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Why Our Agency Loves Partnering with Internal Marketers

Does this situation sound familiar? The owner of your company comes to you and says he is talking to a digital marketing agency. As an internal marketer, your gut reaction is probably one of the following:   Oh no! They’re probably going to fire me!   Aren’t I doing my job well enough?  Why would they need a digital agency when they have me?   Related Post: Why Recruiting Firms Should Hire a Digital Marketing Agency that Specializes in the Recruiting Industry ➢ Wide-Ranging Industry Expertise  No one is an expert at everything. It’s impossible. If you’re the sole marketer or have a limited marketing team there is no way you’re an expert in design, paid advertising, writing
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Keyword Research: The Basic Steps to Take

Prior to building an effective content strategy, one of the first things you must tackle is keyword research. With the continuous evolution of search engines, it’s crucial to consider the approach to keyword research differently than in the past to ensure a solid content strategy now and going forward. Here are the basic steps to take when developing keyword research to set your content strategy up for success.  Related Post: The Importance of Local SEO and Why You Should be Investing There ➢ Think About Your Buyer Personas  Before you dive into your computer to do a little research, you should always begin with finalizing your buyer personas. Who is visiting your site? Where are your leads coming from? These are questions you need to
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Proper URL Tracking Attributions Recruiting Firms Must Know

With so many options available to them, many recruiting firms just don’t know where to start when it comes to digital marketing. If you are in the recruiting and staffing industry and you’re not currently doing some sort of digital marketing, you’re behind. But now’s the time to start.  If you found this blog post organically, I’d be willing to bet that you are performing digital marketing and are trying to figure out how to attribute marketing dollars to what is working for your firm and what is not. Here are some key methods you can use to measure the effectiveness of your spending. Once you have the data, you can make informed decisions to allocate more money
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Buyer Persona: What It Is & Why You Need One

Have you ever taken on a client who may not have been the ideal client? They may be the wrong sized company, not have best practices in place, or be in a slightly different industry than you were hoping for.   There are several different reasons why someone might not be the ideal partner (and this can go either way) and no company wants that. We all want to be clients of choice and be capable of being selective of our current client base. But where do you start determining who your ideal partner is? I’ve outlined a few simple steps to narrow in on that buyer persona.  
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How to Cover All Your Sales Communication Bases

As a digital marketer, 99% of my thoughts and recommendations usually focus on digital platforms. That said, it is essential to think through who your audience is and how they prefer receiving communication.   As recruiters, you’re an expert on outbound sales communication. What can you do to get in front of HR professionals that now spend 80% of their day online or your C-Suite network that spends 70% of their day away from their desk in meetings?  A while back, Parqa sponsored two different conferences. I went through this exercise first hand and wanted to share with you the importance of putting together an overall sales and marketing plan that encompasses both online and
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Kelli Schutrop Promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing

Parqa, a digital marketing agency specializing in the staffing and recruiting industry, has promoted Kelli Schutrop to Director of Sales and Marketing. The role was created to build Parqa’s brand and influence throughout the staffing industry across the country and provide strategic digital marketing consulting to staffing firm leaders who have a goal to build their brand, gain online visibility, and generate leads. Kelli has over a decade of experience in marketing, branding, public relations, and communications, with a strong specialization in the staffing and recruiting industry. Prior to her previous role with Parqa as a Sr. Client Services Manager,
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Rank on Google and Bank with Content Marketing

I started my first recruiting firm in 2001. In 2006, I hired a marketing agency to do SEO and PPC for us. That was before most people even knew what SEO and PPC stood for.  Back then, we were very early adopters in growing our recruiting firm through digital marketing. When we started paying for ads on Google, we were the only firm in Minnesota doing so. We were the only firm paying to play. Consequently, I was shocked by how quickly we were able to rank #1 on Google. In fact, it led to me becoming obsessed with ranking
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3 Ways to Succeed with Candidate-Focused Marketing

Recently, Parqa presented and hosted booths at the Naps and TechServe Alliance annual conferences. It was enlightening for me to hear the pain points of two aligned but very different industries, recruiting versus staffing, and the everyday struggles that digital marketing can help to mitigate.   Most people are aware of the historically low national unemployment rates we are currently seeing. Unemployment this low means the qualified candidate pool is only going to become more limited. What I took away from both conferences was the opportunity for staffing and recruiting firms to look at how they position themselves to candidates through digital marketing to grow revenue.  Right now, some of you are saying, “Clients pay the bills, not the candidates! I would never invest in them!” But wait and hear me out.   In a candidate driven market as we have right now, the
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The Importance of Building Trust With Your Audience

Trust is the glue that binds us together. It’s the foundation on which human interaction is built. Without trust, we would be stuck relying on ourselves for survival–I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be able to survive on my own. For most people, everyday interactions, like texting a friend, or buying something at the store, are modern-day miracles. Related Post: Is Your Online Brand Aligned With Your Personal Brand? ➢ “Brands are all about trust. That trust is built in drops and lost in buckets” – Kevin Plank, Under Amour CEO There is a great essay called I, Pencil, and I encourage
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Inbound Marketing: A Beginner’s Guide For Recruiting Firms

We all know what marketing is – getting your product in front of customers to drive sales. Traditionally, this has been done through radio ads, tv ads, flyers or even a local newspaper. But inbound marketing is a whole new ball game – so what exactly is it?   Inbound in a Nutshell  In today’s market, it’s much more common for the buyer to have the power instead of the company. With an incredible amount of content, educational material, webinars, DIY tutorials, and Youtube videos, the internet is flooded with ways to educate yourself before you buy.   Inbound marketing is focused on educating customers or clients, so they come to you on their own time instead of interrupting them to
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