisee fee of $20,000 is required, and finance programs are in place to support qualified entrepreneurs in their Kona Ice investment.

To learn more about Kona Ice, visit: https://www.kona-ice.com.

For more information about available franchise opportunities with Kona Ice, please visit: http://www.ownakona.com.

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $50 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand’s iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are nearly 1,000 franchise units in more than 47 states.

ABOUT THE FRANCHISE TIMES TOP 200+
The Franchise Times Top 200+® is the only ranking by systemwide sales and units of the largest 500 U.S.-based franchise brands. Published in the October issue and available in a searchable database online, the Franchise Times Top 200+ also analyzes industry sectors based on percentage change in sales growth, reports the 10 fastest- growing franchises by four different measures, and includes exclusive news stories about the biggest names in franchising. The rankings and full report, and the searchable online database, are available at www.franchisetimes.com.

To learn more about Franchise Times, visit http://www.franchisetimes.com.

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The All Points Team Shares How to Best Prepare for Client Meetings and Conferences

In our recent seminar, Director Bailey Hewitt and Account Lead Mackenzie Coopman shared the best practices for traveling to client meetings and conferences. There is a significant amount of preparation that goes into successful client meeting and conferences, and the duo covered all of the essentials and prep necessary for before, during and after each client interaction.

Bailey and Mackenzie kicked off their informative presentation with purpose, as the pair explained that it’s important to define your purpose in each client meeting and conference. These gatherings serve to build and strengthen client relationships, learn more about the client, discuss strategies, plus much more. In addition to defining your purpose, it’s important to ask yourself questions to effectively establish the technicalities and the goals of each meeting.

The “before” stage requires careful preparation over the course of a few weeks leading up to the meeting, including office prep, travel arrangements, collection of materials, plus proper items and attire to pack. While each stage holds its own significance, this planning stage is crucial to ensure the next two stages go as smoothly as possible. As a helpful tool for the team, Bailey and Mackenzie passed around copies of checklists for everything needed during client meetings and conferences.

In the “during” stage, Bailey and Mackenzie reminded the team of what can be expected out of these client interactions, and what exactly is expected out of our team to ensure the client is on the same page regarding the goals and initiatives of our work. They also shared several ways to make the most out of client visits, such as taking notes, participating in any sessions or roundtable discussions and taking opportunities to network with others.

Finally, the two wrapped up their presentation by sharing immediate action items after each meeting or conference, which include briefing the team and recapping the takeaways for the client. These items help establish the next steps for the account after a successful meeting.

Both seasoned travelers for the All Points team, Bailey and Mackenzie were able to weave in their own personal experiences and takeaways as well to make for an effective seminar on meeting clients and building relationships.

3 Common Professional Fears and How to Conquer Them

Fears come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to professional fears, they can have a big impact on your development and confidence in the workplace. While it’s not uncommon to have certain professional fears, it’s important to recognize them and address your fears before they seriously affect your performance. The All Points team shared a few common professional fears they’ve encountered and how they conquered them.

Organization

 Organization is key, and for good reason. While being organized helps us perform more successfully, good organizational skills can be difficult to develop. Emily B., one of our Creative and Digital Associates, shares how she conquered her fear of organization with the All Points team.

“One professional fear that I’ve dealt with is organization,” says Emily. “I thought I was very organized before starting at All Points, but as a new employee I quickly found that my old organization tools weren’t working anymore. This used to be a big fear of mine when I first started, but with the help of my team and coworkers, I’ve developed the perfect organization system that’s helped keep me on task.”

If organization is a source of struggle, enlist the help of your coworkers, discover what works for them and see how these methods can apply in your own personal system.

Public speaking

While there are those who enjoy public speaking, and even do so professionally, it can be a daunting task for many others. Katie, one of our Public Relations Associates, addresses her fear of public speaking and what has helped her gain more confidence.

“One professional fear that I’ve dealt with is public speaking,” says Katie. “One way I’ve started to overcome this is by starting off small, first presenting with my Pod in the office (much less scary) to eventually working my way to present in front of a client. Although it’s a work in progress, starting off small helped me gain the confidence I needed.”

Public speaking is not an easy task, but with plenty of practice in front of a small, comfortable group, you can gain the confidence you need to tackle a larger presentation without fear.

Meeting expectations and goals

 As a professional, you want to set the bar high for yourself and exceed expectations. However, this can often result in fear of falling short. Emily M., one of our Public Relations Associates, discusses how she overcomes this fear.

“A professional fear of mine is not meeting or growing my goals and expectations in my career,” says Emily. “One way to overcome this fear is to set real and achievable expectations for myself. Nobody knows my capabilities better than myself, and it is very important to be realistic when setting goals.”

With overcoming any professional fear related to growth, it’s essential to reflect on your performance and identify what is and isn’t working for you in achieving your goals.

“Don’t aim too low or too high,” Emily adds. “I set personal goals weekly and refer to them at the end of the week to assess myself and what I can do to continue to reach my goals and grow as a professional.”

The All Points team is committed to each other’s professional growth and is always seeking new and improved ways to tackle professional fears and achieve big goals.

 

 

 

All Points PR Team Shares Strategies for Fostering Better Client Communications

In our recent September seminar, Lead Project Manager Megan French presented the significance of client communication. Within this presentation, she shared strategies for fostering a better understanding between the team and our clients.

With the goal of easing communication on both sides, Megan shared her ideas on succinct and clear ways to ensure that everyone is on the same page during update and strategy check-ins. For example, because our office works with clients from all around the United States, many updates with clients are conducted over the phone. Since this eliminates the face-to-face factor, Megan shared helpful reminders when speaking with clients. This included speaking clearly and confidently so that ideas can be heard and absorbed, both by the team and our clients.

Additionally, Megan took some time to remind the team the importance of action items following the call. By actively taking notes throughout client calls, our team is able to effectively keep track of next steps and outline them for our clients.

With these reminders and strategies in place, All Points is able to create a helpful environment where everyone is clear on the work, goals and initiatives. It’s important that these items are understood all around to ensure we’re productively moving forward.

The entire All Points team enjoyed learning more about Megan’s strategic plan to ease client communications. Our office is always working to build a strong bridge that connects us with our clients and establishes a better understanding of our work.

NIFA Welcomes IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti to 2018 September Luncheon

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Jamie and Lauren Izaks and Andrew Bleiman, recently hosted its 2018 September Luncheon in Chicago, continuing its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day.

With more than 60 guests in attendance, the September Luncheon included important insight and a Q&A exploring the topic “The State of Franchising: Midterm Elections and Beyond” by IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. The event was sponsored by Patriot Software, Bank of America and Plante Moran.

Cresanti’s dynamic presentation covered the state of franchising and the implications of multiple political factors on business, including the outcome of the 116th Congress, government relations, tax reform and joint employer. He wrapped up the presentation discussing where to go from here, offering actions that can be taken to have an impact on the future of franchising.

In addition to Cresanti’s presentation, attendees enjoyed free valet parking and a delicious lunch at Erie Cafe that included chicken, pasta, steak and other menu items. Guests were also able to network before and after the presentation.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming November 2018 NIFA luncheon, and visit www.northernilfranchise.org for more information about the organization.

Trending: Nike’s Colin Kaepernick Ad and Effects of Branding Social Activism

If you’ve been active on social media over the past week, turned on the TV or picked up a newspaper, it’s likely you didn’t have to look very long before stumbling upon Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Not to mention, a wealth of supporters and angry fans alike in its wake.

Just days before the NFL season opener, Nike released their new “Just Do It” campaign with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as its face. What many people have seen circulating on social media is a black and white close-up photo of Kaepernick’s face, with a text overlay reading: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Considering the controversy surrounding Kaepernick, who first knelt during the national anthem two years ago, Nike took significant risks when rolling out this campaign. Known for featuring elite athletes such as Michael Jordan and Serena Williams, Nike instead chose an inactive athlete with a large social presence and cause. As a major turning point for the brand, Nike’s ad campaign is prime example of the effects of branding social activism – the risks and rewards of partnering with a controversial figure.

When a brand stands by a celebrity, an athlete or influential figure on a political or social issue, they’re essentially drawing a line in the sand and making their position on the issue known. Considering that social media feeds have recently been flooded with angry fans protesting the brand with videos of their Nike gear cut to shreds or doused in flames, many voiced their doubts about Nike’s decision.

However, with a brand giant as big as Nike, this decision was undoubtedly a carefully calculated one. The ad shows that Nike is very aware of who their customers are and the backlash it would evoke – but without the risk, there’s no reward. With this knowledge and the state of today’s social climate, Nike knew this campaign would also resonate with just as many people, if not more.

In fact, a quick Google search will show that since the campaign, the effects of branding social activism for Nike have been huge: record likes on social media, an all-time high in stock shares and backing by celebrities and big-name athletes are just a few. Not to mention, the brand’s online sales have absolutely soared – from Sunday through Tuesday over the Labor Day holiday, Edison Trends reports that Nike online sales grew 31 percent.

It’s no question that Nike’s ad campaign produced effects that will reverberate for years. But when a brand chooses to stand by a figure and their activism and does their research well, the effects can be astoundingly positive.

All Points PR Secures Cover Story for Dessert Franchise

All Points PR secured a cover story with Franchise Times for client Cinnaholic. The story featured co-founder Shannon Radke in “Kitchen Royalty: 5 reigning chefs in franchising” and shared more about her personal and professional background, baking experience and business, with her photo on the print magazine’s cover. Coverage ran in print and online.

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Pizza Factory Hits Home Run Partnership with Spokane Indians

Pizza Factory Hits Home Run Partnership with Spokane Indians

 National Pizzeria Franchise Joins Minor League Baseball Team to Combat Bullying

 OAKHURST, Calif. – Pizza Factory, known for its great-tasting hand-tossed pizzas and its commitment to community involvement, announced today its partnership with the Spokane Indians of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to put an end to bullying.

One of Pizza Factory’s most iconic initiatives is its “No Bully Zone”—a brand wide program that emphasizes the importance of inclusion and tolerance. Through the program, the company works to combat bullying by placing anti-bullying messaging on uniforms and pizza boxes and sharing parenting tips on napkins. Plus, Pizza Factory CEO Mary Jane Riva personally travels to different Pizza Factory markets, visiting elementary schools to present them with “Buddy Benches” and to speak to the importance of friendship when the kids are at an impressionable age.

With this partnership, Pizza Factory will be joining forces with the Spokane Indians to further elevate the “No Bully Zone” program at Avista Stadium and engage communities to raise awareness about bullying and create a bully-free atmosphere.

“The Indians, who have fans across the region, have values and a strong moral compass that align perfectly with our goals,” said Mary Jane Riva, CEO of Pizza Factory, which has more than 100 locations throughout the country. “We pride ourselves on being involved in the communities we serve, and look forward to propelling our anti-bullying message forward with the help of the Indians’ local presence. Together we can reach the masses with love and stop bullying in its tracks.”

On August 14, the Spokane Indians and Pizza Factory installed the first “No Bully Zone” bench at Avista Stadium in the Kids Zone. The bench will be the first of many that will be placed throughout the ballpark in future seasons.

“Being a family gathering place in the community, and serving thousands of children during the summer, we’re proud to support this campaign,” said Spokane Indians Senior Vice President Otto Klein. “We want to create a safe environment at all times for kids and adults.”

For more information about Pizza Factory, visit www.pizzafactory.com.

About Pizza Factory

Founded 30 years ago, Pizza Factory has become well known for serving fresh, high-quality pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. The brand is also widely recognized for its close community connection, which includes its iconic “No Bully Zone” program and impactful fundraising partnerships.

Currently, there are more than 100 locations based in five states throughout the West Coast. Pizza Factory looks to add additional franchise locations in key markets throughout the country, with a special focus on Texas, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and California.

To learn more about Pizza Factory, please visit http://pizzafactory.com. For information about available franchise opportunities, please visit http://pizzafactoryfranchises.com/.

All Points Promotes Continued Education with Seminars

Professional development continues to have a large impact on the satisfaction and performance of employees. In fact, one survey reports that 68 percent of workers say that training and development is the most important work policy. Millennials in particular value professional development, as a ClearCompany survey reported in 2016 that 87 percent consider it very important to their job satisfaction. Not to mention, professional development also positively influences employee retention.

Given above, it’s no question that continued education and professional development in the workplace is a must. At All Points PR, we take the two very seriously to ensure employees feel fulfilled in the workplace, both personally and professionally. We have many programs in place to do so, one of our biggest being our monthly seminars.

Not only do our monthly seminars promote this ongoing education and development, but they also motivate and inspire our employees through relevant topics and exciting information. Individuals from the All Points team rotate each month to deliver these seminars, exposing the office to a variety of current topics such as the power of social media, tips for pitching and building better communication skills.

At All Points, employees come to find very quickly why we do seminar. Our seminars contribute to continued knowledge about topics that are most relevant to our work. Plus, they serve as the perfect time to come together as an office and experience something new.

Be sure to check out All Points on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to see what else is happening in our office!

City Wide Franchise Makes the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

City Wide Franchise Makes the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

LENEXA, Kan.Inc. magazine just revealed that City Wide Franchise is on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“This prestigious ranking is a great way for us to benchmark and measure our performance from year to year, and helps ensure we are providing our system with the best resources to improve and grow their businesses,” said Jeff Oddo, CEO and president of Kansas City-based City Wide. “We are honored to compete with the best of the best, and we’re looking forward to driving up our ranking even further next year.”

Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 15) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

City Wide has made a name for itself in major U.S. cities by streamlining commercial facilities and maintenance management of more than 20 services through in-house technicians and a collection of independent contractors and vendor partners, including janitorial, handyman services, parking lot maintenance among others. Taking the onus from building owners and property management companies that typically have to choose separate companies for each task, City Wide eases the selection and management processes for its clients.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. 

For more information about City Wide, visit www.gocitywide.com.

About City Wide

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 50-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent contractors to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators, and management companies, easing the time, stress, and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility.

For more information about City Wide’s services, please visit www.gocitywide.com.

Methodology

The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 and 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

Andrew Bleiman Shares Important FDD Information in All Points Seminar

Andrew Bleiman, managing attorney of the Marks & Klein Illinois offices and co-founder of Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA) with colleagues Jamie and Lauran Izaks, discussed the basics of franchising and the importance of Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) guidelines in our recent August seminar. Sharing his expertise on the legal technicalities of franchising, Andrew delivered an informative seminar for the All Points team.

Working with franchisors and franchisees on matters such as preparation and review of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, area development agreements and similar documents, Andrew was ready to answer the team’s questions on abiding by FDD guidelines and other legal issues.

As we learned in detail, the purpose of an FDD is to provide prospective franchisees with information about the franchisor, the franchise system and the agreements they will need to sign so that they can make an informed decision on their investment. Most essentially, it is used to sell franchises while abiding by federal law. Understanding these guidelines allows us to be more informed about issues that affect our clients and clarify topics we wished to explore deeper.

Andrew began his presentation by covering the history of the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule, which requires the use of an FDD, and state registration and disclosure laws. He then guided the All Points team through a majority of the 23 items present in an FDD, identifying several items that are critical to disclose. As we work to bring awareness of a franchise to potential franchisees through press placements, content marketing and social media, it is vital that our language, numbers and other information about the franchisor are consistent with that of the FDD put together by our clients and their attorneys.

Thank you to Andrew for taking the time to share this important information and answer all our questions.

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in North Jersey

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in North Jersey

Local Entrepreneur to Bring Hoagie Shop to North Jersey

 MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Primo Hoagies, the Philadelphia-born Italian specialty sandwich franchise, announced it has signed an agreement with Christopher Amico for the North Jersey area.

The new hoagie franchise location will be the first of three locations that Amico will be opening in the area. Primo Hoagies prides itself on offering guests high quality, original products from a diverse menu, including the newest addition of an authentic Philly cheese steak. Amico’s combination of corporate experience and small business ownership prepares him well for this role. He will be managing daily operations.

“We’re proud to have Chris join our team, as he will be a great asset to our brand,” said Rocco Fiorentino, president and CEO of Primo Hoagies. “The North Jersey market will soon be able to take a bite into our tradition and become part of the buzz that has taken over the East Coast since the start of the company,” added Adam Biedenbender, vice president of development at Primo Hoagies. “We can’t wait to see the lines form at Chris’ store.”

Primo Hoagies, building on the momentum of the past year, has launched two multi-unit deals in Atlanta and Charleston, and a single-unit deal in Bel Air, Maryland. At more than 90 locations across seven states, the new locations bring excitement and authenticity to several more communities.

“When I began to research different franchise opportunities, I was looking for a unique concept with a rich tradition that has the ability to bring people together,” said Amico. “As an Italian-American, I believe I found the perfect fit with Primo Hoagies. Nothing beats serving up a classic Italian staple that anyone can enjoy.”

Since its start in 1992, Primo Hoagies has been known for its high-quality hoagies that are “Baked Fresh, Sliced Fresh, Made Fresh”. Each hoagie is assembled with the freshest ingredients available in order to produce classics such as the Sharp Italian or Soprano. “When a new customer bites in to our sandwich, it practically smacks them in the face. They don’t expect that flavor profile,” says Rocco Fiorentino. The brand prides itself on offering award-winning sandwiches that combine quality, consistency and originality.

For more information about Primo Hoagies and its many locations, visit: www.primohoagies.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.primohoagies.com/franchise.

About Primo Hoagies

A South Philadelphia original, today Primo Hoagies has more than 90 locations across seven states. Longtime loyalists and new fans cherish the brand for its fresh, made to order Old Fashioned Italian Specialty Sandwiches created with true Italian-style authenticity and from the finest gourmet meats and cheeses. Since its beginnings more than 25 years ago, demand for the brand’s hoagies has resulted in long lines during lunch and dinner, and unrelenting requests for catering orders. This popularity continues today as Primo Hoagies grows around the country through franchising. With continued expansion, Primo Hoagies is continuing to become the industry standard for high-quality hoagies.

Cleaning Up America: Junk King Documents Epic Environmental Road Trip

Cleaning Up America: Junk King Documents Epic Environmental Road Trip

National Junk Removal Company Returns From Cross-Country Mission to Declutter 15 Cities

 SAN FRANCISCO – Fifteen cities. Six weeks. Junk King’s one goal— Cleaning up America.

Fueled by its ecofriendly mantra to recycle, reuse and repurpose, the nation’s leading junk removal company recently embarked on its first cross-country road trip to tidy up cities coast-to-coast.

Departing on Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Junk King’s patriotic-branded Cleaning Up America truck left San Francisco to visit various homeowners, small businesses and nonprofit groups across the United States. Throughout the six-week journey, Junk King’s team lent its services to help these groups declutter while raising awareness about recycling. Junk King’s work during those six weeks involved no cost for the groups and individuals that participated.

“The Cleaning Up America trip was such an unforgettable and rewarding experience for everyone who was involved,” said Michael Andreacchi, CEO of Junk King who personally kicked off the tour. “Having everyone band together was incredibly heartwarming, and I know our efforts truly made a difference in each city we visited. As a company, we’re inspired to make this trip bigger and better than ever next time…but we also will continue to create meaningful relationships in our communities on a daily basis.”

Making the environmental movement a brand-wide effort, the Cleaning Up America truck was driven and passed forward from one Junk King franchisee to the next in each local market. To capture the moments of generosity and gratitude, Junk King documented the entire journey by recording the visits and releasing city-themed episodes for the rest of America to see.

The cities on the Cleaning up America tour included:

  • San Francisco, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Orange County, California
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • New York City, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Washington D.C, Virginia

To watch Junk King’s Cleaning Up America journey, visit http://bit.ly/JKCUAYouTube. To learn more about Junk King, visit www.junk-king.com.

About Junk King

Founded in 2005, Junk King was started by two friends in a two-car garage in San Carlos, California. In 2010, the company began franchising. Today, Junk King is the second largest junk removal company in North America with 350 units and 101 franchisees. Junk King saves consumers time and money by eliminating unwanted clutter quickly and efficiently. Junk King is best known for its professionalism, advanced technology programs and commitment to recycling, repurposing and reusing materials. The brand is currently the highest rated service business in North America with a net promoter score exceeding 89 percent.

All Points PR Team Supports Project Linus Through Positive Impact Program

On Friday, August 17, the All Points PR team created cozy fleece tie blankets in support of Project Linus for our Positive Impact program, providing comfort and a sense of security for children in North and Central Chicagoland. Through the gift of handmade blankets, Project Linus aims to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need.

Filled with love and care, the All Points team made and donated more than 50 handmade tie blankets featuring bright colors and fun patterns that will be given to children from premature babies to 18 years of age. The blankets inspired plenty of teamwork from All Points, as members broke up into small groups to help create as many blankets as possible. The All Points team combines teamwork, collaboration and passion to perform for our clients daily, and volunteering for Project Linus provided a teambuilding service opportunity that allowed us to work together in a positive way and benefit children in our own local communities.

Driven by our core values, All Points strives to positively impact the communities in which we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts through the Positive Impact program. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations. Creating blankets for children in need of comfort was an incredibly rewarding experience for the entire All Points team, and we look forward to the next Positive Impact.

Young Rembrandts Illustrates New Picturesque Franchising Strategy for 2019

Young Rembrandts Illustrates New Picturesque Franchising Strategy for 2019

Illustrious childhood art education draws on mid-year success and outlines new expansion plans through end of year and beyond

 ELGINIll. – Building on the momentum of a sensational national campaign celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary in 2018, Young Rembrandts has etched its name in stone as the leading childhood art enrichment program with the announcement of a new franchising initiative to bring its proprietary art education curriculum to even more kids and communities across the country.

With more than 100 existing franchise partners already in place in the United States and across the globe, Young Rembrandts has identified several additional new markets targeted for expansion as part of the brand’s strategic effort to provide its cognitive development-centric art curriculum programs into the second half of 2018 and onward into 2019.

“Young Rembrandts celebrated 30 years in business this year, which is not only an incredible milestone but the turning of a leaf and marking of an era. The generation of students we first started with are now bringing their own children to Young Rembrandts,” said Bette Fetter, founder and CEO. “It’s truly humbling to see this program’s legacy come to fruition and it’s the reason why we want to bring our specialized art enrichment program to even more students and communities across the country through franchising.”

Young Rembrandts’ new masterpiece franchising strategy places it on track to sign 20 to 25 new franchise agreements by the end of 2019 amid further growth into 11 key markets, including California, Massachusetts, New York and Texas, among several others.

The brand’s strategic growth initiative comes amid newly opened locations in West Houston, Texas as well as San Diego, in addition to transfers of existing territories to new franchisees in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington state.

A unique art enrichment program that solely focuses on cognitive development through drawing, Young Rembrandts is based on the belief that when foundational art skills are taught to preschoolers and elementary students, there is a strong correlation between that involvement in the arts and future strong academic performance and personal achievement.

“The strength of our concept comes from our franchisees, and the passion and dedication they bring to our mission and to the communities they serve – the proof is in our annual franchisee sales, which continue to increase year over year,” added Fetter. “Our ideal candidate is persistent, a problem solver and a team player, and they have the people skills needed to bring our curriculum to as many children as possible. We’re an investment opportunity for an individual who wants to create an independent, profitable lifestyle.”

Through its unique methodology that gives kids the confidence to create art with a great amount of skill, Young Rembrandts helps kids boost cognitive development, hand-eye coordination, spatial learning and critical thinking. Unlike many other childhood art enrichment programs, Young Rembrandts provides students with a tangible takeaway project with each lesson. Students are able to learn a new technique and complete a finished, exceptional piece of artwork within a single class period.

As Young Rembrandts continues to trace more paths into new communities across the country, the concept is awarding the franchise opportunity to highly qualified entrepreneurs with the desire to carry on Young Rembrandts’ mission through art and drawing lessons, as well as being a brand ambassador within their communities. Franchisees lead art instructors to teach students the fundamentals of drawing using Young Rembrandts’ unique curriculum and step-by-step teaching method.

Ideal franchisees include former educators as well as business professionals that enjoy working with children and are looking for a meaningful and profitable home-based business model.

In order to be eligible to open a Young Rembrandts franchise, candidates must have at least $40,000 in liquid capital and net worth of $100,000. The total investment cost to open a new franchise territory ranges between $41,250 to $48,120, which includes the franchisee fee of $34,500. Young Rembrandts awards franchisees with protected, exclusive territories for success that are large in size and designated by zip code.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts, visit https://www.youngrembrandts.com.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts franchise opportunities, visit: www.youngrembrandtsfranchise.com.

About Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts is a recognized leader in art education, offering a curriculum focused on teaching children to draw, using demonstration and a structured step-by-step process. Through the process of weekly instruction students are exposed to a wide variety of subject matter, artistic concepts, art history and mastery of their materials. Classes are taught to children ages 3 ½ to 12 years old. Young Rembrandts teaches more than 40,000 students each week in 31 states and four provinces. Through franchising, Young Rembrandts offers individuals the chance to grow their own business while creating a positive impact within the community.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts, visit https://www.youngrembrandts.com.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts franchise opportunities, visit: www.youngrembrandtsfranchise.com.

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in Atlanta

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in Atlanta

Local Entrepreneur to Bring Hoagie Shop to Atlanta

ATLANTA – Primo Hoagies, the Philadelphia-born Italian specialty sandwich franchise, announced it has signed an agreement with Brian Ottaviano for the Atlanta area. He plans to open his Primo Hoagies location in Atlanta in the fall of 2018.

The new hoagie franchise location will be the first Primo Hoagies in Georgia and will be the first of three units that Ottaviano will be opening in the area. Primo Hoagies prides itself on offering guests high quality, original products from a diverse menu, including the newest addition of an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Ottaviano’s background in business and his roots in Philadelphia prepare him well for this role. Ottaviano and his business partners will be managing daily operations.

“We’re proud to have Brian join our team, as he will be a great asset to our brand,” said Rocco Fiorentino, president and CEO of Primo Hoagies. “The Atlanta market will soon be able to take a bite into our tradition and become part of the buzz that has taken over the East Coast since the start of the company,” added Adam Biedenbender, vice president of development at Primo Hoagies. “We can’t wait to see the lines form at Brian’s store.”

Primo Hoagies, building on the momentum of the past year, has launched two multi-unit deals in Charleston and North Jersey, and a single-unit deal in Bel Air, Maryland. At more than 90 locations across eight states, the new locations bring excitement and authenticity to several more communities.

“When we began to research different franchise opportunities, we were looking for a unique concept with a rich tradition that had the ability to bring people together,” said Ottaviano. “We found our perfect fit with Primo Hoagies. Nothing beats serving up a classic Italian staple that anyone can enjoy.”

Since its start in 1992, Primo Hoagies has been known for its high quality hoagies that are “Baked Fresh, Sliced Fresh, Made Fresh”. Each hoagie is assembled with the freshest ingredients available in order to produce classics such as the Sharp Italian or the Soprano. “When a new customer bites in to our sandwich, it practically smacks them in the face. They don’t expect that flavor profile,” says Rocco Fiorentino. The brand prides itself on offering award-winning sandwiches that combine quality, consistency and originality.

For more information about Primo Hoagies and its many locations, visit: www.primohoagies.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.primohoagies.com/franchise.

About Primo Hoagies

A South Philadelphia original, today Primo Hoagies has more than 90 locations across seven states. Longtime loyalists and new fans cherish the brand for its fresh, made to order Old Fashioned Italian Specialty Sandwiches created with true Italian-style authenticity and from the finest gourmet meats and cheeses. Since its beginnings more than 25 years ago, demand for the brand’s hoagies has resulted in long lines during lunch and dinner, and unrelenting requests for catering orders. This popularity continues today as Primo Hoagies grows around the country through franchising. With continued expansion, Primo Hoagies is continuing to become the industry standard for high-quality hoagies.

4 Tips for Great Inter-Team Communication

At All Points PR, our team-centric approach to daily operations sets our franchise PR agency apart. Each of our franchise industry clients fits into a Pod, or a small team, that spends time working exclusively on that account. Prioritizing client satisfaction while giving clients a personal contact is important to us.

Here are four tips for great inter-team communication to help grow your team dynamic.

Consider the individual to boost the team

A team is made up of several individual people, all of whom have different ways of communicating and learning. It’s essential to determine which form of communication works best for the group, and to be clear about expectations.

Feedback is a two-way street

A good team has a leader, and a good leader opens his or herself up to reciprocal feedback. Whether it’s adding a management critique section to the annual review or sending an anonymous survey to your team, every member of the team should feel comfortable giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Keep an open door

When everyone is shut behind closed doors, it can breed an atmosphere of secrecy that creates distrust. Unless confidential information is being discussed, try holding meetings in a conference room with the door open – this helps reinforce the “open door” idea by encouraging regular communication.

Get out of the office together

The phrase “work hard, play hard” comes to mind here – your team works hard, so make sure to take some time to get out of the office together. Get lunch, visit a local museum or decorate mugs at a paint-your-own-pottery spot – this helps your team get to know one another outside of a work context, which can create open communication after fostering a more personal relationship outside of work.

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Location in Charleston

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Location in Charleston

Local Entrepreneurial Couple to Bring Hoagie Shop to Charleston

 CHARLESTON, S.C. – Primo Hoagies, the Philadelphia-born Italian specialty sandwich franchise, announced it has signed an agreement with Jim and Michele Wright for the Charleston area. They plan to open their Primo Hoagies location in the upper Mount Pleasant area at 2755 N. Hwy 17, Suite C in September.

The new hoagie franchise location will be the second Primo Hoagies in South Carolina and will be the first of three units that the Wrights will be opening in the area. Primo Hoagies prides itself on offering guests high quality, original products from a diverse menu, including the newest addition of an authentic Philly cheese steak. Jim’s background in business and Michele’s background in administration prepares them well for this role. Jim and Michele, along with their son Chris will be managing daily operations.

“We’re proud to have Jim and Michele join our team, as they will be a great asset to our brand,” said Rocco Fiorentino, president and CEO of Primo Hoagies. “The Charleston market will soon be able to take a bite into our tradition and become part of the buzz that has taken over the East Coast since the start of the company,” added Adam Biedenbender, vice president of development at Primo Hoagies. “We can’t wait to see the lines form at Jim and Michele’s store.”

Primo Hoagies, building on the momentum of the past year, has launched two multi-unit deals in Atlanta and North Jersey, and a single-unit deal in Bel Air, Maryland. At more than 90 locations across seven states, the new locations bring excitement and authenticity to several more communities.

“When we began to research different franchise opportunities, we were looking for a unique concept with a rich tradition that had the ability to bring people together,” said Michele. “We found our perfect fit with Primo Hoagies. Nothing beats serving up a classic Italian staple that anyone can enjoy.”

Since its start in 1992, Primo Hoagies has been known for its high quality hoagies that are “Baked Fresh, Sliced Fresh, Made Fresh”. Each hoagie is assembled with the freshest ingredients available in order to produce classics such as the Sharp Italian or Soprano. “When a new customer bites in to our sandwich, it practically smacks them in the face. They don’t expect that flavor profile,” says Rocco Fiorentino. The brand prides itself on offering award-winning hoagies that combine quality, consistency and originality.

For more information about Primo Hoagies and its many locations, visit: www.primohoagies.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.primohoagies.com/franchise.

About Primo Hoagies

A South Philadelphia original, today Primo Hoagies has more than 90 locations across seven states. Longtime loyalists and new fans cherish the brand for its fresh, made to order Old Fashioned Italian Specialty Sandwiches created with true Italian-style authenticity and from the finest gourmet meats and cheeses. Since its beginnings more than 25 years ago, demand for the brand’s hoagies has resulted in long lines during lunch and dinner, and unrelenting requests for catering orders. This popularity continues today as Primo Hoagies grows around the country through franchising. With continued expansion, Primo Hoagies is continuing to become the industry standard for high-quality hoagies.

Pearle Vision Features Tennis Legend and Cultural Icon Billie Jean King in Latest Campaign

Pearle Vision Features Tennis Legend and Cultural Icon Billie Jean King in Latest Campaign

 Brand continues “Small Moments” campaign with introduction to “Olivia”

MASON, Ohio – Pearle Vision once again hopes to capture the hearts and minds of North America with an emotionally-driven advertising campaign.

“Olivia” launches August 6, casting an indelible light on the brand’s commitment to quality of care and how patient-trust is earned as a result. The film tells the story of Olivia, a young girl exploring a myriad of interests ranging from sports to space. Clearly passionate about everything she does, as her story unfolds it becomes clear to her mom and to the viewer that Olivia isn’t seeing clearly.

In the film, we see Olivia and her mom in the exam room at Pearle Vision. As the story unfolds, and it becomes clear that Olivia needs glasses, the Pearle Vision optometrist knows just how to help Olivia find her perfect pair. She presents Olivia with a photo that elicits an immediate reaction of joy because the optometrist did more than diagnose Olivia’s visual acuity issue during the exam, she took the time to learn about Olivia’s unique interests (tennis, archery and space travel), all of which the young girl celebrates at home in her room with an inspiration board titled “Women Who Made History.”

And that photo, we learn, is an iconic glasses-wearing heroine to add to her board — Billie Jean King, wearing a near identical pair of frames that Olivia now wears. Olivia’s new glasses are now more than just a tool to see clearly, they are a proud connection to the women that inspire her each and every day.

“I’m excited to be included in the new Pearle Vision campaign,” said Billie Jean King. “When I was young I was told I could never be no. 1 in the world because I wore glasses and that was one of the things that motivated me to become the best I could be. I applaud Pearle Vision for their message of encouragement, reinforcing that wearing glasses can help you achieve your dreams.”

Thanks to the genuine, personalized care and attention from the optometrists at her neighborhood Pearle Vision, Olivia heads home with more than just the ability to once again explore the world with 20/20 vision. She proudly heads home wearing her “perfect pair” that we come to learn creates an even deeper connection to what and who inspires Olivia.

“What ‘Olivia’ instills is incredibly positive. It’s an emotional connection to a young child who is now better prepared to reach her potential – clear vision can help you achieve what you want in life,” said Doug Zarkin, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Pearle Vision. “There is no mistaking what feeling Olivia has after visiting the optometrist at Pearle Vision. She is empowered and fully embracing her new eyewear.”

Developed by Energy BBDO and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Elle Ginter whose resume includes visual storytelling successes for several leading global brands, “Olivia” taps into a core Pearle Vision brand differentiator – delivering care to patients beyond a routine eye exam to ensure each patient receives personalized care that takes the whole individual into account.

“Oliva” continues Pearle Vision’s advertising strategy to depict the “Small Moments” that form trusting relationships between the brand’s eye doctors and patients. Its first story-driven campaign of this type, “Ben’s Glasses” earned industry accolades including a 2017 Silver Clio Award. Launched during Super Bowl Sunday 2017, “Ben’s Glasses” evolved out of a Pearle Vision study that showed trust is at an all-time low and that personal connections are the most important thing in establishing trust, including patients’ trust with their doctors.

Set against this backdrop, consumers responded positively to the message of care in “Ben’s Glasses,” which showed to increase brand consideration 23 percent, exam scheduling 18 percent and supported positive comp sales growth. This trend continues into 2018, as the brand is currently seeing a 35 percent increase in exams scheduled.

“Olivia” aims to build on this momentum. The ad will appear in a North American campaign that includes streaming platforms, digital media, spot and cable to support both corporate and franchise Pearle Vision locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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About Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision was founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, who began the concept of one-stop, total eye care with the opening of the Pearle Vision Center in Savannah, Ga. Dr. Pearle combined complete eye exams with an extensive selection of eyewear. In 1981, Pearle Vision began offering franchise opportunities to select doctors and opticians. Today, with more than 500 EyeCare Centers located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus to deliver genuine eye care to patients and become the neighborhood trusted source for all their eye care and eye wear needs. Pearle Vision is owned by Luxottica, a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. For more information, visit PearleVision.com. And, to learn more about the Pearle Vision franchise opportunity, visit ownapearlevision.com or call 1-800-PEARLE-1.

All Points PR Lands Influencer Social Media Placement for Food Franchise

All Points PR landed a social media placement on Instagram with influencer Wanderolin for client Cinnaholic to celebrate Cinnaholic Day. The influencer shared several photos a day before the event, including information on how a portion of the proceeds will benefit Best Friends Animal Society, as well as the deals offered on Cinnaholic Day.

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What are your best productivity tips? All Points team members share ours

Public relations, social media and digital marketing professionals are some of the best multi-taskers out there. From juggling internal deadlines, attending meetings and client calls as well as the demands of day-to-day work, our team at All Points has some innovative productivity tips to keep us creatively fulfilled while exceeding client expectations and developing ourselves professionally along the way.

Baca: Find your own way to organize yourself – everyone is going to be different, there’s no cookie-cutter way to be organized. For me, I love color coded charts and old-school to do lists where I can check things off.

Rachel: If I ever have a pressing item to get done like drafting press release or responding to a client email that needs to happen immediately, I make a post-it note to myself to ensure it is top of mind until completion.

Katie: Rather than waiting for items to pile up, I try my best to update internal documents as things happen so that I don’t have to spend hours going back and wasting time looking for the answer. If you just update as it happens, you save yourself headaches later on.

Amanda: At the end of the day, I reflect on all the work I finished, and rework my to do’s for the next day to add any work that needs to be finished or requires more immediate attention. I also identify the work I’d like to get a head start on!

Joey: When I’m tackling a writing project, I like to have a change a scenery. Finding a quieter place to work helps me focus and it often sparks my creativity.

Gillian: To make sure I’m focused and productive during phone meetings, as the other person is speaking I like to summarize what they’re saying on a piece of scrap paper, almost like I’m taking notes to quote them. By directly recapping what they’re saying as they’re saying it, I’m a more active listener, and it helps me focus on the conversation as it is happening, rather than letting my mind wander to what might be coming up next, or worrying about what I’ll say in response. In fact, it leads me to better answer questions because I was actively listening in the first place.

Megan: Work ahead! I set early deadlines and prepare for meetings days in advance because it is always possible for something to unexpectedly require your attention. This helps me to be sure that I’m always prepared and have completed my responsibilities.

Emily B: Color Code Everything! Labeling everything with a different color helps me pick out important information from my long list of to-do’s to make sure nothing gets overlooked.

Jamie: It’s the little things — the attention to detail — that pushes professionals to the next level. Use your calendar (phone, computer, etc.) to schedule reminders for the little things. By scheduling reminders you are certain to prevent items from slipping through the cracks. Plus, it makes everyone else around you trust you more, while making them better at doing their job. A win-win-win (you, your colleagues, your clients).

Gautier: I know I’m not the only one who gets distracted by my phone — so I downloaded the Forest app to help keep my attention away from the buzzing at my side. For each block of time I don’t use my phone, the Forest app plants a virtual tree. Then, the Forest app pays it forward and plants a real tree, too (they’ve planted almost 300K so far!).

Bailey: At the end of each week, I carve out time in my day to go over my tasks and responsibilities for the following week. This way I start each week with a clear road map of what I need to accomplish.

Mackenzie: I always write myself notes about what I need to do or follow up on in my daily to-do list in Evernote or on a post it note that I tape to the back of my phone. Write yourself notes now and your future self will thank you.

Maddy: I always make sure to keep my phone on airplane mode anytime I’m at my desk. It’s easy to ignore text messages and social media alerts, but I normally get distracted by news updates and client emails when you’re supposed to be writing or pitching.

Spencer: I’m a big believer in the 5-minute rule. If it takes less than 5 minutes, its better to do it right away rather than wait. I find this most helpful when it comes to staying on top of my inbox.

Sydney: Whenever I send a press release or other item for review to a client or franchisee, I always make myself a note in my to-do’s to follow up with them in 2-3 day’s time. That way, it doesn’t fall off of either of our radar and materials get returned or questions get answered in a timely manner.

Allie: Once I receive a graphic request or campaign deadline, I write them in my agenda to reference as the deadline gets closer. Writing down my due dates helps me stay focused on current projects instead of worrying about projects further down the line.

Barbara: Arrange program windows on your desktop and monitor to optimize your workflow. A routine 30-minute task can turn into a 15-minute task when you’re not switching between programs and hunting for files!

Emily: To break up your day into half-hour sections. This enables you to stay on track during the day, manage your to-do list and create realistic daily goals.

Stephanie: One of the ways that I keep myself organized is by creating timelines and due dates for every project that I’m working on. From there, I can work backwards to add the dates into my weekly & daily tasks so I can help to keep myself and the team I’m working with as productive as possible.

Amy: After a client call or meeting, the first thing I do when I get back to my desk is transcribe all my notes and add them to my to-do’s so nothing falls off my radar.

Lauren: Set a timer for a specific task to be done by. There are minor adjustments that each of us can make to our day to spike productivity for a couple of hours.

Jessica: Don’t overestimate the number of things you can get done in a day. Put together a small workday plan that you can achieve within a day to help feel a sense of accomplishment.

All Points PR Team Share Tips for Networking and Deskside Tour Planning

In our recent July seminar, Account Leads Joey Jiracek and Lauren Baca presented to the full team about their learnings from arranging deskside visits with reporters in New York as well as their lessons from the NewsWhip conference, which they both attended in June.

With the goal of leveraging existing relationships and establishing new media connections, both Joey and Baca worked tirelessly to make personal connections to New York media contacts, culminating in a visit to the city to meet these individuals in person to further grow their relationships and develop future story angles for our franchise clients. Among the reporters that they met with were freelancers and social media consultants who contribute to publications and sites such as Globe Street, the Wall St. Journal, Money-Ish, Bustle and more.

Joey and Baca gave their best tips to the group for arranging in-person visits and avoiding the inevitable pitfalls of awkwardness that come with networking, such as being prepared with a location ahead of time, having printed materials on hand and reaching each individual at a personal level.

Our two networking gurus, fresh from a series of New York City deskside meetings, then attended the NewsWhip conference which centered around humanizing data. They brought back a host of great tricks, including using language with compelling indicators (first, last, only, smallest, largest) in the subject line as well as how to tactfully add a socially conscious component to a brand identity.

The whole All Points team enjoyed hearing about the deskside tours and best practices from the conference alongside a well-designed presentation. We’re already looking forward to the August seminar – nice job, Baca and Joey!

All Points PR Coordinates Local TV Segment for Children’s Care and Education Franchise

All Points PR coordinated a local TV segment with Good Morning Texas for client Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers. The segment featured a director of a local Children’s Lighthouse and several students making tie-dye t-shirts, showcasing one of the many hands-on activities the learning centers provide. Coverage ran on air and online.

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All Points PR Secures Social Media Placement for Fitness Franchise

All Points PR secured a Facebook post with Clovis Roundup Community Newspaper for client The Camp Transformation Center. The post shared an article from the newspaper’s website, highlighting The Camp Transformation Center of Clovis and featuring quotes from the owner and a team member of the new location discussing what it means to have The Camp in their community.

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All Points Lands Social Media Placement with Cardz for Kidz

All Points PR landed a social media placement with Cardz for Kidz. The All Points team was featured on their social media channels for their quarterly Positive Impact volunteer program, where they supported the Cardz for Kidz organization by creating handmade cards for hospitalized and traumatized children across the globe. Team photos were featured on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

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All Points PR Coordinates Local Press Coverage for Printing and Sign Franchise

All Points PR coordinated local press coverage with Charlotte Patch for client Allegra. The story covered Allegra president’s recent acquisition and ownership of Banner Signs Today and M&M Graphics in Charlotte’s South End. These brands will undergo a brand transition to Allegra Marketing Print Mail in the coming months. Coverage ran online.

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Got Great Press? Close the Loop with Social Media and Content Marketing

As PR pros, we work hard to secure press for our franchise industry clients – from reporter research and crafting a personalized pitch to media training the client and follow-up, it’s a multi-step process to get the hit. And after so many well-thought-out steps, it’s only natural to share the press coverage in as many places as possible to get as much exposure out of it.

Social media is an important component to our integrated strategies at All Points PR, and that includes sharing secured press coverage via social media. All Points PR President Jamie Izaks explores the idea of “closing the loop” in the video below.

As Jamie pointed out, the crossover from PR to social media can also be useful when it comes to crisis communication and content marketing. We aim to help our franchise clients maintain the equity they’ve built in their brands through social media, blog and email campaigns alongside traditional earned media.

Click here to see how All Points’ secured coverage enhances brand reputations within the franchise industry. And, don’t forget to like our Facebook page for more of Jamie’s PR Tips of the Month!

Wag N’ Wash® Natural Food & Bakery to Launch Round Up for Freedom Service Dogs, #unleashthepotential Campaign in July

Wag N’ Wash® Natural Food & Bakery to Launch Round Up for Freedom Service Dogs, #unleashthepotential Campaign in July

One-Stop Pet Retail Destination and Bakery Aims to Raise Money for Service Dog Nonprofit

LITTLETON, Colo. – Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery announced today its national partnership with nonprofit Freedom Service Dogs to launch a fundraising campaign this summer. Dubbed Round Up for Freedom Service Dogs, #unleashthepotential, this campaign aims to raise money to help veterans regain their independence by obtaining the assistance they need from a service animal, free of cost.

From July 1 – July 31 at all Wag N’ Wash locations, when customers choose to round up to the nearest dollar during check out, the change will go toward toward Round Up for Freedom Service Dogs, #unleashthepotential, helping veterans who have made life-altering sacrifices.

Wag N’ Wash hopes to help Freedom Service Dogs achieve its goal of placing 40 service dogs with veterans in 2018. Wag N’ Wash looks to raise $10,000 for the cause, and Healthy Pet Partners, the holding company of Wag N’ Wash, will match up to $5,000. The service dogs that are part of the program are rescues who go through extensive training at the state penitentiary and then receive additional specialized training to meet the needs of the veteran.

“When we were looking for a nonprofit to partner with, Freedom Service Dogs was an natural fit,” said Rob Flanagan, president of Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery. “Service dogs can have such a substantial impact on the lives of their humans and no one is more deserving than veterans. It’s important to us as a company to give back to a cause that resonates with what we do and with our customers.”

All locations are taking part in the initiative. To donate to the cause, please visit https://freedomservicedogs.org.

A premier destination for your companion animals, Wag N’ Wash offers self-wash and grooming services, natural food products and fresh-made bakery items that are soy-free, corn-free and preservative free. The retail space is a central spot for your dog or cat where you can “wash ‘em, feed ‘em and spoil ‘em, all in one cool place!”

To learn more about Wag N’ Wash, please visit https://wagnwash.com.

About Wag N’ Wash 

Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery, a full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs, has a mission to recognize, promote and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other. Wag N’ Wash provides fresh-baked dog treats, natural food, supplements, full-service grooming and self-wash facilities and toys. Today, there are 17 Wag N’ Wash locations in eight states.

To learn more about Wag N’ Wash, please visit https://wagnwash.com.

Pizza Factory Named to “Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018” List

Pizza Factory Named to “Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018” List

Iconic Neighborhood Pizzeria Strengthens Reputation as a Prominent Pizza Franchise

 OAKHURST, Calif. – Pizza Factory has announced that it has earned an esteemed distinction in the franchise industry. The brand has been named to Entrepreneur’s “Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018”, listed in the top half of the “Pizza” category.

“We’re honored to be named to this list amongst other highly recognized franchises,” said Mary Jane Riva, president and CEO of Pizza Factory. “Being named to this list solidifies our reputation in the industry. We are excited to build off this momentum and continue to elevate the franchise as a whole in the years to come.”

Brands on this list are ranked accordingly to their score from the Franchise 500® equation. The list evaluates more than 150 data points for each franchise, including cost and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability.

“Food franchises can be some of the most challenging to run, but they can also be some of the most rewarding,” says Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor in chief. “Our Top Food Franchises list shines a light on some of the best opportunities in this highly competitive industry.”

Founded more than 30 years ago, Pizza Factory has become well known for serving fresh, high-quality pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. The brand is also widely recognized for its close community connection, which includes its iconic “No Bully Zone” program and impactful fundraising partnerships.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Pizza Factory franchise should have the ability to invest $151,000 – $638,500, which includes working capital and a typical franchise fee of $25,000. Plus, Pizza Factory offers its veteran franchisees 25 percent off the franchise fee. Ideal franchise candidates are enthusiastic about the restaurant industry, have a strong work ethic and are passionate about their communities.

To view Pizza Factory in the full ranking, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/313513.

To learn more about Pizza Factory visit: www.pizzafactory.com.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: www.pizzafactoryfranchises.com.

About Pizza Factory

Founded 30 years ago, Pizza Factory has become well known for serving fresh, high-quality pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. The brand is also widely recognized for its close community connection, which includes its iconic “No Bully Zone” program and impactful fundraising partnerships.

Currently, there are more than 110 locations based in six states throughout the West Coast. Pizza Factory looks to add additional franchise locations in key markets throughout the country, with a special focus on Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and California.

To learn more about Pizza Factory, please visit http://pizzafactory.com. For information about available franchise opportunities, please visit http://pizzafactoryfranchises.com/.

All Points PR Secures National Coverage in PBS NewsHour for Home Health Franchise

All Points PR secured national coverage for client Homewatch CareGivers in PBS NewsHour. The column discussed recent changes involving Medicare and featured a quote from Homewatch CareGivers president and CEO Julie Smith discussing the opportunity these changes will bring to home caregiving services. Coverage ran online and was shared on PBS NewsHour’s social media channels.

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Structural Elements® Announces Strategic Franchise Growth Plan

Structural Elements® Announces Strategic Franchise Growth Plan

Holistic Orthopedic Wellness Brand Makes Plans to Expand Footprint, Bringing New Clinics to Communities Coast to Coast

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Structural Elements®, a unique wellness brand offering a transformative and therapeutic approach that focuses on how the body functions, announced today a strategic franchising growth initiative that is filling a critical gap in the health and orthopedic care industries by bringing the Structural Elements® approach to new communities throughout the country.

The name Structural Elements® refers to the proprietary approach founder and CEO Doug Bertram developed as an acupuncturist. Operating on the fundamental belief that the body is a single unit, Bertram developed a mapping technique locating patterns of focal adhesions in response to mechanical stress. Structural Elements® practitioners, also referred to as body engineers, can be practicing physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and osteopathic physicians alike.

“Since I first discovered this alternative approach to orthopedic pain in 1995, I knew it was going to make a lasting impact on my patients and the wellness industry,” said Bertram. “There is a strong need for quality orthopedic care that takes into account the whole body and how all parts of the body are intertwined. Our team is committed to growing the brand alongside like-minded individuals or groups that share the same passion and promise to care.”

With four locations currently open in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, Leesburg, VA and Milwaukee, WI, Structural Elements® has its eyes on expanding in similar markets where the demand for orthopedic care is high. Currently, Structural Elements® is tapping into Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida for franchise growth.

In existing markets, Structural Elements® has carved out its niche as being a reliable clinic for customized care using a combination of acupuncture/dry needling, manual soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilization. Structural Elements®’ typical patient is someone who has tried other orthopedic centers or treatment methods, but has failed to find relief. It’s common for patients to identify a nagging pain that got worse over time, rather than a recent injury. Usual complaints are joint-based and include lower back, knee or shoulder pain. Athletes – professional, recreational and high school students – are common Structural Elements® patients. These individuals will seek treatment to help with pain management and to improve their skills.

“The need for this type of care is growing,” added Bertram. “Anyone who has ever experienced chronic or unmanageable pain, understands the immense damper it can bring to your everyday life. We’ve found a pain management treatment that works; and we’re thrilled to introduce this concept to more people in need. The franchise opportunity allows us to help the masses and offer people a rewarding opportunity to take control of their career.”

The ideal Structural Elements® franchisee is someone who understands the brand’s mission, wants to develop long-term relationships with patients by supporting their community members in overcoming injuries and achieving activity goals. Also, the individual or group should maintain an active lifestyle and be willing and able to invest in the health and wellness industry.

Joining the Structural Elements® franchise is a unique opportunity to balance a passion for wellness with achieving personal entrepreneurial goals. With Structural Elements®, you get access to a proven system based on years of business and medical experience, plus comprehensive initial training, site selection and build-out assistance, distinctive image and interior design, group vendor savings and ongoing expert access. For the average 2,000 sqft. clinic, the initial investment ranges between $225,000 – 300,000, in addition to the $45,000 franchise fee. If you are interested in learning more about the Structural Elements® franchise opportunity, please visit: http://franchise.structuralelements.com

About Structural Elements®:

Structural Elements® is an orthopedic wellness clinic that strives to provide the highest standard of care through a contemporary business model and a proprietary treatment approach. The approach was discovered in 1995 by Structural Elements®’ Founder Doug Bertram. He operated his own practice until opening the first official Structural Elements® clinic in Hagerstown, Maryland in 2013. Structural Elements® opened the first franchise location in 2015, and is committed to igniting brand growth via the franchising model throughout the country, with a strong emphasis on the southeast. To learn more about Structural Elements® visit http://www.structuralelements.com.

All Points PR Shares Client Social Media Successes

Like we often write about and share on our own social media pages, building relationships with influencers has grown in importance when it comes to understanding the full scope of what public relations can encompass in an increasingly digital world.

Much of our work with influencers comes down to the time and research it takes to determine the best fit for a client. To this point, we’ve secured several great social media placements for our franchise clients that have helped to further their footprint nationally, regionally and locally.

Recently, All Points secured a placement with @CLTEats, a Charlotte food blogger who visited a newly opened Potbelly location and shared a post, plus a full Instagram story with her nearly 17K followers.

It’s not just humans who are influencers, either – All Points got in touch with @tinsley_carter, a Yorkie puppy that visits local businesses, to visit a Sloan’s location and enjoy a doggie sundae! With more than 12K followers, Tinsley is one popular pup.

More than just driving business to an individual store, working with influencers enhances the entire reputation of a brand – and in franchising, this total exposure can be deeply beneficial to the brand as a whole.

We invite you to explore our Results tab to see the exciting ways that All Points PR has secured press coverage on all levels – national, local, regional, social media, trade and consumer-facing – for our franchise industry clients. More eyes on your brand equals more franchise leads – a win-win!

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC Recognizes Best of the Best; Names “Top Producers,” “Multi-Million Dollar Club” Members

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC Recognizes Best of the Best;

Names “Top Producers,” “Multi-Million Dollar Club” Members

North America’s Leading Business Brokerage Firm Presents Coveted Awards at Annual Conference

 CLEARWATER, Fla. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC (MB&FC), North America’s largest full-service business brokerage firm, recently hosted its annual conference where the brand announced its 2017 “Top Producers” and welcomed new members to the exclusive “Multi-Million Dollar Club.” With more than 150 franchise units in the United States and Canada, MB&FC organizes a conference each year to reflect on the past year and honor achievements met by members of the network.

Themed “Winners Keep Score,” this year’s conference was held at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast celebrating a record year for the brand and featured educational courses to assist attendees with overall business brokerage, goal setting and more.

“On behalf of the entire company, I would like to congratulate all of our award winners for the overall incredible results they have achieved in 2017,” said Tom Coba, CEO of MB&FC. “I’d also like to thank our entire franchise network for continuing to uphold the highest level of client service year after year.”

The coveted “Top Producers” award was presented to members of the MB&FC network that provided top-notch client service and closed high-priced deals. The honorees, their regions and number of years they have received the “Top Producer” award are listed below:

  • Scott Belden, Missouri
  • Bruce Burns, New Mexico
  • Russell Cohen, Florida
  • Daz Connell, New Jersey
  • Linn Crader, Oregon
  • Jim Dunmire, Florida
  • Judy Elrod, Washington
  • Teresa Farrell, Oregon
  • Andy Fischer, Florida
  • Shannon Foust, Ohio
  • Gokul Padmanabhan, Florida
  • Ken Pokorny, Texas
  • Matt Slappey Georgia
  • Marvin Slovacek, Utah
  • Bill White, Sr., Ohio

To be considered a member of the brokerage firm’s “Multi-Million Dollar Club,” brokers had to secure more than $2 million in transactions in 2017. The welcomed members are as follows:

  • Dan Bauer – Minnesota
  • Scott Belden – Missouri
  • Ron Buck – North Carolina
  • Bruce Burns – New Mexico
  • Dan Carelli – Florida
  • Russell Cohen – Florida
  • Daz Connell – New Jersey
  • Linn Crader – Oregon
  • Darrel Damhof – Minnesota
  • Celine Dufresne – Florida
  • Jim Dunmire – Florida
  • Judy Elrod – Washington
  • Teresa Farrell – Oregon
  • Andy Fischer – Florida
  • Shannon Foust – Ohio
  • Dan Gore – Florida
  • John Holland – California
  • Bill Ilgenfritz – W. Pennsylvania
  • Tiffany Kert – Ohio
  • Peggy Kragh – Montana
  • Rick Kunze – Minnesota
  • Paul Lapidus – Florida
  • Art Lennig – Georgia
  • Mike Metzger – Virginia
  • Russell Miller – New Jersey
  • Gokul Padmanabhan – Florida
  • Edwin Pena – Florida
  • Ken Pokorny –Texas
  • Tony Samples – Georgia
  • Gordon Schofield – Canada
  • Dexter Sherman – Montana
  • Matt Slappey – Georgia
  • Marvin Slovacek – Utah
  • Bill White, Sr. – Ohio