Employee ManagementOperationsTechnology

IoT, AI, AGI, WTF

Taylor Romero has a dream of how technology is going to organize his time in the near future, and he shared that dream at this year’s conference. It goes something like this: his wife, Beccy, who co-owns Spruce Barbers with Taylor in Denver, Co, will get a notification from their …

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Employee ManagementLeadershipMerchandising

Incentives that Dare Stylists to be Fabulous, too

The most valuable asset in our salon, like every other salon or spa in the US, is our team. To ensure progressive growth and consistent performance at Salon Jaylee, we restructured our incentives program. Over the 15-year course of our incentives program, we have offered a variety of benefits to …

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MarketingMerchandisingOperations

Re-Imagining Your Location to Appeal to Millennials

The relocation of the Gene Juarez Bellevue salon in 2017 was the opportunity the company had been waiting for to update and re-energize our long-established brand. Bellevue, sitting across the lake from Seattle, has become a magnet for Millennials, and that’s a demographic our group needed to attract if it …

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Employee ManagementLeadership

Is Your Leadership a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

The success of any salon is absolutely predicated on the role played by the manager and their abilities to lead, as well as their attitude towards leading. We all know this. As managers, it may be easy to tell others what to do, but it’s rarely the most effective way …

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LeadershipMarketingMerchandisingOperations

Moving Boldly to Reinvent a 50 Year-Old Brand

PENZONE Salon + Spa. It’s safe to say that our new concept salon has been a key focus for us. Our new salon opened on May 9, 2018 and every element of the concept, the guest experience, and our communication was intentional. Before we get into the specifics, view a …

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EducationEmployee Management

Understanding Performance Through Employee Demand

The wild card in the beauty industry has always been the human element. It is the biggest hurdle to expanding from a few salons to hundreds. One off-the-cuff remark to a client or a bad choice by a mediocre manager and the business could face a huge setback, with any …

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MarketingOperations

Digital versus Traditional – a Journey of Discovery

Two years ago our 100-salon group switched ad agencies, moving from a small boutique firm we’d been with for six years to a larger enterprise with offices in three Canadian cities. The new firm had all the polish and razzmatazz that can’t help but impress, and it has delivered, in …

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EducationEmployee ManagementOperations

Time is the ultimate luxury

We are witnessing a seismic shift in attitudes, leading to a new paradigm, according to a huge survey carried out by whom and when in Europe and North America. It questioned 5,000 participants and found the number one way to happiness was to buy back some time. We are all …

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Operations

Keeping it REAL estate

At Birds Barbershop, our mantra is to offer high quality at an affordable cost. We do that by seeking out real estate bargains, so we can push savings onto the customer. Without that balance, our model doesn’t work. And like many small operators who open one store at a time …

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Marketing

Diving into a complete brand refresh

When we switched from our small, boutique ad agency to a larger, multi-layered operation, one of the first projects was an overhaul of our brand. Our 100-salon group had been through upgrades previously, but this was to be a radical refresh. And it came with a huge price tag – …

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