Former chief Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz and leading veterans’ advocate Jake Wood to keynote; Tim Sackett will emcee
NEW YORK, February 6, 2020 – Symphony Talent, a global leader in employer brand services and candidate experience technology, and SmashFly Technologies, the pioneering recruitment marketing and CRM platform, today announced the return of the Transform Recruitment Marketing Conference in Boston, June 3-4. After Symphony Talent’s acquisition of SmashFly in November 2019, the combined company will co-host the industry event, amplifying its vision to help global enterprises transform the talent experience.
Inaugurated in 2016 as the first-ever recruitment marketing conference, Transform will unite 250 of talent acquisition’s most daring and influential thinkers to focus on how to “Form the Future” of recruitment marketing. The agenda will dive deep into business, recruiting, talent and personal transformation, led by keynotes Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama’s former chief speechwriter, and Jake Wood, former Marine, winner of the 2018 Pat Tillman Award for Courage, and CEO of Team Rubicon, a non-profit that hires veterans to deliver disaster relief around the globe. Other initial speakers include Elaine Orler, founder and CEO of TalentFunction; Chris Kneeland, cofounder and chief content officer of The Gathering of Cult Brands; and Torin Ellis, industry-respected diversity strategist.
“Transform’s growth as an event, a community and a movement has been critical to advance the discipline of recruitment marketing; it brings together the people who have been thinking differently about candidate and talent experience for years, but never had a ‘home,’” said Roopesh Nair, CEO of Symphony Talent. “I’m incredibly excited to propel this conference with our combined forces, giving the industry’s trailblazers a platform to share their stories and expertise.” Nair will kick off the conference with the opening keynote on June 3.
Last year’s event at The Revere Hotel in Boston saw 200 attendees in-person and 2,500 live stream registrants across six continents. 2019 emcee Tim Sackett, president of HRU Technical Resources, will return to the mainstage in 2020.
“It’s incredible to see a newly-created conference become so memorable and impactful, and it’s why I keep coming back,” said Sackett. “Practitioners attend for the first-class speakers, usable content and tons of real time to connect with the people who do what they do. They leave feeling more energized and inspired to think and act bigger.”
Marquee sponsors currently include Altru, Appcast, SparcStart, Stories Incorporated, Ultimate, and ZipRecruiter. More details regarding additional speakers, sponsors and the full agenda are forthcoming.
Registration is now open: Use code PRWIN for 10% off early bird pricing.
More About Symphony Talent
Symphony Talent is a global leader in Employer Brand and Candidate Experience solutions for some of the world’s leading brands. Combining award-winning creative and marketing technology, Symphony Talent offers the most strategic and comprehensive suite of solutions on the market, transforming employer brands to deliver world-class experiences for candidates, employees and recruiters. For more information, visit www.symphonytalent.com and follow us on Twitter @SymphonyTalent_.
More About SmashFly Technologies
Acquired by Symphony Talent in 2019, the award-winning software company serves more than 100 customers, including 25 of the Fortune 500. Powered by AI, SmashFly’s enterprise platform combines CRM, career site, events and analytics solutions to create a smarter, seamless experience for talent – and your team. For more information, visit www.smashfly.com and follow us on Twitter @SmashFly.
Symphony Talent to Unveil Immersive Candidate Journey Exhibit as Executive Sponsor of Inaugural Talent Acquisition Week 2020
The Exhibit is First-of-its-Kind at the Conference
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2020 — On January 28-30, 2020, the popular Social Recruiting Strategies Conference (SRSC), Employer Branding Strategies Conference (EBSC), and Talent Sourcing Strategies Summit converge under one roof at GSMI’s Talent Acquisition Week (TA Week). A 3-in-1 ticket provides attendees with all-access, allowing for the most comprehensive conference experience and endless networking opportunities with the brightest in the industry. TA Week will be hosted in the heart of San Francisco, at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF.
As the executive sponsor of the conference, Symphony Talent plans to unveil its “Moments That Matter” exhibit at TA Week as the first experiential exhibit where talent leaders can walk through the candidate experience. The exhibit features over 100 data points and quotes from industry experts and practitioners, research on Fortune 500 brands, direct access to eight free eBooks and reports, and seven subject matter experts.
“There isn’t a more critical time in talent marketing than now to take a careful look at your candidate experience. Our exhibit both encourages and enables talent leaders to do precisely that – considering all of the physical and digital touchpoints of today’s candidate journey,” said Roopesh Nair, CEO, Symphony Talent. “We’re thrilled to partner with TA Week, and to bring to light insights and data from our billions of candidate touchpoints tracked each year.”
Symphony Talent, which recently acquired SmashFly, will join the impressive conference floor to offer #TA_Week attendees access to its cutting-edge employer branding services and candidate experience solutions.
Leading talent acquisition practitioners converge at this 3-in-1 event to share best practices, tools, case studies and metrics for recruiting success in the candidate-centric market. Attendees and speakers will share experiences in how to effectively leverage an integrated talent acquisition strategy – unlocking the power of personalization and automation with technology and employer brand to find the best candidates, all while staying true to the human element of the process.
“Symphony Talent’s presence as our Executive Sponsor will offer our attendees and speakers an undeniably unique experience. They are redefining how employers and talent connect with programmatic media & employer branding solutions. Come check them out at the Exhibit and AfterGlow party – you won’t want to miss what they have in store for #TA_Week!” – Kara Mignanelli, TAW Executive Director, GSMI
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Ben Harlow and Will Jeffreys join from AIA/TMP Worldwide, bringing 30+ years of employer brand and creative strategy experience with more than 80 industry-recognised awards
LONDON, UK., January 6, 2020 – Symphony Talent (previously known as Hodes in Europe), a global leader in award-winning creative, employer brand services and talent marketing technology, today announced Ben Harlow and Will Jeffreys as Joint Chief Creative Officers for the organisation’s European operations. In their new roles, Harlow and Jeffreys will further elevate the organisation’s well-respected creative reputation and lead the European creative direction, innovation and unparalleled team for Symphony Talent’s roster of clients. This appointment, which also follows the recent acquisition of SmashFly Technologies, will expand Symphony Talent’s continued vision to lead creative, strategy and technological innovation in the employer brand and talent acquisition space.
“Symphony Talent is challenging the industry and focussing on how to bring together creativity and technology to help talent leaders truly amplify their employer brands,” said Simon Phillips, Managing Director, EU, Symphony Talent. “Ben and Will bring a track record of applying leading-edge creative thinking across channels, platforms and experiences adding another dimension to our ability to create more personalised and meaningful experiences, and solidifies our position as the leading innovator in the market.”
Phillips goes on to say, “Employer brands need constant management, and in this competitive talent market, bold creative expression is key to differentiating, not only to attract, but also retain the best people. In addition, candidate experiences simply can’t be compromised. Ben and Will’s creative and digital design leadership — coupled with our award-winning creative and data-driven technology — is the game-changer that will help our clients create leading employer brands others look to.”
Harlow and Jeffreys join Symphony Talent with more than 30 years of experience between them in creative and employer branding. Most recently, Harlow and Jeffreys have been creative directors at AIA Worldwide (TMP Worldwide’s EMEA operation) working across accounts such as Thales, M&S, Accenture, Primark and Three. During their tenure, they’ve contributed to over 80 industry-recognised awards thanks to some of the most innovative creative thinking in the industry across the past decade.
“Symphony Talent’s vision to combine its strategic and creative expertise with its leading career site and candidate relationship management (CRM) technology to help clients successfully navigate employer brand transformation demonstrates its unrivalled leadership in the industry, and I can’t wait to start playing a part in building something for the future,” said Jeffreys.
Harlow added, “From the moment I met with Simon and the Symphony Talent team, I immediately knew our visions were aligned. In addition, the highly-skilled team has already delivered some amazing work for some really exciting clients. I could not be more excited at the prospect of collaborating with Symphony Talent’s global teams to deliver exceptional brand transformations and experiences for our clients.”
Roopesh Nair, CEO & President, Symphony Talent concluded, “This represents another major milestone in our growth. To have such well-respected creative talent joining Simon and the team in Europe means we will deliver even stronger solutions for our clients across the globe.”
About Symphony Talent
Symphony Talent is a global leader in Employer Brand and Candidate Experience solutions for some of the world’s leading brands. Combining award-winning creative and marketing technology, Symphony Talent offers the most strategic and comprehensive suite of solutions on the market, transforming employer brands to deliver world-class experiences for candidates, employees and recruiters. For more information, visit www.symphonytalent.com, or follow us on Twitter, @SymphonyT_EU.
NEW YORK and LONDON, November 13, 2019 – Symphony Talent, a global leader in Employer Brand and Candidate Experience solutions, announced today it collected nine industry awards for inspiring work created for multiple clients across a broad range of forms and platforms.
Hodes, part of Symphony Talent, received the coveted Campaign of the Year for an interactive brand experience created on behalf of client, Nexans at the 2019 Recruitment Marketing Awards. The digital campaign was designed to build the client’s reputation among potential employees and build pride among existing employees. The organization also received honors for the top Print Collateral which was the backbone to an internal campaign for its client Mars.
“Being named Campaign of the Year, honored for a well-executed Print campaign and shortlisted in a number of other categories is a testament to the breadth and quality of the work we are doing for clients,” commented Hodes/Symphony Talent European Managing Director, Simon Phillips. “I could not be prouder of our team and congratulate them for their outstanding work and also want to thank all of our fantastic clients for the trust they put in our partnership.”
Symphony Talent also earned accolades from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) in receiving seven 2019 MarCom Awards. The honors included one Platinum, three Gold and three Honorable Mention level awards for excellence in strategic communications, integrated marketing, and digital design.
“These recognitions reinforce our commitment to our clients to continually provide strategic and creative work that delivers exceptional results,” noted Gunnar Kiene, Chief Creative Officer, US. “Getting recognized by the industry and our peers is a tremendous achievement that reflects the strength of our team, the quality of our work and our trusted partnerships with our clients.”
The RMA and MarCom awards follow other recognitions for Symphony Talent including the 2019 Employer Brand Management Awards, 2018 Human Resource Executive’s Top HR Product, in addition to being named the Most Innovative Recruitment Advertising Agency by TATech Recruiting Service Innovation (ReSis) Awards.
About Recruitment Marketing Awards
Since 1980, the Recruitment Marketing Awards continue to provide reward and recognition for excellence and professionalism in recruitment marketing and talent management.
About MarCom Awards
MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals.
Symphony Talent Intensifies Market Position To Provide The Most Comprehensive Talent Experience Solution In The Industry
NEW YORK, November 4, 2019 – Symphony Talent, a global leader in Employer Brand and Candidate Experience solutions, announced today that it has acquired SmashFly Technologies, the industry leader in enterprise recruitment marketing and candidate relationship management (CRM) technology.
The acquisition combines Symphony Talent’s award-winning creative and employer brand services and talent marketing technology with SmashFly’s recruitment marketing technology to provide talent acquisition teams with the most strategic and comprehensive suite of solutions on the market. Together, the companies will be uniquely positioned to execute on their shared vision for transforming the future of talent and employee experience.
Founded in 2007, SmashFly was one of the first recruitment marketing and CRM platforms in the recruiting space and has played an integral role in the growth of the recruitment marketing category. Together, Symphony Talent and SmashFly support nearly 750 customers across the globe. More than one-third of SmashFly’s customer base is in the Fortune 500. Combined with the 30+ large enterprise brands supported by Symphony Talent, the expanded company is positioned for increased success and growth with large, global enterprises. Symphony Talent excels with clients in healthcare, retail, FMCG, tech and high-volume hiring, as well as the mid-market; SmashFly complements those strengths by bringing success with financial services, professional services, manufacturing and technology clients.
“SmashFly is a longstanding industry trailblazer with an exceptionally strong brand and product perception in the market,” commented Symphony Talent President and CEO Roopesh Nair. “Through this acquisition, we have an immense opportunity to diversify our customer base, grow our global presence, and strengthen our market leadership by uniting the best solutions and creative minds in the industry.”
“We have an exciting path ahead to innovate where it matters most to customers,” said SmashFly’s Chief Customer Officer Ted Ruscitti. “With expanded offerings between Symphony Talent and SmashFly, we’ll be able to better answer the needs of our customers today. Plus, with more resources and a strategic focus on innovation, we’ll be able to better guide our customers on what’s next in talent experience.”
“Symphony Talent has continued to strengthen its deep functionality in career sites, candidate journey, and candidate communication. It has differentiated itself in a competitive market with an innovative product, global capabilities, and strong services,” said Madeline Laurano, founder of Aptitude Research. “The addition of SmashFly’s CRM and internal mobility solutions to the portfolio creates a powerful force to be reckoned with in the talent acquisition industry.”
The acquisition also extends the breadth of the combined company’s global footprint with operations in Belfast and Bangalore, alongside their current full-service European headquarters in London.
Symphony Talent continues to capitalize on its strength in the market with this acquisition, following recent wins in the 2019 MarCom Awards, 2019 Recruitment Marketing Awards, 2019 Employer Brand Management Awards, 2018 Human Resource Executive’s Top HR Product, in addition to being named the Most Innovative Recruitment Advertising Agency by TATech Recruiting Service Innovation (ReSis) Awards.
The transaction closed on November 1, 2019, and financial terms were not disclosed. Moelis & Company was the exclusive financial advisor to SmashFly on the transaction.
About Symphony Talent
Symphony Talent is a global leader in Employer Brand and Candidate Experience solutions for some of the world’s leading brands. Combining award-winning creative and marketing technology, Symphony Talent transforms employer brands to deliver world-class experiences for candidates, employees and recruiters. For more information, visit: www.symphonytalent.com or follow us on Twitter, @SymphonyTalent_.
About SmashFly Technologies
SmashFly Technologies is a global recruitment marketing and candidate relationship management (CRM) technology provider. One-third of the company’s customers are part of the Fortune 500 and its platform has users in 69 countries worldwide. Powered by intelligent automation and AI, SmashFly’s platform combines CRM, career site, event, and internal mobility solutions to help talent acquisition teams discover, market, and create careers across the talent lifecycle from intern to retirement. To learn more about SmashFly, visit www.smashfly.com and follow us on Twitter @SmashFly.
SYMPHONY TALENT APPOINTS HAVAS, SAPIENTRAZORFISH VETERAN AS ITS CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER FOR US OPERATIONS
The appointment of Gunnar Kiene strengthens the organization’s commitment to bring together creative, technology, data and strategy to power dynamic employer brand transformations and experiences
NEW YORK, N.Y., October 28, 2019 – Symphony Talent, a global leader in Employer Brand and Candidate Experience solutions, today announced it has named Gunnar Kiene as Chief Creative Officer for the organization’s US operations. In his new role, Kiene will be responsible for helping to set the creative vision for the organization and will oversee innovation, engagement and the creative direction for Symphony Talent’s roster of clients. He will also be leading Symphony Talent’s overall product experience. This appointment drives Symphony Talent’s key differentiator as a leader in creativity and technology and amplifies its competitive advantage in the market.
“Symphony Talent is challenging the industry and redefining how technology and creativity should be brought together to help talent leaders amplify their brand,” said Roopesh Nair, President and CEO, Symphony Talent. “Gunnar’s passion to embed design with purpose and value adds another dimension to our ability to create more personalized and meaningful experiences and solidifies our position as the lead innovator in the market.”
According to Nair, the digital era has accelerated and radically changed candidate experiences. “The candidate experience is the new battleground for talent acquisition and Symphony Talent is leading the charge. Brands, especially in the US, need a renewed focus on bold creative expression to transform their employer brands and candidate experiences. Gunnar’s digital leadership, coupled with our award-winning creative and data-driven technology, is the game-changer that will revolutionize the recruitment marketing industry.”
Kiene joins Symphony Talent with more than 20 years of experience in design and advertising. Previously, Kiene was the Executive Creative Director at Havas where he reinforced design thinking while leading a multidisciplinary team across design, UX and copy. Before that, Kiene led the New York Creative department at SapientRazorfish where he helped triple the size of the business, working across accounts such as MasterCard, Lufthansa, Target and Verizon. He also helped stand up their product innovation practice which laid the foundation for many of his projects including Marcel, the new employee enablement and engagement platform of the Publicis Groupe. Kiene began his career with agencies R/GA and AtmosphereBBDO and most recently served as Executive Creative Director for Gunnar Kiene Consulting.
“Symphony Talent’s ability to pair its storied employer branding expertise with its leading technology to help clients successfully navigate brand transformation demonstrates it unrivaled leadership in the industry,” said Kiene. “After meeting with Roopesh and the Symphony Talent team, I immediately knew our visions of combining strategy, creative and innovation were aligned. I could not be more excited to collaborate with Symphony Talent’s global teams to deliver exceptional brand transformations and experiences to our clients.”
SYMPHONY TALENT SHOWCASES EMPLOYER BRAND TRANSFORMATIONS
Case Studies Highlight Client Success Stories
NEW YORK, April 25, 2019 – Symphony Talent, a leading Talent Marketing solutions provider, today unveiled a selection of case studies highlighting successful transformations and campaigns of its global client base. The case studies showcase the organization’s collaboration with clients to build, activate and manage their employer brands and enhance their candidate and recruiter experience while leveraging Symphony Talent’s award-winning creative and technology solutions.
“We are proud to deliver on our promise with measurable value for our clients,” said Roopesh Nair, President and CEO, Symphony Talent. “These case studies are strong examples of how our creative agency, Hodes, and our talent marketing technology, XCloud®, are helping brands win top talent through seamless, personalized experiences for recruiters, candidates and employees.”
“It’s so exciting to show the breadth of our expertise utilized across such a wide variety of our awesome client partnerships as well as so many different industries,” added Simon Phillips, Hodes/Symphony Talent Managing Director. “Our team is inspired by the challenges we’re helping our clients solve through the tremendous impact of our brand, creative and tech solutions.”
Symphony Talent’s most recent case studies feature the stories of the following clients:
SYMPHONY TALENT RECOGNIZED FOR
ROBUST TALENT MARKETING TECHNOLOGY
Named a Major Player in IDC MarketScape Vendor Assessment
NEW YORK, April 29 – Symphony Talent, a leading Talent Marketing solutions provider, was recently recognized as a “Major Player” in three IDC MarketScape reports on Talent Acquisition software.* This is the second consecutive placement in the Major Players category in the IDC MarketScape.
The IDC MarketScapes analyzed and evaluated providers supporting applicant tracking systems.
“From Hodes’ industry-leading recruitment marketing and branding services to XCloud®’s data-driven media optimization capabilities, Symphony Talent’s extended suite of talent acquisition solutions is one of the most robust in the market,” said Kyle Lagunas, Research Manager for Emerging Trends and Technologies at IDC. “Their ability to take client or industry feedback and turn ideas into product is unparalleled in this space.”
Symphony Talent’s momentum and expansion of its global reach and product footprint is fueled by its collaboration with Google Cloud Talent Solution, integration capabilities with the industry’s enterprise Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), including Workday, Taleo, Infor Talent Science (Lawson), and Kenexa, as well as industry award recognitions for Symphony Talent’s creative and employer brand transformations for its clients, product innovation and leadership.
“We believe our consecutive recognition by IDC MarketScape validates our data-driven strategy and that brands can continue to rely on Symphony Talent to optimize their employer brand and personalize their candidate, employee and recruiter journeys,” said Roopesh Nair, President and CEO, Symphony Talent. “We will persistently challenge ourselves to meet the digitally transforming expectations of our clients and talent as we pursue future innovations and partnerships.”
About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the icons.
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide and US Modern Talent Acquisition Suites for Large Enterprise 2019 Vendor Assessment (Doc # US45016419, April 2019).
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide and US Modern Talent Acquisition Suites for Medium Enterprise 2019 Vendor Assessment (Doc # US45018519, April 2019).
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide and US Modern Talent Acquisition Suites for SMB Enterprise 2019 Vendor Assessment (Doc # US45020719, April 2019).
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Modern Talent Acquisition Systems 2017 Vendor Assessment (Doc # US41542217, September 2017)
SYMPHONY TALENT ADDS NEW CLIENTS TO DIVERSE ROSTER
Leading Companies Enhance Employer Brands, Candidate and Recruiter Experience with Symphony Talent’s Creative and Technology Solutions
NEW YORK, May 1, 2019 – Symphony Talent, a leading Talent Marketing solutions provider, today announced the addition of more than 10 new clients during the first quarter of 2019. The new additions continue the momentum experienced in recent quarters as customers continue to select Symphony Talent for their employer branding and talent marketing initiatives.
“Our continued growth is demonstrated by the increasing demand to leverage creative fueled by talent marketing technology,” said Roopesh Nair, president and CEO, Symphony Talent, “Global brands are seeing the value in providing a richer, more personalized experience to more effectively engage candidates.”
Recent global client roster additions include: ArcelorMittal, Weir Group, Rockwell Automation, La Senza, Micron, Extended Stay America, Drybar, SmartCare and Ward Trucking. These signings, the organization’s expanded relationships with existing clients, and continued solutions innovation have fueled Symphony Talent’s 2019 successful start.
“Our new clients are all excellent examples of brands who are seeking a strategic partner for both brand, creative and tech solutions to help activate and manage their employer brand,” noted Hodes/Symphony Talent European Managing Director, Simon Phillips. “The depth of our team’s unique capabilities and innovative solutions can help them bring their talent marketing stories to life.”
SYMPHONY TALENT ACCELERATES EXPERIENCE CLOUD TALENT MARKETING WITH OMNICHANNEL MESSAGING LAUNCH
NEW YORK, June 19, 2019 – Symphony Talent, a leading talent marketing solutions provider, today announced the availability of messaging features within its Experience Cloud (XCLOUD®) platform to empower brands’ conversational engagement with candidates and employees.
Recognizing the need to communicate with talent in the channel of their preference, and that messaging has become the preferred form of consumer communication, the addition of messaging conversational engagement optimizes multiple recruiting channels and further enhances the talent marketing automation suite within Symphony Talent’s Experience Cloud.
Recruiters and Hiring Managers are now able to communicate with external and internal candidates in a simple, fast and effective way through a unified interface that tracks all engagements within XCLOUD®. The new feature includes SMS mobile messaging, Facebook, Whatsapp, and Slack. Candidates will have the choice to communicate with brands based on the channel they most prefer.
“With low unemployment rates and rising candidate expectations, talent leaders now need to improve the delivery and quality of the candidate experience to more effectively engage candidates,” said Roopesh Nair, CEO and President of Symphony Talent. “The addition of the messaging feature in our omnichannel talent marketing approach eliminates disjointed experiences through siloed channels and reaches candidates on their preferred platforms. Our clients are equipped to deliver personalized candidate experiences across digital and offline channels to build and nurture relationships faster to produce higher engagement and increase conversions.”
Symphony Talent’s Experience Cloud leverages AI and machine learning technology to enable brands to market to the right talent at the right time and by the means they prefer. Additional omnichannel marketing automation features within Experience Cloud include: Automated Job Alerts, Email Marketing, Chatbot and Messenger Apps and Candidate Journey Management. Symphony Talent’s omnichannel solution also includes career websites, offline hiring events, campus events, microsites, digital media (via media optimization platform), and digital billboards.
“Personalization is no longer optional for brands, it’s crucial,” noted Nair. “The features we have added to our Experience Cloud suite continue to optimize and deliver contextually personalized experiences to help brands reach today’s digitally-native candidates and employees on their preferred communication channels.”