When Dave and I co-founded Unboxed, we were inspired to create a modern training and technology company that would help employees acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors they need to succeed through fun, engaging content and delivery systems.
Over the past 9+ years, Unboxed has grown! Our unconventional approach to training and technology has been supported by an incredible customer community. As we continue to grow and innovate, we will further integrate our brand and ecosystem of products and services to educate and empower people in unconventional, uncomplicated, and unrivaled ways.
In light of that, we have decided it’s time for a fresh look, one that better illustrates our industry-leading employee training and sales enablement solutions.
Our new logo honors our “box” while pushing the boundary of what’s expected with a playful nod to “thinking outside” the box and discovery. We want our clients to feel our values of respect, excellence, simplicity, and trust in the look, feel, and sound of our new brand’s visual and verbal communication.
Today we’re launching our new website and you’ll begin to see our new look come to life! I hope that our clients and clients-to-be identify solutions they are excited about with clear explanations and helpful resources.
We also are growing our thought leadership webinar series and providing learning from our clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Our goal is to be a consultative resource you come back to time and time again. If we are doing our jobs right, we are growing your business, which is what training is all about.
Thank you for your commitment and continued support!
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 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.