How to Boost Your Sales Team's Knowledge in Their Spare Time

Sales teams are hard-pressed for time. Their daily tasks are a never-ending cycle of prospecting, meetings, and closing deals. It's no surprise that staying on top of everything plus acquiring new knowledge is such a challenge for them. Outside of these key tasks gaps appear randomly and in short spurts. Spare time in the day is the perfect moment to boost your sales team's knowledge with stimulating methods.

train salespeople in their free time

As a sales leader creating engaging training content and delivering it effectively requires time and effort, which you probably don't have a lot of.  As stated by Salesforce Training, over 50 percent of sales managers are too busy to train their sales teams.

Today engaging training methods and technologies have come together in gamified mlearning solutions. Portability, light competition, and bite-sized formats adapt to sales teams' demanding schedules, attention span, and random available time spurts.

Sales managers benefit from reaching teams wherever they are, while sales reps access bits at their convenience.

Microlearning is adapts to your sales team

Select content and delivery format are more effective than volume in employee's ability to retain training topics. Microlearning strategies allow sales leaders to reinforce key concepts while sales teams are in the field. Small bits of content are at each sales rep's fingertips on a device that's consulted thousands of times a day.

Unlike traditional learning methods, microlearning is an innovative approach that allows you to share short videos, images, news, updates or other relevant bite-sized content. 80% of L&D professionals choose microlearning over other formats.

microlearning to train salespeople

Source: SHIFT eLearning

As Atrivity client, Novartis recognizes, " for those working in the field, they’re juggling a number of tasks and have the need to feel their time is not wasted, so they take advantage of these time gaps."

Thanks to digitalization, your sales team is no longer limited to learning at their desks going through slides, manuals or books. Supporting training materials delivered as microcontent to mobile devices support learning just minutes.

Microcontent and microlearning key benefits

Breaking up large content into small chunks of information, allows you to filter, classify, and select what you need your sales teams need to know in order to be most productive. It's an effective and efficient training method and format.

  • Relevant: share the important and necessary content for every sales person.
  • Precise: it allows you to analyse the gap in their knowledge or skills so you can provide the exact small piece of content that they need to learn. 
  • Self-paced: microlearning helps your sales team to organize themselves so they can learn at their own pace. 
  • Accessibility: micro content is easier to access and fits in different mobile platforms. 
  • Retention: bite-sized content is easier to remember, hence improving employees' knowledge retention.
  • Efficiency: instead of teaching one by one, in groups or providing books, your salespeople can learn from any part of the world at the same time by themselves.

Gamification apps to engage your sales teams

With the visual and interactive developments of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, delivering small chunks of information are easier and more effective. The app market for gaming is second to social media apps.

  • Social media apps dominate the most frequently used apps (39%), while gaming and communication/messaging apps tie for second (10%). (Manifest study)
  • The largest percentage of respondents (32%) say they open any kind of app on their phone only 1-10 times per day total, but they are likely underreporting their behavior.

mobile apps used most frequently gamification

Source: The Manifest

Gamification applied to training engages employees. A leading UK-based global cosmetics and beauty brand uses Atrivity to onboard new retail sales associates. The results showed high engagement and a boost in knowledge which in turn gives the associates the confidence they need to sell more.

"Our first new hire participation rates in Atrivity were as high as 97%. We’re now shooting for 100%. With the impact of a 29% knowledge increase on new hires" - Training Academy Manager

Games are growing for business and give old training methods a makeover while increasing brand image and employee performance.

According to Gartner Research:

  • 79% of the participants (employees and university students) said that they would be more productive and motivated if their learning environment was more like a game.
  • Gamification demonstrates a boost of 60% in learner engagement and 43% in employee productivity.

Download eGuide to implement gamification in your organization

Atrivity gamification app for corporate learning has delivered over 64 million questions to boost employees knowledge resulting in the increased confidence they need to produce.

Learn how it works for sales, onboarding, product knowledge and more.

Atrivity is a mobile trivia app that leverages game mechanics that:

  • Encourages friendly competition.
  • Generates a spirit of achievement.
  • Increases employee engagement.
  • Reinforces knowledge.
  • Incentivizes learning.
  • Delivers bite-sized content.

Sales teams access bite-sized content during downtimes while engaging in gamified learning. The short duration of training modules matches spurts of spare time and will helps you boost your sales team's knowledge.

Topics: Sales, Sales Enablement, Sales Training

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