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Woo, Yudu, Moneo, and more: news of the recruitment marketing industry

Latest News 1Even as holidays draw near, the recruitment marketing industry chugs along with more funding, more product releases – and even some news about LinkedIn (shock!). Seems like this industry also encourages the (ahem) creative names, eh? So without further ado, let’s get to it:

  • Google for Jobs adds features: Google for Jobs has added salary ranges and a location filter. The new feature pulls an estimated salary range from employment sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor, and will offer a comparison for jobs that have a salary listed. It has also added a ‘apply via your job board of choice’ feature:  if the job you’re viewing is located on multiple job boards, you can select which one you want to use when applying for a job. And Indeed jobs are still MIA on the Google for Jobs results. Never a dull moment!
  • Lumesse integrates with LinkedInSaaS-based talent solutions provider, Lumesse, now has an integration with the LinkedIn recruitment framework, LinkedIn Recruiter. Applicant data will be synced automatically across LinkedIn Recruiter and TalentLink, with added support for one-click candidate profile export. A detailed view of notes, work history, and interview feedback will add further transparency to recruitment processes. Expect to see more of this sort of thing.
  • Yudu launches in New Zealand: New Zealand Media and Entertainment has launched Yudu, a job site, which it claims, will “change the way people find careers.” Users will be able to complete a personality test, highlighting their personal strengths and values, and find companies looking for similar candidates. Interesting.
  • Jobg8 adds job alertsJobg8 has launched an email job alerting service which maximizes the effect of push technology to broaden a job’s reach. The company ran trials of the service with clients prior to release; the service also generates revenue for the participating job boards. Also interesting.
  • eQuest gets biggereQuest says 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. eQuest customers can watch candidate activity, including trending and responsiveness, per requisition, to easily predict which job boards will work better than others. Is your site there?
  • Blockchain talent platform, a blockchain talent agency that enables organisations to hire experienced blockchain freelancers, has launched. The platform facilitates the hiring of people such as coders and marketers, and pay both their fee and the freelancers themselves in bitcoin via Moneo’s escrowed payments platform. Is Blockchain the new AI?
  • Woo raises moneyWoo, a marketplace for matching employers and passive job seekers, announced the launch of its news AI-driven headhunter called “Helena” – and also announced the close of its $7 million Series A investment round led by Lord David Alliance, with participation from existing investors. This new round brings the company’s total funding to $11.4 million. So I guess AI is still cool.
  • DHI sued by 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. Among the lawsuit’s allegations was that DHI has “scraped information from websites other than the Oilpro Website…and have developed a negative reputation for this activity on various Internet media websites”.  In other DHI news, the stock reached a 52-week low of $1.80 as of November 16. Tough times.
  • Indeed’s revenue goes up againIndeed grew its revenue 68 percent in H1 of FY2017/18 (Apr. 1 to Sept. 30) y-on-y to ¥99.1 billion ($800 million U.S.), and its EBITDA 97 percent y-on-y to ¥16.1 billion ($142 million U.S.), according to a 33-page earnings report released by Recruit Holdings (TSE: 6098). In other Indeed news, they filed a dispute with Minnesota-based ADR Forum against the registered owner of the domain – and won; thus, if you type into your browser, you are redirected to an landing page. Everything’s coming up Indeed!
  • Stepstone gets biggerAxel Springer has reported another strong quarter, powered by its classifieds businesses once again. In the first nine months, the jobs segment (StepStone Group) grew revenue 15 percent to €342 million. But, the Q3 performance was even more memorable: revenue grew 21 percent from Q3 of FY2016 to €123 million. Impressive.
  • SEEK and Spark Hire partner upSpark Hire, a video interviewing platform, has started a reseller partnership with SEEK. The product, to be marketed as SEEK Video Screen by Spark Hire, will focus on employers and recruitment agencies in Australia and New Zealand.

Well, that’s all for now. More next month!

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