Fortunately, working remotely is always an option for our team, but of course, it’s a necessity right now. Although our business office is closed, our home offices are open, and we are continuing to build our clients’ brands.
While COVID-19 is slowing down activities in some markets, it is providing opportunities in others. For example, we recently teamed up with Indiana Historical Society to build an online tool that allows Hoosiers to submit photos, videos and stories documenting how they are dealing with the “new normal” of life amid COVID-19.
We have been helping another one of our clients explain the financial aspects of this new normal on an almost daily basis, developing and distributing e-blast messages to their customers about tax filing and payment extensions, new loan programs, etc. To house the numerous financial updates, we created a COVID-19 Resource Center on their website.
We are also helping a senior living management company promote temporary jobs that have opened up in the wake of COVID-19, and we are documenting the many ways in which they are keeping residents and their loved ones connected despite visiting restrictions.
How are we doing all of this from the comfort of our homes? Here are a few tips and tricks that could help you and your business during this time as well:
Zoom Meetings: Zoom is the most popular video conferencing solution for companies with 500 employees or less. It’s gaining users rapidly amid COVID-19 concerns, adding roughly 2.22 million monthly active users since the start of the year. Allowing us to see each other and communicate face to face brings back a sense of normalcy and “business as usual.” It’s also keeping our company’s collaborative, creative spirit alive and thriving!
Task Lists: When everyone’s operating remotely, it can become easy to lose sight of what we’re all working on. That’s why we’re all sending each other bulleted task lists every morning. We also utilize Trello, which organizes everyone’s tasks in separate boards and lets you track each team member’s progress.
Sharing on Slack: Slack, our office newsfeed, has been our best friend lately. Not only does it allow us to stay in touch, but it’s been a great tool for boosting employee morale in the midst of COVID-19. Sharing pictures of our home offices — and the pets who break into them — is a particularly comforting activity.
Tapping into Creativity: When the mechanical shark kept malfunctioning during the production of Jaws, director Steven Spielberg took a less-is-more approach, making the monster’s presence known through menacing music and underwater point-of-view shots. This creative solution saved the film and made it even better than it would have been before. Think of COVID-19 as the malfunctioning mechanical shark you have to work around in order to keep your business booming.
By Brian Coles
Chief Marketing Technologist / Owner
The demand for healthcare professionals is rapidly increasing, but finding the right talent can be a daunting task. And old-school approaches can lead to a surplus of unqualified candidates. In the old days, we would hire. Now we need to recruit. And recruitment takes consistency and targeting. When your potential employee is having a bad day and decides to make a career move, your company should be the first name that pops in their head.
Coles Marketing offers innovative approaches to help healthcare companies hone in on the best people to join their team.
Digital Recruitment Tools
Posting information about open positions on job boards such as Indeed and Zip Recruiter is certainly a crucial step, but it’s far from the only one you should be taking to attract potential new hires. Here are some other methods.
Behavioral Display: Target the candidates YOU want to hire. And target them when they are thinking about making a job switch. A potential hire’s digital footprint is out there. Use it to identify the right candidates and display the right message at the right time. An in-market candidate could be ripe for the picking.
Geotargeting: Need a physical therapist at your Phoenix clinic? Geotargeting will allow you to deliver ads to people in that particular area. You can even target specific places in which you are likely to find qualified candidates, such as fitness facilities or universities offering degrees in physical therapy. This narrows down the talent pool and helps you get closer to finding the ideal people.
Building Your Brand on Social Media: Studies show that medical professionals are often willing to take a pay cut in order to work for a company with a compassionate culture. Social media is the perfect outlet for showing the kind and caring nature of your employees. Post pictures of staff members enjoying their time together or patient testimonials praising the high-quality care they provide. This will go a long way in giving your brand a sense of personality and warmth. And it will also attract candidates looking for greener pastures or a positive work environment.
One of our recent healthcare recruiting campaigns that emphasized the environment of a healthcare company led to a 40 percent drop in job openings there. We ended up filling the openings within three months of activating this campaign. Quick turnaround!
E-Mail Marketing: This approach also reels in potential hires with its personal touch. You can customize the text to include their name in the body of the email and even in the subject line, which increases the open rate. You can also give them a heads-up about your open positions and the career fairs in which they can meet you and learn more about job opportunities.
Email marketing can also serve as a soft approach to targeting candidates with display ads online. Email addresses can be entered into Google and Facebook to help with drip campaigns, displaying your latest openings or new perks for the job. This tactic is cost-effective, and it delivers messages to your ideal candidates slowly over time, so you don’t seem to be bombarding their inbox. Collect email addresses and use them wisely, whether delivering directly to inboxes or following them online.
These are just a few of the many ways we can help you reach the right candidates and build a great team of highly talented healthcare professionals.
To learn more about the recruitment solutions we can provide, call (317) 571-0051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Edit this post