SalonMonster offers online booking for salons and spas. The user creates an account and builds their booking page. This can be shared with clients who can access it any time, 24 hours a day even if the salon or spa is closed. The page includes a list of services along with prices so the client knows how much they will be paying when their appointment date arrives. The user selects their desired services and enters their name, email address and phone number. Clients can create a login that they can use each time they return to the salon’s booking page. This eliminates the need to re-enter the same information each time the client schedules a new appointment. SalonMonster sends automatic appointment reminders and confirmations to help reduce the chances of a forgotten appointment. The user can review requested services and client data as well as appointment schedules.
SalonMonster was founded in October of 2010. The application was intended to give salons and spas a more effective way to take appointments and service clients. Users could now direct clients to an appointment scheduling tool that was open even when the spa isn’t. For the most part, SalonMonster was received with praise however the application doesn’t yet offer clients the ability to pay for their services online. This functionality is mentioned as an upcoming feature however the site does not share any details regarding processing fees or limitations.
SalonMonster isn’t the only appointment scheduling application available, however it is one of the few that caters to salons and spas. The application offers many features, although these really do not deviate much from similar applications that do not limit the industries they serve. The concept is all the same, providing businesses with a place to list services and prices along with forms to take appointments. These functions may not be original, but they are very convenient, especially for small business owners.
SalonMonster offers users a clean, simple interface that incorporates a few hints of color and little else. Although the appointment pages and tools look modern, they are relatively simple. There are no fancy icons or colorful graphics. For some business owners, this may be a plus. User can easily create a functional appointment taking web page that they don’t mind sharing with their clients. Novice computer users can easily understand how to add services and clients will have little to no trouble submitting appointments thanks to the tidy interface.
A new user can create an account by clicking the yellow “Try It For Free” button along the left hand side of the SalonMonster homepage. The user must select their preferred membership plan before continuing to the registration form. The form asks for a first and last name, email address and password. The user must also add their salon or spa name, time zone and preferred SalonMonster URL. An optional drop down box at the bottom of the form invites the user to share how they found out about the application. After submitting the form, the user can return to the login area to sign in and begin using SalonMonster.
SalonMonster gives users five membership plans to choose from. The first is a free plan that allows one stylist, up to 50 clients and a single stylist calendar. The Solo plan costs $19 per month and upgrades to 500 clients. The Basic plan costs $49 per month and allows two to five stylists, up to 2,500 clients and a multi-stylist calendar. The Value plan costs $69 per month and upgrades to six to 10 stylists and unlimited clients. The Max plan costs $99 per month and includes unlimited stylists.
SalonMonster.com is intended specifically for spas and salons. Business owners can build a functional appointment page and direct their clients to it. The application can reduce the amount of time and manpower required to schedule appointments. Salons can also improve their customer service offerings by allowing clients to book appointments at any hour on any day through SalonMonster.