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How To Use TikTok As A Recruitment Tool

How To Use TikTok As A Recruitment Tool

Recruitment has become digitally connected, so staying ahead of the curve is essential. Traditional platforms like LinkedIn and job boards remain vital, but an emerging player in the recruitment marketing landscape is TikTok. With its massive user base and unique content format, TikTok offers recruiters a dynamic and engaging way to connect with potential candidates. Here’s why, and how to use TikTok as a recruitment tool.

Will You Recommend Us?

How To Get Reviews And Recommendations For Your Business

Why is it, we all find it so hard to ask for praise? Even in a professional capacity? Gathering online recommendations is an ideal way to create social proof that can exhibit just how good you are delivering your services.

In today’s world, we’re more inclined to trust the word of whoever we meet in the pub over what is presented to us by a brand online. Realistically though, who can blame us? There are several websites out there that proudly boast testimonials they’ve received from clients without any information on who may have left those complimentary words.

Email Marketing Blog

The Anatomy of an Effective Email Marketing Campaign

After years of split testing and experimenting with layouts and key features, we are able to share with you our recipe for success when it comes to the anatomy of an effective email marketing campaign.

#1 – Send your message from an actual person

Back in the day, we experimented with a variety of email addresses that we were sending from.  From info@ to newsletter@ – but we found that email addresses with actual names create much better click-through rates and encourage engagement and so our email roundups are sent from my personal email account.

5 Reasons To Use TikTok

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using TikTok

The social media landscape is competitive. The platforms on offer rival each other in terms of where you should invest your time and efforts, and once you’ve made that choice you’re competing with everyone else to ensure you get seen. As a business owner, you think you’ve got your strategy sorted then all of a sudden TikTok rises to fame and becomes a formidable platform for businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and now you’re wondering if you should be dropping something and switching over, or do you simply add TikTok to your current strategy? If you’re a business owner or marketer looking to expand your digital presence, here are five reasons why you should be using TikTok as a key component of your marketing strategy.

Is Your Content Standing Out Or Bombing Out?


With so many posting options available it’s important to know what to use when, and how best to present your key messages in a compelling way that reaches your audience, captures their attention, creates impact and brings results.

Facebook Strategies That Catapult Success

Facebook Marketing Strategies That Catapult Success

Facebook marketing strategies that catapult success. If you’re using Facebook for business purposes, here are some critical do’s and don’ts!

Best time to post on social media blog

The Best Time to Post on Social Media in 2024

“When’s the best time to post on social media?” It’s a question that, although important, isn’t the be-all and end-all of a strong social media strategy.

Navigating a general election blog

Navigating a General Election – Marketing Strategies for UK Business

If standing out marketing-wise when you’re going up against coverage of the UEFA Euros 2024 and Wimbledon this summer weren’t enough, we’ve now also got a general election in the UK to contend with! Businesses will find themselves navigating not only the intricacies of political discourse but also the passionate outpouring of these popular sporting events. With audiences divided between political engagement and sports enthusiasm, we face the challenge of standing out while most social media feeds are being flooded with even more information than usual. Here’s how your social media marketing strategies for UK businesses can be tweaked to thrive this summer.

Outsourcing social media vs AI Content Creation

Outsourcing Social Media Marketing vs. AI Content Creation

Let’s face it – businesses are constantly vying for attention and engagement on social media platforms, so the question of how to effectively manage content creation arises again, and again. Given that’s the case, the real question is should you outsource your social media marketing to specialist agencies like us, or just rely on AI (artificial intelligence) to create content?

How to Generate Social Media Leads without becoming a Slave to Content!

What if I told you there was an opportunity to hang out with me where I’d show you how you can find easy-to-convert social media leads without getting caught in a trap of never-ending content creation? Would that sound good to you? On Tuesday 14th May, just a few days from now, I’ll be hosting…

Speak to your audience

Multi-Generational Social Media Marketing – How to speak to everyone in your audience on social media

2024 is set to be a year of learning curves to ensure you’re reaching the right people, especially for those of you marketing in the B2B space. It’s the year Generation Z surpasses Baby Boomers in the workforce, introducing a blend of five distinct generational cohorts simultaneously for the very first time. What does that mean for you as a marketer?

Christina on a green background holding her phone

How To Use WhatsApp As A Marketing Tool

Are you using WhatsApp? I imagine most of you are, given that it is now one of the most used social apps across the world (and here in the UK especially)! Are you using WhatsApp to market your brand? Most of you will probably immediately say no, but I’d like to challenge that and get you using WhatsApp as a marketing tool!

Social Media Trends for 2024 – It’s all going to be about strategy! 

Well, this is interesting! Usually, when I’m putting this article together there are some core themes that I need to discuss. This year there are ...

Marketing in 2023 – I didn’t see that coming!

Blimey 2023 has been quite the year for all things marketing! I made a few predictions for what the year had in store and, as ...
Blog image. xAI - what the Grok is this?

xAI – What the ‘Grok’ is this?

If you tuned in to Live Lunch, episode 177, you will have heard all talking about Elon’s latest big idea, and if you didn’t – ...
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Strategy vs Tactics

What’s The Difference Between Social Media Strategy and Social Media Tactics? There’s no denying it, social media is a powerhouse for businesses wanting to connect ...
Instagram 6 point content plan

Top 5 Content Ideas for Your Instagram Feed

These 5 Things Will Help You Create An Instagram Feed That Is Distinctive Let’s face it, like it or love it, Instagram is an important ...
The most useful marketing tools of 2023 (So far)

The Most Useful Marketing Tools Used in 2023 (So Far)

What would you say have been the most useful marketing tools for you and your business in 2023?  Marketing tools can significantly enhance your marketing ...

Halloween Marketing Do’s and Don’ts

The nights are drawing in, the clocks are about to change, our conversations have turned to discussing how cold it is and many of us ...

What Email Marketing Campaigns Should I Send?

Email marketing is a topic of conversation that keeps popping up this week! Always a good sign that it's something I should be writing about ...
How to measure success on Facebook

How to Measure Success on Facebook

Each week, I reflect on what conversations I have had that are blog-worthy. What questions did I get asked that everyone should have the answer ...
Should I set up Twitter….Errr…X for my business?

Should I set up Twitter….errr…X for my business?

Dear Nicole, I run a recruitment business and I'll be honest I'm not very 'tech savvy', social media is still a bit of a mystery ...

Is your email list converting?

It's no secret that one of the most important elements of a social media marketing plan is getting your audience off a platform and into ...
Rec Expo Birmingham 2023

Will I see you at the Recruitment Agency Expo?

It's that time of year again! The summer has drawn to a close, and Autumn is starting to rise from its slumber. That means it's ...