Category Incentive

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 →

Recognition VS Incentive?

We often conflate recognition and incentives. But they are not the same thing.  My rule of thumb: Recognize things you hope will never change.  Put incentives on things you hope do. Recognize altruism, helpfulness, honesty, effort, caring, self-management, going above… Continue Reading →

How to Know if You Need an Incentive Program

Many clients will tell me they don’t need an incentive program. They’ll tell me everything is great. They’ll say their compensation system or current rebate program covers their goals and focuses their participants on the things they want. And then… Continue Reading →

Incentive Programs Are Many Things – and One Thing

Does your program focus your people on one goal for 12 months? You’re going to lose people very quickly when you do this. Or do you have too many programs with little focus, simply running promotion after promotion after promotion…. Continue Reading →

Give or Receive? What would your program participants do?

Saw this in my LinkedIn feed today. (Email subscribers may/will need to click through to see video embedded below.) It is a promotional video for Cricket Wireless. Those who didn’t click through he’s the deal. Cricket Wireless set up a… Continue Reading →

Start with a Loss

Many channel incentive programs require some sort of “enrollment” process. Almost every person in the program will have to agree to a privacy policy and program terms and conditions before they can play in the program. That’s friction many clients… Continue Reading →

The Let Down – But it’s Okay

Le sigh… Wrapping paper everywhere. Dishes in the sink. Belt unfastened to allow for figgy pudding (or in my case bread pudding.) The inevitable “thought that counts” presents that didn’t count, or fit, and the “what were they thinking” presents… Continue Reading →

This is the Real World. Get Used to It

You might hear someone quoting Alfie Kohn someday. They’ll be telling you incentives don’t work. That they crush intrinsic motivation. They’ll quote his studies about offering incentives to children to read and how it led to less reading because they… Continue Reading →

Incentives and Nudges Are NOT “Tricks”

I’ve seen a few articles lately talking about “psychological tricks” and “motivation hacks” to get people to do things and enhance motivation. Creating a plan and process to guide your audiences’ behaviors toward your business goals WHILE rewarding them for… Continue Reading →

A Thousand Ways to do Something That Will Never Work 100% of the Time

Motivation has been studied, prodded, poked and dissected since cavepeople were painting on walls. And all that effort has led to multiple theories of why people do what they do. I believe each has a modicum of value and insight… Continue Reading →

So, How’s That Diet Going? Yeah, Me Too…

The holiday is behind us. I truly hope your Thanksgiving was filled with thanks (of course), was safe, and included all the trimmings that make for great memories. And for many of you (us?) who didn’t follow our diet plans… Continue Reading →

Rule of 7 Come 11

The Rule of Seven is an old marketing adage that suggests in order for your message to have impact your audience needs to be exposed to that message at least seven times before they take action. Of course, like EVERYTHING… Continue Reading →

You Don’t Run Incentive Programs To Be Nice

Companies run incentive programs that use non-cash awards for very specific reasons. Most of those reasons, if not all, participants will argue with. They will argue because their objective and the company’s objective, are very different. Companies don’t run these… Continue Reading →

How Much Should You Reward Someone in an Incentive Program?

How high is up? The amount you should reward someone for achieving their goal, doing the behaviors, taking the test, isn’t a static number. Often clients will ask what the “average” award value is when comparing themselves to other clients…. Continue Reading →

You Look Like My Last Patient – Let’s Schedule That Same Surgery

Years ago, I read the book “Mastering the Complex Sale” by Jeff Thull. I found his book to be very enlightening. But that may be due to my age at the time and it was the first book on selling… Continue Reading →

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