Hair Salon

Salon Survival – Finding the Right Mix

The salon business is tough, which is not news for those in the trenches on a daily basis. According to Kline PRO, the first half of this year saw service transaction counts down 6%, while service revenues declined by just 1%. Hair product sales from salons to consumers fell across all categories. So, what can be done to survive and ideally thrive? Be open to change and leverage the major advantage you have over much of your competition—the stylist.

Competitors, such as the Internet and unauthorized sellers, do not have a trained professional that can personally consult with the client, assess needs, and create an ultimate experience that will fully meet the client’s requirements and expectations. The stylist does need support however. Training on current techniques partnered with information on the latest trends in both services and products will give salons a fighting chance.Continue reading

Professional Skin Care

From Brand Perception to Diversion in Professional Skin Care

Professional skin care marketers often misjudge what is most important to potential buyers, partners, and consumers, and this can lead many to miss the mark on the key attributes that are of equal or greater importance. While new product launches and innovative treatments remain key differentiators, there are often additional factors impacting the choices made by professional skin care venues when choosing a brand. For example, the ability of the marketer to quickly deliver new product shipments so the skin care professional can restock inventory and replenish fast-moving products is an important factor often overlooked by marketers.Continue reading