LMS demo

Why You Should Schedule an LMS Demo

If you’re searching for a learning management system (LMS), a demo is an essential step in the selection process. But not all LMS demos are created equally. While you’ll find most LMS vendors use the word ‘demo’, it doesn’t always mean the same thing. And most vendors never explain clearly why you should sign up for one. In this post, we'll cover all of this and more. 

Quality matters

The quality of your LMS demo matters a lot. You're spending precious time. From the moment you express interest, a vendor should try to learn exactly what you need from an LMS. To give maximum value, a consultative approach should be taken. If you take time to attend, a vendor should make the experience work for you.

Here’s a peek at what you can expect from a demo with an LMS like LearnUpon.

Types of LMS demonstrations

Different vendors use the words ‘learning management system demo’ to describe very different things. When you see the word demo on a provider’s website it could mean:

What a demo does and does not include determines how useful it is to your selection process.

At worst, a demo will be nothing more than a thinly-veiled sales pitch. We think that at the very least, a demo should give you an opportunity to:

What a demo should be

A good vendor will go beyond that basic standard. They'll offer real value to you. For example, we provide one-to-one, personalized consultations about how our LMS could meet your requirements. 

Each part of this description is important, so let’s break it down a little.

How to get the most out of an LMS demo

To avoid disappointment, ask each vendor to specify what’s included in their demo before you schedule. If the demo mostly consists of a sales rep reading a PowerPoint presentation, with little time spent showing you the software in action, there’s a good reason to be skeptical of their offering!

Preparation

Everything worthwhile requires a little preparation! As a two-way conversation, there are steps you should take to make your LMS demos more effective.

After the demo

Nowadays, most LMS vendors will provide you a free trial. After your demo, use this trial to put the LMS through its paces. Test out your workflows, add some users, and even run a pilot course. Testing the LMS is the only way to really know if it will work for you. In fact, making the most of this trial is key to being confident in your eventual choice of LMS.

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