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These 5 Power Metrics Will Increase Revenue at Your Salon or Spa

By Chris Nedza

I love management guru Steven Covey’s statement, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." It underscores the importance of focus and never before was it more obvious than at a recent industry event I attended, The Data-Driven Salon Summit’s “The Power of Possible”. The entire event was based on the premise that there are five power metrics that are universally acceptable across the beauty industry and can form the basis of conversations targeted not at having a great year, but having the best year possible.

Industry titans such as Van Council of Van Michael Salons, Scott Missad of Gene Jaurez Salons and Spas, and Frank Gambuzza of Salon Visage and a host of other thought leaders lent their wisdom to defining these core metrics. If you are the best at these five power metrics—then you’re generating serious money and have built an unstoppable machine.

1. Average ticket

2018 was an impressive year for NColor Salon’s Gary Harlan: $537,000 in service sales with $123,000 in retail sales and an incredible average ticket of $371! He does it by understanding his clientele extremely well with thorough consultations and developing a long-term game plan for their hair care options.

2. Percent of service guests purchasing retail

Also referred to as SGP—if you want a key indicator about how well your staff is educating your guests on what products they should use, then SGP is your friend. Top salons and spas are not selling product, their guests are purchasing product. Harry Wood of Van Michael Salons—whose customers regularly purchase $60,000 plus a year in retail—explains in his book Six Figure Hairdresser that presenting several choices—usually something for cleansing and something for styling has been a successful strategy. His relentless pursuit of excellence often results in over 40% SGP. Is that good? Calculate your salon, spa or studio numbers and you tell me?

3. Client retention

Many people like to measure appointment re-booking or pre-booking, but the real question is: are your customers returning? Jana Westerbeke and Megan Jasper from Gadabout Salon Spas and VerVe Aveda Lifestyle Salons are leaders who focus on matching clients with staff and give priority bookings to stylists with higher retention rates. They also use client retention as a piece of a service provider’s advancement and career path.

4. Productivity

The total hours worked divided by total hours available. Jyl Craven, with over $500,000 in total sales in 2018 focuses on preparation. She plans her work and works her plan. She has a plan for her repeat clients before they walk in the door and saves her social media/phone access for before and after work. How productive is Jyl? She works 35 hours a week and is on track for $600,000 in sales for 2019! By the way, she’s located in Canton, Georgia—not exactly New York City, or Beverly Hills. Focus, determination and knowing what’s possible have been key for Jyl. Just ask her.

5. Client count

Understanding how many customers you have is important! Enough said. But do you focus on increasing client count? Denise Deering of Juut Salon in Palo Alto regularly does $500,000 a year—without an assistant and she never quits recruiting clients. She loves her salon so much, that she wants every person to experience Juut’s excellence. That’s an example of culture eating strategy for lunch!

Take the time to understand what’s possible and focus on a few things. Start with the above five power metrics and you’ll be increasing revenue in no time.

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About the author:

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Chris Nedza

Strategic Development Director


Chris is proud to be a new addition to the Mindbody team. He started ZeeZor, a leading software company focused on data analytics and employee engagement, which was recently acquired by Mindbody. A high-energy serial entrepreneur, Chris has emerged as a thought leader on employee engagement in the beauty industry and co-founded the Data-Driven Salon Summit in partnership with Modern Salon and Salon Today's parent company, Bobit Media. Prior to launching ZeeZor, he was founder of an Inc. 500 company as well as an owner of 43 hair salons with his wife Cindy Howell. Chris graduated with an economics degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Emory University and was a founding board member of Yale University School of Management's Chief Executive Leadership Institute.

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