Hodes UK Goes Global

LONDON, March 3, 2017

Hodes UK, a London-based full-service creative employer branding agency, announced today its position with Symphony Talent, a New York-based comprehensive talent acquisition solutions provider. This strategic realignment will bring together Hodes UK and the U.S.-based Hodes arm under a new Hodes Global brand within Symphony Talent. The synchronicity of the Hodes creative and employer brand capabilities with the solutions that sit under Symphony Talent – from next-generation recruitment marketing to employee engagement technology – will redefine how employers connect with talent. As part of the transition, Hodes UK Managing Director, Simon Phillips, will take on the role of chief creative & brand officer for Hodes globally, and will also serve as the managing director of Symphony Talent in Europe.

“Bringing Hodes under the Symphony Talent umbrella is an important step in our agency’s evolution. Not only will we continue to provide our clients with the award-winning creative and strategy that we’ve become so well known for, but we’ll also be able to activate Symphony Talent’s candidate and employee technologies for a more powerful employer brand experience for our clients,” stated Phillips. “This distinct combination of insight-based and intelligent creative, meeting industry-leading technology, sets Symphony Talent apart in serving companies looking to reach, attract and retain the best talent. We’re already at work activating this additional firepower with some of our Hodes clients across Europe.”

As part of the integration, Hodes clients can now leverage Symphony Talent’s next-generation technology solutions to create more unified and more effective recruitment efforts, while Symphony Talent clients worldwide can now more seamlessly leverage the creative power of Hodes. Additionally, this move expands the global reach of Hodes’ creative, brand and research staff throughout the United States, London and worldwide. Both in the UK and abroad, companies competing for the best talent possible can tap into a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to unify and improve the recruitment cycle:

– Experience Cloud – an omni-channel platform that addresses recruitment marketing, candidate experience and employee engagement,
– Media Cloud – an artificial intelligence-based media buying platform that automatically optimizes recruitment advertising efforts, and
– Hodes – award-winning creative designed to build effective and engaging employer brands.

“Hodes has continually evolved to meet and exceed the employer branding needs of some of the world’s most notable companies,” stated Roopesh Nair, CEO of Symphony Talent. “Today, it serves as one of three critical capabilities in Symphony Talent’s offering designed to help companies attract, engage and retain the best talent. We look forward to expanding our presence in Europe under Simon’s leadership, arming companies across the region and around the world with a distinct and powerful combination of technology and creativity.”

Hodes has updated its branding – including its logo and website – to reflect the transition into the Symphony Talent team. Operating in Europe since the mid-90’s and having relaunched as a completely new agency at the end of 2014, Hodes UK works with major brands such as Unilever, Dixons Carphone, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, L’Oreal and The Body Shop. Most recently, the agency achieved acclaim as the 2016 CIPDrma Agency of the Year.