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20 Things to do in 2020

Planning – no one does enough. Risk taking – no one does enough. Thinking – no one does enough. Thanking – no one does enough. Partnering – no one does enough. Playing – no one does enough. Reading – no… Continue Reading →

Add IRL to Your Online Incentive Platform

We rely too much on technology. Both as an enabler for tasks/process to makes us more efficient and as a buffer between people/conversations. If you’ve ever used email or text to take the place of a face-to-face conversation you know… Continue Reading →

The 2020 Top 10 Incentive Prediction List to End All Prediction Lists

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” –Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC Chinese Poet   2020 will be the 18th year in a row that “personalization” will be on the list of new trends to watch… 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 →

Correction? I was wrong once but then found out I was mistaken.

Yesterday’s post was about “reward velocity”, with the point being that good program design looks for smaller, incremental opportunities to reward and engage with the program participants. Those events keep the program visible in the work and life flow of… Continue Reading →

Consider Reward Velocity

Something that I find too often ignored until late in the incentive program design phase that will have a big impact on the program structure is something called “reward velocity”. Reward velocity is pretty much what it says – how… Continue Reading →

Is That REALLY the Issue?

I love the “really” test. It’s simple. It’s funny. And it almost always gets to the real issue. The process is simple. Once someone says… “The problem is [fill in the blank].” Your respond with “Really?”, while giving that “really”… Continue Reading →

Sometimes You Do It Just Because

It’s the holiday season with many gift-giving events and traditions. If you’re currently running an incentive program I suggest you go right now and tell your provider, or your program admin, to reward everyone in the program $5 in points/credits/whatever…. Continue Reading →

The Airing of Grievances

[Note: videos included – may not show in email subs – click through here to see videos] It’s that time of year. Gather round young people – you Gen Z, Gen Y, Gen LMNOP, to hear the story of Festivus…. Continue Reading →

Value vs. Price

In the past clients who bought incentive programs typically paid for atoms. What that means is they paid for printed communications pieces, reports, merchandise and other awards. The budget was straight forward. $100 cost on the TV – they paid… 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 →

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 →

Stop Being Strategic

We value strategy and strategic thinkers. How often do you hear things like, “that person is really strategic” as if that was the ultimate level on some hierarchy of business value? I call BS on that. Strategy is important. It… Continue Reading →

I Can’t Understand Why Companies Never Buy Insurance for Their Incentive Programs

Domino’s Pizza offers insurance. If your pizza gets ruined after you pick it up, they replace it free. You probably have insurance on your car, your home, your life! But I find it very interesting that most clients won’t buy… 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 →

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