EducationEmployee ManagementLeadershipMarketingOperations

Where do you get your BIG IDEAS?

In the final hours of this year’s conference in Bonita Springs, a new concept was launched. Delegates streamed into the auditorium to be bombarded by BIG IDEAS – innovative concepts that had worked and had measurable impact for other members. It was like speed-dating but rather than cozying up on …

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Employee ManagementMarketingOperations

Marketing at the Speed of Technology

Moderating a breakout session at the 2018 conference in Scottsdale, AZ gave the audience and myself an opportunity to discuss marketing with some real experts. Ann Latendresse, Director of Brand Marketing at Great Clips, brought all the gravitas of someone who runs marketing for a company with hundreds of thousands …

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LeadershipMarketingOperations

Business from the Heart: How Charity Helps Everyone

A business that actively supports charitable organizations gets payback way beyond any funds raised or time given. It creates customer goodwill, engagement and loyalty. But to consider it simply a PR exercise to make the company look good to customers, and possibly the press, means missing out on the true …

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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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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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