Is Your Salon or Spa ‘Beloved’ in Your Community?

This post inspired by a recent discussion with 27 year salon industry veteran Robin Gribbin and charter beautyprpro subscriber prize winner Meghanne Gibbon Haran of You Salon in Maryland. Also, it was a recent question by a new salon owner in the Salon and Spa Business Forum on Facebook who asked, "How can I become better known by my local press and community?" 'Get Real' in the … [Read more...]

Announcing Our ‘PR Planning’ and Free Press Releases Winners!

We were going to post earlier, but Sharon was in New York and unlike the song, time was not on our side before the Easter weekend.  Sorry :-( We know you've been tapping your fingers waiting to find out who receives our free PR planning package.  We won't keep you in suspense much longer, (you could skip to the bottom right now if you just can't wait) but we'd like to share the thinking and d … [Read more...]

Keep Local Press Focus On You – 10 ‘To Do’s & ‘To Don’ts’

No Matter How Busy You Get With Other Things, Keep Your Sights on the Local Press - And They'll Keep Their Sights On You! It doesn't matter how many salons or spas are in your town - you need to stay creative in keeping in touch with your local newspapers, magazines, anchors, and TV segment producers.  Keep up that great consistent effort on your part to keep showing up in clever, relevant ways … [Read more...]

Publicity is to Public Relations as Public Relations is to Marketing – True or False?

Remember those kinds of relational questions in school?  They forced you to think about how things really related to each other.  That what this post is about because if you are clear on the relationship between PR and publicity you will be much more successful at the latter and you will have a 'foundation' for success in all your marketing efforts for your salon or spa business. Candy Bars A … [Read more...]

‘Real’ Networking: Your New BFF in a Bad Economy

As a salon owner or independent contractor you grow your salon or spa business by bringing new clients into your fold.  Local personal networking is a powerful tool to do that ... if you do it right! Networking Has To Be 'Real' To Be Right! OK, I admit it.  Even though I'm a publicist, I've never been big on networking gatherings and cool, chic mix-and-mingling events (all right ... I hate t … [Read more...]

Trends – Launching Platform for Both PR and Salon/Spa Growth

Are You a Catalyst for Change? Back a while we posted Good PR in a Bad Economy. We looked at 'catching the wave' specifically relevant to consumers looking for 'value-added. But, there are trends galore for you to capitalize on. You simply have to recognize them early on. If you're seriously interested in gleaning more media attention (and clients), you must be prepared to feed both of them … [Read more...]

The PR Power of Blogging for Salons

I Never Really Understood Blogging Our industry community got a later start with computers in our businesses and lives.  That's not a criticism, just a fact.  It took our beauty industry sector longer than most others to adopt computers and use the internet as a daily part of salon/spa business and personal life.  I speculate that's because creative people are right-brained, and technology is not … [Read more...]

Twitter for On-Line Scheduling or What?

Get it While it's Hot! Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan on Twitter, and chrisbrogan.com on his blog), is a person we suggested you follow on Twitter in our recent Twitter blog post . He just tweeted a very hot idea he found on Mr. Tweet (don't ask...we'll explain later). Within hours it's been retweeted over 200 times by others who think it's a cool idea too. We suggest you hurry before your … [Read more...]

Beauty PR Opportunities Galore this Weekend

We'll See you There. If you're within reach of getting to the 2009 International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach, CA this weekend (Jan 31-Feb 2), we strongly suggest you get a move on and get there.  ISSE is a golden opportunity to gather up great PR material and opportunities for you, and your salon/spa. But before you pack and go, read Sharon's top 10 PR suggestions for getting the most … [Read more...]

What Not to do in Public Places

Where Am I? Have you ever been at a beauty industry event, sitting in the crowded and noisy hotel restaurant, having a 'private' conversation with a friend, and catch yourself sharing a thought above the din you would never want someone else to hear?  Oops.  Good thing no one heard that.  Or did they? An article (taken down from his blog in January, 2013) by former CBS News Correspondent David … [Read more...]