Inspired Incentives

Stay Loyal to Loyalty

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

In business, we’re often taught to appreciate, value, and reward the notion of loyalty. Based on this principle, companies have developed Loyalty Programs, Rewards Programs, Frequent Flyer Programs, you name it, as a means of benefiting and facilitating repeat business from our most devoted customers. And by most accounts, this is a strategy that, when leveraged correctly, has served to both raise profit margins and reward our loyal customers with deals, discounts, and bonuses on a swath of appealing products and services.

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Topics: Loyalty Programs

A Healthy Dose of Brand Loyalty

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 10:34 PM

Chances are you've probably heard of Planet Fitness and might even know someone who is a member. With more than 1,000 stores nationwide, it's no surprise that the membership for this "judgement-free zone" franchise has reached an all-time high of 7,000,000 members.

But it got me wondering -- "What's their secret?" Well, a recent article by Jim Tierney at Loyalty360 sheds some light on why this brand is experiencing "super loyalty."


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Topics: Loyalty Programs

Building Customer Loyalty in the Electrical Industry

Posted by Anne Bouthilette

Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 02:30 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: Group Incentive Travel, Loyalty Programs, Incentive Marketing Strategies

The Importance of Marketing and Promoting Loyalty Programs

Posted by Anne Bouthilette

Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 03:32 PM

As any company with a focus on customer loyalty knows, the way you keep people coming back time and again is by offering tangible benefits. While running a loyalty program can be done in-house with the proper resources and guidance, there are also many benefits to choosing an outside administrator.

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Topics: Loyalty Programs, Incentive Marketing Strategies

Employee Engagement and Customer Engagement – What's the Difference?

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

At HMI, we have a lot of discussions about our engagement within our incentive programs. We’re always looking for ways to improve our strategy, including studying and researching everything from behavioral psychology to consumer trends. With the topic of engagement, one wrinkle that occasionally comes up involves the nuances of customer engagement versus employee engagement. What are the driving motivations behind each? How can the two complement one another?

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Topics: Loyalty Programs, Employee Motivation

Can Your Channel Incentive Program Benefit from a Holistic Approach?

Posted by Matt Slane

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

It’s mid-January and for many, the New Year’s resolutions we made have already started to fall by the wayside and retreat to the back of our minds.  Personally I have decided to take a holistic approach to my goals this year.  

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Performance Improvement, Loyalty Programs, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Channel Incentives, Goal setting, Employee Motivation

Performance Incentives and the American Dream

Posted by Anne Bouthilette

Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 03:00 PM

July 4th is a day when many people take a few minutes to consider what makes America so unique, and yesterday I found myself amongst friends discussing the things that remind us of the United States. There were the typical symbols like the American flag or fireworks and some unusual ones like lobsters, but mostly it was an occasion for us to think about all of the great things that this country has to offer.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Loyalty Programs, Employee Motivation

Does Money Motivate?

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

In the world of incentives, the role of money in determining behavior has been hotly debated for a long time. Many studies claim that non-monetary incentives like trips and merchandise are far more effective than money in influencing employee behavior. Nevertheless, many companies continue to offer monetary incentives such as company bonuses and stock options. So, does money matter? Or, more importantly, does money motivate? While quite similar, these questions highlight a very important distinction between the two that can be made in terms of human behavior.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Performance Improvement, Loyalty Programs, Sales Growth, Employee Motivation

The First Impression: Making Sure Incentives Are Well Received

Posted by Anne Bouthilette

Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

In the world of performance incentives, a first impression can be a very powerful thing. Though much can be said for targeted marketing campaigns that keep participants engaged throughout the entire length of the program, by drawing potential employees or customers into a program from the very beginning, the stage will be set for long term growth and potential.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Performance Improvement, Loyalty Programs, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Goal setting, Employee Motivation

What do you do when your principals don't want to participate?

Posted by Abbe Novack

Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 02:50 PM

I was at a function recently and there was a person there who brought up the difficulties associated with channel programs. As she explained to the group of us, she really wants to roll out a channel incentive program, but the channels she would be rolling it out to don’t want to support it. The problem in her particular case is that the channel’s principals do not want their partnering manufacturers to offer channel incentive program to their employees, which she believes would be favoritism. After explaining her difficulties she asked me “what do I do when the principals don’t want to participate?”  

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Loyalty Programs, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Points Based Incentive Programs, Channel Incentives, Employee Motivation

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