Just a few short years ago, social media was a novelty for most staffing firms. Now it’s an essential communication tool.

But with all the new platforms, changes to social media algorithms and advertising opportunities, what should you be doing? Today, I’m starting a series of posts that will walk you through the biggest trends in social…and show you what you need to be doing to maximize your time and investment in social marketing and social recruiting.

What Will be New in Social Media in 2017?

Is social media headed in a new direction? Kind of. In 2016, we saw some major shifts in platform adoption and usage. The types of content people engage with also saw a shift, and that became more pronounced as the year wore on. So to truly understand where things are heading in 2017, we have to take a quick look at recent history…

Big Trends from 2016

Last year, more staffing firms:

  • increased spending on content marketing;
  • reallocated traditional marketing budgets;
  • tried new forms of content;
  • tested the waters of paid reach.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these trends that will undoubtedly gain momentum in 2017:

Investing more in content marketing & reallocating marketing spend.

These two trends really go hand-in-hand. Savvy marketers have found that combining content marketing with the pinpoint-targeting of social media allows them to dramatically improve marketing ROI.

Leading staffing firms have invested in creating unique content that helps to evoke an emotional response from their target audience. This content helps position them as true career and staffing partners and aids their candidate recruitment efforts. By shifting some traditional recruitment marketing spend into content and social marketing, these firms have expanded their candidate pools and reached an audience that isn’t constantly being bombarded by other staffing companies.

Staffing companies tried new forms of content in 2016.

For the last several years, staffing firms have embraced written content (articles, blogs, etc.). However, written content is just one branch on the content-marketing tree. In 2016, staffing marketers started to spread their branches a bit more and began investing in more engaging ways to attract employers and job seekers.

We saw that pairing engaging (sometimes irreverent) images with strong written copy made engagement soar. Infographics were used to convey great data in a more engaging way. Audio and podcasts started popping up even more. And last but not least, video really gained traction.

So, where are we headed in 2017?

Find out in my next installment, or download the full eBook, A Social Media Strategy to Help You Crush 2017, here.

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