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Why go to conferences? Plus: a guide
About a year ago, I offered a guide to conferences for recruitment marketing folks. Now I’m packing up to go to another conference, and it made me wonder: why go to conferences? Why not just stay home and keep working? (I may be thinking this because of the many times I’ve traipsed to Las Vegas, one of my least favorite cities in the world). Well, in fact, there are some very good reasons to go to a conference – particularly if you’re purposeful about why you’re going,...
Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:30


AI, music, and AI: interesting new recruiting sites and services
Geez! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I did a round up of new recruiting sites and services! So many services have risen, fallen, and been renamed. Well, I’m still going to give it a shot – and if you want even more, be sure to check out the Chad&Cheese podcast, where they take down new companies all the time, and Tim Sackett’s recurring T3 reviews. Both are great resources. Let’s take a look at what caught my eye: AllyO: AllyO essentially...
Tue, 04/10/2018 - 08:30


Rhinos, Pandos, and Randrrs: news of the recruitment marketing industry
Another month, another round of changes and action in the recruitment marketing biz! We continue to see companies try on new names and new identities, players big and small working hard to expand into new markets, and – of course – more funding and aquisitions. So let’s see what’s up: RealMatch becomes PandoLogic: RealMatch, which started out as a job site network and then moved into programmatic advertising, has rebranded itself as PandoLogic. It has also launched pandoIQ,...
Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:30


The big showdown: Indeed and Google
You’re in a crowded saloon. The biggest, baddest gunslinger is lounging at the bar, regaling his compatriots with stories of how big and bad he is, about his millions of followers and billions in revenue. Then the door swings open. Another gunslinger comes in. He starts handing out traffic, moving from table to table, complimenting each person, working the room like a professional politician. Then he reaches the biggest, baddest gunslinger. He sticks out his hand. The biggest, baddest gunslinger...
Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:30


The million dollar question
Over the years I’ve worked with a number of clients who are thinking about the next step. Sometimes that meant an acquisition. Sometimes that meant new staff, or additional marketing. But it usually meant – at its core – growth. These clients wanted to grow, and they wanted to do it deliberately and effectively. Thinking about growth can feel overwhelming – after all, you’re in the midst of running your business and dealing with client issues and fixing problems....
Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:30


Can I take your temperature?: the case for an annual biz checkup
Operating a job board or recruitment marketing company can sometime feel like putting out a never-ending series of fires. Employer A’s jobs aren’t doing well. There aren’t enough candidate signups in Singapore. The job wrapping system suddenly broke – or was it the employer’s career site? And so on. The incessant drone of the ‘now’ can drown out the bigger picture – sometimes to the detriment of your business. That’s why you should take the...
Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:30


Vettery scores and Facebook grows: news of the recruitment marketing industry
The weather isn’t getting much warmer, but activity in the recruitment marketing biz certainly is. We’ve seen new rounds of funding, launches, and acquisitions – and that’s just in the last 4 weeks! So let’s get to it: Addeco buys Vettery: The Adecco Group, a global HR services firm headquartered in Switzerland, announced that it acquired Vettery. The financial terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the deal said that the price was a little over...
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:30


Gotta getta data: What you don’t know can hurt you
How much do you know about your clients? I mean, really know? I was recently reading an article about Larry Smarr and his attempts to completely document himself and his health. He carries it to an extreme that no one you know currently does (well, perhaps John Sumser!) – but Smarr sees it as the future of medicine. We’re talking the measurement and analysis of excrement, imaging of internal organs, intense monitoring of multiple organ functions, and so on. It paid off for him. He...
Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:30


What’s in a deal?: recruitment marketing companies buy and sell
For the past couple of years, I’ve been keeping a list of job board and recruitment marketing industry ‘transactions’ – in other words, when companies have been bought, sold, or merged. (And in case you’re wondering, I’ve counted 5 since the beginning of 2018). I started doing this because I was curious as to how often these things happened, and what the financial impact was. I limited myself to those transactions that were publicly reported in some form or...
Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:30


Google sticks its foot in the recruitment marketing industry
Note: The Doctor is recovering from a bout with the flu – so this week we revisit the most popular post from 2017. Enjoy! Remember Google Base? Joel Cheesman does. “The company launched Google Base in the mid-2000s to much fanfare.” And…it never went anywhere. Then last year Google announced that they were working with CareerBuilder, Jibe, and Dice on a Jobs API. That project is now closed (CareerBuilder is reporting on it at the upcoming Jobg8 conference), but from what...
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:30


Blockchain, cash, and TV: news of the recruitment marketing world
It’s been a busy month in the recruitment marketing biz (when isn’t it, actually?). Acquisitions, investments, and launches as usual – plus Monster’s exit from APAC. Let’s take a look at what happened: iCIMS acquires TextRecruit:  iCIMS, one of the major ATSs, acquired TextRecruit Inc., the text-messaging candidate engagement platform. The purchase price wasn’t revealed, but industry analysts suspect it was in the range of $30M. TextRecruit will be operated...
Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:30


Retention tension: is work forever or is it a gig?
If you read much recruiting and HR press (like I do), you inevitably run into something odd: do employers actually care about retention, or not? On the one hand, there are tons of articles extolling the gig economy (maybe it will be 50% of the labor force by 2020, maybe more?). In this brave new world, employees are disposable and eminently replaceable, switches that you can turn off and on with the flip of a recruiting switch. On the other hand, in many articles, employees are the foundation...
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 09:30


Solving problems for fame, fortune, and results
A long time ago (no, I’m not going to tell you how long), I was give some excellent advice. Before buying a tool/car/software/etc., determine what you hope to do with this product. If you’re planning to write the great American novel, you may need different features and functions that if you are planning to write a book-length dissertation on thermodynamics on the Moon. If you’re planning to drive around town every day for 10 minutes, you may need a different car than if you...
Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:30


Partner vs. supplier: which one fits you?
How you think about yourself can have a big impact on what you do and how you do it. If you start the day thinking you’re washed up and addled, you will tackle the day’s challenges in a way that is completely different than if you view yourself as at your peak and sharp as a tack. This is both pop psychology and the way our brains work. There are limits, of course. I once had a friend – a very U.S. Caucasian – who really wanted to be Thai. He hung out with Thai friends,...
Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:30


Layoffs, funding, and acquisitions: news of the recruitment marketing world
It’s 2018 – do you know where your job board is? Oh, excuse me – your ‘recruitment marketing solution’ or perhaps your ‘sourcing solution’ or…well, you get the picture. I suspect that in 2018 we will see the continuing fade-out of the ‘job board’ term. That’s fine, of course – it’s old and outmoded (not that we don’t keep such terms around elsewhere – let’s go make a Xerox, shall we?). Anyway, just...
Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:30


5 reasons I ain’t gonna predict
Note: The Doctor’s writing fingers are currently frozen in the deep freeze enveloping his home state…so here is a replay from March 2016. Enjoy! Seems like everyone and their donkey does a ‘what’s coming next’ post around this time of the year. I certainly have. But in looking at my own and others’ pontificating about what is going to happen, I began to feel like I was in a rinse-spin-rinse endless cycle of the same old things. Mobile. PPC. Matching. ATS. ABC....
Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:58





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