Unboxed Training & Technology Rebrands With Unconventional Style

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.

Unboxed Training and Technology - Logo with Trademark

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!

Best regards,

Modernize Your Training at ATD 2018

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:

  1. It’s ATD’s 75th anniversary.
  2. It’s located in San Diego, CA.
  3. President Barack Obama is the keynote speaker.
  4. We’ll be there for the 4th year in a row helping innovative training leaders like yourself modernize your training.


ATD 2018 hero - Unboxed TechnologySo, 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.

Modern Content

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 Technology

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:

Caleb Keiter

 Marketing Manager

Kiersten Hoffman

 Spoke Account Manager

Nikki Shaw

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:

Training Video Production Humanized

Training Video Production Humanized: Learn what to expect during pre-production, production, and post-production.


The LMS Requirements Checklist: Identify your unique LMS requirements and choose the best LMS for your organization.

So, add us to your conference agenda and visit us at booth #104. We can’t wait to meet you in San Diego!

Spoke Wins Two 2017 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

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.

Brandon Hall awards

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

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

Spoke Rewards allows employees to earn and redeem Spoke Coins for real-world rewards for completing their assigned training.

Brian Leach“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?

Meet Spoke

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.

Training Industry Names Spoke® to Its 2017 LMS Watch List


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.

About SPOKE®


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.

Ultraceuticals Wins Platinum LearnX Award with Spoke®

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.

About Ultraceuticals

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.

Meet Spoke®

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.

Unboxed Recognized As a Top Sales Training Company in 2017

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.

Selling Power Top 20 Sales Training Companies 2017

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.

Selling Power Top Sales Training Company 2017

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 LeachBrian 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 LloydRick 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.