Cozine / stock.adobe.com
What if I told you that tanning industry veterans experienced their busiest season ever this year? (We would be surprised if you weren’t surprised.) Who could have projected that industries like tanning and wellness would boom following a global pandemic? Industry leaders like Emily Sigmon with Carolina Tan says it was nothing they would have known to prepare for, but credit the shift to more education surrounding sunlight and how beneficial it can be to our health. Emily says that the influx of customers is like nothing she has ever experienced, and she is becoming more aware of how to stay equipped for maintaining momentum after the “busy season” comes to a close.
As this season ends, take the time to appreciate the challenges that this year has offered and how you overcame them.
Education around tanning has greatly impacted the customer attitude about UV and sunlight. That education must continue within your business, but there are multiple levels of education to consider.
Ensure that your salon guests are aware of your efforts to keep them safe during their time in your facility. This can be achieved through different approaches. We have seen an increase in signs posted in-salon for safe distancing and for assuring guests that a tanning system has been properly disinfected. Though it seems we are seeing the tail-end of the pandemic, maintaining the level of safety education must remain.
Your employees are your greatest asset. Training your staff and providing them with proper information on the benefits of the services they provide will reflect positively on your establishment. Each team member must be well equipped to speak to guests about features of the equipment in your facility.
Are you using your digital media to their greatest potential? As social platforms like TikTok take off, salon owners are taking advantage of the opportunity to be at the fingertips of their target market. Show your products, services, and share tips with your customers on social media – they will appreciate the chance to engage with their favorite salon.
Michael Nelson with Totally Tan & Spa offers his salon guests a variety of equipment. This year gave us a chance to really enhance our wellness sector and offer customers an overall wellness experience. Michael noticed that the diversification of equipment brought in new clientele with different objectives and goals. Offering something for everyone who could walk into your business will increase your opportunity for new customers and transactions. An investment in equipment upgrades can refresh and renew your business model.
As this season ends, take the time to appreciate the challenges that this year has offered and how you overcame them. Let’s make the next season one to remember! Continue your customer and employee education. Engage with your customers online and invest in diverse equipment to create new and encouraging opportunities for your business.
Victoria Eckert is the Communication & Content Specialist in the Marketing Department for JK Products & Services. New to the company, Victoria brings an extensive background in communication and social media management. A U.S. Army veteran, she is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in Strategic Communications with emphasis in Public Relations, Advertising and Social Media Management.
Copyright 2020 ist Magazine