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Week 16: Is Your Website Fresh Enough?

Did you know the mysterious Google algorithm that determines your search page ranking favors websites that update their content frequently? So if it’s been a while since you’ve freshened up your site, a little tweaking may be in order; this will keep it interesting to both the search engines and to your clients.

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Week 15: Check Your E-mail List…Check It Twice

For the last five years retailers have followed a trend that spa owners need to be aware of. Don’t forget the Internet. Four of the eight biggest retail e-mail volume days of the year occurred in the weeks before Christmas last year. These days actually have names, “Cyber Monday” (November 27) with the following three Mondays being referred to as “Echo Mondays” (December 4, 11 and 18). Sending out e-mails to your data base around these dates makes good sense.

Week 14: Upgrade Client Satisfaction and Increase Profits

This week, we pause for a word from our sponsor, Dashing Diva Professional. Thanks to them, we’re able to bring you 22 weeks of this exclusive business-building content in The 2010 Project e-newsletter.

Week 13: Suggestive Selling — Not Pushy, Just Persistent

Suggestive selling is one aspect of merchandising that is often overlooked, yet it can make a tremendous difference in the total retail sales of a salon. It is a proven statistic that close to 40% of clients will say yes when asked by a staff member if they wish to upgrade in size or quantity. There is a fine line to being perceived as pushy or merely suggestive, though.

Week 12: The Five Ways Leaders Lose Their Edge

Whether the economic times are flourishing or floundering, many leaders get stuck in the same trap: They don’t take time to stop and reflect on what they’re doing. Because there’s so much for them to do and they have so much responsibility and accountability on their shoulders, they’re constantly on the go, striving to deliver results. That’s why they need to take a step back, and give some serious thought to what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

Week 11: Client Surveys: Getting Feedback You Can Use

We all know customer satisfaction is essential to the survival of our businesses, but how do we find out whether our customers are satisfied? The best way is to ask them with regular customer satisfaction polling. Talking to your customers — finding out what they like (and dislike) about how you do business — is the first step toward success and growth.

How to Stretch a Buck in the Salon

Reneé Borowy of VIP Salon & Spa says renegotiating has been key to keeping costs under control.

Week 9: There’s No Such Thing as Overexposure

As a therapist, owner, and manager who is working full-time in my spa, I wanted to share with my fellow nail professionals how we survive during this hard time by not limiting ourselves to one area of marketing. At Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge, we don’t believe in overexposure. We expose our business in the following ways:

Week 8: Using Downtime to Your Advantage

Don’t let downtime bring down your morale. Use the lull to accomplish projects that help you reach your long-term goals. Here are seven great ways to fill the space in your schedule:

Survival Tips:Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy

Nail salons are one of the more resilient businesses in stagnating economies, but the current downturn has reached everyone to some extent. Many salons are still thriving despite the slowdown — so what’s their secret? Seven techs share their experiences on how they’re beating the odds to stay afloat.

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