Welcomemat Services, a company that provides loyalty marketing solutions designed to target families who have recently changed their address, is excited to welcome Mick Echard to the growing franchise system. Echard brought the brand’s innovative approach to local small business marketing to Salt Lake City in September. Welcomemat has seen major growth throughout 2017 and celebrated a 20 percent year-to-date growth over the same period last year with nine new franchise partners added to the system, putting the brand past the 60-unit mark.
“We are thrilled to have Mick join our system and look forward to growing throughout Salt Lake City,” Welcomemat Services CEO Brian Mattingly said. “As we position the brand for continued growth, we want to increase our presence in cities and states where we see people are moving. We are able to help those who have recently moved into a neighborhood, deliver personalized gifts from amazing local businesses and encourage new movers to support the local economy.”
Echard attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Sciences and led a 23-year career in the golf course industry where he held the title of Golf Course Superintendent. After moving to Utah to start a new life with his college-sweetheart, he began working as a property manager for University of Utah and the Capitol. He found the line of work was unsustainable with his lifestyle and decided to look into the franchise space through a consultant. Soon after, he discovered Welcomemat Services and was inspired by both the concept and the franchisees in its system. Echard purchased the rights to the Welcomemat franchise in the area of Salt Lake City.
Using his previous management experience, and contagiously positive personality, Mick building on the existing growth and momentum in the Salt Lake City area with his new opening. His eagerness to get to know his new neighborhood and desire to familiarize himself with the local businesses in his new place of residence will ultimately help Echard grow the concept through local relationships.
While traditional marketing strategies such as print and mail are the basis of the company’s approach, social and digital loyalty innovations have helped Welcomemat Services stay ahead of the pack in the industry. This has allowed flexibility for the corporate team to support franchisees in neighborhoods across the U.S. and led to national recognition including Entrepreneur Magazine naming Welcomemat Services as a Top Advertising Franchise for 2017.
“We have already seen monumental success this year in both franchise growth as well as consumer revenue,” said Brian Mattingly, CEO and founder of Welcomemat Services. “We recognize that ‘regular’ customers are the lifeblood of all small business and the best way to find more ‘regulars’ is to target people who are newly moving to a community.”
ABOUT WELCOMEMAT SERVICES
A leader in the $133-billion local advertising industry, Welcomemat Services is a new mover marketing and technology company that provides loyalty marketing solutions designed to target families who have recently changed their address. The brand was named to Entrepreneur’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Franchise 500." In 2017, the brand was named Entrepreneur's 'Best of the Best' in the Advertising Services category. Since 2003, Welcomemat Services’ technological innovation and marketing sophistication has enabled the brand to change the face of the direct-mail marketing industry. It offers local, regional, and national businesses & organizations unprecedented access to information about their new mover clients. For more information on Welcomemat Services, visit www.welcomematservices.com.