13 June 2024

Marketing Tips for a Successful Summer with Sean Hanna

Sean Hanna has more than 40 years of industry experience and has run many successful marketing campaigns with his salon group, seanhanna salons and now heads the Sean Hanna Business Consultancy, helping other salons achieve success with business advice and marketing tips.

According to Sean Hanna, planning is key to successful months ahead. “As we head into summer, it’s a great time to inspire your clients and get them in the mood to try something new or get their hair looking great for the warmer weather.

Marketing Tips

“Balayage continues to be a popular service, so create a story around your services,” he explains. For example, create a Balayage Booster Package, telling clients to get your balayage looking perfect for summer. The package could include a full head balayage, pre-colour treatment, perfect toner and sun protection kit to take away.

Marketing Tips

“Ideally the story is created in collaboration with your team. It needs to have their support to ensure this will be successful. Create a training plan which ensures the team are fully aligned to the story.”

The success of a campaign is all in the planning and joining up all the elements:

  • The concept / idea.
  • The story
  • The communication / training with the team
  • Clear pricing policy
  • The content used to promote this with images, videos, testimonials

Let your campaign run for a set time, for example your summer campaign might end on 30 September 2024 in time for an autumn campaign to start.

Here are Sean’s top tips to creating a successful summer colour marketing campaign:

  • Create the content that you will use to promote your campaign, this could be imagery that you will use inside the salon, your window display, on your website and your social media. It could be videos showing the benefits of the package and maybe some case studies where you show before and after results on real clients who will give their testimonials.
  • Typically, you need to be planning a campaign 2-3 months before its launch date to give you time to get everything in place to ensure its success. However, it’s not too late to start now!
  • If you have a small salon that doesn’t have a huge budget, that’s OK. Be creative and showcase the beautiful work you create in your salon.
  • It doesn’t have to be about a discount. Packages and bundles can have huge appeal where you can offer a price incentive for an upsell.
  • Try and keep your marketing positive and creative – don’t just reach for a summer discount because it is an easy option.
  • Not everyone is price driven, people often want to be educated and inspired, so keep this in mind when planning your summer campaigns.

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