Inspired Incentives

Serving Up a Delicious Incentive

Posted by Travis Smith

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 03:02 PM

Your partner served up their flagship client and introduced your team and solutions. Now, maybe it’s time you served them up something in return. In fact, I have just the thing.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, OnDemand Awards

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, Non-Cash Incentives, OnDemand Awards

Expanding Incentive Programs in Low-Activity Countries

Posted by Javier Betancourt

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

Managing a dynamic channel incentive program can be an arduous task. Managing such a program in a single country can be a challenge, but when it’s on a global scale it can be a logistical nightmare. In the past, we’ve discussed some of the issues that can arise with any global incentive solution; but today, I want to talk about just one.

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Topics: Global Incentive Program, Performance Incentives, Channel Incentives, OnDemand Awards

Feeling Static? Maybe It’s Time to Personalize Your Channel Engagement Program

Posted by Matt Slane

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

The direct mail industry has gone through numerous changes over the years.  The old mantra of mailing millions of static pieces with a “see what sticks to the wall” approach- and hoping for a 1-2% response rate, is being replaced by a more targeted and interactive approach.

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Topics: Incentive Marketing Strategies, Channel Incentives, OnDemand Awards

Cultivating & Motivating Your Sales & Customer Channel

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

In our last blog entry, HMI discussed a number of different ways you can bolster the engagement of members participating in your sales or marketing channel. We also referenced an idea that has become increasingly useful in recent years, namely the relation between a naturally occurring ecosystem and the habitat of a channel. While we’re all at least vaguely familiar – thanks biology class! – with the elementary workings of a naturally occurring ecosystem, understanding how a sales channel functions and thrives can be a bit more opaque.

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Topics: Performance Incentives, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Channel Incentives, OnDemand Awards

Hot Items: The Rewards Your Incentive Program Participants Want

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Tue, Dec 18, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

What do participants look for nowadays from their incentive programs? What merchandise rewards are becoming most popular?

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

Gamification in Channel Incentive Programs: An Important Component

Posted by Travis Smith

Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

As defined by Rajat Paharia, Founder and Chief Product Officer, Bunchball, Gamification is the integration of game mechanics and theory into non-game applications and processes in the workplace. Simply put, the concept applies a game-oriented approach to non-game activities, making them more engaging. Game mechanics motivate participants to get involved and solve problems.

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Topics: Gamification, Performance Incentives, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Channel Incentives, OnDemand Awards, Points Based Incentive Programs

Customer Service in the Incentive World

Posted by Brian Szymanel

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

Customer service is critical in all businesses, especially in the incentive world.  With more and more companies outsourcing this service, HMI has made a commitment to always have our own customer service employees, because having our own customer service really can help with the overall success of a program. 

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Topics: Performance Incentives, OnDemand Awards

Top Rewards in the Incentives Industry

Posted by Travis Smith

Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

After many years in the incentives industry, I still get asked the same questions over and over. Though I could fill many pages with those questions and their answers, two of the most fundamental questions are: 1). Which rewards are the most motivating? and 2). Which rewards are the most popular? The first question has a range of responses and varies based on target audience, length of program, etc. and is far too complicated for a blog post (although if you’re interested in the cash vs. non-cash awards debate click here to read a blog post by my colleague Matt Slane).

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Topics: Performance Incentives, OnDemand Awards

Giving Participants the Incentive Experience They Deserve

Posted by Ellen Fisher

Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 03:23 PM

What does a participant want from an incentive program today?  What makes them feel that they are being appreciated for all of their hard work supporting your company?  It has been proven that employee incentive programs are important in instilling brand loyalty and boosting sales,  but it is also helpful to understand what your participant is looking for in their rewards program.

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Topics: Customer Service, OnDemand Awards