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Total Immersion training transforms IAS: Agency employees get the digital message

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 19 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Describes an award‐winning training program that helped UK business‐to‐business marketing agency IAS to harness the power of social media.

Design/methodology/approach

Explains the reasons for the training, the form it took and the benefits it has brought.

Findings

Details how digital revenues increased by 400 percent and net profits held at 11 percent of revenue. The company won 23 pitches out of 28, gained 19 industry awards, became an Investor in People and was among the Crains Manchester Business Best Places to Work in 2009.

Practical implications

Reveals a sharp rise in staff confidence, togetherness, sense of belonging and competence, with staff turnover at one fifth of the national average.

Social implications

Highlights the importance of keeping abreast of the latest developments in digital technology.

Originality/value

Reveals how, in a recession, with clients spending on average 20 percent less, IAS increased its revenue by £1m by winning new business at an unprecedented rate.

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Citation

(2011), "Total Immersion training transforms IAS: Agency employees get the digital message", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 12-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/09670731111153276

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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