We are excited to announce that one of our clients, ADP, has been ranked among the top 20 in Training magazine’s Training Top 125 rankings for 2013. This is the sixth consecutive year ADP has earned this distinction, which recognizes companies that go above and beyond to offer their employees high-quality training and development opportunities.
It wasn’t too long ago that ADP had a lengthy, expensive sales training process that not only fell short on employee engagement, but also kept employees away from maintaining relationships with customers and prospects. With their switch to Blackboard Angel, however, ADP was able to streamline the training process while boosting employee interaction and retention. What’s more, they were able to save over $1.5 million in training expenses and led to a 12% increase in first year annual sales.
We are proud to work with so many companies like ADP that are leveraging training for the benefit their entire business. You can read more about Blackboard’s partnership with ADP here, and can also learn more about their recognition at Training magazine and on the ADP website.
Later this month, I will have the opportunity to present at ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2013 conference
. For those of you who have never been to TechKnowledge, it is a gathering of professional learning stakeholders to discuss progressive best practices in the design, delivery, and strategy of technology-based learning.
My presentation will focus on the ways companies can dramatically improve their sales training ROI. Specifically, I want to discuss how our clients have seen direct results
by leveraging training metrics, engaging in social learning, and aligning sales training with company goals. I’m particularly excited to share all of the new developments Blackboard has had in the past year in the sales training through our Learn for Salesforce
Check out the information below to learn more about my upcoming presentation, and let us know if we will see you at ASTD TechKnowledge 2013
Conference Dates and Location: January 30-February 1, San Jose, California
Session Date: Thursday, January 31, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Location: Room 114
Even if you can’t make it to the presentation, be sure to visit Blackboard in booth 501!
For many of us, the first thing we think of when it comes to smartphones and other mobile gadgets is the way we use them in our personal lives, from browsing the web to playing with our favorite apps.
But it’s not just about having fun, because these mobile and social technologies built for consumers are having a profound impact on the way we do business. According to one recent study, for example, organizations that gave their sales teams mobile access to their CRM realized a 14.6% increase in productivity, while those that provided social CRM tools saw an 11.8% increase.
At Blackboard, we’re proud to be a leader in this revolution in the technology of business. In Kelly Liyakasa’s recent article from DestinationCRM.com, “5 Emerging Sales Productivity Tools,” Blackboard’s Learn for Salesforce was listed as a top platform for a more social, mobile CRM, along with other tools such as Concurforce and Insideview.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Announced at Dreamforce 2011, Salesforce.com and Blackboard teamed up to launch Learn for Salesforce, a platform
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with WorldatWork, a human resources association that provides professional development and education opportunities to more than 65,000 members and subscribers worldwide. WorldatWork began using Blackboard a year ago to deliver their comprehensive certification courses, so I was particularly interested to hear why they chose Blackboard and what impact our solutions have had thus far.
Q: What challenges were you facing prior to using Blackboard?
WorldatWork: Before we began using Blackboard, we had three main types of course delivery: classroom, self-study, and e-learning. The main problem we faced was that the e-learning delivery was great for self-paced learning, but it lacked opportunities for one-on-one interaction with instructors and other students. In addition, face-to-face learning in a classroom was effective yet expensive due to the cost of travel. So we sought out a solution that would provide opportunities for networking and personal interaction, but with the efficiency and cost savings of e-learning.
Q: How have your participants responded to the Blackboard interface?
For those who haven’t heard about Blackboard Learn for Salesforce, I want to share a video that highlights the ways this solution enhances sales training for businesses of all sizes. Blackboard and Salesforce are an ideal combination for companies that want to get the most out of training by aligning learning content with individual sales goals, allowing you to see the direct impact that training has on sales performance. Companies that already leverage Blackboard Learn for Salesforce have seen the results of this powerful partnership of learning and sales, including:
- More engaging and enjoyable learning experience
- Increased sales productivity for trainees
- Faster time to deployment of new learning content
Check out the video below to learn more about Blackboard Learn for Salesforce, and visit our website to see how this solution can have a real impact on your business.