Marketing for Hair Salons

Marketing for Hair Salons
By Selena Schaefer

Are you using Facebook to market your salon services and products?

According to http://www.beauty-salon-marketing.co.uk/internet-salon-marketing-reasons-use-facebook, facebook Marketing expert Martin Smith says you should be.

In 2007, Martin says ” Social networking sites, especially Facebook, have significant implications for business owners, marketers, and entrepreneurs around the world. To keep your business current, you should at least be familiar with the latest social media marketing techniques and viral technologies, including Facebook and its array of powerful features.
Facebook recently crossed the 100 MILLION member mark. That’s no small number for sure. Yet, millions more will join this incredible platform in the coming months and years. And the vast majority will be seeking to use Facebook primarily for business purposes.” In 2011 facebook has exceeded 500 million users.

Also the Top 10 reasons to use Facebook in your salon are as follows:
1.Meet your peers
2.Find business contacts
3.Instant gate opener
4.Build relationships
5.Raise visibility
6.Develop your personal brand
7.Target your niche
8.Get rapid top Google placement
9.Place targeted ads
10.No cost marketing

Below is one of the video’s in Martin’s Beauty Salon Marketing Series.

Not Marketing your salon can also hurt your business. http://www.beauty-salon-marketing.co.uk/eight-little-sins-that-stop-beauty-salons-from-growing-their-business/.According to Martin some of the things that salons can do to help their business are, instead of working “in” your business, you should work “on” your business. Failing to create and use a Marketing plan is a very common mistake. Salons that use a Marketing plan can experience 30% higher sales.Being consistant with your plan and very important, having a system in place will make your life so much less stressful. Remember to Market to your current customers as well, these customers are the ones that bring you in new ones. Please don’t forget to track your Marketing efforts to see what is working and what is not. Find out your target market and market to all the people in that market. Offer add on’s to your services when you have the client in your chair and have their full attention. And finally ask yourself, how does your salon stand out from all the others? Differentiate your business.
Here is an example of a salon/spa’s Marketing video. This video may give you idea’s on how you may want to enhance your current website or if you don’t currently have a website you may want one after watching this video.

Martin Smith has a wonderful website that I found all this information on. Please take some time to visit his website as well as his facebook page. As a previous salon owner, I wish I would have done alot of the things Martin suggests. Running a business is very stressful and with the points that Martin has, I think I would have enjoyed the experiecne alot more.

http://www.beauty-salon-marketing.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/BeautySalonMarketing

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70,000 Facebook Fans..Sweet!

For those of you that are still not jumping on the Social Media wagon, take a look at what Behind the Chair has done! Way to go!

Behind the Chair just announced today that they have over 70,000 facebook Fans. To say thank you, Behind the Chair is doing a promo…buy 1 t-shirt get 1 FREE. The promo will end May 6th. What an amazing Social Media tool!

Please become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/behindthechair?ref=ts and help Behind the Chair grow. Their facebook page is a great place to learn about new products, meet other stylists and ask any Hair and Beauty questions you may have. What a wonderful way to network with other stylists all over the world.

If you are not a member of http://behindthechair.com/default.aspxI encourage you to become one. This website has videos that include color, cut and style videos by some pretty famous hairdressers. Webinars, and even a place to post job openings or to find a job.

Check out one of the free videos!

http://bcove.me/v38s7k0r

Here is one of the sweet t-shirts you could get free!

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The buzz on Sulfates

Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to “foam up”. Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.

So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?The answer is simple – it is cheap. The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.

In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.

Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.

The View featured Kenra Platium Sulfate Free Shampoo, check it out!

http://kenra.com/images/KenraMovie.wmv

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KENRA GETS SOCIAL

Not sure if you have looked at Kenra’s website lately, if not it has some amazing Social Media upgrades. In the past Kenra’s website was very simple and basic. There wasn’t any interaction with the user and it just was not very exciting. That plain Jane website is no longer!

Once you go to the Kenra website,you will first notice that Kenra once again won for BEST hairspray for the 7th year in a row at the Stylist Choice awards. You can’t miss the large hairspray can sweeping across the screen. On the right hand side of the website you will notice the two new products, the Recovery Polish and the Straightening Gelee. Once you click in that box, it will bring up a page that goes over all the current promotions. Right below that box is What’s new and that is where you can watch a video on both of the new products. This video shows you how to use the products, from start to finish. What a great tool to loop on a laptop in the reception area for waiting customers to watch. Another great tool that has been added is on the top of the website, there are categories that you can click on. Example: Styling, once you click on it you can then pick which styling aid you would like to learn about. Once you do that, you will notice on the right what is right for my hair? Find out. This will bring you to the most amazing feature of this website in my option. It will ask you, what would you like Kenra products to do for your hair? and what level of hold would you like to finish your style?Once you give the site this information it will bring up the recommended shampoo, conditioner, styling aid and finishing product that would be best for your hair.

Kenra’s new upgraded website is amazing. What a great tool for a salon that has just recently brought in the line, to a customer that has never tried Kenra or maybe wants to try something new from Kenra. Please take some time and play around with the new features and you just might learn something new.

http://kenra.com/

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NEW! Recovery Polish


Recovery Polish
restore & refine

BENEFITS
> Ultra-lightweight, restorative leave-in treatment
> Combats dehydration and smoothes the damaged cuticle layer for incredible softness, shine, and
> definition with natural movement
> Resists humidity for more than 20 hours
> Non-greasy formulation enhances any hair type or style by helping to improve hair’s strength
> and condition
> Enriched with essential vitamins and nutritive botanicals

APPLICATION
> Rub in palm of hand until the creme becomes clear. Work through dry hair ­ overall or just at the ends
> depending on need. Reapply as desired.

Size 1.7 fl. oz.

Kenra® Platinum Recovery Polish from Kenra Professional on Vimeo.

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How well do you know Kenra ? Take the Quiz.

Directions: Copy and Paste the Quiz in the comment section of this post and answer the best you can. Once I have recieved 10 responses I will look them all over. The winner will recieve some FREE Kenra products! Good Luck!

1.What are the differences between the classic and platinum shampoos and conditioners?

2.What is the difference between classic shine serum and platinum silking gloss?

3.What products would you use on hair that is over processed?

4.Can you use all of the shampoos and conditioners on colored hair?

5.What is the hold factor of the classic line 0-? And Platinum is 0-?

6.What products provide high shine?

7.What are the other uses for the Dandruff shampoo?

8.What is the #1 seller in the Kenra Styling aids?

9.What is important about the mousses?

10. What is your favorite Kenra product? And why?

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Hair and Beauty Industry help out Japan

On March 27,2011 Japan was hit with a 6.5 earthquake that killed thousands of Japanese people. The hair and beauty industry are helping out Japan by donating money in many different ways. I wanted to share with you some of the ways the industry is doing their part. Thank you to all of the small and large businesses have stepped forward.

L’Oreal is one of the largest beauty giants in the industry and they are donating $1.3 million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross and are encouraging their employees to donate as well. They are offering an automatic payroll deduction to make it easy for the employees to donate. www.stylelist.com

Japanese owned hair salon, Ozuki Salon, is joining the relief effort by donating 100% of a special Sunday’s proceeds to support the people of Japan affected by the overwhelming, powerful earthquake/tsunami. Sunday, March 27, 1011 Days Proceeds to Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief. www.thegeorgetowndish.com

For the month of April, Taka Hair Salon in LA will donate 10% of all retail sales to those who have lost everything in Japan. www.yelp.com

The organizers of Japan’s Fashion Week have decide to cancel the event due to the earthquake.The fashion industry has contributed to the relief efforts, with Uniqlo donating over $17 million to the cause and Lady Gaga’s “We Pray for Japan” bracelets have raised $250,000 thus far. www.harpersbazaar.com

Also in Boston the theatre production of HAIR is hosting a Japan fundrasier and will take place on Monday, April 4th at the Boston’s Improv Asylum on 216 Hanover Street. Tickets for the Boston HAIR Red Cross fundraiser are $20 and all proceeds will be donated to Japan. www.examiner.com

What great ways to help out those in need. Maybe this article will encourage you to think up fun ways to help out as well!

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