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August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08

Spa Menus That Bring Customers to You

By Stephanie Beck

How to create spa menus that bring customers to you is the million-dollar question, isn't it? So, how do you create spa menus that bring the customer to you? Most of it comes from using emotionally based adjectives, creativity and knowing your client base!

Let's face it, we are emotional beings and as such, we respond to those wonderful, descriptive words like "luxurious, rich, velvety soft, silky smooth, vitamin-infused, cell vitality, supple and smooth, contains the latest discovered ingredients, most advanced science, phenomenal visible results, and "active moisturizers!"

We are the same way when we are describing our newest favorite item.

Have you ever recommended a product to a friend? How did you describe it? I bet it went something like this: "Oh, you have got to try this! I mean, this is really good! Oh wow, it was incredible; I mean, it is absolutely the best thing I've ever tried!" Now, I could be talking about my latest massage, facial, or my new favorite ice cream, (actually, it was this new teeth-whitening product I have been trying). With everyone I have spoken to, I have used this same description and they have gone out and purchased it without me prompting them to. I didn't have to tell them how to use it or describe for them how to make their own trays, what the gel tastes like, how long to leave it on or how many times a week to use it. Wouldn't that be great - if all of your customers walked out of the treatment room and made statements like that and produced new clients for you? That happens, and it's great when it does, but you also need to let your spa menu do the talking for you.

We've discussed themes, visions and intents, protocols, products, vendors, ingredients, training, and marketing materials. You have created a theme, selected treatments to support your theme, and researched your treatments, found products with ingredients that match your theme, selected the right spa vendor and trained the staff on the techniques. Now comes the fun part: descriptions! Be creative; use words that describe how it's going to make the client feel! You don't have to use a lot of what I call "fluff." Here's an example of how a spa could promote a facial treatment: "Reduce fine lines and wrinkles within the first two treatments, leaving your skin fresh and younger looking!" This describes what the product does, but ends with two very emotional words that create curiosity.

A very dear friend of mine who owns a day spa in Dallas describes his facial with micro-dermabrasion this way: "In six treatments, we will take 10 years off your face!" Who wouldn't want to take 10 years off their face? And with the products and regime my friend sets up for his clients, the results are remarkable and he has a thriving a business.

Describe what the treatment is going to do for your client, your client's skin, their body, their hair, or their lifestyle, or whatever your intent was in choosing this treatment. It's great to use ingredients, but make sure to include how the ingredients will make them better. For instance, one manufacturer of massage products promotes that their products are infused with vitamin E "to help skin breathe and function normally." Doesn't that sound good? I certainly want my skin to "breathe and function normally," don't you?

This is where it will come in handy if you have built a good relationship with the right spa vendor. You can take the majority of the provided descriptions and then add your special touch to entice your clients. And if you feel as if you are not that creative, the vendor will help you along the way. Some vendors, like myself, already have several menus written, or they can create menus specifically for your spa! The important thing is that you stay focused to your vision and intention.

As always, it's been fun; if you need help or have further questions, e-mail me and I will assist you the best way I can.

Click here for previous articles by Stephanie Beck.


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