Your storefront is ready to serve customers, your staff is hired and it is almost opening day of your salon. As a small business owner, you have much to prepare before launching a successful business in the beauty industry. Marketing, particularly online, may not be an initial priority but it is an extremely important factor that significantly impacts brand recognition and in turn, traffic for your business.

The internet offers a wealth of opportunities for communicating your services, and utilizing them is a practical method for raising awareness. Start with a website that provides current information in an attractive but professional setting. Once established, include the business’s contact information including the website address (ex. – www.mysalon.com) in other places online and on physical materials. For example, internet directory listings like Google Maps and Yahoo!Local put your salon in front of a regional audience while printing the website on business cards and fliers tells people how to find you on the Web. As you leverage your website in communicating your services, accessibility to your business increases and gives current clients a resource to share with others.

Integrating keywords, or industry-specific language, into website content helps boost the chances of your site getting prominently listed in online search results. Elements like photo captions, special service offers and relevant news bits are additional tactics for site content that create opportunities for people to notice your business before they find your competitors.

Social media has become a modern day marketing tool that provides a direct communication channel between you and your customers - especially as your business gains recognition. As a professional in the beauty industry, developing direct relationships with individuals is important to the salon’s reputation and growth. Taking advantage of outlets like Facebook lets you strengthen connections with clientele outside of appointments.