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ES university logoEmployeeScreen celebrated its 10th anniversary last August, making it a grandfather in the hotly contested market for employee screening services.  The landscape is dotted with more than 1,000 companies, many of them specialized boutiques, according to Nick Fishman, chief marketing officer and executive vice president. EmployeeScreen has thrived in that environment in part due to a diversified set of social media programs that deliver education and insight that draws more than 3,000 visitors to its website each week.
It was almost an accident three years ago that EmployeeScreen began to develop its social media presence.  An early experiment with search engine optimization yielded a huge lift in traffic, which emboldened EmployeeScreen to go further.  Today, its EmployeeScreen University draws thousands of human resources professionals each month to a slate of articles and audio/ video podcasts, with about one in four visitors clicking through to EmployeeScreen’s main website.  Its active blog helps sustain its position near the top of search engine results.
The success has enabled EmployeeScreen to reduce its dependence on advertising and to engage with prospects at a deeper level.  It's also demonstrated a greater truth, says Fishman. “One small guy can make very big waves.”
This episode is hosted by Paul Gillin (@pgillin) of Paul Gillin Communications
About EmployeeScreen
Competitive picture
Why using social networks to conduct background checks is a bad idea
How EmployeeScreen got into social media marketing by accident and the surprising early success the company had
The launch of EmployeeScreen University, a learning destination for HR professionals to learn all about background checks
Visitors grew to 5,000 to 7,000 per month, with 25% clicking to the corporate site
The move into social networks; HR people were early adopters of LinkedIn
Why Twitter hasn’t been a big business contributor
About EmployeeScreen’s all-time most popular blog entry
About adapting content for a b-to-b audience
Traffic to the blog averages about 3,000 visitors a week
How podcasts fit into the mix
Thematic programming: This Week in Background Checks; other uses for the podcast series
Which metrics matter most
How social media has reduced the need to advertise
Maintaining an early competitive lead; how search engine optimization keeps the site strong
Why you shouldn’t try to game search engines
Trying to keep up with social media evolution
How Nick and EmployeeScreen got into social media marketing
The need to stay on top of changing trends in Internet marketing
Landmarks in EmployeeScreen’s social media experience
“WordPress has been a godsend”
About the Guest Host
This episode was guest hosted by Paul Gillin (@pgillin) of Paul Gillin Communications.  Paul was founding editor-in-chief of TechTarget, one of the most successful technology media entities to emerge on the Internet. Before that, he was editor-in-chief and executive editor of the technology weekly Computerworld for 15 years.
He wrote The New Influencers, Secrets of Social Media Marketing and the Joy of Geocaching and is currently co-writing a book with Eric Schwartzman about business-to-business applications of social media.
Paul writes a regular column for BtoB magazine and contributes to various blogs and online publications. He’s also a Research Fellow and a member of the advisory board of the Society for New Communications Research.

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