Category Channel

“Generation N” – Your B2B and B2C Loyalty Programs Need to Change

“This isn’t about how B2C or B2B organizations respond in times of crisis. It’s about people-to-people interactions and how organizations learn from disruption at a human level.”  ~ Brian Solis For years I’ve watched the loyalty industry (consumer and B2B)… Continue Reading →

Channel Incentives – Not Just for Existing Customers Anymore

About 99.9% of all incentive designers and buyers see channel incentive programs as a way to get more from the same people they are already getting a lot from. For years and years program designers focused on the top performers…. Continue Reading →

Behavior Under Pressure

I remember my first DISC training session way way back. Pre-computers. Yeah – you read that right. It was a while ago. I reviewed it a bit before writing this post and it has changed over the years. DISC is… Continue Reading →

3 NON-Award Ways to Drive Participant Engagement

I have yet to meet a client who doesn’t want more audience engagement with their marketing, training, and incentive programs. Even if the data said they were getting 100% engagement my clients would still ask, “Can’t you get more?” The… Continue Reading →

Does Your Incentive Audience Have Behavioral Memory?

What is Behavioral Memory? Something I just made up. I think. I typically google any subject I am going to post about to one – make sure I didn’t post on this topic before (after 16 years of blogging you… Continue Reading →

2020 Goal Setting – Yeah… Right

I’m sure you laughed when you read that. Heck, I laughed when I wrote it. Think back to the end of 2019. There you are in a conference room or your office (remember those?) reviewing historic sales figures, thinking through… Continue Reading →

Audaces Fortuna Iuvat

I know the pandemic has added a level of caution to any decision on marketing investments. Know that it isn’t “just you” – we are seeing the same reticence with other clients too. Not ideal for anyone but totally understandable…. Continue Reading →

Ant or Grasshopper? Time to Choose

2020 has gone on too long. I feel like I’ve burned up 12 months of angst, anger and energy in only 6 months. It is tough – and I’m not nearly as affected as many. I can’t imagine the effort… Continue Reading →

Will Yours Be the Brand They Come Back To?

You don’t need me to tell you business is not normal. I don’t have to see your financials to know your numbers aren’t what you expected them to be. And I don’t need to talk to you to know you… Continue Reading →

Why Short-Term Promotions Matter

It’s been over a month since I posted. I wanted to focus on my family and my work to be sure I was doing everything possible to support those two critical aspects of my life. Posting here doesn’t change my… Continue Reading →

Use Goal Setting to “Pull” Performance

Many incentive programs are simply “do x get y”. Nothing wrong with that. I would probably classify them more like a customer loyalty program instead of a true incentive since they are really designed to reinforce ongoing engagement with the… Continue Reading →

Do Local if You Can

Speaker of the House from 1977 to 1987, Thomas Phillip “Tip” O’Neill Jr., is credited with saying “All politics is local.” And to a huge degree he’s right. I might try to argue that with social media we’ve expanded our… Continue Reading →

Incentives Don’t Work. Or do they?

I have heard many times that incentives don’t work. I can cite statistics all day that say they do but some days a picture is worth 1,000 statistics. Today is that day. Plucked from my friend’s twitter feed (@akabruno) the… Continue Reading →

Pushing Incentives to the Edges

FYI – I also write for other sites. Fistful of Talent and HRExaminer. Those sites are more focused on employee stuff – experience, engagement, recognition, etc. I wrote a post for HRExaminer in November of 2010 called “Pushing HR to… Continue Reading →

It’s Not Just About Sales

There seems to be a theme running through my posts lately. That theme is incentive programs for channel partners and salespeople aren’t really about selling more stuff. That’s a side effect. But that isn’t the real outcome. Your incentive program… Continue Reading →

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