Inspired Incentives

Planning an International Incentive Trip or Event? Buyer Beware. . .

Posted by Kate Cardoso

Fri, Nov 25, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

Managing an international meeting, incentive, conference, or event (MICE) takes a lot of work. A LOT! You will undoubtedly confront certain challenges in the planning process, even with a domestic program. For those planning international events, there are some additional complexities. Take it from me: at HMI we organize MICE in destinations all over the world, and each time we’re faced with a set of unique challenges that force us to bring our strategic “A” game. Based on these experiences, I’ve come up with a set of essential, common sense suggestions that should help prepare anyone interested in organizing an international meeting, incentive, conference, or event:

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Meetings & Events

Small Company Achieves Higher Profits with Group Incentive Travel

Posted by Mike Dey

Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 10:15 PM

In previous posts, we have discussed how beneficial performance incentives can be for all types of companies, no matter what industry they are in or how big or small they are. To illustrate that point, we recently gathered information on one of our programs, a group incentive travel program that we administer for a large supplier of industrial supplies and materials. While the program itself was company-wide, we thought this local branch was a great example of the benefits of doing group incentive travel incentives.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

Group Incentive Travel Pipe Dreams

Posted by Abby McMillin

Sat, Oct 22, 2016 @ 06:16 AM

Extraordinary achievements deserve exceptional rewards. Group incentive travel programs can reward your top achievers, loyal customers or stellar employees with experiences that create positive, lasting ties to your company, product, and brand. Each trip can be custom designed to excite your audience.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

Trending up: What's new for group incentive travel this year

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 01:55 PM

Every year, the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) conducts a survey in conjunction with MeetingsNet to help keep its pulse on the latest trends in incentive group travel. This year's survey gathered the opinions of 182 incentive travel planners, and highlights a few significant industry-wide trends such as growing budgets, a spike in popularity for unconventional destinations, and tailored program apps. As incentive travel planners continue to look for ways to meet participants' demands for "authentic, unique, personalized experiences," it seems that the industry's resurgence is offering numerous ways of achieving this.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Travel Destinations

The Performance Incentives Consultant - Group Incentive Travel

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 05:07 PM

We call this our “Performance Incentives Consultant” blog series, and its motto is Know Before You Go……

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Performance Incentives

The Benefits of Outsourcing Meeting/Event Planning

Posted by Kate Cardoso

Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 09:13 AM

We recently had a company approach us about planning an event for them to celebrate a very important, company-specific anniversary. Initially, this company was deciding between two options: they were either going to organize an internal committee to plan and execute the event, or they were going to outsource it. A member of the committee was our contact and professed concern about their ability to plan an event of the size and complexity that they envisioned. This concern was due to the fact that the committee members all had regular full-time jobs and not a single member had any real experience with event planning. We presented them with a price for our services that was very fair based on what they required; however, when compared to what this company had paid in the past for their event planning — i.e. $0! — the amount suddenly seemed rather high to them.

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Topics: Meetings & Events, Group Incentive Travel, Travel Destinations

Engineering Customer Loyalty in the Electrical Industry

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

There are many options available for companies looking to build customer loyalty, ranging from points programs, individual travel incentives, and group travel experiences. Depending on the industry you are in, incentives can target specific customers, markets, or vendors that you would like to build relationships with.

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Topics: Loyalty Programs, Group Incentive Travel

Don't Let Passports Stop Your Qualifiers from Traveling

Posted by Judy Houhoulis

Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

The long hours are paying off. Your team is excited. Your bottom line is rising as quotas are being met.   Your team has started to imagine their spot on your incentive trip. They’re pulling out suitcases, deciding what to pack, and dreaming about warm sunshine and the cool taste of a tropical libation when they’re stopped in their tracks by the expiration date on their passports!

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

Incentive Travel – How Does it Measure Up?

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Earlier this year, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) CEO Kevin Hinton gave a webinar based on the results of one of their recent indexes. The objective was to find out how many organizations were tracking the actual results of their incentive travel data – in essence, who was crunching the numbers and who was just trusting their instincts when it came to the "success" of incentive travel.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

Group Incentive Travel - And What to Expect from Your Incentive Travel Provider

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

Give them something money can’t buy.

A gift card is nice – but imagine the lasting memories from an amazing group trip to a tropical paradise. Think about it this way:  Would you rather have your top performers buy groceries and other every-day items with a generic, impersonal giftcard, or talk for years to come about the trip they earned by reaching strategically set goals?

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel

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