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Non-Cash Awards: What the Research Tells Us
February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

We recently spoke about the benefits of using non-cash awards for employee recognition. The IRF released a study with a unique twist that gave [...]

How Non-Cash Awards Can Boost Your Employee Recognition
December 19, 2017 12:00 AM

The IRF reported that 84% of all U.S. businesses are using non-cash awards, and their executives are recognizing this as a competitive advantage [...]

Keeping the Customer Satisfied
November 20, 2017 12:00 AM

When you think of excellent customer service, what comes to mind? There are probably a few specific businesses, companies, retailers, or restaur [...]

Holiday Gift Cards
October 30, 2017 12:00 AM

The end of October no longer solely means all things Fall and Halloween. Many retailers are well on their way to gearing up for the holiday [...]

The Why Behind Recognition
September 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Sure, there are lots of ways to recognize employees (and we talk about a lot of them), but do you know why people need to be recognized? We [...]

Three Ways to Think Like a Top Performing Company
September 7, 2017 12:00 AM

The Incentive Research Foundation surveyed top performing companies, as defined by having specific parameters regarding high revenue, good growth[...]

How To Capitalize on Gift Card Giving for Back-to-School
July 25, 2017 12:00 AM

It’s that time of year again. It feels like summer just got started, and retailers are already featuring back-to-school merchandise and gear. [...]

Four Ways to Build Teamwork
July 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Creating a work environment where your employees feel motivated to work together and not against each other, towards common company goals, is [...]

Social Media Part Two: Employee Recognition
June 13, 2017 12:00 AM

As we recently discussed, social media can be used to boost your brand, but it can also be an effective tool to recognize your employees. As [...]

3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump Before it Hits
May 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, it gets tougher to be in the office all day. When summer hits, by Tuesday at noon, everyone is [...]

How To Apply The IRF’s Behavioral Economics Research To Your Company Today
May 12, 2017 12:00 AM

The Incentive Research Foundation recently released a fascinating research study which brings new insight to the incentive industry.

Why the Trucking Industry Needs Workplace Incentives Now
April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Worker retention is a challenge hitting nearly every major industry these days. For example, in the trucking industry, truck driver shortage hit [...]

Want to Juice Your Channel Incentives? Connect With the Sales Reps
April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

In many industries, incentives play a large part in channel sales performance, but if communication touchpoints and incentives aren’t reaching [...]

E-Gift Cards: Where Are They Now?
March 30, 2017 12:00 AM

A 2010 article in HR magazine reviewed e-gift cards (electronic gift cards) and forecast their growth in the incentive industry. It focused on [...]

What to Look For in a Prepaid Debit Card Rewards Disbursement Platform
March 22, 2017 12:00 AM

We’ve seen the explosive growth of prepaid debit cards in incentive, reward and recognition programs. Incentive magazine reports a 17 percent [...]

Gift Card Trophy Value: Why Cash Is NOT King
March 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Based on a 2008 survey by Incentive Magazine, the top two gift card uses in incentive programs are to recognize performance (70.2percent) and [...]

Gift Card Trophy Value: Why Cash Is NOT King
March 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Based on a 2008 survey by Incentive Magazine, the top two gift card uses in incentive programs are to recognize performance (70.2percent) and [...]

Don’t Just Motivate Your Employees—Inspire Them
March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Businesses know that genuinely motivated employees are engaged employees—they are more productive and more loyal. So, time and resources are [...]

How to Maximize Channel Incentives Without Breaking Your Budget
December 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Effective channel partnerships are a proven sales driver in numerous business sectors, including automotive, software and hardware vendors, the [...]

How Employee Referral Incentives Build Employee Engagement
July 21, 2016 12:00 AM

Companies with a strong organizational culture thrive, which is why companies that value their culture recruit new hires based on both […]

5 Reasons Your Channel Incentives Aren’t Working
June 17, 2016 12:00 AM

Many businesses, in various industries, rely on dealer networks or channel partners to sell their products and use incentives to make sure that […]

Rewarding Business Referrals is Smart—Here’s How to Do It
June 9, 2016 12:00 AM

As we continue to serve our customers for more than 35 years, we are always considering programs that will benefit our clients and contribute […]

Incentive Programs Help Aftermarket Channel Partners Adapt to Industry Trends
March 22, 2016 12:00 AM

No industry is safe from the changing shopping habits of consumers and that includes the aftermarket industry. In the past, a consumer relied […]

3 Reasons Customer Satisfaction Must Drive Automotive Channel Incentives
February 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Channel incentive programs are well established in automotive, but unless they are backed by a fully automated, enterprise-wide tracking and […]

Can Cross-Channel Collaboration Make Your Sales Incentives More Effective?
February 19, 2016 12:00 AM

In today’s world, consumers are continuing to evolve their purchase habits and are dictating more of the sales process. From big box department […]

10 Questions To Ask Vendors About Claims Before Selecting A Channel Sales Claiming System
February 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are dependent on channel sales incentive coupons and vouchers to drive unit sales. While each OEM […]

e-Gift Cards Engage the Modern Employee
September 9, 2015 12:00 AM

It’s safe to say that gift cards are continuing their influence as powerful rewards options in company recognition and reward programs. They’re ve […]

Do Your Gift Card Incentives Reflect the Changing Workforce?
August 7, 2015 12:00 AM

According to the 2014 IRF Pulse Survey, almost 50 percent of program planners maintained they would be increasing their budgets and per person […]

Make Incentive Travel Your Breakout Rewards Option
July 28, 2015 12:00 AM

When you think incentive travel, most people visualize an incentive program aimed at increasing sales numbers by offering a travel package to the […]

Promotional Products Work Week is Under Way
May 18, 2015 12:00 AM

With Promotional Products Work Week under way, we want to reiterate the effectiveness of promotional products. Increasing brand recognition, brand […]

Is Your Workplace Safety Program Rewarding The Wrong Thing? OSHA Won’t Be Happy
April 29, 2015 12:00 AM

We all know about the law of unintended consequences: you do one thing expecting certain results, but that action produces a different result—and […]

Why Promotional Products Work
February 27, 2015 12:00 AM

We’ve talked about the power of promotional products before, but it needs repeating: promotional products work for increasing brand recall, reward […]

Forget Promotional Products: Why (E)motional Products Engage Customers and Employees
January 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Promotional products are top-of-mind when it comes to really grabbing the attention of employees and to engage customers. That’s one reason why […]

What Auto Dealers Can Learn From Retailers About Customer Loyalty
January 22, 2015 12:00 AM

Customer loyalty programs are everywhere it seems, from mom and pop shops to giant retailers, and from credit card issuers to the airlines and […]

Why Holiday Gift Cards Are the Perfect Way to Thank Employees and Partners
December 17, 2014 12:00 AM

The holiday season is a time to say thank you, especially to your employees and partners for their hard work and loyalty to your business. But […]

How Promotional Products Can Support Workplace Safety Goals
October 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Workplace safety is a serious topic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. Although this is […]

The Why, What, and How of Rewarding With Promotional Products
October 25, 2014 12:00 AM

With the holidays coming, and planning already begun for year-end recognition programs, now is the time to begin selecting gifts for customers and […]

4 Reasons Why Digital Storefronts Can’t Replace a Promotional Products Specialist
September 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Promotional products sales topped $19 billion in 2013 and are expected to do even better this year. Why? Promotional products score major points […]

Harnessing Big Data to Drive Channel Sales
August 8, 2014 12:00 AM

There is a lot of talk, articles and buzz around big data. But what does “big data” mean? How does it affect channel sales? And how can you use it […]

A Simple Checklist for Choosing Global Rewards
May 22, 2014 12:00 AM

A global workforce deserves a global rewards program. At a time when even mid-sized organizations have global workforces, yesterday’s rewards […]

What’s Hot, What’s Not, in Incentive Travel
May 1, 2014 12:00 AM

As you may have learned from our previous blog, or from a recent Incentive Research Foundation white paper, incentive travel rewards are on the […]

Why ROE Should Be An Incentive Travel Success Measure
April 25, 2014 12:00 AM

In the incentive industry, it’s pretty much a given that incentive travel rewards are powerful motivators—so powerful, in fact, that incentive […]

4 Essential Sales Incentive Program Best Practices
April 9, 2014 12:00 AM

If you are looking for a powerful tool to increase your sales team’s motivation, productivity, and overall performance, then a sales incentive […]

3 Ways to Boost Channel Partner Success
March 21, 2014 12:00 AM

As demands on business grow, more organizations are using partners and contractors to provide needed support and expertise. In addition, many […]

Top 4 Takeaways from the PPAI Show
February 4, 2014 12:00 AM

I just returned from the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo, which is one of the largest promotional products and premium […]

5 Questions to Consider When Awarding with Plastic or e-Gift Cards
November 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Gift cards are the “go to” option for employee incentive programs. Research shows that 37 percent of incentive budgets are spent on gift cards. […]

Infographic: Gift Cards Produce Results
November 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Is your Organization Using these Top-Ranked Tools for Increasing Engagement and Sales Results? Gift cards or more accurately, Prepaid Cards, play […]

Boost Your Program Recall Power with Gift Cards
November 12, 2013 12:00 AM

How are your recognition and sales incentive programs performing this year? While the economy continues to place pressure on your company budgets, […]

How You Can Get The Most From 3 Top Uses For Promotional Products
October 3, 2013 12:00 AM

Promotional products can be found just about everywhere—Trade shows, thank-you gifts for clients, and employee programs top out as the most […]

5 Reasons Why Promotional Products Need To Be In Your Marketing Mix
September 19, 2013 12:00 AM

You’ve probably been to enough trade shows, employee events, and health fairs to acquire plenty of promotional products—those magnets, pens, […]

Infographic: Promotional Products Pack a Punch
September 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Promotional products, also known as branded merchandise, make a strong impact and—when compared with traditional advertising—at a low cost. […]

What to Look for When Creating an Incentive Travel Program
July 30, 2013 12:00 AM

Incentive travel programs lie at the heart of many rewards and recognition programs. When Marketing Innovators first opened its doors more than 35 […]

In a Tight Economy, Experiential Travel Rewards Motivate Employees
July 24, 2013 12:00 AM

A stagnant economy has definitely had an impact on incentive travel budgets. More than 90 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by […]

Top Travel Reward Destinations
July 11, 2013 12:00 AM

During the summer months, being stuck viewing the nice weather from behind glass, if at all, leaves many employees with lingering thoughts of […]

Take a Lesson From Sales for Employee Incentives That Work
June 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Too often, when many of us think of incentives, we think of “sales.” And why not? Sales incentives have proven to be effective, the results are […]

Coming Your Way: Mobile Gift Cards in the Incentive Mix
December 16, 2011 12:00 AM

They’re hot, hot, hot for holiday shoppers and they’re quickly heating up in the incentives space as well. They’re mobile gift cards and they are […]