The global beauty industry was valued at over 500 billion dollars in 2020, with the US controlling over 20% of that. Any ambitious business person would crave a stake in this ever-growing industry, either as a manufacturer or a retailer.

But although there clearly is enough space for your dream beauty business, there is no guarantee that investing in the industry will automatically earn you high ROI. Not all beauty businesses thrive at the pace of the overall market, after all.

The market is highly competitive and the learning curve is quite stiff. But don’t panic! This article will help you explore 5 secrets for a thriving beauty business in 2021 and beyond.

Create a niche for your products and services

Creating a niche for your services and/or products is your surest route to finding your footing in the competitive beauty market. How do you create a niche? You will do that by identifying from the onset which sector within the beauty market you are best suited to thrive. Where within the larger beauty industry will your skill sets stand out? Which part of the market is underserved and could use a new player with fresh ideas like yours? Is there a specific age group, culture, or subculture that you feel needs your services the most? Find answers to these questions and you are in business!

Have a master plan

Your master plan should be detailed, ambitious, and visionary. It should include your ideas for carving out a niche for your business, a realistic plan on how you will raise funding, expected challenges and their would-be solutions, business goals and milestones, and an honest analysis of the projected profitability. The plan should be flexible in case of any changes in your projections.

You will also need plans for the following:

Your role in the business

How will you keep it together and be organized as a business owner, manager, beautician or hairstylist, and probably the HR? Have a realistic plan on how you will be switching hats between all those roles. How will you ensure that two important roles don’t overlap? How, for example, do you eliminate bias when listening to employees’ grievances (as the HR) against the administration (also you)? How will you instill discipline in your team (as the manager) and abide by the standards you set for the employees (now as an employee yourself)?

Ways of saving time

You might need to automate to save time. If you are running a salon, for example, you want to minimize calls from customers by investing in online booking. You will need reputable salon software to help you manage staff members, client appointments, and the inventory with ease and perfection.

How to retain good employees

Good employees in the beauty industry are hard to find and even harder to keep. Your competitors hover around your business all the time trying to steal your “celebrity”. And note that in this line of work, losing an employee who was popular with a good chunk of your clients may translate to losing those clients as well. So, how will you make sure that you attract and retain such employees? How will you treat them well? Which reward programs will you initiate? How will you help them grow professionally and personally? How will you attract the best talents from competitors?

How will you reward loyalty?

Competition for new clients in this industry is too fierce that you cannot afford to lose the customers you already have in the bag. The good thing is that beauty customers aren’t too hard to impress. If your services are impeccable, they will easily turn into loyal customers. But then they are unbelievably fickle too. One bad experience, just a small inconsistency in your service delivery, and they are gone never to return. That is why you should outdo yourself every day in order to retain new customers and have a reward system for rewarding loyal customers.

How will you protect your reputation?

A soiled reputation is the single most detrimental obstacle to business success, which necessitates a shrewd crisis management plan. How does reputation get soiled? One way is when someone in your team messes up in one way or another. Maybe a worker is rude to clients, misogynistic or racist, or too inexperienced for your clients’ liking. It could even be that customers are unhappy with your hygiene standards. It could be anything! Another way is when unscrupulous competitors sponsor negative campaigns against your beauty business.

Your best solution for the bad press is to solicit feedback from clients with regularity and to act on complaints with speed. Have a plan for that. Also, have a solid plan for your business’s online reputation management and social media reputation management.

Be effective in your branding and marketing

Branding and marketing go together. Create a brand that clients relate with, that solves real pain points in your target market, and that is marketable both traditionally and online. Here are six effective branding and marketing strategies for your beauty business:

  • Be audience-focused. Research widely and seek as much feedback as possible in order to understand your customer better than your competitors. Engage social media users at a personal and customized level in order to build a loyal community around your beauty business.
  • Invest in natural organic products. The world of beauty is gravitating towards sustainability, notably products made from food-based and toxins-shielding ingredients.
  • Improve your packaging design. Have an outstanding business logo, use creative package graphics, and all-around visual-based packaging containers to increase their visibility.

Pick “request quote” pricing model as opposed to publishing a pricing chart

Concealing your prices to your potential clients may sound a little bit underhand, but it is necessary for this line of business. When you publish a pricing chart, you risk subjecting your business to price wars online or having clients judge your beauty business purely on pricing. A “request quote” model is great because it supports value-based marketing. Customers come to your salon for the value you offer, so you can always upsell when appropriate.

Be personal, inclusive, and authentic in your definition of beauty

The face and definition of beauty have changed. Today, what clients want is your help in accentuating their natural beauty. They are confident that they are beautiful enough, so they don’t want products that make them “look beautiful”. They don’t care for the traditional unachievable, unrealistic, and body-shaming definition of beauty. They want products and services that are respectful of their color, body size, and ethnicity. Modern beauty consumers aren’t insecure about the texture of their hair, facial features, wrinkles, scars, or even cellulite. You will lose many clients if you anchor your marketing on making people feel naturally ugly.

Conclusion

To be successful in the beauty industry, you must be ready to rise above the crap that fashion and beauty magazines have created for so many years. Take your time to understand what your customers want; don’t impose a certain image of beauty on them. And because you are an entrepreneur like any other, you must be methodical and decisive in your staff and client management in order to succeed as a business manager.



Source: Vietnam Insider

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