How has sustainability impacted the spa industry from an operator’s point of view?
There’s a growing demand for socially responsible hospitality. The key is to provide a luxury experience while at the same time making the guest feel like the experience has minimal impact—that’s the challenge. And some are doing that very well. When the green frenzy hit the spa industry, around 2006 or so, the emphasis was on how to obtain expensive certifications like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)—but that led to an unrealistic excess based on almost arbitrary (for our industry) guidelines. The good news is that sustainability has made a lot of businesses much more efficient and accountable. Continue reading Q & A with Mary Bemis, Founder and Editorial Director, InsidersGuidetoSpas.com
By Conor Begley
I stumbled across an article the other day in the New York Times about the current presidential election that I think has some surprising similarities to what is currently happening within the beauty industry. I know this sounds far-fetched, but walk with me for a minute here.
The article is titled, “Measuring Donald Trump’s Mammoth Advantage in Free Media” and discusses how Donald Trump’s success has confounded most political experts because of the small amount of money he has spent on paid advertising. The article argues that he has benefitted most strongly from what is known as earned media. Earned media is coverage by news outlets, television studios, blogs and social media that is unpaid for. According to mediaQuant: Continue reading Influencer Marketing Trumps Paid Media: What the Beauty Industry Can Learn from the Trump Campaign
By Doreen Bloch
At Poshly, we create engaging and personalized data collection experiences to connect consumers to the products they love. For example, when consumers come to Poshly, they can enter to win products (Pat McGrath’s Phantom 002, anyone?) by answering fun and fast quizzes about their beauty needs and preferences. We then aggregate the data and make it completely anonymous, empowering brands to leverage these insights for decision-making across product development, sales, marketing, media, retail, content and more. Continue reading 10 Ways to Make the Consumer Your Best Friend
By Mia Kyricos
According to Research and Markets, the global beauty market is projected to reach $461 billion by 2018 and facial care alone represents over 50% of that pie. Quite frankly, that’s a lot of skin. And if you consider research recently conducted by the Global Wellness Institute, the Beauty and Anti-aging segment comprises over $1billion of the $3.4 trillion dollar wellness market, already three times the size of the global pharmaceutical industry (Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor, 2014). That means that the business of prevention (wellness) trumps the business of sickness (medical).
Continue reading The Latest Trends in Beauty & Skincare (or Not)
By Corey Huggins
- How has the growth of the multicultural sector affected product marketing and innovation for mainstream brands?
Inclusion & Innovation. The rise of the Multicultural demographic now requires General Market brands to simply be more inclusive in their thinking. They now have to include the diverse beauty needs and shades of the deeper toned consumer in their product marketing planning. This “new consumer” comes with a requirement for Brands of having to innovate different types of formulas & products to address their specific needs. For example, this can be seen with Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Corrector. Although not exclusively developed for the Multicultural market, its advanced Continue reading MULTICULTURAL BEAUTY MATTERS…
By Karen Dubin
I have loved fragrance since I was four years old. In fact, I know exactly when it happened… I can clock it to the day! It started with my Grandmother Rose, who brought me back little soaps from the hotels she stayed at on her trips to Europe. The Savoy and Connaught in London, The Ritz in Paris. I kept them in a shoebox. She noticed I was attracted to the scents, and on her next trip she brought me back small bottles of perfume – Jean Patou, Chanel, Carven. I loved the packaging too – the red and black lacquered bottle of Joy, the green and white stripes on the Carven box of Ma Griffe.
Something in me awoke that day, and I was forever changed. Scent made me acutely aware of my surroundings, and helped me to absorb and digest the world. Continue reading Living a Life in Fragrance
By Karen Young
The statistics aren’t in your favor: According to Harvard Business School, over half of American startups are gone within 5 years. It’s a long, lonely haul. Money usually runs out too soon and friends and family crawl into the woodwork.
But no matter how many times I repeat the grim stats to perspective startup clients, no matter how many times I tell them that based on history and my experience, they’re living a long shot, it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
If they’ve been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, there is no antidote. It’s as though they’ve been driven to the edge and nothing short of jumping off will quiet the voices in their heads. Continue reading Thinking of starting your own beauty company?? Read this!
….and how it will create the future of optimized beauty
Today our health, wellness and beauty have never had more of a premium. Beauty is a super-power for our self-expression and we have never had such a wealth of knowledge, experience and product available to us to suit our individual needs and changing styles. But the real future of the beauty and personal care category will be driven by a much deeper knowledge and two-way dialogue with its consumers. Continue reading THE POWER OF PERSONALIZATION
Quality efforts make the difference in a brand
By Howard Baker
Protecting your brand image and reputation is built on the quality of your products. The most creative and brilliant marketing campaign goes to nothing if the quality of your product disappoints your customer. The most innovative product you create
won’t make its place in the market if the product your customer buys isn’t made correctly. Continue reading Tips to Install a Quality Control and Assurance Program
A few weeks ago we gave you tips for pre-show planning. While many exhibitors are still in this phase, our show is fast approaching and it’s time to think about what you can do on-site and after to ensure the greatest return. Continue reading Simple Tips for Maximizing Your Trade Show ROI: Part 2