Case Study: Tarkett eCampus

A suite of digital learning for a global salesforce

Working collaboratively with Tarkett, a leading global flooring solutions provider, we developed ‘eCampus’; a suite of digital learning in fourteen languages to help increase sales productivity.

The Issue

Tarkett identified gaps in their sales force’s product knowledge which had led to missed cross-selling opportunities. As their sales force is dispersed around the globe, Tarkett decided that digital learning would be the best way to address this issue and improve performance.

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The Challenge

Tarkett were looking for an elearning solution that would be appealing, informative, fun and, most importantly, that would improve the performance of their sales people. In addition, Tarkett wanted to be able to modify the material themselves and they also wanted it available in fourteen different languages.

This was Tarkett’s first experience of elearning and the audience that was being targeted for training had a range of technical ability.

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The Solution

We met with the top-performing Tarkett sales people in five countries. With them, we modelled typical sales situations, customer questions and objections and formulated a best practice approach. We then worked in partnership with Tarkett and their Subject Matter Experts to create eCampus, a suite of digital learning including:

  • Thirty branching scenarios based on the typical sales situations that we had modelled with Tarkett’s top-performing sales people. The scenarios allow users to try and fail in realistic situations, observing and reflecting on the results of their decisions and trying different approaches.
  • Nine ‘awareness’ modules which introduce sales people to new product segments. These are informational in format, designed to get the material across in as direct and concise a way as possible.
  • An interactive 3D game to assess users’ product knowledge, where users answer questions drawn from multiple question banks (one for each flooring market segment) to lay a virtual floor against the clock. Sales people are competitive by nature and we wanted to leverage this so they would repeatedly play the game and re-assess.
  • A BlackBerry and desktop app that pulls data from Tarkett’s Product Information Management system (PIM) to provide sales people with the latest product information on their phone and laptop.
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The Results

Tarkett’s sales people can now learn to become top-performers as modelled on the best people in their organisation. They can learn about new segments they could sell into (via the awareness modules), explore the sales process and hone their technique (in the scenarios) measure their knowledge gain over time (in the quiz) and access up-to-the-minute product information to prepare for meetings (in the BlackBerry and desktop apps).  This has led to an increased retention of knowledge, the embedding of new skills and ultimately, improved performance.   

e-Campus was the first experience of elearning for Tarkett and they wholeheartedly embraced it. It has helped demonstrate the value of training and elearning, making it core to Tarkett’s business success and creating an appetite for more.   

eCampus has been recognised internally within Tarkett with a ‘Tarkett Award’. The project also won Gold for Learning Technologies Solution of the Year at the Learning Awards 2013 and bronze in the Best eLearning Project (Private Sector) category at the UK’s 2012 eLearning Awards.

We truly believe that for any training programme ‘the proof is in the pudding’. Did e-Campus deliver on its promises? The answer is a resounding ‘yes!’ 

Elodie Jupin, Tarkett France

“My experiences, development and situation appreciation have significantly improved across all market segments and this has been largely driven by my frequent use of our e-Campus learning facility.  It is user friendly, informative and fun, whilst delivering a learning process that when frequently utilised, delivers up to date market information and technical knowledge, that allows our sales teams to maximise their relevance and reputation when delivering solutions to our client’s needs.  The process is of significant value to our organisation, and is endorsed fully by all that have embraced its interactive and innovative operations.” 

Mike Snee, National Projects Manager, Tarkett Australia

About Tarkett

Founded in 1886, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in the flooring industry. They manufacture and sell wood, laminate and vinyl floors for the home in over 100 countries worldwide, as well as providing a broad range of products for professional use. Tarkett has 8600 employees, 28 production sites, 50 sales and marketing companies and sells over 1 million m2 of flooring everyday.

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