Inspired Incentives

How to Incorporate CSR into Your Group Travel Program

Posted by Chris Largent

Mon, May 21, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a call for all businesses to try to leave the earth and its communities in a better state than we found them.

Companies that have CSR-driven pursuits seek to lessen their impact on the environment, assist in the development of local communities, provide help to those in need, and so much more.

But beyond the benefits to people and environment, CSR can also have significant and measurable business benefits. These can include anything from better brand recognition, to positive reputation, to employee satisfaction, and even better access to capital through charitable deductions.

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Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility, Group Incentive Travel

Your 3 Group Travel Options

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about group incentive travel.

Why? Because we believe that travel is one of the best drivers of performance there is and that when it’s done right, an incentive trip can be a true differentiator for you among your competitors.

We’ve come at this topic from a variety of angles, because when it comes to group incentive travel, there’s always a lot to consider.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

3 Group Incentive Travel Destinations You Haven’t Considered

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 02:09 PM

Imagine that you’re planning an incentive trip for yourself and 20 of your top customers or employees. Where would you go?

I could say that money isn’t a factor, but of course it is, so your choice would need to consider a somewhat limited budget (for the sake of the thought experiment, we’ll suggest the average incentive budget of around $4,000 per-person).

Now, you could choose a bucket-list destination, like the Galapagos Islands or a safari in Kenya, but these, while admittedly amazing, probably come with a price tag above what you’re willing to pay.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

Why Is Group Incentive Travel So Effective?

Posted by Chris Largent

Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Group incentive travel has been used for many years and by many companies to reward their top performers.

Whether you’re sending your top 50 customers or your 100 best-selling salespeople, group incentive trips can prove a huge motivator and can positively impact your Return on Investment, Experience, and Relationship.

But what is it about these trips that are so motivating? And how do they successfully impact business goals?

For some professional insight to these questions, we turned to a veteran of group incentive travel, Marcia Colburn, the Corporate Marketing and Brand Manager at Caterpillar Financial Services. 

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

The Top 4 Incentive Travel Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 03:03 PM

Most of us have been there: you’ve planned a trip that you’re really excited about. You consider yourself to be a prudent, fairly organized person, so, thinking ahead, you’ve created a brilliant itinerary to make the most of your limited vacation time.

You feel like you have the perfect balance of active and leisure time, and you’ve even built in an experience of the local culture to help you broaden your horizons and appreciate something you know you won’t find back home.

Now all you need to do is stick to the plan and everything will work out just as you expect it to.

But then your flight gets delayed, or it rains on your day of leisure.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

3 Reasons Why Group Incentive Travel Is Right for You

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Back in 2010, the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) released a white paper entitled “Anatomy of a Successful Incentive Travel Program,” which detailed what an effective incentive group trip might look like. Based on this research, the IRF concluded that there are 5 key ingredients necessary for incentive travel to be successful. These ingredients are as follows:

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

Fulfillment Partner vs. Strategic Partner

Posted by Kate Cardoso

Fri, Jun 23, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Fulfillment Partner vs. Strategic Partner

There are plenty of decent fulfillment partners out there for your meeting/event/group incentive travel needs. A fulfillment partner provides support and executes based on the specific instructions you provide. Those instructions might include the following:

  • Book 100 rooms for the nights of April 3 – 7
  • Find a buffet menu for 200 people for $150 or less
  • Book airport transportation for all attendees
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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Outsourcing

What Incentive Destination Are You?

Posted by Chris Largent

Mon, Jun 19, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Have you ever asked yourself, "where should I travel with my top performers?" This can be a hard question. You want to bring them on a trip they'll remember and feel rewarded by, but where should you go? 

Well, we've put together a 5 question quiz so you can find out! Enjoy!

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

3 Reasons to Outsource Your Group Incentive Travel Programs

Posted by Chris Largent

Thu, Jun 08, 2017 @ 02:21 PM

The Perks of Outsourcing  

At one point or another, you’ve probably had to tackle this question, “Should I outsource?” Whether it’s your marketing efforts, your HR department, or a big IT project, there are arguments both ways.  

You may already be allocating the job to internal staff. Is it being sufficiently handled? Are you truly satisfying the participants of the program, or could it be better?

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Outsourcing

HMI's New App Gets an A+

Posted by Chris Largent

Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

HMI’s Group Incentive Travel Programs See Fantastic Results with New App

Here at HMI, we’re always asking ourselves how we can further improve our clients’ onsite experiences, whether it’s an incentive travel program, meeting, convention, or special event.  If you’ve ever run one of these programs, you know how difficult it can be to communicate last minute changes and updates with your participants, especially last minute changes. 

This is why we decided to implement a mobile app into all of our group travel programs. This app, TripBuzz, is used as a seamless communication tool between the attendees and the administrators of the trips. It makes the trips even more engaging, as it provides attendees with an exclusive forum where they can network, share photos, and get all of the important trip details.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, App

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