Why do recruitment companies send a Christmas card email?

  • By Magdalen Marketing
  • 21 Dec, 2016

Every December, there are two certainties:

1. Ridiculous prices for everyday items.

For example, £165 for a Tom Ford candle. I kid you not. I love   A Single Man , and I am forever hoping that momentary blurred vision is in fact failing eyesight so that I might be allowed to buy a pair of his glasses. I can't wait to see his latest film (the name escapes me) but I draw the line at paying £165 for the rich scents of leather and oud. What even is oud? And most importantly, who does Stylist magazine think their audience is to afford such a luxury. Last time I checked, copies of Stylist were left on underground tube seats and buses, not chauffeur driven Rollers.

2. You receive a Christmas card email from a recruitment company.

Make that ten recruitment companies. I've been behind some of these for the last few years (belated apologies) and have sometimes wondered what the point is. This has been reinforced by a handful of unsubscribes or abusive replies asking why we have the time to send a christmas card email but one of our consultants didn't get back to them about a job they enquired about some time during the year.

In truth, I think most people just delete them as soon as they see Happy Christmas in the subject line or the tip of the tree in the image. Some won't see the tree at all as they're using Outlook and the images won't download until they add the company to the safe sender list (which they won't).

So what's the point?

Well, there are some good cards. For example, an Oxford-based recruitment company called Millar Cameron which has a strong African presence sends a Christmas email that describes their charitable donations and raises awareness about the cause. Hemming Robeson sent a nice looking one this year too.

This sadly is the exception rather than the norm. Most are bad, containing gaudy looking - sometimes flashing - christmas trees that probably resemble however the CEO of the company has his or her tree at home. I used to work at a recruitment firm which sent frozen salmon to key clients on Christmas day, which I always thought was a bit fire and brimstone.

I for one would much rather read about an Amazon Echo being gifted to a blind person at Christmas than be thanked for my non-existent 'support' during the year. I support Wycombe Wanderers FC and Liverpool, no one else.

There's a good saying that if you're not cynical then you're not paying attention, and those that subscribe to this viewpoint might also think that the whole Christmas card campaign was simply a data cleansing exercise. You might think that too, but I couldn't possibly comment.

Please do share any interesting e-xmas cards (if that's even the right name) that you've received - perhaps we can start an annual awards?

By Magdalen Marketing 15 Nov, 2017

Twitter has finally decided to up the 140 character limit on their tweets, in an attempt to give users the ability to express themselves without restriction. However, for some, this change takes away the true essence of Twitter as a quick broadcasting platform.

For those wondering whether their timelines will overflow with long tweets, fear not! Twitter trialled the change in September and found that only a mere 5% of tweets sent exceeded 140 characters and just 2% went over 190 characters.

There have been many times where we've have had to entirely rewrite, reword or even delete a tweet because the 140 character limit created a barrier. This was especially difficult when including website links - which were needed in nearly every Tweet.

The new character limit is music to our ears - and the best thing since images were removed from the character limit, earlier last year.

It’s important that each tweet links back to a page on your website so that job applications are received and blogs are read. Directing more people to your site increases traffic and ultimately increases SEO. This is all now a lot easier, thanks to Twitter’s update.

When put into practice, it will now be a lot easier to promote the latest roles by sharing a job card, linking to the site and including a description of the role. The trial indicated that users with the ability to tweet up to 280 characters received significantly increased engagement; likes, retweets and mentions - signalling that more information will generate a better response.

To be frank, this is the news we have been waiting for. We can now share the latest roles, news and updates without the character restriction, whilst maintaining the brevity Twitter is known for.

All we need now is to be able to edit our tweets once posted!

For the news, thoughts and opinions from Magdalen Marketing, please take a look at our insight page .

By Olivia Unsworth
Digital Marketing Assistant, Magdalen Marketing Agency (MMA)

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By Magdalen Marketing 15 Nov, 2017

LinkedIn is a great way to direct traffic to your website, expand the profile of your brand and reach key connections in your industries. But why LinkedIn? Active candidates are checking the platform on a regular basis, so it’s important to establish a strong presence and connect with them.

There’s often the temptation to buy followers as it’s quick and easy, but we strongly advise against this. All it achieves is an increased number of superficial followers; making your page appear popular but in reality engagements are low and you are not reaching anyone of any importance to your brand. The only thing worse than low followers, is high followers with zero interaction. Unless you can get access to those  Russian bots  - although we think they’re busy with a big project in the US.  

There are many effective steps that can be taken to ensure you’re doing your best to attract new users. Here are our top three tips to maximise your efforts:

1. Update regularly

First things first, you need to ensure that your page is posting relevant and compelling content for your target audience. It goes without saying, users will follow pages that can offer them interesting and insightful updates.

Ultimately, using LinkedIn to effectively draw traffic to your website involves posting updates that link directly to your site. Producing ongoing content that can be shared - such as blogs, case studies, and interviews is a key element to this.

Consider how your posts look to someone scrolling the newsfeed - initial appearance may be as important as the content itself, as people need to click on it before they are met with the article. Because of this, it’s important to select eye-catching images and videos that capture the audience. Our experience has shown this to generate more interaction than generic stock images.

2. Link back to LinkedIn

Promote your page outside of LinkedIn. Include links on all communications, directing your audience to the page. Don’t forget your other channels; you can draw attention from your website, mailers and newsletters too!

3. Engage your employees

Personal profiles often have much more interactions than company pages - and most businesses are failing to take advantage of this.

It is imperative that your workforce direct traffic towards the company’s page as well as their own profiles. Start by making sure all email signatures and personal profiles include hyperlinks to the company page.

This is often the area most companies are falling down on: ensure that all members of staff actively engage with company posts. This increases the potential audience for updates massively. We cannot stress this enough. Everyone in your company from the CEO to your receptionists should be liking and commenting on updates. It takes two seconds and makes a big difference to the impressions and reach that posts have.

We hope that you bear these tips in mind and can implement them into drawing more attention to your company’s LinkedIn. For more tips from our team  click here .

By Jantima Merola

Content Manager, Magdalen Marketing Agency (MMA)

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By Magdalen Marketing 15 Nov, 2017

1.  Sainsbury’s -  Every bit of Christmas

This year, Sainsbury’s ditched a blockbuster approach and opted for a sing-along ad. This refreshing style included real people and even Sainsbury's employees!

The advert is set in black and white, with bursts of the Sainsbury’s orange appearing. Lyrics appear along the bottom of the screen, prompted in karaoke style by a brussel sprout, encouraging viewers to sign along to their original song . There are also cameos from Kermit the Frog and actor Ricky Tomlinson. 

It’s a feel good, jolly advert that can’t help put a smile on your face. That’s why we have crowned it as the best Christmas advert of 2017!

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU50dLLy7Cw

2.  Waitrose - Christmas Together

This year’s Waitrose advert is quintessentially British and champions community spirit. Also opting for a cast that reflects regular consumers, the advert features a group of people who become stranded in a countryside pub after heavy snowfall.

Stuck in the pub, the group come together to cook a Christmas meal by candlelight - with the help of a Waitrose cookbook. The food is prepared with the classic sound of Mykola Leontovych's Carol of the Bells building excitement as the narrative progresses.  

The group are eventually rescued, just as food is served. But they’d rather stay for dinner, so the search party join the feast. It’s an adorable tale of community spirit, that brings a group of strangers together  over good food - isn’t that what Christmas is about? Well done Waitrose.

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJZbo5ohVGs

3.  Aldi - Kevin the Carrot

Kevin the carrot is back! And he’s cuter than ever.

This year, Kevin (an adorable animated carrot) makes his way through a full dinner table/obstacle course - to reach his love interest… you’ve guessed it, a female carrot!

A magical Christmas tune, paired with an adorable animation and a love story makes for a good advert. There’s even a funny one liner at the end. This advert comes as the second part of Kevin’s adventures, as  last Christmas  he snuck onto Santa’s sleigh.

It’s adorable, amusing and reminds us that Aldi sell good food. Well done!

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJQG2lqm5ek

By Chelsea Battle
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By Magdalen Marketing 15 Nov, 2017

1.  Currys PC World - Merry Techmas

Merry Techmas is a confusing advert that displays a modern family who have lost the intimacy of Christmas.

From the moment it starts with the mother’s annoying voice and the irritatingly sassy looks on the kids faces, to the ridiculous laugh of the parents and the disturbing sudden TV sales pitch, everything about this is weird and cringey. Neither funny or Christmassy,  to be honest we’d rather not see it.

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuywnLaaFjI

2.  Amazon - Give 60

Singing boxes, nothing special. The ad focuses on giving and whilst it does remind us how easy Amazon make it to order presents internationally, it’s a little lacklustre for a Christmas ad. We were expecting a little more, sorry Amazon it’s a no from us.

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9SCZwh8Tvg

3.  John Lewis - Moz the Monster

This year’s John Lewis advert was highly anticipated, a little cute - but generally disappointing. It’s safe to say they have found it difficult to come back from their success with Monty the Penguin in 2014.

The ad features an adorable child who struggles to sleep as he spends his evenings with ‘Moz the Monster’. Sound familiar?  Chris Riddell , an 80s children’s author, has accused John Lewis of helping themselves to the storyline of his famous picture book, Mr Underbed. Nothing says Christmas like a bit of plagiarism. It’s a shame that John Lewis has failed to acknowledge the influence Riddell’s work so clearly had on the design of their ad.

The soundtrack features Elbow’s cover the Beatles’ Golden Slumbers, a song from the medley at the end of one of their all time classic albums, Abbey Road. The song evokes a heartwarming emotion and when the boy receives a star projection night light, he eventually gets rid of Moz and is able to sleep through the night again.

However, you do see a bond form between the child and Moz as he then searches for monster when the light is on - conveying a mixed message to viewers. We were left a little confused by the storyline.  The Guardian have summarised  it well with their approach being ‘will this do?’.

In the same article, they hilariously compare Moz as a walking manifestation of everything bad that has happened in 2017. 

In our opinion, the highly anticipated advert falls flat.

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw1Y-zhQURU

By Chelsea Battle
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By Magdalen Marketing 15 Nov, 2017


Assuming you love grammar more than the average person, earlier this year you probably read the news about the “Grammar Vigilante” of Bristol: a superhero-esque unknown crusader who descends on to the high street under the cover of darkness, fighting bad grammar by correcting mispunctuated shop signs. He even has a superhero gadget invention.

Forget the Batmobile, this guy has got a big long paint-stick made from two sponges attached to a broom handle. It’s been dubbed “The Apostrophiser”, just in case you thought it was something rubbish like...two sponges attached to a broom stick. Despite this humble facade, you were probably quite excited when the story broke if, like me, you are an unashamed grammarphile.

“Hurrah! Finally someone has prioritised standing up to bad grammar over crime, education, and healthcare and is sorting out all the messed up ‘its’ and it’s’ signs! Thank Christ!” No? Just me then.

Also known as The Banksy of Punctuation due to the Bristolian locale, you may wonder what would possess this man to take on such a task, risking arrest and a criminal record. I can only think of one obvious answer: good grammar really is its own reward. Why else? OK, he’s maybe/probably/definitely/100% nuts. Actually, let’s reconsider the maybe/probably part. Insanity aside, he is undoubtedly my favourite superhero.

Let’s take a look at the lineup of who’s fallen foul of Punctuation Banksy, and the rules behind their crimes

1. Contractions: apostrophe + s

To remember this rule, think of death. My Year 5 English teacher taught me that an apostrophe  is a tiny tombstone when words have been contracted. Sounds a bit morbid, especially for Year 5 English, but it’s a great way to remember that apostrophes replace either one or a few letters.

Common examples:

It is  → It’s

They are → They’re

Spandex was popular in the 1980s → ‘80s

No letters passing to the other side? Then make sure your apostrophe usage falls into one of the categories below...

2. Possessive apostrophes

Another common use for an apostrophe is for possession. When somebody or something belongs to somebody or something we use the apostrophe for the regular noun (people/places/things) rather than a possessive pronoun (my/your/our/their/his/her/its*).

Singular noun + ‘ (+s):

Stifler’s mom

James’ clarinet (as it ends with ‘s’ already, you don’t have to write an extra one.)

Plural noun + ‘ (+s):

The children’s new pool

My sisters’ husbands (Again, as it ends with ‘s’ already, you don’t have to write an extra one.)

A possessive apostrophe can add an extra syllable to your word, e.g. the monosyllabic ‘James’ now becomes two syllables / James-es /. However, if it sounds awkward, you can omit the extra syllable. E.g. try saying / sisters-es /. Sounds ridiculous.

3. *Why no apostrophe for possessive its?

This is a confusing case for two reasons: we often see it’s, i.e. it is/it has; plus we know we use an apostrophe for possession.

Here is a simple clarification: ‘its’ is a possessive pronoun (like hers/his), and possessive pronouns don’t use apostrophes. Only possessive full nouns, as mentioned above.

Example possessive pronouns:

  • Its facilities 
  • His fence
  • Yours is ours

4. Other apostrophe uses

4.1  Quantity of time + noun

  • Seven years’ bad luck

4.2. Other expressions of time + noun

  • Yesterday’s news  

4.3.Pluralising lower case letters (just to avoid confusion)

  • There are two t’s in ‘better’    

4.4. Quantity + worth + noun

  • A kilo’s worth of butter

Note: the + noun part in all the above examples are important. Without the noun, the apostrophe may not be required e.g. ‘two weeks’ pay’ vs ‘two weeks ago’.

5. Common mistakes

5.1 Regular noun plurals.

I have ten cat’s.

Oh dear. Nope, there’s really no excuse for this.

5.2 Homophones

Whose or who’s? Be careful of contractions that sound the same as other words.

6. Variations and consistency

You might see conflicting apostrophe usage especially for possessive nouns ending in ‘s’ or plural abbreviations. English is forever changing and there are a few correct variations, so the key is to be consistent. For example, possessive singular nouns ending in ‘s’ can have either just an apostrophe at the end (as above), or apostrophe +s. Whichever you choose, always use the same rule.

James’ house, or James’s house? MPs or MP’s? Both are OK! I personally prefer the former instances and stick to it.


To conclude, apostrophes can be a confusing bunch. Luckily for us, we have a brave hero in the midst delivering us punctuation salvation. I suppose there’s only one thing left to ponder: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? ...No, it’s a lunatic with a long wooden stick in front of the local shops. Yay!

By Sabina Bridge

Head of Operations Australia / Grammar Police

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    By Magdalen Marketing 01 Nov, 2017

    This week at MMA we’re joined by Tom Rainer, a King’s College London undergrad for a week full of marketing fun.

    Tom (the third one in the office now!) attended school in South London until he was 16 before moving to Magdalen College School in Central Oxford for his sixth form years. As an aspiring polyglot, Tom studied German and French, as well as History and Maths at A Level before taking on his favoured German at undergraduate level.

    He is currently in the final year of his degree at King’s College London. Whilst he has thoroughly enjoyed his time there, Tom is looking forward to making his way into the world of work.

    Tom decided to intern in marketing because he enjoys creative content writing as well as having a keen interest in advertising. He saw marketing as a way to combine both these things and gain industry experience.

    In his spare time, Tom loves to fuel his other passion: music. He plays in the jazz band at university so spends a lot of his time rehearsing and performing. He is MMA’s answer to Miles Davis.

    We look forward to having Tom with us this week! If you’d like to contact Tom, you can find him on  LinkedIn  or email  tom.rainer@magdalenmarketing.com .

    By Magdalen Marketing 23 Oct, 2017

    It seems to be a contradiction: using passive language when we are otherwise proactive and direct in business. However, from time to time things inevitably head downhill, and that’s arguably when we most need to be, or at least appear, calm and professional. In these situations, “the passive voice” is crucial.

    What is it? Here’s an example:  

    I recently got married and needless to say, all manner of things went wrong on the big day. To begin with, the florist sent the wrong flowers to the bridal party the morning of the wedding. Here are two ways I could have addressed the issue with the company:

    - Good morning, I’m afraid you gave me the wrong flowers.

    (Active voice)


    - Good morning, I’m afraid the wrong flowers were given to me.

    (Passive voice)

    What’s the difference?!

    They may both seem relatively polite, but the passive allows us to express negativity in a more gentle tone by omitting the subject of the sentence (more on sentence subject to come). The active voice, on the other hand, is quite direct and even accusatory as there is no question over who did the wrong: you gave the wrong flowers.

    Finger pointing and the active voice go hand in hand in quarrels over you-did-this-and-he-did-that; a juvenile tone best to steer clear of.

    Forming the active voice

    The active voice follows the most common grammatical structure in English sentences:

    subject + verb + object

    you + gave + flowers.

    Simply put, the subject does the verb, which impacts an object.

    Forming the passive voice

    The passive voice differs as it omits the subject of the sentence, leaving just the verb and the object:

          1. you + gave + flowers.

    The sentence now has to be rearranged: The object is moved to the position of the subject, i.e. the front of the sentence, and the verb takes past participle form*:

           2. flowers + given

    Finally, the auxiliary verb “to be” is placed before the verb:

           3. Flowers + were + given  

    Object + to be + past participle verb

    Why does this sound more polite?

    By placing the object at the front of the sentence, you are shifting the focus from who is doing the action, to the action itself. As mentioned above, this is fundamental to avoid sounding accusatory (even if it’s obvious who has screwed up!)

    Sometimes, perhaps for clarity, you may still find it necessary to include the subject in the passive voice, and we can do this using “by + subject”. E.g.:

    Flowers + are + sent + by + the company.

    Object + to be + past participle verb + by + subject

    More tenses

    The passive voice can be used in other tenses: you just have to modify the “to be” according to your tense, for example:

    was for past simple: My account was overcharged.

    will be/is going to be for future: Your invoice will be sent this week.

    has/have been for present perfect: You have been given a week’s notice.

    A few more examples

    My luggage was lost by your airline.

    Our expectations have not been met.

    My lunch was stolen from the fridge.

    So, next time you have to deal with bad news…take action and stay passive.

    (*What on earth is a past participle?! It’s the verb form you use with “I have ” or “She/he/it has”:

    It has been a really long week (past participle of “to be”);

    I haven’t seen the latest episode (past participle of “to see”).

    And as you can now tell, these past participle examples are using the active voice. Just in case ;)

    For any assistance with your company’s copywriting, please email  help@magdalenmarketing.com .

    By Sabina Bridge
    Head of Operations, Magdalen Marketing Agency (MMA)

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    By Magdalen Marketing 20 Oct, 2017

    1. Introduction

    At the higher levels of recruitment, social media marketing is something of a necessary evil - it’s very hard to track revenue generated from it (from either candidate or client) and part of the reason is that relatively little comes from it. This is because unlike for us, the world does not revolve around LinkedIn.

    However, if you choose to adopt an overly relaxed attitude to social, it can really damage the very brand you are trying to build by having very old updates as your latest post, no posts at all, or frivolous content such as staff drinks nights.

    So what do you do? This article explains the best overarching themes across all social channels, and goes into detail on the most important for your business. Our thoughts are informed by the 50+ recruitment businesses we’ve performed social media activities for, across our team of over 10 people here at MMA, some of whose careers in recruitment marketing date back almost 10 years.

    2. Overarching strategy

    In order to maximise each channel’s potential, you need to have a holistic plan which binds them all together - whether it be different themes in each, all the same or a mixture of both. Otherwise, you might end up with an unenviable situation where you have a busy Twitter feed but nothing on LinkedIn - and if someone clicks one link from your site, they’re probably going to click all of them. In this section we discuss some important things to bear in mind.

    2.1 Google

    Show me someone who tells you they know exactly how the Google algorithm works and I’ll show you a liar. However, Google does give clues and advice on a regular basis, and of course we know from our own experience what has worked well.

    One thing we do know is that Google prefers a spread of traffic from numerous social channels than all from a set of eggs in one basket. So rather than having 1000 hits from LinkedIn, it’s better to get 200 hits each from five separate channels. And of course, the goal in this instance is to get 1000 hits from all five channels. This means that within reason, it’s best to utilise as many channels as possible - so make sure you have your bases covered.

    And when we say Google likes it, we mean that Google will rank your site higher for it’s keyword terms. So a bit like pennies taking care of pounds, if you nail your candidate social strategy it can actually help bring in clients.

    2.2 Automation

    The first rule of recruitment social media marketing is don’t automate.

    The second rule of recruitment social media marketing is don’t automate.

    For clarification of rule two, see rule one.

    Whether it’s Buffer, Bullhorn Reach or Hootsuite, automation sucks. It looks bad, it isn’t personalised to the channel and can rarely or barely carry images. You can’t @ mention clients, and no one will want to be associated with it by liking or sharing it.

    If you don’t have time to do regular updates, just do one great update a week. It’s better than having a link to a tenuous article with the phrase “hey I read this and thought you’d be interested” and so on. Worse still, we’ve had some clients Buffer accounts link to their competitors thought leadership as it contains the same keywords.

    2.3 Differentiation

    At first, a good initial step is to get all content on all channels. Once this process is working well, most businesses tend to personalise each to their audience. For instance, company away day activities are great for Facebook and perhaps Instagram, but less so for LinkedIn. Similarly, articles on LinkedIn might need to be fresh and snappy, but for Google+ will carry far greater weight if there’s plenty of content.

    A good way to work out a plan is categorise your content types, and create a hierarchy for each channel. This might mean that all jobs (with job cards) go to LinkedIn, but only one company update a month. On Facebook however, it might be the opposite, with all company updates and only one job per day. Journalists live on Twitter, so a great piece of thought leadership might actually require several updates to get in all the hashtags and @ mentions.

    2.4 Website

    People don’t go to social media channels to go to recruitment businesses to go to the news. Instead they just go straight to the news. So stop reporting it. If something big happens that affects your clients and candidates, comment on it and if there’s a specific article that’s relevant to your blog, link to it at the end.

    To this end, in an ideal world all social updates should link back to your site - whether it be a job, blog, news article, media coverage, company update etc. You want the traffic, and you want them to go elsewhere on your site once they’ve finished with what they came for (Google likes increased time on site and pages per visit).

    Coming at it from the other direction, make sure your social links are in the header to maximise followers, and make sure they open in a new tab. When your site / job posting software sends automated emails, make sure the links are in there too. We’ve seen companies win industry awards because of a large social media following (in a LinkedIn group to be specific - but more on that in Part 2), so it’s worth it in the long run.

    2.5 Frequency

    As long as your job cards look different for each sector / function, we’d recommend getting each of them up for the channels that jobs are going to - e.g. LinkedIn. Aside from that, you don’t need to post more than once a day, but it might look bad posting less than that (unless you’re a solo operator). Candidates and clients won’t be looking at your channel every few hours desperate for the next update, instead they’ll make a decision on whether to follow by looking at your content and frequency. So as long as there’s a few per week and a nice mix, they’ll follow.

    And don’t even worry about clients! Think about the suppliers to your business - do you follow them on LinkedIn? Thought not.

    2.6 Content

    We’ve mentioned it before - you need to have varied content on a regular basis. This isn’t as hard as it seems, as the best articles often elicit comments on your website (if you don’t have this functionality, you definitely need it as Google LOVES comments) and often a couple of hundred words in a blog can garner thousands of words in comments.

    Some examples of content that you can create as part of your normal working week are as follows:

    • Case study
    • Candidate spotlight
    • Guest blog
    • Interview
    • Sector / function news
    • Company news
    • Candidate advice - eg interviews
    • Client advice - e.g. retention

    2.8 Recycling

    Once we agree no one is on social channels such as LinkedIn as much as us, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s unlikely everyone is going to see that update for that amazing article you wrote. So, in order to maximise clicks, you can repeat the update several times a week in the first month, less so in the second month, and once a week in the third month. Tweaking the update text and image each time helps.

    If you want to get really good, changing the update text totally is what we’re aiming for. For example, if you’ve written an article with five angles, you could talk about a different angle each day, with a totally different image, all linking to the same article. Which is how one article can last all week.

    Part 2

    In Part 2, we go through each channel in details with our dos and don’ts. If you’d like to be sent Part 2 before it’s release next month, or you’d like anything else included, please email  help@magdalenmarketing.com  or call 01865 688 777.

    To come next month...

    3. Channels

    3.1 LinkedIn - company page

    3.2 LinkedIn - consultant profiles

    3.3 LinkedIn - groups

    3.4 Twitter

    3.5 Facebook

    3.6 Google+

    3.7 Instagram

    4. Summary

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    By Magdalen Marketing 18 Oct, 2017

    Unless you’ve been living in North Korea, you’ll know that fake news is a type of yellow journalism whereby deliberate misinformation is broadcasted as news and spread in various formats e.g. traditional methods or online social media.

    What does this mean for recruitment marketing?

    Recent changes to Facebook’s permissions have meant that users are no longer able to modify content on link previews.

    Until now, when you posted a link you could change the headline, body text and image that appeared in the news feed preview. This allowed readers to be fooled into thinking they were clicking on an article with entirely different content.

    However, for us marketers, it was a way of making posts more attractive. With no ability to change the look and feel of posts, branding may go out the window.

    Facebook is the world’s most popular social media platform. Despite LinkedIn ranking top for recruitment, Facebook has increasingly added professional information and is rumoured to be launching a rival to LinkedIn in the future - so it’s important to get ahead of the curve now.

    Here’s what you can do to get the most out of your company's Facebook page:

    Use the right images on your site

    To keep up with these changes, we can advise that recruitment marketers ensure that the right images are always tagged to the right pages. Having the right image tagged in the metadata ensures that the correct image appears in the link preview.

    This helps with branding and avoids confusion, so viewers won’t be met with the wrong information - just like the Oscars best picture blunder earlier this year.

    Make the most of the meta

    Metadata on the site needs to be posted to perfection. As Facebook has removed user’s ability to customise link preview information, such as titles, it’s important to get it right on the back end of your website.

    It’s imperative that you have clear titles on pages such as job posts to ensure you get the most out of your update. A typical job post header should include job title, location and sector - along with your organisation’s name.

    Metadata can easily be updated on any website editor. Whilst this is only a slight change to resolve a massive issue, it is most definitely a step in the right direction to combat Facebook’s fight against fake news.

    If we, as recruitment marketers, get ahead of the game and educate ourselves on privacy changes now, it will help us in the future when other social platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn join Facebook’s privacy changes.

    Additionally, it keeps your Facebook profile looking professional and attractive to candidates and clients.

    Most importantly, it’s an addition to the European and Global drive to increase protection of consumers’ data. This is in line with the preparations for May 2018, when the new  GDPR  regulations come into place.

    What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let us know!

    By Olivia Unsworth
    Digital Marketing Assistant, Magdalen Marketing Agency (MMA)

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    By Magdalen Marketing 18 Oct, 2017

    Cleverly titled, My Face My Rules really shows that anyone and everyone can wear makeup in order to embrace who they are. Whether you're male or female, a little bit of makeup can improve your confidence. We’re not saying that we need to wear it (obviously) but it can really give you the confidence to feel fabulous.

    This advert is great as it shows a diverse range of individuals from all walks of life. The ad is set in various different locations including an office toilet and council estate. Individuality is important in today’s society and appealing to a young, diverse audience is a must. It seems that Sleek have hit the nail on the head with this advert. The models used are of various ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation thus showing Sleek's openness to diversity in their product.

    My Face My Rules features real people who aren't actors, as well as various Youtube bloggers in the video. Unlike other makeup adverts, it seems that Sleek have not airbrushed its models or altered their appearance, which makes us love it even more!

    If you want to be inspired by some kickass makeup, then watch Sleek’s advert here:


    ´╗┐By Rhiannon Davies
    Head of Social Media, Magdalen Marketing Agency (MMA) 

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