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History Can Be the Future

Today’s post is brought to you by nostalgia. This morning I read through a post called “The Best Meme’s of All Time” and it was beauteous.  Each meme transported me back to the time when that meme hit and went… 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 →

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 →

Motivating Change May Be Seen as a Risk

Incentive programs are designed to get people to do something. Sell more. Call more. Research more. Fill out paperwork more. But I think humans may be hard-wired to not change.  I think humans look at inaction more favorably than action…. Continue Reading →

The Goals for Your Incentive Program Aren’t in Your Financial Reports

So many incentive programs are designed based on the needs and wants (and compensation goals) of the guy or gal in charge. They need to hit 110% of goal – so everyone is rewarded for 115% of goal (gotta add… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Best Practices = The Rest Practices

I have never been a fan of using best practices as my playbook for any program I run for clients. My rationale is this: Best practices are the listing of the practices used by a large amalgam of companies. For… 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 →

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 →

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