In this issue of Let’s Talk Shop, I want to talk about the importance of creating seasonal specials. And, I have just one bit of advice on this topic: think outside the box! Get creative! Do not limit yourself to offering a random discount on an in-room treatment. If it is fall, try and think beyond a pumpkin peel. Go a little further, have a…
One of the more exciting, yet challenging, tasks of any solo aesthetician is in deciding which services to include on the spa menu. This is an opportunity to be creative, selecting services you especially enjoy performing and those you are most competent in. For the solo aesthetician who once worked for an employer, the right to do only preferred services can be a cherished freedom…

Round 2: Brand Conditioning

Written by Delilah Matos
Just like we condition our minds and bodies, our businesses and the brands we create are no different. In fact, the two often go hand in hand. As a business owner and entrepreneur, it is not easy to stay 100 percent on top of your game all of the time. What is important to understand is that consistent conditioning and reconditioning is what counts. It…

5 Tips for a Savvy Marketing Calendar

Written by Barry Eichner and Jenni Nagle
You’re running late to work and, on the way to the spa, you realize that you haven’t created this month’s newsletter. Now, in the stress and chaos of getting to work, you have to come up with something on the fly. Rather than doing something creative and fun, you decide to offer clients 10 percent off retail if they book a facial. “Boooorrrrriiiiinnnnnnggg!” That’s not…
Custom skin care is a trend that has gained momentum rapidly over the past decade. Often, skin care is formulated, marketed, and delivered according to basic skin types – oily, dry, sensitive, mature, combination, and so forth. While certain skin symptoms, like dryness or uneven tone and texture, might have similar general causes, how and why those symptoms manifest may vastly differ from person-to-person based…
Running a service business without an effective retention marketing plan is like filling a bucket that has holes in the bottom. A company with a low retention rate will spend too much time and money working on acquisition to make up for lost business. In fact, it costs six times more to acquire new customers than it does to retain existing customers.1 Furthermore, returning clients…
I ncreasing revenue is important for skin care professionals and their business. Sales are not always skin care professionals’ strongest suit, but incorporating smart marketing strategies can help them and their staff increase revenue by attracting new clients, retaining existing clients, and upselling.
One of the first things I tell attendees at any of my presentations about digital marketing is that it is very similar to dating! Many attendees laugh, a few agree, and some roll their eyes. How can I possibly relate digital media to the complex world of dating? My famous opening line is, “If you’re the kind of person who would take an engagement ring…
Sales are never easy. Torn between the desire to please clients and make money, skin care professionals often appear needy or too aggressive if they do not practice a well thought out selling strategy. How can professionals do that?
Partnerships, cross-promoting, marketing, and referrals – those words are commonly thrown around in articles and books that focus on building a business, but it is never explained exactly how to do it or who to collaborate with. There are many different types of businesses that skin care professionals can pair with to boost their business. Here are some fresh, new ways to cross-promote with some…
by Mara Shorr, B.S., CAC II-XII and Jay A. Shorr, B.A., MBM-C, CAC I-XII First and foremost, with this article, we want to make one thing clear: this article is not about bashing the abilities or capabilities of one gender over the other when it comes to the cosmetic and aesthetic industry. We know that both genders provide stellar services to clients and are proud…

Creating Memorable Spa Experiences

Written by AC Dotterweich and Justin Dotterweich
Almost everyone has experienced bad service: when they walk into a business, there appears to be no purpose to the chaos. It takes 10 minutes before anyone pays attention or acknowledges them and once the staff does acknowledge them, they are busy apologizing and explaining what should have happened when the guest arrived. This explanation, however, does not accomplish anything – the guest has already…

Bringing Passion To The Spa

Written by Lilliane Caron
Running a successful spa can be incredibly rewarding and profitable, but skin care professionals will need to be prepared to work hard. Professionals will also need to have basic business skills, be quick on their feet, and able to solve curve balls that are thrown at them. Most importantly, keep things as simple as possible and specific to areas of knowledge: there is no need…

4 Ways to Automate Spa Management

Written by Josh McCarter
Most spa owners or managers wish for more time in their day; from checking-in clients and inventory checks to client follow-ups and marketing efforts, there is more than enough work to keep them busy from morning until night. Fortunately, technology for the aesthetics industry continues to evolve and, today, there are a host of smart technologies designed specifically for the spa. Spa owners should take…

Creating a Customized Client Intake Form

Written by Christa Hopson Murray
The client intake form is one of the most important documents clients will fill out while at the spa. Creating the ideal intake form that is tailored to the spa's unique treatments and products takes some thought. The key is not only in the client contact information, which is incredibly important, but also in customizing the form to gather the critical information that relates to…
Great customer service is the cornerstone of any business – keeping clients happy with their services and overall brand will keep them coming back. Customer service now goes well beyond talking to the front desk staff, calling the customer care line, or even sending an e-mail. Customer service lives on social media, which makes it a very visible part of the business' brand.
Social media is one of the most confusing subjects that any spa owner or manager deals with on a regular basis. For many spa owners, the general topic of marketing is overwhelming and digital marketing can be even more confusing. Most spa owners simply do not know what they need to do to maximize their web presence.
Have you ever had the experience of walking into a spa and feeling uneasy? You could have been thinking, "Why am I feeling uncomfortable? What's going on here?" Even if a spa looks great visually, what people experience goes beyond what is seen physically. For example, the spa may or may not be aligned to the cardinal directions, have windows in the east or north,…
In the spa, retail product sales typically contribute between three and 10 percent to gross sales. While it is tempting to focus primarily on the treatments and technology the spa offers, ignoring retail space erodes the bottom line. If the spa is making less than 10 percent of its gross sales from the retail area, the professional is neglecting both the retail space and their…
Welcome to 2017! Are you one of the 53 percent of small businesses that make New Year's resolutions? More than half of business owners say they are more likely to keep business resolutions than personal resolutions. Today's technology makes it easier for spa owners to manage and grow their business without taking time away from the work they love. However, with so many options to…
Owning and operating a day spa is an enormously satisfying career for many men and women. The opportunity to improve the well-being of so many people can be enormously gratifying. Creating a space of serenity and rejuvenation is often a labor of love. However, spa owners and managers are entitled to make a decent living and earn a profit in the process.
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