Salon Suit Solutions – B2B and B2C Branding
What’s NEXT? Beauty professionals care about their career, growing business while maintaining their personal lives. They think about what’s next what’s in store for their future. To be successful, they must stay on top of the latest trends, fads, styles, and products, all while running their businesses.

Our Take On Things

Every beauty professional’s dream is to start his or her own business, locate a high-quality environment for their business, build a name, and quality reputation. They aspire to grow their business, possibly expand, adding staff, and make a good living through the process. Most stylists and beauty pros don’t have name or brand recognition for themselves; they struggle with differentiating themselves through a sea of competition. The ones that realize growth are more often to do so organically over time through word of mouth and client referrals. They bank on building a clientele and creating repeat customers.

Many have started their businesses before realizing that running a salon is not as easy as they thought it would be. Soon after opening their doors, they find themselves trapped in all kinds of endless challenges that exhaust them. As a whole, salon owners struggle to keep their heads above water. Their issues and opportunities seem to have no end, and their businesses sap their time and energy, day and night. Typically these people consider themselves as creatively-minded entrepreneurs, many are eclectic by nature with artist-type personalities and are not always the strongest when it comes to taking a disciplined approach needed to run and grow their businesses.

When broadly considering marketing and advertising, you must first, stop your audience, and gain their attention before you can expect them to read and understand your value proposition. Like all forms of communications, beyond beer associated with good times and diamond jewelry associated with devotion,  there are proven vital factors that drive successful marketing; relevancy, a targeted creative/media approach and consistent messages delivered through frequently or multiple impressions over a sustained period, many just call this branding; we call, it marketing 101.

After reviewing the existing Salon Suite Solution website, prior communications as S3’s competition, Vagaro, SolaGenius, BookNow, and others, we felt something was lacking, we believed there was a disconnect in how S3 and their competitors presented their solutions to their target audiences. The lack of stimulating visuals and creative content we felt needed to make the desired connections. Most presented a more pragmatic approach, combining technology and salon images in an attempt to project their software technology. We believed that taking this approach was not the most effective and could often be ignored by beauty professionals.

Creative Positioning

We planned to promote Next – Powered by S3 as a powerful, an all-encompassing software solution specifically designed for salon professionals with features that deliver significant value. As a Software As A Service (SaaS), Next, a smart, user-friendly mobile and desktop solution that helps efficiently manage.

We suggested creating a brandable persona for their software. We would do this by creating a marketable personality, assign it a name, and wrap imagery around it. The name we suggested was “Next.” Next: A word used represent the future or a slang phrase that defines better. The steps one takes next often determines the future.

We recommend that S3 create a marketable brand name for its software and a themed campaign that would be supplemental to and complementary of the S3 brand, stylists ongoing administrative tasks that involve running a successful salon. Our job was to get this audience to take notice and adopt the S3 Next solution.

First, we decided to capture interest visually, then deliver value propositions. When considering salon professionals work in the beauty industry, we believed we should recognize their connection to the fashion industry. Beauty professionals and stylists look to keep a close eye on the fashion industry, viewing photographs of models in fashion magazines and websites for tips, trends, and the latest styles. With this in mind, combined with their artistic/creative mindset, told us that two types of imagery should likely appeal and relate to them. New, aspirational and eclectic photographs that represented fashion and trends should appeal to them when combined with the word Next. This imagery could be expressive of their creative self-image, or sublimely how they envision their salon or taking their work to that next level.

Communication Recommendations
We used Next as our creative platform, played primarily across direct digital and select printed media: a recurring campaign theme applied to many impressions and delivered consistently over time. The campaign consisted of 15 impressions (per quarter) These impressions included a combination of, email, texts, social media, digital ads (delivered/pushed through the S3 network), explainer animated videos, Additionally, a product demo and three printed communications, a branded display poster, a multi-panel brochure and an over-sized postcard direct mail pieces. The theme, look and feel, and messaging was also integrated into the Salon Suites Solutions website. In many cases, we’ve found when direct communication campaigns incorporate a mix of digital and printed media deliver a higher level of audience response and produce better results.

As we launched this campaign, our strategy included introducing and positioning, Next – Powered by S3 as the nations industry-leading salon/studio software solution, preferred by salon professionals, beginning the campaign with promoting the collective value that your solution delivers. After the initial launch/introduction, we focused on specific benefits and attributes of Next. Why did we do this? Because one feature may have been perceived as more valuable or essential than another by individuals. Taking this approach allowed us to cover all bases, promoting specific features of the software such as booking, scheduling, bill pay, lead generation, and more. We also considered that the audience might be reluctant to adopt S3’s new application. The audience might already be using another booking app. We promoted Next as being the next big thing, a much more powerful and significant than other options, we knew we had a good shot at expanding the audience’s thoughts to S3’s strengths against the other’s weaknesses of taking a more one-dimensional approach, then persuade them to download and experience Next.

Communication Examples

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