Category Psychology

OMG – Best.News.Letter.Ever!

I’ve mentioned Bri Williams before. She runs a consultancy in Australia and has a wonderful newsletter that I devour and save ever time it hits my inbox. I won’t lie… I steal a lot of ideas from her. But as… Continue Reading →

When You Think You’ve Got a Leg Up You Show Up

A great influence and incentive tool that is rarely used is something called “idiosyncratic fit.” For those of you in Rio Linda that means the rules of the game favor my specific situation and skill set. Idiosyncratic means peculiar or… Continue Reading →

Ask for the Commitment – Drive More Success

Commitment is a powerful influencer. When you ask someone for a commitment, and they agree to it, that person is much much more likely to follow through and do what they said they would do. Not 100% of the time…. 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 →

It’s the Little Things That Matter

I missed doing a post Friday and yesterday. I feel somewhat bad about that as I promised myself to post a short snippet on how best to apply incentives and influence every workday. That was on September 9, 2019 –… Continue Reading →

80% of Good Incentive Designers Know Social Proof Can Backfire

I spent an hour with a friend and behavioral science/behavioral investor author yesterday recording a podcast. I’ll alert you when/if it goes live. We talked about a lot of things – one of which was using social proof as a… 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 →

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 →

The Most Underutilized Tool in the Incentive Program Toolkit

Guess. What is the one tool that is almost free, has a huge impact on individual performance, yet is rarely used correctly or often? [Imagine Jeopardy theme in your mind right now.] It’s not rewards – points, travel, cash or… Continue Reading →

It’s Not the Destination – It’s the Journey

How many times have you heard “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey”? A few? And some will ask… “Is it? Is it really?” And short answer might be, Yes. According to research what keeps people behaving and doing the… Continue Reading →

The Incentive “Archer” Rule

We like simple answers. We like one-trick ponies. We like easy. This laziness also applies to our incentive program design. Too often solution architects stop early and design a program with a singular dimension and hope it will achieve the… Continue Reading →

“Pseu-Pseu-Pseudio” Motivation?

When you are outbid on an auction site you get ticked off. You jump on your phone and bid again – claiming your rightful place at the top of the heap as the #1 bidder. Then someone bids above you… Continue Reading →

Time is NOT on Your Side

You know what humans are terrible with? Time. We don’t do well when we have to think in longer time scales. Save for retirement? I’ll do that next year after all I won’t need that for another 40 years. Lose… Continue Reading →

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