A Pathway to Certification: Time Management Tips for Completion of SiriusPathways™ May 03 2016

SiriusPathways™ are robust e-learning courses with a large amount of content. On top of that, in order to become SiriusDecisions Certified, you have to pass the course with a score of 90 or greater. Each competency ends with an assessment and that assessment asks you to apply the concepts to a business case. These assessments are challenging!

As such, it's no surprise that people often ask us how long it takes to complete a SiriusPathway™. The trouble is, there is no easy answer to this question. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite time management tips that can help you find the time in your busy schedule to complete a SiriusPathway™.

    • Set your pace. SiriusPathways™ will take somewhere between 4-8 hours to complete. We know that everyone learns at a different pace and that pace is set by your schedule, your ability to comprehend new information, and your experience level in the subject area. That's why we don't reply with a firm number of hours for course completion.
    • Map your time. SiriusPathways™ are made up of Competencies, and within each competency there are modules. Within those modules there are activities. The courses are not designed to be taken in one siting, so make sure to review how many competencies are in your SiriusPathway™ and how many modules make up each of the competencies. Typically, it will take an average user 30 minutes to complete one module - but that, again, is an estimate that will vary person to person.
    • Decide how you learn best. Modules are broken into See It, Read It, Apply It activities. See Its are a series of videos with graphics and audio, Read Its are our SiriusDecisions briefs that explain the concepts in detail, and Apply Its offer you templates and frameworks that encourage you to take what you've just learned and apply the concepts to your role or organization. You do not need to take these activities in order - you can try applying it first, and then go back and Read It and See It. Or you can Read It, then See It, then Apply It. 
    • Block off the time you'll need. Your calendar is probably hectic. Look for open time slots throughout the week. It can be 20-30 minutes a day, an hour a week, whatever you can squeeze in. Google Calendar even offers a way to make time for your goals; check it out!
    • Leave time to process and review. This is new information for many of you. Make sure to leave time for yourself to return to the material for review after you've finished the course. We even suggest printing all of the documents and taking screenshots of the videos so that you can use them for note-taking and return to them after you no longer have access to the course.

With this kind of preparation, you're bound to succeed and be added to the growing number of b-to-b marketers who are #SDcertified. 

For more information on how to complete a SiriusPathway™ and become certified, watch our deep dive video that walks you through the steps to achieve certification. 

New and Updated SiriusPathways™ Available in 2016! December 28 2015

Need to upskill your b-to-b marketing team for the new year? On-boarding new staff in 2016? Maybe you need to retain, engage, enable, or motivate your people to get a jumpstart on the new year. Well, you're in luck! SiriusDecisions Learning will have new high impact e-learning courses available for your b-to-b education needs in 2016.

On January 4, 2016, we will launch two new SiriusPathways™: Content Strategy and Account-Based Marketing. 

Our highly anticipated Content Strategy Pathway will help your team organize your content plan in a way that aligns with buyer needs and personas, and help you execute a measurable, effective content plan that is scalable and sustainable. 

The Account-Based Marketing Pathway is a brand new SiriusPathway version of our previous e-learning course on the topic. This Pathway will teach your team to deliver campaigns that support the buyer's journey and sales needs, while also helping them to execute campaigns using a logical, comprehensive framework for message and plan development.

In addition to these two new Pathways, we'll be launching updated courseware for Pipeline Acceleration, Marketing Automation, and Lead Nurturing. What's new in these Pathways?


Pipeline Acceleration

  • Updated supplemental resources
  • Enhanced "Apply It" activities that will enable organizations to pinpoint the best offers and deployment options for marketing and sales to consider
  • Templates to help guide an opportunity on a positive trajectory and reignite those that have stalled
  • Tactics to identify deals that are in the final stages of buying and how to present an offer to accelerate them
  • Guides to help assess your pipeline acceleration initiatives, focusing measurement efforts on utilization, response and results

Marketing Automation

  • Updated e-learning videos with a more robust, user-friendly design
  • Updated supplemental content and "Apply It" activities
  • Content on three key competencies: preparing for marketing automation, evaluating marketing automation providers and determining how to unlock your organization's marketing automation platform's value
  • Templates and worksheets that will enable your team to identify project teams and tasks, complete RFPs, complete a vendor selection analysis, identify your organization's maturity level and needs - and much more

Lead Nurturing

  • Enhanced content focused on the four main nurture types, the newly developed Nurture Treatment Framework, as well as the appropriate metrics required to track and adjust a nurture over time to drive performance improvements
  • Supplemental research resources
  • Brand new "Apply It" templates and worksheets, including three different worksheets for each nurture type that will help your organization identify relevant offers, map the various types of nurture flows and determine where different roles should be involved throughout the nurture

    Course + Certification + Reference Library October 29 2015

    The e-learning world is enormous, and it can be very difficult to distinguish between different types of e-learning offerings. Is a 7 minute course on b-to-b marketing better than a 3 hour course? Is it long because someone used lazy editing, or because it is full of great content? Is it better to have a custom course created for your team to train up on their exact skills gap areas, or use an impartial, third party program to spark discussion, adaptation, and innovation? 

    The bottom line is: value is hard to judge in the virtual world, and even more so in the virtual learning world. What we have found works best is to look for content and training that does three things:

    1. The Learning should offer a clear learning progression and integrated sets of concepts. A video is not a course. It is a learning object. Look for learning that has clear outcomes and competencies that people who have taken the course will master, conveyed through a variety of learning objects - videos, worksheets, readings, exercises, and assessments.  

    2. The Learning should certify the learner on the completion of the course. Certification should not be for showing up and converting oxygen to carbon dioxide. Accountability through rigor and concise, effective assessment gives certification integrity and meaning. 

    3. The Learning should remain up-to-date and on-demand. Certification and completion isn't the end of a learning process, it's the beginning. Look for courses and content that allow you to use them as a reference library after you complete the course. You can and should expect that library to be kept up to date. That's what good reference tools do.  

    We designed our courses to meet these high standards, and for whatever training we select, we expect the same. Value - in the end - is all about impact, and the structures above set learners up to make it. 



    Digital Marketing Certification for B-to-B Marketing Courses October 15 2015

    One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is about our digital marketing course, and its standards for certification. 

    Digital Marketing is a very hot topic area for skills development, particularly in the b-to-b skills and training area. Our approach to this topic is three fold: first, we teach about digital strategy and digital planning, including digital personas and tactic mix. This content is covered in our Digital Marketing Pathway. We then get into digital tactics for inbound marketing, and all the various avenues to manage - SEO, SEM, social, and PPC - in our Inbound Marketing Pathway. This Pathway allows for a much more in-depth look at these complex topics, and the ways in which they are unique for b-to-b marketing. Then, we recommend that you bring all these digital concepts together into the fundamental core concepts of b-to-b marketing in the Foundations Pathway

    Together, these three courses comprise our recommended digital marketing curriculum. They come with a digital marketing certification, inbound marketing certification, and b-to-b marketing foundations certification, and set you up for tremendous marketing success! So take a moment to explore these b-to-b courses and see what they can do for you!

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    SiriusPathways™ is the Answer October 09 2015

    We hear these questions quite often from b-to-b companies. The good news is, the answer - each time - is the same. Get on the Pathway!

    1.What are top companies doing to prepare marketers to be stronger in new skill areas such as digital marketing, persona-based messaging?

    2.How are companies onboarding and training people to support and meet business goals and drivers?

    3.What are organizations doing to transition b-to-c marketing skills to the unique demands of b-to-b marketing?

    4.How are organizations assessing skill levels to create a cost-efficient yet effective learning curriculum?

    5.How do I increase the motivation and engagement of my marketers?

    6.How do I level set marketers with different abilities, backgrounds, and education be on the same page and the same skill level?

    7.How do I transition a marketing team to meet new challenges or markets?

    8.How do I upskill my marketing team to improve performance?

    B-to-B Pipeline Acceleration e-Learning Course for Demand Generation Marketers October 05 2015

    Why did we make the b-to-b pipeline acceleration e-learning course for demand generation marketers? 
    Generating increased revenue for the business starts with improving demand waterfall performance. Because unhealthy, low conversion rates throughout the waterfall can spell disaster for your close rates and thus your bottom line. The next step is to take a proactive approach: determine where in the pipeline your organization is struggling to convert and which strategies are best. However, getting started can be easier said than done. This is why we’ve created the Pipeline Acceleration Pathway: a roadmap of critical content for the optimal acceleration boost at each pipeline zone.

    This pathway covers the roles marketing will play for each acceleration zone and other topics essential to the success of today’s b-to-b demand creation marketer. And we are continually adding insights from our research to help shape the competitive demand creation marketer of tomorrow.


    B-to-B Digital Marketing e-Learning Course for Demand Generation Marketers October 02 2015

    Why did we make the b-to-b digital marketing e-learning course for demand generation marketers?
    With inbound on the continuous rise as the leading source of all b-to-b demand, this puts a huge emphasis on digital marketing to ensure the organization’s Web presence is ready and prepared to engage and convert inbound sourced leads. If that responsibility wasn’t enough, digital marketing is also challenged to keep up with technology trends and adapt to new applications, platforms and tools as they emerge. This is why we’ve created the Digital Marketing Pathway: a roadmap of essential content for creating and maintaining a robust web presence equipped for optimal lead capture and conversion power.
    This pathway covers knowledge and skills in the areas of demand waterfall and digital metrics, web content management and goal setting and results measurement that are essential to the success of today’s b-to-b digital marketer. And we are continually adding insights from our research to help shape the competitive digital marketer of tomorrow.

    B-to-B Inbound Marketing Pathway for Demand Generation Marketers October 01 2015

    Why did we make the b-to-b inbound marketing pathway for demand generation marketers?

    With the rapid growth of the Internet as a major channel for buyers to begin the buying process, the role of the inbound marketing function becomes more critical than ever, and must constantly evolve to keep pace with technological change. 

    This is why we’ve created the Inbound Marketing Pathway: a roadmap of critical content for the short-term and long-term success of Inbound Marketing. The learning covers knowledge and skills in the areas of personas, inbound tactics and channels, demand creation and many others that are essential to the success of today’s inbound b-to-b marketer. And we are continually adding insights from our research to help shape the competitive inbound marketer of tomorrow.

    B-to-B Solutions Marketing e-Learning Course for Portfolio Marketers September 30 2015

    Why did we make the b-to-b solutions marketing e-learning course for portfolio marketers?

    Each market and buyer has its own needs and requirements that cannot always be served by a single product. When a product is packaged with others in the form of an integrated solution, this creates a unique value for buyers in a way that a single product can’t always achieve. The solution marketing function needs to possess a deep understanding of each of the products contained within a solution to build effective positioning and messaging, which is no easy task.

    This is why we invite you to immerse yourself in the Solutions Marketing Pathway: a roadmap of essential content for determining the right portfolio of solutions for each target market and buyer. The pathway covers the knowledge and skills needed to understand a buyer’s workflow and critical path, the company portfolio and how it aligns to buyer need and collaborate cross-functionally and other focus areas essential to the success of today’s b-to-b solutions marketing function. And we are continually adding insights from our research to help shape the competitive solutions marketing function of tomorrow.

    B-to-B Segment and Industry Marketing e-Learning Course for Portfolio Marketers September 29 2015

    Why did we make the b-to-b segment and industry marketing e-learning course for portfolio marketers?

    The ability to enter and grow a business within new industries and markets requires a deep understanding of that target industry or market. This responsibility is held by segment marketing, which must utilize this knowledge to understand the key buyers within these target markets to know how to create resonating messaging and then train sales accordingly. Maintaining this industry subject matter expert role demands focused strategies. That’s why we’ve created the Segment Marketing Pathway: a roadmap of vital content for defining the market opportunity for an industry and determining which solution to promote and how. 

    The pathway covers market segmentation and sizing, a messaging strategy, relative targeting and sales enablement strategies essential to the success of today’s b-to-b segment marketing function. And we are continually adding insights from our research to help shape the competitive segment marketing function of tomorrow.