Are you sure you’re squeezing the most from St. Valentine’s Day for your hair and beauty business?
It comes hard on the heels of the festive holidays which can leave you unprepared. But Valentine’s has the potential to be a lucrative salon marketing opportunity.
My top nine Valentine salon marketing ideas to attract new clients to your business, show apprectiation to loyal ones and boost your average sales ticket:
#1. Salon social media ideas for Valentine’s
Try these salon social ideas:
1. Valentine visuals
Choose a strong visual look and keep to it throughout your Valentine campaign for brand consistency, both on social media and offline. And of course use relevant #hashtags.
2. All you need is love
Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to sprinkle some fun and engagement into your social media strategy. Remember, your followers want to connect and engage, not just be sold to.
Try these to get followers hearts fluttering:
- Host a Valentine-themed giveaway.
- Create interactive, fun love-themed quizzes.
- Run a V-Day makeover competition.
- Mix in some light-hearted content with inspirational or funny Valentine’s quotes.
3. A sales mistake
I get that you want to promote your gift cards, treatments and retail as ideal Valentine gifts, but constant ‘sell, sell, sell’ messages are a big turn off on social media.
Instead, ‘show, not tell’ as it makes it more fun, engaging and, well … social. A TikTok or Reel explaining why a retail product would make the perfect gift or showing a pampering facial, doesn’t come across as hard sell. And works brilliantly.
A makeup Reel or TikTok would be perfect for your salon social…
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4. Be creative
Be creative with your V-Day imagery and snap your own for an authentic social feel.
This format and styling from Selfridges catches the eye with its collection of pretty pink makeup gifts.
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Or for something ultra-simple, yet effective, you could recreate this Maybelline image with nail polishes or lippies.
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#2. Heartfelt thanks to salon clients on V-Day
Continue the love theme and thank your loyal clients.
It’s too easy to overlook them. Yet one of the biggest reasons loyal clients leave a salon is because they feel unappreciated. So show them some TLC this Valentine’s.
Valentine marketing ideas for your loyal clients:
Give loyal clients a Valentine’s gift. How about a goody bag of free samples, an upgrade treatment or a hair or beauty gift card for your top clients?
Or surprise clients on the 14th itself with complimentary chocolates and fizz during their appointment.
Remember to choose your Valentine salon playlist with care too. Or go one better and make a statement with some romantically themed live music.
2. A Valentine offer for loyal clients only
Reach out to salon regulars thanking them for their business and offer them a Valentine treat on the quieter days of the week throughout the month. February can be pretty quiet in salon, especially early week. Just think carefully about terms and conditions – which team members you include and what hair services/beauty treatments.
Or give triple rewards on your loyalty scheme:
- on St. Valentine’s Day itself OR
- on retail purchases during February OR
- on selected hair or beauty treatments.
#3. Attract new salon clients with a V-Day offer
Word of mouth remains one of the best ways to find new hair and beauty clients. So put a Valentine’s Day spin on your usual ‘Recommend a Friend’ marketing and drum up some new business. Throughout February hand out romance themed cards to your clients and ask them to give the card to ‘someone you love’.
The cards offer a salon discount to new clients and reward the loyal client – so just the same as your usual ‘Recommend a Friend’ offer, but with a sweeter approach. It feels less hard sell to be asked to give someone a chance to save money, rather than be asked to recommend.
#4. Salon retail (therapy) for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s is probably the second largest retail sales opportunity for beauty and hair businesses after Christmas. Don’t waste it.
1. Transform salon windows into a love story
Think of your salon windows as your personal billboard – free advertising space that’s just waiting to tell a story. Create a Valentine-themed display with vibrant colours, romantic gift ideas and eye-catching designs.
Remember, an engaging window display is like a silent salesperson, drawing footfall into your salon.
2. Weave Valentine’s throughout your salon
🎁 Continue the passion theme with a basket of red and pink impulse buys on your reception desk. Lipsticks, nail polishes and coloured hair accessories all hit the spot.
🎁 Don’t forget to display your Gift Cards prominently too. You’ll find more ideas for selling salon Gift Cards here.
🎁 And for that extra touch of thoughtfulness, why not offer complimentary gift wrapping for retail purchases? This little gesture, especially appreciated by men looking for the perfect gift, can turn a simple purchase into a memorable experience for your clients.
#5. Find a Valentine’s (marketing) partner
Team up with like-minded local businesses and market jointly using social media competitions, giveaways, in-salon raffles, leaflets and offers.
Why partner up? The power of collaboration:
- The prizes are bigger and more enticing.
- Marketing costs are halved but the promotional impact is doubled.
- You piggy-back on each other’s customer base.
Look for local businesses that serve the same target audiences as you. Florists, card shops, cake retailers, photographers, restaurants and jewellers – they all make effective Valentine marketing partners for a hair or beauty business.
So you’ve lined up some local partners. Now what? How do you get the word out on the street?
Easy. You promote their offer on your salon social media and on your salon website. Then ask them to return the compliment to make sure it’s win-win for both of you. You hand out their offer cards/promotions to each of your clients at your till, and they do likewise to their customers.
#6. Promote treatment and retail packages
This recent survey reveals a spa treatment is third on the list of ideal Valentine gifts women would like to receive. Given the top two on the list are a holiday and a car, I guess most men will opt for the cheaper treatment option, which opens up tremendous opportunities for salons and aesthetic clinics.
Women: What would be your ideal gift for Valentine’s Day?
- Theatre Tickets 1%
- Spa Treatments 15%
- Lingerie 3%
- Holiday 27%
- Sex Toys 6%
- Jewellery 13%
- Dinner 7%
- Clothes 8%
- Car 17%
- Pet 3%
Need more persuading…
The same survey shows the majority of men and women believe the main purpose of Valentine’s Day is ‘to show your loved one how much you care’.
It’s easy to be cynical about Valentine salon promotions and marketing. But they really don’t have to be cheesy, tacky or fluffy. As a hair and beauty business owner you are on a winner.
Create tempting Valentine packages. Don’t just stop at ones for partners as people love to show their wider family and friends they care. I’d always go for service upgrade offers for this Valentine promotion rather than discounts. These are already loyal regular clients – you don’t need to give away profit.
And don’t forget to add an enticing ‘thank you’ element for the buyer too.
Learn & Grow
Interested in hands-on ideas and tips for salon and clinic promotions, deals and offers? Then check out this blog.
#7. Galentine’s Day 13th February
Galentine’s Day originated from a US sitcom in 2010 and soon spread over the pond. It’s on the 13th – the day before Valentine’s – and is a celebration of womanhood, your besties and independent women whether they’re single or not.
The idea is to shower them with love and attention. Think along the lines of pampering events, gift card offers, retail promotions. Let’s face it, there’s nothing like some serious retail therapy and a glass of fizz to lift the Valentine spirits.
#8. Support a local charity for Valentine’s
Show you have a heart by fundraising for a local charity for Valentine’s. This creates loads of marketing opportunities to promote the fundraising events in salon, on your website and social media, in the local press and your e-newsletter.
#9. Endless (email) Love on February 14th
Running a Valentine’s contest on social media? Then always collect email addresses (rather than likes, comments or follows) so you gain a new bank of potential clients to market to, and attract into your salon.
Building your own email database is one of the most valuable salon marketing activities you can do.
- Organic (unpaid) Facebook posts only reach a teeny-weeny proportion of your followers. Whereas with email marketing your Valentine message pops straight into everyone’s inbox. It eliminates that hit and miss element. You know exactly who has read it and what action they’ve taken.
- Google and the social platforms constantly change the rules, which affects how many people your marketing messages reach. But with email marketing you’re calling the shots. You’re in control. You know when you hit ‘send’ that your Valentine marketing message will be delivered.
- Email is a more targeted and effective marketing tool for delivering your Valentine marketing messages than social media. While salon social is best for engagement.
Play Cupid. Put the two together for a Valentine marketing partnership made in heaven.
St. Valentine’s Day will come and go. But keep marketing to your hair and beauty clients across all your marketing channels throughout February to make the most of Cupid.