At a recent conference I was speaking to one job startup founder about content marketing. He was lamenting on his marketing challenges and asked me for some advice. “Are you doing any content marketing?” I asked. “Some“, he said. “Buts its very time consuming and I’m not very good at it“.
Yes thats right. There are no shortcuts in content marketing. It takes effort and time. But it’s a necessity in today’s marketing landscape. Get used to it!
I see a lot of job boards and other HR tech startups struggle with content marketing. The best ones treat their blogs as news outlets that help educate their audience (both job seeker and employer). Ironically SimplyHired has a great blog which I have always pointed to as a good example.
Other companies that do a good job with content marketing are SmartRecruiters, Job Monkey and Lever. Lever even courts guest posts from recruiting luminaries such as Lou Adler. Experts like that bring traffic. You would do well to follow these examples.
Most good blogs publish every day. They educate their readers and add value. If your job board or other startup can’t, or are unwilling, to engage a similar strategy then you are only hurting yourself.
It’s time you got serious about content. To sell online today means writing and sharing relevant content. If you can’t write yourself, hire a recruiter or career coach who likes to write. Yes it costs money, yes it takes time. But it works.