“I just graduated from esthetician school. Do you think I have the skills to find a good job? What will my esthetician salary be? Should I become a medical esthetician?” Read More
February 13, 2017
I’ve been in the U.S. now for longer than I anticipated. What started as a three week trip from my home in Bangkok has morphed into a prolonged visit. While I now have an unlimited opportunity to watch cable networks like CNN and MSNBC I feel that I am caught in the throes of a weird addiction to political news. I begin my day craving information on what havoc has been visited on our world overnight. I check Twitter trends and Huff Post headlines for my fix on the latest global backlash caused by our current administration. Because truth be told drama has happened everyday since January 20. I find myself headachy before the day really begins.
I know that I am not alone.
I exist in a constant self imposed state of low level anxiety.
I recently read an article that discussed how Susie Ellis, CEO of Global Wellness Institute spoke of Trump as the leading influence of wellness trends for 2017. http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Market-Trends/The-Trump-Effect-is-already-altering-the-personal-care-and-beauty-market
“As things get more uncertain wellness gets more important.”
I totally agree with her viewpoint.
Last week I visited my favorite massage therapist. Nothing fancy, she works at Hand & Stone and she is fabulous! The time spent in a quiet environment with her was exactly what I needed. She knew exactly what to do and recommend and I can’t begin to express how much I appreciated her. In this time of turmoil and stress and uncertainly, the spa and wellness industry should be a safe haven. It is crucially important for our therapists to be totally on point. Excellence in customer service is a teachable skill that should never be taken for granted by management.
Enabling therapists to listen well, respond authentically and recommend knowledgeably is what proper training can do.
Let’s get on it now. The world needs it.
February 6, 2017
This past Christmas my husband and I spent a much anticipated holiday season with our family. We currently live in Bangkok and two years is wayyy too long to be separated from the people that you love.
As fate would have it, an opportunity to provide retail training in my hometown of Philadelphia came my way. Despite the cold weather (which I hate) I decided to stay on longer with my parents while my husband returned to Asia.
Like a lot of retired seniors my parents are active and opinionated. They love MSNBC, The View, CSI Miami and Judge Judy. As I huddle by the fireplace watching these shows with them, I am reminded and amazed at the plethora of commercials. They advertise everything from plaque psoriasis crème to buy-one-get-one-free non-stick cooking pans. The contrast of watching television in Thailand where marketing is at best lukewarm makes me more aware than ever that we are truly a nation of consumers and we love to buy.
We have a leg up compared to other countries because it is part of our culture. We are the nation that unapologetically spends 5.5 million on a 30 second Super Bowl ad.
In my mind we should be dominating retail in the spa, wellness and salon industry. We should be kicking butt big time.
As global markets compete for spa and wellness revenue it is important for the U.S. to recognize what we do well and build upon it. This is my focus for 2017.
Sometimes it takes a view from the outside to have a broader perspective.
September 20, 2016
It’s always good to be an inspiration to colleagues. Particularly when it’s Julie Lombe, National Trainer for Sothy’s.
Julie reminds us that ethnic skin care education is a global issue and still rife with opportunities for improvement:
La frontière entre marques cosmétiques généralistes et ethniques s’estompe progressivement. Qu’elles soient de parfumerie (Lancôme) ou de grande distribution (L’Oréal, Dove, She Moisture), les marques de maquillage, de soin ou de soin capillaire tendent à se globaliser et à s’adresser à une clientèle multiculturelle.
On ne peut pas du tout en dire autant pour les marques professionnelles ! Les causes de cette invisibilité ethnique sont à chercher auprès de tous les acteurs de l’industrie : monde éducatif, marques, spas et instituts … et clients. Un article inspiré par les réflexions de Linda Harding Bond.
To read the full article click this link>>>https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nous-existons-linvisible-client%C3%A8le-multiculturelle-des-julie-lombe
April 14, 2016
While too many spas continue to struggle with single digit retail sales to service ratios, cosmetic outlets like Sephora, Space NK, Ulta and Blue Mercury are experiencing revenue growth that dreams are made of! Read More
February 19, 2016
Most people don’t like change. Almost no one changes just for change sake. There has to be a strong motivation behind it. The fact is, many luxury groups have such a steady stream of new customers that they aren’t yet feeling the impact of their reluctance to change. Read More
October 17, 2015
We’re talking with Norm Bond global entrepreneur. Norm has just published his new book Make Money Online with Holiday Marketing.
Linda- Hi Norm. Recently I’ve noticed more activity around the topic of entrepreneurship but I don’t recall seeing anything like your book. What inspired you to write it?
NB-Holiday marketing is an industry that a lot of people don’t pay attention to and it’s actually an opportunity to market year-round. Read More
October 7, 2015
Last week I traveled to the Middle East to discuss spa training and increasing retail sales with a well-known resort company. I was impressed by the opulence and beauty of their spa, it was the type of place designed for indulging in luxurious treatments all day long with your girlfriends. Read More
August 11, 2015
Remember when retail spa training was sexy?
Neither do I.
It’s scary, expensive and time consuming- – not sexy.
What if it were friendly, affordable and convenient?
That’s sexy! That’s why today I’m thrilled to launch “Increasing Your Retail Selling: An Online Training Class for Spa Managers“. Yes spa managers I’ve heard your call. Read More
July 9, 2015
My interview with international marketing expert Norm Bond. I discuss the ethnic client, customer service, the impact of social media, changing demographics and of course spa training.
To listen click here>>https://youtu.be/otcVaSbJ_C4