The interworkings of your salon is typically off limits, right? Well, not at The Root Salon in Phoenix. Meet Laurén Hart, owner of The Root Salon and trained stylist by none other than Beth Minardi herself! This accomplishment, along with the salon’s numerous industry and community awards, (including Salon Today 200 honoree two years in a row!) proves that Hart and her team aren’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to letting their clients in on the nature of their business. We sat down with Hart to find out how she lets clients in on a ‘sneak peek’ in to her salon and shares all of the happenings on her social networks.
How do you integrate your online/social media presence into the salon experience?
We like to let our online followers get daily “sneak peeks” into our lives in the salon. When a fantastic hair color is achieved or a notable moment takes place, we’re sure to snap a photo and post it. We truly enjoy our work and daily accomplishments -- social media is the perfect way to invite others to share in the fun!
How do you use the various social media platforms to promote your salon?
We are sure to hop onto all the latest online and social media platforms. Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Pinterest, Youtube…you name it, we’re on it. And we’re sure to stay active so we let our team members post on their own accounts about beauty and hair during the few minutes they have as down time.
How do you develop your social media content?
We ask ourselves one simple question, “What’s best for our clients?” We consider any online contact to be either a current or potential client. So as long as we post content that is helpful, entertaining, and inspirational, we feel we’re doing them justice.
Are your clients involved in your social media conversations?
We start each day with what we call "conversation starters". We use dry-erase markers to write call to action statements on each stylists mirror to get our clients involved while they are in the salon. Statements like "Do you follow our Pinterest" or, "Have you checked in on Facebook?". This week, with the launch of our new website and blog, our mirrors say "Subscribe to our new blog, The Root Word."
Do you encourage the stylist in your salon to have a social media presence? How do you make sure they maintain the balance of unique and professional?
Absolutely! The first step in maintaining the balance of unique and professional is to make sure you work with creative stylists who value professionalism in the first place. Our team members are original and eager to share this with the world…but they also have the innate understanding of proper presentation.