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Social Media Platform Cheat Sheet



Are you looking to level up your social media game and make a splash in the digital world? Or maybe you’re curious if your social media marketing time would be best spent on specific platforms. In this blog post, we'll be breaking down each relevant social media platform, from TikTok to Pinterest, and everything in between. Consider this your ultimate guide – a Social Media Platform 101 specifically tailored for our salon/spa industry. We'll dive into each platform's purpose, share tips on how to utilize them effectively, discuss posting frequency, dish out suggestions for creating killer content, and even highlight some pitfalls to avoid. So grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), sit back, and get ready to learn everything you never knew you needed to know about the best social media platforms to use as a salon pro!


Facebook

Demographic: Facebook boasts over 2.8 billion monthly active users, making it a great platform to reach a wide range of age groups. Best times for posting: Weekdays between 10 am - 3 pm tend to have higher engagement rates. How often to post: Aim for at least 3-5 posts per week to stay visible in your followers' newsfeeds. Best practices: Share high-quality photos and videos showcasing your salon services or before-and-after transformations. Engage with your audience by responding to comments and messages promptly. Things to avoid: Don't overwhelm your followers with excessive promotional content. Instead, mix it up with informative tips, trends, and engaging questions.


Features within Facebook that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro: 1. Facebook Groups: Joining relevant groups allows salon professionals to connect with potential clients, share tips and advice, and build a community. 2. Live Video: Conduct live tutorials, showcase new products or services, and interact with followers in real-time. 3. Events: Create and promote events such as workshops, seminars, or product launches to engage with local clientele. 4. Reviews & Recommendations: Encourage satisfied clients to leave reviews and recommendations on your Facebook page to build credibility. 5. Targeted Ads: Utilize Facebook's advertising tools to reach specific demographics or geographic locations for targeted promotions.

Instagram:

Demographic: Instagram is popular among younger audiences, especially millennials and Gen Z. Best times for posting: Weekdays between 9 am - 11 am or 2 pm - 4 pm are usually optimal. How often to post: Consistency is key on Instagram; aim for at least one post per day or every other day. Best practices: Use visually appealing images and create eye-catching captions that reflect your brand's personality. Utilize relevant hashtags to increase discoverability. Engage with your audience through likes, comments, and direct messages. Things to avoid: Avoid using too many filters or heavily editing your photos; authenticity is appreciated on this platform.


Features within Instagram that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro:

1. Instagram Stories: Share behind-the-scenes content, before-and-after transformations, sneak peeks of upcoming trends/events. 2. Highlights: Archive important stories for easy access (e.g., haircare tips, client testimonials). 3. Shoppable Posts: Tag products used in posts to allow followers to purchase directly from the app. 4. Hashtags & Location Tags: Increase discoverability by using relevant hashtags and tagging your location.

TikTok:

Demographic: TikTok has gained immense popularity among Gen Z but is also growing among older demographics. Best times for posting: Engagement tends to peak during evenings from around 6 pm - 10 pm. How often to post: Aim for 1-2 posts per day to stay relevant on this fast-paced platform. Best practices: Get creative with short, entertaining videos showcasing your hairstyling skills or behind-the-scenes moments. Utilize trending sounds and challenges to increase visibility. Collaborate with other beauty influencers or salon professionals for added exposure. Things to avoid: Avoid overly promotional content; instead, focus on providing value through engaging and entertaining videos.


Features within TiktTok that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro:

1. Short-form Videos: Create engaging and fun videos showcasing hairstyles, makeovers, or beauty hacks. 2. Trend Challenges: Participate in viral challenges related to the industry to increase visibility among a younger audience. 3. Duets & Stitches: Collaborate with other creators by duetting their videos or stitching them together to show transformations or reactions.


We talk all things TikTok for salon pros in this blog, check it out to learn more!


Threads:

Demographic: Threads appeals to a diverse range of users, but it's particularly popular among news enthusiasts and industry professionals. Best times for posting: Weekdays during lunch breaks (12 pm - 1 pm) or evening hours (5 pm - 7 pm) tend to have higher activity levels. How often to post: Aim for at least 3-5 per day to maintain an active presence. Best practices: Share quick tips, industry news, before-and-after photos, or engage in conversations using relevant hashtags. Reposting and interacting with fellow professionals can help you build connections within the industry. Things to avoid: Avoid controversial topics unless they align with your brand's values. Keep tweets concise and free from excessive self-promotion.


Features within Threads that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro:

1. Close Friends List: Create a private list of loyal clients who get exclusive updates about new offers or last-minute openings. 2. Auto Status Sharing: Automatically share when you're available for appointments without needing to message each client individually.


Wanna learn more about how to utilize Threads as a salon professional?! Check out our blog on the topic HERE!

LinkedIn:

Demographic: LinkedIn is primarily used by professionals and businesses looking for networking opportunities and career development. Best times for posting: Weekdays between 10 am - 11 am or 2 pm - 5 pm are generally more effective for engagement. How often to post: Aim for 2-3 posts per week on LinkedIn since it's a less frequent update platform compared to others. Best practices: Share informative articles about beauty trends, haircare tips, or industry insights. Network by connecting with other salon owners or industry leaders. Engage in professional discussions within relevant groups. Things to avoid: Avoid overly casual language or personal updates that may not be suitable for a professional network.


Features within LinkedIn that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro:

1. Professional Networking: Connect with fellow professionals, salon owners/managers, and potential business partners. 2. Publishing Articles: Share expertise, tips, and industry insights through articles to establish authority in the field. 3. Groups & Communities: Engage in industry-specific groups or communities to network, learn from others, and share resources.

Pinterest:

Demographic: Pinterest is popular among women, particularly those looking for inspiration and ideas. Best times for posting: Saturdays between 8 pm - 11 pm or weekdays during lunch breaks (12 pm - 2 pm) tend to have higher engagement rates. How often to post: Aim for around 5-10 pins per day to increase visibility. Best practices: Create visually appealing boards showcasing different hairstyles, color inspiration, and salon tips. Utilize keywords in your pin descriptions to optimize searchability. Collaborate with influencers or beauty bloggers by creating group boards. Things to avoid: Avoid low-quality images or pins that don't align with your brand image.

Features within Pinterest that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro:

1. Inspiration Boards: Create boards showcasing your work, style ideas, and trends to attract potential clients. 2. Step-by-Step Guides: Share detailed guides on different hairstyles or makeup looks that users can follow. 3. Collaborative Boards: Collaborate with other professionals or clients to create shared boards for event planning or wedding styles.


We've got a great blog that provides everything you need to know to get started on Pinterest as a salon professional, click HERE to check it out!

YouTube:


Demographic: YouTube has a vast user base across all age groups, making it an excellent platform for tutorials and educational content. Best times for posting: Weekdays between 2 pm - 4 pm or evenings from 7 pm onwards are preferred by many viewers. How often to post: Aim for at least one video per week to maintain consistency and keep your subscribers engaged. Best practices: Share tutorials on hairstyling techniques, product reviews, or behind-the-scenes footage of your salon. Interact with your audience through comments and live chats during premieres. Collaborate with other beauty YouTubers for cross-promotion opportunities. Things to avoid: Avoid overly lengthy videos; aim for concise yet informative content.


Features within YouTube that are beneficial to utilize as a salon pro:

1. Video Tutorials: Post step-by-step tutorials for various hairstyles, makeovers, product reviews, and tips. 2. Q&A Sessions: Engage with viewers by answering their questions about specific techniques or products. 3. Collaboration Videos: Partner with influencers or fellow professionals for cross-promotion and wider reach.


Want to dive deeper into how YouTube is a beneficial platform for salon pros? Click HERE!

CONCLUSION

Remember, each platform offers unique features and caters to different audiences. Experiment, adapt, and find the platforms that resonate best with you and your salon's brand. With consistency and creativity, social media can be a powerful tool in growing your salon business!


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‘Til next time,

Your Team At Salon S.O.S

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