In fact, research shows that acquiring a new customer can be 10x as expensive as retaining a current client. Here are some other stats that show the value of client loyalty to your overall ROI:

  • A 2% increase in customer retention can decrease costs by 10%.
  • Increasing retention rates by 5% increases profits by at least 25% and up to 95%.
  • Repeat customers spend 67% more on average than first-time customers.

However, it’s not always easy to get first-timers committed to coming back. So, what can salon and spa owners and managers do to encourage repeat visits and build lasting relationships with customers?

There are three key factors that play heavily into retention: experience, communications, and incentives. Here are 5 key tips you can use to retain new customers, drive additional business from existing customers, and cultivate a devoted fan base.

Tip 1: SMS Marketing

Investing in a great in-person experience is something every business should be doing. But no matter how great your in-person experience is, customers need reminders to return. SMS marketing is a great way to remind visitors how much they enjoyed your services, let them know that you’re thinking about them, and incentivize them to return with a special offer or fun event.

Marketing automation tools, like Invoay Marketing Tool can make the process of nurturing a new customer easy to set up and scale, no matter how many people come through your doors.

Tip 2: Social Media Marketing

The beauty of social media is that it can be used to achieve many business goals including making it easier for customers to find your business, and encouraging retention. If your customer base is active on social media, there are a few things you can do to keep followers engaged and primed to do business with you again:

  • Follow them!
  • Like or reply to their mentions of your business.
  • Share content that customers find informative, interesting, or amusing.
  • Share photos your customers take at your business or after services.
  • Address any customer service requests or negative comments in a timely, fair manner.
  • Promote your retention-related programs (see tips 3 & 4 below).

Tip 3: Appointment Series and POS System

Series are a simple way to get newer customers to keep coming back. For an appointment-based business, series can be progressive; a great example would entail creating a program of different skincare treatments to reverse sun damage. Or you could simply create a discounted block of appointments for a frequent service, such as bi-weekly manis or monthly hair trims.

Tip 4: Membership Programs

Memberships are a great way to boost customer retention. Memberships can help your clients feel like VIPs by providing discounts, first dibs on their favorite appointment times, free add-ons, product samples, and full services as a reward for their exclusive patronage.

Tip 5: Software Management System 

Individually, all of the tactics we’ve discussed are great methods for service businesses to establish a simple and efficient customer retention strategy. However, those are a lot of separate lines you’re throwing out there and let’s face it – you’ve only got two hands!

Having a management system will make it easier to track your clients and manage your retention efforts. For example, you can track customer services and purchases in Invoay Software and offer memberships, specials and packages. A centralized system that tracks everything will make it easier to see which retention tactics are most effective with your customer base, and see their impact on your bottom line.

Don’t let your clients miss out. Book a demo or Call +91-7982703982 and Email – [email protected] to learn more about the salon software used by more than 2,000 India salons and spas, and make their salon experience even better!