- Planoly can be used for Instagram. If you are just using Instagram as your only social media platform, Planoly is an easy tool to use. There is a free and paid version. Planoly is a social media management tool that a lot of Instagram influencers use because it works well with certain filters like VSCO, you can plan out stories and plan out your Instagram grid. If you are someone who really needs a visual for how you want your Instagram filter to look while you are planning and scheduling your posts, this is the tool for you.
- Trello is a free tool you can use for your social calendar as well. With Trello, you can create boards and lists and include all of the images you would like to use as well. It is a great planning tool, but it does not schedule out posts for you. Trello can be used for other aspects of your business like creating to-do lists and keeping data like emails and contact information.
- Hootsuite is one of the most popular social media management tools out there. You can use Hootsuite with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube and Pinterest. With Hootsuite, you can pay (starting at $29/month) for a version to allow more social profiles and more options OR you can use their FREE plan which includes managing three social profiles in one place, scheduling 30 posts in advance and generating leads with social contests. Hootsuite is user friendly and has a dashboard with every social media platform right there for you to look at all at once which makes planning posts and responding to messages a breeze.
- Buffer’s paid plans start at just $15/month. It allows up to 8 social posts and 100 scheduled posts. You can use Buffer to plan for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. You can schedule posts, see a calendar view, and see your Instagram grid.
Sunday June 30th is Social Media Day. Are you someone who makes a marketing or social media calendar? Or do you just wing it? Planning out your social media calendar for the month can not only save you time and stress, but can also help you set goals to grow your followers and client base. There are lots of tools out there to help you with a social media calendar and it really depends on what social media platforms you use, how you like to plan out your calendar and what your goals are. There are free tools you can use as well as paid subscriptions or memberships.
Founding member Jen Thiele has been in the beauty industry for twenty-one years. A member with the Suite Elite for the past eight years, Jen says that joining the Suite Elite has been the “best decision I have ever made in my twenty-one years of doing hair.” She never imagined being able to own her own salon. She had always worked for someone else and never wanted the responsibility of employing other people. With the Suite Elite, she says it “made me feel so free in so many ways.”
Jen grew up in the area of Metairie and is now raising her teenage daughter there. Jen is a single mom and said her income had a huge shift eight years ago after joining MY SALON Suite in Metairie (The very first MY SALON Suite location). Jen says, “ I’m able to do more as a mom and to send her to a good school. I am able to travel and take trips which are things that I never got to do as a kid because my family struggled and lost my dad when I was young.” Jen’s daughter helped her coin her business name, Teased by Jen and says that her daughter is “my support, every step of the way.” Jen goes on to say that she loves that she can make her own schedule and work when she wants to work. “Not having all that pressure, making it mine, making my own schedule, my routine, comfort level for my clients, and the privacy to run my own business is what I love about it.”
Like many other members, another aspect Jen loves about the Suite Elite is that she can pick the color lines and products she loves and wants to use and isn’t stuck doing one thing. “I can use the products I want and I like that will fit my clients best. I can give them the very best which makes me a better stylist.”
When asked how it has changed her life, Jen said: “it changed in the sense of having that freedom to come and go and make my own schedule and have that flexibility and that work-life balance.” She explained that she loves being her own boss because she can create the atmosphere she wants for her clients including listening to the music she wants, decorating her salon suite the way she wants and offering hair services that her clients want.
MY SALON Suite of Metairie is owned by Alanna McAllister. Jen and Alanna have built a great relationship over the past eight years. Jen said she loves that Alanna is always there to support her members with their businesses.
What piece of advice would Jen give to someone thinking about joining the Suite Elite? “Follow your dreams. I never wanted to own my own salon with employees and this gives you another opportunity to be in business for yourself. Make it yours- The sky 's the limit!”
Great advice from a seasoned member of the Suite Elite! Follow along the next few weeks to hear more from Jen and stay tuned for her Instagram takeover @mysalonsuite on June 27th to see what a day in the life of a Suite Elite member is like.
Looking to market your salon suite through non-promotional marketing activities? Running a contest is a great way to get your business name out there to your community and potential clients. Running a contest can expand your social reach, increase your email subscribers, encourage referrals and boost your product sales.
We love our members! We recently asked our members to share their stories with us. Follow along on our blog and we will be highlighting Suite Elite members throughout the year!
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