So, you have myTrailhead and are thinking about adding Spekit. Or, maybe you’re looking at getting both? You might even be comparing the two trying to determine if you need both of them.
You may be asking yourself, “how will these tools help me maximize my in-app learning, new employee onboarding, and continuous training?”
Great question! Navigating your training journey can be tricky with so many options available. There’s no doubt that the LMS space is growing and rapidly. In fact, according to Zion Market Research, LMS systems will be valued at roughly $19.05 billion by 2022. That’s a whole lot of reasons to make sure you are paying attention!
Still, it can feel overwhelming when looking into different applications and where to begin. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Let’s start by doing a quick breakdown of what myTrailhead and Spekit are, the differences between Spekit and an LMS solution, and how you can combine them both to train like a rockstar! Ready to dive in? Let’s go!
So what is myTrailhead?
myTrailhead was adapted from Salesforce’s “Trailhead” platform. Chances are if you’re involved in the Salesforce ecosystem in some capacity, you’ve heard of this platform.
If you’re brand new to the ecosystem or unfamiliar, click here to read more!
What is it? myTrailhead is a traditional style LMS (learning management system) that is designed as a series of learning modules that users can take in a specific order. Your employees can take courses that you have designed for them to assist with your onboarding and training process.
How does it work exactly? myTrailhead gives you the ability to build out “trails” similar to a course in an LMS for your employees to use during onboarding and training. Putting together a dedicated “myTrailhead team” in your organization, you can begin to make your own trails. Each trail is comprised of a series of modules containing important information your employees need to know.
This information can extend beyond Salesforce CRM training and onboarding. For example, you can work with your IT team to put together information about important security measures each employee needs to be aware of and comply with. You can even add quizzes to the end of each module to reinforce the content being taught.
This is a great starting point for onboarding but what happens after they complete the module, when they’re in their day-to-day workflow and have a question? What happens when a small process change is made that they need to learn (ie you add a new field in Salesforce)? Do you create an entire module and have them go through it again?
When businesses are looking into “agile” learning platforms, they’re looking for systems that are customizable, user-friendly, tailored to their unique business needs and are quick to stand up (TalentedLearning). Enter, Spekit.
Now that you’re familiar with myTrailhead and how it can help with initial onboarding and training, let’s take a closer look at Spekit.
First of all, what does it do? Spekit is the leading just-in-time learning platform for driving adoption across applications.
What does that mean? With Spekit, teams can embed and surface bite-sized enablement and training directly in the tools they use every day so that employees can access answers if they get stuck, when and where they need it without leaving their workflow. This is important because studies show that we as human beings generally forget about 60% of what we just learned in only about 20 minutes!
The platform gives organizations the flexibility to move quickly, drive change and scale learning with growth.
Spekit helps to not only train and onboard your employees but also to continuously reinforce and re-engage employees with just in time learning, embedded through your team’s workflow. This is important because ROI on Salesforce does not happen immediately after implementation.
Why does ROI not happen right away? As you use the Salesforce platform more and more, you will begin to mold and tweek it to fit your organization’s unique and specific business needs. Each change will require you to notify your team and re-train them.
It is not enough to simply notify them and hope they return to the centralized documentation system for more information. The chances of them doing that extra step are slim. You consequently run the risk of users developing work arounds, returning to legacy systems or simply not using the platform.
This is where ROI can be lost and why it is important to embed your training and resources into the platform itself. It allows your users to get answers to the questions they have in real time without having to hope they return to a traditional LMS system to visit the documentation.
It’s not just a one-sided approach either, Spekit allows your users to give valuable feedback in real-time within the application itself, letting you know what content is working for them and what is not. With the feedback gathered from Spekit, you’re able to identify bottlenecks in the learning process and make updates to content instantly to maximize impact and efficiency.
Even when employees are outside the app, information is still easily available to them without having to take the time to go back in. With the Chrome and Outlook extensions, users can access answers to their questions on the spot, anywhere they’re working.
Can you see how Spekit allows you to take your training well beyond the onboarding process? It allows you to seamlessly integrate learning into all of your business applications and avoid the headache of manual updates and confused employees. This in turn makes you a rockstar.
Where do they meet?
Now that we understand what each of these tools do on their own, let’s take a look at why adding them together can take your onboarding and training journey to a new level.
We all know that the onboarding during a new employee’s journey will never cover every employee’s question right out of the gate.
It will be a great jumping-off point for them to hear a deep dive about your business, the tools available to them, requirements and KPIs and the necessities of how to get started in their roles.
Chances are in the next coming weeks and over the course of their employment, they will have many many more questions. Starting them off with a detailed repository of onboarding information that’s centralized and easy to access is key.
Having users run through myTrailhead trails and modules will provide a foundation for them with the option to come back and retake a course whenever necessary. This, however, is not enough. The likelihood of revisiting an LMS system for each and every question that comes up is very low. Why? Because it is time-consuming and assumptive that they will remember exactly where the content lives on their own.
What is the answer to combat this? Employees can use Spekit to answer all of those ongoing questions that will continue to come up without having to go searching for the answers in myTrailhead.
For example, think about your Sales process. Chances are very high you will train your Sales staff on your specific process in their onboarding and initial training. But chances are also very high that this will not be enough.
Your employees will need lots of reinforcement as they get started and even as they settle in and feel comfortable. They may get confused about what requirements need to be met in order to move an opportunity from step 1 to step 2. Or maybe they do not remember which fields are required or what details they need to add in each step.
If you expect them to leave their workflow to spend time searching your LMS for the answer, think about how much of both their time and the company’s time is being lost. This extra step causes needless stress and confusion when they could be spending their time elsewhere (like prospecting).
Let’s look at another quick example. What if that same rep needs to create an opportunity report to monitor their individual pipeline and are unsure how to start. Now, they can use the out-of-the-box Spekit content with step-by-step instructions on how to create a report. Voila! They were able to answer the questions they had without ever leaving the page, asking a coworker or emailing support.
Another great use case for Spekit is ongoing change communication and training. Tools and businesses are in a constant state of flux. Nobody has time to create an entire training module every time a field definition updates, a territory change is rolled out or an opportunity stage is revised.
Spekit is the easy to use, create and scale solution for training and change communication. You can quickly ping updates to impacted team members that appear via notifications, email, through the Chrome Extension and in Salesforce itself to keep everyone on the same page at all times.
Combining myTrailhead and Spekit makes YOU a rockstar!
With Spekit and myTrailhead combined, employees are empowered with the answers and coaching they need to succeed. And when your employees are happy and well equipped, your business runs smoother and more efficiently saving both time and money.