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SpeedPro’s Place in the Pop-Up Market

April 20, 2022

The pop-up retail trend has been gaining ground for years, and the pandemic only made it more popular among brands. A form of experiential marketing, pop-up retail is a fantastic way for brands to experiment with their businesses and attract more consumer attention.

As the pop-up shop trend grows even larger in the years to come, brands will need a trusted partner to produce the large-format print products used in their temporary locations. SpeedPro can be that partner. Check out why pop-up retail is exploding and how SpeedPro franchise owners are positioned to benefit.

Understanding the Growing Pop-Up Trend

Pop-up retail, also known as “flash retailing,” is a way for brands to set up short-term, low-budget experiences. These shops are often set up in vacant retail storefronts, empty venues in shopping malls, and even mobile trailers, warehouses, and outdoor spaces.

Pop-up shops are particularly popular among online stores, giving them an opportunity to sell to customers in person. Pop-up shops aren’t only for things like clothes, however. Brands are creating pop-up experiences for their hair or nail salons, jewelry shops, bars, eateries, training centers, and much more. The key is taking a business to a new location and setting up a temporary shop.

More and more businesses are turning to the pop-up trend because of its ability to provide great customer insights and generate buzz. Pop-ups are useful for creating excitement about a new launch, showcasing exclusivity, testing new products, and exploring new markets. This is all done in a low-cost and low-risk way.

COVID-19 made pop-ups even more common. As businesses closed mid-pandemic, they left the retail sector’s vacancy rates at an all-time high. In many cases landlords are now willing to be more flexible with their leases, giving brands the ability to rent space for a few months or as little as a few days. Additionally, digital fatigue has led to the rise of in-person shopping once again. Consumers are eager to get out and experience new things.

According to a recent study by Shopify, 32% of brands said they’d be establishing or expanding their use of pop-up and in-person experiences in the next year. This just shows the existing market for pop-up retail and how much it’s growing in the near future. 

How SpeedPro Serves the Pop-Up Market

Pop-up retail is ultimately focused on delivering immersive brand experiences on a short-term basis. Brands rely heavily on foot traffic to bring curious customers through the door, then use branded materials to keep them inside. This means brands need eye-catching signage to advertise and create their pop-ups—but they also need it to be easy to install and takedown.

What this boils down to is that pop-up shops need large-format graphics that SpeedPro can provide! Our product line perfectly serves the needs of brands interested in launching their next pop-up. By working with local businesses that are taking their stores on the road, SpeedPro owners can create a package of print products that turn vacant storefronts into inviting spaces.

Advertising is critical to help pop-ups build brand awareness. Window and floor graphics are great ways to customize the space, direct customers, and advertise from the outside. Outdoor banners and flags are useful advertising materials to draw in passersby.

To maximize easy installation, pop-ups might also utilize a range of large-format materials. Retractable banners and stands, three-dimensional signs, point-of-purchase displays, kiosk design and signage, and even cardboard furniture are all great options for these brands. These types of graphics are durable and portable, allowing businesses to take them from one pop-up to the next.

SpeedPro’s hyperlocal approach also gives owners an edge in the pop-up market. When new brands come to town and are in need of large-format printing, being an established name in the market could bring you that new business.

Take Advantage of Pop-Ups in Your SpeedPro Studio

SpeedPro’s diverse product line and creative approach mean our studios are well-positioned to take advantage of the latest trends in retail and advertising. Through networking, you can make your Studio the go-to provider of large-format printing for local pop-up shops!

Request information online to learn more about SpeedPro’s print franchise opportunity and discover whether it’s the right fit for you.

SpeedPro Norcross Wins IFA Franchisee of the Year

March 30, 2022

SpeedPro’s John Barber is recognized for being an outstanding owner-operator by The International Franchise Association; Exemplifying excellence as a leading Business-to-Business large format printing franchise in his community.

Larry Oberly, CEO, and John Barber, owner SpeedPro Norcross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DENVER, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — SpeedPro, the nation’s leader in large format graphics, today is pleased to announce The International Franchise Association (IFA) named John Barber of SpeedPro in Norcross, Georgia, as Franchisee of the Year. Barber was honored at IFA’s 62nd Annual Convention in San Diego, California, for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.

“Franchisee of the Year Awards are the highest honors presented to individual franchisees,” said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “These local business owners like John Barber, represent some of the best entrepreneurs in the country and we are proud to recognize his contributions to their communities, their employees and all those they serve.”

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchisees who exemplify at least one of IFA’s “Open for Opportunity” core pillars: Community, Workforce, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Veterans. SpeedPro is a 163-location franchise in the U.S. and Canada specializing in large-format printing. SpeedPro’s primary product applications include wall, window and floor graphics, event displays, digital displays, signs and vehicle and fleet wraps. A variety of industries are served by SpeedPro including advertising and marketing companies, retail, healthcare, museums and galleries, restaurants, franchises, event venues, educational institutions and more. SpeedPro’s mission is to partner with businesses to achieve success through innovative visual solutions.

Barber joined the SpeedPro Norcross studio as a partner in June of 2015, and has been the sole owner since September 2019. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Business School, Barber has worked for large corporations including Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and a series of private equity ventures primarily in the hospitality and food service franchising industry.

“The past 2 years of the pandemic solidified Norcross’ leadership position in our marketplace as we added 642 new customers by leveraging our digital marketing strategy,” he said.

The reasons Barber received this award in the community category are many. As the pandemic started, the studio donated over 300 yard signs and banners to restaurants and retailers by driving around and giving them away for free. The businesses used the signs to message and communicate to people where they could still obtain meals.

Barber also partnered with 4 other companies during Easter weekend to feed 26,000 meals to displaced food service workers in greater Atlanta. The program was named “Feeding Food Service.” Barber has supported the hospitality and franchise industry after the great learnings he had in his early years in food service.

Creating art files used by the entire SpeedPro system, Barber’s studio donated over 200 8-foot Heroes Work Here signs and installed them at hospitals, police and fire stations, city halls, public works and regional medical facilities. Additionally, the studio donated the signs to the first COVID drive-thru locations at the Peachtree Immediate Care Medical facilities in Atlanta, and has been supplying all 30 plus locations with graphics since.

Additionally, the studio printed signs for all 16 cities in Gwinnett County, which was contacted by the Gwinnett Municipal Cities Association once they heard of the program. The 128 signs the studio printed and installed was at a 50% discount with Barber donating 10% of the revenue to the North Georgia Community Foundation to support families impacted by COVID.https://c255cfb4a4730682068c22489004aa88.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“My experience as a franchisor and now as a SpeedPro franchisee has been a highlight of my professional career,” shared Barber. “2022 is shaping up to be another record year for our Norcross studio and hopefully the SpeedPro system as a whole.”

A recent IFA study showed that franchising helped lead U.S. economic recovery in 2021, with exceptional job and business growth across all franchising sectors. The industry on average provides higher wages, better benefits and more leave than non-franchised businesses, as well as greater opportunities to underserved communities and aspiring entrepreneurs, according to Oxford Economics research.

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About SpeedPro
SpeedPro specializes in transformation through large-format printing and graphics. SpeedPro’s expertise is in translating its client’s vision into flawless large-size graphics using the industry’s most innovative printing technologies. Whether you have print-ready artwork or you need to commission an original custom design, SpeedPro works with clients and marketing agencies of all sizes and industries to produce graphics and prints that add branded experiences to retail windows, sports arena banners, event graphics, trade show displays, vehicle fleet wraps, wall murals, and so much more. For more information, visit SpeedPro online at http://www.SpeedPro.com

About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 775,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.2 million direct jobs, $787.7 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development. For more information, visit the IFA online at https://www.franchise.org

How SpeedPro is Sustainable

March 22, 2022

Today’s customers demand sustainability. With conscious consumerism on the rise, businesses are looking for ways to infuse sustainability into their everyday operations. Eco-friendly marketing is one important—but often overlooked—piece of an organization’s sustainability efforts.

Fortunately for our business partners, SpeedPro has embraced sustainability in multiple ways! By making our large-format printing products and operations greener, we’re helping reduce not only our own but also our clients’ impacts on the earth’s materials and resources. This gives our franchise studios a leg up over the competition and a greater sense of pride as they do their work.

What sustainability means to us

In corporate operations, “sustainability” is often linked to reduced carbon emissions and pollution levels. While these are certainly important, we think of sustainability in a broader sense.

SpeedPro’s sustainable efforts encompass the health and wellbeing of the planet, air quality and human beings. The ways we make our business “green” are safer and healthier for our employees, produce less waste and are better for the environment! These efforts speak to our clients’ desire for eco-friendly production.

Why is sustainability important? First and foremost, it helps solidify a healthy future for new generations. By protecting the planet today, we give our children and their children a healthier environment.

SpeedPro’s sustainability efforts also help attract clients. Customers are prioritizing businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. SpeedPro’s B2B clients will come to us because of our range of sustainable product options, then use their green marketing to draw in customers of their own.

How SpeedPro chooses sustainability

SpeedPro’s everyday operations and product line support our commitment to sustainability. And the best part is, what we offer is always growing! As the industry evolves, we continue to present eco-conscious clients with products that are less impactful on the environment—without losing any of their professional quality or impactful messaging! Here are just a few ways we do it.

New ink types

Inks used in large-format printing have been some of the most pollutive over the years. Traditional inks contain solvents, which emit chemicals during the printing process. Fortunately, newer, more sustainable inks have become more common—and are even produced and endorsed by some of the largest names in the industry!

For example, UV-curable inks produce fewer chemical emissions than traditional inks, making them a safer and less-pollutive option. Another benefit of these inks is that they can be used to print on almost any surface. This means the sky’s the limit when it comes to sustainable materials!

SpeedPro studios also have choices for eco-solvent inks, which emit fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are less harmful to the environment. These inks also break down more easily during the recycling process, further minimizing the impact they have on the earth.

Sustainable substrates

What our projects are printed on is also extremely important. When our clients are finished using their banners, trade show displays or window graphics, they might throw them out. If our studios use greener substrates, they help minimize the amount of time it takes for those projects to decompose.

Historically, plastic materials have been among the most popular substrates in the large-format printing industry. But many plastics contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is non-biodegradable and takes decades to decompose on its own. Newer plastic materials like PVC-free vinyl are becoming more mainstream and have a much lower impact in terms of waste.

We have plenty of recyclable substrate options, as well. Cardboard and cardstock are versatile and can be completely recycled. Wood products like wood veneer and MDO as well as textiles are also eco-friendly and growing in popularity thanks to evolving print technology. When printers are able to print on more materials, our clients’ options get broader and more sustainable!

Some of the materials we source from suppliers like Hewlett Packard come with a bonus recycling service. HP will provide shipping labels so clients can mail their old banners and other recyclable materials to be recycled properly.

Conscious and adaptable operations

SpeedPro isn’t just sustainable thanks to the products and equipment we use. We’re sustainable because we’ve made a commitment to the movement. Our day-to-day operations are designed to lower our carbon footprint and reduce waste. By investing in the latest printers and other technology, we’ve made large-format design and printing easier, faster and more efficient.

And, of course, the large-format printing industry is always changing. New technologies and business practices are making what we do more and more sustainable every day. We consistently research and invest in up-and-coming options to help lead the industry and remain on the cutting edge. One of the best parts of being part of SpeedPro’s network is that you’ll get access to new training and equipment that reflect evolving print practices. At SpeedPro, we stay on top of changes so your business can adapt and benefit!

Are you ready to launch your own large-format printing business? SpeedPro’s franchise investment offers more than just financial opportunity. Our model is built on flexibility, sustainability and collaboration for the best possible experience. Fill out our contact form to get started.

The Rise of Out-of-Home Advertising

March 8, 2022

There’s a common saying in marketing that “print isn’t dead.” Although this most often referrs to materials like direct mail, it also rings true for larger print products like window graphics and vehicle wraps. In today’s advertising landscape, digital might be growing, but large-format printing is still a win.

SpeedPro has positioned itself as a leader in the large-format printing industry and is successful for a reason. Our B2B clients understand the value of out-of-home advertising. The large, eye-catching designs customers see on the road or along the street have great ROI. Better yet, these types of advertisements are even more popular in today’s post-pandemic world. Opening a SpeedPro studio now allows our franchisees to meet the growing demand for out-of-home advertising products.

Out-of-home advertising draws eyes

Out-of-home advertising” or OOH refers to any advertisements a customer sees while they are outside of their home. This includes billboards, vehicle wraps, large posters or banners and murals in public spaces. Recent evolutions have also added digital screens and backlit graphics to the OOH mix.

What’s great about out-of-home advertising is that it’s able to be seen by a large number of people every day. Plus, it’s not dependent on precise targeting or timing like digital advertising is. If a customer isn’t on their phone much, they might not see the emails a brand sends out. But as they drive to work or run errands, they have a high chance of seeing a banner or wrapped vehicle on the road!

When done well, OOH advertising is extremely eye-catching and holds customers’ attention. They’re great for brand and event awareness but can also send targeted messages and encourage actions. Because of all these benefits, organizations in almost every industry have invested in out-of-home advertising.

Post-pandemic advertising looks different

The current marketing landscape has also given OOH advertising a boost. The pandemic changed the way customers interact with ads. For the better part of two years, people spent the majority of their time at home. This drove brands toward digital advertising, reaching customers on their phones and computers. Unfortunately, this resulted in a lot of digital “noise” and clutter that buyers quickly began to tune out.

With the world largely opened up once again, people are spending more time outside of their homes and away from digital spaces. Brands are investing more of their money and effort into out-of-home ads that buyers see in the real world. Not only are these ads reaching customers where they are, they’re also cutting through that digital noise and making buyers take notice.

SpeedPro is positioned to deliver

In order to execute a successful out-of-home advertising campaign, brands need a reliable partner in the large-format printing space. Banners, window graphics, vehicle wraps and other large, physical ads must be carefully designed, printed and installed to maintain a professional appearance and have the biggest impact on viewers. This is the exact area where SpeedPro excels!

SpeedPro’s product line is well suited to meet the heightened demand for this large OOH advertising needs like billboards, signage and more. Our studios are capable of producing a vast array of large-format products. We even have the flexibility to print on new and unique substrates, like wood, glass and eco-friendly materials, allowing us to keep pace with emerging trends.

What’s even better is that many of our products are cost-effective for both us and our clients. Vehicle wraps are one of the most cost-effective out-of-home advertising products in the industry, with an average cost of four cents per thousand impressions. That’s a lot of impact for a small investment!

Breaking into the large-format printing industry can come with some obstacles, especially if you don’t have the technical expertise or experience. Fortunately, SpeedPro has built a national presence and a stellar reputation for quality, professionalism and collaboration. Clients interested in launching or expanding their out-of-home ad campaigns know SpeedPro is the printing partner to choose for a full range of product choices. We provide all our owners with ongoing training and the latest equipment and technology in the industry to ensure they uphold the SpeedPro standard.

Are you interested in launching a business that is prepared to capitalize on the growing OOH advertising industry? SpeedPro’s franchise opportunity might be a great fit for you! Contact us today to get in touch with a franchising representative.

Who is the Ideal SpeedPro Franchisee?

February 1, 2022

SpeedPro studio owners across the nation come from a wide variety of backgrounds. You don’t need printing experience to be successful in our franchise model! Instead, we look for a few key traits in prospective franchisees that let us know you’ll be a driven, creative and collaborative owner.

If you’re considering investing in your own SpeedPro studio, take a look at the characteristics of our ideal franchisee.

Leader

First and foremost, SpeedPro studio owners must be great leaders. Whether your team stays small or multiplies over the years, your staff will need a leader they trust and respect. Our ideal franchisee has good leadership skills, is able to manage a team of employees, and works diligently to keep the studio running smoothly.

Business-minded

Experience in printing isn’t required to own a SpeedPro, but business experience is very important. In order for your studio to be successful, you need to have some experience in sales and business operations. You should understand what it takes to keep a business profitable and be prepared to make the “tough decisions” that help it flourish.

One key characteristic is the ability to seek out relationship-building opportunities like the chamber, civic organizations, and the like, and use these relationships to build your business over time. As a business-to-business (B2B) franchise model, not a business-to-consumer (B2C) model, our owners routinely meet with presidents, executive, directors, managers and more to understand their needs and how SpeedPro can exceed their expectations.

Problem solver

SpeedPro doesn’t just provide a service to clients. We create solutions. Therefore, problem-solving abilities are necessary on all levels of the business. Not only will you need to direct your team to solve problems to meet customers’ needs, you’ll also need to solve problems to keep your business running.

SpeedPro owners are a tightly-connected network of like-minded peers, and this network proactively seeks to help its owners when a need arises. Need a special substrate and your supplier is out of stock? Contact another studio owner who can help.

Creative

Creative products require creative thinkers! SpeedPro owners need to lead the charge in terms of creativity in order to deliver top-notch service to customers. From product suggestions to professional installation, thinking outside of the box for unique solutions sets SpeedPro apart.

Driven

Running a business can be challenging. SpeedPro owners need tenacity and drive in order to overcome hurdles and build a thriving studio. No matter what business ownership throws at you, you should be ready to push through to the other side!

Growth-minded

Although most SpeedPro studios open with a small staff and few clients, the goal is to grow. The large-format printing industry is growing at an exponential pace, and driven owners have the ability to grow along with it! Our ideal franchisee will be able to set goals for growth and implement strategies to achieve them.

Invests in the business

The investment you make when you first buy your SpeedPro studio is only step one. After that day, you should be making consistent investments in the business to help it grow and stay profitable. These investments are not only monetary—investments of time and energy are also critical to the SpeedPro way. This is not a “set it and forget it” type of venture!

Amiable and approachable

A big part of running a SpeedPro studio is networking and meeting with potential clients. For this reason, SpeedPro franchisees must be amiable and pleasant to work with. If you’re a “people person,” the day-to-day operation of your studio will be much easier and more successful!

Collaborative

At SpeedPro, we like to say we don’t merely provide a product—we build partnerships with customers. Our studios serve as an extension of our customers’ marketing and advertising teams, helping them find the perfect solution to their print and signage problems. SpeedPro owners must excel at working as part of a team and collaborating with their internal staff and clients to get the job done.

Follows the model

The SpeedPro model has been perfected over decades to position each and every studio for success. Using our training, tools, recommended equipment and streamlined processes, owners without a shred of printing experience can build a mini empire in their region.

Owners do get the freedom to grow their SpeedPro studio in the direction they choose—for example, targeting certain customer segments. However, we expect each owner to rely on the built-in operational model we provide when you’re serving clients.

The SpeedPro franchise opportunity is a great fit for entrepreneurs who love networking with clients, developing relationships and staying on the cutting edge. Between your skills and experience and our proven business model, you’ll be prepared to serve your territory in exciting ways!

If you’re interested in becoming a SpeedPro studio owner, fill out our contact form online. A representative will be in touch to get you started on the journey to ownership!

Businesses Want New-Year Marketing Success

January 7, 2022

It’s the start of a new year, and that means many businesses have renewed their marketing budgets. Armed with 2022 advertising strategies, companies large and small will be eager to put those marketing dollars to work. Ready to execute these projects are B2B-focused print studios like SpeedPro.

Owners of large-format print franchises like SpeedPro are well-positioned to deepen relationships with local businesses in the new year and help their visions become a reality.

Businesses are eager to try new things

At the end of the year, many businesses look back on their successes and failures and reevaluate for the year ahead. Marketing and advertising play a big role in this new-year planning. If companies are investing money into something, they want to be sure it delivers returns!

For this reason, companies often try new advertising tactics or expand existing ones in the new year. If those businesses are interested in large-format printing of any kind, this provides new opportunities to print studios. By partnering with local businesses, SpeedPro owners can capture new customers looking to build on their marketing strategies. Forging these relationships early may pave the road for recurring business in the coming months and beyond.

Now is a particularly advantageous time for large-format print products, as well. While digital marketing still holds a large portion of the market, digital advertising is quickly becoming saturated and tuned out by buyers. Brands are turning to other cost-effective, high-impression advertising formats like vehicle wraps in order to stand out.

Rebranding opens new doors

The new year is also a common time for businesses to audit their branding efforts and make moves to reposition themselves in the market. Rebranding requires an overhaul of all a business’s signage, advertisements and in-office decorations.

With full-service design, printing and installation capabilities, SpeedPro studios are able to serve as a company’s end-to-end rebranding partner. The experience is made even fuller by speaking to the customer in person and creating a comprehensive plan for their rebranding vision, including all the wide-format printed products they might need.

Signage gives brands a fresh start

People and businesses alike are eager for a fresh start in the new year. Even if they’re not expanding their external advertising or revamping their branding, some companies might be looking to invest in new internal signage. Things like wall murals, backlit graphics, window and floor graphics and indoor signs help to refresh a company’s space and boost team morale.

With the ability to tackle complex projects and provide in-depth consultations to prospective customers, SpeedPro studios quickly become companies go-to printing partner for internal and external products.

The new year delivers Great. Big. Opportunity.

B2B businesses like SpeedPro have ample opportunities awaiting them all year long. However, the new year is a special time when print studios have the chance to capitalize on the need for fresh starts and new strategies. SpeedPro owners should be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities and build stronger relationships with nearby businesses and organizations.

Owners who are preparing to join the SpeedPro family might not be ready to serve businesses in the new year—but that’s okay! No matter when your studio opens its doors, there will be organizations in need of a trusted print partner. With a few months of experience under your belt, you’ll be even more prepared to meet new-year marketing demand next year. The SpeedPro franchise model is a great fit for innovative entrepreneurs dedicated to forging strong relationships with partners and exceeding client expectations. To learn more, request more information. A representative will be in touch to

SpeedPro Network Benefits

December 14, 2021

One of the biggest decisions entrepreneurs must make is choosing between launching an independent business or joining a business network. Both options have a mix of advantages and drawbacks. However, certain market conditions make it more favorable for business owners to tap into a larger network of expertise, support and buying power.

SpeedPro’s network of like-minded studio owners and corporate staff offers immense value to new and existing franchisees. If you’re contemplating independent versus network business options, consider these benefits.

Independent vs. network: What’s the difference?

Although you’re launching a business at the end of the day, there are many differences between independent businesses and business networks.

Owning an independent business means you’re largely operating on your own. You own the rights to your company’s branding, products, processes, technologies and innovations.

For the most part, independent businesses have to forge their own paths. Owners need to have the skills and expertise required to build their business within the industry and provide products or services of value. They must also develop relationships with manufacturers, suppliers and vendors and negotiate unique terms and rates. As an owner of an independent business, you have the freedom to change things like the products and services you offer and who you’re targeting in the market.

On the other hand, a business network is a group of companies operating as part of a larger system to accomplish mutual goals or objectives.

Being part of a business network, such as a franchise system, means you own and operate your own business, but you have support behind you. Network owners didn’t create the brand, products or processes. Instead, owners typically “buy in” to the network and use its expertise and existing processes to grow their individual business with local customers. The network’s parent company makes large decisions about new products and services, target customers and other market changes.

The benefits of business networks

Choosing to join a business network instead of going it alone allows you to tap into a number of valuable benefits. In a way, these advantages offer even more “return” on your investment!

  • Brand recognition and reputation: Independent businesses come with the disadvantage of being brand-new, with little to no brand recognition in the marketplace. Business networks have been in operation for some time. This means more people will have heard of or have been a client of the company already. By entering that network, your business can take advantage of that existing recognition immediately. Plus, even if the business is new to the region, it will already have a strong reputation elsewhere. This helps build customer trust quickly.
  • Purchasing power: One of the biggest challenges business owners are facing today is supply chain disruption. Fortunately, business networks typically have greater buying power and are able to navigate these challenges more easily. Networks have existing supply chain relationships, making it easier to overcome obstacles and keep supplies in stock more regularly. Using the established, nation-wide brand to purchase large quantities may also lower costs for individual franchisees. Within the SpeedPro network, our owners have also been able to tap one another to plug supply gaps in the short term. One studio owner can buy materials from another owner within the network quickly without having to scramble to find a new vendor or pay high prices.
  • Training and support: Business networks have done the hard part of launching a new company for you. The parent company has taken the time to develop and prove its systems, try new technologies and market-test products. This saves network owners time and money, because you aren’t making expensive mistakes before launch. Networks also offer tons of training and support! If you launch an independent business, you need to have the skills and industry expertise right away. In a network model like SpeedPro’s, we’ll give you the training and knowledge you need to be successful—no experience necessary.
  • Collective expertise: On top of corporate support and training, business networks also let owners tap into the collective expertise of other owners! Each franchisee has their own skills and experiences to share. Independent business owners might have support from mentors or other entrepreneurs, but it’s not guaranteed. Being part of a network gives you the opportunity to receive advice and best practices from people who share the same goals as you.
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Working together, always!

Working together delivers SpeedPro success

Whether in stable conditions or challenging periods of uncertainty, business networks give entrepreneurs an added layer of stability and security. Part of what makes SpeedPro so successful across the country is our teamwork and widespread network of passionate business owners.

Does being part of the SpeedPro network interest you? Our large-format print franchise opportunity might be the perfect fit! Fill out our contact form to get in touch with a representative and learn more.

Internet Print Companies Can’t Top SpeedPro

December 2, 2021

The rise of e-commerce has impacted more than just the retail industry. Customers are turning to online shopping for a wide range of needs—including print products. Many online print companies have grown in recent years, but despite their popularity, these internet-based companies can’t entirely compete with brick-and-mortar print studios like SpeedPro.

The fact remains that brick-and-mortar printing businesses still trump online companies when it comes to delivering value. Here are five reasons why brick-and-mortar print shops are expected to stay strong in the face of internet-based printing.

Comprehensive service

Some customers are tempted by the convenience of uploading a file and clicking a single “submit” button through an online printer. However, there’s a lot missing from these types of transactions. In most cases, there’s no project manager on the other end of the website ready to help out. Unless customers understand the fine details of print projects, there’s a risk they’ll make a mistake that costs them money and quality.

Brick-and-mortar print studios don’t merely fulfill orders. Businesses like SpeedPro serve as partners in a clients’ printing strategy, offering assistance from start to finish.

Our studios offer more services than the print job itself. By working in-person with studio staff, clients can receive in-depth project consultations to determine which products are right for their goals. They also benefit from design assistance, project proofing and tweaking, final delivery, and even installation. All of these value-added services ensure the project truly meets their needs and is of the highest quality.

Complex projects

Internet printing companies often offer basic types of print products, like flyers, postcards, business cards and other small-format items. However, when customers need larger, more complex print products—such as a detailed trade show display or a vehicle wrap­—they’re better off working with a local large-format printing partner.

SpeedPro studios don’t just offer printed products; we create printed solutions. Our staff are experts in designing, sizing, color matching and outlaying print projects that make a statement. Because large, complex print jobs are an investment for the client, it’s safer to trust a knowledgeable print studio with a track record of success.

Expert installation

Installation of large-format print products like vehicle wraps, window graphics and wall murals needs to be done right. Printing and installation should be a package deal to ensure the quality and longevity of the piece. SpeedPro studios aren’t just skilled in designing and producing printed products. We’re also product installation experts. Our franchisees have trained employees on staff who will not only deliver but also install print products quickly and correctly. That’s one less thing for the customer to worry about!

This wall mural really pops!

Rush orders

Internet print companies may have 24/7 ordering and offer rapid turnarounds, but they’re still subject to shipping times. Customers who need a print job completed and installed quickly can’t always be certain it will arrive on time.

Local print studios may have the capability to offer same-day or next-day turnarounds on projects. Because SpeedPro studios cater to local clientele, it’s easy for us to complete and deliver a high-quality project in hours when customers are in a pinch.

Ongoing consistency and trust

One thing internet print companies can’t always promise is consistency. Batched orders can suffer from inconsistencies in color, material and more. When it comes to large-format print products, consistency is necessary for clients to maintain a professional image.

Serving as a local partner, SpeedPro studios are better able to meet clients’ ongoing needs for consistent, high-quality print products. Our goal is to become a long-term partner of our customers’ and deliver excellent products and customer service again and again. After the first visit, customers learn that they’ll be well taken care of and are more likely to return later.

Become your community’s trusted printing partner

The SpeedPro franchise model is perfect for innovative and hardworking entrepreneurs who value quality, customer service and local partnerships. Ready to learn more? Fill out our contact form, and a representative will be in touch about our investment opportunity!

Why SpeedPro is a Great Investment for 2022

November 17, 2021

As the new year approaches, aspiring entrepreneurs are considering their next move. Launching a business in the new year is a great idea, but choosing the right business is crucial.

In examining small business and B2B market trends heading into next year, SpeedPro stands out as a winning investment. Here’s what positions our large-format printing business for success in 2022.

Post-pandemic marketing needs are high

The pandemic created challenges for businesses across every industry. Stores and restaurants closed down, employees shifted to working from home, and people turned to online shopping. With enhanced safety measures and reduced case numbers, businesses have gradually returned to normal operations. Those businesses need new ways to get customers’ attention.

Post-pandemic marketing opportunities are numerous in the large-format printing space. Businesses are searching for ways to attract buyers with eye-catching displays. Products like vehicle wraps and window graphics are long-lasting marketing opportunities for all kinds of companies.

Businesses are not the only things returning to normal. In-person events have returned and event marketers need cost-effective advertising. Large-scale banners and graphics are proven methods for attracting attendees.

SpeedPro studios have the capability to serve all these clients. Whether it’s a small businesses that needs a vehicle wrap for mobile advertising or a business advertising a trade show, SpeedPro owners have the tools to help businesses succeed.

New businesses are on the horizon

The market and economy are also stabilizing following the pandemic, opening the door for entrepreneurs to establish new businesses. New businesses, in particular, will require marketing and advertising products like window graphics as well as interior accents like wall murals during buildout.

As a B2B business, SpeedPro has the benefit of growing with the market. More local businesses equates to more potential customers for SpeedPro studio owners to connect with. Utilizing our local partnership approach, owners can take advantage of growth in their territory’s business sector as new companies open their doors in 2022.

Low-overhead business model reduces risk

Despite the stability businesses have found over the past few months, many entrepreneurs are rightfully cautious about jumping into demanding business ventures. Companies with lots of overhead or unpredictable market opportunities are being met with more scrutiny. SpeedPro has the benefit of remaining a low-overhead business from day one and coming with a stable pool of businesses to market to and generate repeat business from.

The 2021 labor shortage is also expected to continue into 2022. Thankfully, SpeedPro’s business model only requires two employees to run a studio effectively. Owners need not worry about sourcing a large team to fulfill client orders or complete installations.

Reasonably sized studios help reduce real estate and utility costs, and a small team both is easier to form and keeps employee-related costs low. These elements keep costs and risk levels manageable for new franchisees.

Start the new year with Great. Big. Opportunity.

SpeedPro’s franchise system allows entrepreneurs to capitalize on current market trends while building a business with a predictable and ever-growing customer pool. As one of the nation’s leading printing franchises, SpeedPro has the tools and expertise needed to capitalize on recent changes to the market. 2022 holds ample opportunity for franchisees who are determined to make a name for their business through strong local partnerships and a commitment to quality.

Are you interested in learning more about the wide-format printing industry and SpeedPro’s growing role in it? Fill out our contact form to get in touch with a representative and discover what opportunities await in your market.

The Growth of the Vehicle Wrap Industry

November 4, 2021

One of the first questions any franchisee should ask about a potential investment is, “How stable is the market?” If customers aren’t interested in the products and services a business offers, that business is not viable!

At SpeedPro, we’re confident in the market demand for our large-format print products—now and looking into the future. Take, for example, the demand for vehicle wraps, one of our most sought-after and popular large-format product offering. SpeedPro studios serve as local providers of custom, high-quality graphics for vehicles large and small.

Thanks to recent and forecasted growth in this industry, potential SpeedPro studio owners can rest assured there will be customers to serve.

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Recent and future industry growth

The vehicle wrap industry includes both consumer- and business-facing demand for full, partial and spot film application on vehicles. In most cases vehicle wraps are used for advertising and brand marketing purposes. Businesses large and small utilize vehicle wraps to turn their passenger vehicles, delivery vans, freight trucks or entire fleets into “mobile billboards.”

The growth of the vehicle wrap industry is hard to ignore. In 2020, the global industry was valued at $4 billion. Between 2021 and 2028, it’s expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.4%. This means by 2028, the global vehicle wrap industry is estimated to reach $19.7 billion!

Many things are driving this growth. First and foremost, vehicle wraps are a cost-effective and efficient method of changing a vehicle’s appearance. Wraps are lower in cost compared to vehicle paint and actually protect the vehicle’s finish beneath.

Growth in the signs and graphics industry as well as growing demand for mobile advertising are also helping to fuel the market. More customers are seeking custom wraps on light-duty vehicles like cars. However, heavy-duty vehicle wraps are still strong industry players, given their use in advertising.

In short, the demand for vehicle wraps is increasing. Companies that provide custom wraps for a range of vehicle types are well-positioned to benefit from this industry’s growth in the coming years.

Why businesses choose vehicle wraps

A large portion of the industry’s growth is due to more and more businesses learning about the benefits vehicle wraps have to offer. Here are some of the main reasons companies are investing in vehicle wraps.

  • High recall rate: Mobile advertising is extremely effective at catching and holding customers’ attention. Vehicle wraps produce a high recall rate, with 97% of viewers recalling ads they saw on trucks and service vehicles. Well-designed and high-quality wraps are eye-catching and memorable on the road, helping to improve brand awareness.
  • Cost-effective: Being on the road, vehicle wraps are seen by thousands of people each day. However, they don’t cost nearly as much as billboards or other forms of advertising that produce high reach do. Vehicle wraps actually have the lowest cost per impression in all of advertising! What’s more, businesses only have to invest in a wrap once—there’s no ongoing costs or rentable ad space.
  • Adaptable advertising: Mobile advertising is critical in a market where more people are staying at home and shopping online. Businesses need new ways to grab customers’ attention. Vehicle graphics can be seen parked on the street, on the road while customers run errands or drive to work and many more places.
  • Versatile: Wraps are not only for fleet vehicles or man-with-a-van businesses. An everyday passenger car can be wrapped with company branding to raise awareness in the same way an 18-wheeler can. Wraps can also be customized to cover some or all of the vehicle, regardless of its shape and size. 
  • Professionalism: Professionally designed, full vehicle wraps make an impression and clearly communicate messages to customers. Wrapped delivery and service vehicles also make it clear to customers who’s showing up at their home or place or work. Professionalism leaves a lasting impression on new and returning customers.
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Vehicle wraps present SpeedPro owners with Great. Big. Opportunity.

SpeedPro has been in the vehicle wrap business for years. Our experience, leading-edge technology and high-quality materials give us a leg up on the competition in this growing market.

Vehicle wrapping is not something just anyone can do, either. The installation of vinyl vehicle wraps requires experience and precision—two things SpeedPro studios offer! B2B customers choose SpeedPro because they know our studios produce stellar graphics and long-lasting vehicular advertising.

What’s more, the materials for vehicle wraps are cost-effective, leading to high margins for studio owners. Whether your studio produces full or partial wraps, window coverings or spot graphics for local businesses, you’ll benefit from low overhead and high profits.

Want to learn more about the opportunities to be found in vehicle wraps and other wide-format print products? Fill out the SpeedPro contact form. A representative will be in contact about our rapidly growing franchise opportunity.

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