LARGO, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Jamie Kirschner to assume ownership of the existing Valpak of Garden State West franchise in northern New Jersey.
"As the daughter of the prior franchise owners, running my own company has always been a goal of mine," said Kirschner, Valpak of Garden State West franchisee. "I have watched my parents build several Valpak franchises and see the benefits of business ownership, with the support of a successful brand, such as Valpak, behind you."
With 35 years of experience to draw upon from her family, Kirschner's personal history with Valpak began eight years ago when she started working for her parents' franchise. Kirschner first started out as a sales representative and eventually became general manager, learning the business from the ground up. Prior to joining Valpak, she worked as an account director for Digital Impact, whose email product targeted large companies such as MasterCard, Fidelity and Maybelline. It was in this position and as an ad representative and general manager for Valpak that Kirschner honed her skills and passion for business, preparing her for a career as a Valpak franchisee.
"Jamie exemplifies the passion and professionalism that Valpak seeks in all of its franchisees and we are confident she will be a success in the market," said Todd Leiser, director of franchise sales at Valpak. "She has had an excellent track record of success with adding new accounts, retaining clients and growing circulation with a national brand."
While the Morris and Sussex County territories in New Jersey belong exclusively to Kirschner, Valpak continues to seek franchisees in New Jersey. Ideal candidates for Valpak franchise ownership possess a desire to join a trusted industry-leading brand, work within a proven franchise system, develop relationships with local businesses and have a comfort level with selling new, digital technologies.
Valpak franchisees benefit from extensive training and support including more than 300 hours of classroom, in-field and online training. Additionally, the Valpak peer mentoring program pairs tenured Valpak franchisees with new franchisees for a two-year period. Valpak also handles all of the coupon design, printing, collation and postal logistics for its franchisees, allowing them to concentrate on selling branded direct marketing campaigns to customers within their exclusive territory.
A leader in cooperative direct mail, Valpak mails over 20 billion coupons to more than 40 million demographically-targeted households per month in more than 100 markets in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. Today, in addition to its flagship Blue Envelope®, the brand offers its business customers an impressive portfolio of digital advertising products including Smartphone apps, which are also integrated into the new Passbook, Valpak Deals®, QR codes, online coupons and SMS/text messaging to reach consumers at home and on-the-go.
Since its launch in 1968, the Blue Envelope has been broadly recognized and trusted, which has contributed significantly to Valpak's current success. Valpak's state-of-the-art, 470,000-square-foot manufacturing center in St. Petersburg, Fla., makes it possible for the company to mail to more than 500 million homes in North America. Valpak is also backed by experienced leadership with Cox Enterprises, one of the largest media companies in North America, which acquired the brand in 1991. Recently, Cox Target Media also acquired Savings.com, a leading online source for savings and personalized deals. Working together, Valpak and Savings.com will offer consumers a more extensive selection of offers and rewarding shopping experience as content is shared across platforms.
Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, is owned and operated by Cox Target Media, along with Savings.com. With nearly 170 franchises across the United States and Canada, the signature Blue Envelope® delivers savings and value to nearly 40 million households each month. Annually, Valpak will distribute some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 500 million envelopes. Valpak also offers digital solutions with www.Valpak.com®, an online site for printable coupons, e-commerce and coupon codes, which has nearly 70 million offer views each month, as well as apps for smartphone platforms For more information about advertising with Valpak, please contact 1-800-676-6878.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Cox Target Media, providers of Valpak, a leading North American direct marketing company and Savings.com, a leading online coupon site and community. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.
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