BLP Wins Four Horizon Interactive Awards for Mobile, Game-Based Solutions

BottomLine Performance (BLP) is the proud recipient of four awards from the 2016 Horizon Interactive Awards competition. The top entries in each category are awarded a Gold, Silver, or Bronze distinction for excellence in interactive media. The prestigious competition has received over 10,000 entries from over 40 countries since its inception in 2002.

The TE Town Mobile Learning Game earned a Gold designation in Mobile Apps – Education and a Silver designation in the Mobile Apps – Games category. The app was created in partnership with TE Connectivity (TE), a global leader in connectivity and sensors, as part of their new comprehensive training and sales enablement program. Players are elected as mayor of TE Town and must build their town by completing a variety of mini-games. They must identify the correct customer type, learn about relevant products and ask the right questions to help the customer. Learn more about TE and TE Town here.

“TE is continually looking for creative ways to equip our sales team and distributors to serve our customers,” said Maria Cannon, Vice President of channel marketing at TE. “TE’s vision for an interactive game partnered with BLP’s design expertise created a tool that serves our team in a way that is different from standard training tools. TE Town demonstrates our commitment to innovation.”

BLP President, Sharon Boller, expressed her gratitude: “We appreciated TE Connectivity’s willingness to let us partner on such an innovative sales education solution. It was a tall order to address the sales reps’ needs for an in/out solution that could continually re-engage them without requiring more than a few minutes at a time. This game helps them learn product information and increases their ability to sell – all in just a few minutes per day. We’re thrilled with the recognition!”

BLP also won two Bronze Horizon Interactive awards for the Knowledge Guru platform’s new ‘Drive’ app, a training reinforcement tool for sales reps. Learners complete a short confidence assessment, then receive customized daily mini-games that teach topics such as features and benefits, how to compare competitors and objection handling. Drive adapts to the learner over time to help them master their weakest areas and build on their strengths.

These award-winning solutions build on BLP’s recent success in the Horizon Interactive Awards; BLP has won 11 Horizon Interactive Awards since 2013, including four awards for the Knowledge Guru platform.

“Forgetting what you learned is a huge problem with corporate training programs,” said Sharon. “And if you forget – you might as well not have ever taken training in the first place. Drive is specifically focused on reducing or eliminating that forgetting curve while only requiring 5 minutes/day. Unlike many other reinforcement solutions, it is game-based and adaptive so players don’t get bored or over-burdened. It is also mobile, which is how the majority of learners want to access content. The Horizon Award is a great affirmation that Drive is providing a high-quality experience that will engage learners.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards is an international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. The competition recognizes and awards the best web sites, videos, online advertising, print media and mobile applications. Each year, the Horizon Interactive Awards receives thousands of entries from all over the world. A panel of industry professionals, from diverse multi-media, graphic design and marketing backgrounds, review the entries to determine the work that is to be recognized. Learn more.

BLP showcases Knowledge Guru, along with award-winning custom solutions like “TE Town,” at the 2017 ATD International Conference. Learn more and register here.

About Bottom-Line Performance

Bottom-Line Performance is an award-winning learning design firm serving a wide range of corporate clients. Since 1995, we’ve helped clients choose the right learning solutions for their learners, while also helping them to design and develop learning tools effectively. Areas of focus include product launches, customer training, internal process training, safety & compliance and more.

Bottom-Line Performance is also the creator of Knowledge Guru®, a game-based learning platform linked to the science of learning and remembering. The platform has received five Brandon Hall awards, including a gold distinction for “Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology.”

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our commitment to innovation enables advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. TE’s unmatched breadth of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest of environments, helps build a safer, greener, smarter and more connected world. With 75,000 people – including more than 7,000 engineers – working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, we help ensure that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS – www.TE.com.

TE Connectivity, TE and EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS are trademarks.

BLP President Sharon Boller and Dr. Karl Kapp Author Book, Launch Tour

Announcing Play to Learn Game Design Book

Sharon Boller and Dr. Karl Kapp’s new book on learning game design is now available! “Play to Learn: Everything You Need to Know About Designing Effective Learning Games” can be ordered from ATD Press and Amazon.com.

The book bridges the gap between instructional design and game design and presents a step-by-step approach to designing learning games. It shows trainers and instructional designers how to link game design to business needs and learning objectives. This way, they can deploy games that engage and excite learners.

Sharon and Karl have been delivering learning game design workshops together at industry conferences throughout the United States since 2013. “Play to Learn” turns these workshops into a concise guidebook trainers and designers can easily apply to their own projects.

To celebrate the launch of the book, Sharon and Karl are kicking off a book tour that blends conference workshops, webinars and guest bloggers. Some fantastic folks have signed on to participate in our tour. Each blog stop will add a new perspective to the conversation around learning game design.

Play to Learn Blog Tour Schedule

Play to Learn Book Tour

Date(s) Event / Blog Stop Location
March 3rd “Play to Learn” available from ATD and Amazon ATD / Amazon
March 3rd Bottom-Line Performance Blog Stop Lessons on Learning
March 3rd Karl Kapp Blog Stop Kapp Notes
March 3rd ATD Learning Technologies Blog Stop ATD Learning Technologies Blog
March 6th Knowledge Guru Blog Stop Knowledge Guru
March 7th eLearning Industry Blog Stop eLearning Industry
March 8th Connie Malamed Blog Stop The eLearning Coach
March 9th David Kelly Blog Stop Misadventures in Learning
March 10th Lou Russell Blog Stop Russell Martin & Associates Blog
March 13th ATD Science of Learning Blog Stop ATD Science of Learning Blog
March 14th Julie Dirksen Blog Stop Usable Learning
March 15th Zsolt Olah Blog Stop Rabbitoreg
March 16th Cammy Bean Blog Stop Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions
March 17th Melissa Milloway Blog Stop Mel’s Learning Lab
March 21st Learning Solutions Conference Orlando, FL
March 22nd Learnnovators Blog Stop The Learnnovators Blog
March 23rd-24th ATD Core4 Session Long Beach, CA
March 28th Webinar with Sharon and Karl Bottom-Line Performance
March 30th-31st Texas Distance Learning Association 2017 Conference Galveston, TX
May 3rd Lectora User Conference Cincinnati, OH
May 22nd-23rd ATD International Conference Atlanta, GA
June 20th-22nd FocusOn Learning Conference San Diego, CA

Access the Webinar

Sharon and Karl shared tips and best practices from “Play to Learn” in a live webinar on March 28th. Attendees heard their perspective on the three most critical learning game design steps and had the opportunity to participate in Q&A.

BLP Client TE Connectivity Wins ECIA Marketing Award for Mobile Game

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INDIANAPOLIS, 12/13/2016, Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) announced today that TE Town, a mobile game BLP created for TE Connectivity (TE), a global leader in connectivity and sensors, won the “2016 Best Sales Tools – Channel Partner Engagement” marketing award from ECIA. This winning solution was announced at this year’s ECIA Executive Conference.

To be successful, TE’s global sales team and distributors need a broad understanding of the primary customer types they serve, and the connectivity and sensor products these customers require. TE Town helps distributors learn about their customers right from their smartphones, and view applicable products for each customer so they can position the right products with the right customers.

“TE is continually looking for creative ways to equip our sales team and distributors to serve our customers” said Maria Cannon, vice president of channel marketing at TE. “TE’s vision for an interactive game partnered with BLP’s design expertise created a tool that serves our team in a way that is different from standard training tools. TE Town demonstrates our commitment to innovation.”

“Games are a powerful tool for helping people learn and remember,” said Sharon Boller, president of BLP. “TE’s Channel marketing team understands this and embraced the use of games to support their educational efforts. We are grateful to TE for the opportunity to design and develop TE Town. Their vision for what this game could be enabled us to have an amazing partnership that led to an award-worthy result.”

The ECIA Marketing Awards recognize the electrical manufacturing industry’s outstanding marketing initiatives. Entries were evaluated by a group of professionals from Penton Media, the ECIA Board of Directors and advertising agencies. Over 150 entries were submitted that covered nine different categories.

About TE Connectivity:

TE Connectivity is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations — redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 75,000 people, including over 7,000 engineers, partner with customers in close to 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.

TE Connectivity, TE and EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS are trademarks.

About Bottom-Line Performance:

For over 21 years, BLP has partnered with its clients to design and develop the right learning solutions for their business needs.

BLP Partners with Dayspring Center to Help Raise Over $29,000 for Homeless Families

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We are proud to announce that Dayspring Center’s #GivingTuesday movement was a huge success! Bottom-Line Performance and Silver in the City partnered with Dayspring Center, an emergency homeless shelter for families in Indianapolis, to match each donation that was made during the #GivingTuesday campaign. This year’s campaign brought in over $29,000 for the shelter.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. The movement connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Dayspring Center’s Development Coordinator, Cheryl Herzog, expressed her gratitude for all the support the shelter received this year: “Every homeless child arriving in the coming weeks will have the comfort, encouragement and hope they need to feel confident, get healthy and back on track in the classroom. We realize there are many worthy organizations you could have chosen to support. We are so grateful you chose Indy’s homeless families and their children! Thank you for the many ways your gifts will change their lives.”

We’ve partnered with Dayspring Center over the years to renovate a playground, paint rooms, help needy families shop for the holidays and so much more as part of our BLP Cares program.

BLP President, Sharon Boller, shares, “This organization is very near and dear to our hearts and we are overjoyed at how much money was raised this year for #GivingTuesday. We want to say Thank You to all of our clients, employees, friends and family who donated this year to such a wonderful and worthy cause.”

Tis the season for giving! Please consider making a donation to Dayspring Center.

 

BLP Partners with Mosaic and Ventana to Win Two Brandon Hall Awards

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Bottom-Line Performance and its clients partnered to win two 2016 Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards. This year’s winners were an innovative compliance training program that connects business goals and product knowledge to an environmental, health, and safety training curriculum and a product launch training curriculum that uses game-based learning and the power of story to help reps show the value of a new product.

BLP and The Mosaic Company partnered to win Gold in Best Advance in Compliance Training. The winning project, “Phosphate Foundations,” is a new hire training and annual refresher training program that is helping Mosaic improve safety outcomes and employee engagement. The project was the only Gold winner in the Compliance Training category.

“We saw the redesign of the program as an opportunity to use an innovative approach to compliance and safety training and get people talking about Mosaic, and about safety,” said Linda Anhalt, EHS Training Manager at Mosaic. “Phosphate Foundations proves that compliance training does not have to be boring.”

“The partnership between Mosaic’s EHS Training department and Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) was truly a winning combination,” said Andy McGuire, Director of Operations – Learning & Development at Mosaic. “Linda Anhalt, came up with a new and innovative idea on how to deliver an engaging, interactive and integrated performance-based course for safety compliance training, which has historically been viewed as highly necessary but needing much greater participant engagement. Her and her team worked side by side with BLP to design a remarkable course.”

Phosphate Foundations uses compliance constraints creatively to show Mosaic employees how everyday safety procedures connect to its organizational mission of feeding a growing world. Learn about the curriculum here.

BLP and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche group, won Silver in Best Use of Blended Learning. It was the second award win of 2016 for the VENTANA HE 600 product launch training curriculum, and the sixth win in the last two years where BLP has partnered with the Roche group.

“Our goal as a global marketing team was to deliver to our sales affiliates a truly turnkey, best in class commercial education program that would enable our sales and marketing colleagues to communicate fluently through powerful storytelling the value proposition of our innovative diagnostic system,” said Vince Wong, former Senior International Business Leader at Ventana and current Vice President of Strategy and Communications at Roche Diagnostics. “Thanks to our partnership with Bottom-Line Performance, we were able to realize this vision. The awards this curriculum has won provide further validation for the innovative commercial training model we pioneered at Ventana.”

The VENTANA HE 600 training curriculum helped support a successful launch… and it has set a new organizational standard for product launch training at Ventana. Learn more about the curriculum here.

“2016 is BLP’s third consecutive year with multiple Brandon Hall wins,” said BLP President Sharon Boller. “Submitting for and winning awards like these represents our commitment to leading the way in instructional design and partnering with our clients to create solutions that truly improve performance.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits. Less than 20% of entries evaluated win a Gold, Silver or Bronze designation.

BLP Named to Inc. 5000 List for 2nd Straight Year

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Bottom-Line Performance  (BLP) is ranked #3435 on the 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. It’s BLP’s second straight year on the list, driven by several years of strong revenue growth and a portfolio of clients that has grown from local to global.

“Our internal team and our clients both win as we grow,” says BLP president Sharon Boller. “Our team benefits from the emphasis we can put into developing their skills and capabilities; our clients benefit from the new capabilities we gain.”

BLP qualified for the Inc. 5000 by growing revenue by 95% from 2012 to 2015, up from 71% over the previous three-year measurement period. Because of this rapid growth, BLP has increased in size from 15 employees in 2011 to 35 in 2016 with more new jobs planned.

“I am very grateful to each and every one of our clients and employees for making BLP what it is today,” says BLP co-owner Kirk Boller. “This is our second year in a row on the list, which makes it an even rarer accomplishment. While this level of growth has never been BLP’s only goal, we’ll take it as a sign of our success as a company.”

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BLP Wins 2nd Consecutive LTEN Excellence Award with Ventana Medical Systems

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For the second consecutive year, Bottom-Line Performance was named a winner in the LTEN Excellence Awards. This year’s win was in the Innovation category for product launch training created in partnership with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group. Winners were announced at the 45th LTEN Annual Conference, the largest gathering of life science trainers and educators in the United States.

The winning entry was a gamified product launch curriculum used to commercialize the innovative VENTANA HE 600 system. The training curriculum helped support a successful launch… and it has set a new organizational standard for product launch training at Ventana. Learn more about the curriculum here.

“Our goal as a global marketing team was to deliver to our sales affiliates a truly turnkey, best in class commercial education program that would enable our sales and marketing colleagues to communicate fluently through powerful storytelling the value proposition of our innovative diagnostic system,” said Vince Wong, former Senior International Business Leader at Ventana and current Vice President of Strategy and Communications at Roche Diagnostics. “Thanks to our partnership with Bottom-Line Performance, we were able to realize this vision. This award provides further validation for the innovative commercial training model we pioneered at Ventana.”

“A successful product launch training curriculum represents the hard work and creativity of many BLP team members and the trust and vision of a partner like Ventana,” said Sharon Boller, President of BLP. “We are honored to be the only training vendor to win two consecutive LTEN Excellence awards, both in partnership with our clients in the Roche Group.”

The LTEN Excellence Awards is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing innovation and leadership within the life sciences training and development community. Through the LTEN Excellence Awards competition, practitioners and suppliers enter learning initiatives and training content in various categories for recognition of excellence. Awards were presented in seven categories, including Innovation, Learning Content, Emerging Leader, Partnership and All-Star Teams. Finalists are selected by a diverse group of experienced judges and, from that group of finalists, one winner from each category is awarded.

“LTEN is honored to recognize this year’s stellar crop of Excellence Awards winners for their invaluable contributions to life sciences training and to their individual organizations,” said Dawn Brehm, LTEN executive director. “Each of this year’s record number of nominees were worthy of recognition, and our panel of judges had to make some very tough choices to determine the best and brightest. The addition of the new categories helped us recognize both teamwork and individual contributions to company success and to the life sciences training industry. Congratulations to each nominee, finalist and winner in this year’s awards program.”

The LTEN Excellence Awards was designed and developed in partnership with the LTEN Advisory Council. The judging panel was comprised of twenty-two experienced professionals working in the life sciences education and training field.

About Bottom-Line Performance

Bottom-Line Performance is an award-winning learning design firm serving a wide range of corporate clients. Since 1995, we’ve helped clients choose the right learning solutions for their learners, while also helping them to design and develop learning tools effectively. Areas of focus include product launches, customer training, internal process training, safety & compliance and more.

BLP is the only training vendor to win two consecutive LTEN Excellence Awards. The 2015 winner was a customer training curriculum created for Roche Diagnostics.

About LTEN

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (www.L-TEN.org) is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional goals of trainers and educators in the life sciences by providing the clarity, community and career resources needed to excel in leadership and learning. Founded in 1971, LTEN has grown to over 1,700 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies.

BLP’s Kristen Hewett Named to Training Magazine’s 2016 Emerging Training Leaders Watch List

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Kristen Hewett, Senior Learning Designer at Bottom-Line Performance, was named to the Watch List for Training Magazine’s 2016 Emerging Training Leaders awards. The program recognizes training professionals who have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy and training instincts.

All Emerging Training Leader candidates had to be nominated by co-workers or industry peers. Training Editorial Advisory Board members and the editor-in-chief judged the nearly 60 nominations and chose the winners based on the following factors:

  • Years spent in the training industry
  • New job responsibilities
  • Experience leading large learning and development initiatives that resulted in achievement of a corporate and strategic goal.
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities.
  • Has the potential to lead an entire L&D function in the next 10 years.

“As I read through each of those points from top to bottom, it’s clear that Kristen is the perfect candidate for this award” said Kirk Boller, co-owner and CFO of Bottom-Line Performance. “The application really wrote itself based on Kristen’s accomplishments. She is invaluable both as a team leader at BLP and as a resource to our clients.”

Kristen is featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Training magazine and on their website, www.trainingmag.com.

Don’t Take it From Me

Kristen is a special part of the BLP team, so we wanted to do more than simply announce this award with a press release. Here is what Kristen’s team members have to say about her:
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BLP Wins Two 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards

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Bottom-Line Performance (BLP) is the proud recipient of two awards in the 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards competition. The prestigious competition receives thousands of entries each year, and only 65% of all entries receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze distinction for excellence in interactive media. These award-winning solutions build on BLP’s recent success in the Horizon awards: BLP has now won six Horizon Awards since 2013, including two awards for the Knowledge Guru platform.

The Knowledge Guru mobile reinforcement and gaming app earned a Silver designation in Mobile Apps – Education. The new app allows learners to start playing Knowledge Guru on their smartphone and finish on their laptop. Scores and achievements sync seamlessly between the web app and native app version of Knowledge Guru.

“The Horizon Interactive Awards competition has always been about excellent design” said Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance. “Winning this award with our Knowledge Guru app is a great honor and reflects the efforts of our product team to bring the full Knowledge Guru experience to mobile devices.”

BLP also won a Bronze Horizon Interactive award for Password Blaster, an arcade-style game that helps Cummins, Inc. employees learn how to create secure passwords. Players must “blast” the bad passwords while letting the good passwords pass by. It is part of a larger Information Asset Protection curriculum design to help Cummins employees protect sensitive information.

“BLP helped develop resources to address and mitigate global threats facing employees, facilities and information assets. They created a multitude of interactive modules that fit within a one-stop-shop Security Toolkit designed to help our employees access and navigate our security resources and learning portals” said Bryan Langley, Global Security Manager at Cummins, Inc. “Their product has been globally acclaimed and we look forward to continuing our future collaboration with them.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards is a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. The competition recognizes and awards the best web sites, videos, online advertising, print media and mobile applications. Each year, the Horizon Interactive Awards receives thousands of entries from all over the world. A panel of industry professionals, from diverse multi-media, graphic design and marketing backgrounds, review the entries to determine the work that is to be recognized.

BLP showcases Knowledge Guru, along with award-winning custom solutions like “Password Blaster,” at the 2016 ATD International Conference. Learn more and register here.

Bottom-Line Performance Wins Four 2015 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

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Bottom-Line Performance partnered with clients to win four 2015 Brandon Hall Excellence awards. BLP received recognition for its unique approaches to learning, use of games and its ability to design blended learning curriculums with many different types of solutions that drive learner success.

BLP and Roche Diagnostics partnered to win two awards: Bronze in Best Use of Blended Learning and Silver in Best Unique or Innovative Learning Program. In both categories, the winning project was the cobas® ReImagine Customer Training program. This curriculum was also the recipient of a 2015 LTEN Excellence Award and is currently a finalist in the CLO Learning in Practice Awards.

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Blended learning was a common theme in BLP’s winning entries: BLP partnered with Dow AgroSciences to win Bronze Best Use of Blended Learning for the Enlist™ Product Launch Curriculum.

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The Knowledge Guru game-based learning platform also earned another distinction: BLP and Ally Financial partnered to win Bronze in Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning. Knowledge Guru was the recipient of three Brandon Hall awards in 2014, including two “Gold” distinctions.

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“It’s been a banner year for us, both with the creative work our teams are doing and the success our clients are having with the solutions we provide,” says BLP CEO Kirk Boller. “It’s outstanding to receive this type of industry recognition for the work we do. We treat every client relationship like a partnership, and I think these awards reflect that.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.