ATD 2018 is on the horizon and this year is projected to be the biggest and most exciting one yet. So the question is, will we see you there?
Here’s a brief list of things that make this year’s conference extra special:
- It’s ATD’s 75th anniversary.
- It’s located in San Diego, CA.
- President Barack Obama is the keynote speaker.
- We’ll be there for the 4th year in a row helping innovative training leaders like yourself modernize your training.
So, mark your calendars for May 6-9 and join us for the largest annual conference in the learning and development industry.
Modern Training for Modern Learners
Today’s learners have much higher expectations compared to learners from 10—even 5—years ago. They want their training to mirror the content and technology they consume in their everyday lives – high-quality, engaging, and bite-sized.
No wonder employee training videos are so popular, especially with millennials. They’re the heaviest consumers of video content – and on track to comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025. Are you ready for them?
In addition to videos, other up-and-coming modalities like interactive learning guides and virtual instructor-led training allow you to scale training to a larger number of learners without incurring the costs of classroom training.
Modern learners also want training technology that’s as simple-to-use and engaging as the popular apps they use every day. Unfortunately, traditional learning management systems haven’t kept up, so it’s no wonder both learners and admins alike avoid your LMS at all costs.
Meet Unboxed At ATD 2018
It’s simple, really. We’re not just a training company. And we’re definitely not just an LMS company. We’re both. And like Apple’s industry-changing combination of iTunes (great content) and the iPod (innovative technology), we help you captivate today’s learners with a smart blend of short, personalized training content and an intuitive, engaging LMS.
We’ll be showcasing this dynamic blend of content and our innovative social LMS at ATD 2018, and we’d love to meet you. Just a few minutes with our team could give you fresh ideas that will help you deliver training that excites the most diverse, dynamic, and demanding group of learners yet.
Here’s who you’ll meet:
Spoke Account Manager
Content Strategy Manager
All The Freebies
What’s a great conference without great swag? In addition to some fun Unboxed giveaways, we’ll be sharing two of our most helpful guides:
So, add us to your conference agenda and visit us at booth #104. We can’t wait to meet you in San Diego!
We’re thrilled to announce Spoke, our next-generation social LMS, won two highly-coveted 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology, including:
- Gold for Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology, and
- Bronze for Best Advance in Learning Management Technology.
The awards recognize two innovative features we added to Spoke in 2017 – Spoke News and Spoke Rewards.
Enterprise organizations using Spoke have measured a 5X increase in training completion and a 2.5X increase in non-required activity since introducing these two new features.
Spoke News helps training leaders improve the execution of training initiatives by using targeted and engaging news articles, notifications, and email newsletters to announce new training content, share company updates, and keep their teams in the know.
Spoke Rewards allows employees to earn and redeem Spoke Coins for real-world rewards for completing their assigned training.
“We’re thrilled to add these awards to our growing trophy case,” said Brian Leach, Unboxed’s CEO. “Brandon Hall has long been viewed as the industry experts when it comes to researching the human capital management space, and it’s exciting to receive their recognition for the success our clients are experiencing using our innovative training and technology.”
“Brandon Hall has long been viewed as the industry experts when it comes to researching the human capital management space, and it’s exciting to receive their recognition for the success our clients are experiencing using our innovative training and technology.”
“Human capital management is evolving faster than at any time in its history, and it is powered by innovative technology developed and implemented by organizations big and small,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “The technology innovators who won Excellence Awards this year were focused on providing users with a better overall experience. That is what our research says employers want, and our award winners are leading the way.”
Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, said, “Our technology award winners are truly outstanding and set a high bar for others. We have learned a great deal from what they have accomplished. The awards programs supplement our quantitative research in providing our team with unique insights to share with our members and clients.”
A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated award entries based upon the following criteria:
- Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
- Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
- Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
- Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?
Want to get a personal tour of Spoke News, Spoke Rewards, and everything else that makes Spoke a next-generation LMS, reach out!
About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.
With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.
Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs.
We’re proud to announce Training Industry has named Unboxed’s Spoke® to its 2017 Learning Portal Companies Watch List. Training Industry continuously monitors the training marketplace for the best providers and services, and we’re honored to be considered one of the best.
According to Training Industry, the 2017 Learning Portal Companies Watch List is intended to help buyers of training services evaluate learning portal providers, representing emerging or unique strengths or capabilities.
Spoke has also received numerous awards and recognition over the past few years for its modern, intuitive user interface and social, blended learning capabilities. They include:
- 2017 Top 50 LMS, The Craig Weiss Group
- 2016 Top 50 LMS, eLearning 24/7
- #2, Gamification
- #3, Social Learning
- 2015 Top 50 LMS, eLearning 24/7
- #5, Social Learning
- #8, Next-Gen LMS
Recently, Spoke was also part of the blended learning strategy that won Spoke client Ultraceuticals a 2017 Platinum LearnX Award.
Spoke Account Manager Kiersten Hoffman said:
It’s so exciting to see Spoke recognized. Our learning strategists, software engineers, and UI/UX designers work so hard to push the envelope and innovate continuously. It’s nice to see that hard work pay off!
“The companies selected for this year’s 2017 Learning Portal/LMS Companies Watch List are up-and-coming organizations making great strides in support of learning technologies,” said Lea Johnson, market research manager at Training Industry, Inc. “Through their work, organizations are able to create customized portals and learning systems for their employees to drive engagement and information retention.”
We want to thank our clients, who provide user feedback that helps us continually improve our Spoke platform; and our hardworking Unboxed team members, who continue to raise the bar.
About Training Industry, INC.
Training Industry serves as an expert resource for learning professionals seeking information about best practices and innovative approaches and create an environment for trust and information sharing among learning professionals, including those in the learning and development function, and experts from companies serving the training industry.
Spoke is the modern social learning management system that connects training, communication, collaboration, and gamification to help you train, engage, and reward your teams. To learn more, visit our Spoke LMS page or request a demo.
We’re so excited to announce our client Ultraceuticals has won the prestigious Platinum LearnX Award for Best Blended Learning Model. Heather Vounnou, Ultraceuticals Global Education Innovator, officially accepted the honor at the LearnX Live 2017 Award Show in September.
In 2016 Ultraceuticals launched its UltraAcademy, a learning platform for skincare technicians, nurses, and doctors across Australia and New Zealand who prescribe and use Ultraceuticals products in their clinics and skincare centers. UltraAcademy’s blended model includes a series of baseline prerequisites, online workshops, short microlearning modules, in-person training, and an impressive rewards and recognition program.
When Vounnou was developing the strategy behind UltraAcademy, she knew she needed a learning management system with a modern, beautiful user interface to help her train, engage, and reward students. She also wanted exceptional customer support. She selected Spoke® as her LMS of choice.
“[Spoke Account Manager] Kiersten Hoffman was amazing. I never felt like she was telling me ‘Here’s the template, give us what we need.’ Her customer service was extraordinary,” said Vounnou. Vounnou was also impressed with Spoke’s constant innovation and upgrades based on client feedback, and features such as prerequisites, gamification, and news.
Since the launch of UltraAcademy, the blended learning model continues to receive 5-star ratings from the 2300+ students enrolled in the program across Australia and New Zealand.
“I look forward to working on the ongoing evolution of the UltraAcademy, striving to ensure that we continue to meet the demands of skin technicians, nurses, and doctors both within and beyond the borders of Australia and New Zealand,” Vounnou said.
“Working with Heather [Vounnou] has been a joy because of her intelligent feedback on our platform. Working with Ultraceuticals has helped us continue to innovate by challenging us to improve the way Spoke delivers training and ultimately helps people learn,” said Hoffman.
About the LearnX Impact Awards
The LearnX Impact Awards recognize and reward individuals, teams, and organizations who have used learning and supporting technologies to deliver value and significantly impact employee performance and business results. Previous winners of the Best Blended Learning Model category include Harvard Business School, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Medibank.
Ultraceuticals is the leading Australian Cosmeceutical skincare brand offering professional-grade products and in-clinic treatments, formulated to address major skin concerns such as ageing, pigmentation and acne to give customers their best-ever skin.
Spoke is the modern social learning management system that connects training, communication, collaboration, and gamification to help you train, engage, and reward your teams. To learn more, watch our Meet Spoke video or request a demo.
We’re very excited to announce we’ve been recognized as one of Selling Power’s top sales training companies in 2017. Each year, Selling Power identifies its top sales training companies based on depth and breadth of training offered, innovation, contributions to the sales-training market, and strength of client satisfaction.
We participated for the first time this year, and we were awarded Honorable Mention. It’s an honor to be recognized alongside top sales training companies such as Sandler Training, Action Selling, and Sales Performance International. There are hundreds of sales training companies in this competitive, crowded space—and we’re thrilled to have Selling Power shine a spotlight on our innovative approach. This recognition comes after Training Industry also put Unboxed on their 2017 Sales Training Companies Watch List.
Some of the sales training results we’re most proud of include:
- an increase in YOY sales (up to 60%!)
- an employee productivity (up to 40%)
As a strategic partner, we help our clients modernize their sales training with short, personalized, engaging content that gets results. We’ve learned great training doesn’t come from a box—it’s custom-built for companies who have unique challenges to conquer.
Unlike many traditional off-the-shelf providers, we offer a smart mix of training and technology to support the entire sales training journey—from onboarding to leadership. Our technology solutions include Spoke®, the social learning platform that bridges the gap between training and communications; and Advisor, a guided selling tool that makes needs-based recommendations and explains complex products and services using interactive demos.
Brian Leach, Unboxed President and CEO, said:
“Our custom-built approach to sales training is tailored to each client’s business strategy. We work closely with stakeholders to develop a behavior model that makes it easier for managers to coach behaviors and develop their sales team. Unlike a lot of the off-the-shelf sales training out there, the content is real, contextual, and engaging. We also support sales teams with our mobile-friendly sales training platform, Spoke®, and our guided selling tool Advisor, which helps customers engage with complex products and services. Thank you, Selling Power, for recognizing our work.”
Rick Lloyd, Vice President of Sales and Client Services, added:
“We’re honored to be recognized by Selling Power, and we know client satisfaction is the best measure of our success. Our approach to achieving consistent and outstanding client service is reflective of our unique company core values: Respect, Excellence, Simplicity, and Trust. It’s also been a lot of fun modernizing training programs for some of the biggest brands in the United States. We’re excited and motivated to continue this great work.”
Want to see why our sales training has been recognized by Selling Power? Join us for a personalized demo.
The ATD 2017 conference is fast approaching, and with over 10,000 attendees, 400 speakers, 300 educational sessions and 400 vendors, it’s shaping up to be another incredible year. This year’s event is May 21-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. We’ll be calling booth #343 our home away from home.
During our time at ATD 2017, we’ll have one goal in mind – to help you unleash your competitive advantage. Here’s what you can expect from your friends at Unboxed – an unconventional conference experience is guaranteed.
ATTEND DAILY MICRO SESSIONS
David Williamson, our Director of Content Strategy, will be leading daily micro sessions to share our research on the top L&D trends as well as how using humor can improve your training’s effectiveness.
There’s no need to register – just show up at booth #343 during the times listed below. Seating is limited, but if you have to stand we’ll have extra padding under the carpet to keep you comfortable.
Here’s the schedule:
2017’s Top Learning and Development Trends
- Monday, 11:00am
- Tuesday, 11:30am
- Wednesday, 11:30am
Using Humor to Improve Training Effectiveness
- Monday, 2:30pm
- Tuesday, 2:30pm
- Wednesday, 1:00pm
Oh, and of course we’ll have prizes. Tweet what you’ve learned from one of these sessions using the hashtag #unboxedtrends or #unboxedhumor, and we’ll pick daily winners to take home some cool Unboxed swag.
WRITE ON OUR BOOTH
As a training or sales leader, you face challenges every day. What gets in your way? What keeps you up at night? What do you wish you could change? We want to know.
So, come write on our booth. We’ll provide the purple and orange Sharpies. Simply stop by and share your top training and sales challenges.
After the conference, our team of experts will collect your inputs and host a webinar with recommendations on how to overcome those challenges. Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard.
REFRESH WITH INFUSED WATER
Every day at Unboxed headquarters, our office manager, Bette, makes infused water to keep the team hydrated. We’re bringing that same refreshment to ATD 2017.
So, even if you don’t attend one of our micro sessions, or write on our booth (we can’t understand why you wouldn’t want to do both), you can at least stop by for something fresh to drink.
MEET THE TEAM
In addition to all the knowledge and fun above, here are the Unboxed team members you’ll get to meet at ATD 2017 and what makes them a little … unconventional.
- Dance dad
- VP, Sales and Client Services
- Has a bumper sticker on his car that says, “The older I get, the better I was.”
- Still reads Judy Blume.
- Director of Content Strategy
- Has an overdeveloped sense of humor.
- Grew up in Toronto, Chicago, and Virginia – the proof is in her charming accent.
- Spoke Account Manager
- Prefers Star Trek over Star Wars.
- Collects crazy socks.
- Marketing Manager
- Likes his tea hot and his bourbon neat.
Needless to say, we’re excited to experience the largest L&D conference of the year. And of course, to meet you.
Want in? There’s still time. We have free expo passes. Use invitation number 9984.
Already registered? Add us to your conference agenda and come hang out at the Georgia Aquarium during networking night.
Whether you’re attending or not, join the conversation on Twitter by following @unboxedtech and using the official conference hashtag #atd2017.
See you in Atlanta!