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FranConnect Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.2

/5

182

Total features

84

4 categories

FranConnect features

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Activity/News Feed
Alerts/Notifications
Appointment Scheduling
Assignment Management
Audit Management

Common features of Franchise Management software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Audit Management
Automatic Re-ordering
Billing & Invoicing
Brand Management

Price starts from

24.99

/user

Per month

Pricing options
Free plan
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Free trial

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Contenders comparison

Functionality

4.2

/5

182

Price starts from

24.99

/user

Per month

Total Features

84

Unique features

  • Lead Capture

  • Segmentation

  • Activity/News Feed

  • Source Tracking

Functionality

4.2

/5

754

Price starts from

49

Per month

Total Features

194

Features in Common

41

Unique features

  • Irrigation Tracking

  • Resource Scheduling

  • Repair Estimates

  • File Storage

Functionality

4.0

/5

820

Price starts from

169

/user

Per month

Total Features

156

Features in Common

34

Unique features

  • Payment Collection in the Field

  • Email Reminders

  • Accounting Integration

  • Inventory Optimization

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Health, Wellness and Fitness, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Orangetheory Fitness Review

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have been working with FranConnect for approx the past 2.5 years. I think some small tweaks in regard to system duplication (of data) and the modules "speaking" to each other could be easier. generally, we receive great software support but I would like to see a little more in regards to looking to them as the expects on their software and how we can use it at orangetheory to improve network functionality and improve internal business processes.

Pros

It is very Admin friendly - i can make majority of internal changes for the HQ office on a daily basis

Cons

System updates and enhancements do not always transition smoothly with customizations

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Hospital & Health Care, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Pros and Cons

Reviewed 6 years ago

We've been using FranConnect for the past 5 years that I've been employed here, I've used other platforms at previous employment. I feel it's a decent software but can be cluttered and overwhelming.

Pros

I like the search bar and being able to type in what I'm looking for. Most of the time I can find what I'm looking for.

Cons

I don't like that to preview documents, they automatically download. You should be able to click on documents in the library, see previews and make the decision to download. It's overwhelming when it comes to searching for a document or photo.

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Robert S.

Food & Beverages, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great Product

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

I love the fact that it is web-based, so I can access it anywhere. It is fairly easy to use and doesn't require a lot of training.

Cons

I wish I was able to add/remove fields myself without having to go through someone else.

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Zach N.

Consumer Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best option for what we need!

Reviewed 6 years ago

The customer support has greatly improved and the platform is super simply to get used to!

Pros

The interface and available functionality has been great!

Cons

We do run into a few issues from time to time but get solved quickly.

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Natalie D.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great Software for Franchising

Reviewed 6 years ago

I've been a journey and I've seen in the last 2.5 years how hard FranConnect has worked to make their system even better. They listen to their customers and try to enhance and support franchisors so that the system can work for us. I had times at the beginning of implementation where I was worried about how much there was to the system and some of the functionality was a little strange but overall I've been very please with all that FranConnect is and the direction it is going. The system has been very beneficial and necessary to have.

Pros

I love that FranConnect has thought of everything a franchisor will likely deal with in franchising and they've created a system to help you manage it all. In the last 2.5 years FranConnect has really enhanced the system. From the looks of it to functionality. I'm excited to see what it's going to look and function like in the next year. It's really helped me to keep things organized and on top of all the documentation a franchisor has to track per franchise location.

Cons

When we initially started using the software there were quite a few glitches in the system and we did lose some data, which was disappointing but the FranConnect team worked with us and we haven't had any major issues since.

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Olivia D.

Automotive, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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FranConnect System Review

Reviewed 6 years ago

We have built many approval processes into FranConnect and have drastically cut down on lost emails, excel reporting and missing data.

Pros

I think how we can keep all of our lead and franchise information in one place. The ability to set up workflows to allow for automated tasks and emails to go out based on certain actions has helped to improve our efficiency and processes.

Cons

I do not like how the reporting does not work across modules unless you have the insights module. I also wish there were more features that would work for a company that houses multiple brands in one system. Certain features that would be helpful to us are not conducive because they do not allow us to segment out by brand (i.e. Marketing ROI report in Sales module)

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Shannon W.

11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great Partner

Reviewed 7 years ago

My franchised company, Just Between Friends, has been a customer of Franconnect for quite some time. Their solutions help our corporate staff and our franchisees make the most of their day through efficient modules and support tools. The FC team is quick to respond if we have questions or need support or service of any kind.

Pros

Before we had this software, we were trying to manage all the different aspects of our business on our own. After looking at several different solutions, we chose to do business with Franconnect as they had significant experience in our space and could handle the size of our business and the growth that would come. Their customer support is WONDERFUL!

Cons

No cons were added to this review

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Lynn P.

Food & Beverages, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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FranConnect Review

Reviewed 6 years ago

I have been working with the FranConnect Franchise Software for 9 years. In that time, I have come to depend on the excellent customer service and ease of customization.

Pros

Love that all our stores' information is located in one platform. Ease for all of our departments to gain access to the pertinent information they need. Very easy to navigate from one tab to the other and upload and modify information.

Cons

Currently we are not able to search over multiple tabs. However, once our upgrade is complete, that will be remedied.

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ALEX S.

Consumer Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Super Efficient! Makes my job much easier.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Love how I can see everything about a lead's/candidate's history, all in 1 page. It is simple, organized and easy to follow. My favorite feature and one that I use constantly is the email feature, for group emails and individually. Being able to send personalized emails so fast and then be able to see if the prospect opened it, is very helpful.

Cons

Technical issues frequently. Get very slow at times. FranConnect/Outlook calendar sync needs to be fixed. Every time I restart my laptop I have to uninstall and reinstall the plug-in in order for it to work again, otherwise it will show that it is syncing when in fact it is not.

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Denise K.

Food & Beverages, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Franchise Lead Generation

Reviewed 6 years ago

It allows me as a franchise consultant in Canada to help support a large franchisor client with lead generation strategy and lead management. No experience with their franchisee operational support yet.

Pros

Remote access, customization of workflows by lead filters, marketing budget tracking and lead source code details ++

Cons

Limited access to a live support contact in real-time across the time zones + info help desk online get various folks managing your ticket vs one contact.

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Mariellen C.

Consumer Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Reviewed 6 years ago

I am using the older version of Fran Connect. Not Sky. We dislike this software so have not wanted to upgrade to sky.

Pros

Easy reference when looking up information about the franchisee.

Cons

Can't void some documents. Have to go through Customer Support at times. Can't organize documents by name or make sections. Do not like sending an FDD through Fran Connect. Potential franchisee's don't understand how to download the document.

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Julie C.

Real Estate, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Works very well for our purpose

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Navigation is easy and includes everything we need

Cons

You have to know the owner or number name to search, which means you have to know all of your customers or refer to other office websites or spreadsheets, which can be time consuming and frustrating. When you have hundreds of clients, you simply can't remember them all.

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Retail, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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FranConnect is solid

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

The system allows me to track whats important to me and running our monthly numbers gets done in a snap.

Cons

The invoice function will occasional drop a newly submitted data that requires you to re-enter everything. It can also be a little difficult to navigate when you are looking to explore new options.

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Brenda F.

Education Management, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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All you need

Reviewed 7 years ago

The Franconnect system has helped to eliminate silos between departments and has become our "go-to" franchise solution for operations, marketing and development. Continuously respond to requests and feedback with new upgrades and modules.

Pros

Ease of use and customization, cloud based system, robust reporting

Cons

Dashboard integration for corporate view

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Hannah T.

Sports, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Overall a Good Product... Quirky in Some Areas

Reviewed 6 years ago

Our company has used FranConnect's software for years. Our franchise owners depend on it to communicate with their customers and most of them love it and couldn't live without it. For FranConnect to be a 10 out of 10, they would need to improve the reliability of the system, specifically after upgrades. Run more tests. Be able to assure their customers that there will be no glitches (or very minimal ones) after quarterly releases.

Pros

Mostly easy to use. A few of our franchise owners have trouble using some features, but those who are naturally better at operating computers are able to navigate the software without any issues. The system can handle tens of thousands of records, but it does slow it down slightly as the number of records increase. The newer version, Sky, is updated on a quarterly basis and requests from customers are taken in consideration for improvements, love that.

Cons

The system has a few inconveniences and quirks. Navigating with Groups of contacts can be difficult due to the inability to view more than 20 at a time. This has been requested to be improved in upcoming releases and I hope to see that particular improvement. Our system was upgraded to Sky this past summer from the Legacy version and since the upgrade, we have experienced glitch after glitch. Some...

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Consumer Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Faulty software, bad tech support, glitchy programs, and more...

Reviewed 5 years ago

Poor, or below poor, if that's even a category of classification.

Pros

Easy to navigate for the most part. But the glitches destroy any hope of using it properly. I'm sure if you find other reviews, you will see a common theme - glitches , bad support, and a bad platform. The platforms kicks you off every few minutes and is NOT RELIABLE at all.

Cons

Honestly, I hate most of it. The platform moves so slowly, doesn't load properly, and glitches all the time. It makes my work day twice as long sometimes... When we transitioned into FC, which we were told was going to be easy, was anything but that. The franconnect team thought it was a good idea to send a security login email to every prospect we had in the system (40,000+!), without our approval....

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Program Development, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A Great Franchise Development Management System!

Reviewed 6 years ago

Essentially, our organization is using the FranConnect application to run our franchise development function. We have multiple, geographically dispersed franchise development professionals utilizing the system to manage their day-to-day activities. The FranConnect system allows for centrally managed controls while providing all the functionality franchise development professionals require to help candidates make informed decisions. The mobile app is pretty cool too!

Pros

The FranConnect application is all you need to manage the franchise development function. It is clear as you use the system, that all the functionality you need to manage your franchise development efforts has been built in. The system accepts leads from outside franchise consultant systems reducing the amount of manual entry required. The reporting system is robust. The email drip component of the application is loaded with functionality though at times, can be a bit confusing. However, once you get used to the campaign module, you're able to get things done quickly. Overall, a lot of capabilities in a relatively user-friendly system.

Cons

The dislikes are few. The primary dislike is that at times, the user has to request additional help when first using some of the functionality of the system. Once you get a better sense of how specific tasks are done, the system becomes much easier to navigate. FranConnect bridges the gap with excellent technical support especially during the implementation stage. We worked with two customer reps. and both were extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and really knew their stuff.

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Ivy K.

Financial Services, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Put your potential under full utilization with FranConnect.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Outstanding and comprehensive. Simplifies work.

Pros

Better services is guaranteed. The software is easy to use, navigate, integrate with operations. Good dashboard which is user-friendly since it can be customized into more attractive and easy to understand patterns. Most of my colleagues have adopted it too. FranConnect is the way to go.

Cons

Clean and beautiful. The performance is satisfying. No cons.

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Lindsay B.

Business Supplies and Equipment, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Great Customer Service, Easy to Use, Just Wish It Had More Functionality Options

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Any time I needed help figuring out how to do something or if it was even possibly to do something in the system, the response time from customer service is fast and friendly. Sometimes they even call me direct so it is nice to talk to a live person when you need help.

Cons

I have really delved into the back end of the software functionality and have played around with settings and making the most of the software. More often than not, there are features we wish we could add or change to make the software much more user friendly or work for our particular business needs and 9/10 times I am told the software cannot do what we need it to do and they have no plans to make...

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Ella B.

Automotive, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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FranConnect

Reviewed 6 years ago

Overall, the program has been a great resource for our team and keeping all of our franchisee or client data in one place. I utilize it every day to find information.

Pros

- Documents are easily accessible and live in one place - Data can be integrated into our other platforms like Qlik - Franchisee information is in one place and is a source of truth for all departments - New team members are able to see the history or previous phone conversations with specific franchisees - CRM tool has be great to keep all of our client data in one spot - Creating Email Campaigns is fairly easy & keeps all our communications in one spot

Cons

- There is not enough training on the CRM tool of FranConnect that I have found. Only Sales module training - Making specific adjustments in the programs is some times hard to do or trying to connect the dots in email campaigns - We cannot integrate the FranConnect Info Manager with our CRM module or the Operations Module - does not have cross functionality - Customizing is a bit difficult - Program can be slow, but that's probably because of so much data - Cannot open two windows at the same time of the same program

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Sergio O.

Hospital & Health Care, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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FranConnect Review.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

FranConnect Sales Module is a great CRM for keeping track of franchisee leads, and potential franchise owners. The reporting system is robust. Overall, a lot of capabilities in a relatively user-friendly system. Good response when submitting a request or a new ticket. Very easy to run financial reports and get data for franchise locations and store documents such as insurance certificates, owner certifications & franchise agreements.

Cons

The internal operational modules and the library where you can store documents could use an upgrade. Not a great place to put best practices, the forums are in a very outdated format and not user-friendly. The modules do not sync or communication between sales, operations, hub, etc. They seem to store their own data without easy of finding the appropriate information in a quick manner. Ability to sync emails to outlook is not very user friendly.

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Real Estate, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great tool from the sale to on going support.

Reviewed 6 years ago

I take all incoming calls. I also call each of our franchisees on a regular basis. I mostly use the Info Manager module to task all my calls with the franchisees. I can also see other departments' contacts either phone calls and emails. It is easy to follow up. If I do get a customer complaint call or email I can attached it that franchise's record for future action. In the HUB, we have directories of all the franchisees, regional mentors, vendors and corporate office staff so we can have easy access to all of those in our system.

Pros

We take the franchisee from the sales people and move them through each phase of training and on to launch and ongoing support. I am able to track phone calls, tasks and even customer complaints using FranConnect. My gmail accounts syn over to my FranConnect accounts. In the HUB, we are able to provide a resource library, company news, and a chat room.

Cons

We have had a few server issues where the software ran slowly but it was fixed quickly.

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Xavier P.

Food & Beverages, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A very good tool to manage everything related to a franchise system

Reviewed 6 years ago

My overall eperience is ok. You could make the tool more intuitive and easy to use for mobiles.

Pros

I like the fact that you can have in one place all the information concerning to the manage of a franchise system. Specially I like the library and training module. The field ops feature where you can qualificate the performance of a franchisee and the areas where it can be improve its operational performance its great and with good features.

Cons

It´s not intuitive. The program has too many tools but it could be build with an intuitive interface thinking that could be used for people with a minimun grade of knowledge about a software. I would like that the spanich translations of the menus would be more accurate. We are located in latin america and that woul facilitate the use of the tool a lot for more people. I would like to have more graphics to evaluate the qualifications obtained by the franchisees in the field ops section. I would like to have more comparatives between weeks, months and years from one site to another. You could include in your interface the capacity to share the results in one clik and open them in other third party apps that can be used in the computer and mobile apps.

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Shelli P.

Retail, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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All Franchisors (big and small) can benefit from FranConnect

Reviewed 6 years ago

I've been with 2 global brands and was directly involved with the build-out and administration of FranConnect, as well as heavily used FranConnect at another large brand, all since 2010. I am heavily involved in franchise development, FDD compliance and franchisee compliance at my job so I need a tool to meet each of those needs and FranConnect consistently performs. Working with the developers to...

Pros

The versatility of the product and ability to modify/add/remove fields, tabs and modules to personalize each users experience.

Cons

Wishing I could delete multiple files in the Library.

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Mary N.

Medical Practice, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Mostly good

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It's easy to run financial reports and get data for franchise locations and store documents. There are nice reports for most of what you would want to run.

Cons

The Field Ops Module. It's a nice feature and works well generally. My issue is the creation of the "visit" formats. Once you've started a visit, you can not modify your visit format if you've realized that a mistake has been made. You can edit the question, but not the answer and points section of the question. If it's a major issue, you have to redo the entire form, which is very time consuming. Also, the search functionality is not very good. Way too many non-relevant topics come up, even when searching for the exact phrase of what you are looking for, it can be buried 5 pages back.