SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Udemy, the global marketplace for learning and teaching online, announced that Viralheat, a leading social management platform, selected Udemy for Business to establish a training program and support its business momentum. Udemy for Business provides Viralheat employees with access to more than 800 cutting-edge online courses so they can keep their skills relevant in the fast-paced social media marketing industry.
Before implementing Udemy for Business, Viralheat relied on in-person workshops to train its employees. These were costly and difficult to coordinate, given employees' busy schedules and multiple locations. Viralheat has been growing fast: it recently launched a UK office and grew its revenue more than 800 percent over the last year, so the company needed a modern training program to support its expansion. Udemy for Business, a cloud-based, on-demand platform, enables Viralheat employees to take control of their training experience and learn content specific to their roles, all on their own schedules and using the devices that are most convenient to them. Viralheat's HR team can now offer employees business-essential courses taught by experts on topics such as digital marketing, business skills, office productivity applications, and technical skills.
"We need a training platform that gives our team members immediate access to courses that are relevant to their evolving roles," said Jeff Revoy, CEO of Viralheat. "Udemy was an obvious choice for us. Our employees can take critical courses at times that work best for them, and the courses are taught by industry experts. Udemy is constantly adding new content so our employees can continuously sharpen their skills and add new ones. We quickly rolled out Udemy across all of our departments and got a modern training program up almost instantly."
According to Deloitte Research, corporate training spending grew by 15 percent in 2013 to more than $70 billion in the US and over $130 billion worldwide. Despite this increase, many fast-growing companies lack established training programs to help existing employees stay competitive and ensure new employees are on boarded correctly and positioned for success. By working with Udemy for Business, Viralheat was able to quickly deploy a robust training program to all employees, and know it is constantly updated to feature the latest and most relevant content.
"For a company growing as quickly as Viralheat, ongoing training is critical to maintaining success," said Paul Sebastien, vice president and general manager of Udemy for Business. "As Viralheat adds more members to its team, Udemy will allow it to deliver a nimble, constantly-updated training program, helping them manage and capitalize on their rapid growth. For tech companies moving from a few dozen employees to a few hundred, Udemy is a game changer."
Udemy for Business is the only platform that provides a comprehensive and highly customizable online training solution so users can learn from industry experts and create their own courses. Companies can get instant access to a suite of more than 800 high-quality, cutting-edge courses and they can create their own proprietary training courses. Viralheat joins the list of innovative companies including Optimizely, 1-800 Flowers, IBM, Datalogix, Pitney Bowes, Oracle, Pepsi, and thousands more who rely on Udemy to get and stay competitive in today's fast-moving, technology-driven market landscape.
Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, offering people everywhere the opportunity to advance their careers, change professions, develop their personal passions or simply learn something new. With an ever-growing offering of 20,000+ courses, students can transform their lives by learning any subject they choose—at their own pace, on their own time, on any device. For companies, Udemy offers instant access to a comprehensive course library and easy-to-use course-creation platform. Founded in 2010, privately owned Udemy is funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, Learn Capital, and 500 Startups, among others. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco.
Viralheat is the social media analytics and marketing platform that provides digital marketers with social media monitoring, publishing, analytics, compliance, and reporting in a single, intuitive interface. With its patented technology, Viralheat is leading the way in predictive social analytics that convert social media conversations into actionable sales leads. Global brands seamlessly integrate Viralheat into their sales, marketing and customer support workflow to derive a return on their investment in social media engagement. Situated in Silicon Valley, Viralheat is privately held and backed by the Mayfield Fund. To learn more, visit www.viralheat.com or follow @viralheat.
Jessica Elkus, InkHouse for Udemy for Business