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  • ZipRecruiter Acquires Popular Job Board Software Vendor
    By on December 14, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    Jobboard.io, the popular job board software platform started by Christian Malpeli more than 5 years ago has been acquired by ZipRecruiter. The news came via email to JobBoard.io clients yesterday. Terms of the deal are not disclosed.

    I was able to reach both ZipRecruiter and Christian Malpeli, for comment on the news.

    What are the main reasons for the acquisition?

    ZIP: Acquiring JobBoard.io allows ZipRecruiter to provide a more robust job board solution to its publisher partners, and will bring new monetization solutions and higher levels of job distribution within the ZipRecruiter network to JobBoard.io customers.

    Will pricing change?

    ZIP: We have no plans to change pricing for existing customers.

    Will it be run as a stand-alone business or how will the operation be combined with Zip?

    ZIP:JobBoard.io will continue to run as a stand-alone business powered by ZipRecruiter, and we’re already implementing ZipRecruiter features in the product.

    How many job boards does JobBoard.io power?

    ZIP:JobBoard.io has over 200 clients, including major sites like Techcrunch, Politico, The American Association of Cancer Research and more.

    Ian Siegel, ZipRecruiter’s CEO said this about the deal, “Christian and the team at JobBoard.io have built a terrific product, and we’re excited that they’re joining the ZipRecruiter team. We’re already implementing new ways to delight JobBoard.io publisher partners, including having job postings run across the ZipRecruiter traffic network, and there are more great features on the way.”

    I asked Christian if the platform will become a Zip only backfill provider. No, he said.

    “We believe that publishers should have choice in the solutions they use to power their job boards. While ZipSearch allows a publisher to tap into leading search technology and the fastest growing jobs marketplace in the US, we do not plan to limit backfill choices to only ZipRecruiter’s offering.”

    Christian will be sticking around and become an employee at Zip where he plans to continue innovating on the platform and growing his team.

    Here’s my take on the deal;
    The move is a smart one by ZipRecruiter as it increases the reach of their affiliate network thus providing more relevant candidate traffic to its sitewide listings. They will also be able to earn additional revenue by introducing a posting function directly from Jobboard.io into ZipRecruiter’s main listings. This will be the first time a major job site provider has its own DIY job board software service since the defunct SimplyHired launched Jobamatic which died a fiery death after Indeed acquired them  2 years ago.
    I think the move also puts pressure on the other major aggregators like Jobs2Careers, JuJu and Neuvoo to up their game. Those companies have affiliate programs but they are way behind where ZipRecruiter now stands. If I were them I’d be looking at s similar acquisition or partnership with other job board software vendors.
    I have a few sites like HR Tech Talent which is powered by Jobboard.io and will continue to update my readers on new changes to the platform as they come out. As a reminder I provide concierge services to those who wish to start a site on Jobboard.io.
  • Use This Free Tool to Create Job Board Content (member only)
    By on December 12, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

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  • News from the Job Board World
    By on December 11, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    job board news

    DHI Group just announced the sale of its health job site, Heath eCareers via press release this morning. j2 Global is the new owner. According to the release, the purchase price was $15 million.

    DHI Sells Health Job Site for $15 Million

    Indeed.com reclaims domain

    Job search-engine Indeed has recovered lndeed.net following a dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution forum.Indeed claimed that the domain was being used in bad faith to attract legitimate users for commercial gain.

    Sole panelist Paul DeCicco said that the original owner of the domain, Zhiteng Sun, was likely aware of Indeed’s reputation and trademarks at the time of registration, evidencing bad faith and that the domain was “confusingly similar’ to Indeed’s trademark. [Link]

    Oilpro Lawsuit Exposes DHI Group’s Hypocrisy

    Oilpro.com has filed a lawsuit against DHI Group in Texas alleging that Dice Open Web, under the direction of DHI Group’s executive team, illegally scraped and mined data from rival sites – the same practices it says Oilpro engaged in two years ago.

    This is after the founder of OilPro was sentenced a year in jail! Wait now he’s suing them? You can’t make this stuff up…[Link]. Joel Cheesman also has a writeup on it here.

    Life Sciences Recruitment Site Clora Raises $3.3 Million

    It often takes about 14 years and $2 billion to develop a drug and get it into the hands of doctors and patients. However, a marketplace with enough breadth and quality of talent could dramatically reduce this cost. This is the premise of Clora, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that raised its first $3.3 million seed round with the aim of helping life sciences companies hire the right talent quickly. They take 20% of the hired person’s salary so they are pay per hire. [Link]

     

  • Job Board Notes
    By on December 5, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    job board news

    Indeed only wants affiliate partners with 5,000 monthly visitors.

    A reader sent me this;

    hen reviewing applications, the Business Development team looks for the following:

    -The publisher meets the traffic requirement. The partner must have a minimum of 5,000 legitimate, unique pageviews per day.

    -The appearance and quality of the website is well established/designed. The job seeker experience is important to Indeed, so this is important.

    -The partnership would have growth and potential. They primarily partner with websites that are job opportunity focused or has relevance that adds value to Indeed.

    Again, If you are approved, a representative from the Business Development Team will reach out and contact you directly. However, if you do not hear a response, your application was not approved at this time.

    JobG8 Launches Email Alerts

    Allowing Job boards to increase their reach and earn more revenue 

    Jobg8, a Global provider of solutions for Job Boards, has launched an email job alerting service which maximizes the effect of push technology to broaden a jobs reach. The new service provides candidates with more job matches and what’s more the job board gets paid for the privilege.

    If you already buy traffic from them your jobs will automatically be included. The emails come from integrating with a job board or recruiter’s candidate list who have opted in and requested to be sent job alerts by email. [Blog post]

    CDLjobs.com Forms ATS Partnership

    CDLjobs.com, a leading truck driving jobs website, today announced it has launched a new value-added option to its trucking company clients who want to recruit top truck drivers in the United States through TruckRight.

    TruckRight is considered by some to be the next generation of Applicant Tracking Systems as it enables Recruiting, Safety and HR to work seamlessly on a truly “All in One” platform. This feature-rich system encompasses Onboarding, Compliance Management, Electronic Driver Qualification Files and allows trucking companies to upload their own content.

    [Press Release]

    Job Board for Puerto Ricans Coming to the US

    A Central Florida entrepreneur has created a bilingual online job board to help find work for the thousands of Puerto Rican evacuees who are making their way to the state after fleeing deplorable conditions left in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

    LatinoJobsOnline.com has job postings in both English and Spanish in places like Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and even outside Florida. Unlike other leading job search websites, posting translations are readily accessible for non-English speakers. The job board was started by Robert Newland, a local businessman who owns the Lake Mary-based international talent management organization Newland Associates Group, Inc.

    [Full story]

    Analysts Think Dice.com Stock is Going Higher

    Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on the company. B. Riley reiterated a neutral rating and issued a $3.00 price objective on shares of DHI Group in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $4.00 price objective on shares of DHI Group in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, ValuEngine cut DHI Group from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $6.25.

    [Full story]

  • Add My Recruitment Marketing Services to Your Board as a Partner
    By on December 4, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    Calling all job boards who want more revenue.

    I am launching a new recruitment marketing practice at RecTech Media and I’m seeking job boards who want to partner with me to offer these services to their clients.

    For you it’s a chance to provide additional services to your clients while earning more revenue. I’m prepared to offer you as much as 30% of the revenue generated depending on the type of product you can help sell.

    The products/services will be comprised of the following;

    • Career Sites – stand alone career sites of 5-10 pages. Pricing is around $3-$5k depending on size and scope.
    • Job Description rewites
    • Career site audits where I critique their career sites and offer recommendations
    • Social recruiting channel management
    • Facebook recruiting ads
    • Job fair promotion
    • Job Explainer Videos like the one you see below.

    Job Explainer Video Example from RecTech Media on Vimeo.

    How It Would Work

    The job board creates a landing page on their site and lists the products along with a contact form requesting a free consult. It would email me and the board owner and a handoff call would occur. If a sale is made I’ll Paypal you or you can invoice me.

    Ping me with questions or interest chris@jobboardsecrets.com

  • Email Tip: Resend to Non Opens
    By on December 4, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    I’ve been a happy Mailchimp user for many years. Back in the early days of using it I didn’t explore some of their more advanced features but as time goes on I find myself exploring the myriad of functions behind its walls. Email marketing today is definitely more complex and time consuming than it ever was. If you are not cleaning your lists on a regular basis, doing A/B testing with headlines and other types of email management then you are not effectively using the platform.

    In the past few months I have been looking at ways to get more opens and clicks for my various lists. Perhaps the best one I found is Resending your campaign to non-opens.

    You see, a certain number of subscribers will never open your email. But you can increase that number by using their Resend to Non-Opener feature. Just click on your campaign (via their App) and scroll down til you see this;

    Once you activate it, they will send that campaign to only those who did not open it the first time. In my testing I have been averaging another 2% – 6% open rate. They recommend doing this within 24 hours of the first send. It’s a simple tactic to maximize your readership.

    So use it.

  • Recruiters Are Starting Their Own Job Boards
    By on November 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Recruiters Are Starting Their Own Job Boards  Comments

    Over the past few years, I have been getting more and more calls from staffing agencies and independent recruiters wanting to start their own job boards. This year I helped launch sites like LoGoJo.ca for Canadian municipal jobs and SilverStateJobs.com, a local site for jobs in Nevada. Both were started by recruiting firms who wanted a new line of business.

    For me, I think the reason has to do with these firms (and third party recruiters) wanting not just a new stream of revenue but a passive one too. Job boards are essentially the ecommerce businesses of the recruiting world. They can make money 24/7.

    I have long espoused that having an online component to any recruiter or agency is a good compliment to their traditional recruiting business.

    • A job board can help them attract candidate resumes more effectively through whatever niche they play in.
    • A job board can offer more revenue streams through paid postings, advertising and backfill and other affiliate products.
    • A job board can get you into the new Google jobs for free (if you choose the right software)

    As long as you are willing to spend some dollars marketing your site, a job board makes sense for a recruiter to have as part of their toolbox. You can build your own candidate database publicly and passively to supplement your referrals. You’ll need to educate yourself about internet marketing, content and email campaigns to make it work, but as long as you are willing to learn and spend the first few years building an audience,  a job board might be right for you.

    I can help get your job board launched in about one week for less than $2k. As 2018 approaches it may be time to start yours. Contact me to get started.

  • RoboRecruiter Seeks Job Board Partners
    By on November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on RoboRecruiter Seeks Job Board Partners  Comments

    A new chat startup called RoboRecruiter is looking for job board partners. Their Director of Sales, a former Indeedian named Angelo Zucaro contacted me recently.

    He says job boards can benefit from the power of chatbots by using RoboRecuiter in a few ways. Here are some examples and metrics around that…

    • People want info and they want it right away… 55% of consumers are interested in interacting with a business using messaging apps to solve a problem. (HubSpot, 2017)”
    • People would rather apply using a chatbot… use RoboRecruiter to increase conversions. “45.8% of consumers would rather communicate with a business through a messaging app than email. (ubisend, 2016)”. Adding Robo to your career pages can increase the application by 2x for the simple reason that the conversations (application) are mobile friendly and it allows job seekers to apply in a way that doesn’t seem like an application.
    • Make more per customer… job boards can make more per customer by adding RoboRecruiter to resume database access. As an example job boards could use charge their customers $99.00 to message 200 candidates, so as to screen candidates and find the best talent instantly doing so would provide 8x return on their investment. Robo can also be used to messages candidates after they apply to a job postings as a tool to prioritize candidates saving employers time and money.
    • Robo adds more value than a general email or SMS campaign as it allows the candidate to engage in a meaningful conversation, which extracts valuable hiring data. Also conversion rate are 15-20%, which is more than 2X higher than other solutions.

    The basic pitch, Angelo says, “is they can copy and paste code into their website to add the bot widget which will help them get more applications (better conversions) and customer satisfaction as they will have more access to data and it will be easier to apply.”

    Angelo is giving readers of this blog special pricing for job boards that lasts to the end of the year starting at $299.00 a month. The pricing scales so it is more cost effective as they spend more but this pricing is only available for 2017. It could be an upsell too like if the employer is posting a job they could add the widget for $50.00 which would give them a higher % of applications.

    With a few exceptions, most Job boards have yet to come out with any kind of chat bot to assist their seekers and clients. I especially think the software vendors may want to start looking at building or partnering with technology like this.

    Contact Angelo by email at azucaro@roborecruiter.ai

  • What Job Board Software Vendors Need to Do Next
    By on November 14, 2017 | Comments Off on What Job Board Software Vendors Need to Do Next  Comments

    In case you hadn’t noticed there are big changes happening in the job board world. Now that Facebook and Google are in the game, the market is even more crowded and they are putting pressure on boards of all sizes and shapes. Things are changing at a rapid pace.

    This new trend will certainly begin to affect the myriad of job board software vendors in our space who (for the most part) have been relying on selling a single product, a traditional job board platform. Since it is getting harder to start a board from scratch I think these vendors will be forced to diversify.

    Now is the time to rethink that model and add new product lines.

    If I owned a job board software platform today, I would create 3 new SaaS based products that leverage my existing technology;

    • Career Sites for Employers: Job board technology is basically an ATS in disguise and can be leveraged to become an employer career site. All you have to do is remove the ability for multiple employers to sign up and post jobs. Then you can add more ATS like features such as workflows, candidate notes and pre-screening questions. The market for DIY employer career sites is out there and I think employers would love such a product.
    • Membership Job Boards: People have asked me for years if there are any membership only job board software platforms where job seekers pay to gain access. No one has ever built one. While it is true that job seekers don’t pay for many things it may be time to offer such a product to the market and see what happens. Membership based sites are a proven model (in the WordPress world) and there may be a way to tweak it to fit the job space.
    • People Databases: Sourcing is all the rage these days for recruiters. The amount of publicly available resumes and profiles is growing everyday. So lets offer a ‘reverse job board’. An RJB is a site that puts the job seeker first. Job seekers create public profiles instead of uploading resumes that can be found by search engines. The home page would feature a search box for profiles not jobs. Job seekers would see jobs that match their profile in their dashboard. These site could also offer their people data to sourcing sites like Entelo and Hiretual to attract employers. Once you have enough profiles for a certain niche, these types of site could charge for access.

    So there you have it, 3 new lines of business for vendors to make money on. Some of the technology for the ideas above already exists inside current job board technology. It’s time for these vendors to leverage that tech for new ideas.

    If there is one thing I have learned about the online job space is that no business lasts forever. You have to think ahead and plan for the future. For job board software vendors, the future is here.

    PS…I am happy to assist if you want to hire me 🙂

  • News & Notes from Job Board World
    By on November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on News & Notes from Job Board World  Comments

    The Midland Reporter-Telegram has launched TexasBacktoWork.com powered by RealMatch. The MRT serves more than 300,000 print and online readers, of which more than 200,000 of those readers are in the Midland-Odessa designated market.

    Read the article here. Nicely designed with a clean look and feel.

    eQuest Amasses 90 Million Job Board Records

    eQuest today reported that it has amassed in excess of 90 billion job board performance records — making its database the largest collective of job seeker and job board search and trending data in the world. The data is used to calculate and predict future hiring trends, strategize better overall job board spending; while realizing better candidate quality results.

    Most data experts agree that eQuest’s data is the most highly prized in the Human Capital space because it measures the actual effectiveness of online job advertising across a multitude of career sites, social networks, compliance and outreach locations, and search engines globally.

    eQuest customers can watch candidate activity, including trending and responsiveness, per requisition, to easily predict which job boards will work better than others.

    New Job Referral Platform for Vets

    AliroGroup has announced the launch of AliroVets, the first employment referral platform to focus specifically on helping veterans and their families find post-military career opportunities.

    “Qualified veterans are missing out on great opportunities. 71% of veterans believe they’re at a disadvantage in the job market today, and 41% of veterans feel their military experience isn’t understood by hiring managers. We don’t want to just help them find a job, we want to help them find the right job.

    AliroVets is a fully scalable SaaS job referral platform. Both job referrers and candidates are incentivized with ‘success fees’ to make veteran job referrals with participating companies. AliroVets helps companies leverage both their internal networks and proprietary external networks with access to millions of veterans. Using referrals to make job placements is a faster, higher quality and more cost-effective method than traditional job boards.

    The site appears to be custom built. I like the look and feel for its simplicity and modern design. At this time they don’t have a lot of jobs and the veteran recruiting space is fairly crowded so we’ll see what kind of hustle its founders have as far as gaining traction.