Expertise

When you’re serious about employer brand.

We put employer brand front and center with the C-Suite so they truly understand the value and see the impact. We ground our work in research and then take a strategic, consumer-based approach no other firm can match led by a client-facing team of actual practitioners. We activate with stunning creative and consultative plans that work with the reality of your business.

Everything we do is custom to you.

Exceptional employer brands come from well founded, rigorous, and custom strategy.

Holistic Approach

A true employer brand means branding and marketing the entire employment experience. Our holistic model helps you think full-circle even if you’re just starting with recruitment marketing.

Candidate Experience

exaqueo led the development of the industry’s first candidate-centric model in partnership with leading thinkers and executives across talent acquisition.

Source of Influence

Our CEO was the first to declare the importance of source of influence over source of hire in employer brand. Our model helps you make your own marketing and advertising decisions.

Whole Self Model

We believe you bring your whole self to work. Harvard Business Review featured our model which delivers a full picture of your candidates and employees.

A luxury hotel company competing with the biggest names in the world needed a truly differentiated employer brand strategy. ‘Crafted By You’ attracts and retains talent who value autonomy, creativity and the opportunity to work for a brand with a rich tradition and exceptional service.

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A new consumer brand required a new, impactful, employer brand that was both brand aligned and authentic to the talent needed to drive the organization forward. Our differentiated approach, ‘Opportunity Owned,’ led to a 19% increase in offers in just a few short months.

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As a growing, global business with a loyal following, the CEO named talent and culture his #1 priority. We built an employer brand that captures the authentic spirit and unique employment experience from corporate to retail to manufacturing.

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A bold business strategy requires talent with the guts and talent to achieve audacious goals. ‘Accept the challenge’ combines the reality of the employment experience with the business of business intelligence. MicroStrategy saw an overall employee rating increase from a 3.4 to a 4 on Glassdoor after the employer brand launch.

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With a competitive talent market, Swedish needed to differentiate their employment experience and highlight the kind of caregivers who thrive in their patient-centered environment. Impactful language and a clear point of differentiation resulted in an employer brand and careers site their leadership called ”beautiful work” and “a powerful influence.”

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Our Commitment

This work is our meaning.
In 2021, exaqueo celebrates our 10-year anniversary of advocating for workforce research, giving a voice to employees, and building authentic employer brands. We’ve hit many historic and pioneering milestones in our decade of service.

2011
exaqueo founded

exaqueo is founded by Susan LaMotte as a consulting firm to fill the void she found when serving as an in-house Global Employer Brand Leader

2013
source of influence

We pioneer the concept of “source of influence” as key talent acquisition metric

2015
whole self model

Our “whole self model” is published in the Harvard Business Review

We help Carnival Cruise Lines launch their revamped culture, values, and first-ever candidate self-assessment

2016

We help launch the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals

We power the employer brand for CSAA and their revolutionary brandline ‘A Community That Works’™

2017
moments that matter

We introduce “moments that matter” as it relates to the candidate experience

2018
exaqueo powered employer brands

Red Wing Shoe Company debuts their exaqueo- powered employer brand ‘Build Your Legacy’

We compose the first ever, unique, employer brand musical score for Kempinski careers

2019
company recognitions

We become a certified diverse supplier

We are named one of the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina

2020

Partner with the Talent Board, CareerXRoads, and Fortune 500 HR executives to develop the industry’s first candidate-centric candidate experience model

We’re recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina for the second year in a row

2021
transformation of EVP

We lead the industry in the bold transformation from employer value proposition (EVP) to the employer commitment, launching the first loyalty metric to replace eNPS

Celebrate #exaqueo10 with us!
Share your words of inspiration or motivation with our team using #exaqueo10 on Twitter.

Our collective perspective.

exaqueo's employer brand blog featuring insight from our team, industry news and trends, our research, client work, and lessons learned.

Apr 9, 2021
Apr 9, 2021
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Team exaqueo

exaqueo Celebrates Client Appreciation Week and 10 Years of Service #exaqueo10

For the past decade, it’s been our mission to help clients tell the true story of their organizations’ employment experience. And we know, without our clients, there’d be no exaqueo. They are part of our story.

Mar 22, 2021
Mar 22, 2021
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Shannon Smedstad

From Retail to FinTech: 6 Companies Hiring Right Now Across the U.S.

Shining a spotlight on a diverse group of organizations that collectively have more than 1,200 jobs open in the United States right now.

Mar 8, 2021
Mar 10, 2021
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Shannon Smedstad

10 Questions with Jennifer Beyer, Employer Brand Lead and Future Maker at Fannie Mae

Jennifer Beyer is no stranger to the world of employer brand and recruitment marketing. Currently, she is in the midst of launching Fannie Mae’s new employer brand, “Future Makers,” which is strategically aligned to data-backed employer brand pillars.

Mar 3, 2021
Mar 3, 2021
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Shannon Smedstad

Need Employee Photos? How to Safely Coordinate an On-site Photoshoot During a Pandemic

The global pandemic hasn’t eliminated the need for employee stories and images. In fact, it’s accelerated their importance. Showing the human side of your organization has never been more critical as candidates look to find a place where they’ll feel welcomed, supported. and safe.

Feb 9, 2021
Feb 9, 2021
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Shannon Smedstad

4 Important Ways to Bring Employer Brand + Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Together #DEI

Employer brand and DEI should co-exist at every turn, not exist in separate silos. Now, more than ever, employer brand professionals need to see these functions as two threads in the same fabric.

Jan 26, 2021
Jan 26, 2021
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Shannon Smedstad

Using Workforce Insights to Rethink the Post-Pandemic Employee Experience

Knowing how to redefine your organization’s employee experience means going straight to the source: your employees.

Our Reputation

All of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals. We’re known for our ability to get senior leader attention and commitment. We’re valued for our elevated strategy and intellect. We’re hired because of our serious commitment to you and your work.
“I wanted to extend you a HUGE compliment. [Our CHRO] walked through the findings and the employer brand [architecture] and agreed with them all. Well done! I haven't seen that yet, so you should really feel terrific about capturing the essence of what it means to work [here].”
– Vice President, Talent Acquisition, global technology company
"The alignment between consumer brand and employer brand has been very thoughtful and purposeful."
– CMO, global retail company
"I love the specific expertise exaqueo brings to Employer Branding. It shows. I could not recommend exaqueo more highly.”
– HR Leader, global automotive company
"A massive thank you for helping us bring our vision of how to articulate our employer brand to life. Thank you for your great partnership in helping us achieve a key milestone in the delivery of our HR strategy!"
– CHRO, global  hospitality company

Our team is in the know.

We’re known and respected for our perspective in employer brand, talent, and HR.

Work with a true partner.

Are you interested in a more strategic, elevated,
and impactful approach to employer brand?