Phorest vs Shortcuts
Looking for a better alternative to Shortcuts?
Make the switch from Shortcuts to Phorest to finally take control of your brand marketing and see the results in your bottom line. Tools like our Online Reputation Manager allow you to be in control of your brand, while our complete system lets you see the return on your investment right to the till.
Here’s exactly what Phorest can offer you that Shortcuts can’t.
Supercharge your marketing
Protect your salon
Boost direct bookings
Top reasons why Phorest is a better choice than Shortcuts for your salon
Read in more detail exactly what Phorest can offer you that Shortcuts can’t.
REASON #1 Supercharge your marketing
Market to your clients directly through your software
With Phorest you can send marketing SMS & email directly through the software. 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 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.
Make money while you are closed
Sell retail products online at any time of the day or night and make money while your salon is closed! 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!
REASON #2 Protect your salon
We’re not a marketplace or directory
Phorest doesn’t run a salon marketplace or directory, like some other salon software providers. That means we won’t pit you against other salons in your area, appealing to customers shopping around for the lowest price. All of our marketing tools are designed to help you get your clients back in, spending more and generating referrals.
REASON #3 Boost direct bookings
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.
Add staff bios & service descriptions to online booking
Phorest lets you add extra information about your staff members and your services in your online booking portal - just another way to sell your great skills and services and make sure the client completes the booking.
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!
REASON #4 Easier management
Native app for management and staff
Take all the most powerful tools from Phorest Salon Software and put them in your pocket – manage your salon, staff, clients and stock from any device, anywhere. Staff can check their schedules, check clients in and out, and rebook or upsell straight from the chair.
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!
Pre-send digital consultation forms
Build bespoke forms or choose from our library of templates, and send to clients to fill out before their appointment, saving time and minimising close contact.
REASON #5 Renowned Support Team
Support is at our core
Our clients can’t say enough good things about our excellent support team. 'Seirbhís go hiontach' (excellence in service) is a driving mantra here at Phorest. Just check out what they’re saying about us below.
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 Shortcuts 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 hundreds of salons from Shortcuts to Phorest. The team and I will help to make the process as simple as possible for you, with zero downtime for your salon. We can bring across all your client information and history, appointments, staff, rosters, gift vouchers, services, products and more. You don’t have to worry about losing anything.”
Shane Kelly, Data Migration Specialist
at Phorest Salon Software