Franchise Web Development Strategies You Need to Compete in 2018

Franchise Web Development Strategies You Need to Compete in 2018

May 4, 2018 By

Franchise web development is evolving every year and 2018 brings a whole new set of challenges and opportunities.

Today’s post spotlights 4 new developments and how they will affect franchisors online campaigns this year.

Keyword research is still a make-or-break proposition.

Nothing’s changed in terms of how importance keyword research is for franchise web development in 2018.

Proper keyword research means:

  • Less competition. Choosing the right keywords drastically reduces the difficulty of ranking (and also the price of any franchise PPC bids). Usually, this means picking long-tail keyword phrases that pinpoint a specific user need or location.
  • Better conversion rates. Being specific with your keywords lets you target more relevant audiences. Rather than bombarding the general public with your message, you present your offer to people who want to hear it, which gets much better results.
  • Less stilted copy. The best keywords are predictive, which means they predict the searcher’s intent as well as their phrasing. So, for example, a franchisors seeking our services might search for the “best franchise web development strategies.” They would probably not search for “”franchise web development best strategies.” It’s a subtle difference, but an important one. Though they each contain the exact same keywords, the former is phrased much more naturally; it’s written exactly like somebody would search. This not only makes it more likely that searchers find your content – it also makes your content infinitely more readable, which will be reflected in your on-site stats.

It’s also important to set up a secondary set of related keywords, which will be incorporated into your content to supplement your primary set. This helps you broaden your net and account for disparate search terms without losing focus on your target audience.

Responsive web design is now non-negotiable.

With the majority of searches now coming from mobile, there’s no getting around the need for responsive web design. Without it, you subject your audience to a clunky, poorly laid out web experience. That’s no use for your franchise web development, and potentially damaging to your brand’s reputation.

You can find more information about responsive web design at

Target the right referrers for better franchise web development.

Unsurprisingly, Google is still the top referrer of website traffic, which underscores the need for effective SERP ranking tactics. Social media referrals – when a user is directed to your website through a shared link on Facebook or any of the other big players – are dwindling fast in 2018. This is mostly due to the fact that social network algorithms are designed to keep users on their sites. They accomplish this by burying any posts that contain external links, and pumping up posts that encourage users to stay put.

So what’s the bottom line?

STOP using social media referrals for your franchise web development, and START investing more in SERP rankings by upping your organic content and franchise PPC.

Build crawlable content to increase your visibility.

While most of your franchise web development efforts should be done with human readers in mind, it’s critical that your URLs, text, visuals, and embeds are designed in a way that’s appealing and accessible to Google’s crawl-bots. If they aren’t, none of your other franchise web development strategies really matter.

The subject of crawlable content is bigger than this article, but we’d be happy to break it down for you. Give us a call at 866-311-7189, or visit to book your consultation online.