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Can You Use Simple Automation Tips to Help You Regain Your Work-Life Balance

Business-Case-for-Marketing-AutomationHappy Tuesday Morning to you! Maybe you’ve bought into the dream of marketing automation, you know, the one where you set it up once and forget it, hit the easy button, and retire to the beach sipping margaritas. Or perhaps your experience is the opposite, where you are simply overwhelmed with all the tasks that need to be addressed with with marketing your beauty salon business online, and can barely breathe.

The reality lies somewhere between these extremes. Unless you truly have gotten it together and are drowning in your own beauty salon business , you likely need some help with regaining a sensible and profitable work-life balance. Let’s look at ways we can do this.

**Some cool tools that can help with marketing automation for your beauty salon business **

**[Hootsuite](http://hootsuite.com)** – Like it or not, social media is a vital part of your business going forward. Hootsuite helps you manage your social media marketing by aggregating all your important social accounts in one place, enabling you to respond with more agility, and saving hours of time.

**Email autoresponders** – One of the most lethal and useful tools in an online business arsenal is your email autoresponder. This keeps your brand in front of prospective clients and customers on a regular basis, with practically no effort on your part, save setting it up once. A must-have!

**[IFTTT](https://ifttt.com)** – If this, then that, is an ingenious tool (free) that works on formulas, or “recipes,” you create, such as “If I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook, then send me a text message.” IFTTT is tied into the web-based accounts that you chose to authorize, and will check for new data every 15 minutes unless you’ve chosen to make this instant.

**[Zapier](https://zapier.com)** – A free and paid service much like IFTTT, but with a few more premium features.

**Google Alerts, Hangouts, Drive, Communities** – The Google suite of tools is free and can be extremely useful for saving time and organizing teamwork. You can collaborate on work within Drive, Hangouts and Communities are terrific ways to synch up with team members and connect with prospective clients and customers.

**Best practices for automating parts of marketing your beauty salon business online**

**Autoposting** – Can be useful for scheduling blog posts or other content.

**Outsourcing** – You can’t do it all. Delegate to staff, or hire outside outsourcers to handle tasks that you absolutely don’t have to do. Some good places to locate affordable outsourcing help are Odesk, Elance, and Fiverr.

**Hire a virtual or personal assistant** – This can free you up in many ways, and allow you to focus on parts of your beauty salon business you really need to attend to.

**Worst practices (avoid these!)**

**Autoposting** – Can be abused! Don’t schedule a load of mediocre or worse, poor content to be posted to your sites. This will hurt more than help.

**Social Oomph** – Though quite popular, this is one of the worst aspects of social media. No one wants to read a litany of quotes from dead men. This is the antithesis of “social” media.

**Not paying attention** – While it’s nice to have automated systems in place, that’s no excuse to not pay attention. Unanswered comments, questions and replies can lead to a reputation management problem, so keep an eye on it with the tools we’ve presented here!

What Have You Given Them Lately?

valueHappy Wednesday Morning! I hope you had an amazing labor day!

Back in the day, it was sometimes enough to slap up a site and open for business, and you’d likely do okay. Not anymore. Competition is keen, and people who don’t recognize that delivering value is the primary goal of any business online are going to end up struggling to make ends meet. This is especially true in relation to marketing via email or social media. Let’s have a look at why this is so.

Why delivering value is job one!

The bottomline is, in an online marketplace full of stiff competition, what people will remember, share and talk about glowingly is the merchant who over-delivered. It’s the only (positive) way you’ll stand out from the herd. This can manifest itself in many and varied ways. Whether that means a personal touch along with some hand-holding, unannounced bonuses, deals and coupons is truly up to your creativity and ability to supply. All of these and many more can be incredibly useful. The key is to consistently surprise your clients and customers with more. It will get them talking, sharing and coming back again and again!

Why email and social media are special cases

When it comes to marketing using email or social media, slightly different rules apply. You are held to higher standards here. While your website is expected to sell, email and social media are a bit trickier. While both of them are still technically permission-based, neither audience is fond of endless marketing messages, and can revolt by unsubscribing or un-following you. While email has long been a marketing vehicle, greater competition and a social media trained audience demand you deliver value. This in fact helps, as it builds the know, like and trust factors so necessary in developing a lifelong client and customer. In social media, the trick is to get them interested enough in your brand or products that they wish to opt in and go to the next phase with you. Once you’ve learned the art of subtle persuasion and managed to get them onto your email lists, they’ll be much more ready to hear your marketing messages.

Main point here is, make delivering value a number one priority, and you’ll find that more of your prospects, whatever the medium, will be more apt to respond to you!

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… My doctor demanded I find a new profession. I turned to my doctor and said, “Are you kidding me? I love what I do.” … I knew I had to make a change quickly. I knew that my kids needed their mommy to be healthy….
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Charlotte Howard Radio Host & Beauty Salon Success Coach .. You are one of the most beautifully inspiring women I know. You are a breath of fresh and a true testament to living your beauty from the inside out! I love you girl!-Adrienne Santana