Friday, 20 April 2018

Welcome and Thanks for Attending.....

We spoke at a great event for in-house talent this week (alongside sponsors Reed.co.uk) and while getting our content together I realised what i like to see when i attend these sorts of thing as a delegate and therefore to make sure what we talk about and how we talk about it - fits that bill

1. Most obviously - none of us want to attend for content/info/research and be sold to for 45+ minutes. We are all grown-ups and clearly the organisers are generally doing it for business reasons but make the selling bit either very short or very much implicit.

2. Not all that keen on wonderful case studies where everything goes right, results amazing, budgets plentiful as in our experience that's not how the real world works. We all learn more from the difficult bits than the easy bits - yes? I have never yet had someone say to me I don't think you are a great partner/supplier as the example you showed us clearly did not go perfectly.

3. This may be my personal weakness and slight ADHD - but keep an individual session to maybe absolute maximum 40 mins - as my brain cant cope after that.

4. The organisation of event is really important - have a nice venue, welcome the attendees, have people on hand to chat, try and start (and definitely finish) on time.


And as a speaker - I always want to seek honest feedback so that I can improve in future but only on one condition that the feedback is "you were really good and everyone thought so".

Monday, 9 April 2018

What is going on?

It feels like we have existed in economic uncertainty for so long now (Brexit, weak pound, some sectors performing poorly) that it's just become the New Normal. And I think a healthy attitude when running any sort of business is to ignore the macro and concentrate on your own performance. At the end of the day there is absolutely sod all we can do to affect the UK/European/Global economy so what is the point in worrying about it.

The above is a long winded way of introducing the fact that Q1 2018 was a very strong month for candidate attraction activity (media, social, content) certainly for OME but also I think for the market generally and so the bigger economic factors aren't affecting things negatively (at this point - I probably should insert the word YET). Predictably aggregator and social spend is up year on year but less predictably according to some - the job board spend is strong too. I gave up on predictions a few years ago due to a terrible record at predicting correctly - but I feel comfortable that we can all agree on the statement that - Things are changing, talk, listen (clients, suppliers, partners) and be nimble and flexible to react to these changes - and repeat.

Finally - we have an event next week - come along and find out more about what's going on out there

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candidate-attraction-april-2018-tickets-43548451591

Monday, 19 February 2018

What is Programmatic Advertising? (2018 version)


OME is spending more and more on programmatics as a type of media and our classic job board spend is pretty flat (for reference - LinkedIn still increasing significantly, social way up, future/early talent probably our biggest growth sector which crosses all media/platforms).

However - I think we need to define the phrase Programmatic Advertising as it is used in many different ways by many different people (not necessarily wrongly)

So I want to define what it will now mean for OME and its clients

Programmatics is performance based advertising that we can manage via our automated technology and/or human intervention. Based on performance of adverts/campaigns - spend can be managed in the most efficient/effective ways. Its all about quality analytics with skilled interpretation and active campaign management.

What does this mean?

This means that job boards, aggregators, LinkedIn, social, behavioural/re-targeting can all be programmatic

its a methodology or approach not a type of media.



Monday, 5 February 2018

Account Management

A classic question I get when in a new business meeting or just chatting with clients - is "What's OME account management structure?" and "how can it meet our needs?". And I think they expect me to have an answer that goes into detail of layers of acc mgmt/SLAs/Process etc and I don't. Let me be clear - we have a couple of docs which go into detail about these things but I think they are just at best - a start - or at worse - window dressing.

Let me explain why:

1. All clients are different
2. Even clients who look/sound/feel alike are all completely different
3. Nobody knows at outset of exactly how service intensive an account will be (OME's largest billing client would not be in top 5 of hours spent by team in servicing)
4. We have 84 current clients and approx 15-20 major ones - three have OME staff onsite - many have weekly meetings - more have monthly - one we didn't see in whole of 2017 (international and it just didn't happen through no fault of client or us)
5. Most have SLAs - vast majority have never referred to it since it was signed
6. Majority of clients want a personal friendly efficient value driven service - the rest want that but without the personal friendly bit.

So what I'm saying is - when a client engages with a business like OME - still independent/nimble/bespoke - they are doing so as they believe that we will offer the service to match their need - not to have to match their needs to our service.

Our job is to make sure our service offering is robust yet flexible and highly matched to what they need/want.


And the happy ending (so far) is that plenty (enough!) clients seem to like too!