Allen Interactions Honored with Three Brandon Hall Group Learning & Development Awards

Allen Interactions, a custom e-learning company known for creating meaningful, memorable, and motivational e-learning and blended learning experiences, won three coveted Brandon Hall Group Learning & Development Awards for excellence in Best Advance in Custom Content, Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning, and Best Use of Mobile Learning.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by The Brandon Hall Group for the work we’ve designed and delivered with our amazing clients,” stated Michael Allen, Chairman and CEO, Allen Interactions. “We have had the privilege to work with clients like AutoNation, Penn Foster, and Toyota Financial Services—organizations that push for an exceptionally motivating experience focused on the needs of their learners and the desire to activate performance and business change.”

“All of these winning programs deliver meaningful business results to their organizations. Winning an Excellence Award is a great honor, but the real winners are the organizations themselves and their customers and clients because of the innovation and customer focus they demonstrate.” – Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group.

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference January 27-29, 2016, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Selected winners also will serve as presenters in the more than 20 breakout sessions during the 2½-day conference. “We see the conference as an extension of our awards program that features leading and next practices from some of the best organizations in the world,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said.

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.

Allen Interactions won three Brandon Hall Group Learning & Development Awards: 

Allen Interactions Silver 1Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning

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Across the United States, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) call centers have undergone a major transformation by installing a modern CRM and renewing their focus on critical soft-skills. This change was implemented to increase customer satisfaction while reducing account delinquencies, compliance violations, and agent frustration.

To ensure success, Allen Interactions and TFS partnered to create a fully blended learning solution that includes instructor-led training enhanced with e-learning simulations that challenge students to master software procedures, critical thinking, and the soft skills necessary to successfully partner with clients during potentially stressful, and often unsuccessful collection calls. The results are impressive: TFS was able to reduce training time while improving operational effectiveness and compliance.


Allen Interactions Bronze 1Best Use of Mobile Learning

Mobile Memory Games

Penn Foster needed a student study tool to increase student satisfaction rates while also increasing performance on exams, thereby increasing graduation rates which directly affect enrollment. Allen Interactions partnered with Penn Foster to create a mobile learning solution that provides a wide range of engaging interactive memory games, using responsive design and an open and easily modifiable database for an unlimited amount of content. Students are able to choose and filter by content and activity, track progress and results, as well as have continuous play capabilities with or without cell or wireless service.


Allen Interactions Bronze 1Best Advance in Custom Content

The AutoNation Advantage – Service Advisor Customer Care Professional Program  

Launched in April 2014 this interactive e-learning course provides engaging practice and simulations that define the Service Advisor’s role throughout the AutoNation Customer Care Service Process. The course provides many scenarios where Advisors will make choices that impact their success, in a simulated environment, allowing them to practice and prepare for real customer interactions. By the end of this e-learning course, A are able improve their performance of the Service Process to meet and exceed AutoNation’s Customer Care Standards.

About Allen Interactions

Allen Interactions creates powerful custom learning experiences that help achieve organizational business goals by improving performance one interaction at a time. With more than 20 years of deep experience in instructional design, technology, creativity, process, and project management, Allen Interactions consistently achieves positive business impact. For more information click here.

In addition to its services, Allen Interactions has a cloud-based visual authoring and publishing system, ZebraZapps, which allows developers and non-programmers to create rich interactive media applications, as well as share, publish, and sell objects or entire applications.

About The Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management. With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. Click here to learn more.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.