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Using LinkedIn Ads to Promote Your Recruitment Business

LinkedIn is a key tool for recruiters. But what about their paid ads? 

Are you using them? Are you using them well? 

On Episode 19 of The Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Justine Rowe, the Founder of Impactable, which is a b2b marketing and ads agency that specialises in getting the most out of LinkedIn. 

Justin talked us through his insights on LinkedIn ads, as well as his advice for levelling-up your ad game. 

Why is LinkedIn a good platform for ads?

LinkedIn is a thriving social platform where creators are regularly sharing valuable content that’s specifically tailored to business leaders and key decision makers. “LinkedIn is one of the largest personal networks out there, the place where b2b buyers actually come to learn and be influenced on buying decisions,” Justin said. “It’s a great place to hang out organically, and it’s a great place to have your ads.” The platform has changed dramatically in the last 20 years since its launch, growing from an online resume site into the bustling community hub that it is now. If you’re looking to target a specific demographic of professionals, LinkedIn is the place to be. 

Are LinkedIn ads good value? 

There are plenty of channels for paid ads online. From other social media platforms to Google or other websites, there are lots of options to choose from. So is LinkedIn really worth the money? Justin shared that while the cost per click is higher on LinkedIn, they are more valuable due to the amount of targeting that you can achieve on the platform. 

“If you don’t care who sees your post, and your only goal is the cheapest cost per click, then there’s gonna be lots of better options than LinkedIn. The appeal of LinkedIn is that the quality of those clicks is better,” he said. You can specify who to show your ads to by job title, industry and location. That way your leads can be pre-qualified before they even see your ad, leading to better conversion rates and a better ROI. LinkedIn also provides a more engaging way to connect with potential clients, because your ads can foster conversations rather than relying on cold outreach. 

Can LinkedIn ads be used for business growth?

When people log on to LinkedIn, they come with the intent of being influenced on b2b buying decisions. High level executives come to the platform to learn about other people’s buying decisions, strategies and successes, and they actively want to apply that to their own businesses. If you can position your ads to speak to their questions or interests, you’re going to be able to influence people to buy your product or service. “Running ads on a platform like that and to people in that mindset is really powerful,” Justin shared. “The trust that you win on LinkedIn can be monetized more easily than popularity on any other platform.” Your ads can be used for anything from selling to building brand awareness, and business growth is definitely included in that.

Should you touch on customer pain points in your LinkedIn ads? 

Absolutely. Your cold layer should tap into something that people want to engage with. Whether you’re using polls as surveys to see what your customers care about or asking which of your solutions they would find the most helpful for dealing with XYZ, touching on their pain points is essential to building that engagement. 

Justin recommended talking about the main pain point that you solve. That might be higher calibre service at a more affordable price. Whether you focus on the pain itself or the relief that your services offer, it’s important to touch on those pain points throughout your ad campaign. Justin recommended using the narrative of “This is the pain point we solve, these are the results of people that work with us, and this is why you can trust us to do the same for you.”

Why is retargeting so helpful for LinkedIn ads? 

Retargeting is the trick to boosting your conversion rates. While your ads can be great for getting your message in front of the right people, retargeting can put you back in their minds when they actually want to buy. Justin said that when people are first looking for a specific service, they’re not looking to buy immediately. “Retargeting is important, because chances are they’re making that decision and evaluating people over the next 30-90 days. They’re evaluating other vendors. They don’t know that they trust you yet.” 

Retargeting should focus on building that trust during the evaluation process. If you’re using testimonials in your ads, touching on your customers’ pain points and presenting yourself as a reliable option, they’re far more likely to choose you than if you’d just shown them the same 20% offer 5 times. This is where a podcast can come in, because it builds the impression that other people trust you too, including leading names in your industry. Retargeting moves the needle on trust more than anything else. 

To learn more about using LinkedIn ads for your recruitment business, tune in to Episode 19 of The Skill Point Podcast here

Creating Value in Recruitment Podcasts with Robert Hanna

It’s no secret that podcasts are powerful content machines for the recruitment industry. They’re easy to set up, host and promote, but how do you keep that momentum going when you’ve reached 30, 40 or even 50 guests? 

On Episode 18 of The Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Robert Hanna, who is a legal recruiter turned community builder. He is the host of the Legally Speaking Podcast and Managing Director of KC Partners, as well as a popular personality on LinkedIn. 

Together we unpacked the secrets to hosting a podcast that stays valuable into its seventh season and beyond!

Provide Value to Guests

When you’re working with high-profile guests or expensive lawyers like Robert, it’s important to show people the value of coming on your podcast. Robert recommends tailoring your outreach to each guest, backed up with research you’ve done on them. “You know they have a social media profile, you know what other interviews they’ve done, and you know what their practice areas are,” said Robert, “so tailor it to their level of sophistication and interest. Make the benefits sound so good that it would be an absolute no brainer to say yes.” Use your own metrics like “the last three guests who featured on our show actually then landed X client, which generated X for them,” to keep your outreach value-focussed from the get-go. 

Keep Content Fresh & Relevant

Talking to the community you’ve built around the podcast is the best way to make sure your content is relevant to your listeners. “Before we launched season seven we were doing a lot of giveaways,” Robert shared. “Ask them ‘What do you want to see? Where are the gaps in information?’ Because yes, you can use Answer the Public and Google Trends, and I would encourage you to do that, but listening to your fans is how you’re going to turn them into super fans. Make them feel seen and heard.”

Robert’s other top tip for keeping content fresh is getting good quality guests onto the show. If you’re tapping into insights from leading voices in the space, your audience is far more likely to value the advice that you’re sharing. Researching guests helps you to get the most out of your conversations with them, and gives you insights into any areas they might not have talked about elsewhere. Listening to previous interviews also allows you to rephrase some great questions and get better answers out of them, as well as updated takes on the topic that will make you a more valuable source than your competitors. 

Repurpose Evergreen Content

When we were living through the pandemic, talking about how to adapt to our new situation was great content that people wanted to listen to. Now that we’re out of lockdown though, people aren’t going to want to go back to that content. Robert said that “when we’re asking the questions, we always want to make sure that we’re including not only our current listeners, but our future listeners too.” You need to be asking questions that stand the test of time to get evergreen content from your guests. 

‘Five top tips for being a leading corporate lawyer’ is an example of evergreen content. The industry might evolve, but nine times out of ten it’ll still be relevant in several years’ time. When people go back and listen to it they’re still going to get some value from those answers. 

Evergreen content is super important because you can repurpose it. For example, June is Pride Month, so you can share content from episodes where you’ve discussed diversity and inclusion on your show. Creating a database that links up all your content is a great way to keep track of repurposable topics from each episode, and helps you plan your podcast promotion campaigns throughout the year. That also allows you to leverage content from guests who are gaining publicity, which is a great way to get more eyes on your content. 

Combine Value & Storytelling 

The best way to generate valuable content that resonates with your audience is through storytelling. People engage with content on an emotional level, so pulling out your guests’ personal experiences will create moving content. You can do that by researching your guests’ histories, what they talk about on social media and their previous interviews, as well as having a pre-show chat to get to know them on a more personal level. 

“We’ve had guests who are law firm leaders who have been very open about their mental health and their breakdowns. They’re authentic leaders,” Robert said. “We actually get them to talk us through that story, the lessons they learned, how they came through it and what they would do differently.” The key to differentiating your podcast from the others in your sector is to ask deeper questions that dig into the core of important topics. The quality of your content comes directly from the quality of questions that you ask. 

To learn more about creating powerful podcasts in the recruitment industry, tune into The Skill Point Podcast here

Master the Role of Marketing Manager

In the recruitment marketing industry there are plenty of opportunities to take on the role of Marketing Manager. On Episode 17 of The Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Jade Brar-Haase, the Marketing Director of Murray McIntosh & Associates, about her experiences in the sector. Her expertise lies in helping companies with their employer branding, but she has also held multiple marketing manager positions, giving her a wealth of insights into the topic. 

So, how can you become a master Marketing Manager?

Starting a New Role

Whether you’re moving up the ladder or joining a new company, the first thing to do is assess the current state of play. Are there already marketing channels that the company is using? What tools do they have set up? Is the marketing budget being used well? 

Once you have an idea of what’s going on, you can start to make changes. Don’t try to overhaul everything at once, that’ll be jarring for your colleagues and customers. A good place to start is by getting rid of any money drains. Those paid ads on LinkedIn that aren’t converting? Time to turn them off. Those expensive graphic design tools nobody uses? They can go. 

Jade’s next step is to get to know your consultants. What do they think is missing in your marketing? Which questions are they answering all the time? Does the website work for them? They’ll know which touchpoints people are coming through and where conversions are happening, which is invaluable information for marketing. 

Creating a Strategy

Once you’ve got to grips with your new position and you’ve got some ideas of where to go, you need to build a strategy. Work with your consultants to figure out what kind of content would help them generate sales. Maybe a salary survey would be really useful for opening conversations with prospective clients. Maybe a social media campaign about one of your customer’s pain points would help answer their most frequently asked questions. Jade recommends using marketing as a “hybrid firefighting” method, where you put out fires before they spread by addressing your customer’s issues in your content rather than during consultants’ calls. 

Your strategy should have a plan for the next three, six and twelve months, with a clear goal at the end. As you evolve, the details of that plan can change to address new challenges, but your end goal should always stay the same. Take the time to review, monitor and measure your conversion rates and hone your content as a result. 

Managing Multiple Campaigns

Once you’re running multiple campaigns, Jade recommends using lists and spreadsheets to keep track of everything. Organisation is key to running successful campaigns, and allows you to work less reactively. Having structure in your day will help you to provide more value to your stakeholders by providing rapid turn-around times on ad-hoc jobs like creating insight documents. You can then leverage that by going to board meetings with the metrics from that piece of collateral and showing that your input helped generate X amount of revenue. Jade said that ultimately, “being organised and structured allows you to respond to those last minute opportunities that marketing gets all the time.”

Lots of people see sales and marketing as opposing teams within a company. The opposite is true; they’re allies. When marketing and sales work together, the output is exponentially better because everybody’s contributed to creating a meaningful piece of collateral that speaks to your consumers. 

Building Your Own Rewards

She also said that “You need to reward yourself for having that progress, because if you’re waiting for somebody to say, ‘That LinkedIn poll was brilliant! Did you see how many people were engaging with it?’ you’ll be waiting a long time.” Particularly if you’re a solo marketer it’s important to build in your own reward system, such as grabbing a brownie for every five tasks you tick off. Until you get a seat at the table with the leadership team, you could be the only one recognising your milestones. 

Getting Into Leadership

So, how do you get that seat at the table? 

As a marketing manager you’re probably working with at least one other person within the business. However, if you want to start taking part in meetings with the executives and become a valued member of the senior leadership team, you have to be able to present your work as valuable and insightful to everybody. 

Jade’s advice is to keep pushing. “You’ve got to be self propelling and you’ve got to have the dedication to educate others around you as well as yourself.” Make sure you’re informed of the latest developments in your industry, on social media and in the world at large. Prioritise your personal development as much as you can. Beyond that, gather as much data as you can on how your work is improving the business. If you can present your strategies to senior leadership with proof of their effectiveness, you can position yourself as a valuable partner in the business. 

Want to know more about working as Marketing Manager in the recruitment industry?

Tune into The Skill Point Podcast here to hear the rest of Jade’s insights. 

Finding Creative Focus in Recruitment Marketing 

Marketing is a creative industry. But what happens when you’re struggling to find that creative spark? On Episode 16 of The Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Jess Cook, the Head of Content at LASSO and Co-host of That’s Marketing, Baby, about how to keep creativity at the centre of your work. 

Idea Generation 

Jess’s first tip is “Get on the phone with a customer.” Reflect their language back in your copy. Listen to their problems and solve them in your marketing or services. They can tell you exactly what they want from you, which sparks ideas for content, strategy and products. 

Secondly, Jess recommends looking at sales calls. She said “If you can sit in on a sales call,listen to what they say and how they talk. They’re talking to prospects every day who share their problems, so they see trends in the market that could inspire you”. 

The third place to look for ideas is in customer success. “What are our customers saying? What happened on the day they realised they needed you?” Jess asked. Find the straw that broke the camel’s back and build your content around that.  

Jess’s fourth and final source of ideas is the people in your company who have experience of being where your customers are. “Within LASSO,” Jess said, “we have a tonne of folks who used to work in an event production warehouse. I can go to those folks and say, ‘Hey, tell me about what it’s like to work in a warehouse’. They can tell me what it’s like to be our customers, and have practical experience of how our product will change their lives. 

When you put those four sources together you’ll have killer emotional insights that can inform your content and spark a host of ideas for your content.

Find a Creative Centrepiece 

When you’re launching a new product or campaign, it’s helpful to find a creative centrepiece that can tie everything together. Start with a strategy that establishes what you’re announcing, what the message is and who your content is aimed at. 

Jess shared an example from LASSO’s recent inventory product launch, where they made a launch video that was based on an insight from an SME call. “It was a 15-second video that introduced our new inventory product. We used it everywhere. It was on the landing page, in our emails, as a GIF, on our social posts… We created this short, creative piece that felt very impactful that we could repurpose through the entire new product announcement campaign.”

Having one centrepiece makes content creation easier, because you can take one idea and translate it into different forms. That builds consistent messaging and momentum in your marketing. Who doesn’t want that? 

Repurpose Content

Building a content machine is the key to successful marketing. Here at Search Stack we love using podcasts as cornerstone content, because you can stretch it into so many other forms of collateral. It’s an efficient way to reduce brainstorming time and create more content that’s already in-line with your goals. 

To learn more about sparking creativity and reducing your content creation time, tune into The Skill Point Podcast here

Measuring ROI in Recruitment Marketing

How do you know if your marketing is working? 

Measuring your return on investment (ROI) is the most effective way to find out if your marketing efforts are performing properly. 

But how do you do that? 

On Episode 15 of The Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Matt Comber, the CEO at SourceFlow, to find out more about measuring your ROI in marketing. We took a deep dive into why ROI is important, why you need a strategy and what metrics you should be tracking. 

Read on to learn all about measuring ROI in recruitment marketing!

Start with a Strategy

Measuring stuff is useless if you don’t have a plan for what to do with all that information. Setting goals is the first step to measuring your ROI. Matt said that ‘whether it’s retention, views or revenue, you’ve got to always start with the goal.’ It’s helpful to benchmark where you are now and set tangible targets for where you want to end up. That’s what enables you to see whether your marketing is successful or not. 

Matt also said that ‘measuring the ROI takes a lot of the emotion out of the decision making process. A lot of applications does not equal lots of revenue. Let’s find out why.’ This granular level of analysis shows which areas of your marketing are succeeding and which are draining your time, money and resources. It also gives you concrete evidence of how your marketing is performing, which is invaluable in meetings with senior stakeholders. 

Assess your Sources

The second thing to consider when you’re measuring your ROI is your sources. Tools like Google Analytics can be used to see where your clients and candidates are coming from, such as social media, organic search or paid ads. 

If you’ve got the capabilities on your website, it’s also helpful to track which pages people are spending time on before converting. Matt recommended taking primary sources like social media into account as well as secondary sources such as your website during your conversion funnel. That allows you to see which channels are working and which ones need to be adjusted to encourage conversions. 

‘You should be able to show me the return on investment from an event that we ran,’ said Matt. ‘It comes down to knowing where you want to be, where you are, and which tools you need to have in place to pull the right data out to get you there.’ That data allows you to visualise how effective your marketing is by measuring the conversion rates of each campaign, touchpoint or event.

Consider Self-Reported Attribution 

One way to make sure you’re accurately assessing where your leads are coming from is through a self-reported attribution form. This is a simple field at the end of your sign-up form that asks ‘How did you hear about us?’. You can use drop-down menus or text boxes to make the process easier for leads, but this is one of the most fail-safe ways of tracking when people first become aware of your company. You can then use that data to see how you’re performing. 

Track your Conversions 

In the recruitment industry it’s easy to focus on tracking successful applicant conversions. However, an often overlooked metric is your rate of client onboarding. Marketing often plays a key role in gaining new clients, by producing collateral such as visual branding, written content and practical salary guides. Businesses need to look at a holistic view of their company and ask ‘What’s my best candidate source, what’s my best client source and what’s our best piece of content for demand and lead generation?’, then use those points to measure conversions. 

Measure your ROI

Whatever your goals are, once you’ve set up a system to track and report your conversion rate, you can measure your ROI. For example, you can divide the amount of money you’ve made from new contracts by the amount you spent on the marketing campaign that your client passed through before converting. A standard formula for calculating ROI is this: 

A more marketing specific formula is: 

This should be calculated on a regular basis, such as once a month, to ensure that your marketing is still effective. 

Want to know more? 

Listen to Episode 15 of The Skill Point Podcast here. 

How to Use Marketing for Business Development in Recruitment 

What’s the point of marketing? 

Whether you’re advertising your products and services or building brand awareness, the aim of marketing is to get your company in front of more people. Ultimately, it’s to grow your business. 

On Episode 14 of The Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Claire Stapley about how we can use marketing as a business development tool in recruitment. Claire is a freelance marketing strategist who specialises in the recruitment industry, with over 7 years in the industry. Read on to find out what insights she shared. 

The Benefits of Marketing in Recruitment 

There has been an overall change in mindset over the last few years within the recruitment industry when it comes to marketing. While it used to be seen as unnecessary, there has been a shift towards seeing marketing as a valuable tool for supporting consultants’ efforts in the field. 

Claire shared that “A lot of pressure has come from new consultants who are asking, ‘Why haven’t I got LinkedIn Recruiter, which is a simple piece of collateral that I can take to a meeting?’ It’s important to them because the competition is so high.”

Marketing makes you stand out in your market. With the number of recruitment firms out there, it’s important that you can make a meaningful impression with your audience. A marketer will be able to take your expertise and translate it into engaging content that brings people into your business. Gone are the days of pray-and-spray cold calls. Targeted marketing creates valuable inbound leads and saves your consultants time. 

Get Your Team On-Board 

To get the most out of your marketing, it’s important to get buy-in from important people in the business. If your management team is leading by example, persuading your consultants to put effort into their personal brands will be a lot easier. Always start with your C-suite. 

Claire also advises “talking in numbers”. If you can back up your strategies with hard figures, you’re going to gain the trust of your consultants. “Fluff stuff doesn’t resonate with a recruiter,” said Claire. “They want to know what’s in it for them.” Pitch your ideas in terms of how it’ll build their candidate base, the results they’ll get from it and the potential for growth or promotion that will come off the back of it. 

It’s also important to use your team’s feedback in your marketing. When your marketing team works closely with your consultants and sales teams, they can create collateral that helps the rest of the company do their job. Producing branded eBooks, email footers and LinkedIn banners is a great way to create brand awareness online, while personal branding creates meaningful connections with clients and candidates in your niche. Effective marketing will ultimately make it easier to sell your services, and a synergistic relationship between marketing and consultants is the best way to make your marketing meaningful. 

Creating a Marketing Compass

Your compass should always be aligned with your North Star. Figure out what your goals are as a company (such as improving gender diversity in the tech sector), then build a strategy that speaks to them. That could look like completing a salary survey that looks at the wage gap in your sector. and using it to engage candidates who are interested in moving into the space. Whatever your North Star is, always follow it if you want to create a strong brand. 

From there you can start to build your marketing strategy. Review what marketing collateral you already have, and try to keep what you can. If it’s fit for purpose, there’s no point in getting rid of something just because it doesn’t have your shiny new branding on it. Build from your existing baseline to fill out any weaker areas and create a unified company message. 

Talk to your team to figure out what their problems are too. Maybe they’re struggling to get candidates on board because nobody’s heard of them before. Then it’s time to work on your brand awareness through personal branding or advertising. If they need to build credibility in order to win over clients, whitepapers or testimonials would be a useful resource. Case studies and salary surveys can be used to engage different groups as well. Your marketing should always meet a need in your business. 

Final Advice

Claire’s last piece of advice is to be patient. She said that “You’re gonna get a lot of pushback when you introduce marketing. If you can work through that and build some great internal relationships, you’ll have a harmonious marketing team and a bought-in sales team, and it’ll feel like cloud nine.” 

To hear more from Claire, tune into The Skill Point Podcast here.

If you’d like to learn more about creating an airtight marketing strategy for your recruitment business, you can also get in touch with us at Search Stack for a free consultation. 

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How to Use Social Selling in Recruitment 

Social selling is a topic that’s been sweeping the recruitment marketing circle recently. Whether you’re selling your recruitment company’s services or promoting your podcast, sharing it on social platforms is rapidly becoming one of the most effective ways to get the word out. 

On Episode 13 of The Skill Point Podcast we sat down with personal branding and social selling expert Jamie Rose, who is an ex-recruitment business owner turned Social Selling Coach. Jamie joined us to share his insights on using social selling to level-up your recruitment business, including how to use pain points to drive conversions. 

Read on to learn why social selling is rapidly becoming an essential skill for a recruiter!

What is Social Selling?

Jamie defined social selling as the process of engaging with people and using your relationship to sell to them. The process typically involves getting an email address, keeping in contact with them, and driving prospective buyers to your platform, content, or community. It requires an understanding of the different values that influence buyer behaviour, then building your reputation in alignment with those points. In essence, it’s about using your social presence to subtly convince people to buy from you. 

Is Social Selling the Future for Recruiters?

According to Jamie, the answer is yes. Traditional sales methods are becoming less relevant as buyer behaviour changes across various industries. He told us that ‘with social selling, recruiters can position themselves on the radar of clients and candidates without resorting to cold outreach.’ This approach allows recruiters to observe prospects, identify pain points and tailor their approach to provide value without ever having to provide an unwanted sales pitch.

The Role of Marketing in Social Selling

Marketing plays a crucial role in social selling by creating visually appealing and valuable content that prospects are likely to engage with. A strong partnership between recruiters and marketers can inform the content creation cycle and lead to the production of high-quality, value-driven content that effectively represents your brand and delivers the desired outcomes.

Selling to Your Audience on Social Media

To effectively sell to your audience on social media, it is essential to understand who your target market is and how you can help them. Everything else flows from this fundamental question. Once you know your target audience and the problems they face, you can create content that addresses their needs and pain points. Combining your solution to their emotions is an effective way to drive conversions as well. 

Using Pain Points in Social Sales

To effectively use pain points in social sales, you must consider the following:

  • The problem your target audience faces
  • How the problem makes them feel and behave
  • If your content resonates with their emotions 

By empathising with your prospects and addressing their pain points, you can create content that is more likely to resonate with them and encourage engagement, which in turn leads to sales. 


Social selling is a powerful tool for recruiters, allowing them to effectively engage with clients and candidates while providing value. By understanding your target audience, their pain points, and how you can help them, you can create content that drives engagement and achieves your sales goals. Embrace social selling and personal branding in your recruitment strategies to stay ahead of the curve and succeed in the ever-evolving recruitment landscape.

Want to hear more from Jamie? 

Tune into Episode 13 of The Skill Point Podcast here

How to Get the Most Out of Your Recruitment Podcast 

If you’re marketing your recruitment company, chances are that you’re running a podcast. They’re a brilliant way to engage with your clients and candidates while building a name for yourself within the industry. They’re also relatively easy to produce, low cost and provide a great ROI. If you’re wondering whether a podcast is worth the effort, the good news is that you only need to publish 21 episodes to be in the top 1% of podcasts. Once you reach that threshold, you’re laughing all the way to super-stardom. 

If you’re still not sold, we’re going to break down the insights that Haydn shared in Episode 12 of The Skill Point Podcast, covering:

  1. The business case for launching a podcast
  2. The strategy behind getting your podcast off the ground
  3. The tech you’ll need to record your first episode
  4. The best way to market your podcast 

We guarantee that by the end of this blog you’ll be sold on launching your own podcast. 

The Business Case

There are three core benefits that make a recruitment podcast amazing for business. They create a fantastic platform for building your brand and founder reputation. They can drive client relationships by starting conversations and building rapport with your guests. They also generate leads, with our clients reporting that about 40% of their new business came through the podcast and the guests that they had on. 

The Strategy

Whether you’re getting ready to launch your podcast or prepping to record your next season, you’ll need a strategy to get you going. Doing qualitative research is the best thing you could do for your podcast. Talk to your listeners or current audience and figure out what they care about, then build your content around that. Figure out what the biggest challenges and pain points are and make it your mission to solve them. Having a clear objective will help people resonate with your podcast, whether you’re solving the skills gap or addressing gender diversity. 

Once you’ve figured out your mission, it’s time to find your topics. Try to avoid anything too technical – you want your podcast to appeal to as many people as possible. If it’s a recruitment focussed podcast, stick to areas like hiring challenges, diverse candidate pools or actionable tips for talent. You can make these topics specific to your niche, but keep your content recruitment focussed. You can make it more engaging by sharing the personal stories of people in the industry and passing on advice from the leaders who have been there before. 

Your final challenge is finding the right cadence for your show. Consistency is the best way to build trust, both in relationships and marketing. If you commit to posting an episode once a week, you have to make sure you can realistically keep to that schedule. This can be made easier by running six month seasons, recording in batches or spacing out your episodes to fit your hectic schedule. Whatever you choose, it’s essential to stick to your promises. 

The Tech

Poor connections and rubbish sound quality are every podcaster’s worst nightmare. If you’re looking for some tools to improve your podcast’s quality, look no further. We use software like Riverside to record both you and your guests locally, providing you with video and audio that’s not disrupted by a dodgy wifi connection. You can use standard software like Zoom if you’re getting started, but we recommend levelling up as soon as possible if you’re committed to your podcast’s performance. 

When it comes to the hardware, your key pieces of kit are your microphone and webcam. If you’re on a budget, you can get the Logitech BRIO webcam for around £90, which will give you great quality video for a reasonable price. The sound quality is going to determine your listeners’ experience, so it’s not something you want to skimp out on. We recommend splashing out for something like a Blue Yeti microphone, which is easy to use and plugs into most computers with a standard USB cable. 

Our biggest tip is to do everything you can to avoid recording your podcast on a laptop and pair of airpods. That’ll give you crunchy, crackly audio that makes sure nobody ever tunes in again. 

The Marketing

Your work doesn’t stop when you hit publish on your podcast. Particularly in the recruitment industry, the best way to build your audience is by repurposing your podcast content to share on LinkedIn. You can share clips from your guests, use tools like to turn your transcripts into great sliders or newsletters and make guest graphics to promote upcoming episodes. Tagging your guests in all of the content from their episodes is a great way to build your audience and build a hype around your podcast. 

Another thing to consider is your SEO. Are your episode titles optimised for search engines or inbuilt search functions on Spotify and Apple Podcasts? If you’re in recruitment, using the word ‘recruitment’ in each of your titles is probably a good idea. Try to avoid flowery or overly complicated language, and instead opt for simple, straightforward tags like ‘hiring tips for software developers’ so that people can find you on organic search. 

So, now that you’re sold on launching a podcast for your recruitment business, you probably want all the inside scoops right? 

Here are some extra bits of content to keep you going: 

Our Ultimate Guide to Starting a Recruitment Podcast

Episode 12 of The Skill Point Podcast

This blog featuring the recruitment podcast king Hishem Azzouz

Using Events for Recruitment Marketing 

Events are a powerful tool for recruiters to grow your talent pools and market your solutions. 

On Episode 11 of the Skill Point Podcast we spoke to Elle Nash, the Senior Marketing Executive at Camino Partners Ltd, about how to create effective events that provide value for you and your audience. 

What’s Your Purpose?

Before you decide to host an event, it’s important that you define what its purpose is. 

Elle said that in her experience, “We knew that there wasn’t a space specifically for finance professionals in tech. There weren’t groups or webinars or anything like that at the time either, so we could see a gap in the market for it… [and] events would be a great way to engage that network.”

To define your purpose, sit down with key stakeholders in the business to determine your specific target audience and discuss how you can meet their needs. Find a niche that you can provide value to, then build an event that caters to them. You can find speakers who have worked in that niche or talk about your own internal expertise from working in the industry, but whatever you do needs to actively benefit your audience. 

Pre-Event Strategy

Events are a big undertaking, and take a lot of preparation to pull off. It’s worth spending time considering how well known you are in the industry and assessing the kind of audience you’ll attract using your current channels. Is your brand already popular with your niche? Are your consultants already embedded in these communities? Hosting a smaller webinar first could be a good way to gauge interest and test your outreach methods. 

Research your audience’s pain points and offer solutions in your event’s promotional material. This will gain traction with your audience, creating higher engagement and reach. It’s also important to build your brand awareness before you launch an event, because people need to trust you before they’ll be willing to go out of their way to see you. 

It’s also important to consider your venue. Would you attract a larger audience if your event was virtual? Would it create a more valuable networking experience if you hosted an in-person event? Consider the audience that you have and build your event accordingly. 

Live events have the potential for higher quality content creation. Getting a videographer to record key speakers and get b-roll footage of your event is a great way to generate testimonials, social content and future promotional material. It also creates a buzz during the event as people often want to take part in creating content and sharing their experiences online. 

Effective Promotion

If you already have an ample audience, platforms like meetup pages can effectively build out your guestlist. However, if you’re aiming for an exclusive, invite-only event, you’ll need to think outside the box with your attraction methods. Are you only inviting candidates or also allowing hiring managers to come and take advantage of your events? Curating your guestlist and having a screening process could be important depending on the type of event that you’re hosting. 

The main things to consider, according to Elle, are “How are you going to get people to the event? Who’s going to be responsible for promoting it? How many people do you want to attend?” You’ll never get 100% of your guestlist to attend, so aim to oversubscribe your capacity. No matter what promotional methods you’re using, having a clear strategy in place will ensure the smooth running of your event. 

Once you’ve decided who to target, gaining traction is essential. Advertise the value that you’re going to give people at the event and make sure you stay top of mind for when it rolls around. You can use emails or social media to promote your event to your existing audience, or host virtual webinars or roundtables as teasers for the big day. You can also use your consultants’ networks to personally invite key people to your event. Streamlining each of your touchpoints will keep your audience engaged at each stage. 

Maintain touch points with people who have signed up, both before and after the event. You can use your sign-up lists to gauge the ratio of people who attended, then assess which touchpoints they engaged with to create a better strategy for your next event. It’s also a good idea to share content afterwards so that people who expressed an interest but couldn’t attend still get something out of interacting with you. Keeping those touch points active also allows you to gather feedback, which results in positive testimonials or useful pointers for improvement. 

Elle’s Top Tips:

  • Use email reminders to keep your event top-of-mind
  • Share teasers for the event, such as speaker spotlights and key take-aways
  • Create a diary invite that people can integrate with their planners
  • Get engagement by asking for questions they’d like to ask speakers

Post-Event Strategy

Having a post-event strategy will help you establish how to get the most out of your event. Consider what outcomes you want to achieve, such as growing your talent pool, creating meaningful relationships with clients or generating leads. Tailor your calls to action at the event to promote those outcomes, and make sure they line up with the value you’re offering there. 

The content you’ll produce from your event is another consideration for your post-event strategy. Live-streaming your events can create a valuable resource for a widespread audience, but it can take away from the live experience. If you’ve set up hefty camera crews that block your audience’s view, you’re effectively damaging their experience, so consider the space and sightlines you’re working with before committing to a live stream. Having a single videographer that can create content from your speakers, networking time and venue set-up, providing valuable resources. 

Maintaining your touch points after the event can make a difference to the audience’s experience. If you follow up to thank them for attending they’ll feel like valued customers or connections. Sharing content with them will also create alignment, particularly if you were able to get great pictures of the event. Having a personalised message from the consultants that they spoke to will also improve the retention you get from the event. 

Want to know more about that videographer we mentioned? Reach out to discuss a quote for your next recruitment event. 

Adding Value Through Recruitment Marketing 

We bang our metaphorical drum about value-adding content all the time. It’s the key to successful marketing, because it’s the difference between screaming into the void and creating compelling content that drives conversions. 

Don’t just take it from us – Chris Cranshaw is a big believer in value too. Chris is the Founder and Director of Halt, another specialist recruitment marketing firm. 

We talked about it on Episode 10 of the Skill Point Podcast, then squeezed all the value out of the episode to give you this handy how-to blog.

How do you add value in recruitment marketing?

Valuable content is something that’s useful to your audience. To figure out what that is, you need to talk to your target demographics, whether that’s your clients, candidates or colleagues. Always have your audience in mind when you’re creating content, and make sure you’re speaking to their interests, pain points and daily experiences. Whether you’re offering a solution to their issues or sharing relatable and entertaining content that’s specific to your niche, it should always resonate with your audience’s lives. 

What makes a valuable content niche?

According to Chris, recruiters’ content should come directly from their day jobs. He said ‘you’re talking to clients, candidates and HR departments, so you’re building up knowledge of all these different trends, challenges and success stories, often without realising or documenting it.’ It’s these experiences that you can turn into valuable content, by making observations about the state of your industry or sharing your solutions to common problems in your sector. That’s where you can credibly build your expertise. 

Your expertise will often be niche because it reflects the sector that you work in. You might know things like the best way to attract talent in cybersecurity, which will be incredibly valuable to your target audience. People will recognise the specificity of your content and recognise you as an authority on those subjects. 

What are the next steps once you’ve made valuable content?

Create a clear plan for the content you want to share. Chris told us ‘that’s what you’re gonna become famous for; you’re going to be the place where people go to get information on X, Y, and Z’. To build a devoted audience, you need to be consistent and reliable. 

In order to build that reputation, you need to figure out a regular cadence for your content. Look at your capacity, skill set and budget before committing to becoming the next New York Times. 

Always do your research before you start making content, because the form it takes will impact how it performs with different people. If you’re trying to boost engagement, releasing interactive content like polls is a great idea. Scheduling this is important, because you also need to be able to respond to interactions and take the time to nurture your audience relationships. If you’re building your credibility as a source of knowledge, longer-form text posts could be the way to go. 

Planning your content well in advance can reduce last-minute workloads and improve the quality of your output. It also means that everything you make is intentional rather than scrambling to fill a gap in your calendar with something that isn’t valuable. 

What does great look like when a company is providing that value?

Ultimately, success comes from your conversion rate. Moving people through your marketing funnel takes time and meticulous planning, but when it pays off, it literally PAYS off. 

If you’re offering value to your audience on a consistent basis, they’re going to come to you when they need answers and solutions to their specific problems. Great marketing comes from meeting those questions preemptively and building your reputation as a reliable resource. 

As Chris said, ‘great is when your content or personal brand creates opportunities’. You can’t control conversions in recruitment marketing, but you can build an effective emotional connection that results in a higher rate of engagement, emotional investment and trust. That’s all done through regularly creating and sharing valuable content with your audience. 

To find out more about creating valuable content in the recruitment industry, tune into the Skill Point Podcast here