When it comes to customer education programs, most training teams focus on the development and delivery, as that's where their strengths are. Yet there are other equally important aspects that have significant impacts on customer outcomes too. I'm talking about the sales and marketing of training programs, as well as analysis and reporting. And given that there are entire disciplines centered on these topics, it's no wonder many education teams are ignoring them.
ServiceRocket is proud to announce that our Learning Management System (LMS) Learndot has recently been named Top 5 Customer LMS and Top 5 LMS Thought Leaders for 2016 by Talented Learning.
I know what you're thinking. Or at least I know what your management team is asking you to think and then do.
Today's customer education technology market is big and is expanding every year. Applications, information, and devices are connecting in ways we've never seen before. To stay relevant in the industry, customer education pros need to be aware of what's going on out there, even if you're not ready to use the tools yourself.
One of the biggest mistakes I see made in hand-on training activities is a lack of clear instructions for what to do in the activity. How many times have you been in a training course, the trainers says, “OK. Now you try it.” Most of the class looks up and says, “Wait. What do you want us to do?”
It is no secret that learning management systems (LMSs) have low customer satisfaction rates. Brandon Hall's research shows that 45% of customers are satisfied with their LMS, and 47% of people surveyed are seeking a new LMS. Two of the six top reasons why people are so dissatisfied are: 1) poor reporting features; and 2) inability to adapt to changing needs. In a fast moving world, number two is a difficult challenge for any software provider building a product to satisfy customer needs. Customer education professionals have fast moving and unique needs, and it seems LMSs are chasing these needs with little success.
This month, the ServiceRocket Software Training Blog is focusing on the learning technology ecosystem. It is fitting that on Friday, I read through the 2016 Technology Adoption and Spending Report: Education Services published by the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA). I read this report to stay current on what technologies education services teams are adopting and plan to spend money on. After reading this report, I have three observations that I would like to share.
Part of the process of creating customer education programs is to know what happens after participants take the training. Metrics are a good way of analyzing how the program is doing. You can look at the number of participants, the number of completions, the feedback you received, product usage, customer outcomes, and more.
We spend a lot of time talking with customer education professionals about how to demonstrate the value of training. There are many ways to do it, but we focus on linking training activity to customer outcomes. Training activity and customer outcomes are terms that could mean all kinds of things. Clearly defining each term might be the biggest challenge in undergoing a project to link training to outcomes, precisely because there are so many ways to define training activity and customer outcomes.
Over the last year or so I've been transitioning from a PC laptop to a MacBook and it's been a bit of a challenge. Things I've been used to doing one way are done slightly differently on the Mac, so I've had to alter the way I work on a computer now. While I haven't had to take any training on how to use a Mac, I've spent my fair share of time searching online for solutions on how to do these things on it.