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Performance management in the spa industry


Performance management in the spa industry

Spas were initially an area of service provided by expensive hotels, but they have now separated into independent businesses, growing into an entire industry. Companies in this field are aware of the benefits of performance management and they have implemented Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure their results and achieve their goals.

A list of such KPIs is provided by Neill Technologies – a software company for spas and salons, and it can be found on

Performance management in the spa industry
  • SPST
  • RPCT
  • Percentage of retail per service ticket
  • Percentage of retail tickets without services
  • Percentage of hair color services
  • Average days between clients’ appointments
  • Retained customers
  • Inventory turnaround
  • Customer referrals

In regards to the above list, it is recommended:

  • To standardize KPIs’ name – each indicator should have a measurement unit (%, #, $);
  • To avoid using only acronyms – it is useful to provide the entire KPI name first, and the acronyms in brackets, so as to understand their meaning;
  • To link the monitored KPIs to specific objectives the spa company aims at – otherwise, tracking indicators adds no value to the organization.

In addition to these, The KPI Institute provides other examples of KPIs that can be useful:

  • $ Customer profitability
  • % Repeat customers
  • # Customer engagement
  • # New customers
  • $ Lifetime value of a customer
  • $ Customer retention cost
  • % Customers participating in loyalty programs
  • % Willingness to recommend

Spas are a luxury, which translates into consistently high revenues for spa owners. However, the quality of the products and services offered to clients should align with their financial value. In 2003, the Day Spa Association was the first to conceive a benchmarking report for the Day Spa Industry. The purpose of this research was to go beyond the usual financial interests and promote a successful development of spa facilities, rendering competitive and qualitative services to the customers.

Performance management in the spa industry Based on this study, the Day Spa Association determined the main characteristics of a successful day spa:

  • Size
  • Business Mix
  • Products Sold
  • Customers
  • Promotional Mix
  • Business Mix/Future Plans

These areas are all described and mapped for a clear understanding and usage. It is an efficient tool that spa owners could use to learn how they can apply the given findings and suggestions in their own facilities, to further improve their performance. This will translate in a higher quality of the services offered to customers and, consequently, in higher financial benefits for the company.


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