Steak is to Spray Tanning as …

Have you ever visited a Texas Roadhouse restaurant? There’s over 400 in the USA, with many more to come.

The places are huge, and are virtually empty Sunday through Wednesday night.

So, why build such a huge restaurant that gets used at maybe 15% of capacity 4 days per week?

Because, Thursday through Saturday night, hundreds of people want to eat there, and will only do so if they can get a tasty meal, quickly.

Texas Roadhouse builds the restaurant to maximize sales when the people want to eat/visit.

For Texas Roadhouse, maxing-out Thursday through Saturday pays the bills and then some, and more than covers the relatively few customers that eat there Sunday through Wednesday.

Salons that are growing spray tan sessions have 2+ spray rooms. Those salons make it convenient and quick to get a spray on the days when people want to spray.

Spray is more like Steak than it might seem.

FYI: 100% of the purchase price for your booth is currently tax deductible.

 

Nail Biter

Your salon might be located near a nail salon, maybe several.

Ever sit outside and count how many customers the nail salon gets? If you don’t have the time, pay a kid $8/hour to do it for 1 week.

Take the number of customers the nail salon has and compare it to the number of spray tan customers you have in 1 week.

Do you have more or less customers than the nail salon?

Why?

Why not?

If you’d like to discuss ideas to build a bigger and more profitable spray tan business – connect with your VersaSpa representative at 888-974-9977.

One Number, That’s All I Want

Nationally, the average spray tan booth performs 7.0 spray tan sessions per day.

However, if a salon owner seeks to average 7.0 for the entire year, how many does each booth need to average in the core season: April thru June?

Well, referring to the national data listed below, 34% of spray tan sessions are performed April thru June.

This means that the number of spray sessions per day must jump to 9.5 for that 90-day period.  

As a salon owner sets goals for staffers, it’s always best to keep things simple and easy to remember.

Therefore, it might be best to set the goal at the amount need during core season (9.5) rather than the full year goal (7.0).

The great news is that spray tanning has substantial volume throughout the year, offering a constant opportunity to build the business every month of the year.

If you’d like to discuss ideas to build a bigger and more profitable spray tan business – connect with your VersaSpa representative at 888-974-9977.

 

A.B.M. (there’s no other viable alternative)

What’s that spell?
Well, um, nothing, but stay with me anyway.

ALWAYS
BE
MARKETING

Marketing is about ‘getting noticed’ – it does not require money, nor talent, nor an agency – it requires most of all persistence and consistency.

Persistence and consistency are not fun, nor glamorous but they win the day in marketing.

What would that look like for a tanning salon – that has no money for marketing?

Gotta go Guerilla.

The ongoing success of the salon depends on bringing new customers into the door to try spray tanning and then come back frequently.
– Maybe 3% of women spray tan annually, but millions are interested and willing. What an opportunity for growth.

– Recruit that huge audience of potential customers

–The ongoing success of the salon depends on bringing new customers into the door to try spray tanning and then come back frequently.
• The more first-time spray tanners you create, the more chance you have to sell an EFT down the line, once they are hooked

– Sidewalk sign: Let people know you offer spray tanning
• One of the most highly ranked tanning search terms on Google relates to ‘Tan salon near me’ (as in, Where can I get a tan near me?)
• Even if your salon is located in a prominent and high traffic area, you still need to let people know you are there

– Cross-Promote with other businesses that already serve your ideal customers:
• Beauty/Hair, Nail, Massage, Spa, Gym/Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Wax, Brow/Lash
• When you visit another business, ‘wear’ a great spray tan to provide a convincing testimonial
• Provide professional business cards that includes free spray tan offer to be passed out to their customers – also, let owners know you’re willing to promote their business to your customers
• Ask owner if willing to include free spray tan offer in next email to clients• Offer owner and staff free spray tan (anything they want)

For more ideas to improve the marketing of spray tanning in your salon, click here for FREE best practices guide, including chapter named “Improve Spray Tan Marketing”.  If you’d like to discuss marketing ideas to build a bigger and more profitable spray tan business – connect with your VersaSpa representative at 888-974-9977.

2 – Da – Loo

High growth salons have 2+ spray tan rooms … 2+ has become a (common) thing.
VersaSpa has case studies which show that adding a 2nd room can add 40+% more spray sessions.

Why?
More convenient/quick to tan in your salon than a competitor – waits disappear, or are very short.

Also, if you have 2+ spray tan rooms, you grow sessions by expanding the tanning options.

VersaSpa has two very popular bronzer tones/shades – Monterey (classic bronze) and Catalina (unique blend of bronzer for a deep ‘island tan’).

Salons with 1 room tend to offer 1 bronzer tone.

Salons with 2+ spray rooms, offer an additional bronzer tone in 2nd booth, which allows the salon to offer a tan that matches all skin types.

For more ideas to improve the marketing of spray tanning in your salon, click here for FREE best practices guide.  If you’d like to discuss ideas to build a bigger and more profitable spray tan business – connect with your VersaSpa representative at 888-974-9977.

Can ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ be worth $3 Million

Chick-fil-A is beating every competitor by training workers to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’

The secret to Chick-fil-A’s success is as simple as saying “please” and “thank you.”

The chicken chain is statistically the most polite chain in the restaurant business, according to a QSR Magazine’s annual drive-thru report.

Employees at Chick-fil-A were the most likely of the 15 chains surveyed to say “please” and “thank you,” and to smile at drive-thru customers. Chick-fil-A workers were also as the second most likely to have a “pleasant demeanor,” only topped by the up-and-coming fast-food chain PDQ.

According to the report, Chick-fil-A employees said “thank you” in 95.2% of drive-thru encounters, based on data from nearly 2,000 visits to 15 restaurant chains.

For comparison, KFC had a “thank you” rate of 84.9%. McDonald’s rate was 78.4%, putting it in 14th place out of the 15 chains analyzed.

“It’s all about speed and accuracy, but we know our customers appreciate that we can be nice while being fast and accurate,” Mark Moraitakis, senior director of hospitality and service design, told QSR. ” Eye contact and smiling go a long way in the drive-thru experience.”

Chick-fil-A has taken pains to make its drive-thru strategy as customer-friendly as possible, reports QSR. The chain has dedicated drive-thru teams, made up of compatible Chick-fil-A employees, and sends employees with tablets out to the drive-thru lane to take orders when lines begin to form.

While small pleasantries are easy to dismiss in the multi-billion dollar restaurant business, these little things have played a key role in setting Chick-fil-A apart from the competition.

In 2015, Chick-fil-A generated more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in the US. The chain’s average sales per restaurant reached nearly $4 million.

Meanwhile, the average KFC sold $1 million in 2015.

Analysts have said that customer service is key to Chick-fil-A’s success. Superior customer service drives higher sales per unit, contributing to the chain’s ability to generate greater revenue than chains such as KFC, Pizza Hut, and Domino’s with more than twice as many US locations.

According to Chick-fil-A, the chain has the upper hand when it comes to customer service because it invests more than other companies in training its employees. The chicken chain’s unique business structure, in which each franchisee is only allowed to open one Chick-fil-A location, further allows for more hands-on supervision and training.

From BusinessInsider.com

 

Salon Staffer: Must-Have vs. Nice-to-Have

Knowing that you can seldom land the ideal candidate, Put M next to Must-Have, N next to Nice-to-Have

Punctual
Reliable – fulfills all responsibilities, without excuses
Hard worker (no let up)
Follows procedure/training
Polite
Energetic
Engaging
Can sell/persuade
Money motivated (commission)
Youthful – in age
Youthful – in spirit
Team players – tries to make co-workers better
Loves to tan
Organized
Add your faves

Many retailers and salon owners find it hard to source and retain good talent. Many lament the work habits of millennials and youth.

Is it time to go ‘older’?

Would someone who worked 20-30 years, in a quality organization, with high quality performance fit the bill – provided they nailed all your ‘must-haves’?

Which type of staffer is more valuable to your operation – someone who looks the part of a youthful tanner, or someone that is young in spirit who performs in the manner that you prefer?

Horace Greeley uttered the famous phrase: “Go West, young man” – maybe the new slogan is … “Go older”

Get (new) Loyal Customers: Free tan -or- $5 tan

Free Tan promotion to gain new customers requires no commitment from the tanner (unless salon up-charges for everything except Level 1/Light).

$5 Tan promotion may offer a better long term potential.

In February, a major salon chain offered $5 tan (any level) for an entire week.

Why might the $5 offer yield better (new) customers, who actually come back?

  1. Any color for $5 is a fair and good deal – appeals to all skin types and is antidote to bait & switch complaints by tanners
  2. $5 allows for impulse tanning – “$5, why not?”
  3. $5 weeds-out the freebie-hunters who seldom remain loyal

For more ideas to improve the marketing of spray tanning in your salon, click here for FREE best practices guide, including chapter named “Improve Spray Tan Marketing”.  If you’d like to discuss marketing ideas to build a bigger and more profitable spray tan business – connect with your VersaSpa representative at 888-974-9977.

365-52-24-7

It sounds like the coordinates on a map, leading to a treasure.

And, well, it kinda is.

Salon Owners want to know:

  • When do people actually spray tan?
  • How seasonal is that business?
  • How much opportunity is there throughout the year?

Answers: All the time, Not much, Lots.

So, when do people actually spray tan?

January thru March: 20% of spray tan sessions are performed

April thru June: 34%

 July thru September: 24%

October thru December: 20%

Spray tanning is YEAR ROUND business opportunity, because …
– events are year-round,
– looking good is a year-round thing,
– feeling better about yourself is year-round thing

So, turn up the dial on your marketing efforts March thru June, but Never turn that dial off.

For more ideas to improve the marketing of spray tanning in your salon, click here for FREE best practices guide, chapter named “Improve Spray Tan Marketing”.  If you’d like to discuss marketing ideas to build a bigger and more profitable spray tan business – connect with your VersaSpa representative at 888-974-9977.

Selling spray tans is easy with … Feel. Felt. Found.

Dennis, the salon owner, surprised people when he said, “Selling spray tans is really easy.

Just remember three things: Feel. Felt. Found.

I said, “Pardon?’

He said, ” Feel. Felt. Found. That’s all you need to know”

I said, “How does it work?”

He said, “Well. let’s say you’re selling a spray tan to someone who has never tried it and is a bit intimidated.

You tell the prospect that the tan will look natural and it will seem like they just lost 5-10 pounds.

The prospect gets a skeptical look and frowns.

You say, “Look I know how you FEEL. That’s a big promise.

I FELT the same way when I was trying spray for the first time.

But what I FOUND is that the tan looks great and my friends always ask me if I lost weight.

For more winning selling tips, read/download the Best Selling Practices of Winning Spray Salons – click here