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What Message is Your Recruitment Web Page Sending?
Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders News

It's an economic double-whammy: The recession is forcing some hospitals and health systems to cut back on recruitment campaigns—at the same time that demand for hard-to-fill positions such as nursing is growing. But there's a simple and inexpensive way to make your hospital or health system more attractive to candidates—and I'm amazed that more hospitals aren't taking advantage of it. [Read More]
  February 25, 2009

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Recession complicates healthcare recruiting
The nursing shortage across the nation is deepening, but hospitals don't have as much money to spend on recruitment campaigns. That means health institutions may remain understaffed longer than expected. South Florida hospitals, for example, are advertising online for 3,000 vacant nurse jobs, and officials said they are still paying sign-up bonuses of $2,000 to $10,000 to new hires. But the bonuses have fallen in recent months. [Read More]
Recession-proof your healthcare marketing career
The current recession is decimating jobs in occupations for which retraining is not an easy proposition. How, for example, does a 50-year-old or older healthcare marketing professional who has just been laid off transfer his or her skills into another industry if those sectors are also laying people off? [Read More]
No one knows if or how advertising works
I love a strong and well-argued opinion—this missive against measuring ROI certainly qualifies as that. "As if the advertising industry didn't have enough problems, now we need to show more and more demonstrable results," writes ad guy Dan Goldgeier. "There's little accountability for our government, our banks, car makers, or mortgage brokers—but . . . the ad industry is asked to show some, or else. Why? Our clients want proof that advertising works. But here's the not-so-well-kept secret: No one knows if advertising works." [Read More]
Campaign Spotlight
In the Red
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In this economy, how you choose to communicate your message is just as important as the message itself. With shrinking budgets at the forefront of decision making, there are many effective ways to get the word out without breaking the bank. Miami (OH) Valley Hospital wanted to promote a recent high HealthGrades ranking for its cardiology services and also wanted to raise awareness for Premier Heart Works, a cardiology wellness and risk assessment program geared at educating the community about heart health while also potentially bringing in at-risk patients and downstream revenue for the facility. [Read More]
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Shifting Responsibilities: Right now, many healthcare marketing leaders' days may be filled with traditional public relations and advertising chores. But according to the 2009 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, those leaders think that's going to change—dramatically—in the next three years. Marketing leaders also responded to questions about their relationship with their CEOs and their physician relations tactics. [Read More]
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