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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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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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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MarketingMerchandising

Be Funny, Be Witty, Be Pretty

If we learned one thing from this year’s ISBN conference in Scottsdale, it’s that we are facing multiple disruptors to our businesses, many of which we seem helpless to avert. However there is one disruptor that we can stop. And we should stop it now. Ten years ago, beauty bloggers …

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Marketing

Gen Z Clients Are Headed for Your Salons

The beauty industry was one of the first industries to embrace Millennials. Successful salon companies were soon comfortable with this group’s individuality, expectations (whether unrealistic or not) and tech obsession. That’s just as well; Millennials are now most of the workforce. But don’t get too comfortable, because the next generation …

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Marketing

Bringing a Big Name on Board

The cult of celebrity helps supercharge the beauty industry. The flurry of media attention when a supermodel cuts off all her hair or a film star embraces a dramatic color change has us clapping our hands in anticipation. We know it will have guests tripping over themselves to get into …

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Employee ManagementMarketing

Leveraging the Network Effect

Using social media for news and updates is a bit like hearing it through the grapevine. Your intended audience may believe only half of what they see and none of what they hear. But all those Millennials on our teams present a huge opportunity to market our brands. Totaling up …

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MarketingOperations

Nail Services Could Be What You’re Bottom Line is Missing

Local nail salons have dominated the manicure and pedicure market for decades, providing an affordable, fast option to grooming for the time-poor woman (and man) looking for a quick yet luxurious service. But what if she had the option of a manicure while hair color develops or a quick shape …

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Considering Longer Hours?

Forty years ago most, if not all, salons closed up shop after a busy Saturday and stayed closed until Tuesday morning. Sunday and Monday were the beauty industry’s weekend. That was what our competition did when my wife, Elaine, and I pushed open the doors of our first Hairzoo salon …

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MarketingMerchandisingOperations

How to Beat Amazon – What You Need to Do Stay in the Retail Game

When Amazon was founded back in 1994, it sold books. From that moment the writing was on the wall for book stores. The online merchant then moved into electronics, hoovering up demand for the latest gadgets and household goods. Now, the giant marketplace accounts for 50 per cent of all …

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