Economic uncertainty, a stagnant economy and tight credit will create an environment where franchisors are going to rely on same store or same franchisee year-over-year increases rather than opening a significant number of new units to drive royalty revenue north of current levels. 2013 will be another bloody year for those franchisors committed to mediocrity. Only operationally excellent brands with strong franchisee validation will see performance gains.
Companies boasting strong unit economics and solid validation have a story to tell and a willing audience of interested would-be franchisees ready to listen. The trick for 2013 is connecting the two. The way prospective franchisees and franchisors connect will continue to evolve in 2013 according to 7 distinct patterns.