Nick Shatarah, on Paving His Way Through Social Media

By Kelly Ehlers | 03/25/2013 9:00:00 AM

 

As I peruse the social spaces I love to highlight stylists who are really capitalizing by using social media to grow their personal brands….and Nick Shatarah is one of those stylists. From his blog that explores his editorial work, to his professional Facebook page that highlights the day-to-day life of a stylist, to his candid Instagram account (he certainly is a Style Sync #fotohefe!), he’s mastered the social branding side of the biz.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Nick to get his perspective on using social media to grow his brand - and wanted to share his journey with all of you. So, here we go…

Your journey has been an incredible - what's the most exciting thing you've done recently? 

This is such a hard question because every week it's something thing different! From NYFW or editorial magazine shoots it's always something new and exciting. For me it's the challenge of doing something different that keeps me going – and knowing someone can open up a magazine and see my work is simply the most exciting feeling I can have!

Tell us about participating in NYFW.

NYFW is always a journey in pushing myself to create fashion forward hair that doesn't over shadow the designers, yet complements their work. Our clients in the salon depend on us to keep them in the loop in what's new in fashion – what better way than to experience it first hand at fashion week, right?

I love the editorial work you’ve been doing. Tell me how you’re promoting your personal brand through social.

As much as I am in the salon, I am an artist outside the salon. Branding myself as an editorial stylist was – and continues to be very important to me. I started with my own website, logo and business cards for my session work. To me that was saying I am more then the guy who works behind the chair – I’m also an artist who can achieve styling on the editorial side. I also started leveraging many different social media outlets from Facebook and Tumblr to Hairbrained.me, YouTube and Twitter. There’s no doubt that social media had helped take my personal brand to the next level.

How do you keep your social media content hip, current and relevant? 

I think between fashion week and young Hollywood it's easy to always stay current. Social is all about tapping in to the younger clientele for me and knowing what they want their hair, or style to represent. When I blog or create a new YouTube video, I always try to put myself in their shoes …What to THEY want to see on my social channels? How can I make styling their look easy for them? This alone has helped me become a stronger stylist in many aspects of my craft.

Tell us how you balance your privacy and professionalism yet, still connect with your fans and clients on social networks.

I love this question because I don't separate the two. For example, my Instagram is my everyday social life, including a behind the sceneslook at a photo shoot or pictures of my personal life. I think that by combining the two I am showing people or clients that I am humble and free to share the candid, personal side of my style. This strategy has really worked for me, as I’ve been able to connect with more fans by being candid and transparent….after all, that’s what social media is all about, right?

Photographer - Shane LaVancher Hair- Nicholas Shatarah MUA - Kelly Budd Stylist - Leah Snow Model - Romana Muse Models How has social media helped you score new business – or editorial opps?

I am not connected to a manufacturer, so I don't think I would had made as much as a dent in the hair world without social media. I am always getting emails through my social networking site for editorial gigs, for example. By having these social outlets, I have been able to grow and network on a much different level.

What are your top 5 Instagram accounts to follow:

Phyto Hair Care , I Love the product line and I always have it on set.

Orlando Pita , His work is just fantastic!

RedDollbyTM, - Fantastic clothing designer I have worked with before.

T3micro/Amika –(Ok, I'm cheating I put those too together.) I love their styling tools. 

HeyHeyGorgeous–A perfect resource for up-to-date fashion trends!

So there you have it! How do you build your personal brand online? You be yourself! Remember the three step process to personal branding: emotional + technical + promotional – it’s our Style Sync and Evoke Brands social media mantra and success formula.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get in touch with Nick:

Web: www.NicholasShatarah.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Nicholas.Shatarah

Salon Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CaressHairCutters

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NickShatarah

Tumblr: www.NicholasShatarah.tumblr.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Nicholas_Shatarah

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/NickShatarahHair

Hairbrained.me: www.hairbrained.me/profile/NicholasShatarah

 

As always, feel free to contact me at: kehlers@evokebrands.com with any questions or comments.

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About www.StyleSync.me:

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.

 

About www.EvokeBrands.com:

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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly Ehlers

Kelly Ehlers is a recognized leader and expert in social and mobile media for the salon and beauty industry. Her firm, Evoke Brand Strategies, specializes in providing innovative digital solutions for salons, stylists and brands looking to connect with their customers in today’s technology-driven society. By combining traditional PR and relationship building with today’s social platforms, Ehlers bring a fresh perspective to the industry.

Having literally grown up in the industry (her mother was a successful salon owner for 40 years), Ehlers’ unique perspective combines years of PR, marketing and social media knowledge with real-world salon experience. In February 2012, Ehlers launched her newest venture, StyleSync, teaching small businesses, salon owners, stylists and students how to easily utilize social media to grow their businesses and personal brands.

For more, go to www.evokebrands.com, and follow her blog at www.stylesync.me.

 


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