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Offering high levels of process automation, recruitment software plays an indispensable part in reducing a staffing agency's administrative burden. However, today's recruitment applications are designed to do a whole lot more than just reduce paperwork. They can make a significant contribution to a company's marketing and sales activity. Effective client contact management and timely, personalised business communications are essential to the success of any recruitment company. The first step in getting more from your marketing and sales activity is to better understand your existing and prospective client base. In today's frenetic business environment it's simply not enough to send generic email shots to everyone on your database and hope they generate some interest.

With numerous demands on their time and attention, your existing clients and prospects surely won't appreciate another bland missive to an already bulging Inbox. Worse still, they might simply block all future email communications from you. An audience of one The days of “load and send” email campaigns are long over. Today email marketers are focused on increasing response, conversion and retention rates using a combination of personalisation, segmentation and triggers. Increasingly segmented and triggered emails are driven by behavioural data, such as which links a recipient clicked, whether someone did or did not open an email, what pages they visited on the sender's website or whether they did or did not take a specific action.

Design matters Something like 95 percent of all commercial email campaigns are sent in HTML today. As a result, design has become critical for a number of reasons. Recipients might have their email setup to block images. Many people now use their Outlook “preview panel” as a handy filtering tool to weed out unwanted emails. Designers also need to consider inconsistent rendering by different email clients. The way an email looks on Gmail differs from Yahoo, for example. Some designers have adopted a purely graphical approach to email campaigns in an attempt to bypass content filters, but this brings us back to where we started. Bombarded by evermore junk mail, most people will only read about 15-20 commercial emails per day, and in many cases much less. As a result, layout, readability and usability are critical to differentiating your emails from everyone else’s. In reality your email will have just seconds to provoke interest, convey value and trust, and prompt action.

Democracy at work Email has been described as the ultimate democratic form of marketing communication. After all, it's the recipient who decides whether they want to opt-in or opt-out of your mailing list; if and when they open, read and act on your email; how much information they wish to share with you; and when they want to unsubscribe. Recruiters who do not wish to fall foul of increasingly stringent anti-spam legislation and want to build genuinely lasting client relationships will learn to deploy various tactics to increase trust and build brand loyalty, such as ensuring only permission-based emails are sent from your company, switch to a double-opt in subscription process, and publicise your privacy policies. Those recruiters recognised and trusted by clients and prospects will be able to mine for more information. In turn, this will enable them to deliver higher value emails through ever-greater personalisation and segmentation. Recruitment software mail centres Today’s sophisticated, made for purpose recruitment applications, such as Bond Adapt, RDB Pro and Eclipse integrate with third party email clients and offer a range of contact management or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) features. Chris Pawsey, Business Development Team Leader at Bond International Software (UK) Ltd, explains: “Bond Adapt integrates email via Microsoft Outlook. Since Outlook is by far and away the market leading product we (Bond) make use of many of the functions therein. It is also possible to integrate Bond Adapt with other email clients.” It is this contact management or CRM functionality that allows recruitment agencies and staffing professionals to create and retain email, letter and fax templates; conduct email marketing campaigns; and record response data.

However, what these applications cannot do is prepare marketing materials, or ensure promotional activity is properly monitored and measured to ensure continuous improvement. Matter of design If you want your emails to succeed in generating interest in your services then they must always look professional. Don't make the same mistake many applicants do when sending CVs/resumes in response to job advertisements i. fail to spell check and proofread them properly. If you send an email full of spelling mistakes, it will cost you sales and could permanently damage your credibility. Next, send test versions of your emails to yourself. You can sign up to any number of free email account providers such as Yahoo, MSN Hotmail and Google’s Gmail. Include these email accounts in your test mailings. The point here is to catch any formatting errors that might show up in the different email programs.

It's quite common to find a HTML email that looks great in Outlook and is missing all of its images in Yahoo or Gmail. Before you send your email you should also ask yourself one fundamental question: "How relevant is this email to the recipient?" Don't assume that the recipients will automatically see why your email is relevant to them. Often it needs to be spelt out. Succinctly explain how your recruitment company can help them and why now is such a good time to spend money on your services. You might want to consider using a professional copywriter to help you. Two of the most effective ways to highlight the relevance of your offer are to put a strong emphasis on the benefits and make your offer exclusive. Tailor any promotions you run so that they are exclusive to your recipients, giving them a strong reason to act immediately. As well as facing an avalanche of commercial emails every time we visit our In-boxes these days there's also the ubiquitous spam, much of which comes with the added threat of viruses. In fact, a recent article in London’s Metro daily newspaper suggested that as many as one in every 43 emails received world-wide is infected with some harmful entity.


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