How to Reduce Your Risk When Creating a New Training Program

 

When your association implements a new continuing education course, one of the major challenges you’ll face is deciding how many copies of training materials you need to print. You may be tempted to use the same length print runs as your existing courses, but this might not be the best decision. Common challenges with new training programs can leave you with too many copies of outdated or ineffective course books, forcing you to use less-than-stellar materials or waste a lot of money.

A print-on-demand solution for new course materials is a great way to minimize the risk of being left with a lot of waste or incurring major costs to re-print. Here are three common challenges associations face when implementing new training programs and how print-on-demand helps solve them.

3 Challenges That Print-On-Demand Can Solve:

You can’t predict the course’s popularity

When you initially offer a course, you know that there will be some interest, but you can’t predict how many people will actually sign up. You don’t want to invest in a long print run only to have a fraction of the enrollment you printed for. Use print-on-demand to generate a small number of course books to start, then have more printed as more people enroll.

Your content changes

After you run the course once or twice, the content you include might change, which means your old course books won’t be useful. Instead of printing 500 copies of the course book right off the bat, print-on-demand lets you order smaller quantities, giving you the flexibility to change your content as much as you need to provide the maximum amount of value.

You want feedback after the course

Once the first course is completed, you’re going to want to get feedback from your instructors and students. This feedback matters—and so does having the ability to act on it. If you receive feedback on the usability of your training materials, print-on-demand can help you minimize waste while you make changes, like switching up the order of the information or changing the binding type.

 

Establishing a new training program is already difficult without the anxiety over wasting hundreds of old course books from a long print run. Your established continuing education courses are the workhorse, and if the new course isn’t proven yet, print-on-demand is a good solution to minimizing waste and spending. Once the new program is set in stone, you can go with a longer print run. If your association is implementing new courses, consider working with a print-on-demand provider to save money in the long run.

What kinds of challenges does your association face when implementing a new training program?

 

Is It Time to Break Up With Your Fulfillment Vendor?

Your fulfillment vendor is the linking relationship between your organization and your members or customers. If your members receive their orders late, or receive the wrong order altogether, it’s your fault in the eyes of your customer (even though your fulfillment partner is actually at fault).

But how do you know when the time has come to consider a new fulfillment company? With so much invested in one (or a few) fulfillment partner(s), this is a HUGE decision to make.

What are the warning signs you should break up with your fulfillment vendor?

3 Signs Your Organization Needs a New Fulfillment Vendor

  1. You’re not communicating. Since your fulfillment vendor is the link between your organization and your customers, it is critical that they are keeping you informed of any problems. If one of their printers is down, if a customer gets the wrong order or if they lost an order, you should be the first to know. What’s more, your customers should not be the ones informing you of these problems.
  2. Your fulfillment vendor does not treat your product as their own. If the company fulfilling your continuing education materials or publications is shipping out books with missing pages or incorrect covers, they are clearly showing a lack of concern for your product and a lack of respect to your organization. These careless mistakes are a direct representation of your organization’s brand. Is this how you want to be represented?
  3. Your order fulfillment process causes you a lot of work. Getting your training materials or publication orders filled should not mean manual labor for you. If you’re sending your orders via email or an excel spreadsheet to your fulfillment vendor, you’re already doing too much work. You should be able to automatically send orders from your online store directly to your fulfillment partner in XML format. It’s not as difficult as you might think.

If your fulfillment vendor is causing you more harm than good, it may be time to break up and find a new one.

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