Promoting a barbershop

The world is changing rapidly, but many barbers and barbershops are keeping up with the times. It’s interesting to see this old school business being promoted so successfully in today’s social media world. Many barbers and barbershops are on Twitter, and many have Facebook pages as well. These are great tools for building customer loyalty and finding new customers. Many are also using texting for making appointments, as using the phone can be very cumbersome and interrupts a session with a customer. With texting a barber can reply after he’s finished with a hair cut or shave.

The best promotion is word of mouth, but now social media can help there as well. Online reviews can go a long way towards promoting a service like haircuts.

Of course, this is a people business, and the tools above don’t negate the importance of tradition methods. Smart barbers still focus on a nice outdoor sign and take advantage printing cool-looking promotional materials.

Still, it’s nice to see the combination of an old service and new ways of marketing and promotion.


XYIENCE sponsors sweepstakes for a UFC trip.

Everyone at the local babershops are talking about MMA these days and the UFC tops the list of quality fighters. If you love this sport then check out what XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has put together.

Enter their sweepstakes for a chance at the grand prize which includes airfare, hotel accommodations and two tickets to a UFC event. Entries can be submitted at No purchase necessary to enter, though winners must be legal residents of the United States and at least 18 years old with valid proof of age. Winners will be selected at random and announced in mid September.


The Art of Shaving Barber Spa

What is this place? According to their website:

The Art of Shaving Barber Spa is a unique concept that combines traditional barber services with aromatherapy skin treatments. For the ultimate indulgence, experience our renowned Royal Shave, scissor haircut, or skin treatment performed by our expertly trained master barbers in the luxurious surroundings of our shops.

They now have locations all around the country.

Chalk this up as one of the new barbershop trends – mixing the old with the new.

The old Business 2.0 did an article in this new combination several years ago.

THE MANHATTAN BLOCK THAT HOUSES THE ART of Shaving’s flagship store is a preppy paradise. The main Brooks Brothers store is down the street, the Yale Club just around the corner. Inside the boutique, barbers wield horn-handled straight razors and badger-hair brushes, then soothe customers’ faces with postshave clay masks. An hour later the newly shaven emerge with shopping bags full of sandalwood-scented aftershaves, lemony preshave oils, and nickel-handled razors, hoping to re-create the experience at home.

Part barbershop and part pampering spa, the Art of Shaving is pouncing on the fast-growing men’s grooming trend by appealing to consumer nostalgia. Its 10 retail outlets–five of which have onsite barbers–are dedicated to making men better shavers by getting them to trade in their Barbasol. Though several premium shaving brands have emerged during the past few years, the Art of Shaving is by far the most successful. Last year the company booked a 15 percent net profit margin on more than $15 million in sales–half of which came from upscale department stores like Neiman Marcus–pulling past hipper brands like $3 million Sharps Barber & Shop and traditional lines like Truefitt & Hill. Now, with plans to open 40 more U.S. stores during the next two years, husband-and-wife founders Eric Malka and Myriam Zaoui think the Art of Shaving’s retro appeal can easily win over mainstream buyers. “You’d be surprised how often customers refer to their fathers and grandfathers,” Malka says. “That’s as emotional as it gets.”

Give us your thoughts if you’ve checked it out, but we’re all for new ideas in this area.


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