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Cutting Edge Management and Marketing Ideas for Independent Operators, Salons and Spas.  Use these ideas with your MIKAL software to move your business forward.  Not using MIKAL yet?  Call us for a free evaluation and walk through of what we can do for you!  Welcome - Fred Dengler MIKAL Co-Founder and CEO

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Independent Operators Summer Money Making Ideas

Posted on June 17, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer Money Making Ideas

Now that Spring is over?? and here is Cincinnati it will be Ninety degrees on Wednesday! (great isn’t it?) it’s time to get back

down to business and get into the business of Spring. Now is the time to crank up the business of beauty.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you back down to business:

$ Go over these ideas. See what ideas generate the most excitement and appoint people and set dates for getting the projects going! Intorduce JITA the just in time appointment feature of MIKAL to fill the book. Get EMBA and you can go CRAZY booking all over town on your smart phones.

$ Clean the salon/spa from top to bottom. Paint a few walls and make a few small changes. Move some plants and displays. Decorate for the season!

$ Get dressed up. I don’t mean formal but every spring people get a little casual. It’s time to change our look and the change should be professional and upscale. 

$ Get into the Summer colors. Make sure your make up is right for the season and coordinates with your new look! Get the staff together for a make up session and new fashion review.

$ Start your Referral Contest July 1st and end it on October 1st . Pick your prizes, do your precontest mailing/e-mail September 3rd, and get the signs up in the salon/spa. Call us for a free 11 page Referral Contest planning book. How would 50-100 new customers sound in the next 60-90 days?

Clean up the customer data base in the next 60 days. All of your regular customers will be in for the season. Run a list on your MIKAL system of all customers with Invalid addresses. The goal is to verify every customer’s address in the next 60 days. Check on the progress by running the Invalid Addresses report for all Last Visits in the last 7 days each week. The report should be blank every week if the front desk staff is cleaning up the list!

$ Get your Gift Cards on order NOW! Call RACO Card 866-940-4676 for a free sample kit. Order the Gift Card option is MIKAL’s SMS software and ask for our free information pack on promoting gift cards. Gift Cards will make a huge difference in your sales over the old gift certificates. NOTE: beware of companies giving you gift cards for use with their Internet or bank card systems. The costs for the processing of the card every time it is swiped become a huge expense and if a customer loses their card there is no way to cancel that card and charge the balance up on a new card. Call us at MIKAL to make an informed decision. Also revisit a switch in credit card processors. X-Charge our credit card processing partner has a $100 Gift Card waiting for you to switch!

$ Increase your Nail service prices now just before the summer season. This will give you an additional boost to your income and the customers are coming in for that popular service during the season.

$ Sign up for the Autopilot Marketing system from MIKAL. The business can get hectic. Don’t let your marketing fall by the wayside. Put it on autopilot, and make sure you stay busy when summer months roll around!

Fred Dengler

513-528-5100 email us at [email protected] Website: www.mikal.com

 

New Salon startup plan 2018

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you opening a NEW SALON and SPA this summer?

SUCCESSFUL START PROGRAM

Exclusively by MIKAL

MIKAL, with almost 30 years in the business of helping salons and spas market and manage better has put together a Successful Start program for new salon and spa launches.

We have start up spreadsheets. Opening checklists, Front Desk Operations manuals, Employee Policy manuals, Award Winning Software, and HP Point-of-Sale computer systems.

Important statistics:

The average salon/spa does not reach break even for 2 years!

The average salon/spa (50%) is not in business for 3 years.

With your time and money investment you DO NOT WANT TO BE AVERAGE. Our program will insure that your dream is a success!

MIKAL has the systems, training, marketing and management ideas that will make sure your business is busy and profitable fast.

This plan can be tailored to your needs. We can accelerate the time line to make your opening deadline. We are here to help you!

The MIKAL Marketing Team

800-448-5420

The Success Plan

You need a plan to be successful with your new business. Many salons and spas open the doors, have a one week grand opening, and wait for the clients to come rushing in. And wait. And wait. And….

Or

A MIKAL Success Plan story:

60 days prior to opening.

First you need to pre-sell your services.  Get a list of perfect clients within 5 minutes drive time of your salon/spa. Load then in your MIKAL system and send a postcard to them 30 days before opening and the week you open.  MIKAL will load in your perfect prospects, help you with your Unique Selling Points Postcard and e-mail marketing, and set up your system for prebooking services.

We can also help you with product lines that give you TWICE the mark up, don’t have diversion problems, and generate tons of profits!

30 days prior to opening.

Load your present clients into MIKAL or have us import them easily and send them a special on booking and gift cards. MIKAL will help you set up credit card processing for new and pre-opening sales! Run the credit cards right through your MIKAL system. Start booking appointments from the mailing and e-marketing on your MIKAL system. Pre-sell gift cards $100 value for $80. You will need and get great cash flow.

Opening week.

Start your/MIKAL Grand Opening Plan.

Do the Grand Opening mailing and e-marketing with MIKAL.

You will be busy the first week.

On-going.

Stay with the 12 Month Grand Opening plan. Note that your Grand Opening should end the week your one year anniversary events start!

Call your MIKAL Consultant and get your plan going! 800-448-5420

513-528-5100 [email protected] 

Spruce Up the Salon for Summer!

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

SUMMER Money Making Ideas

Now that 2018 is almost HALF over (can you believe it?) and here in Cincinnati it will be ninty degrees today!  (great isn’t it?)

So…..it’s time to get back down to business and get into the business of Summer. Now is the time to crank up the business of beauty.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you and your staff back down to business:

$ Get a staff meeting together and go over these (and your own) promo ideas. See what ideas generate the most excitement and appoint people and set dates for getting the projects going! Introduce JITA the just in time appointment feature of MIKAL to fill the book. Get EMBA for the staff and they can go CRAZY booking all over town on their smart phones.

$ Clean the salon/spa from top to bottom. Paint a few walls and make a few small changes. Move some plants and displays. Decorate for the season!

$ Have everyone get dressed up. I don’t mean formal but every spring people get a little casual. It’s time to change our look and the change should be professional and upscale. Have a staff party to get the excitement going!

$ Get into the Summer colors. Make sure your make up is right for the season and coordinates with your new look! Get the staff together for a make up session and new fashion review.

$ Start your Referral Contest July 1st and end it on October 1st . Pick your prizes, do your precontest mailing/e-mail September 3rd, and get the signs up in the salon/spa. Call us for a free 11 page Referral Contest planning book. How would 50-100 new customers sound in the next 60-90 days?

$ Get your front desk staff to commit to cleaning up the customer data base in the next 60 days. All of your regular customers will be in for the season. Run a list on your MIKAL system of all customers with Invalid addresses. The goal is to verify every customer’s address in the next 60 days. Check on the progress by running the Invalid Addresses report for all Last Visits in the last 7 days each week. The report should be blank every week if the front desk staff is cleaning up the list!

$ Get your Gift Cards on order NOW! Call RACO Card 866-940-4676 for a free sample kit. Order the Gift Card option is MIKAL’s SMS software and ask for our free information pack on promoting gift cards. Gift Cards will make a huge difference in your sales over the old gift certificates. NOTE: beware of companies giving you gift cards for use with their Internet or bank card systems. The costs for the processing of the card every time it is swiped become a huge expense and if a customer loses their card there is no way to cancel that card and charge the balance up on a new card. Call us at MIKAL to make an informed decision. Also revisit a switch in credit card processors. X-Charge and Charge It Pro, our credit card processing partners has a special deal and amazing rates waiting for you to switch!

$ Increase your Nail service prices now at the strart of the summer season. This will give you an additional boost to your income and the customers are coming in for that popular service during the Summer season.

$ Sign up for the Autopilot Marketing system from MIKAL. The business can get hectic. Don’t let your marketing Spring by the wayside. Put it on autopilot, and make sure you stay busy when summer months roll around!

Fred Dengler                         Come to Camp MIKAL Vegas for more ideas July 29-31 held during NAHA, CosmoProf, and great off season rates!

513-528-5100

email us at [email protected]

Website: www.mikal-salon-software.com

This Summer Evolve with MIKAL Software Systems

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

2018 is almost half over!

Don’t think New Year’s Resolutions, think New Year’s EVOLUTION

Not where you wanted or expected to be in the business HALF way through 2018????

Resolutions don’t work. The average person keeps them for less than 2 weeks (remember the gym membership, fruit diet, juicer machine etc…;).

Why don’t resolutions work? Because it is our human behavior. It is our habit. It is easy. It might even be satisfying. So instead of trying to change behavior why not change the environment, the process, or the system and the behavior will change.

So instead let’s EVOLVE!

Let’s look at every system and process in our business and figure out how we can make it simpler, faster, better for staff and clients, and of course more profitable.

A few examples:

The front desk is an area of on-going frustration. Turn over of staff, poor client service, down time is not used to clean, organize, do confirmations, and retail and rebooking is not a priority.

So do we resolve to put as much time into the front desk as needed to change these things? Do we clean house and hire new receptionists? Is that our Resolution, to have a Revolution?

Ready to go all Tabitha on the desk?

Or…….

How about putting in message on hold and call queue option on the phone to auto hold calls if not answered in 2 rings so the front desk can finish sales, rebook, and close retail without interruptions on putting people on hold?

- Support system involves giving the upsell offers in your message on hold.

- Education needs to happen so staff knows how to handle the call queue option.

How about giving a bonus when the receptionist rebooks a client, upsells a service, converts a price call to a booking, and sells NEW retail items to a client? The desk would be rewarded to do the things you want them to do. Sales would increase, retention would go up, and the bonus would increase wages so they would not leave over a fifty cent pay increase from a company down the street.

- Support system involves setting spiffs for rebooks, upsells, add on sales in MIKAL.

- Education needs to have scripting in place to deliver the offers.

- Support system needs to give clients loyalty points for rebooking automatically.

How about setting up the receptionist goals so every week they get a report on how they are doing compared to your expectations?

If the present desk staff can’t embrace these positive steps how about hiring people that are going to embrace your systems?

So we Evolve with changes to the systems and the process allowing the people to change their behavior. You can manage the process instead of the people.

Why not do this for other areas?

Retailing – what can be changed to make retail easy?

Professional inventory- what can be put in place to track and fine tune inventory?

Stylist behaviors – what can be put in place to reward positive behaviors?

Social marketing – what can be put in place to make it automatic and effective?

Let’s think through these areas and enhance the process and systems.

Come to the Camp MIKAL VEGAS and brainstorm these areas on Total Overhaul Tuesday!

There are a few “slots” left for the seminar.

Call and register now 513-528-5100

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Summer Marketing Ideas for Salons

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

That's right sell giftcards in the SUMMER!

How?

Be creative

- Do a corporate gift card special call for example flyers. Companies are looking for easy feel good benefits for their employees and you have the perfect solution. Get a client that is in sales and out of work and get them to canvas local businesses with the flyers. Give them 10% on the cards they sell! Use our giftcard option to track this.

 - Do DOUBLE POINTS on Mon-Wed to keep the business going through the summer. Do an e-mail to all clients who have been in on a discount reason code and offer them a DISCOUNT during non-prime times and with staff that needs to build! Use our LOYALTY POINTS PROGRAM to manage this.

 - Sell Memberships for Massage, Manicures, Pedicures, or Facials for the summer ONLY - 3 months, 6 services, prepay for a discount or sign up and track with the MIKAL Membership tracking in Accounts Receivalbe with automatic billing to client credit cards.

Be proactive – June is HERE!

Book Camp MIKAL NOW and use the $100 software option coupon NOW to get Membership Billing or Gift Card tracking!

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Ideas from the MIKAL Salon Success Club

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Success Club Ideas 2017

WOW was the MIKAL Salon and Spa Owner Success Club meeting great.

See the ideas below and you can’t beat Las Vegas!

 Staffing:

Interview groups for the first cut. Use a team of staff to do it. Cut half the applicants after a few group questions. Then get serious.

 Test your best team members with Meyer Briggs and then test applicants. Hire the ones like your best team members. Don’t hire people the test like you!

 Use a little stress in the interview. Have 2 people interview the applicant at one time. Ask tough questions about last job. Ask them to sell you a pen in the interview.

 Always ask about hobbies, what magazines to they read, what do they like to do on their time off. Look for people that have interests and passions about things.

 Use Craigs list for applicants. Sign up for the state Job1 or Workforce1 program so the applicant ad gets uploaded to Monster free!

Do interview off site and always state in ad it is a confidential interview. The first phone call to the applicant needs to be an interview. Ask questions allowing them to sell themselves in the interview.

Have an interview presentation kit. See the MIKAL PDF for ideas.

Always list the job benefits and the critical requirements.

If a staff member leaves do not give out their new location. Say “they have not authorized us to give out that information” when a client asks.

Use the 4 step MIKAL client retrieval mailing and emailing to keep clients when a stylist leaves.

Set up Advanced goals in the MIKAL system. Also receptionist and managers goals. Put them in the paychecks!

Don’t let staff go to next price level until retention is at least 80% repeat request.

Salon normal new client retention is 30% - ouch! Work on welcome book, walk up script, and client exit to improve new client retention.

Marketing:

Align with a good reputation management company that has strong local track record to push good comments and improve rankings. Check their referrals locally!

Use JITA with all the filters!

Use EMBA to book right at the chair or in the room before the client goes to the front desk.

Review the Demandforce option – it may be right for you!

Get your Upsells in place in the prototypes and spiff the receptionists who deliver the upsells. Start tracking the upsells, rebooks, and cancel no rebook in the MIKAL system.

Set receptionist goals in the MIKAL system.

Activate all the autopilot offers. Subject needs to only be 3 words.

Use AIDA in your marketing:

Attention

Interest

Desire

Action

If the marketing does not create a phone call is not good marketing!

Update your Google Places and activate your Google offer TODAY!

Use surveys in salon/spa and on-line for feedback. Try the free surveys in Survey Monkey and Google Drive.

Always ask the 4 main questions relating to why clients don’t come back:

Was the salon/spa clean?

Was the receptionist nice and accommodating?

Did the service provider listen and do what you asked?

Were you taken on time?

Get the loyalty points program going now. Roll all your rewards into the points program including referral rewards, prebooking, new client points, and early week bookings. Make it about a 2% cash back on sales. Only let the client redeem 50% of a sale for points. Set this all up with your MIKAL reps.

 Get a referral contest going! Get 60 to 120 new clients.

 That’s it for now. Wow what a bunch of great ideas in 3 days.

Fred Dengler    MIKAL  www.mikal.com    [email protected]  513-528-5100

MIKAL and DemandForce now FREE set up

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (2)

MIKAL Salon and Spa Software is now on the Java platform and Cloud based with amazing ease of use and all the power

of 34 years experience in helping salon and spa professionals manage and market their businesses.

Get MIKAL and DemandForce for the ultimate management and marketing system!

NOTE: MIKAL will get you up and running FAST. We build your service menu, load your retail inventory, employees and booking rules and convert your client data from any Excel format! You get detailed training and fast integration. SAVE $250 on the MIKAL set up with DemandForce.

All New Salon Marketing and Management CDs available NOW!

Posted on April 8, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

MIKAL Education CDs

 SuperCharge your Front Desk CD

Complete Front Desk operations manual, Price Check, UpSell and More Scripting for Profits, complete Front Desk Presentation Slide Show, Receptionist Classified Ads, Receptionist and Salon/Spa Coordinator Job Descriptions, Payroll and Goal Setting Ideas, Terror on the Phones booklet and more!

SHOW SPECIAL $40.00 Website Price $60.00 - save $20.00

 NEW SALON OPENING CD

Do it right the first time (or Re-Invent right the second time) with our information packed CD! New Salon Opening side presentation, Grand Opening Ideas, Profit Generating Workbook – 43 pages! Salon and Spa Job Descriptions, Opening Checklist, 10+ Funding Ideas, Planning Spreadsheets and much more!

SHOW SPECIAL $20.00 Website Price $50.00 - save $30.00

 Staff Up! & Salon Policy Manual CD

A comprehensive employee policy and procedure manual on CD to edit and use, Ideas to DOUBLE your Classified Ad response, 20 Effective Interview Questions, Staff Up! Slide show class, job descriptions, Compensation Worksheets, Goal Setting Ideas, Training Tips and much more!

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 SuperCharge your Front Desk CD

Complete Front Desk operations manual, Price Check, UpSell and More Scripting for Profits, complete Front Desk Presentation Slide Show, Receptionist Classified Ads, Receptionist and Salon/Spa Coordinator Job Descriptions, Payroll and Goal Setting Ideas, Terror on the Phones booklet and more!

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 The MIKAL Corporation  [email protected]   www.mikal-salon-software.com 800-448-5420

The ONLY way to improve retention

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I enjoyed an article in Spa Business on how to boost spa retention with technology. The follow up marketing and service history integration is so important. I was surprised that none of the spa software/retention experts brought up the technology as it relates to tracking the service provider’s retention and how directly it affects client returns and retention.

At MIKAL Salon and Spa Software we generate multiple retention reports tracking true rates over 5 visit cycles, request rates, and percentages. Our spas have found that certain employees have double and even triple the retention rates compared to other staff members. Also some staff has better first to second visit retention or has a higher retention rate over 5 visits! We have found with our spas that the personal retention information on each service provider is critical to isolating who has lower retention and also even at what visit the critical loss occurs staff member by staff member. Another important fact is that some employees start to have lower retention figures long before any other bad behavior or low sales figures are apparent. So retention is also a leading indicator for an employee problem.

One critical factor to long term retention is the rebooking of a second appointment at the end of the first service. Most spas only get about 20% of new clients to rebook a second visit before leaving. Of the 80% who do not prebook only about 10% ever come back. So most spas only convert 30% of first time visits clients into second visit and potentially retained clients. Selling the client into a series of visits will increase this percentage. So the value proposition of a series of services must be delivered during the first service and booked at the end of the first visit/service. We have also found that giving an incentive to book the second visit by offering a New Client Welcome Book of values (or New Client Welcome Pack) will double the number of first time clients booking a second visit before leaving. But, and this is the critical thing, for the client to get a New Client Welcome book the client must book the follow up visit. I’ve attached our little promotion idea on this for your review. The key we have found is if the spa can get the new client rebooking up over 40% during that first visit overall retention skyrockets.

With staff making up 65% of the costs of a spa the employee retention factor to me is the most important to a spa’s success. If that is not handled all the follow up emarketing, easy rebooking sites, and apps on phones don’t make much difference unless the client loved the service and the service provider. Sorry I ran on about this. It is a passion of mine.

Fred Dengler CEO MIKAL 5135285100 [email protected]

QuickBooks and MIKAL - what a combo

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

QuickBooks and MIKAL - easy - fast - money saving - WOW

 Would you like to have Monthly Profit and Loss statements on time each month?

 How about step by step training on how to enter your QB entries and advice?

 QuickBooks is easy and takes just minutes per week to pay your bills, enter deposits, and KEEP YOUR BUSINESS running smoothly.

 First get your easy QB interface for your MIKAL info - call MIKAL for this great option. MIKAL 513-528-5100

 Then get with our authorized MIKAL and QB consultant to go live. Call for a detailed pdf we can e-mail to you 800-448-5420..

 John from JS Consulting is trained in MIKAL and also a QB trainer. He can show you how to manage your own accounting, save tons of money, and get better control of your business.

 Give John a call at 601-765-5889 and tell him you are a MIKAL client. He can work with you.


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