MIKAL Salon & Spa Software
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
|Posted on December 14, 2020 at 12:30 AM||comments (14)|
2020 has been a MESS - But we are starting the New Year!
Don't think New Year's Resolutions, think about your 2021 EVOLUTION
Resolutions don't work. The average person keeps them for less than 2 weeks (remember the gym membership, fruit diet, juicer machine etc…;). So the wheels will fall off the Resolution train.............
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 the idea from MIKAL....
How about activating EMBA so the future appointment is booked before the client even comes up to the front desk to check out? The Employee Mobil Booking App lets your staff book the client's next appointment on their smart phone with the client at the end of the service!
How about embedding the Surveymonkey surveys into the automatic new client and reminder emails and texts MIKAL sends out for you for immediate feedback and ideas on what needs to change to improve the client experience?
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 Camp MIKAL Cincinnati and brainstorm these areas - make a plan - make the changes.....
There are 25 "slots" left for the seminar.
Call and register now 513-528-5100 or go to the Pricing and Training Services tab and sign up for CAMP! MIKAL Salon Software
|Posted on October 25, 2020 at 11:35 AM||comments (7)|
Success Club Ideas 2020
WOW was the MIKAL Salon and Spa Owner Success Club meeting great.
See the ideas below and you can’t beat Florida for the weather and activities.
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.
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:
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
|Posted on October 24, 2020 at 12:25 AM||comments (6)|
It’s Holiday Time!
Don’t be late getting your holiday specials and ideas out there. Stores, catalogs, and web sites are already going after your clients. 25% of all consumers have made their Holiday gift purchases! Salons and spas generate up to 40% of the sales for the year in the last 3 months of the year and up to a third of the profits for the year!
Here are some ideas to jump start your merchandising and holiday sales:
Put up your table and shelf talkers promoting products and gift cards for the holidays.
Your retail area needs to sell the holiday gift idea. Have a sample gift basket showing 3 or 4 products and a special price. Have clients order (and pay) for pickup in the next few weeks. Offer to include a service gift card with the retail basket. Offer to ship the baskets for a handling fee plus shipping. Are you using the MIKAL Giftcard system so you don’t pay any fees to a gift card or credit card processing company? Don’t waste your money call MIKAL and save 513-528-5100 or [email protected]
Have a self service gift wrap station. Get some paper, tape, ribbons and set up a table for clients to wrap their own gifts. Offer to wrap them for them while they are getting their service. Buy in bulk Google gift bags in bulk and get 250 bags for $50 and matching paper for another $20. Pick a bag that is unique and can hold 4 products. The frosted bags are very nice. Always put a service menu and first visit gift certificate in the gift bag. Make sure the free gift certificate states it is for service only and has no cash value.
Start blasting out emails to clients about your Gift baskets, your gift cards, your free gift wrapping station, put a picture of your sample gift basket on your web site and offer custom baskets and configurations.
Now is the time to launch your client loyalty program. Do you have the MIKAL Points program activated? Call us for a Roll Out Plan and samples at 513-528-5100. You will see up to 70% of your clients the last 2 months of the year. Make the most of this visit!
MIKAL Salons and Spas – remember there is a $50 off deal for the Fall on options and that includes the Points program, GiftCard option, and Tablet App. Get your software, get a plan, and get some profits!
|Posted on October 24, 2020 at 12:20 AM||comments (1)|
With the holiday season a lot of people are asking ways of how to promote business.
One way is to give employees gift cards to give out to new people they meet that are not current customers. A gift card for their first visit. This allows the employee to get new customers at a very low marketing cost.
Another way is to select the top 4 or 5 customers for each employee and give them a special gift of 4 gift cards that they can give out to friends. Conditions on the card are the friend must be a new customer who has never been into the salon/spa.
Create the following inventory items
1. GCARDE – GIFT CARD PROMO EMPLOYEE
2. GCARDC – GIFT CARD PROMO CUSTOMERS DONATIONS
ITEM TYPE XA – GIFT CARD SALE
PRODUCT CATEGORY – 4? GIFT CARD SALE
THE CARD NUMBERS FOR EMPLOYEES WILL BE STARTING AT 900000
IE CINDY – WILL HAVE CARDS 900000,900001,900002,900003,900004
JILL - WILL HAVE CARDS 900020, 900021, 900022, 900023, 900024
DEBRA - WILL HAVE CARDS 900040, 900041, 900042, 900043, 900044
This way you can track the cards by numbers and if you decide to have different ranges for cards or different cards for employees (ie $5 card, $10 card, 5% card, 10% card) each employee will have 20 available numbers and leave plenty of room of future expansion of employees and termination of employees
For the customer Christmas cards or any card you would give away as a promotion I would use numbers starting at 700000
Ie Cindy top 5 Customers #23506-Debbie would get cards 700000, 700001, 700002, 700003, 700004
Customer #1257 – Elise would get cards 700005, 700006, 700007, 700008, 700009
Customer # 14971 – Laurie would get cards 700010, 700011, 700012, 700013, 700014
Customer # 1098 – Sherri would get cards 700015, 700016, 700017, 700018, 700019
Customer # 19305 – Donna would get cards 700020, 700021, 700022, 700023, 700024
Cindy’s top customers would get these cards to give as gift to friends who have never been into the salon. As they are redeemed keep the cards and re-use them for next year.
Also for any school, church, organization you can use the 700000 numbers
This way you can run reports by gift card numbers and also track promotion dollars for your cpa/accountant/bookkeeper and financial reports
Call us for more Gift Card ideas at Mikal 513-528-5100
ALSO – don’t forget we can set up on-line gift card purchases for you that integrate with your Mikal system automatically! All electronic – save 99% of the work and make $$$
|Posted on October 10, 2020 at 1:15 AM||comments (6)|
Come to CAMP MIKAL in Cincinnati this September Early Birdie only $165 - WOW half price
You will receive: 3 days of classes Feb 20-22 2021, 150 page workbook - free, Hands on Resource area and FREE Wi-Fi,
Get ALL your questions answered, $100 Software Option Certificate - free, Information packed CD - free,
2 breakfasts and 2 luncheons - included and 1 cocktail party and hospitality event - no extra cost!
Attendee gifts - fun goodie bag
Hosted at the Cincinnati Airport Wingate hotel with room rates of only $ 84 single $ 94 double free shuttle, wifi, pool, workout room, more!
Call today 513-528-5100 or sign up here on our web site under Pricing - Training - Camp Mikal
Can't make Camp? Are you on the latest and greatest MIKAL 6.9 version? How about SEVEN?
Make sure you are doing Xris-Xross Marketing
JITA to fill the book when cancels happen last minute
EMBA to see client tech info on your phone
Auto Min/Max and get your inventory in shape
The Mikal Booking App - call to get the test link
513-528-5100 [email protected]
|Posted on October 1, 2020 at 3:35 PM||comments (9)|
Fall Money Making Ideas
Now that Summer is over?? and here is Cincinnati it will be SIXTY degrees on Wednesday! (great isn’t it?) it’s time to get back
down to business and get into the business of Fall sales and getting ready for the Holidays - Christmas is COMING! 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 summer people get a little casual. It’s time to change our look and the change should be professional and upscale.
$ Get into the Fall colors. BROWN is the new black people! 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 October 1st and end it on December 31st . 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 Color service prices now just before the Holiday 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 Winter months roll around!
513-528-5100 email us at [email protected] Website: www.mikal.com
|Posted on September 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM||comments (11)|
Do you have the tools in place to not just reopen your business but to resume and grow your business
in this challenging new business environment?
Okay – so we have reopened. The rush of clients was amazing but now the client flow has slowed. Salons seem to have a clientele divided into three segments. The Stalwarts are the clients that are getting services just like always – the ones that could not wait to get back to the (new) normal. The Skepticals are the clients who are coming in with concerns, limiting their time at the salon, and are reluctant to reschedule when leaving. The Resistants are the group that have just not felt comfortable enough to come back yet.
It is rough enough that our hours and staffing are limited. So we have split shifts, expanded hours, done price increases or service charges and other strategies to keep the doors open. These strategies have helped but more has to be done to really resume your business and start to grow your business again. We need to engage the Skeptical and Resistant clients to create visits and increase sales.
Here are the strategies Mikal Software salons are using to resume business and grow their businesses.
The Skeptical clients need to get back on schedule with you. Mikal salons and spas use the JITA program, Just In Time Appointments, to entice the clients back in with those last minute opportunities. In this new environment cancellations are up. This is a problem and an opportunity. JITA automatically looks at your book every day and sends out email and text messages to clients about those last minute opportunities. Don’t think this is like a post on Face Book or a Tweet that is lost in seconds on your client’s timeline. JITA sends the message directly to your clients offering services and does not bother your clients that have been to you in the last 30 days or have a future appointment booked. JITA is direct and smart about offering the opportunities for you to grow your book.
Skeptical clients also need a reminder to rebook because many of them do not book before leaving your salon or spa. Mikal has an Autopilot e-marketing program that sends out the reminders automatically. If the skeptical client is a retail buyer they also get their retail reminders. Skeptical clients also need a reward for coming in. Mikal has a loyalty rewards program that lets you direct the rewards to the areas you are trying to grow. How about double points Mondays, or points for rebooking, or points for referring that new client? Mikal’s software tracks and rewards the clients automatically.
The Resistant clients need information, marketing, and strong follow up. Getting the Resistants back in is the real challenge. Mikal software is up to the task. Implement the Mikal Contact Free check in system with a touch screen at the door to alert the desk and their service provider they have arrived. Use our EMBA, Employee Mobile Booking App, to book the client at the chair or in the room after their service so time at the desk for check out is minimal. Go paperless with client records on tablets or phones to keep the paper handling to a minimum. Plus of course do all the cleaning, masking, and other strategies to create the safe environment the Resistant clients are looking for.
Now for the marketing to the Resistant clients. Use the Mikal system to automatically send emails and texts describing these procedures you have in place. Send them regularly to build the case for your Resistant clients that it is time to come back. Mikal has a five step program to build this case and create the trust needed to turn your Resistants to Skepticals and then to Stalwarts!
Fred Dengler CEO
Mikal Salon and Spa Software [email protected] 800-448-5420
|Posted on September 22, 2020 at 10:40 AM||comments (9)|
Are you opening a NEW SALON and SPA this spring or summer?
SUCCESSFUL START PROGRAM
Exclusively by MIKAL
MIKAL, with almost 40 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.
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
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….
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.
Start your/MIKAL Grand Opening Plan.
Do the Grand Opening mailing and e-marketing with MIKAL.
You will be busy the first week.
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]
|Posted on September 22, 2020 at 10:20 AM||comments (6)|
Develop a ladder commission that only pays the extra percentage on the extra dollars earned (not retroactive to dollar one). Make the percentage increases 2% or 3% based on increasing sales about $ 150.00 per level. This gives the employee a continuing goal to aim for.
Guarantee $ 320.00 per week to all 40 hour employees
Percentage From $ To $
45% $ 500 $ 650
47% $ 651 $ 800
49% $ 801 $ 950 no product charge
51% $ 951 $ 1100 $ 1000 per week
53% $ 1101 $ 1250
55% $ 1251 $ 1400
57% $ 1401 $ 1550 no service charge
59% $ 1551 $ 1700 $ 1500 per week
61% $ 1701 $ 1950
63% $ 1951 $ 2100
65% $ 2101 $ 2250
Note: this is an example of ladder commission levels. You must work with your consultant to set levels that will meet your sales and profit criteria.
Set to hourly $9.50
No overtime till over 40 hours
No Item commissions
Yes to product deductions
Yes to service charges
Yes to assistant deductions
No credit card processing deduction
Ladder commission service
Straight commission retail
No retention bonus
No activity bonus
Using this pay structure an operator that brings in $ 1100.00 per week will earn:
Base guarantee up to $380 based on hours but remember NO overtime - put that in your employee manual
ALSO speaking of manuals if you do not have one call us for a FREE sample - just let us give you a demo of our SEVEN system!
Commissions 45% $ 67.50 on 500 to 650 in service sales
Commissions 47% $ 70.50 on 651 to 800 in service sales
Commissions 49% $ 73.50 on 801 to 950 in service sales
Commissions 51% $ 76.50 on 951 to 1100 in service sales
Total compensation $ 508.00 Average 46% of sales in compensation
|Posted on August 24, 2020 at 3:35 PM||comments (117)|
Here are some ideas we have heard here at Mikal to help increase sales now that we are open the rush is over:
- Set up a touch screen monitor at the front door with the Mikal CyberReceptionist running. Clients can do no contact check in and the system will alert WICS at the desk and also page the service provider if you have the paging option in place.
- Email/text all receipts so you are not handling paper and giving it to the customer at the desk. Include a coupon on the receipt for retail purchases. Call Mikal to set this up.
- Make sure you have the upsell offers activated. Some clients are not coming in as often so we need to load them up when they do come in! Up$ells can add 20% to each ticket.
- Get JITA going. Many of our salons/spas are having last minute cancellations. JITA looks at the book and blasts out those last minute opportunities to your clients via an email or text. It is automatic and your book fills up.
- Reminders are critical now - in your automatic autopilot set up in Mikal make sure your 60 day reminders are activated and going out. Especially if prebooking/rebooking is a challenge with your clients.
Call us to set up these and other business building ideas: MIKAL 513-518-5100