Mystery Shopping Shows Improved Initial Contact Attempt Rates, But Plenty of Lost Opportunity for Franchise Sales Teams

August 17, 2022 – In July 2022, an improved 60% of inquirers to franchises reported that they were contacted by “all of the franchises they inquired to,” just below  the average rate of 61.3% seen over the last twelve months. 

Those who reported being contacted by “none of” the franchises at seven days after inquiry stood at 17.8%, way above an all-time low of 2.8% in March 2022, according to results from the monthly Mystery Shopping survey. While that was not the worst recorded (27.3% of inquiries went unanswered in June 2020, as the pandemic surged and many businesses were forced to shut down), it does mean that almost a fifth of lead generation budgets were wasted by some franchise sales teams, assuming that the survey respondents are representative of the total population of prospects.

What could be driving this lost opportunity?

Underscoring the importance of increasing contact efforts is the data that almost half of prospective buyers submitted an inquiry to only a single business concept and almost two thirds made inquiries to only one or two concepts as per June 2022 data we provided last week. So franchise sales teams with prompt follow-up can increase their chances of exclusive contact.

Over the last two years, contact attempt rates dropped as low as 45.5% in June 2020, the same month as above when 27.3% of those surveyed reported that none of the franchises that they requested information from followed up within seven days. That downtrend reversed as fall of 2020 approached, and contact attempt rates were highest at 75.4% in August 2021.

How could this opportunity gap persist? Why aren’t all prospects followed up with? Rather than blaming it on insufficient effort or inadequate responsiveness of franchise sales teams, here are a few hypotheses:

But the number of persons inquiring who are never contacted by any of the franchises that requested information is puzzling, given the scarcity of prospects, and the increasing costs and scarcity of franchise lead generation due to privacy changes at Apple and their impact on Facebook and Instagram

The Mystery Shopping survey is conducted monthly by from a sample of franchise prospects that have submitted inquiries on the FranchiseVentures lead generation platform. The latest data is from July 14-25, 2022.

FranchiseVentures is the leading franchise lead-generation platform for potential franchisees to thousands of growing franchise systems in the United States and Canada. Its franchise lead generation brands include, Franchise Solutions, Franchise Gator, Franchise Opportunities, Franchise For Sale, and, and together they provide the largest aggregation of prospective franchise buyers in the U.S.

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Published on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022.

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