Graduate In Style: Building Graduation Season Business

Graduation season begins in May and runs through the month of June. Start building graduation season business by booking trials and Graduation Day appointments now. Providing special graduation day services provides an opportunity to introduce your salon to students of all ages – this is especially relevant to salons located in college towns. This walk across the stage serves up a huge opportunity to offer “Celebrate the Graduate” packages that can bring extra business to your beauty business in the last weeks of spring.

Junior high, high school, college and university graduates across the country are spending money on men’s and women’s hair, makeup, brow shaping, facials, sunless tanning, manicures, and pedicures. Be sure to build the Graduation season into your marketing calendar every year. Here are a few ways:

1) Offer Special Graduation Promotion Packages.

Creating affordable packages geared toward students generates new business, using graduation season as a chance to connect with students directly. Put together packages at 3 different price points and secure appointments with a 50% deposit (non-refundable).

2) Referrals Rock.

Talk up your graduation services and promotions to current clients starting several weeks in advance. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to market your business. Try a friend referral offer for graduation services. For example, schedule graduation services for yourself and a friend, and receive a Lash Application for free.

3) Offer special splurges.

If there’s ever a time that a student to splurge for a fancy hair clip, earrings, or lip gloss, it’s for graduation. Even if you don’t typically stock these kinds of items, investing in some beauty accessories and displaying them attractively in key retail area/s boosts the bottom line every time.

4) Check the dates for local graduations.

Call your local junior highs, high schools, colleges, and universities to ask about graduation ceremony dates. These dates will change every year, so in order to plan and staff accordingly, make sure these dates are highlighted in your calendar.

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5) Socialize.

Target graduates by posting “graduate-related” content from May to June. Share inspirational quotes, congratulations, and graduation planning tips. Facebook ads are a great place to start advertising special graduate offers and services.

6) Graduation Packages Email.

When the time comes to plan graduation day beauty services make sure your salon is “top of mind” of regional graduates. Send an e-mail campaign to promote your graduate packages. For easy booking offer simple price points with memorable package names such as “Top of the Class”, “Follow Your Dreams”, “Valedictorian”, or “One Smart Cookie”. Get creative!

7) Gift Cards for Grads.

Gifts for high school and college students should be highlighted at this time as well. Gift cards are the perfect gift, remind gift-givers by displaying them prominently with graduation cards.

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