Apple Watch & CND LED Light Make Their Debuts

Will you buy an Apple Watch?

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As you know I am an Apple addict having just about every Apple product on earth. Our design team uses the latest and greatest Mac’s so in my world Apple rules (only Android people don’t understand this and most likely Google named it Android for that reason).

April 24 is National Watch Day. You cannot just walk into an Apple store and buy the watch ($349 and up to more than $10,000). Nope you have to register online for a 15-minute appointment. You see the executive in charge of sales is from Burberry and she wants to exact the same luxury treatment as Burberry did. In a nutshell, upgrade you to better watch bands and more silver and gold styles.

As an avid BusinessWeek reader, they just came out with their review of the watch. It’s 6 minutes but worth it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-04-08/review-a-week-with-the-apple-watch

Will I buy the watch out of the gate? Most likely not. If was bluetooth to my iPod when running, slam dunk. But you have to carry your iPhone to use most of the options. Most likely second generation.

Next week CND will host a live event kicking off their new LED light that is five years in the making. It’s novel design focuses on the fingernails and not the hand and from what I have seen, works well. It also features multiple timer switches so it can be used with both Shellac and Brisa. MSRP will be $299.95 but there will be plenty of promotions to offset the high price point. You can click here to see the exclusive promotion THE INDUSTRY SOURCE is running while supplies last.

To learn more about the light, this video is pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nvPyJc_d4s

All in all April is a very exciting month with the latest and greatest technology being introduced.

Happy Wednesday!

Apple Watch & CND LED Light Make Their Debuts

Will you buy an Apple Watch?

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As you know I am an Apple addict having just about every Apple product on earth. Our design team uses the latest and greatest Mac’s so in my world Apple rules (only Android people don’t understand this and most likely Google named it Android for that reason).

April 24 is National Watch Day. You cannot just walk into an Apple store and buy the watch ($349 and up to more than $10,000). Nope you have to register online for a 15-minute appointment. You see the executive in charge of sales is from Burberry and she wants to exact the same luxury treatment as Burberry did. In a nutshell, upgrade you to better watch bands and more silver and gold styles.

As an avid BusinessWeek reader, they just came out with their review of the watch. It’s 6 minutes but worth it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-04-08/review-a-week-with-the-apple-watch

Will I buy the watch out of the gate? Most likely not. If was bluetooth to my iPod when running, slam dunk. But you have to carry your iPhone to use most of the options. Most likely second generation.

Next week CND will host a live event kicking off their new LED light that is five years in the making. It’s novel design focuses on the fingernails and not the hand and from what I have seen, works well. It also features multiple timer switches so it can be used with both Shellac and Brisa. MSRP will be $299.95 but there will be plenty of promotions to offset the high price point. You can click here to see the exclusive promotion THE INDUSTRY SOURCE is running while supplies last.

To learn more about the light, this video is pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nvPyJc_d4s

All in all April is a very exciting month with the latest and greatest technology being introduced.

Happy Wednesday!

Time for Salon Owners and Booth Renters to Raise Prices

Would you pay $2 more for your mani/pedi/haircut services?

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In case you were trapped in a cave the past couple of days, you know that Apple once again set the bar on innovation with their new Apple Watch, NFC payment system called Apple Pay and introduced two new iPhones that do everything except print money. At the same time, Radio Shack announced it most likely will file bankruptcy shortly.

McDonald’s is having it’s most difficult time in 10 years while Chipolte keep rolling along even as it recently raised prices. McCafe isn’t hot while Starbucks keeps climbing even with its new pricing scheme and hand-brewed “French Press” style coffees for $2.50 a cup. Those businesses with a focus on quality can charge more money and make more money. Those businesses with a focus on the lowest price have to compete with Amazon.com and the dollar stores. Even Walmart can attest that is no fun.

The one thing Tim Cook did not mention on stage this week was that his Apple devices can cut hair or color hair; perform a mani or pedi; or complete a facial or massage treatment. Consumers are king and make all the decisions now. So when it comes to beauty services, they have one decision to make: Home or salon?

If they pick salon, that means they see value and are willing to pay for value. So why are so many salons and booth renters practically giving away their services? Top end destination spas learned long ago that their clients are willing to pay for pampering. Go to Vegas and the average price of a 50 minute massage is $150 before tip. And they are busy. Very busy. Mani’s are $40 and pedi’s are $75.

Right now I pay $16 for a mani, $29 for a pedi and $35 for a haircut. The salons I visit are very busy and the prices are very low. If the prices were raised to $17 or $18 for a mani, $38 for a pedi and $38 for a haircut, do you think the business would go down? Of course not. Just as consumers are comfortable and habit-driven to get their coffee, lunch, groceries and so forth, they are habit-driven to get their personal services. When Lifetime Fitness opened its new Executive club and took the #1 yoga place with them, members went along for the ride and paid.

The salon/spa business is tough like every other business today. Now is the perfect time to access pricing and raise prices based on the services, amenities and experience offered. The race to the bottom is one that no one wins.

Happy Thursday!