30,689 Southwest Florida companies fit the description of being a small business, according to the US Census Bureau. A recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business Owners found that after inflation, the most critical problem facing these businesses is the inability to recruit and retain quality employees.
Right now, says the Federal Reserve, unfilled jobs remain near an all-time with 1.7 openings per unemployed person. As a result, only one person is being hired per every four job openings. To put this dismal hire-to-opening ratio in perspective, ten years ago, there was one hire per every job opening.
Compounding the recruitment woes of Fort Myers's small business owners is the very stubborn quit rate. According to the Federal Reserve, for every ten hires made, seven current employees quit.
Although the labor crunch affects Fort Myers business owners of every size, nearly half of all job vacancies are at companies with fewer than 50 employees.
So what is the best way for local small business owners to attract qualified candidates to fill open jobs? Most metrics indicate that advertising on Fort Myers radio may be the optimal choice.
The SHRM website goes on to explain that "many employers target passive job seekers because they are looking for candidates who have positive employment records and who are satisfied with and successful in their work. Employers often target passive job seekers because of the lack of qualified job candidates to fill critical roles. Locating, wooing, and successfully luring passive job seekers are vital for organizations to remain competitive in a tight labor market."
ZipRecruiter is an online recruitment site that helps companies of every size advertise open jobs. Overall, more than 2.8 million companies have posted an opening on ZipRecruiter.com.
During the first line of their radio commercial, ZipRecruiter's announcer proclaimed, "82% of people remember radio ads."
"That means," the announcer continues, "82% of you listening right now will remember this is an ad for ZipRecruiter.
During the entirety of its 60-second commercial, ZipRecruiter mentions '82%' a total of seven times and the word 'radio' six times.
By the way, ZipRecruiter didn't pull the 82% commercial recall statistic out of thin air. Many studies confirm radio advertising's high memorability advantage.
One of these studies was conducted by Nielsen. They looked at advertising campaigns for four specific brands. Although recall varied by the advertiser, on average, 82% of consumers exposed to one of the target company's commercials remembered it...just as ZipRecruiter claims.
A similar study by research firm Local AdRecall also found that, on average, brand recall was five times greater for 18 companies that invest in radio advertising.
For more information on these two studies, click here.
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