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Employer Branding On A Budget

While the Talent Attraction community at large may be investing more than ever in their employer branding (EB) efforts, many have been tasked with building out an EB strategy on a shoestring budget. To those who may be bootstrapping their way to the top, take a deep breath because we’ve got your back.  We have put together an action plan to help you on your EB journey.

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Know your “why”

Start with discovering your “why”. What attracts and retains your top talent and what is your organization’s promise to its people? This is your Employee Value Proposition (EVP). It’s also the foundation of your Employer Brand, so naturally, it’s where you want to start.

You can help discover this critical component to your people strategy by speaking with employees via interviews and focus groups. You can also use surveys to collect this information.

It’s also critical to layer upon your EVP where your organization is going over the next few years and to determine who your critical talent populations are.  From there you can build talent personas to deepen your understanding of these populations and what channels they may be utilizing to consume content.

Be consistent

Once you are aware of your EVP, critical talent populations, and have built talent personas, it’s time to determine key messages and your visual identity. Consistency is a critical element to any brand.

Imagine walking into McDonald’s to order a Big Mac. You can easily identify its building from others due to steady use of images and colour, which is essentially its visual identity. You are aware of what McDonald’s stands for due to how they consistently communicate with their customers. You are not expecting a $50 steak and are thrilled with your Big Mac as it delivered on its promise of consistency thus further building brand trust. This is the power of consistency and how you build a brand.

Understanding who you are, consistently communicating your messages to the world, and honouring your brand throughout your employee lifecycle is critical in building brand trust.

Amplify your story

With your EVP in hand, key messages determined, storytelling tools such as your visual identity mapped out, it’s time to share your epic story with the world.

Check out these low-cost ideas to help get you started:

Build content on social media

Consider visual storytelling tools such as Instagram and Facebook. They are free to use and create dynamic and authentic content for your prospective talent to get to know your brand.

Keep in mind that unlike a consumer brand, many people “checking out” your profiles will not opt to follow you for fear of the ask to follow back. Many candidates wish to keep their social media profiles private but will investigate prospective employers prior to accepting a job or even applying. Round out the content available to candidates by offering them more to see and read than simply employer reviews.

Mobilize a social team

Empowering employees to share your story is highly effective. Select and train employees to be “social scouts” and look for great social moments to share on the feed. These scouts may be given direct feed access or serve as “content collectors” for the curator to have final say.

Additionally, organizations looking for increased employee advocacy may want to check out our new employee advocacy app. This branded app is included in all our managed social media programs or may be purchased as a stand-alone tool. We built this branded app to help organizations empower all their employees to become social ambassadors while the company remains in full control of what is published on the feed. It’s the perfect fusion of authenticity and employee engagement meeting brand consistency and control.

Use video

Create a YouTube playlist of great office moments or archive video on Instagram or Facebook. Our view is that highly produced video may look great, but we feel credibility is stronger with informal selfie style employee led video. Give a tour of the office, capture highlights of a great event, tour the neighbourhood, etc. The opportunities are endless.

Blog

Add a blog and write about hot industry topics by highlighting the quality of the talent you have at your company. Awesome people want to work and learn from awesome people. Blog your way into brand relevance.

Optimize for search

Not everyone is aware of SEO (search engine optimization). SEO helps search engines rank content and display the most relevant pieces to users. Great SEO means discoverability. From strong titles to keyword tags, be mindful of SEO with each and every piece of content you create.

 

Employer Branding on a budget is totally doable! It takes some skilling up, a whole lot of self awareness, and some major hustle but it so worth it in the end.

Looking for more help without the cost of a full-service employer branding engagement? We are excited to share with you how we are disrupting the Employer Branding agency model and making EB accessible to all! To learn more about The Employer Branding Co-Operative, our exciting program that helps organizations big and small afford an Employer Branding strategist on their team, give us a shout.

 

 

 

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Half the U.S. job candidates who participated in our study this year say they have quit an online application. This is an increase of 6 percent compared to 2017. What are the causes? What challenges do candidates face? How can

 

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How To Breathe New Life Into A Stale Employer…

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An employment crisis is brewing. Recent research on the impact of artificial intelligence and automation estimates that there will be 38 million jobs lost in the U.S. by the year 2030. Without significant interventions, this could translate into a 23.5% unemployment rate-equivalent to the peak unemployment rate during the Depression in 1933.

 

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Why Employer Branding Is So Important

Why Employer Branding Is So Important

3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Having a reputable employer brand is a must for an organization’s strategy because it helps companies recruit better candidates, reduce hiring and marketing costs, and improve productivity. Therefore, for organizations that are still in doubt about investing in employer branding, here’s why it’s so important.

 

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Top 10 Employer Branding To-Dos For 2018

Employer Branding (EB) is both the art and the science of employee experience storytelling. It’s the organizational identity related to the employee experience. It’s the emotional response to what it feels like to work at an organization.

According to LinkedIn, 72% of recruiting leaders worldwide agree that employer branding has a significant impact on hiring. It’s no wonder why more and more organizations are investing in a comprehensive employer brand strategy.

The world of Employer Branding is changing quickly. Here are 10 EB to-dos to help your organization rock 2018:

1) Look in the mirror – It’s important to gain a strong understanding of who you are as an employer and your market position. It’s time to stop trying to be someone else and begin finding the magic within your own organization. This is done through dedicated time discovering one’s Employee Value Proposition (EVP). This is the “why” around an organization. It’s what attracts and retains top talent and an organization’s promise to its people.

2) Lose the glam in video content – There is a reason why candidates flock to employer review sites. They are trying to gain an understanding of the true employee experience. But often employer review sites are also job portals. This means reviews in those sites may not be a comprehensive sample of the employee population, but rather those seeking a job change. 

Effective EB helps share stories related to the employee experience allowing candidates to gain a glimpse into the real organizational culture. This helps round out content so that candidates also hear from employees who are happily employed at the organization. This is not to be confused with creating a perfected image of the employee experience, but rather providing more of a balanced window into the culture.

This is where it is less about production quality and more about authenticity. While high quality professionally produced video content may look great, it can erode brand trust if overly produced.

2018 is about raw and real video. We are talking vlogs and selfie style moment capturing created by employees. Talent attraction and HR can certainly support the mission, but the true stars are the employees. Character and authenticity trump polish.

3) But first a selfie! It doesn’t need to be a selfie per se but scrap the stock images. Nothing is worse than seeing a career site where if you removed the company logo, the reader would have no idea which company it was.

Hire a local photographer and capture the fun, silly, and human side of your business. Select a photographer who is not a “portrait studio” shutterbug. Hire an artist and give them the creative freedom to wow you.

At Powerhouse Talent, we like to share the employer brand strategy and creative vision with our photographer and let them go wild.

4) Power to the people – Employee generated content and employee advocacy are hugely important not just for credibility and brand trust, but also for building employee pride. Open your blogs and vlogs up to everyone. Talent Attraction can curate content to ensure it is appropriate but empowering the voice of your team has never been more important.

5) Rolling social and feed takeovers – There is a shift occurring where organizations with strong employer brand maturity are passing the baton to their employees. Social feeds are being run as a collective force versus a corporate function. Employees are showing “a day in the life” not in an over-produced PR campaign video, but rather through platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, etc. We are not learning solely about someone’s day to day job, but we are meeting their dog on their early morning walk, grabbing coffee with them on their way into the office, and hitting up a meeting with them. They show the world the people behind the logo.

6) It’s like the Hokey Pokey – You put you whole self in, not just your work self. Work/life integration is the real work/life balance. Modern employers are embracing flexibility and agile collaboration to help their employees achieve both their personal and professional goals. This integration will continue to play a strong role in EB storytelling practices in 2018.

7) Be purposefully purposeful – Employer branding content should be focused around the highest possible good an employee experience can provide. This can manifest in a purpose-driven mission, employee creative freedom, or self exploration. Purpose matters!

Author Salim Ismail in his book Exponential Organizations describes a common characteristic in exponential organizations as being the notion of having a “massive transformative purpose”. The world-class talent community craves so much more than simply impacting to the bottom line.  EB storytelling will dig deep in 2018 and find its massive transformative purpose. This may be innovation, reimagining an industry, creating social good, and/or skill enrichment.

8) It’s game day! – Gamification is a great way to engage talent high up in the recruitment funnel. If you are not familiar with the recruitment funnel, click here. Gamification can be used via formalized games that interest a passive candidate and prompt them to solve challenges and puzzles, participate in hackathons, etc. In the process, they get to “know, like, and trust” the organization. This helps build awareness and allows talent to descend lower in the recruitment funnel.

Organizations also solve real life problems via gamification and crowd sourcing solutions by using money and prizes. This not only helps advance business strategy, but also builds awareness for passive talent. When the time is right and passive candidates become active, there is greater depth to the relationship versus simply viewing a job posting.

9) A landing page is all the rage! – Landing or “squeeze pages”, are not new concepts in digital marketing. These tools can be excellent employer brand building mechanisms. If you are not familiar with the concept of a squeeze page, you can check out our ERE article here. These help socialize your employer brand and EVP with passive talent. Perhaps an industry white paper or webinar led talent to this content locked behind a landing page. From there, the candidate opts in by sharing their email and first name. They then gain immediate access to the desired content.

This is your best content, your thought leaders in action. Prospective talent gains instant access to this information, as well as gaining exposure to the incredible talent within the walls of the organization. This further builds the ever-sought after “know, like, and trust”, thus allowing talent to descend further in the recruitment funnel. 

Once on the email list, it’s all about nurturing. Read more on this topic here. This should not be confused with a job alert, but rather a relationship and brand building opportunity.

There are many more tips and tactics related to recruitment advertising such as programmatic ads, high precision targeting and retargeting, and more, but our focus for this article is employer brand building.

10) Try before you buy – A big focus for 2018 is a more captivating candidate experience that enhances the employer brand. This may be in-person or even via virtual reality (VR).

Candidate experience optimization continues to be very important. Organizations are reimagining ways to engage talent to showcase their employer brand during the candidate journey. For example, this may mean inviting talent into the workplace for a day of exploration beyond a standard interview. This may include peer lunches, interesting skill challenges, or casual tours of the facility and neighbourhood. Organizations are also exploring VR to build immersive candidate experiences that more realistically present the role and the culture, as well as use that same VR as an assessment tool.

Think of it like home staging. It’s about helping talent envision themselves as part of the team as they embark on the candidate journey. Only one person will get the job, but a human, interesting, and comfortable “interview” experience will not soon be forgotten. This not only enhances an employer brand, but also a consumer brand.

 

There is a reason our branded hashtag at Powerhouse Talent is #HumanBeforeResources. We are people before an employee number. A career should be more than a job you clock in and out of. We believe it should be a community you join, where a full life is enriched.

Employer branding efforts can be a process of organizational self-discovery, change for betterment, and a transformation to a new level of engagement. It all starts with understanding your “why” and then trusting your people to help share the story. After all, if we cannot trust good judgement for a blog post or a selfie, why are they part of the business? This is the difference between a recruitment marketing campaign and a true cultural metamorphosis via the power of an employer brand.