As part of Salon Today’s annual Technology issue, we tap industry leaders for insight into how new systems are changing the ways in which the business of beauty is conducted. With more and more people depending on mobile devices in their personal and professional lives, we asked the pros how smart phones and tablets are shaping either salon/spa management or the client experience.
Is pole dancing an art, a sport, a workout or something else? Whatever you might be thinking, Alexandra Hood wants you to know that it’s an exciting business and it’s growing with the help of technology.
“I rely totally on the Internet and online tools,” says Ms. Hood, whose Toronto studio, Pole Incorporated, is in the city’s trendy Leslieville neighbourhood.
The question is particularly pertinent in today’s less stable work environment. Unable to find full-time employment as readily as they once did, many workers are establishing their own businesses. They believe that in today’s uncertain work environment, the self-made firm will provide the greatest likelihood of long-term security.
Securing a spot at some of Melbourne's most popular fitness classes has become as competitive as booking a table at a hot new restaurant.
Forget turning up for an impromptu workout - many of Melbourne's hippest exercise studios are now taking bookings months in advance, with long waiting lists for the most in-demand classes. And just like some of Melbourne's finest restaurants, those that don't turn up or cancel without adequate notice could be charged for the no-show.
Poornima Vijayashanker had practiced yoga for more than 6 years when she had a realization: Yoga studios weren’t using technology like they should. Regardless of the studio, she saw yogis who had entered the business thinking they’d be helping students perfect their poses, but were instead spending their time tracking attendance and chasing renewals to stay afloat.
Mindbody, the largest provider of online business management software in the health and wellness industry, has acquired Jill’s List, the leading online platform for Integrative Healthcare practitioners
How's this for crazy timing?
Jill Shah had just sold her Back Bay startup, Jill's List, on April 15th. The money had just hit her bank account. She hadn't even had a chance to tell her seven employees about the sale yet when she heard two explosions nearby; Shah's company is located on Boylston Street, in between where the first and second bombs went off on Marathon Monday.