As an esthetician, you know it’s important to keep up with trends in skincare products, tools, and technology. But what about trends when it comes to our professional social media accounts? With so many trends, platforms, and variables, managing social media can be daunting.
When it comes to social media, you probably have an idea of how it “should” look but that comes with so many questions.
Should you hire a social media manager? What about posting on your personal profile? Is a Facebook group worth it? What are the benefits of social media as a beauty business owner? How do I know what to post?
In this blog post, we’ll explore some of these questions and offer some tips for managing social media as an esthetician. By the end, you should have a better understanding of how to use social media to convert followers into loyal clients.
Let’s get started!
Grow from ordinary to extraordinary
On the quest to grow from an ordinary esthetician into an extraordinary esthetician, it is imperative to get control over your time. There are multiple ways to discuss time management, and we have gone over a few in previous posts. We’ve discussed strategies from keeping negative thoughts from your mind so as to not waste time, to waking up early and becoming part of “the morning club”, enabling you to accomplish the most the day has to offer. Now we’ll discuss managing social media for estheticians.
Before hiring a Social Media Manager (SMM), you need to ask yourself some questions. Be prepared to answer the following:
- Do you have a Social Media Strategy? Do you have a ton of creative ideas for your social media accounts?
- Do you understand the most effective way to gain visibility or even leads with social media marketing? Each social media platform has unique strengths and weaknesses. By knowing which channels to leverage and how you can improve your visibility.
- Do you have a strategy that converts potential clients into paying clients? Nurturing your audience and providing value in your social media content is important. This will help you convert fans into customers.
- Will you be doing a skincare series or reviews of your favorite products? Will you be focused on skincare products or will your social media posts be more about busting common skincare myths?
The good news is there are people who can do this for you professionally while you continue to stay involved in and connected to your network. You will not only get better results, but you may also end up with time for date night, or even a vacation… GASP!
Social Media Marketing for Estheticians
Should You Hire a Social Media Manager?
It’s not wrong to get help in understanding a portion of your business that could use growth. It’s not wrong to hate doing something that will benefit your business and therefore outsourcing it. You have to focus and direct your skillset to be successful, and you can’t do EVERYTHING. Learn to delegate where your weak points are, and watch the growth in all directions. Like the growing facets of a crystal, confidence in business grows success in all areas. The last thing you want to do is have Social Media burnout.
Speaking of confidence… How confident are you in your knowledge of how social media works? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Should I post my business updates to my friends?
- What about hashtags? Do I have to use them? What’s the point?
- How many social media accounts do I really need? Which ones are my target audience using and how do I get their attention?
- How come no one is liking my post?
- What’s the point of getting more likes anyway? Does a successful beauty business really depend on likes and engagement?
- Where do I login? Just what IS my password?
- How much should I be spending on social media ads? Should I be spending money on social media ads?
If you immediately connected with one or more of the questions above, you now know exactly why Social Media Managers are imperative to every growing business and business owner.
Social Media Strategies for Estheticians
While hiring a social media manager can help grow your social media, it’s not always for everyone. Here are some social media strategies you can try:
- Providing Educational Content: Show your followers you know your stuff with tutorials, tips, benefits, or product information.
- Social Proof: Use your social media to show off products and their benefits. Clients want to know these products or treatments work. Show them before and after photos!
- Build Your Community: The esthetician community is strong, so take advantage and follow other estheticians. You never know when it could lead to a collaboration.
- Use Paid Ads or Boosting: We all need a little help sometimes. If you have a popular organic post, try boosting it. You’d be surprised by the engagement you can receive.
Stay Connected With Clients
When the business owner takes an interest in the online presence of the company, it allows for a more personal interaction and business persona. This makes for a warm lead when trying to offer a product for sale, or earning a new client. Making the company “approachable” is the goal.
It’s good to have an expert in charge of your social media campaign, or at least someone to coach you through it… but you still need to know what’s going on. So, for the head honchos out there who “have someone for that”, you still need to know what your business is sharing. Why? Because your clients, friends, reporters, and anyone who is real and follows you, will most likely want to engage with you about “that post on Facebook…” Make sure you are prepared to answer.
A good social media manager will meet with you weekly or monthly to discuss the plan as well as the progress. They should share your monthly growth, ask about upcoming promotions, and discuss how things are going among other things. This is the same concept as any brick and mortar business that meet with their team to discuss, analyze, and measure marketing efforts or opportunities for continued success of the organization. A good social media manager essentially becomes part of your team and is on the constant lookout for your best interest.
Get Results from Your Content
A good social media manager understands a variety of strategies such as organic marketing, attraction marketing, knowing when to implement paid ads, and understanding how to communicate with your ideal client. They also seek out creative ways to continually utilize and promote your unique content. For example, it helps to have people calling the spa and booking appointments, or buying products – this is what pays your bills. Promoting it on the platforms that reach potential clients on their phones is an effective way to increase conversions for less money than traditional advertising streams.
The beauty industry is growing in a fast and inspiring way. Don’t waste time scrolling away on Facebook. With a Social Media Manager, you can more efficiently and effectively BOOST your network rather than waste your time and energy. Grow your confidence and your community, online and off, by adding a qualified Social Media Manager to your team. Not only will you get better results, but you may also be able to enjoy your “free time.” What a concept!
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Running an esthetics practice can be overwhelming at times.
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This guide will give you the knowledge needed to take control of your business and get back into doing what you love – helping people look & feel their best!
The information in this guide has been compiled based on years of experience working with hundreds of estheticians, such as:
- The most common pitfalls when it comes to managing a successful practice
- How to get out of a rut when you feel stuck
- Why offering discounts is costing you money (and what to do instead)
- and more!