SOURCE: ChannelNet


June 16, 2010 09:00 ET

ChannelNet Designs Platform to Expand College Pro's U.S. Business

Franchisees Benefit From 24/7 Online Customer Quotes and Appointment Scheduling

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -  ChannelNet, the leading provider of online-to-instore solutions, is excited to announce the launch of expanded capabilities for College Pro's window cleaning service in the U.S. Window cleaning has been a service extension to College Pro's popular and successful painting franchise since 1993. The new capabilities provide online work quotes and appointment scheduling to help franchisees attract customers.

"The expansion of College Pro's window cleaning service extends the reach of their business," said Scott Engstrom, Director of Global Programs for ChannelNet. "Budding entrepreneurs now have an additional franchise opportunity during their university summer vacations. Customers have a reliable brand name and user-friendly tools to get their job done."

ChannelNet's SiteBuilder Web technology platform powers College Pro's corporate website and hundreds of franchisee microsites to showcase services to local prospective customers. Online calculators, work specification guides, and immediate quotes give customers the information they need to size their job, select franchisees and set appointments. College Pro's network of websites integrate customer and franchisee networks, allowing franchisees to manage their businesses online. Each website in the network has ChannelNet's Site Administration tool, so College Pro and their franchisees can easily update site content.

"Recruiting student franchisees on the Web has been extremely successful," said College Pro Painters Director of IT April Broome. "ChannelNet helps us use the Web as a marketing tool and as an extension of our core business activity. They helped us create a multichannel experience that drives customers and students through our front door."

"Our solutions are uniquely designed for service providers like College Pro to help them market and sell in an increasingly Web-centered world," says Paula Tompkins, ChannelNet CEO and Founder. "Whether it's a college student researching a summer job or a residential customer looking for someone to paint their house or clean their windows, ChannelNet's domain expertise in connecting sales channels and customers is more relevant every day. Using ChannelNet technology, College Pro has created a robust online community for their franchisee program." 

About College Pro
College Pro Painters was founded by a college student in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1971. Three decades later, College Pro is the most successful student painting and window cleaning company in North America, operating in local communities within 28 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces. Every year, College Pro recruits, selects and extensively trains hundreds of franchise managers to deliver a quality paint or window cleaning job and customer experience, run their own businesses, and uphold the promise of the College Pro brand. Since 2004, student franchise managers and general managers have participated in charity events and donated services equating to over $850,000 to improve community spaces and housing in underprivileged areas across Canada and the United States.

About ChannelNet
For 25 years ChannelNet has been the leading provider of multichannel marketing solutions for the financial, automotive, retail and home improvement industries. Each solution is designed to allow customers to conduct research online and complete transactions either online, in store or with a call center. ChannelNet has created thousands of solutions for hundreds of companies worldwide including BMW, Hunter Douglas, Ford Motor Company, Benjamin Moore Paints, General Motors, Saks Fifth Avenue, VW, College Pro, World Omni Financial Corp., California Closets, Harman Kardon, Motorola, Hallmark and many others. ChannelNet is a privately held company based in Sausalito, California, and Detroit, Michigan. ChannelNet's solutions include networks of corporate, brand and sales channel websites, personalized micro-sites, guided selling tools, and communication portals. Visit for more information, and follow frequent updates on Twitter (@channelnet) and Facebook (ChannelNet).

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