This week, Cisco unveiled the winners of its 2012 Learning Partner Awards at its Global Learning Partner Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Cisco Learning Partners help Cisco prepare partners to meet their customers’ technology needs by providing technical and business-readiness authorized training and enablement. Cisco Learning Partners provide the advanced technical, certification, and product training to individuals that enable Cisco partners and customers to deploy technology and business solutions with greater confidence and increase the overall productivity and profitability of their businesses. Cisco authorized training provides a solid foundation of skills and resources to enable channel partners to design, implement, and manage the latest converging technologies.
The Cisco Learning Partner Awards recognize exemplary Learning Partners who demonstrate best-in-class business practices. These winners also serve as a model to the industry. Criteria include:
Collaboration with Cisco and other Learning Partners
Developing innovative new programs to enhance the student experience
Acceleration of positive growth
Delivering the highest quality training and enablement for the channel
Award winners in various categories are below. Read More »
Today, Bulldog Reporter revealed seventy winners of the 2012 Bulldog Digital/Social PR Awards for Outstanding Achievement by Agencies and Individuals in PR and Corporate Communications. The Bulldog Reporter, which publishes the online trade journal Daily ‘Dog, is the PR/communication industry’s largest circulation industry and is known to communicate news on professional development events as well as other related materials.
I’m proud to announce to you that Cisco Systems’ entry titled “Cisco’s the Network” was recognized as the Grand Prize winner of the “Best Use of Digital/Social in a Communications Campaign” category. Read More »
Susan McDonough at home with her 3 sons, 2 nephews and niece, aged 3 to 16.
Work-life integration can provide challenges like no other, as working parents can attest to. Cisco continues to meet this challenge with various programs that have been recognized by Working Mother magazine’s prestigious 2012 100 Best Companies list. And we’re extremely proud of Susan McDonough, vice president of Corporate Development at Cisco who leads the acquisition integration and operations,named as Working Mother of the Year in the same publication.
I used to be the sort of fellow who eschewed design or leadership awards for web sites. I figured the true measure of success is seeing the sites used every day for Customers and Partners answering their questions, assessing the right product fits, communicating with their colleagues on forums.
I still take awards with a grain of salt, but we’ve gotten several mentions lately for Cisco.com, so I thought it would be worth a brief recap for the following reason: These awards not only reflect our team’s hard work here at Cisco, but also your participation. They show:
How you’ve helped us achieve excellence (or strive for it, at least) with your regular participation in comments to the site and in our 1:1 usability tests that we do around the globe via WebEx.
How our team has worked diligently to continuously improve our web, social and mobile experiences, based on your input.
Here is a list of some of the accolades we’ve gotten lately, and then I promise I’ll stop bragging for a while:
Cisco recently won an Award of Distinction for our Brand Identity System, which includes the web site. The scope of this one included Cisco brand guidelines, along with brand assets such as Cisco.com, navigation, photography, icons, templates and more.
Cisco.com is a 2012 Webby Honoree: Official Honoree distinction is awarded to the top 15% of all work entered 10,000 entries received from the US and more than 60 countries.
And, our Cisco London 2012 website has also been selected as an Official Honoree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Corporate Communications category.
Cisco won a bronze ADDY in the AAF-Silicon Valley ADDY Competition. This award is for our new Brand Identity System which includes all of the standards for the web, mobile and social venues. The ADDYs are arguably the world’s largest creative competition, with over 60,000 entries each year nationwide.
Our digital teams don’t think about awards that much; but we do think about you and how you use our web sites, mobile and other digital experiences every day. And I like to think that focus has translated into some of the recent accolades.
The Connected Life Exchange (CLE) Blog is not just another Cisco blog that talks about the company’s products and services. It’s a collection of stories, including a new documentary series, “The Network Effect,” that illustrates how service provider innovation of the “largest and most reliable machine on the planet”—the telecom network—drives economic development and improves quality of life, especially in developing regions.
A little more than a year old, this blog has one of the best visitor retention rates of all Cisco corporate blogs (as measured by ‘bounce rate,’ and ‘time on site’). On March 20th, BtoB Magazine recognized the Connected Life Exchange at the Social Media Marketing Awards, remarking:
“The whole package is refreshingly non-promotional and often fascinating. Cisco continues to innovate in the suddenly red-hot field of content marketing with an approach to thought leadership that emphasizes actual thinking.”
Watch this video highlighting The Network Effect to get a little taste of what this award-winning blog is all about: