Cutting Expenses in a Crazy Economy? “Don’t Cut Your PR!” Say Beauty Experts

As a 'beauty PR pro', I pray that businesses in the beauty industry don't cut down on public relations when cutting down on expenses in this crazy economy. Imagine my ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to hear three top beauty professionals in the last couple of weeks literally answer my prayers (looks like I won't have to quit my day job after all <g>).  What are they saying? "Whatever you do, don't cut … [Read more...]

Newsworthy ‘Added Value’ for Your Clients – the Total ‘Look’

Here's an example of creativity from a really 'style smart' blogsite www.thestylhouse.ca that ... Doesn't cost you a dime. Helps your clients get a total 'look'. Develops a relationship with surrounding fashion- oriented boutiques you think would make good promotional partners AND Gives you something to crow about in the local media. What if you were to build relationships with … [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 … [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...]

PR isn’t Just About Media

We often forget that PR strategically impacts every level of our organizations. It's not only about the consumer or your client, it's about your staff too. After all, it's their perceptions, attitudes and actions that 'color' your client's lives as well as their hair every day (pardon the pun). There's not much for me to say about this except ... Watch it, take it in. What does it mean to … [Read more...]

Are You Twittering?

Ouch! I've been a fuddy-duddy (Bet you haven't heard that word in a while).  I first heard about Twitter well over a year or so ago and my immediate reaction was, "puleeeze ... another texting toy" having nothing to do with salon, spa or beauty pr, and gave it no more thought than that.  I didn't see the gathering storm. While watching TV in the evenings, I spend an hour or so on my laptop … [Read more...]

Ever Have a Swishing Party?

PR  'old timers' (sorry about that) as well as 'newbies' should always be hunting for 'newsworthy' ideas, tips and tricks of the trade.  Staying fresh and interesting for the media (and your clients) is not easy. It demands not only rummaging around in your own brain and brainstorming with your staff, but reaching out and finding good resources out here in the blogosphere. "It's the Economy . . … [Read more...]