Win A Free Ticket To The Social Media In Recruitment Conference

We have just launched our new Facebook page ( thanks to Steve Evans at Net Natives) and we are offering a FREE TICKET to the Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April (worth £348.00, plus VAT.)

How To Win?

There are no complicated rules. If you simply “like” our new Facebook page between now and midnight on Sunday 3rd April 2011 your name will go into the hat to win a ticket.

The winner will be announced on Twitter on Monday morning.

UPDATE – 4th April 2011

The winner of the FREE TICKET is Cat Gutsell @catgustell. Congratulations!

Please note that there is no cash alternative for the winner if they can’t make the Conference although they will be able to transfer the ticket to someone else.

The free ticket does not include travel or accommodation costs.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the 7th April in London!

Mike Taylor

The Growth Of Social Media In Recruitment

I am busy preparing for the third Social Media in Recruitment Conference next week and I have been looking at the growth of Social Media since my first Conference in July 2009.

It is easy to think that social networking sites have been around forever as they are now very much a part of normal day to day activities. Although Linkedin has been around since 2003, Facebook since 2004 and Twitter since 2006, it has only been over the last few years that the use of Social Media in Recruitment has really started to take off.

Here are some stats showing the growth in Social Media sites from July 2009 until March 2011:


July 2009 Conference – 42 million users worldwide
March 2011: – More than 100 million users in more than 200 countries including:

  • 20 million+ members in Europe as of December 2010
  • 5 million + members in the UK as of December 2010

Extra Stats:

  • As of January 2011, LinkedIn counts executives from all 2010 Fortune 500 companies as members; its hiring solutions were used by 69 of the Fortune 100 companies as of December 31, 2010
  • More than half of LinkedIn members are currently located outside of the United States
  • More than one million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages (formerly known as company profiles)
  • There were nearly two billion people searches on LinkedIn in 2010
  • LinkedIn is currently available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.


July 2009 Conference – 250 million users
March 2011: – More than 500 million users

Extra Stats:

  • 50% of their active users log onto Facebook every day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • In 2010 roughly 7.9 new users signed up every second of the year, on average
  • USA and the UK are in the top 3 countries, but Indonesia is second with 32.1 million users
  • The large majority of users is between 18 and 34 years old but the fastest growing age group is 65+ (+124%)
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month
  • There are more than 200 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices


July 2009 Conference - Around 7 million users
March 2011: – Over 175 million users

Extra Stats:

More than 95 million tweets are written per day (latest stats September 2010) which is almost 4 million tweets per hour.

What’s Your Experience Of Social Media Been Like?

The dramatic growth in the use of Social Media looks set to continue as every day more and more Recruiters start to use Social Media.

If you are using Social Media in your organisation then it would be great to hear your feedback about what worked for you and what didn’t?

Please leave a comment below or contact me.

Other Organisations Results

If you want to discover what results other organisations are achieving with Social Media then check out our next Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April.

Mike Taylor

Colin Cook – Marketing Director – British Army Recruiting – Speaker Preview Interview – 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference

The eighth interview in our Speakers Preview Interviews is with Colin Cook, Marketing Director, British Army Recruiting.

The title of Colin’s presentation at the Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April is “How the British Army introduced Social Media in Recruitment.”

In the preview video below Colin talks about the strategy the Army used to follow before Social Media and how that is now changing.

I believe that Colin’s presentation on the 7th April will be helpful for anyone looking to put together a business case for Social Media in their own organisations.

If you have any questions about the Conference then please feel free to contact me.

Mike Taylor

New Facebook Job Search App – Branchout

According to Mashable Facebook have secured $6m of funding for ther new Job Search App called BranchOut.

This is an interesting move as up until now most people have said that they think of sites like LInkedin for their “business life” and sites like Facebook for their “personal life”.

As a Recruiter do you consider this to be a good move? And job seekers, would you prefer to keep Facebook “social” rather than “business.”


Facebook Reaches 500 Million Users


Facebook has now reached 500 million users. That’s an incredible figure for an idea that started back in 2004.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recently said  “We are building toward a web where the default is social.”

500 million users is a massive figure. So is the figure of 2 billion videos a day that YouTube serves.

What is clear is that social media is having a massive impact on the way that people communicate and consume messages. No longer are people reliant on a PC or laptop to receive messages, with mobile playing a major part in the popularity of sites like Facebook.

Looking at the growth in mobile when was the last time you looked at how your recruitment web site was seen through a mobile device? Are you pleased with what you see? If not, then what do you think job seekers will think?