A Look Back on Last Year
2023 was a huge year for us. From product launches, new features, training, travel and countless crazy videos. We’ve done it all, and we don’t plan on slowing down. Well, we definitely did over Christmas, but now we're back, it's all go! We’re going to make 2024 even more funner, crazier and more successful for all of our customers! But before that, a walk down memory lane…
It’s wild to think back on this time because it's a now a whole year later and it feels like yesterday. Last January, there were so many secrets we couldn’t share yet. But it’s all about smoke and mirrors, so we kept you guessing! Our favourite thing about January was launching the newest cohort of Future Leaders, who began a six-month course on how to be the best leaders they can be. There have since been promotions for some of those involved, helping them jump on the career ladder faster than anywhere else.
We were on the road again, well 10 minutes down the road to Hays in Glasgow where Amanda and Becka went to give some Capture training. Speaking of Capture, we also released GIFs to help you stand out even more in inboxes which you all loved. Plus, we released welcome videos for Solo Interviews to help you humanise the hiring experience even more!
Spring was beginning to spring, and so was something else… In March, we launched the website for our brand new candidate submission portal Hiredeck, completely free to Bullhorn users. This was our first ever venture away from video products (and our first free offering) with hundreds of you signing up on the first day of pre-launch! You would have also found us in London at RecExpo and in Newcastle for more training.
With the Hiredeck launch in full swing, we started to get a little creative (read: crazy) in our attempts to get the word out about it. You might remember us hiring a Buckin’ Bronco and attempting to tell you about Hiredeck as we were being thrown around on it. Ryan and Dougie from SourceWhale reunited to host a webinar on BD and we created our personal favourite video of the year celebrating April Fools >>
In May, we crossed the pond as Ryan packed his bags and headed to Boston for Bullhorn’s Engage event. Meanwhile, our Customer Success team headed to London and Edinburgh to meet some of our lovely clients in person and do some refresher sessions. Our videographer, also named Ryan, even got to tag along and film the entire thing!
This is also back when we couldn’t get enough of Succession, so we turned it into a skit whilst it was a hot topic of conversation in the office, and probably yours too >> Our Customer Success team headed to Ireland for some more client training (and a few pints of Guinness), then back to London again. Plus, we launched Hiredeck Group Chats meaning users could benefit from instant communication with their Hiring Managers, speeding up the hiring process.
Whilst half of the team were on their summer holidays - a distant memory - the other half were launching Hiredeck Pro, packed with new features like AI-generated candidate summaries and analytics. Barbenheimer was taking over the world at this point too. So, in between all the hard work, Team Marketing couldn’t resist jumping on the trend which led to this >>
More work went into Hiredeck! With any new product, there are lots of learning curves. We did a full UI update and introduced even more new features!
We brought in Lauren Colbeck as Chief Product Officer to manage everything product-related with Odro and Hiredeck. Meanwhile, our Customer Success team built a new incredible onboarding and training experience for our customers!
There was no slowing down in Q4. We started off October by planning super detailed training webinars for Hays South East with Ryan, followed by a Roadshow hosted by him and Amanda. They visited London, Manchester, Liverpool and Dublin. So, it’s fair to say we’ve been out and about this year.
Then we did something we’d never done before. We gave out free trials of Capture. BUT, it was repaid in hard work. Ryan hosted our first-ever Capture Bootcamp, where we trained existing customers and newbies, and participants had HUGE success to share. No pain, no gain, right? It was such a big hit, we’re bringing it back in the New Year!
Product-wise, we released a CV parser in Hiredeck that actually works meaning users could format tricky candidate CVs in seconds. Other new features released over the last month include blurred backgrounds in Vision. Plus, our new speccing feature Specdeck, allowing you to spec out your candidates from your CRM.
Which brings us right up to today. Sometimes it’s only when you look back you see how much has been done. And this year is going to be bigger and better 🙌
Now, let's get going 2024! 🎉💙