Phorest vs Premier Software
Looking for a better alternative to Salon by Premier?
When you move from Salon by Premier to Phorest you’ll enjoy the slickest user experience and the best reporting your salon has seen yet. Access data from all your locations from anywhere, with unlimited user licenses and devices. And run marketing campaigns easier than ever, with ready-made and easily customisable templates, with results you can track right to the register.
Here’s exactly what Phorest can offer you that Salon by Premier can’t.
Salon by Premier
Supercharge your marketing
Boost bookings & retail sales
Protect your salon
Top reasons why Phorest is a better choice than Salon by Premier for your salon
Read in more detail exactly what Phorest can offer you that Salon by Premier can’t.
REASON #1 Easier management
Cloud-based - access from anywhere with unlimited licenses
Unlike Salon by Premier, Phorest software is cloud-based, so you can access it from any device, anywhere. Check your reports from home, or see your salon appointments on the go! And you get unlimited licenses for users and devices.
Native app for management and staff
Take all the most powerful tools from Phorest and put them in your pocket – manage your salon, staff, clients and stock from any device, anywhere. Staff can check their schedules and targets, check clients in and out, and rebook or upsell straight from the chair. Download PhorestGo from the Apple or Android app store.
Official integrations with Quickbooks & Xero
Through our direct integrations with Quickbooks and Xero you can send custom financial data from Phorest to your accounting software each night, including daily financials and sales and payment types. Whether you run one location or multiple, work with an accountant or handle the bookkeeping yourself, take valuable time back and feel more confident about your finances.
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!
Save time, hassle and fees with integrated payments
Cardless transactions and integrated card terminals mean you won’t need to manually enter the total to pay into the system, reducing the frustration of cashing up at the end of the day, and with less chance of making a mistake.
REASON #2 Supercharge your marketing
Tried & Tested marketing templates updated monthly
Setting up marketing campaigns has never been easier. We provide you with tried & tested email & SMS templates to work with, as well as a library of stock photos that are free to use, and an easy-to-use editor tool to make them your own - no html knowledge required.
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
Phorest's built-in online reputation manager helps you get hundreds of 5 star reviews where potential clients are looking for them - on Google and Facebook - 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.
Sell more gift cards
Sell more online gift cards with clever promotional and marketing tools. Set custom seasonal offers on gift cards, such as 10% off or additional credit for a seasonal boost in sales for Black Friday for example. And gift card sales are smartly integrated with our marketing suite, allowing you to promote them with readymade templates and call-to-action 'Buy now' buttons.
REASON #3 Boost bookings & retail sales
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.
Protect your staff and your clients by minimising close contact, but keep revenue coming into your salon with video consultations. Confirmations, reminders and video links are automatically created and sent to clients and staff. Just login and chat!
Sell retail products online
Your Integrated Online Store requires no web adjustment or dev time - just select which products you want to sell online and let your customers start to purchase!
Sell more retail with 'Expert Recommendations'
Expert Recommendations enables salon and spa staff to send trackable yet personalised product recommendations to their clients via SMS, linking straight to your online store. Sell more and offer that personal experience to your clients.
REASON #4 Protect your salon
No-show protection with variable deposits
Add another layer of protection for your salon when taking online bookings by setting smart deposit levels depending on who’s booking. Set larger deposits from higher no-show risks, such as new clients or those who have been no-shows in the past. You can also customise deposit amounts for services that require you to have costly professional products in-stock before the appointment.
REASON #5 Support second to none
Dedicated Business Advisor to help you increase salon revenue
With many other salon software providers you’ll get an account manager to help you get set up, but once you’re up and running you won’t hear from them again. With Phorest you’ll be assigned a Business Advisor to make sure you’re getting the most from your software, supporting you to keep growing your business and increasing your revenue.
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 Premier Software 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
All our plans include tailored system 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 Life
We’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.
Top Class Support Team
Our friendly support team is on call or chat, and they’re renowned for going above and beyond to answer your questions, big or small, as quickly as they can. ‘Seirbhís go hiontach’ (excellence in service) is a driving mantra here at Phorest.
“We have successfully migrated hundreds of salons from Premier Software to Phorest. The team and I will help to make the process as simple as possible for you – bringing across your client information and history, appointments, staff, services, products and more. 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.”
Shane Kelly, Data Migration Specialist
at Phorest Salon Software