The Power of The Franchisor's Brand
Franchisors invest a lot of time, energy, and financial resources in developing and supporting their brands. They do this so that consumers understand exactly what to expect before they even walk through the door of any of their locations. Great franchisors want to ensure that their customers are satisfied each and every time they shop at a franchised location. In the consumer's mind, a franchisor's brand equals the company's reputation. It is the experience they perceive they will have—and expect to have - that is essential to protecting the value of the company's marks. This is true regardless of whether the location is company owned or franchisee owned. Consistent execution to brand standards is expected in each locationthey visit regardless of where the business is located.
The brand is the franchisor's most valuable asset. Customers decide which business to shop at and how often to frequent that business based on what they know, or think that they know, about the brand. Consumers really do not care who owns the assets of the business. Great franchisors provide the tools needed by the system's local operators and enforce system standards simply because they understand that in the customer's mind, they're shopping or eating at a branch of trusted chain.
To illustrate further... When one sees an advertisement for a Wendy's hamburger, they immediately associate it with the experience of ordering and eating a franchised Wendy's hamburger. The experience of visiting a franchised Wendy's, supported by the message in its advertising, communicates and reinforces to the public just what Wendy's is. The same goes for other franchising companies, such as Meineke. When you see an ad for brake services, one can almost feel their car stopping more safely at the light.