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Recruitment Marketers! What are Lisa’s Answers to 10 Marketing Questions?

Recruitment marketers who want to make a real difference to the sales and recruiting process of their businesses, and the leaders that they support, need to read these insights from Lisa.

The famous Undercover Recruiter asked me to be part of their UR Panel of experts and answer 10 key questions about recruitment marketing.  As a mentor and coach to recruitment marketers, I spend most of my time being inspired by my marketing “crew”, raising the expectations of their recruitment leaders, helping them get buy-in from their recruiters, getting them to engage with marketing technology and recruitment CRM to improve candidate attraction and lead gen, and kicking into touch the perception of the “colouring-in department”.

Undercover Recruiter asked me 10 questions about Recruitment Marketing.  Here are my answers.

1. What is Your Definition of Recruitment Marketing?

A crucial function designed to attract, engage, convert and retain your 3Cs – candidates, clients, colleagues. And help your dales team turn them into the 4th C – cash!

2. Recruitment Marketing vs. Employer Branding: What’s the Difference?

This is a whole blog in itself… but a wise man once said to me “your brand is what people say about you when you’ve left the room” – perhaps recruitment marketing is what you want your 3Cs to say about you?

3. What is the Number One Benefit of Recruitment Marketing?

Leads are key, but often the expectations of what recruitment marketing can do are too low and KPIs are mistakenly around followers, impressions, blogging… The benefits of recruitment marketing need to be SANE not VANE. (This is a REAL PASSION of mine!)

4. How Should You Measure ROI on Recruitment Marketing?

Stick to “sanity stats”: Leads generated. Subscribers signed up.  Don’t not be fooled by people telling you that it’s difficult to measure ROI in recruitment marketing.

5. What is the Difference Between Outbound and Inbound Recruiting?

It is often the difference between the more traditional approaches to marketing (email marketing / events) and digital (social / web).  It’s all about whether you’re interrupting someone’s day with your messages or whether they initiate the contact.  The key to successful marketing, whether it be in or out bound, is that the client feels that they are the initiator – where actually the marketer has stealthily exposed the client’s need.

6. Is Recruitment Marketing Only for Large Companies?

All companies need recruitment marketing.  It sells their main product – people!

7. What’s the Number One Pitfall in Recruitment Marketing?

Too much content, not enough marketing! (I’m on a mission to cure “continuations-blog-syndrome”)

8. What is the Recruitment Marketer’s Essential Tech Stack?

“Stack” is my new favourite word!

Trello for planning.  I say to my mentees that if Trello were a man, I’d marry it!

Google Analytics for website ROI

An SEO toolkit like SEMRush/AHRefs to turbo boost content – and Keywords Everywhere is flipping awesome! (Thanks Becca!)

Speedy video and image software such as Adobe Spark / Loom / Lumen5 / Canva to stretch content – remember, “less content, more marketing!”

9. How Should You Segment Talent Personas for Recruitment Marketing?

Around their issues. What problems can be solved?

10. How Can You Do Recruitment Marketing on a Shoestring Budget?

Canva and Lumen5: one piece of content stretched across the month in a variety of ways, strong advocates posting your content with and for you (content cuddlers), and engaged recruiters!

Plus, I say to my mentees “imagine if you only had 1 hour a day to make a real difference, what would you do? Then times that by 7 and that’s your job spec”. Often marketers spend too long not having an impact.  (Often they spend too long doing things that people have asked them to do that offer no real value to sales.)

Thanks Undercover Recruiter.  I have a genuine passion for working with marketers of all levels.  Recruitment Marketing is a critical part of a recruitment business.  2019 needs to be a year of the “4Cs” – candidates, clients, colleagues and cash – not just clicks and content!




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