For six years now, Hanapin Advertising and marketing has been named one of many Greatest Locations to Work in Indiana. In Might, Hanapin was proud to say the #1 spot within the small enterprise class (16 – 74 staff) and simply final month was licensed as a Nice Place to Work® by Fortune. A lot of articles have touted the nice tradition, advantages, and management that make Hanapin an unmatched employer for its dimension.
I’m right here to offer an insider perspective. I’m satisfied that Hanapin’s constant efficiency in native and nationwide Greatest Locations to Work competitions is a operate not simply of pioneering insurance policies and Hanafit “funtivities” however of its dedication to the Hanapin imaginative and prescient, outlined over 14 years in the past.
The Hanapin Advertising and marketing imaginative and prescient is three-pronged:
- Be a world-class PPC company
- Ship worth that’s 10x what we cost our shoppers
- Be an employer of selection in Indiana
I’ll argue that every of those three “prongs” contributes to Hanapin’s success and are the explanation I persistently keep it’s THE Greatest Place to Work (and never simply in Indiana, IMO).
Changing into a World-Class PPC Company
The primary ingredient of Hanapin’s imaginative and prescient is to be a world-class PPC company. Taken actually, that is fulfilled as we handle worldwide shoppers, home shoppers with worldwide audiences, and facilitate coaching of worldwide audiences by way of the European arm of Hanapin’s annual PPC-only convention, Hero Conf, with a UK-based gathering held in London every fall. Hanapin additionally oversees the world’s main PPC-specific weblog (you’re studying it proper now!), the place staff recurrently contribute their experiences and insights to readers across the globe.
These items, nonetheless, are solely the seen results of Hanapin’s presence within the world PPC trade. An enormous driver of this end result is the funding Hanapin makes in offering high quality and ongoing coaching for all departments inside its partitions. Beneath is a sampling of the numerous coaching alternatives offered to Hanapin staff all through their tenure:
- 12-week complete coaching and onboarding designed to arrange new hires to make significant contributions from Day 1, and which foster abilities wanted to develop of their present and future roles inside the firm.
- Month-to-month half-day coaching periods centered on staying up-to-date with new alternatives and mastering each basic and superior PPC matters.
- Weekly “consultative coaching” periods whereby workforce members meet in small teams to debate triumphs and challenges, brainstorm options, and role-play to construct confidence and solicit suggestions.
- Non-compulsory coaching periods to deal with Stress, Anxiousness, Mindfulness and Sleep (SAMS), to make sure that staff’ work-life concord stays steady and that every particular person has the instruments wanted to be at their finest day-after-day.
- Ongoing management coaching courses to arrange the subsequent technology of individuals managers—and remind the present technology of finest practices and insurance policies for achievement.
- Sponsored convention passes or outdoors Skilled Improvement alternatives for workers to increase their community and develop new abilities past the partitions of Hanapin.
Hanapin does an awesome deal to put money into their staff, and it pays off in spades. A various group of people dedicated to lifelong studying, Hanapin staff worth the alternatives to be taught and develop, which fosters loyalty towards the corporate. It additionally serves to make sure that workforce members stay on the “high of their recreation” professionally, which advantages shoppers, prospects, and trade friends with whom they work together.
It’s precisely this funding in ongoing coaching that permits Hanapin to stay a world-class PPC company and to satisfy the excessive normal of excellence they’ve set for themselves by way of consumer service.
Delivering Worth That’s 10x What We Cost Our Shoppers
The second prong of Hanapin’s imaginative and prescient denies workforce members the choice of simply “getting by” or “doing simply sufficient” to maintain shoppers joyful. We’re dedicated to offering our shoppers worth that’s above and past (10x!) what we cost for our companies.
This is available in many types, however most continuously in efforts to be a consultative accomplice to each consumer. Whereas maintaining our concentrate on PPC and the scope of labor outlined at hiring, we attempt to grasp and internalize our shoppers’ bigger enterprise targets and the way PPC suits into and contributes to these goals. From there, we are able to join the dots to point out how varied strategic or tactical approaches in PPC are capable of transfer the needle (or have moved the needle) in different areas, telling the story behind the information.
Hanapin’s dedication to offering worth makes for joyful shoppers, however amazingly, can be an essential ingredient within the recipe for joyful staff. Due to this prong, workforce members maintain themselves to a excessive normal, which pushes us as we goal to exceed it (did I point out we’re additionally a aggressive group of oldsters?). And but, as a result of the competitors is with expectations moderately than different people, Hanapin staff are desirous to collaborate. By telephone, messenger, or video chat, in-house and distant workforce members continuously solicit recommendation and share current learnings with one another to scale back wasted time and enhance the effectiveness of account administration selections.
Now, I don’t intend to over-romanticize this by any means. No workplace atmosphere is ideal and nobody at an organization this dimension will ever actually say that each single colleague is their finest pal (who may even deal with that many finest pals?!) however Hanapin has found out some secret to bringing in the appropriate of us.
Changing into an Employer of Selection in Indiana
When contemplating the third prong, to be an employer of selection in Indiana, Hanapin’s dedication to discovering and maintaining the appropriate expertise can not go missed. An intensive preparatory and interview course of precedes each hiring supply, and frequent suggestions periods—together with weekly or bi-weekly 1:1 periods with a supervisor, semi-annual efficiency critiques, annual keep interviews, and common goal-pathing discussions—assist establish the strengths, ambitions, and alternatives for enchancment that every particular person has. Constructing a workforce by sharing the great is one other instance of how management works to help present employees, past their direct report relationships.
As a result of Hanapin works laborious to herald and retain the perfect expertise, management additionally values the suggestions that workforce members present. Nameless ballot questions by way of TinyPulse reveal gaps and alternatives that may be addressed earlier than a ache level turns into a dumpster fireplace.
Exterior of the management workforce, although, Hanapin can be distinctive in its potential to foster a way of possession amongst its staff. Every particular person, from a brand new rent to an affiliate director, can see the impression of his or her work on the well-being of the corporate. The Hanapin values of Reliability, Integrity, Creativity, Hana-thusiasm, and Resourcefulness are lived and celebrated by each member of the workforce. These values are the explanation that 100% of staff say they’re proud to work at Hanapin, that individuals care about one another and are keen to provide additional to get the job carried out.
As we see, then, every prong of the Hanapin imaginative and prescient feeds into the subsequent, making a steady basis which may maintain our continuous progress. In the long run, each group actually is the sum of its components. And on this planet of digital advertising, crucial contributors to your success will all the time be your workforce, your processes, and your shared values. Whereas one thing as seemingly mundane as an organization imaginative and prescient could be straightforward to miss, Hanapin has demonstrated that considerate adherence to a rigorously crafted imaginative and prescient is, certainly, a recipe for achievement.