In this blog Brian Matthews, Managing Partner here at The Candidate, summarises what we've learnt from 2014 and what we can expect for 2015!
What have we learnt from 2014? Can we top it in 2015?
What a year for The Candidate! Highlights include the opening of two new divisions, winning regional agency of the year for the 2nd year running and tripling the size of the team.
This unprecedented growth is down to a few core areas involving clients needs for more and more digital natives.
The key areas of growth in agency-land were certainly PR and content marketing. This was predominantly down to Google's changes around the acquisition of links.
Our eCommerce side of the business saw confidence from clients realising the importance of bringing digital in-house, creating an agency feel within a traditional marketing teams.
As both agency and eCommerce recruitment personnel will firmly agree, in order to get the best return on investment - getting the right candidate is key!
So a bit like Russell Grant, everyone's favourite astrologer - Here are my predictions for 2015!
eCommerce will continue to flourish with retailers from both high street stores to people selling widgets in their front room continuing to grow their revenues from online presence. Businesses will be looking to add commercially savvy digital marketers to their marketing teams.
Growth area prediction: Technical SEO and content specialists
Without question the trend in 2014 will continue. We've seen a huge step from traditional media planning and buying agencies step towards that creative agency marketplace and vice versa. Clients now want a one stop shop. Agencies across the board will be looking for that client facing, technical creative candidate. Tough brief I know!
Growth area prediction: PR and content professionals, closely followed by paid social media consultants
Film and production recruitment
This was a bit of a no brainer for the The Candidate. With the introduction of localised advertising coming through from Adsmart there has been a seismic shift in terms of who can make an advert to be viewed on YouTube and local TV adverts. Small independents have been staffing up on a range of roles from self-shooting directors to motions graphics artists, all heavily in the last six months. In what has traditionally been a freelance market I predict a significant rise in permanent contracts in this sector. This will come from the BBC and ITV sharing a lot of that growing talent pool.
Growth area prediction: Motion graphic artists
Is this finally the year for mobile? My prediction - simple - yes. With new found confidence and responsive, easy to navigate sites I feel there will be a huge growth in m-commerce.
Some bold predictions in here, but like The Candidate did last year I predict un-parallel growth for the third year in row for new digital age.
Final predication: The Candidate will remain as the leading digital media recruitment agency!