Inspired Incentives

Ditch the Cash, Focus on Rewards

Posted by Chris Largent

Mon, Nov 06, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

There’s a scene in TV comedy series, Seinfeld, that you might have seen. It’s Elaine’s birthday and Jerry gives her a nicely wrapped present. “Just the fact that you remembered means everything,” she says, beaming. But as he’s handing it over Jerry keeps his grasp on the box a bit longer…

“Maybe you won’t like it,” he says.

“Oh, how could I not like it? Of course, I’ll like it,” Elaine retorts.

She opens the box and gets to the bottom of the wrapping and stops. She slowly pulls out a big wad of dollar bills.

Cash?”  The audience laughs. “You got me cash?

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Topics: Non-Cash Incentives

Incentive Industry Insights

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

If you’re a business offering some type of performance improvement program, how can you enhance your offering so that it goes beyond the rudimentary “do this, get that” mentality? Or to put it more simply: how do you offer a better incentive?

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Topics: Non-Cash Incentives, Performance Incentives

Freakonomics and Incentives: A look at what really motivates us

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

If you haven't taken the time to read Freakonomics by now, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy this weekend. Yes, it's well worth the read. In it's 350-some pages, the book examines life for what it is – simple, yet extremely complex. 

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Topics: Non-Cash Incentives, Performance Incentives, Incentive Marketing Strategies

Well Received Incentives:  Making a Great First Impression

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

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 high returns.

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Topics: Non-Cash Incentives

The Gift of Gifting

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Dec 24, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

We all have that one person in our lives who is impossible to shop for: They either already have everything, or never vocalize anything they'd actually like to receive. Well, I was finishing up my holiday shopping yesterday—and checking my list twice—and I was relieved to already see this person's name crossed off.

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Topics: Non-Cash Incentives

Group Travel - The Benefit of Soft Benefits

Posted by Brian Szymanel

Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

Last year, I took part in a travel program in Cancun that was run by HMI. The program hosted industry experts and HMI customers from all parts of the world. The forum gave us all the opportunity to discuss best practices, trends, and the future direction of the performance incentive space.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Non-Cash Incentives

New Research Shows that Non-Cash Incentives Work Best

Posted by Matt Slane

Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:25 PM

I was recently speaking with a prospective client who is looking to grow and motivate his sales channel, and the topic of cash vs. non-cash incentives came up.  Like any good professional in the incentive business would, I responded by telling him about the many studies that show non-cash programs outperform cash incentive programs.

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Topics: Non-Cash Incentives

Better Than Cash – Getting Creative with Incentive Group Travel

Posted by Abby McMillin

Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

I recently accompanied an electrical wholesaler on an incentive group travel trip to beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. To make their incentive trip a bit more special, this client decided to treat their participants to some extra spending money, “on the house.” Instead of simply handing the participants cash, the client looked to HMI to come up with something that would be a little more unique and memorable.

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Topics: Group Incentive Travel, Success Story, Non-Cash Incentives

Non-Cash Incentives: Spring Forward with Smarter Redemption

Posted by Linda Shea

Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Are you ready to put the winter blahs behind you and spring forward to warmer, healthier weather? I certainly am as the Director of Fulfillment here at HMI Performance Incentives. Every year as we start to turn the proverbial corner, I begin looking through our incentive catalog to see what new and exciting incentive rewards are on tap to be updated or enhanced. Every spring, our customer service team tells me about participants who are looking to break out of their winter hibernation by redeeming for the latest and greatest in electronics, sports & leisure, health & wellness, and warm-weather items. They’re checking the HMI catalog to see what’s new, what’s available, and part of my job is to make sure they can find what they’re looking for.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, OnDemand Awards, Non-Cash Incentives

Celebrating Service Through the Holidays and Beyond

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 @ 09:45 AM

During the holiday season, you will undoubtedly hear stories of employees who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to provide the best possible customer satisfaction. Often times, these good Samaritans are called upon to help a distressed patron who is short on time, money, or luck. In other situations, these professionals simply decide that customers deserve exceptional service and take it upon themselves to do what is necessary. In either case, these inspiring examples demonstrate that caring for customers goes hand-in-hand with better business.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Points Based Incentive Programs, Success Story, Employee Motivation, Non-Cash Incentives, Customer Service

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