01 Apr Should Your Salon Be Active on TikTok?
So, you’re a salon owner and you’re seeing other businesses go viral on TikTok. They’re posting about their success, and now you’re wondering if there is a place on the app for your salon.
Answer: There sure is!
If you aren’t already familiar with TikTok, you’ve at least heard about it. From Vine to Musical.ly, there has been a steady rise in creating short-form video content, specifically content that you can add a combination of sounds, music, and text to.
TikTok is where the action is right now and your salon should definitely be a part of the momentum. Whether you’re trying to increase your local community engagement or simply increase web traffic, it’s possible on this platform if you learn the basics. To give you a head start, we’ve broken down a list of reasons why your business should be on TikTok, as well as how you can use it as a platform for marketing.
Why Your Business Should Be on TikTok
Easy to view and share
If you’ve ever used TikTok from the viewer standpoint, you know how easy it is to get sucked into the rabbit hole of scrolling. TikTok targets your interests by creating a recommended “For You” page, where there is an endless loop of content that the app thinks you will be interested in. The great thing about this is that it is incredibly easy to gain views as a business owner. If someone is interested in your services or just the industry-specific content in general, you could end up on their “For You” page. The app isn’t complicated, and as soon as you open it, these short-form videos begin to play. Likewise, the share button is right on the side of the screen and follows as you watch. This is just one of many reasons why TikTok is great for salon exposure. It’s easy to watch and it’s easy to share. Minimal effort is required.
Audience is large
TikTok is used worldwide, meaning there are no limits as to who your content can reach. While the app first started out catering to the younger generations, the app has now reached all audiences. People of all ages are both using and viewing TikTok. Of course, not everyone worldwide will be interested in visiting your salon or booking a service locally. That being said, exposure is everything. The more, the merrier, and TikTok is a great way to utilize this.
Paid and organic influencer marketing
Working with influencers has become an effective way of marketing your services/products on nearly all social media platforms. On other platforms, influencer marketing is mostly paid, where the influencer becomes a brand advocate. While this is definitely one way to market a service or product and there are brand advocates on TikTok as well, the interesting thing about this platform is that organic influencer marketing can actually be more powerful than paid influencer marketing. Because the app generally has a more casual feel, it’s easy to watch an average person post about a product and want to try it out for yourself. It feels organic, therefore it is more effective. Someone organically talking about a new shampoo that they love would seem far more approachable on TikTok than it would if they were to post a photo and write a review on Instagram. Intentionally or unintentionally, TikTok is currently on top of the influencer marketing game.
Ways Your Salon Can Use TikTok for Marketing
As mentioned, TikTok can be a useful marketing platform for businesses in all industries. That being said, there are many things about this app that give the salon industry an upper hand. The salon industry is very visual, so what better content to create than short-form videos that give viewers a behind-the-scenes, unfiltered, and 360 perspectives of the work you’re doing in your salon.
Tutorials/Before and After Videos
How-to tutorials and before and after transformations are already popular outside of TikTok, whether they're in the form of Instagram posts, blogs, etc. The advantage of posting them on TikTok is the heightened perspective the viewer gets. The 60 seconds that TikTok gives you to record a short-form video can go a long way, if you know how to utilize it. Using an array of TikTok's trending transitions, just about every angle of your stylist's work can be shown in 60 seconds.
Company Culture Clips
Because TikTok is branded as being a more casual and authentic app, you're able to boost your brand in a way that seems natural. Something as simple as catching your stylists goofing around after hours in the salon can reveal what company culture your salon has. Using TikTok's short-form videos and editing them to be uniquely on brand highlights the unfiltered employee experience in your salon.
Hashtags are one of the main ways to be discovered on social media and as with other social media platforms, you're able to use them with your TikTok creations. There is no limit for how many you can use and they can go into your captions just as if it were an Instagram photo. To break it down, there are three main categories of hashtags that your salon could use to be successful on TikTok:
Hashtags that are industry-specific don’t necessarily have to be about what’s in your TikTok creation. Instead, these hashtags are generalized and revolve around broader topics within your industry. In the case of the salon industry, some examples of industry-specific hashtags would look like this:
#hair, #beautysalon, #salon, #hairstylist
These hashtags are ideal for someone who is looking to browse a broader topic and scroll through TikTok, which is another easy way to increase your views. On the other hand, it is also useful in connecting you with your online competitors so that you can see what content they’re creating.
While industry-specific hashtags are certainly detrimental to your success on TikTok, creating a branded hashtag for your salon also has its benefits. Creating your own hashtag, especially if you already have at least somewhat of an online following, is a great way to create a conversation around any of your current or upcoming products. These hashtags are useful if you’re doing a giveaway, participating in new trends, getting a new product into your retail shop, etc. A branded hashtag is not only a way to spark talk amongst your clients, but it is a way to organize your salon’s own exciting content for viewers to browse.
Trending challenge hashtags
Participating in hashtag challenges can easily benefit your salon with an increase in exposure. Challenges are universal across the app and anyone can participate. The challenges are always up to interpretation and in most cases, each creator puts their own spin on them. Since this drives a ton of engagement, the hashtags for these challenges are an easy way to have a shot at going viral.
Key Takeaways for Your Salon
- TikTok is just one of the many ways you can create short-form video content for your salon and optimize it to increase local community engagement and website traffic.
- TikTok is a beneficial platform for your salon because the content is easy to view/share, the audience is worldwide, and organic and paid influencer marketing is prevalent.
- Some ways your salon can utilize TikTok is by creating styling tutorials and transformations, company culture clips, and hashtags—industry-specific, branded, and trending challenge hashtags.