Searching for a new Learning Management System (LMS) is similar to being on the online dating market— you have to look high and low for that special someone who ticks all the boxes.
The market is flooded with providers:
When approaching any new relationship in life, be it with the person through the screen or your new LMS provider, it’s important to be clear on your needs and what is important to you. Then, you can start researching and swiping your way through potential matches. And, as a business, you get to have some fun with it.
Here's how you can take the hard work out of LMS matchmaking in 3 simple steps.
Take the time to clearly promote who you are and what you are searching for. Know your business needs and the top 5 non-negotiable features that you want to see in your ideal LMS.
When choosing an ideal provider partnership, I value:
Now that your profile is written, take note of your approach. Are you swiping left within 1-2 seconds based on face value? Or are you delving a bit deeper and reading your potential matches profiles and doing more intimate vetting?
This is where it’s good to get lots of detail by asking questions; you could even set up a spreadsheet with columns detailing your metrics. Make sure that the people you are talking to and investing your energy in are looking like the perfect partner.
First impressions are everything. So why not go on a date with a company and see if they’re ‘The One’? Like any good date, a company will be sure to bring you flowers—in this case, they should provide you with a demo/presentation of how their LMS works.
A company that wants to build relationships will invest their time in doing just that, and will keenly demonstrate how it can meet your needs and work with you. In doing so, they can show you how they can improve the current training landscape of your business, the quality of your products and services, and ultimately, your bottom line.
Once you have been on a few ‘Demo Dates’, you will intuitively know who the stand out candidates are. Often, it won’t be the ticks on your boxes or the bells and whistles that you were initially attracted to. It will be that feeling you get when you know you’ve found ‘The One’—the provider who wowed you with their innovation and dependability, and the one who you immediately trusted. That feeling is what will seal the deal for you.
Looking forward to our long walk on the beach,