FranTech Conference 2015

The FranTech Conference is officially underway!  This annual conference, sponsored by the International Franchise Association, provides the latest information in technology and digital marketing to franchise professionals.  Mosquito Joe’s Marketing Director, Angela Zerda, is attending this year’s conference to learn about the latest innovations and make 2016 a great year for the franchise.

“FranTech is a great opportunity to converse with other franchise and digital marketing companies about the ever-changing online landscape. It’s a great opportunity to learn best practices and explore new ideas for Mosquito Joe that will benefit our franchisees at a local level as well as the national brand,” said Zerda.

This year’s conference Featured Speakers include Mike Walsh and Jeremy Lynch.  Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a consulting agency that helps businesses navigate the chaos of modern technology.  Lynch works on Facebook’s Small and Medium Business Community team, which helps local businesses understand how to best use the platform for growth and connectivity.  Other speakers include representatives from Google, the Dwyer Group, and FASTSIGNS.

The conference also features a Think Tank, where attendees can network with one another to discuss and discover how other businesses manage marketing and technology tactics.  Smaller breakout sessions focus on specialized topics such as mobile marketing, the virtual workplace, and Google Analytics, among others.

After Day One of the conference Zerda reported, “Some of the most interesting conversations were around the incredible growth of the mobile landscape over even just the past year.  With consumers depending on mobile devices for solutions to their immediate needs, it is imperative that we are well-positioned there.”

Check out the conference brochure here.

FranTech 2015 is one of many franchise-focused conferences held around the country every year designed to keep franchise professionals informed, educated and learning from each other.  Mosquito Joe prioritizes attending conferences like FranTech so we can continue to drive our business goals and provide the best resources for both franchisees and customers.  We strive to use the most effective marketing and technology solutions to boost productivity, grow the business and make outside fun again.

Stay tuned to this blog for the latest in franchise news and development.

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Ask a Franchisee Friday: Pets and Kids?

As people are investigating franchise opportunities and specifically the Mosquito Joe business, (and since no pest control experience is required), lots of questions come up. We decided to bring you Ask a Franchisee Friday, where we highlight a frequently asked question from franchise candidates to our franchise sales team. We then ask one of our operating Mosquito Joe franchisees to answer it for us. If you’re looking at any franchise, and specifically outdoor pest control, this is a question you might have too.

Is the product you use safe for children and pets?

Here at Mosquito Joe, we think everyone should enjoy being outside itch free.  We know kids and pets are an especially big concern, and since mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas can lead to such conditions as West Nile, Lyme Disease and even heartworms, we take it very seriously.

Owner-operator Stephanie Simon from Mosquito Joe of Arkansas chimed in on this question when it comes to our kids and pets. “All of our technicians are certified in mosquito control and fully trained in the safe use and application of our products, making sure the process is kid and pet friendly.  It is actually the same active ingredient that is used in flea and tick shampoo and even lice shampoo that you would use directly on them.  We just ask that they stay inside while we treat and for about 30 minutes thereafter to allow the product to settle and dry so it will be the most effective.”

All of the barrier spray chemicals we use are synthetic forms of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are insecticides that are derived from a naturally occurring compound found in the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethroids are used in numerous commercial products that consumers use to control insects such as household pest insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos applied directly to the scalp, just as Stephanie stated. The standard barrier spray treatment is effective on other pests such as fleas and ticks which makes it not only safe for pets, but effective in helping make outside a little more enjoyable for our furry friends.

For more information on the Mosquito Joe business opportunity or what we do, visit our website. Happy Friday!

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Understanding Your Franchise Fee with Mosquito Joe

As we’ve mentioned here many times, Mosquito Joe is experiencing amazing growth on our quest to make outside fun again.  The 2015 season saw 114 franchise locations open across 24 states, with many more expected to be added in 2016.  If you’ve been thinking about a new business opportunity in an exploding market, we hope you consider Mosquito Joe in your plans for next year.  We are ecstatic to be growing so quickly and are really looking forward to another year in the franchise business!

Those looking into the outdoor pest control market should note that signing with Mosquito Joe before the end of October will save you $5,000!  On November 1st , our one-time franchise fee will increase from $20,000 to $25,000.  If you’ve been exploring franchising as an option, you may find yourself wondering what exactly all these fees include.  This breakdown of the Mosquito Joe franchise fee will hopefully make the process easy to understand and evaluate.  Our franchisees are the core of this business, so we want anyone coming on board to feel like they are getting the best bang for their buck!

Exclusive Market

Perhaps most importantly, the fee promises market exclusivity to the franchisee for whichever territories have been purchased.  Something not often found among other franchise businesses, this means that once awarded the territory, you are the only person who can market to and service customers in that area.

“Join the Club”

After signing agreements, franchisees are required to come to Mosquito Joe headquarters in Virginia Beach to attend MoJo University.  The franchise fee contributes to this comprehensive, 4-day training that covers everything from equipment operation and brand compliance to marketing strategies and best business practices.  Here, franchisees get a chance to learn the business inside-out and work with the corporate team closely before officially opening for business.

Ongoing Support

From the initial signing to opening day and beyond, you will probably have a lot of questions.  The franchise fee partially covers all support you receive from the Mosquito Joe team moving forward including marketing, operations, and call center support.

Mosquito Joe continues to beat out the competition when it comes to the cost of opening a franchise in the outdoor pest control market.  Franchise Business Review even ranked MoJo as one of the Top Low Cost Franchises in the country.  You can find all of the details and steps to ownership on our franchise website. Please contact us with any questions.  We would love to get you on the path to being a fellow Joe!

 

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Third Quarter Brings Amazing Growth to Mosquito Joe

Growth would be an understatement for the type of expansion Mosquito Joe experienced in the third quarter of 2015.  In the past four months, Mosquito Joe has entered new communities around the country with a strong brand and even stronger services to make the outdoors safe and enjoyable.  We are very excited to announce that MoJo has more than doubled in size from where we were one year ago with 210 territories sold to 95 unique franchisees!  And we’re not stopping there…

With several ongoing initiatives through the end of 2015, Mosquito Joe aims to surpass last year’s success by an even wider margin.  System-wide sales are projected to be upwards of 220% over those from last year.  We are also forecasting 200 territories open and operating by the end of 2016.

The surge in success is due in large part to Mosquito Joe’s strong reputation among its existing clientele spread over 24 states.  Our franchisees not only provide mosquito control services, but a lifestyle product that allows thousands of people to enjoy being outside again.  The demand for these services is constantly increasing as more and more people discover the amazing benefits of Mosquito Joe, painting a bright future for the brand.  The franchise is certainly emerging as an industry leader and is looking for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to enter a high-gross margin business.  Franchise Business Review and Entrepreneur Magazine listed Mosquito Joe as a Top Multi-Unit Franchise of 2015 and a Top New Franchise Opportunity of 2015 respectively.  Those interested in exploring the franchise opportunity with Mosquito Joe should act quickly – the franchise fee is increasing to $25,000 on November 1st.

With such amazing growth this year, we thought it was time to welcome some new faces into the corporate office!  You may have already met Tracey, our new Marketing Assistant, who is working on brand management, franchisee support, and customer recruitment.  David is working alongside Joe Money as our new Financial Analyst, running data reports and keeping the books in order.  And last but certainly not least is Kieran, our newest Franchise Business Coach, who will be one of the main contacts for franchisees from startup to opening and beyond.  Keep an eye on our Corporate Blog for posts about David and Kieran coming soon!

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Could You Help in the Battle Against Vector Borne Disease?

This time of year can be tricky as the weather fluctuates between warm and cool. Most parts of the country are seeing a break in humidity and heat, but may not know that mosquitos will stay active until the temperature stays below 55 degrees and some areas see mosquito activity year round. This makes vector borne disease a year round health issue and an ongoing problem.

Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their reports and there have been 493 cases of West Nile reported in 40 states. It seems every day there is a new headline about West Nile being diagnosed in a new area of the country. West Nile Virus is usually spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious neurological problems, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms. You can read our past blog post for more detailed information about the disease and its symptoms.

Vector borne diseases don’t stop there. Lyme Disease this year has been another illness causing major health issues, so we’ve been closely monitoring tick activity. The CDC reports that every year around 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease! In late 2014 scientists discovered a whole new tick-borne virus and we have been seeing the first cases pop up in the U.S. this year. Bourbon Virus is now on the radar as yet another disease spread by ticks.

If you’ve been considering a franchise opportunity, the mosquito control industry is growing – and it’s growing quickly. This year, we have 114 mosquito control franchise locations open across 23 states and next year is going to be even bigger. California and Texas have the highest number of West Nile cases and we’ve got available markets in each area. No matter where you live, you have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a business that is helping in the fight against these diseases. A Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office. Plus, our franchisee fee goes up on November 1, so sign before then and save $5,000.  And hey, who doesn’t want to be the neighborhood hero?

Visit our website for more information.

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Join Mosquito Joe Before the End of October and SAVE!

Mosquito Joe is experiencing amazing growth, providing mosquito control services for neighborhoods across the country and bringing relief from pesky bugs like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.  This year, we have 114 mosquito control franchise locations open across 23 states, and we couldn’t be more excited about what the next year will bring.  If you’ve been thinking about a new business opportunity, we hope the next year includes you!

The mosquito control industry is an emerging, high growth market experiencing widespread acceptance as a service homeowners and businesses value and desire.  News about West Nile Virus and other vector borne illnesses is popping up almost daily, and mosquito populations are thriving.  A Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office.  While it’s a great stand-alone opportunity, it also nicely complements an existing business.  And if you join us before November 1st, you can save $5,000 on our already low franchise fee.

Jeff Holmes, a Mosquito Joe franchise owner in South Shore, Kentucky explains why he chose an opportunity to join the MoJo team: “I see Mosquito Joe as an opportunity to help families just like ours get back outside and enjoy their yards. The company’s slogan is, “Making outside fun again.” This really resonated with my wife and I. The mosquito season coincides with my teaching profession, so I still get to work with my students. I’ve always wanted to own my own business and this one seems to “fit us like a glove.”’

Top Reasons to Join Mosquito Joe Before the End of 2015

Contact us soon to take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Meet our fast-growing group of franchise partners at our Annual Convention in February and learn from their experiences
  • Be trained and ready to showcase your business at home shows in your area (these typically take place early in the year and are a great way to attract customers while building brand awareness in your community)
  • Save $5,000 if you sign by the end of October – our one-time franchise fee will increase from $20,000 to $25,000 effective November 1, 2015

This is definitely an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. And who doesn’t want to be the neighborhood hero? Take the first step by giving us a call today at 855-564-6563 or by filling out our online information request form.

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Mosquito Joe Wins at 1851 Franchise Magazine’s First Franchise Development Website Awards

We are very proud to announce that Mosquito Joe finished first in 1851 Franchise Magazine’s Franchise Development Website Awards! The awards recognized the best among national franchise websites in design, usability, and site performance.

“We’re thrilled to see the work we have put into our online presence recognized through this competition,” said Angela Zerda, Director of Marketing at Mosquito Joe. “Potential franchise owners do so much research online before they’re ready to talk to an actual person that it’s essential to represent your company well online, from being found easily to providing good information in a clear format.”

Hundreds of submissions were dwindled down to the top 40 finalists by four industry expert judges in franchising, marketing, and public relations. Their feedback on the Mosquito Joe website was thrilling to read, stating, “Terrific call to action combined with wonderful use of video imagery. The flow of the site is stellar. Providing information in multiple ways to suit the user is smart.”

We are extremely proud of this award, which continues to remind us of the importance of digital content. A quality website with updated information and easy accessibility can make a world of difference in sales and customer relations. It’s usually the first stop for people interested in your services, so a good first impression on the website will only increase your chances of more leads and sales!

1851 was kind enough to publish a “best practices” resource guide, with successful strategies for design and content management taken from the contests’ finalists. The digital world can be intimidating, but it is well worth your while to take a peak and potentially pick up some helpful tips. You can access the guide here.

We want to thank all of our customers and franchisees for making Mosquito Joe such a wonderful company. And, of course, a big shout out to Angela Zerda and her team for creating an amazing website.

Whether you are a franchise owner or just exploring, we hope this site helps you get a true feel for what franchising and Mosquito Joe are all about.  There is plenty more to see on the main MoJo franchise page with videos, new stories, and reasons to consider our mosquito control franchise.  We also love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us any feedback with ideas or suggestions for topics you would like to see – this site is for you after all!

Find the full list of finalists and commentary from the website awards at 1851franchise.com.

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21 States in 21 Months

The past two years have been a whirlwind of planning, launching, growing, and of course making outside fun again. When we started franchising we set some high goals for ourselves because we knew this business opportunity was not only smart, but that what we do is a much-needed service in communities across the United States. Last week, we surpassed a big goal and we’re so excited to share our news with you.

When we started franchising in January of 2013, we set a goal to sell 90 territories by the end of 2014. At the time it was hard to imagine, but last week we did it. To date, we have sold 102 territories (63 of those in 2014!) and we still have 3 months left in the year! This is such a huge milestone for us in more ways than one. It makes us most proud of the franchisees we’ve recruited in these short 21 months. Mosquito Joe locations in 21 states are keeping customers safe and itch free and allowing them to take back their yards, barns, farms, gardens, little league fields, parks and even a zoo. But not only that, they’re amazing people and we’re excited to work with them each and every day. You can read all about crossing into triple digit territories here!

If you’re reading this and you’re curious about the opportunity, all I can say is start exploring. And if we’re already on your radar, act fast because our franchise fee is increasing at the end of October. But if you think mosquito control is something you can’t do, you should know you don’t need pest control experience to get started. In fact, most of our franchisees don’t have any pest control experience or even small business experience. That’s part of what’s so great about our franchise system – we provide all the training and systems for you! So think about us. We’ll be here…and growing.

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