Phorest vs Ovatu
Looking for a better alternative to Ovatu?
Make the switch from Ovatu to Phorest for the industry’s most trusted software provider. A complete solution for the forward thinking salon owner, with access to full training and support to manage, market and grow your business.
Here’s exactly what Phorest can offer you that Ovatu can’t.
Protect your salon
Boost direct bookings
Supercharge your marketing
Top reasons why Phorest is a better choice than Ovatu for your salon
Read in more detail exactly what Phorest can offer you that Ovatu can’t.
REASON #1 Protect your salon
Own all your own data
Your client information and service history is the lifeblood of your salon - you should own that data and protect it at all costs. And when you use Phorest, that is the case - you can extract your data whenever and however you wish. Ovatu, on the other hand, keep a tight grip on the salon data you enter into the software, stopping you from exporting and using your data however you wish.
Multiple no-show alerts
Unreliable clients can leave you with empty timeslots and cost valuable revenue. Phorest automatically adds a note to client records when a client doesn’t show for an appointment, and you’ll get a ‘multiple no-show’ alert when they try to book with you over the phone. This allows you to turn them away, or request they book online with a deposit, allowing you to capture their payment details and charge a no-show fee should it happen again.
REASON #2 Boost direct bookings
Your own booking app in the app store
Give your customers a professional experience and a simple way to book with you on their own time, with your own salon booking app they can download from the Apple or Android app stores.
Free SMS to clients overdue to rebook
Machine learning in Phorest recognises when your clients are overdue to rebook their usual services, and you can send an SMS to them, free of charge, to remind them to make that booking asap.
Automated rebooking feature
Taking that one step further, if you don’t want to remember to hit send on that campaign to your overdue clients each day, you can use the automated rebooking feature to automatically send that reminder SMS for you.
REASON #3 Supercharge your marketing
Put your own stamp on your marketing emails
The Phorest marketing email editor includes a library of stock photos that are free to use, and an image editor tool to make them your own.
Most salons only have email addresses for 30% of their clients. Don’t put all that effort into beautiful marketing promotions, only to miss 70% of your clients! Phorest is the only salon software with a Fallback SMS feature that lets you send a link to your promotion, via SMS, to clients that do not have a valid email address on their client card.
See marketing ROI right to the register
Because our marketing, management and reporting tools are integrated, you can see the impact of your marketing spend all the way to the register - see how much revenue your campaigns brought in, and even what services and products your clients were prompted to buy.
Online reputation manager
No other salon software has a built-in online reputation manager, helping you get hundreds of 5 star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yelp by prompting your best reviewers to share their comments online in one click. Let your online reputation generate referrals for you while you sleep.
Set different commission for product lines/brands for promos
Phorest lets you set different commission rates on specific brands or product lines. Motivate your staff to sell the products you want to move.
REASON #4 Easier management
Stock take app
Take the chore out of stock takes with our iPhone and Android app – just scan the barcode with your phone’s camera, enter your stock count, and you’re done!
Manage multiple branches from the same software. Link your staff, stock, rooms, services and equipment to their relevant location(s), and easily roster staff across branches. View your reports by location or compare all your branches in one view.
REASON #5 Renowned Support Team
Migration/import of your client info, services and products included
Many other software suppliers, like Timely, tend to leave you to sort out the switch from your previous provider by yourself. At Phorest we have a dedicated onboarding and migration team to take the heavy-lifting from you. As standard, our team will help you import your client information, services, products and more, so you can make the switch with zero downtime at your salon.
Free training for life
You and your team will get comprehensive onboarding training when you switch to Phorest, but we don’t stop there. You can book additional free online training sessions with us for as long as you like, for old staff and new alike.
Don’t take our word for it
Read what some of our happy clients are saying about us on review sites like Capterra, Google, GetApp and Facebook.
Ready to switch from Ovatu to Phorest?
Talk to us about how Phorest can help manage, market and grow your salon.
Switching to Phorest is easy because we are here to help in any way
Easy MigrationAll our plans include tailored set up for your salon. We'll import your clients, staff, services and products for you. Our migration specialists have years of experience in safely migrating client record information from most other salon software.
Free Training for LifeWe'll set you and your team up with comprehensive onboarding training; and you can book additional online training sessions with us for as long as you like. New staff starting in the future? No problem, we'll get them trained up too at no extra cost.
Support second to noneOur friendly support team is on call, email or chat, and they're renowned for going above and beyond to answer your questions, big or small, as quickly as they possibly can. 'Seirbhís go hiontach' (excellence in service) is a driving mantra here at Phorest.
“We have successfully migrated many salons from Ovatu to Phorest. The team and I will help to make the process as simple as possible for you, bringing across your client information. If there’s anything we can’t migrate for you, our onboarding team will guide you through our simple input process, so you can make the transition with zero downtime at your salon.”
Allen Madsen, Data Migration Specialist
at Phorest Salon Software