personalisation and segmentation works for recruitment

If you run a recruitment business, you’ll know that you need to prove to your candidates that they’re more than just a number on a big list. We all know that recruitment email marketing is more than the numbers.

You know them by their name, but (if you’ve got the data capture process right), you also know them by the positions in which they’re interested.  Consider segmentation and personalisation.

Why not use that information?

This gives you the opportunity to lean on email personalisation and segmentation. Achieve high open rates and click-throughs with candidates.

The importance of personalisation

In practice, it works brilliantly!  Studies by Deloitte suggest you could see a 5.2% boost in open rates if you address subscribers by name.

Email personalisation gets even more useful when you start segmenting candidates into different list categories. You can use job roles, locations and age ranges to group candidates into lists to which you can send far more targeted emails.

In doing this, you’ll avoid annoying anyone and make maximum use of that database.

How can I segment my candidate list?

We talk about segmentation a lot in email marketing. However, there are some industries where it’s more useful than others. Recruitment is a prime example.

By using this strategy, you can chop up your candidate database into strategic chunks and target them with content that speaks directly to their needs and wants.

This will help your recruitment email marketing stand out in busy inboxes and prove that the people on your mailing list are far more than just database entries.

Here’s four brilliant ways to segment your candidate list:

1. Pay attention to what they’ve done previously

If you track candidate movements in terms of jobs they’ve applied for, you can benefit from this knowledge during segmentation.

It’s also a great idea to segment separate lists for candidates who appear to have gone quiet. In doing so, you can send such people gentle reminders that you exist.

2. Check how frequently they want to hear from you

In order to raise engagement levels, you need to ensure you’re not emailing people too regularly.

When candidates sign up to your mailing list, ask how frequently they want to hear from you, and deliver on that promise.

3. Find out where they live

This isn’t a big brother tactic. For recruitment email marketing to work, it’s vitally important you know the location of your email subscribers.

A job seeker in Northampton isn’t going to be particularly interested in positions in Penrith, so make sure you find out where people live when they first sign up to your mailing list.

Don’t worry too much about asking, either – most candidates will understand the value in providing in this information.

4. Ask what they’re interested in

It’s likely that you supply recruitment services to a bunch of different industries, therefore on your sign-up form you should be asking which industries people are interested in.

Once you know industry preference, you can segment your subscriber database into lists by industry, thus making sure only the most relevant jobs are sent each person’s way.

Wrapping up recruitment email marketing

Knowledge really is power in recruitment email marketing, and if you follow our segmentation and personalisation tips above, your campaigns will achieve measurable success.

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Mark is one of mailingmanager's email experts. His contributions to this blog openly share the tricks, tips and best practices he's learned while running multiple e-marketing campaigns.

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