10 ‘Don’t Be’ PR Tips – Perception Counts

How Are You Perceived? Beauty industry old-timer or fresh-faced newcomer ... this is for you.Public relations helps to shape and cultivate how others perceive you.  But before you can focus your 'public relations' on others you need to shape and cultivate your story for yourself and be able to tell it effectively.  That means you need to envision ‘yourself’ clearly.Since public relations … [Read more...]

Is This You? Just … so busy.

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“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” How many times have you read or heard that? More than once we’ll bet.It has to be several hundred times for me.Why do we see it so many times?  Because it’s a universal truth and we all recognize it.  It’s about me … every time I read it.  But Then … You’re pooped at the end of a busy day.  You really want … [Read more...]

Salon PR Tip – Respect Editor’s Inboxes

Editor's crowded Inbox

You Think You Receive a Lot of Email? Magazine editors, TV segment producers, and our industry editors probably receive 50 times your volume … at least.  Giant attachment files on your pitch news release email are often not appreciated.If your pitch and news release has a photo or a video included (and it should), include it via a link to a large enough JPG file for them to get a good look at … [Read more...]

How Scary Is Your On-Line Reputation?

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Care for Your Personal and Professional Brands Freedom of Speech?  Sure! It’s a free country.  Post whatever you want. But, there are consequences.Google, Bing, Yahoo, and MSN are voracious eaters. They digest and spit out whatever they find associated with your name. What you say (and do) online comes home to roost where you probably don’t want it.When you (or a friend) post … [Read more...]

A Shout-Out to our NAILERATTI as Fashion Trailblazers

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The 'Naileratti' With New York Fashion Week (Feb. 7-11) upon us, and nail fashion coverage sharing the media spotlight, what better time to pay tribute to our talented nail peers and pioneers. They are the Naileratti (my term) … those who have turned the heads and earned the respect of the world’s leading fashion designers and media.It all happened for one very good reason; nail artists began … [Read more...]

Salon PR Tip – Understand Editorial Media Requirements

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Online and Print are Two Different Beasts What looks fine on a computer screen is often totally unusable for print publication.  We recommend you invest the time to learn about DPI (dots per inch)  vs. PPI (Pixel density), screen size (pixels) vs. print size (inches), image file types (strengths and shortcomings), etc.It's annoying (and time-wasting) when an editor asks for a print-ready … [Read more...]

Sharing a Beautiful Day- Our Anniversary!

Alex & Sharon's Wedding Anniversary!

It's Our Wedding Anniversary! Normally I only post about stuff that's important to you.  Today I post selfishly about something that is very important to me.  A good number of you who subscribe here know us so I thought you'd enjoy this personal sharing.  It is a large piece of who we are.Sharon and I have been together as partners in life for 31 years and partners in business for over … [Read more...]

Salon Pro Facebook ‘Sins’ – Part I

Salon Pro Facebook ‘Sins’ – Part I

Do You Use a Personal Facebook Profile for your Salon Industry Business? Many salon pros (and businesses) are using their Facebook personal profile for their professional side.You may have originally chosen to use your personal profile because:You could send ‘friend requests’ to anyone you wish (who will friend you back). You could comment on your ‘friends’ wall (if their wall allows … [Read more...]

Hair Photos – Slapping Posters Up on Walls?

Posters on a Wall

Is it About Hair Photos, or Storytelling? There’s no shortage of salon professional hair photos in the beauty social media universe.Thousands of stylists spend hours uploading their hair photos to salon pro websites hoping to attract new clients, and show friends their good work.Sadly, with all that time and effort, most are just ‘posters on a wall’ with a 1-day lifespan … most often only … [Read more...]

Goodbye Boring Cut-A-Thons!

Newsworthy Salon Events

What is a Newsworthy Salon Fundraiser? A talented salon owner/manager asked us:"I think perhaps we are not doing things that are "press" worthy enough for our salon fundraisers. We want to do community salon fundraiser activities, but on a more personal level than just a walk-a-thon.  It has been difficult to find a cause to devote our time to, and one that our team really gets into, truly … [Read more...]