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Social Media: Today’s Brand Builder

Kelly Ehlers | August 2, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Let’s talk social media. In today’s socially connected society, you not only have the ability, but the need to manage your reputation both online and in real life. This applies to you if you’re an independent contractor, salon owner, stylist, platform artists – even a beauty school student.

Let’s face it. Your clients, employer, perhaps even the school you are applying to, will seek you out online before they meet you in person. In fact, albeit a simple task, the results of a simple Google search can be quite shocking. Try it! I’m sure you will find that the conversations are happening, whether or not you’re participating. (Or even paying attention!)

Search for your salon in other places, too. You may find that your clients are checking in at your salon on Facebook, snapping a quick Instagram photo of their new look or most importantly, sharing their experience with their social networks in the form of reviews and recommendations. All of these online interactions are a lasting reflection of your personal brand and your salon brand. (Side note: did you know that Tweets are stored in the Library of Congress? See, I told you they were lasting impressions!)

And it makes sense, right? Why, after years of perfecting your craft, would you leave something as valuable as you reputation up to chance? Social media allows us the opportunity to extend the salon conversation from a monthly visit to a daily conversation.


 -Social media is not a popularity contest. Followers don’t equal influence. It’s far better to have 100 highly engaged clients than to have thousands of fans who never interact with your social platforms. Remember to focus on delivering the type of content when, where and how your clients want it. Put yourselves in their shoes. Are they looking for exclusive deals or promotions on your social platforms? Do they look to your salon as being the trendsetter in areas of beauty and fashion? When you are giving them content they love, they will ‘share’ the love in return!

-Have a defined strategy; a purpose to be online. I often notice salons or brands participating on social media platforms just because everybody’s doing it (minus the strategy!). Although valid, I think it’s important to re-frame that discussion and look at social media as a way to drive business, create opportunities for your salon, and most importantly, connect with your clients in an authentic way.

To look at social media as a business solution, it’s vital to map out a simple strategy for your social platform. This strategy will help you to tailor your content and outreach around your business goals. With my agency Evoke Brand Strategies and online social platform,, we have developed a simple three-step process to get you started that involves looking at your Emotional and Technical skills, then pairing it with a proper Promotional tool (or social platform). (Learn about the specific process in the September issue of PBA Progress!)

 -Involve your creative teams. It’s essential for your staff and stylists to join the social conversation. It’s likely they are connected on social platforms in their free time. Allowing them to provide content is important for the success of your social strategy. For example, consider adding social media skills as a requirement in your hiring process or create a social media team of stylists who are in charge of collecting stories and images from the salon on a daily basis. Regardless of the technique, it’s imperative to make social media part of your salon’s DNA on a daily basis.

We all know that your brand is no longer just your logo or the sign above your salon door. Social media is one of the most effective and least costly brand building solutions available and with a bit of training and guidance, can be incredibly effective and fun! If you use these three tips you are well ahead of the curve and believe me, you’re clients will notice!

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Style Sync is an on-line social media training, personal branding and business education platform designed specifically for salon owners and stylists to help them magnify their image and multiply their results.

Style Sync, a division of Evoke Brand Strategies, is an on-line, subscription based social media training, personal branding and business education platform designed to help individual stylists and salon owners turn social media prowess into more clients and more money for your salon.


At Evoke Brand Strategies we develop digital, social and mobile strategies for salon professional, beauty, hospitality and entertainment brands. As branding and public relations veterans, yet early adopters of all things digital, we understand the importance of creating measurable, buzz-worthy campaigns that generate bottom-line results.

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