SOURCE: Taleo Corporation

Taleo Corporation

October 03, 2011 08:30 ET

Taleo Launches Brand Campaign to Tell Businesses: 'Talent Intelligence Knows'

Ads That Combine Humanity and Insight to Show How Talent Intelligence Drives Business Success

DUBLIN, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2011) - Taleo Corporation (NASDAQ: TLEO), the global leader of SaaS-based Talent Management solutions, today launched a global brand campaign designed to position talent intelligence as a vital competitive advantage for business. With talent intelligence, companies achieve a deeper understanding of candidates and employees so managers can make smarter and more insightful talent decisions that drive business success.

In ads that break today in The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek, Taleo is introducing a new tagline, TALENT INTELLIGENCE KNOWS. The tagline presents talent intelligence as the answer for companies seeking to unlock the power of their people.

Taleo worked with New York boutique ad agency Grok to develop the concept and creative for the campaign, which will anchor print and online ads, at tradeshows, and in videos and webinars. The ad series uses a familiar icon -- the employee ID tag -- to communicate a problem only talent intelligence can solve. For instance, the full-page ad in today's Wall Street Journal shows a smiling ID photo of an EVP of Operations whose tag describes him as a "dream candidate" turned "total nightmare." The copy below the photo asks readers, "Do you know your employees? Really know them?" Another ad presents the opposite problem -- a great employee passed over for a promotion is now "enjoying a steak dinner with your biggest competitor."

The ads then deliver Taleo's brand promise by describing how the company's Talent Management solutions give organizations the insights, or talent intelligence, they need to attract and retain the best people. "After all," the ads conclude, "the business with the best people wins."

Taleo's first-ever branding campaign breaks new ground in the Talent Management category by speaking directly to business decision-makers. While these individuals benefit most from talent intelligence, they have long been a secondary target for Talent Management vendors, whose products are usually sold to corporate HR executives. Taleo also distinguishes its branding efforts from competitors by employing a playful edge: One awful employee is found to have "gone rogue," while another faces a task so daunting she may need CPR.

"Today we're rolling out our first major branding effort ever to communicate Taleo's thought leadership position in an increasingly crowded and competitive market," said Heidi Melin, Taleo's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "The campaign combines smart, strategic insights with a surprising and deceptively simple idea. Familiar icons and situations educate managers about the benefits of talent intelligence while reinforcing Taleo's ability to deliver it. Taleo's tagline is TALENT INTELLIGENCE KNOWS. After today, a lot more business leaders will know Taleo."

Along with its focus on line-of-business managers -- an ad will also appear in the November issue of Harvard Business Review and airport signage may roll out early next year -- Taleo isn't ignoring the core market for Talent Management solutions. The new branding package is a prominent part of Taleo's presence at the HR Technology Conference & Expo this week, and the ads will appear on leading online HR news outlets including HR.com and SHRM.org. Taleo plans to broaden the branding campaign beyond North America to markets European markets early next year.

In addition to Grok as the lead agency, Taleo's branding partners include TargetCast tcm for interactive media and Acsys Interactive for digital content creative.

Visit taleo.com/knows-pr to view the talent intelligence video and other brand campaign content.

About Taleo
Taleo (NASDAQ: TLEO) helps organizations improve the performance of their business by unlocking the power of their people. Taleo is the only company to provide industry leading solutions in every category of Talent Management. Through its cloud-based platform, Taleo optimizes recruiting, performance management, learning and compensation -- and integrates them all so managers have the insights they need to achieve talent intelligence. Customers also plug into Taleo's unique Talent Grid community to harness the power of proven best practices, millions of users, and Taleo-ready partner solutions. From small and medium sized businesses to large enterprises, more than 5,000 organizations rely on Taleo every day to pursue growth, innovation and customer success.

Forward-looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the demand for and benefits from the use of Taleo's solutions. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Taleo's historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Taleo's expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Taleo disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Further information on potential factors that could affect actual results is included in Part II, Item 1A of Taleo's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC on August 8, 2011, and in other reports filed by Taleo with the SEC.

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