November 29, 2018 12:00 AM
Introduction to the Harvard Four-Drive Model

This is the third blog article in my series on employee engagement. Now let’s explore the Harvard model more closely because it is extremely...

October 3, 2018 12:00 AM
Clearing Up the Confusion Around “Employee Engagement”

In the first blog in this series, I concluded that employee-engagement surveys are here to stay because they measure a special type of motivation...

February 28, 2018 12:00 AM
Non-Cash Awards: What The Research Tells Us

We recently spoke about the benefits of using non-cash awards for employee recognition. The IRF released a study with a unique twist that gave [...]

December 19, 2017 12:00 AM
How Non-Cash Awards Can Boost Your Employee Recognition

The IRF reported that 84% of all U.S. businesses are using non-cash awards, and their executives are recognizing this as a competitive [...]

November 20, 2017 12:00 AM
Keeping The Customer Satisfied

When you think of excellent customer service, what comes to mind? There are probably a few specific businesses, companies, retailers, or [...]

October 30, 2017 12:00 AM
Holiday Gift Cards

The end of October no longer solely means all things Fall and Halloween. Many retailers are well on their way to gearing up for [...]

September 26, 2017 12:00 AM
The Why Behind Recognition

Sure, there are lots of ways to recognize employees (and we talk about a lot of them), but do you know why people need to be recognized? [...]

September 7, 2017 12:00 AM
Three Ways To Think Like A Top Performing Company

The Incentive Research Foundation surveyed top performing companies, as defined by having specific parameters regarding high revenue, good [...]

July 25, 2017 12:00 AM
How To Capitalize On Gift Card Giving For Back-To-School

It’s that time of year again. It feels like summer just got started, and retailers are already featuring back-to-school merchandise and gear. [...]

July 19, 2017 12:00 AM
Four Ways To Build Teamwork

Creating a work environment where your employees feel motivated to work together and not against each other, towards common [...]

June 13, 2017 12:00 AM
Social Media Part Two: Employee Recognition

As we recently discussed, social media can be used to boost your brand, but it can also be an effective tool to recognize your employees. [...]

May 19, 2017 12:00 AM
3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump Before it Hits

Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, it gets tougher to be in the office all day. When summer hits, by Tuesday at noon, everyone is [...]

May 12, 2017 12:00 AM
How To Apply The IRF’s Behavioral Economics Research To Your Company Today

The Incentive Research Foundation recently released a fascinating research study which brings new insight to the incentive industry.

April 13, 2017 12:00 AM
Why the Trucking Industry Needs Workplace Incentives Now

Worker retention is a challenge hitting nearly every major industry these days. For example, in the trucking industry, truck driver shortage hit [...]

April 6, 2017 12:00 AM
Want to Juice Your Channel Incentives? Connect With the Sales Reps

In many industries, incentives play a large part in channel sales performance, but if communication touchpoints and incentives aren’t reaching [...]

March 30, 2017 12:00 AM
E-Gift Cards: Where Are They Now?

A 2010 article in HR magazine reviewed e-gift cards (electronic gift cards) and forecast their growth in the incentive industry. It focused on [...]

March 30, 2017 12:00 AM
E-Gift Cards: Where Are They Now?

A 2010 article in HR magazine reviewed e-gift cards (electronic gift cards) and forecast their growth in the incentive industry. It focused on [...]

March 22, 2017 12:00 AM
What to Look For in a Prepaid Debit Card Rewards Disbursement Platform

We’ve seen the explosive growth of prepaid debit cards in incentive, reward and recognition programs. Incentive magazine reports a 17 percent [...]

March 14, 2017 12:00 AM
Gift Card Trophy Value: Why Cash Is NOT King

Based on a 2008 survey by Incentive Magazine, the top two gift card uses in incentive programs are to recognize performance (70.2percent) and [...]

March 2, 2017 12:00 AM
Don’t Just Motivate Your Employees—Inspire Them

Businesses know that genuinely motivated employees are engaged employees—they are more productive and more loyal. So, time and resources are [...]

December 1, 2016 12:00 AM
How to Maximize Channel Incentives Without Breaking Your Budget

Effective channel partnerships are a proven sales driver in numerous business sectors, including automotive, software and hardware vendors, the [...]

July 21, 2016 12:00 AM
How Employee Referral Incentives Build Employee Engagement

Companies with a strong organizational culture thrive, which is why companies that value their culture recruit new hires based on both […]

June 17, 2016 12:00 AM
5 Reasons Your Channel Incentives Aren’t Working

Many businesses, in various industries, rely on dealer networks or channel partners to sell their products and use incentives to make sure that […]

June 9, 2016 12:00 AM
Rewarding Business Referrals is Smart—Here’s How to Do It

As we continue to serve our customers for more than 35 years, we are always considering programs that will benefit our clients and contribute […]

March 22, 2016 12:00 AM
Incentive Programs Help Aftermarket Channel Partners Adapt to Industry Trends

No industry is safe from the changing shopping habits of consumers and that includes the aftermarket industry. In the past, a consumer relied […]

February 27, 2016 12:00 AM
3 Reasons Customer Satisfaction Must Drive Automotive Channel Incentives

Channel incentive programs are well established in automotive, but unless they are backed by a fully automated, enterprise-wide tracking and […]

February 19, 2016 12:00 AM
Can Cross-Channel Collaboration Make Your Sales Incentives More Effective?

In today’s world, consumers are continuing to evolve their purchase habits and are dictating more of the sales process. From big box department […]

February 16, 2016 12:00 AM
10 Questions To Ask Vendors About Claims Before Selecting A Channel Sales Claiming System

Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are dependent on channel sales incentive coupons and vouchers to drive unit sales. While each OEM […]

September 9, 2015 12:00 AM
e-Gift Cards Engage the Modern Employee

It’s safe to say that gift cards are continuing their influence as powerful rewards options in company recognition and reward programs. They’re ve […]

August 7, 2015 12:00 AM
Do Your Gift Card Incentives Reflect the Changing Workforce?

According to the 2014 IRF Pulse Survey, almost 50 percent of program planners maintained they would be increasing their budgets and per person […]

July 28, 2015 12:00 AM
Make Incentive Travel Your Breakout Rewards Option

When you think incentive travel, most people visualize an incentive program aimed at increasing sales numbers by offering a travel package to the […]

May 18, 2015 12:00 AM
Promotional Products Work Week is Under Way

With Promotional Products Work Week under way, we want to reiterate the effectiveness of promotional products. Increasing brand recognition, brand […]

April 29, 2015 12:00 AM
Is Your Workplace Safety Program Rewarding The Wrong Thing? OSHA Won’t Be Happy

We all know about the law of unintended consequences: you do one thing expecting certain results, but that action produces a different result—and […]

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM
Why Promotional Products Work

We’ve talked about the power of promotional products before, but it needs repeating: promotional products work for increasing brand recall, reward […]

January 23, 2015 12:00 AM
Forget Promotional Products: Why (E)motional Products Engage Customers and Employees

Promotional products are top-of-mind when it comes to really grabbing the attention of employees and to engage customers. That’s one reason why […]

January 22, 2015 12:00 AM
What Auto Dealers Can Learn From Retailers About Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty programs are everywhere it seems, from mom and pop shops to giant retailers, and from credit card issuers to the airlines and […]

December 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Why Holiday Gift Cards Are the Perfect Way to Thank Employees and Partners

The holiday season is a time to say thank you, especially to your employees and partners for their hard work and loyalty to your business. But […]

October 25, 2014 12:00 AM
How Promotional Products Can Support Workplace Safety Goals

Workplace safety is a serious topic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. Although this is […]

October 25, 2014 12:00 AM
The Why, What, and How of Rewarding With Promotional Products

With the holidays coming, and planning already begun for year-end recognition programs, now is the time to begin selecting gifts for customers and […]

September 11, 2014 12:00 AM
4 Reasons Why Digital Storefronts Can’t Replace a Promotional Products Specialist

Promotional products sales topped $19 billion in 2013 and are expected to do even better this year. Why? Promotional products score major points […]

August 8, 2014 12:00 AM
Harnessing Big Data to Drive Channel Sales

There is a lot of talk, articles and buzz around big data. But what does “big data” mean? How does it affect channel sales? And how can you use it […]

May 22, 2014 12:00 AM
A Simple Checklist for Choosing Global Rewards

A global workforce deserves a global rewards program. At a time when even mid-sized organizations have global workforces, yesterday’s rewards […]

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM
What’s Hot, What’s Not, in Incentive Travel

As you may have learned from our previous blog, or from a recent Incentive Research Foundation white paper, incentive travel rewards are on the […]

April 25, 2014 12:00 AM
Why ROE Should Be An Incentive Travel Success Measure

In the incentive industry, it’s pretty much a given that incentive travel rewards are powerful motivators—so powerful, in fact, that incentive […]

April 9, 2014 12:00 AM
4 Essential Sales Incentive Program Best Practices

If you are looking for a powerful tool to increase your sales team’s motivation, productivity, and overall performance, then a sales incentive […]

March 21, 2014 12:00 AM
3 Ways to Boost Channel Partner Success

As demands on business grow, more organizations are using partners and contractors to provide needed support and expertise. In addition, many […]

February 4, 2014 12:00 AM
Top 4 Takeaways from the PPAI Show

I just returned from the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo, which is one of the largest promotional products and premium […]

November 28, 2013 12:00 AM
5 Questions to Consider When Awarding with Plastic or e-Gift Cards

Gift cards are the “go to” option for employee incentive programs. Research shows that 37 percent of incentive budgets are spent on gift cards. […]