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A BACK TO SCHOOL EYEWEAR EVENT BOOSTS SLOW SEASON! BY BRENDA FISHBAUGH

So, you’re in the tan biz slow season…what to do?  Late summer and fall are great times to host an event that features eye protection.  You'll use your eyewear event to remind your salon guests that eye protection is critical to their future and to show them all the latest options available in the diverse and fun eye protection world.  It’s a great way to get your college clients back into your salon and draw attention to your upgrades, lotions, and other services while increasing your bottom line.

One great aspect of eye protection is affordability—it’s definitely in the budget of your college-goers.  You can contact your favorite distributor and order a boatload of different goggles and disposable eye protection for a ridiculously small investment.  I recommend you offer many types...the fun designer types in every color and the super cheap kinds and disposables.  For your eyewear event, arrange your selection boutique-style.  A velvet-covered board and a make-up mirror work well to let each guest try on each pair and see if they get a tight fit.  Offer a free low-end pair with purchase of a basic upgrade tanning package or a tattoo stick - something around $10.  They get a free “fancy” pair of goggles or several pairs of disposables with a high-pressure session, spray tan, or a boutique retail item around $25.  Keeping with the theme, you could bring in sunglasses to sell for this event.  I recommend you create a sign showing 3-4 things they get for each category.  Make it simple and offer some novelty products that you’d like to sell to increase your other retail sales.  

How does education tie in? Educate your team, so they can educate your salon guests.  Head to EyePro.net and take their free 30-minute training as a group meeting. You will receive personalized professional “Eye Protection Expert” certificates to display in your salon. Eye Pro also includes full-color counter-mat showing “yucky” photos of eye damage from unprotected tanning to “shock” your customers into wearing eyewear.  Your team will be focused after having learned (again) why eye protection is important.  Don't skip this step: have every staff member tan with each type of eye protection you sell. Seriously, if your staff doesn't know how to fold disposable eye protection into a tight cone and that you can easily see through it, how are they going to sell it?  Hold a contest or quiz so your team learns the info you’ve provided.  

Next, collect some goodies to give away in addition to the eye protection smorgasbord you've ordered from your distributor.  The goggle companies you'll be featuring are a good place to start. Put together some prizes and raffles of lotions, upgrade sessions and services you offer.  Also, your business neighbors are often willing to cross-promote—provide free manicures and free pizzas if you'll supply free tans for their special events.  Don't forget to talk to your distributor reps--they have industry contacts and can often get you more freebies. 

Make it fun, get your staff involved, promote it with social media and in-store signage.  Your eyewear event will get your college kids back in, draw attention to, and hopefully sell more eyewear, sell more upgrades and lotions.

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Jeepers Creepers, Protect your Peepers!

Your eyes are the windows to the soul, and a window that lets in colds and viruses! Some of us probably remember getting those little pink tablets from the dentist to help us see where we missed during brushing. You would chew it up and it turned your entire mouth pink. Then you brush to remove all the pink. This would show you that even though you brushed your teeth there were spots you were missing daily. Ok now think about how kids wash their hands. Even after they have washed, as parents you still see dirt under nails and other areas that were missed. But what about the things you can’t see? Germs, bacteria, and viruses. Unlike dirt on hands or those magical pink tablets, you cannot see contamination on eyewear.

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