Looking for new ways to drive traffic to your salon/spa? Why not use the most far-reaching marketing tool at your disposal!? With the holiday season just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking of new ways to get your name out to potential, and existing, customers in your area.

Over the last decade, the Internet has become the no. one marketing tool for small businesses looking for innovative, and affordable ways to communicate services and promotions to the public. In the last two years, a new kind of consumer-focused website has taken email boxes by storm. Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com are two websites that are helping business owners reach thousands of potential customers and giving spend-savvy consumers on the prowl for deep discounts a new reason to check their emails every day.

How it Works:

  • Businesses create an account, either online or by contacting the company, and submit their promotional offer. The most successful offers have an “oh wow” factor, such as a free service with a minimal purchase, or a deeply discounted product, often up to 90 percent off.
  • Consumers sign up to receive daily emails highlighting one “unbeatable” deal on a service, product, and everything in between, in their area. Those consumers can then forward the email to a friend, usually for an added perk.

But here’s the trick to success: The consumer website will only guarantee the offer if a certain amount of consumers sign up to receive the deal. If the quota isn’t met, the offer is revoked and the business makes no money through the promotion.

We Want to Hear from You

Using these types of websites are only one way to get your name out there but we want to hear what you think. Have you used these promotion sites like Groupon and Living Social? Was the partnership a success? What are some other online marketing tools you’ve used to generate sales and draw clients?