Take Back Your Clients
At the Salon Business Success Forum at ABS, top salon owners offer invaluable peer-to-peer advice.
At Americaâs Beauty Show more than
300 salon owners and managers packed
the Salon Business Success Forum,
hosted by ABS and P&G Salon Professional
and powered by SALON TODAY. Reuben
Carranza, CEO of P&G Professional,
opened the forum by delving in the P&G
data vault and offering up information that
helps owners unravel the mysteries of todayâs
beauty consumer and shed light on
the non-salon competition.
Audience members brought their toughest management questions to the salon owner panel, moderated by SALON TODAY Editor Stacey Soble.
âLarge retail stores, such as CVS, Target,
Walmart, and The Gap, have made mass
retailing success because of their pristine
displays. They have created an overall
environment where people can stop and
browse,â Carranza told attendees. âItâs
time for us to take back our salon client,
because she believes us first.â
Over the next hour, three salon owners took the stage, delivering powerful examples of how theyâve transformed their businesses.
Left: Eva Scrivo, owner of the Eva Scrivo Salon, suggests salons can make a lasting impression on their clients by educating and empowering
them. Right: Reuben Carranza, CEO of P&G Salon Professional, advises owners to be conscious of the buying behavior of the beauty enthusiast.
(Photos by Lauren Salapatek.)
â¢ Deborah Schmidt, owner of the
chain of Mitchellâs Salons and Spas in
Cincinnati, Ohio, walked attendees through
her process of understanding the target market
and developing a business concept that
lures them in. âCollect information on the
target you want and youâll begin to see patterns,â
she said. âEverything has to match
the image of your target client. Create a
culture that your client can feel.â
â¢ William George, owner of the James Joseph Salons in Boston, stressed that in addition to taking back your clients, you need to take back your staff. âKeeping a team together is tantamount to your success,â he cautioned. âIt is important that as the salonâs owner, you take control of each and every meeting at your salon.â
â¢ Eva Scrivo, owner of the Eva Scrivo Salon in New York, shared her strategy of establishing herself as the beauty expert. âBe the authority,â she advised. âShow your client exactly how to style their own hair. When you teach, share and give, the more youâll get back.â
For the last hour of the forum, Frank Gironda, president of Cosmetologists Chicago and owner of the Frank Gironda Salons and Day Spas in Naperville, Illinois, and SALON TODAY 200 Honorees Jason Hall, co-owner of RED 7 Salons in Chicago, and Ginny Eramo, owner of Interlocks Salon and Day Spa in Boston, joined the speakers for a fast-paced panel session moderated by Stacey Soble, editor in chief of SALON TODAY.
Audience members fired away with their toughest management challenges and the panelists rose to the occasion, offering their best advice to their peers. âBe true to yourself,â said Hall. âYour business should be a reflection of youâ never waiver from that.â