Sport Clips Haircuts has been ranked in the Top 100 of Entrepreneur magazine’s “fastest-growing” companies for the past 12 years, and this year, for the first time, in the top 10 among the media entity’s Franchise 500 ranking.
At the International Salon Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach, California, SALON TODAY took a spin around the show floor to see what was new with most of the salon software vendors that were exhibiting. Tag along with us and see what programs are debuting and which features will help owners grow their business to new heights in 2015:
Service providers and retailers outside the beauty industry have had to compete with the increasing growth of Internet sales. This has resulted in a number of retailers led by Apple, implementing a radical business model that required creative thinking. The same consumers that shop at Apple visit our salons. Today’s salon owner will have to re-evaluate their business model, on how to be more creative.
On Sunday, April 12, salons throughout United States will participate in the HairRaising Cut-a-Thon, a massive, one-day fund-raising event benefitting Boston Children’s Hospital, the #1 Pediatric Hospital and Research Center in the country.
In designing a client recruitment campaign, Cyndi DeSoto, owner of Caruh Salon Spa in Seattle, Washington, started paying attention to the people with whom her team associated.
“In building a relationship business, I wanted our new guests to be people my team would enjoy spending time with,” DeSoto says. “Who are their friends? Where do they spend their time? Where are they most comfortable? It became clear their circle of influence included people in hospitality, teachers, emerging artists and other caregivers.”
Recently, almost every member of the Nuovo salon group (three salons in the Sarasota, Florida, area with another opening in 2015) attended a Qnity + Aveda training session. The program is set up to make tracking numbers more intuitive to the creative, right-brained stylist.
“It’s a very Apple-esque approach,” says Nuovo co-owner Terry McKee (James Amato is Nuovo’s other co-owner). “It’s very simple, intuitive and creative. It’s numbers for creative people and celebrates small victories.”
Summit Salon Business Center recently announced that they have signed license agreements with four cosmetology schools for exclusive rights to use the name Summit Salon Academy. The academies are located in Gainesville, Florida; Perrysburg, Ohio; Tacoma, Washington; and Tampa, Florida. Additional locations will be announced soon in Oregon and Indiana.