2017 was a rocky year for the marketing industry. With viewability scandals and brand safety concerns coupled with discrepancies in research and audience data, there is no doubt that had the industry understood digital better, the mistakes and errors that came to a head last year might never have happened. The key takeout from a tough 2017? Get your digital knowledge up to speed fast, or you risk being exposed.

At Circus Street, we’re lucky enough to be helping some of the world’s biggest brands upskill in digital to aid their global transformation programmes. Our experience gives us unique insight into how to implement successful training and like our clients, we’re constantly learning how to do our job even better.


It all starts with education

Progressive, forward-thinking C-Level executives like Keith Weed, CMO of Unilever, recognise that people are the best growth strategy for a business. “We’ve got to be much more passionate about skills and training”, Weed said at Cannes 2017. “With the market changing as fast as it is changing people need to continually skill themselves up. I’ve made digital training compulsory including, by the way, my colleagues on the executive.” The first step of any transformation programme is to acknowledge that digital is a company wide problem that can only be fixed by establishing a culture of continuous learning.


The knowledge injection must come first

The 70/20/10 model for Learning & Development states that 10% of learning comes from formal training, 20% comes from peer interaction and the final 70% comes from learning on the job. In the context of digital transformation the 10%, the formal training, needs to deliver a huge, rapid knowledge injection. We believe that the only way to do this, at pace and at scale, is by using technology that allows you to control and measure the process.

Whichever solution you choose, it’s important that the 70, the 20 and the 10 are all properly integrated. The only way you will be able to deliver and measure real change in behaviour across your entire organisation is if your training solutions are aligned across the board.


Go big, go fast or go home

During the press conference announcing the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop ended his speech saying, “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. The world around them changed too fast and as a company they failed to keep up.

The time for sitting around boardrooms talking about digital transformation has come and gone – 2018 must be a year of action. Digital is the new business language, it reaches across all departments and functions. Digital upskilling has to happen nowand it has to happen at scale – and everyone in your business must upskill together. Only then will your employees feel empowered to step up as one, speak a common language, and break down organisational silos.

It’s all about becoming a forward-thinking business and creating a culture of continuous learning around digital. At Circus Street, we’re experts in helping businesses deliver on that journey – in 2018, find out what we can do for you.


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