Tag program design

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 →

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 →

Reward Empathy

I’ve seen posts on LinkedIn saying now is the time to sell, sell, sell and spend, spend, spend on marketing and sales because others won’t. Grab share today through marketing and sales. Take advantage of this problem to help yourself…. 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 →

They are a Brain, an Athlete, a Basketcase, a Princess, and a Criminal

Yesterday was Super Tuesday.  Don’t get mad yet – this post isn’t really about politics and this isn’t Facebook. Results from the voting in the various Democratic primaries dominated the news cycle. And a lot of the discussion was about… Continue Reading →

Being Adult Means Being Afraid To Fail

I mentioned I was starting a new chapter and part of turning that page is I now have to be a novice in a lot of areas. Mostly in the “administrative” realm as I learn how to use the new… Continue Reading →

3 Must Haves in Every Incentive Program

Only three you ask?  Okay maybe 5 or 8 would be a better number. Or even 1. It really doesn’t matter. Every program will have its own “minimum” things needed to be successful. Your job is to figure out what… Continue Reading →

If you always hit a goal is it a good goal?

Coming up with something interesting (and new) to write about relating to incentives is getting pretty hard. I usually come up with something I feel I haven’t addressed. I quickly write a positioning paragraph and then go check my posts… Continue Reading →

Not Everything Needs to be Performance-Based

Most incentive programs tie awards to performance that creates revenue or profit. But it doesn’t have to.  Sometimes it is nice to reward people for other things that may have zero impact on sales.  Maybe something that might impact 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 →

Go Whole Groundhog For Success!

Yesterday was GroundHog Day.  And it was 02-02-2020 – a numerical palindrome not seen since 11/11/1111 and not to be seen again until 12/12/2121. That’s 909 years ago and 101 years until next. It’s pretty special.  GroundHog Day is also… Continue Reading →

Do We ALWAYS Need Return on Investment?

In today’s hyper-analytic, big-data business world Return on Investment (ROI) is axiomatic. Don’t even think about running a marketing program, or designing a program, or even thinking about a program before you’ve proven an insanely positive ROI.  But is that… Continue Reading →

Delayed Due to Time Change – Stress Testing my Body Clock

Traveling this week and writing from Vancouver, BC, Canada. That means it is 3 hours earlier than my normal body clock/posting habit. So, from your perspective I’m late. From my perspective I’m pretty much on time. And that’s an interesting… Continue Reading →

Can You Answer This Question?

When you saw that headline did you click through? If you’re reading this then you did.  And that’s what I wanted. Engagement. I didn’t need to promise you a rose garden or a gift card. I just asked if you… Continue Reading →

A/B/C Testing – Something – Nothing – Something Else

Incentives are not always the answer. Sometimes people don’t know how to do it or they are afraid to do it. That’s a training issue. Sometimes people don’t know what to do. That is a communication and clarity issue. Sometimes… Continue Reading →

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