The Client Service Journey: Are you selling an Experience, or are you selling a Service?
Only the client will pay our costs and provide our profits, so we have to conduct all business planning from the client’s point of view. In salon management, it is amazing how different it looks when seeing it through the client’s eyes.
When learning how to manage a salon business, it is important to keep your customer in mind. Repeat customers is the number one way to make money in beauty business, so good customer experiences are the best competitive advantage of a salon.
What is customer service?
Customer Service is the service provided to our customers before, during and after purchasing and using goods & services.
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is giving us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so”
- Mahatma Ghandi
Questions to ask yourself:
1. What experience do you hope clients will have?
2. What is the actual process?
3. What is the process of making sure they are happy?
My Guide to Designing Your Salon Client Service Journey:
Is the phone answered quickly, accurately and professionally?
Is the booking process easy and smooth?
Are enquiries answered satisfactorily and converted to bookings?
2. When the client shows up
What is your salon meet and greet procedure?
Is there a friendly atmosphere in reception?
Is the consultation process carried out correctly, exploring lifestyle, stress levels, personal needs and client concerns?
Does the therapist collect enough information to enable her to do a highly effective treatment?
Or, are clients details recorded at all?
Are services running on time?
5. The Beauty Therapist/Stylist
Is she well presented and well groomed?
Wearing your company uniform with pride and perfection?
Smiling? Polite and mannerly?
Does she call the client by her name?
Can she offer opinions and give recommendations?
Is she attentive?
6. The Service
Is the treatment room, couch and trolley perfectly ready and laid out?
Does the therapist explain the procedure thoroughly to the client?
Hangers for clothes? Container for jewellery?
Quality material and products used?
Does the therapist give 100% attention to the treatment and to the client?
When the treatment is finished what happens?
Is the client escorted back to reception?
Is the client encouraged to rebook?
Are her products stylishly wrapped and placed in one of your luxury carrier bags?
And, is she escorted to the door, when payment transaction is completed?
By doing this, you increase your chances of getting the following results:
1. More leads from advertising
2. Capitalise on footfall, by making the most of the clients coming through your salon.
3. By providing a more memorable experience, you create better word of mouth opportunities – still the most effective form of advertising.
Think like a client:
So, how do I attract more customers to my salon and keep them coming back? It’s amazing how different your salon looks when you are seeing it through the client’s eyes. This changes your perception and is useful to do on a regular basis, as it will help to increase the appeal of your salon to clients, resulting in repeat customers and an increase in beauty retail
Ask yourself: “How professional my salon appears to my client?”
and “Would I like to come to it?”