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Diversity and Engagement

The larger or more geographically spread out the organization, the greater the issues related to diversity. Beyond the regulatory and ethical obligations to recruit employees and market to customers... [ read more ]

Hilton's Brand VP: Enterprise Engagement is Happening

"Enterprise Engagement is not only going to happen, it's already happening," says Gina Valenti, Vice President, Brand Hospitality - Focused Service Brands, Hilton, and a member of the Enterprise Engagement Alliance and its Corporate Advisory Board. "I have no doubt now it will ... [ read more ]

'Good Company' Pioneer Laurie Bassi Sees Progress

Will companies finally begin to wake up to the financial benefits of having engaged customers, employees and communities? Laurie Bassi, Principal of McBassi & Co., a leading analytics firm, sees progress on multiple fronts. Bassi is author of ... [ read more ]

Diversity and Inclusion Power Engagement at Fifth Third Bank

For many companies, diversity and inclusion are challenges. For Fifth Third Bank, headquartered in Cincinnati, diversity and inclusion are opportunities to not only engage employees but to enhance customer and community relationships to drive greater performance. Demonstrating them means business. ... [ read more ]

Enterprise Engagement: The Roadmap, 3rd Edition

Enterprise Engagement: The Roadmap, 3rd Edition has been completely updated with new information, illustrations and new chapters. Authored and edited by dozens of experts in general management, marketing, sales, data management, business and academia, the Textbook’s methodology has been endorsed by leading companies as a means of achieving both strategic and tactical organizational goals related to sales, marketing, human resources, vendor management, and community relations.... [ read more ]

EGR International Engagement Journey Update - Seven Years On

To our knowledge, EGR International was the first among the very few traditional marketing, incentive, or recognition companies that made a formal commitment to the engagement field. As a founding sponsor of the Enterprise Engagement Alliance in 2008, EGR International, which had its roots in the ... [ read more ]

The World of Engagement Research

A critical element of Enterprise Engagement involves studying the diverse audiences and specific engagement levers that need to be addressed in order to understand the facts behind certain key assumptions. Research plays a major role in that effort. ... [ read more ]

The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy

With over 20 years of experience running large loyalty programs, Bryan Pearson, President of LoyaltyOne, is a good person to query about the state of the industry. Pearson is the author of the best-selling book, The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, as well as The Loyalty Leap for B2B. He explains that... [ read more ]

2012 Motivation Show Offers Engagement Education, Exhibits, Events

Successful companies know that employees who are engaged, motivated and working towards a common goal, generate increased profits. Research shows that a motivated workforce inspires people to work for your company, do business with your company and buy your products and services. How do these organizations set themselves apart as a place where people want to work and do business? Come to The Motivation Show and find out! The 2012 Motivation Show, to be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, October 23-25, is the world’s largest collection of ideas and solutions to engage, motivate, inspire, reward, connect and thank employees, customers and members. The show features more than 50 professional seminars and more than 500 suppliers of merchandise and travel services, as well as networking events to connect you and your peers with industry experts. New this year, the Incentive Marketing Association is presenting free 20-minute clinics on the exhibit floor to give attendees a fresh data-driven perspective on how incentive and recognition programs stimulate consumers and increase workforce productivity and innovation. The Show’s 6th Annual Conference, Connecting Engagement, Loyalty and Financial Results, will feature a series of 60-minute professional seminars in four learning tracks: Employee Recognition Customer Loyalty Sales Motivation Meeting & Event Management For complete information about attending the 6th Annual Conference Program, visiting the exhibit hall, or becoming an exhibitor, visit The Motivation Show website at www.motivationshow.com or call 866-730-6684. ... [ read more ]

1to1 Media Names 2011 'Customer Champions'

Peppers & Rogers Group’s 1to1 Media division has announced its 2011 class of 1to1 Customer Champions. The 1to1 Customer Champions program recognizes executives who believe in treating customers in a way that builds loyalty and engagement while driving bottom-line results for their organizations. Now in its eighth year, the program honors 15 executives annually who use innovative approaches to instill customer-centric strategies throughout their organizations. The 2011 honorees include: • Ven Bontha, Director of Customer Experience, CEMEX • Rich Brecht, Senior Contact Center Manager, J&P Cycles • Mike Colbourn, VP and Director of Marketing, Stowe Mountain Resort • Roger Curtis, President, Michigan International Speedway • Susan DeLaney, VP Customer Experience, UPS • Tom Feeney, President and CEO, Safelite AutoGlass • Dennis Fitzgerald, VP Customer Satisfaction, Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. • Stephen Jackson, Chief Information Officer, Harry Rosen Inc. • Donna Lendzyk, Manager, Customer Loyalty, SaskTel • Ingrid Lindberg, Customer Experience Officer, Cigna • David Payne, Assistant VP Contact Center, Stancorp Financial Group Inc. • Chuck Sliker, Senior VP of Operations Service, Arby’s • Jeffrey J. Smith, VP Operations and Loyalty Services, Omni Hotels & Resorts • Tim Teran, Senior VP Consumer Insights and Strategy, Macy’s Inc. • Jay Topper, Senior VP Customer Success, Rosetta Stone Info at www.1to1media.com/view.aspx?DocID=33197 ... [ read more ]

Let’s Pretend You’re Spain…

A bit of Brand Engagement wisdom from Robert Passikoff, Founder and President of Brand Keys, Inc., Catch his education session at this year Enterprise Engagement Expo: “The Integrated Incentive Engagement Evaluator.”... [ read more ]

Inspiring 'Brand Loyalty' for Your Incentive Program

Without question, incentive programs need to generate loyalty – not only from senior management, but also from the customers they’re trying to entice. An effective program will excel for both management and customers when it is built with a foundation that provides a clear vision for success. Many established programs have been assembled using five critical building blocks that inspire brand loyalty among customers. Smart and successful companies know that all five components must be at the core of every loyalty program.To read the full report, click here... [ read more ]

MaritzCX Names 'CX Elite' Award Winners

MaritzCX recently announced the winners of its 2017 CX Elite awards, recognizing excellence in customer experience strategy, execution and results. In all, 15 organizations were honored with an award this year in the following categories... [ read more ]

News Analysis: What to Look for in an Engagement Agency or Consultant

With the field of engagement catching on, many traditional incentive, marketing, promotion and management consulting firms now claim that their products and services are engaging, or that they provide engagement services. But what does that mean, exactly? What questions can you ask of solution providers to... [ read more ]

What Are the Hottest Issues in Engagement Today?

Engagement University & Expo, April 18-19 in Chicago, provides both a scientific and experience-based roadmap for identifying the key audiences and levers of engagement that need to be addressed to focus people on the most critical organizational values and goals. ... [ read more ]

UK's Engage for Success Initiative Moves Forward Despite Brexit

Although it was founded shortly after the Enterprise Engagement Alliance, the United Kingdom's Engage for Success initiative has a significant advantage: it was created in part with the support of the government of Prime Minister David Cameron, who took a personal interest in the movement. ... [ read more ]

New MaritzCX CEO: Great Data Available - Now What?

To Mike Sinoway, a research and analytics veteran, the next big challenge for business is not the collection of data but the ability to translate it into strategies and tactics to effectively engage customers and employees. Sinoway is the new CEO at MaritzCX, formerly Allegiance ... [ read more ]

MotivAction Sees Big Growth for Engagement

MotivAction is a Minneapolis-based performance improvement company founded in 1976. The firm recently joined the Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA). ESM recently sat down with MotivAction President and COO Joe Keller to talk about his company and the emerging field of engagement. ... [ read more ]

Baudville Brands, C.A. Short and Divvy Engagement Become Engagement Agency Partners

Baudville Brands, a leading recognition firm in Grand Rapids, MI, C.A. Short Company, an innovator in employee engagement based on Shelby, NC, and Divvy Engagement Solutions, the new name for a 25-year-old, full-service incentive company based in Pleasant Valley, NY, have become partners in the growing Engagement Agency network of engagement solution providers. ... [ read more ]

Baruch College Professor Sees Big Promise for Analytics in Enterprise Engagement

Few people in academia better understand the convergence of analytics and Enterprise Engagement than Charles Scherbaum, Associate Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Scherbaum, an early contributor to the Enterprise Engagement Alliance curriculum on analytics... [ read more ]

Engagement World Event Signals Emergence of New Field

Enterprise Engagement brings together major industry associations and organizations for a week of education, exhibits and networking events at Engagement World, April, 25-28, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Four organizations in management, face-to-face engagement, loyalty, and rewards and recognition have united to promote the concept of enterprise-wide engagement at Engagement World, April 25-28, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. ... [ read more ]

Study Reveals 'New Rules of Customer Engagement'

Verint Systems recently released the results of new research it conducted in partnership with the consulting firm Ovum. The findings, say researchers, reinforce the demand for "quick and convenient service coupled with a calculated approach to personalization in order to foster customer engagement." Some highlights: ... [ read more ]

Engagement World Set for April 25-28 2016 in Orlando, FL

A Conference and Expo dedicated to the many strategies and tactics of Enterprise Engagement and their impact on business is being launched by the Exhibit and Event Marketers Association (E2MA) and Enterprise Engagement Alliance. The event, Engagement World 2016, is designed to ... [ read more ]

Aktion Partners Invests in CloudCraze Engagement Platform

Chicago-based investment firm Aktion Partners recently led a round of funding in customer engagement commerce platform provider CloudCraze. With the additional capital, CloudCraze’s native Salesforce application is better positioned to become a leading omni-channel... [ read more ]

Ogilvy-Hundredx Deal Signals Focus on Customer Engagement

One of the fundamental tools of customer engagement is content marketing, the use of specific types of information, games, incentives, events, etc. to build closer relationships with customers. Ogilvy & Mather's new partnership with analytics company Hundredx, producer of the Goodsnitch app recently featured in ESM and now rebranded Expresit... [ read more ]

American Express 'Plenti' Program: Engagement as Green Stamps?

Plenti is a new twist on the concept from American Express, but this program has little to do with its credit card product, because you don’t have to carry an American Express card to participate. Enrollment is open to anyone over 13, and can be done within minutes online or with an app. Points can be earned at hundreds of retailers by using... [ read more ]

Customer Engagement from the Marketer’s Perspective

This first in a series of three white papers on Customer Engagement from Rosetta Consulting is based on the findings of the 2014 Rosetta Consulting Engagement Study and focuses on how business leaders approach customer engagement. Researchers found clear... [ read more ]

The 2015 People-Centric Award Winners

The Enterprise Engagement Alliance is pleased to announce…The 2015 People-Centric Award Winners.What makes these 25 U.S. companies stand apart from their peers and competitors? They each have their unique attributes, but ... [ read more ]

Driving Engagement through Business Travel - Wed, May 6, 2015 2-3:00 PM EDT - Live Webinar

The impact of well-designed incentive travel and other business travel– as compared to cash and merchandise incentives – appears to be increasing as both consumers and high performers seek tailored experiences over commodity goods aimed at the mass market. But extracting the greatest impact and ROI from investments in business travel requires more imagination and creativity than ever. Join experts from industry, Patty Pae and Sandra Daniel, along with the EEA’s Curriculum Chair, Allan Schweyer, as they discuss and demonstrate the practices, trends and innovations in better business and incentive travel design. ... [ read more ]

Bridging the Gap: Trade Show Engagement - Wed, Jun 3, 2015 2– 3:00 PM EDT - Live Webinar

The problem with trade shows today is the disconnect between organizers, attendees and exhibitors – each seeks something different and none really gets what it wants. Trade shows must evolve to emphasize Content, Community and Connection? But we need massive change. We have to eliminate barriers and reimagine the artificial separation of speakers, providers and exhibitors. A new approach emphasizing genuine content is required. Join industry veteran Bob Hughes and Allan Schweyer as they discuss trade show engagement 2.0.... [ read more ]

Hampton Hotels Turns Culture Inside-Out

The Hampton brand has knocked down its walls to unleash its culture – both internally and externally. Dictionary.com defines corporate culture as "the distinctive ethos of an organization that influences the level of formality, loyalty and general behavior of its employees."... [ read more ]

How Engagement in Nonprofits is Different, Yet Similar

When it comes to engagement, most nonprofits have an advantage over for-profits in that they can attract employees and volunteers based on the organization’s mission. When you feel strongly about a mission – whether helping families and communities in need, rescuing animals, providing... [ read more ]

Who Are America’s Most ‘People-Centric’ Companies?

These 25 firms surpass all others when it comes to strategically engaging their employees, customers and communities The Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA) has announced the Top 25 Most People-Centric publicly held companies in the U.S., based on a detailed analysis of independent research by McBassi & Company, a leading human capital analytics firm. ... [ read more ]

What Leading Companies Do to Promote Engagement

Writing on the Harvard Business Review website recently, Rob Markey, coauthor of the book The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World and Director in Bain & Company’s New York office, outlined the following four things that leading companies do to promote engagement: • Line supervisors, not HR, lead the charge • Supervisors learn how to hold candid dialogues with teams • They also do regular “pulse checks” • Teams rally ‘round the customer To see in-depth explanations of these points, read the full post at http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/the-four-secrets-to-employee-engagement/ ... [ read more ]

Get Your Copy of Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook

Authored and edited by dozens of experts in general management, marketing, sales, data management, business and academia, Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook’s methodology has been endorsed by Ernst & Young and other top companies as a means of achieving both strategic and tactical organizational goals related to sales, marketing, human resources, vendor management and community relations. The newly-released textbook is available from the EEA Store at www.enterpriseengagementbook.com for $36, or you can purchase it online through Amazon.com. The first edition is 268 pages. Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook also provides formal preparation for the Enterprise Engagement Certification program. Preparation and general learning is also available at Engagement University Online. The textbook is updated regularly based on input generated through the online university. ... [ read more ]

ATD Looks North for Inspiration

For the past three years, American Tire Distributors has rewarded its top dealers with an all-expenses-paid excursion to one of Alaska's premier fishing resorts…and you can bet they'll be working hard to ensure that next year they’ll earn ... [ read more ]

IBM Webinar Marks Entry Into Customer Engagement Field

You know a field has arrived when IBM gets involved, given that this is not a company focused on tiny niches. So we were excited to see that IBM recently entered the field of Engagement with a webinar on Customer Engagement on July 17th, sharing ideas on how to understand, reach and relate to customers through a rich and personalized digital experience across multiple channels and smart devices. IBM executives, leading industry analysts and customers explored how organizations can create an exceptional customer experience as well as to: • Understand the individuals in your market. Listen to and anticipate customer preferences and captivate them with rich, personalized digital experiences. • Deliver exceptional service. Delight users on any channel or device with integrated and tailored applications and content. • Engage individuals and communities. Exchange valuable insights and feedback and build trusted relationships, loyalty and advocacy. ... [ read more ]

Certified Engagement Practitioner (CEP) Designation Now Available

The Enterprise Engagement Alliance (EEA) has launched its formal online test and certification program on Enterprise Engagement. The EEA Curriculum and Certification program focuses on the principals, framework and tactics related to engaging customers, channel partners, employees, vendors and communities to help achieve organizational goals. The exam is available free online at www.enterpriseengagement.org. Those who pass the test can obtain a five-year Certified Engagement Practitioner (CEP) designation for $500, as well as qualify for the Advanced Engagement Practitioner and Master Engagement Practitioner designations. The test is designed to help business professionals demonstrate their knowledge of the leadership skills and tactics required to engage people in the 21st century. By participating in the Curriculum and Certification program, managers can advance the interests of their organizations and their careers by better understanding the unique strategies and tactics of this emerging field. The test is divided into five sections that people can take separately as many times as they wish over a one-month period. Each section includes 20 to 30 multiple-choice and true-false questions that will change each time the test is taken. The sections include: Principals, Economics and Framework of Enterprise Engagement; Customer Engagement; Sales and Distribution Partner Engagement; Employee Engagement; and Tactics: Strategic Implementation, Assessment, Recognition, Measurement, etc. The curriculum is designed to provide organizations with a practical, measurable implementation plan that can help improve short- and long-term performance in all areas of business. By establishing a clear framework and agreed-upon nomenclature for engagement, organizations can accelerate the process of translating theory into action. For more information on the EEA Curriculum and Certification program, go to www.enterpriseengagement.org/training/ ... [ read more ]

Customer Engagement Requires More Than Rewards

By themselves, rewards programs rarely create the full emotional attachment that brings true customer engagement. Engagement is built over time and comes from creating mutually beneficial relationships with customers. One of the keys to creating relationships is providing customers with direct access to company decision-makers through a feedback management system that demonstrates that the company cares about them and is indeed listening. Research shows that companies that are effective at listening to their customers build loyalty and engagement over time. They take the information they receive from customers and make changes, whether it involves a specific individual in a bank branch, a customer service department or the entire company. When customers recognize that their concerns, suggestions or feedback are responded to and resolved, they begin to realize that they’re important to the organization, that their voice can make a difference and that they have a relationship with the brand. Kyle LaMalfa, Senior Business Insight Analyst at Allegiance Inc., says that while reward points can encourage transactions and add value to a brand, positive experiences and listening to customers will create engaged customers and add to a brand’s strength. Engagement is about the relationship that a customer has with a brand and the brand with that customer. Engagement programs work together with loyalty programs to fill the gaps and connect to people’s hearts and minds. True engagement is built over time, through positive experiences, and most importantly by listening to the voice of your customer. To download the full Allegiance report, go to www.allegiance.com/resource-center/document-library/buying-loyalty-and-rewards-programs ... [ read more ]

Channel Partner Engagement

In many industries and businesses, channel partners are key links between employees and customers- a weak link if they are ignored, an important source of strength if they are engaged. The stakes are high. Channel partner impact can be enormous in terms of sales volume, market share, brand reputation and “share of customer”, i.e., in engaging customers. Indeed, channel partners are often the sole link to the customer. But channel partners can also impact employee engagement, especially when they fail to deliver. Conversely, channel partner engagement is directly affected by the employees who manage them and who produce the products and services. In short, most businesses succeed only to the degree that symbiotic relationships exist between employees, customers, channel partners and vendors. This is the basis upon which “Enterprise Engagement” is built. In this paper, we focus on channel partners as a key constituent of organizational success and we offer practical strategies and tactics to engage them.... [ read more ]

Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) - November 7-8, 2012 - New York, NY

CETW is the only face-to-face event that is focused on leveraging the integration of emerging media across multiple channels to activate customer engagement. Only at CETW will you get a first-hand look at emerging technologies, access to case studies and experience from brands, agencies and other thought-leaders across the industry. Use VIP code CET27F to apply for a complimentary conference pass. Visit www.cetworld.com/eea for more information. ... [ read more ]

Rewards Without Relationships Won’t Work

By themselves, reward programs rarely create the full emotional attachment that brings true customer engagement. Allegiance Loyalty & Engagement Expert Kyle LaMalfa notes that engagement is built over time and comes from creating mutually beneficial relationships with customers. One of the keys to creating relationships is providing customers with direct access to company decision makers through a feedback management system that demonstrates that the company cares about them and is indeed listening. ... [ read more ]

Linkage Leads to Peak Performance

A recent TNS Global Panel Study reveals that integrating employee, brand, and customer engagement is strongly connected to high performance. Research from across 23 countries has established four key insights that aim to increase the brand promise to customers and enable the growth of high performing companies: 1. Develop better relationships with employees 2. Focus on the customer experience 3. Be committed to delivering the brand promise to customers 4. Serve as a brand ambassador, and actively promote the company to others. The gaps between “top company” and “well below average” are substantial. This supports the belief that the brand promise has to be experienced by employees so they can live it with the company’s customers. High performing companies are breaking down the silos between customer and employee engagement and branding, and viewing them as multiple expressions of the core of who they are. Go to http://tnsemployeeinsights.com/ for more information.... [ read more ]

Inspiring 'Brand Loyalty' for Your Incentive Program

‘Repeat business or behavior can be bribed. Loyalty has to be earned’ - Janet Robinson While Ms. Robinson may have been referring to brand loyalty or product loyalty as opposed to customer loyalty programs in the above quote, her words illustrate a very important concept. Incentive programs don’t start with built-in loyalty and customer buy-in. Without question, incentive programs need to generate loyalty – not only from senior management, but also from the customers they’re trying to entice. An effective program will excel for both management and customers when it is built with a foundation that provides a clear vision for success. In fact, many established programs have been assembled using five critical building blocks that inspire brand loyalty among customers. ... [ read more ]

Marcus Evans LOYALTY Canada 2012 - July 25-26, 2012 - Toronto, Canada

This Loyalty Canada 2012 Conference will give customer loyalty marketers a deeper look into the key issues affecting the creation and implementation of effective loyalty strategies to achieve an ever-growing, profitable, and engaged customer base. Hear from: Canadian Tire, HSBC Canada, Capital One, Scotia Bank, Sobeys, Xbox Canada, JPMorgan Chase, TD Bank Group, PayPal Canada, Suncor Energy, Hudson’s Bay Company, Staples Advantage Canada, Virgin Mobile Canada and More! This is a highly intensive, content-driven event that includes workshops, case studies and panel discussions over two days. This is not a trade show; this event is targeted at a focused group of senior level executives and key decision makers to maintain an intimate atmosphere for the delegates and speakers. In short, this is a peer-to-peer driven conference.... [ read more ]

Marcus Evans 8th Edition Customer Experience Conference - July 17-18, 2012 - Chicago, IL

By attending this event, industry leaders will build upon their existing foundations to keep ahead of the changes in customer stated and unstated needs. Learn to incorporate a caring service orientated approach to engage and retain customers. Hear from speakers from Yahoo!, Microsoft, Hilton Worldwide, Avaya, Deluxe Corporation, Comcast Corporation, American General Life Companies, SimplexGrinnell and many more on leveraging internal and external branding expertise to create a human touch across the customer journey. ... [ read more ]

Temkin Releases Employee Engagement Benchmarking Report

Employee engagement is one of the four customer experience core competencies and it’s the one that companies tend to struggle with the most. To examine this critical area, Temkin Group surveyed more than 2,400 U.S. employees, finding that only 40% are fully committed to helping their companies succeed, 54% will do good for the company even if it’s not expected, and 26% are likely to look for a new job within six months. ... [ read more ]

Measuring Enterprise Engagement and Performance

There’s a reason for the old adage: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Anyone who has ever tried to run a business knows that’s true. But it is also true that you can’t manage what you measure only once each year. When it comes to employee and customer engagement, most of us collect information through annual surveys, analyze the results, share them in a high-level report and perhaps devote part of an executive meeting to discuss the implications. Like performance reviews, this is usually done once a year – if at all. ... [ read more ]

EEA Curriculum Webinar Series Announced

The EEA has announced a series of 1-hour webinars covering various aspects of its newly developed curriculum on Engagement. Each live session will be followed by a half-hour Q&A with presenters.

Nov. 16: Measurement
The EEA has also scheduled a series of webinars on The Science of Rewards & Recognition presented by EEA Chairman Allan Schweyer on the following dates: Dec 7, Jan 18, Feb 16 and March 15. Sponsored by Canon.
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EEA Rewards & Recognition Expo - April 30-May 1, 2012 - St. Louis

A unique opportunity for rewards and recognition suppliers to meet with top incentive and recognition buyers in an intimate, relaxed environment, and to tap into the expanding recognition marketplace. Co-located with the Recognition Professionals International Annual Conference, April 29-May 2, 2012... [ read more ]

The Motivation Show - Oct. 23-25, 2012 - Chicago, IL

The Motivation Show includes the Incentive Travel and Meetings Executives Show (IT&ME) and the National Premium Incentive Show (NP/IS), with exhibitors representing the entire range of premium and incentive product and travel destination offerings. Educational sessions cover consumer premiums, employee incentive awards, incentive travel, employee recognition and performance improvement. ... [ read more ]

7th Annual Customer Experience Management

This conference will focus in on leading current practices within customer experience management practices that include feedback gathering, managing customer expectations, driving operational efficiencies in response to feedback, understanding and reporting measurements and driving an overall organizational customer focused culture that is supported by a growing department budget and enterprise-wide interest. ... [ read more ]

The Incentive Research Foundation Vertical Markey Study

Are there differences in how a computer manufacturer plans and implements an incentive program versus how a pharmaceutical company or new car dealer does? What about a commercial banking operation, insurance agency or a telecommunications company? Are there processes, types of incentives used, or other nuances that are unique to these markets? Which industries are more likely to develop their programs in-house, as opposed to securing an outside vendor? The Vertical Market Study attempts to answer these and other questions. It provides a full report on how the six specific industries planned and implemented incentive travel, motivational meetings and special events.... [ read more ]

Spring 2010 Pulse Survey: Incentive Industry Trends 2010

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) surveyed industry professionals during the month of April 2010, asking them about incentive travel programs, merchandise/non-cash programs, and ROI/budget considerations. The most promising data show that respondents appear to be more optimistic about the current economic climate than they were in either the Summer or Fall of last year. When asked, "In your opinion, what impact will the economy have on your ability to plan and implement incentive travel programs?" 69% say it will have a positive impact vs. only 33% in the Fall of 2009 and just 24% in the Summer of 2009. Similarly, those who say the economy will have a positive impact on merchandise/non-cash incentive programs increased from 20% (Summer '09) and 26% (Fall '09) to 41% currently. Still, one-third of those surveyed predict that budgets for incentive travel will decrease this year, while 37% say they'll remain unchanged. Things were a little better on the merchandise/non-cash side, where only 22% expect a decline (down from 51%), while 40% predict an increase and 37% say they see no change in budgets. This indicates that although there's an uptick in optimism about the economy in general, it may not translate into more money for programs – at least not in the near term. ... [ read more ]

5th Annual Customer Experience & Retention Conference

Learn and share insights with more than 18 Customer Experience, Care, Advocacy and Loyalty Leaders on the latest developments in the design of strategies and methodologies being deployed to determine the proper key performance indicators for customer satisfaction. Cost is $2,969.80, but you can save 10% by emailing Michelew@marcusevansch.com and mentioning the Enterprise Engagement Alliance.... [ read more ]

The Economics of Engagement

Most leaders and organizations know the difference between a fully engaged worker and one that is marginally engaged or disengaged. The former brim with enthusiasm, they contribute ideas, are optimistic about the company and its future, are seldom absent from work, they typically stay with the organization longer and are among the organization’s most valuable ambassadors. Disengaged workers, on the other hand, are often absent (even when they are at work). They are disconnected and often pessimistic about change and new ideas. They have high rates of absenteeism and tend to negatively influence those around them, including potential customers and new hires. And the cost of disengagement to U.S. employers is estimated to be as much as $350 billion per year.... [ read more ]

Multicultural Marketing Summit

Business executives from across the nation will gather for the 7th Annual Multicultural Marketing Summit in order to gain firsthand knowledge of how Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans contribute to the increasingly diverse richness of the population. During the three-day conference, presenters will provide knowledge and insights on groundbreaking research, professional experiences, and techniques specific to ethnic marketing, media and distribution. ... [ read more ]

USTA Council Will Promote Incentives and Events

Following the recent passage of the Travel Promotion Act, the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) announced the creation of a new council that will build a proactive research, communications, government relations and promotion agenda for the meetings and incentives industry.... [ read more ]

The Inspiration Factor

Terry Barber, the author of The Inspiration Factor, subtitled "How You Can Revitalize Your Company Culture in 12 Weeks," argues that regardless of your personality type, background, or age, you can choose to create an inspirational transaction and positively impact the people around you. "Inspiration is precursor to leadership, to motivation, and is even a new category for business," Barber says. His book offers seven principles that can help readers become team leaders in their organizations and inspire those around them.... [ read more ]

Event ROI Online

Event ROI Online is an electronic publication of Experient Inc., a meeting and event services company. The publication offers news about the company and the industry and advice and case studies on issues including attendee management, event logistics, and others. ... [ read more ]

Gallup Spring Summit 2010

The Gallup Summit Spring 2010 provides leaders the opportunity to share best practices and discuss the crucial issues that affect maximizing performance in their organizations. It also offers organizations the opportunity to benchmark their management practices against the world's best. It will include a look at best practices in managing employee and customer engagement and best practices in recruiting, hiring, and developing talented employees.... [ read more ]

Loyalty Expo 2010

Loyalty Expo will include more interactive sessions and peer group discussion as hundreds of professionals will gather to learn best practices in customer, client, and employee cultivation, including reducing attrition, improving profitability and navigating through challenging economic times.... [ read more ]

Technomarketing: Engaging Customers Through the Use of Newest Tools and Technologies

Engaging customers through the newest marketing vehicles such as social media, customer communities, blogs, RSS and podcasts requires a solid foundation steeped in customer understanding, marketing planning and technological prowess. This two-day course in using the latest marketing tools and technologies to reach today’s customers will take attendees from the defining basics to the planning and implementation stage. Through interactive presentations and exercises, case examples from B2C, B2B, nonprofit and higher education, and best-practice implementation reviews, participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of how they can profit from the latest in marketing technologies and tools.... [ read more ]

BMA 2010 Annual Conference

The Business Marketing Association's 2010 Annual Conference will be themed "Engage!" and focus on innovative ways that corporate marketers are engaging employees, channel partners, customers and other demand drivers to improve customer experience and to generate rapid and profitable sales and brand growth in an improving economy.... [ read more ]

2010 Engage Summit

The Engage Summit 2010 sponsored by Allegiance is an opportunity to learn engagement principles that matter most to organizations. Key presenters will offer best practices in engagement and feedback. The conference will also offer training, demos, market research, and plenty of networking opportunities. ... [ read more ]

Business Motivation

This article looks at how motivational tools can be used to boost performance and build loyalty and engagement.... [ read more ]

Why Motivation

Three are many reasons and many ways to motivate customers, salespeople, and employees. Here's an overview.... [ read more ]

Consumers

This short article provides a quick look at the consumer incentive industry.... [ read more ]

Awards: Gift Cards

This article looks at the types of gift cards that are available and the pros and cons of their use in consumer promotions and in employee and channel incentive programs.... [ read more ]

Promotion Revs Its Engines

This case study looks at the promotional campaign that was created to boost a college football player's visibility in the Heisman Trophy competition.... [ read more ]

ICSAnet

An annual conference sponsored by the International Customer Service Association (ICSA) that focuses on customer service management, education, networking and technology. ICSAnet is a three-day conference which includes a trade show, networking events, and educational sessions. ... [ read more ]

Customer Care Institute (CCI)

Customer Care Institute (CCI) is an international organization serving customer care professionals. It focuses on issues found in the customer service, consumer affairs, telemarketing, and help-desk professions. With more than 7,000 members, CCI provides Customer Care assessments, Customer Care Manager and Customer Care Professional certification courses, Customer satisfaction measurement programs, front-line skills and management training, as well as many others.... [ read more ]

Annual Conference for Catalog & Multichannel Merchants (ACCM)

Catalog industry statistics are presented at the catalog industry's largest conference and exhibition. Offers more than 100 educational sessions and 300 exhibitors. Includes sessions on marketing strategies, merchandising, and Web and email marketing. Also included are the MCM (Multichannel Merchant) Awards, which honor the most effective multichannel merchants.... [ read more ]

Incentive Federation

The Incentive Federation Inc. is the umbrella organization founded to promote, protect, and research the incentive field, encompassing recognition, promotional products, and related promotions. In addition to being the industry's primary lobbying entity, the Incentive Federation provides the infrastructure for industry-wide corporate outreach efforts spearheaded by the Incentive Performance Center, as well as for the research developed by the Forum for People Performance Management and Measurement at Northwestern University. Plus, the Incentive Federation commissions the industry's only benchmark studies on the use of incentives by U.S. organizations. All suppliers and customers in the incentive and promotion marketplace benefit from these initiatives.... [ read more ]

DM Days Conference & Expo

The Direct Marketing Association's annual "DM Days" conference and exposition includes sessions on Internet marketing basics, affiliate marketing, e-mail lists, e-mail marketing, and targeting on the Internet. It also offers roundtable discussions, workshops, and web usability labs to highlight new strategies and market trends. With more than 250 exhibiting companies, this is also a good networking opportunity.... [ read more ]

International Customer Service Association (ICSA)

ICSA is a non-profit association led by customer service professionals for customer service professionals. These are people who have walked in your shoes and understand your challenges and motivation. Organized in 1981 by a group of 59 customer service management professionals, today's ICSA has come a long way! Globally, our membership tops 700 and we offer a full range of programs that provide members with a forum for sharing knowledge and experience, searching for solutions and networking with other customer service management professionals. ... [ read more ]

Direct Marketing Association Conference & Exhibition

DMA2010 has it all — the latest technology, current research, renegade thinkers, industry giants, hundreds of educational sessions, thousands of your peers, and the world’s largest exhibition for direct and interactive marketers. DMA2010 will feature hundreds of educational sessions, roundtables, forums, and case studies led by the direct marketing community's best and brightest thought leaders. Plus, you'll meet thousands of people from around the globe in the world's largest marketing Exhibit Hall.... [ read more ]

Brand Activation Association

The Brand Activation Association has a broad focus on all the disciplines required to activate a brand's strategy, from creative strategies to measurement, on topics from omni-channel marketing to experiential marketing and social media. BAA builds on its membership knowledge base, spanning expertise in strategy through activation, and across all touch points.... [ read more ]

IEG Sponsorship Conference

A key show in event marketing that attracts a diverse group of participants. Speakers are sponsorship industry leaders and marketing executives from major corporations. Educational sessions cater to the needs of the most inexperienced and the most advanced attendees.... [ read more ]

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI)

The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is the promotional product industry’s only international not-for-profit trade association. It offers education, trade shows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its more than 7,500 global member companies. Promotional products are an $18 billion industry, and include wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. Since its founding in 1903, PPAI has worked to expand the market, establish standards, enhance the professionalism of the industry and support the growth of member companies. ... [ read more ]

PMA Annual Integrated Marketing Conference

Hosted by the Promotion Marketing Association, Inc. (PMA) this event covers all aspects of integrated marketing and is a must for anybody trying to get to know the field. Brands from all over the world attend and provide their own unique feedback. Provides a means of networking with peers and learning new and innovative strategies from leading companies.... [ read more ]

Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide

The Marketing Agencies Association (MAA) provides members, primarily executives at promotion marketing agencies, with professional support, management development, research, and a forum for the exchange of ideas. The MAA website also provides a search function for marketers looking for a professional marketing agency.... [ read more ]

PGA Merchandise Show 2009

Hosted by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), this is the world's largest golf products exposition. Includes exhibits, conferences, and a day of demonstrations. The conference offers seminars on topics such as general management, marketing & promotions, golf operations, and instruction.... [ read more ]

Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC)

Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC), is a strategic industry group within the Incentive Marketing Association. The IGCC educates the incentive marketplace and the corporate community on the benefits of gift cards, including choice, value and service, and other key attributes recipients say that they want their awards to have. ... [ read more ]

Incentive Manufacturers & Representatives Alliance (IMRA)

The Incentive Manufacturers & Representatives Alliance (IMRA), a branch of Incentive Marketing Association (IMA), represents factory-direct salespeople in the incentive business, along with manufacturers. IMRA publishes a handbook for suppliers, conducts an annual marketing conference, and offers a free directory of incentive representatives. As a member, you automatically become a member of the IMRA.... [ read more ]

Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE)

Founded in 1973, SITE is the only international, not-for-profit, professional association devoted to the pursuit of excellence in incentives, a multi-billion dollar global industry. Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) provides educational seminars and information services to those who design, develop, promote, sell, administer, and operate motivational programs as an incentive to increase productivity in business. Currently SITE has over 2,100 members in 87 countries, with 35 local and regional chapters. Members represent corporate executives, incentive companies, destination management companies, travel & event planners, official tourist organizations, transportation companies, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, trade publications, and supporting organizations such as restaurants and visitors attractions. ... [ read more ]

American Marketing Association (AMA)

The American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional associations for marketers, has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. For over six decades the AMA has been the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession.... [ read more ]

SITE International Conference 2010

The International Conference of the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) International Conference is a key event in the incentive travel industry. It includes educational and networking events that help incentive and travel professionals expand their business network by exploring trends and the strategies of their colleagues. This event attracts attendees from all over the world who bring their own diverse solutions to the table.... [ read more ]

IEG (International Events Group)

For more than two decades, IEG has been developing new and better ways for companies and brands to partner with sports, arts, events, entertainment, nonprofits, and causes—for mutual benefit. As the leading provider of strategic counsel, valuation, research, published information and training, IEG is dedicated to helping sponsors, properties, agencies and others involved in the global sponsorship industry. ... [ read more ]

International Special Events Society (ISES)

International Special Events Society (ISES), founded in 1987 is a not-for-profit organization. It is the only international organization representing professionals in all disciplines of the special events industry. It sponsors an annual educational conference and offers an online information service, a fax on-demand service, and a membership directory. ISES strives to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries.... [ read more ]

American International Toy Fair

American International Toy Fair® is the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere. More than 1,500 manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from 30 countries showcase their toy and entertainment products. From classic toys to interactive entertainment and everything in between, we have it all! Products include: action figures and dolls, games and puzzles, bicycles, tricycles and ride-ons, radio-controlled vehicles, infant and preschool toys, cars, trucks and trains, puppets and plush, audio and video cassettes, computer software and video games, playground and sporting equipment, Halloween, Christmas, books, stationery, party supplies, and much more!... [ read more ]

AHAA Semi-Annual Conference

Sponsored by AHAA, the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, this event is meant to raise awareness of opportunities in the Hispanic market and to strengthen the professionalism of the industry. It offers a useful way to collect data about the Hispanic market through presentations and research workshops, as well as to network with other businesses in the market.... [ read more ]

Point-of-Purchase Advertising Institute (POPAI)

POPAI is an international trade association for the marketing at-retail industry. Founded in 1936, POPAI celebrates its 70th anniversary with over 1,700 member companies representing Fortune 500 brand manufacturers and retailers, as well as, marketing at-retail producer companies and advertising agencies from over 45 countries from around the world. ... [ read more ]

Advertising Research Foundation (ARF)

Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), founded in 1936, has members from more than 400 advertisers, advertising agencies, research firms, media companies, educational institutions, and international organizations. Its mission is to improve the practice of advertising, marketing, and media research in pursuit of more effective marketing and advertising communications.... [ read more ]

NARMS Annual Meeting, Conference, and Exhibition

Hosted by the National Association for Retail Marketing Services (NARMS), this event includes educational sessions and roundtable discussions which are a great way to learn strategies of other members of the retail marketing industry. The event also includes an exhibition hall on the first day.... [ read more ]

In-Store Marketing Expo

Held each year by the In-Store Marketing Instutute, the In-Store Marketing Expo focuses on designers and builders of displays but also includes some manufacturers, brokers, and promotion agencies. The exhibition includes nearly 200 suppliers each with their own marketing strategies. There is also a long list of seminars presented by industry experts with topics ranging from competing with private labels to accountability in retail media.... [ read more ]

International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

This conference is a great way to gain knowledge about the latest in consumer electronics technology. In a 2005 survey conducted by Burson-Marsteller it was ranked as one of the top ten most desired speaking opportunities by CEOs. The show also has 2,700 exhibitors which cover the entire consumer electronics market, from digital imaging to wireless technology. Also included are two awards programs, the International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards and CNET's Best of CES Awards.... [ read more ]

ATA National Convention & Expo

This conference and expo offered by the American Teleservices Association (ATA) focuses on delivering the brand promise and an "ideal customer experience" through teleservices ... [ read more ]

American Advertising Federation (AAF)

American Advertising Federation (AAF) binds the mutual interests of corporate advertisers, agencies, media companies, suppliers, and academia as well as promoting diversity in advertising by hiring from a diverse culture pool. Member benefits include an annual marketing conference, an advertising conference, a government conference, publications, and a job bank.... [ read more ]

World Alliance for Retail

World Alliance for Retail an international alliance of at-retail companies committed to delivering exceptional sales, marketing and service support to manufacturers and retailers.... [ read more ]

PROMAX/BDA

PROMAX/BDA is a nonprofit, member-owned association of over 2,000 companies and individuals in 43 countries. Members are promotion and marketing professionals in the electronic media. The association's mission is to advance the role of electronic media in increasing the effectiveness of promotion and marketing within the industry, related industries, and the academic community. Membership includes a weekly promotion and marketing newsletter and Image Magazine, published once a year, which features members and their ideas about concepts and opportunities on building businesses in the promotion and marketing industries. Benefits of membership also include a member directory, and discounts on events and videotapes.... [ read more ]

Incentives in Marketing & Motivation

A comprehensive text on the incentive marketplace. The content is illustrated and includes numerous case studies that reveal the breadth and potential of the incentive marketplace.... [ read more ]

Principles of Results-Based Incentive Program Design

Based on the Incentive Marketing Association's Principles Of Results-Based Incentive Program Design Seminar, this is the first formal curriculum ever developed for incentive program planning. The textbook includes sections on Incentive Program Basics for the Business Executive, Core Strategies for the Business Executive, Planning and Design Considerations for the Practitioner, and Implementation and Management Considerations for the Practitioner.... [ read more ]

Dartnell's Sales Promotion Handbook

An all-in-one reference for marketers, divided into four parts with each part devoted to different aspects of sales promotion, from planning and techniques to strategies and issues. Each chapter is written by an expert with experience working in the field. Hundreds of examples and case histories are included.... [ read more ]

Best Sales Promotions

Reviews 126 of the best recent sales promotion campaigns. Readers will develop a better understanding of what constitutes a successful promotion and of what a good promotion can—and can't—do. A straightforward book that is useful for readers with all levels of experience.... [ read more ]

Sales Promotion: Concepts, Methods and Strategies

Deals extensively with the field of sales promotion planning and analysis: how promotions affect sales and profits, types of sales promotions, the interaction of promotion and advertising, and future research. Particularly good for marketers involved in packaged goods promotion.... [ read more ]

Advertising and Sales Promotion Strategy

A comprehensive handbook on advertising and sales promotion, covering strategic and tactical issues. Includes examples of creative advertising campaigns. The four parts of this textbook cover: Introduction to advertising and sales promotion, Communication strategy, Sales promotion strategy and Planning advertising and sales promotion.... [ read more ]

The Brand Mindset: Five Essential Strategies for Building Brand Advantage Throughout Your Company

Consultant Knapp shows how the best practitioners, including such household names as Starbucks, Citigroup, Whirlpool, Lexus, and Hallmark, shrewdly develop and maintain their brands in the face of ferocious competition. This book is aimed at managers, not just marketers. Readers can assess and improve their own efforts by adopting Knapp's proven components of the Brand Mindset for brand success. ... [ read more ]

Guerrilla Marketing Handbook

This is great for small businesses, but anyone can benefit from the "guerrilla" point of view. Gives a great view of basic database and research goals.... [ read more ]

Brands: The New Wealth Creators

The authors of 20 essays look at branding from a wide range of perspectives, from the creation of a new brand and development of brand names through packaging design and advertising. For executive-level managers who are either directly or indirectly involved with marketing and branding, this is a must read.... [ read more ]

Brand Warfare: 10 Rules for Building the Killer Brand

D'Alessandro, CEO of the John Hancock insurance group, offers principles for improving a company's understanding of brand usage. He succeeds at reminding everyone from the CEO to the people on the assembly line that their company's brand is its most crucial asset.... [ read more ]

Infinite Asset: Managing Brands to Build New Value

The authors unveil the Brand Portfolio Approach, a strategy that they claim increases the value of brands by exploding them beyond the boundaries of their division or their parent company. Covers brand extensions and repositioning, as well as an organizational design for implementing brand-portfolio management.... [ read more ]

The Service Profit Chain: How Leading Companies Link Profit and Growth to Loyalty, Satisfaction, and Value

You won't find the secrets to motivating the middle 60 percent in this book, but you will find ample reasons why you should try. Drawing on their years of management consulting experience and academic research, the authors provide compelling evidence that profit and growth can be directly linked to both customer and employee satisfaction. They also provide a macro recipe for "capitalizing on the service profit chain," including management, marketing, operations, and measurement strategies.... [ read more ]

Commonsense Direct Marketing

This is for anyone whose business depends on direct marketing. Particularly useful are the chapters concerning the agency/client relationship.... [ read more ]

From Mind to Market: Reinventing the Retail Supply Chain

Offers a good introduction to the new thinking about market research. It's a handbook of the latest trends, strategies, and techniques of marketing in today's global community. Blackwell illustrates his points with examples from companies that already employ such practices, including Kinko's, The Limited, and Banc One Corporation. ... [ read more ]

Creating Demand

An analysis of what it takes to exploit the market potential of a product. The original hardcover edition was declared one of the top 30 business books of 1992 by Executive Book Summaries. Now, it's been updated for the 21st century and available in paperback.... [ read more ]

The Handbook of Brand Management

A managerial perspective on how to build and maintain a viable brand identity and a competitive branding strategy. The handbook draws heavily on the use of case studies, including such brands as Marlboro, Perrier, and Pizza Hut. For comprehensive business collections.... [ read more ]

Aftermarketing: How to Keep Customers for Life Through Relationship Marketing

Describes all of the processes necessary for customer retention at both large and small businesses. This book comes closer than any other to addressing all the elements of the New Marketing spelled out in this article.A relevant guide for managers, retailers, educators and students, Aftermarketing is applicable to product and services, consumer and industrial markets, and both the profit and non-profit sectors.... [ read more ]

Relationship Marketing: Bringing Quality, Customer Service and Marketing Together

This book, which broke ground six years ago by outlining relationship marketing, provides an excellent overview. The book is intended for all marketing managers coming to terms with doing business in turbulent markets and facing up to strategic quality and customer services issues. However, it lacks implementation details and doesn't take into account advances in Internet and database technology that have taken place since its publication.... [ read more ]

Relationship Marketing for Competitive Advantage: Winning and Keeping Customers

A collection of articles from some of the nation's leading academic researchers on all aspects of customer retention, including internal and external marketing, employee motivation, and long-term relationship-marketing strategies. Best for those who want to understand the internal as well as external marketing issues involved with one-to-one marketing, as well as those who want an international perspective.... [ read more ]

Friendship Marketing: Growing Your Business by Cultivating Strategic Relationships

This book puts marketing on the most personal, one-to-one level by identifying the elements of friendship and relating them to business relations. Using dozens of real-life examples, the author shows how building relationships is the key to business development and personal fulfillment. It has little to do with technology, but everything to do with sales techniques.... [ read more ]

Multichannel Merchant

Multichannel Merchant is the authoritative source for catalog marketing intelligence. Since 1983, it has built a reputation for anticipating, reporting, and analyzing changes affecting the catalog business. ... [ read more ]

Advertising Age

Advertising Age is a leading industry source for marketing, advertising, demographic, and media news and analysis.... [ read more ]

Brandweek

Brandweek is the leading source of news and information in the U.S. marketing industry and the only trade magazine to offer saturation coverage at all levels of the brand-activation process. Special Reports including Marketers of the Year, Next Generation Marketers (under 40), Guerrilla Marketers and Superbrands, covering the Top 2,000 brands that spend $250 billion on media in the U.S. each year. Brandweek covers the world of brand identity marketing from big-budget ad campaigns to under-the-radar "street" efforts. An indispensable marketing magazine that is a vital part of the marketer's tool kit, Brandweek gives its busy readers valuable competitive information and insights for bringing new products and ideas to the global marketplace. ... [ read more ]

Direct

This publication covers every aspect of direct marketing. It aims to help marketers find, reach, and keep their customers. The online version provides access to an online supplier directory. Direct has two e-newsletters: "Direct Newsline" and "Direct Listline." As the authoritative resource for direct marketing professionals, DIRECT delivers detailed coverage of every aspect of successful direct marketing, and helps marketers find, reach and keep their customers.... [ read more ]

DM News

The DMNews franchise today includes the weekly print edition of DMNews, serving a BPA-audited circulation of 50,000 qualified recipients, along with this Web site, www.DMNews.com, and seven e-mail newsletters. These online editions collectively reach hundreds of thousands of readers per month. Over the years, DMNews has been highly successful in creating new print and online media products that reflect the new trends and technologies in marketing. The DMNews team of professional journalists, as well as contributions from key industry professionals, is uniquely suited to provide comprehensive coverage of the convergence of direct, database and online marketing and advertising.... [ read more ]

Inside Direct Mail

This publication reviews 3,000-4,000 pieces of direct mail each month and reports on the winners. Articles give detailed information on the most powerful and profitable techniques. Subscription includes three special reports on secrets of direct marketing ... [ read more ]

Potentials

Potentials magazine is now officially a part of its sister publication, Incentive magazine. The new Potentials section within Incentive magazine speaks to incentive buyers and program planners, enabling them to grow their businesses and enhance performance by providing ideas and products that motivate. We offer the most comprehensive look at incentive awards in the industry as well as providing the most up-to-date information on how corporations are leveraging products to motivate employees and clients.... [ read more ]

PROMO Magazine

PROMO Magazine provides insights into using promotion marketing as a strategic, measurable component of an overall marketing mix. PROMO editors take a "What Works and Why" approach to their coverage, informing readers about important trends, issues, news, and deals through corporate profiles, trend pieces, sector-specific departments, single-topic supplements, and exclusive research projects. ... [ read more ]

Promo's Fast Fax

This service offers Promo magazine special reports by instant fax. Topics include promotion research, product sampling, mall marketing, in- and on-pack promotions.... [ read more ]

Sales & Marketing Management

A publication for executives who want to build sales, stay ahead of the competition, keep up with technology, and market their companies to today's tough customers. Each issue has case studies, columns, and an international report. Topics range from motivation to sales training to automation. SMM also publishes the Survey of Buying Power, which uses U.S. Census data to track consumer buying patterns by county and metro area.... [ read more ]

Target Marketing

This publication covers an extensive range of direct marketing topics. It includes regular features on lists and sources, recommendations of "hot lists" and information on newly published lists. Most issues have feature articles related to choosing and using lists. Target Marketing is self-described as "the how-to publication of the direct marketing industry," circulation over 42,000. ... [ read more ]

Customer Interaction Solutions

This publication offers information on inbound and outbound telemarketing, call center operation, customer service hiring, training, and service agencies. A section focuses on computer-telephony integration and other call-center technologies. ... [ read more ]

Mass Affluence: 7 New Rules of Marketing to Today's Consumer

Mass Affluence explores the idea that "Mass Marketing is back" but with a new target and a fresh approach that companies ignore at their paril. Nunes and Johnson argue against the old mass-marketing concepts of the 1950s and outlines seven new rules for capturing this newly discovered ignored market.... [ read more ]

Incentive

Incentive is the only publication devoted exclusively to motivation and performance improvement through the use of incentive programs and consumer promotions. We are a FIRST-READ for executives looking to improve company performance and a FIRST-BUY for advertisers looking to reach the most qualified incentive buyer decision-makers. The Incentive advantage is a direct result of more than 100 years of industry experience coupled with the highest subscriber qualification standards in the industry. Incentive helps both advertisers and subscribers reach their goals.... [ read more ]

How Consumers Think: Essential Insights into the Mind of the Market

In this book, author Gerald Zaltman builds on research from desciplines as diverse as neurology, sociology, literary analysis, and cognitive science in order to give insight into what happens within the complex system of mind, brain, body and society as consumers contemplate their needs and evaluate their products.... [ read more ]

Corporate Meetings & Incentives

Corporate Meetings & Incentives (CMI) is part of Prism Business Media's Meetings Group of magazines. It explores trends in meetings and incentives as they relate to companies successfully communicating with employees, dealers, distributors and customers.... [ read more ]

EXPO

This publication targets marketers who promote trade shows and consumer shows. it covers planning, producing, and promoting trade shows and tracks industry trends.... [ read more ]

IEG Sponsorship Report

This newsletter covers sponsorship trends, analyzes industry issues and categories, reports on sponsorship deals, and presents case studies. It also lists requests-for-proposals (RFPs) and positions available in the industry. ... [ read more ]

Creative

This publication contains articles of interest to sales promotion and marketing executives who manage sales promotion programs, POP displays, and trade show exhibits.... [ read more ]

Journal of Advertising Research

The mission of the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR) is to act as the research and development vehicle for professionals in all areas of marketing including media, research, advertising and communications. The JAR provides a forum for sharing findings, applications, new technologies and methodologies, and avenues of solution. Its primary audience is the practitioner at all levels of practice. ... [ read more ]

Net Worth: Shaping Markets When Customers Make the Rules

Net Worth deals with the idea that Buyers are losing their patience and trust in sellers. By playing with the relationship between buisnesses and their customers, Hagel and Singer suggest readers to challenge their fundamental beliefs about marketing, brands, and value. ... [ read more ]

Brandscendence: Three Essential Elements of Enduring Brands

Brandscendence explores what makes certain brands prevail over others. According to author, Clark, there are three elements that are essential for brand endurence: revelence, context, and mutual benefit.Clark also outlines his formula for branding success and illustrates how it's applied by the world's most prominent brands. ... [ read more ]

Beyond the Brand: Why Engaging the Right Customers is Essential to Winning in Business

Beyond the Brand provides an in depth look at the importance of certain customers in the marketplace. With case studies and practical step-by-step methods, readers learn how to engage customers in a dialog that can fuel real product and marketing innovation. Readers will learn how to develop a bottom-up strategy, hone intuition and find inspiration to drive innovation, find your company's center of gravity, and identify and find new ways to listen to the key voices in your marketplace.... [ read more ]

How to Turn Customer Service into Customer Sales

How to Turn Customer Service into Customer Sales is a complete handbook to improving your company's customer service. With its step-by-step procedures and easy to follow instructions, this book is beneficial for anyone who deals with research, hiring, training, execution, and follow-up within their company.... [ read more ]

How to Drive Your Competition Crazy: Creating Disruption for Fun and Profit

How to Drive Your Competition Crazy is for any entrepeneur, small business owner, independent relatiler, not for profit crusader, marketer, or business traveler who is looking to get a competative edge and get ahead of their competition. With real-life examples with companys like Haagen-Dazs and Sears, this book is perfect for any company looking to crush their competitors. ... [ read more ]

The Anatomy of Buzz: How To Create Word of Mouth Marketing

"The Anatomy of Buzz" explores the most powerful form of marketing: word of mouth. With over 150 interviews from executives, marketing leaders, and major researchers, the author discusses proven techniques for stimulating customer-to-customer selling. This book is indespensible for any company or salesperson looking to market a new product or increase sales on already existing ones.... [ read more ]

Customer Equity: Building and Managing Relationships As Valuable Assets

The authors explain the strategies and tactics that make customer equity management work. They outline customer equity's three core strategies: customer acquisition, customer retention, and add-on selling. With very detailed how-to chapters this book is good for any business person looking to strengthen the bond between them and their customers.... [ read more ]

Branding Excellence 2009-2010

The Branding Excellence Conference, sponsored by the American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI) aims to teach companies how to market their brands for the "customer of the future." If offers best practices in brand management, ROI, and customer loyalty for enhanced brand appeal and recognition. ... [ read more ]

Promotion Boot Camp (formerly The Basics of Promotion Marketing Seminar)

The Promotion Marketing Association (PMA) seminar is taught several times a year at different locations. This is a well-rounded introduction taught by senior marketing executives and marketing law attorneys, with the focus primarily on consumer promotions. The conference is internationally acclaimed, and attracts a diverse group of attendees.... [ read more ]

Licensing International Expo

Licensed products have a major role in premium programs. This show, sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association (LIMA), is the major event for the licensing industry, with exhibits and an education program covering all aspects of the industry.... [ read more ]

Best Practices : Building Your Business with Customer-Focused Solutions

Best Practices shares how more than forty best-practices companies focus on their customers, create growth, reduce cost, and increase profts. It focuses on customers and how to involve them in everything from the design of products and services to marketing, selling, and product delivery. This book is good for managers in any business, in any industry.... [ read more ]

The Infinite Asset: Managing Brands to Build New Value

"The Infinite Asset" unveils a strategy called the "Brand Portfolio Approach" that exponentially increases the value of brands by exploding them beyond the boundaries of their division and even their parent company. With how-to models, this book is a great guide to leverageing every company's infinite asset for lasting competitive advantage.... [ read more ]

Sales, Marketing, and Continuous Improvement: Six Best Practices to Achieve Revenue Growth and Increase Customer Loyalty

Sales, Marketing, and Continuous Improvement, is a straightforward, example-filled guide that discusses the need to have sales and marketing as part of your improvement processes. With a step-by-step 6 phase guide, author, Stowell, offers practical guidance for avoiding common pitfalls. This book is good for anyone in a management position in any company, in any industry.... [ read more ]

Customer Loyalty: How to Earn It, How to Keep It, New and Revised Edition

Customer Loyalty explores the true meaning of customer loyalty and how to acheive it. Author, Griffin, outlines the seven stages of customer affinity and offers strategies for recognizing which fustomers have the potential to become a company's advocates. This book is helpful for business people in small or large product or service based companies.... [ read more ]

Total Customer Service: The Ultimate Weapon

"Total Customer Service" discusses how companies rarely become serivce leaders through blind evolution. Using case studies of companies who have been successful service leaders, readers will learn how to stay on top of the quality of their customer service in this ever-changing business environment.... [ read more ]

Guerrilla Advertising

Author Levinson applies his proven guerrilla philosophy to advertising in Guerrilla Advertising. This step-by-step guide will help you develop advertising strategy, design effective ads and copy, maximize advertising effectiveness, focus your audience and much more.... [ read more ]

Event Entertainment and Production

Event Entertainment and Production is a complete guide to producing entertainment for every event. Gives you the tools you need to efficiently produce and manage the right entertainment for any event. This guide shows you how to work within a budget, limit risks associated with entertainment, design, plan, and produce entertainment, and work with performers. This book is perfect for any event planner.... [ read more ]

Performance Solutions

This white paper discusses the range of "zero-based performance improvement strategies" that can be developed with the help of full-service incentive and performance improvement companies. It also includes contact information on members of the Incentive Marketing Association's Performance Improvement Council, made up of a dozen organizations dedicated to offering companies solutions-based incentive and performance improvement programs.... [ read more ]

Customer Relationship Management Systems: ROI and Results Measurement

Customer Relationship Management Systems is an overview of author, Petersen's, experience in the field of strategic planning and the implementation of automation projects. This book will show you how to identify sources of justification for you project, determine readiness of your organization for the initiative, and much more.... [ read more ]

The Consistent Consumer: Predicting Future Behavior through Lasting Values

"The Constant Consumer" looks at the consumer patterns of the baby-boomer demographic as a jumping point to its claim that traditional age-base demopgraphic profiling is off the mark. This book will help you increase sales by understanding what consistently drives consumer spending decisions and enhances market shares by speaking to shared values and not just past actions. This book is perfect for people in management positions anywhere.... [ read more ]

The Birth of a Needed New Profession: People Performance Management

This paper introduces the discipline of "People Performance Management" as developed by the Forum for People Performance Management and Measurement, a unit of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. People Performance Management refers to an integrated process designed to help firms maximize long-term financial performance through a strategic focus on their most valuable asset -- human capital.... [ read more ]

Consumer Behavior

Consumer Behavior is a textbook that contains 32 short cases that will discues the many aspects of consumer behavior. This book is good for any business professional looking to learn more about consumers.... [ read more ]

Customer Retention: Keeping Your Best Customers for the Long Term

Reviews the economics and objectives of customer retention and argues that it’s easier and less costly to sell to existing customers than to new customers. The more customers you keep through active retention efforts, and the longer you keep them, the more profitable your company will be.... [ read more ]

Performance Management & Incentives in the Era of Sarbanes-Oxley

Federal legislators in 2002 enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which was designed to improve the accountability of corporate managers to shareholders and to improve public confidence in publicly traded companies. This white paper is an outline of the potential impact of SOX on the use of performance improvement and incentive programs. ... [ read more ]

Putting Trophy Value Into Your Gift Card Program

Gift cards have become an important corporate tool for reward and recognition. This paper looks at the growing use of gift cards and how to add to the "trophy value" of gift cards via communication, customization, and presentation.... [ read more ]

The ROI of Integrated Marketing

This white paper highlights four key areas that impact organizational adoption of integrated marketing and motivate employees to think about and cooperate with integrated marketing efforts beyond their functional silos.... [ read more ]

Customer Connections: New Strategies for Growth

Customer Connections discusses information and knowledge management technologies to connect with customers in a new way. This new model fosters collaboration and playing the right role in supply and demand chain. This book is good for any salesperson.... [ read more ]

Colloquy

This quarterly publication is devoted to frequency marketing and loyalty programs.... [ read more ]

Progressive Grocer

Progressive Grocer has been the voice of the food retail industry for over 84 years. Serving the largest audience in the market, Progressive Grocer's readers are top management at headquarters and top decision-makers at store level. From chain supermarkets to independent supermarkets, super centers, wholesalers and food brokers, readers rely on Progressive Grocer for its authoritative, comprehensive, relevant and research-based editorial and news. By anticipating, reporting and interpreting important data and trends, Progressive Grocer fulfills its mission: accelerating insight and opportunity for leading grocery retailers, and accelerating brand and sales success for leading manufacturers. ... [ read more ]

P-O-P Times

An Official News Publication of the In-Store Marketing Institute Published 12 times a year, P-O-P Times serves the news and product information needs of buyers and users of in-store displays, signs and fixtures. Every month, it informs readers of the news, trends, and events that shape the use of P-O-P and the impact and effectiveness of in-store marketing. ... [ read more ]

Customer Relationship Management

Customer Relationship Management is the membership journal for the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP). It features articles by SOCAP members and other experts on consumer affairs, customer service, customer loyalty, and customer relationship management.... [ read more ]

Customer Service Newsletter

Customer Service Newsletter reports on practical techniques for improving customer service operations. Topics covered include training, motivating staff, increasing performance, measurement, benchmarking, and using new technology. ... [ read more ]

Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) was founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvard University. Its mission is to improve the practice of management in a changing world. HBSP does this by serving as a bridge between academia and enterprises around the globe through its publications and reach into three markets: academic, enterprise, and individual managers. ... [ read more ]

Engagement Strategies Magazine

Engagement Strategies focuses on what's new, how-to, and where to find products and services related to incentives, motivational meetings, and performance improvement. Its affiliated Web site, the Sales Marketing Network at www.info-now.com, offers comprehensive how-to and reference information.... [ read more ]

Annual Call Center Exhibition (ACCE)

The Annual Call Center Exhibition (ACCE) offers a variety of educational tracks and sessions presented in several different formats focusing on customer relationship management (CRM), call center management, and technology. The exhibit hall includes providers of a large range of solutions and services, including quality monitoring, information technology, and interactive voice recognition.... [ read more ]

Incentives and the Automotive Industry

This paper explores the different types of consumer, dealer, and aftermarket incentives used in the automotive industry. It also looks at how advertising agencies view incentives. It examines traditional incentive strategies and concludes with advice on program implementation.... [ read more ]

DMA Copywriting Tools & Techniques Online Seminar

This virtual seminar offered by the Direct Marketing Association over the course of six weeks will help attendees will improve their skills and learn the latest techniques in direct market copywriting.Your instructor – a top professional copywriter – will guide you through weekly lectures and writing assignments sent via e-mail, answer any questions you have along the way and personally critique your work. ... [ read more ]

DMA Creative Direct Marketing Strategies

Develop innovative and successful direct mail strategies for your company and jump-start your direct marketing career. Learn dozens of proven tools that the country’s biggest and best companies rely on. This unique and interactive two day seminar will ensure you know how to make your next direct marketing campaign a huge success. Learn everything you need to know about positioning, choosing the right target market, developing the most effective message, and making your creative work.... [ read more ]

DMA Direct Marketing Institute

The Direct Marketing Association's Direct Marketing Institute is an in-depth course for beginners and a great refresher for experienced DM professionals wanting to sharpen skills, expand their expertise, and update their knowledge. This seminar can be applied to DMA's Certificate in Direct Marketing. ... [ read more ]

DMA Introduction to E-Mail Marketing Seminar

This one-day Direct Marketing Association (DMA) seminar will help get company e-mails read by customers. It also offers information on beginning an e-mail marketing campaign, if you don't have one, of if you do have one, it will make sure your strategy is up to speed. ... [ read more ]

Basics of Direct Marketing

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Basics of Direct Marketing seminar will introduce marketers to all key issues of direct marketing, enabling them to develop skills and gain more knowledge about such vital topics as offers, creative, copywriting and research/testing. It will also provide tools and techniques, help nurture ideas, and teach the essientals of direct marketing.... [ read more ]

DMA Essentials of Modeling Seminar

Learn the benefits of using predictive modeling and strategic segmentation, what all is involved and how to be a good project manager – all in one day. This introduction to quantitative modeling for direct marketers will teach you how to optimize profitability of targeted promotions and identify significant customer and prospect subgroups. Gain an in-depth understanding of a host of quantitative techniques – everything from prediction and segmentation to testing and direct modeling economics.... [ read more ]

Taxation of Employee Achievement Awards

Section 274(j) of the Internal Revenue Code contains specific rules on the tax treatment of “employee achievement awards.” As a general rule, the employer cannot deduct employee achievement awards, unless they meet certain criteria.... [ read more ]

Tax Considerations for Incentive Programs

The federal income tax considerations for incentive programs are often overlooked. While it is difficult to give technical tax advice that would apply equally to all incentive programs, following certain general income tax principles can make an incentive program more successful and avoid unpleasant surprises.... [ read more ]

Build Customer Goodwill With Promotional Products

Promotional products foster customer goodwill (positive attitudes and feelings) toward a company and its salespeople. This study, completed by Baylor University in 1992, involved a textbook publisher sending 4,000 educators either: (1) a pocket calculator plus a letter, (2) a lower-priced highlighter pen plus a letter, or (3) a letter only.... [ read more ]

Increase Booth Traffic With Promotional Products

With the increase of postal rates over the past several years and dwindling advertising and promotional budgets, many companies are tempted to reduce or eliminate investments into pre-show mailings with promotional products in tradeshow settings. Is this a wise choice? The results of a 2004 study by Georgia Southern University indicates the answer is NO.... [ read more ]

Promotional Product Incentives Produce Valuable Referrals From Satisfied Customers

Marketers need not rely on their salespeople to elicit new leads for business. Existing customers are a gold mine for getting referrals—when they are asked! Through direct mail offers of promotional product incentives, marketers can leverage customer satisfaction and secure more valuable referrals. These findings are from a 2005 customer "referencing" study done by an advertising faculty at Louisiana State University and Glenrich Business Studies. *... [ read more ]

Incentive Research Foundation

The Incentive Research Foundation funds and promotes research to advance the science, enhance the awareness and appropriate application of motivation and incentives in business and industry globally. The goal is to increase the understanding, effective use and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives and others interested in improved performance... [ read more ]

International SITE Foundation

Founded in 1973, Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE) is the only international, not-for-profit, professional association devoted to the pursuit of excellence in incentives, a multi-billion dollar global industry. SITE provides educational seminars and information services to those who design, develop, promote, sell, administer, and operate motivational programs as an incentive to increase productivity in business. Currently SITE has over 2,100 members in 87 countries, with 35 local and regional chapters. Members represent corporate executives, incentive companies, destination management companies, travel & event planners, official tourist organizations, transportation companies, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, trade publications, and supporting organizations such as restaurants and visitors attractions. ... [ read more ]

Promotional Products’ Impact On Brands

Promotional Products have a positive impact on brand image. Specifically, when comparing people who receive a promotional product from a company with others who do not, this research shows that people who receive a promotional product have a signi?cantly more positive opinion about a business through: • More positive overall image • More positive perception of the business • Higher likelihood of recommending the business • Higher likelihood of patronization.... [ read more ]

Promotional Products: Impact, Exposure And Influence. A Survey Of Business Travelers At DFW Airport

Promotional Products furnish advertisers with advantages that may not be available in other media. These include: • High recall where the name of the advertiser is remembered. • Repeated exposure to the advertising message because of length of time the item is kept. • A more favorable impression of the advertiser, resulting in a propensity to do business with the organization giving the item. Promotional products can provide key elements to an advertising campaign and enhance opportunity for driving a message far beyond traditional media.... [ read more ]

Policy Points

The agent loyalty program "Policy Points" is an on-line program that is customized around GMAC's brand. It was designed to build awareness, loyalty, web traffic and business among GMAC's agents and agency partners. Points are awarded for new business and business transfers.... [ read more ]

You've Got the Power

You've Got the Power was the third in a series of Lowe's employee initiatives designed to build credit card application growth and promote customer loyalty. The promotion successfully combined the power of merchandise incentives and cash to motivate a diverse workforce.... [ read more ]

''Mohawk Means Business'' Sparks 31% Sales Rise

When Mohawk Industries, a $2-billion manufacturer of carpets and rugs, acquired several prestigious brands, it took considerable resources of time and money. The expansion and consolidation process inevitably affected some of the company's key residential dealers. ... [ read more ]

Sony Sounds Great Promotion

At first glance, Pacific Bell Wireless targeted consumers considering the purchase of cellular phone service and cellular phones; however, a closer inspection revealed a highler level of marketing. Pacific Bell Wireless partnered with Sony Electronics and Ronald McDonlad House Charities in an effort to offer a very attractive value-added promotion that would capture the interest of consumers and communitites alike.... [ read more ]

A Chance to Flaunt Your Own Milk Mustache

More than 200 million game pieces were circulated on the caps of white milk gallons, supported by point-of-sale materials installed in participating grocery stores. Consumers collect game pieces for an opportunity to win a grand prize, promoted with the tag line, "Live Like a Milk Mustache Celebrity for One Year!" The winner gets his or her own milk mustache ad in a national publication, along with a trip for two to the October 2000 World Series, the January 2001 Super Bowl, and Hollywood. A milkshake date with Ivana Trump, his and hers mountain bikes, and a plethora of other prizes are also included. ... [ read more ]

Computer Game Updates Image, Builds Awareness

The game positioned Chex as fun for kids and gave it contemporary appeal by taking advantage of the growing number of home computers. The game was designed to be exciting so consumers would continue to play, generating additional brand impressions. ... [ read more ]

Cruise Builds Market Share, Brand Loyalty

John Deere agricultural dealers sell and service equipment and parts. Loans and leases through the company for these items generate profit and build brand loyalty. So it was logical that John Deere's first credit-related promotion would be designed to increase credit/lease acceptances, market share, and brand loyalty. ... [ read more ]

Dunkin' Donuts Rewards ''Brilliant Bagel Behavior''

An intensive public relations campaign was created to entice consumers to try the bagels. During peak morning hours, Dunkin' Donuts employees conducted waves of bagel sampling, following instructions in a detailed, 15-page manual prepared by the company.... [ read more ]

Ford Reaches Families Via Community Service Event

The month-long "Ford Family Days" promotion was developed to build consumer awareness of the Ford Windstar and other family-oriented models. The "Project KidCare" tie-in increased traffic for the final day of the promotion. ... [ read more ]

John Deere's Incentive Program Boosts Aftermarket Sales

To create a better synergy between those who choose suppliers (a dealer's parts department) and those who specify the product (the service department), the Aftermarket Division developed the "After Market Achievers" incentive program in conjunction with MotivAction, the Minneapolis-based full-service marketing company. The campaign rewarded parts and service managers, dealership employees, and field representatives for achieving specific goals. ... [ read more ]

Jonny Quest Ratings Soar with Real-Life Adventure Contest

The contest gave 19 kids (10 from the U.S.) the opportunity to fly to an undisclosed destination to join forces and execute a secret mission. Additional prizes included "QuestWorld Adventure" gear, including backpack, flashlight/siren, travel journal, pen, glow sticks, and T-shirt. The network's Latin American and Asian divisions also participated in the promotion. ... [ read more ]

La Plaza

To meet Verizon’s mission of deepening their relationship with this key customer segment, the La Plaza program needed to deliver more targeted, creative offerings than typical loyalty programs that award customers points based on purchases. MotivAction kicked off the effort by conducting extensive research within the Hispanic marketplace to identify the core needs and interests of the community. Rooted in primary research, including valuable focus group feedback, La Plaza was structured to ensure that all incentives and communications were built around the core values of interest: education, job enrichment and standard of living, and personal safety and security. ... [ read more ]

Lexus And Coach Team Up To Create A Masterpiece

A media blitz kicked off the campaign. Before issuing press releases, Coach sent editors of nonautomotive publications a Coach classic key fob featuring a model of a Lexus. Accompanying the key chain was a notice that said, "It Takes Two to Build a Masterpiece—the 1997 Lexus LS400 Coach Edition. Details to come." ... [ read more ]

Moen Hits Home Run With ''Bases Loaded'' Promotion

The program was built around a point system. Wholesaler showroom personnel earned one point for every two sales; counterpersons received a point for every six sales. Points were redeemable for merchandise from an "MVP Awards Extravaganza" catalog. ... [ read more ]

NFL Pocket -Sized Helmet Gift with Purchase

Capturing the fervor of football season and the unrelenting passion an NFL fan has for his or her team, Coca-Cola together with Riddell, Inc. offered consumers a mini NFL replica helmet. This helmet fit onto a 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottle. With the purchase of two 20 ounce Coca-Cola products, consumers received a free pocket pro helmet (valued at $2.99). The promotion was initiated in January, peak football season, creating a chase aspect. The challenge for the consumer was to collect all 31 NFL teams, and they were urged to do so through visually dramatic POS products. Store Manager Incentive Contests were implemented in some stores, with the prize being a 36 unit mini-helmet case to display all 31 NFL team helmets. ... [ read more ]

Online Sweepstakes Draws Teachers to Web Sites

The online sweepstakes, which was used to encourage people to visit the Web site, featured a grand prize trip to Tarrytown, New York, to tour the real Sleepy Hollow. A 30-second spot aired on the network to promote the Web site and sweepstakes. Odyssey's main Web site also carried a banner ad to drive traffic to the film's site. ... [ read more ]

Promotion Creates Bull Market For Palm Restaurants

Every time they dined at The Palm, customers received a random selection of three "steak certificates" for a specific number of shares in a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Diners could open an account, make deposits, and receive dividends as they built their "portfolios." The accounts were identified by home telephone numbers. Customers could accumulate certificates and mail them in at the end of the promotion or deposit them when leaving the restaurant. ... [ read more ]

Retro Diner's Tasting Boosts Sales 18%

To build consumer awareness and boost sales, the company developed a "Mobile Marketing" program. The centerpiece was two vintage Airstream trailers that had been converted into Marie Callender's Mobile Diners. During a 19-week period, the two diners were used to make sell-in presentations to key retailers in six markets, as well as deliver "home cooked" samples to consumers. ... [ read more ]

Superheroes Bolster Best Western's Business

Each year, the program is fine-tuned. For example, one year the promotion focused on comic-book renderings of the Superheroes for premiums and point-of-purchase materials, rather than newer, animated versions. ... [ read more ]

The ''Wilder Side of Milk''

To capture the attention of young consumers and their moms, point-of-purchase displays announcing the "Wilder Side of Milk" sweepstakes featured a chocolate-colored mountain bike sporting cow spots and the "Got Milk" logo, and special edition remote control Monster Trucks. ... [ read more ]

The Purina Pet Starter Kits

Owning a new pet can be an overwhelming experience for any consumer. Young families, in particular, often have many conflicting responsibilities and little time to spare. Purina focused on simplifying these responsibilities for the new pet owner by offering them a complete starter kit that contained everything they needed to care for their pet.... [ read more ]

Young Customers Connect Via Mountain Dew's Beeper Offer

In spite of Mountain Dew's strong market position, Pepsi-Cola wanted to build the brand's loyalty, attract new customers, and keep the growth rate above the industry average. To achieve those goals, the company developed the "Extreme Network" promotion, which offered a beeper in exchange for 10 Mountain Dew proofs of purchase, $29.99, and $5 for shipping and handling. The numeric pagers came with six months of free service. Total value: $125. ... [ read more ]

Whole Latte News

The morning newspaper and a cup of steaming coffee are natural partners. When six new coffee shops opened in downtown Traverse City within twelve months, the Traverse City Record-Eagle decided to take advantage of this "morning" momentum. Working with Nouveautes USA, the paper offered gourmet coffee to new and old subscribers who signed up for twelve months of Record-Eagle home delivery using automatic bill payment. The "Whole Latte News" consumer offer targeted well-educated, business professionals with an annual household income of $50,000 or more. The choice of incentive, gourmet Gevalia® coffee (distributed exclusively by NouveautesUSA™), helped drive home the core selling point of the campaign – the price and duration of the E-Z Pay subscription. For $12.00 per month for 12 months, new customers received 12 packs of Gevalia® coffee. ... [ read more ]

"Bach - Sounds of Success"

The Bach Collection is sold through distributor showrooms and branches to builders and plumbers. This channel is extremely competitive. Distributors typically sell products from as many as twelve manufacturers and, at any given time, they may be exposed to 5-7 active promotions designed to capture their attention and time. To cut through the promotion clutter, Performance Plus Marketing recommended a high-impact sweepstakes structure for "The Sounds of Success." ... [ read more ]

Exceeding Customer Expectations

Based on the business practices and history of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, this book focuses on how the company has achieved financial results by creating happy customers, successful business partnerships, and an engaged and motivated workforce. It discusses the relationship between the company's employee satisfaction, retention, and profitability, and shows how Enterprise makes and reinforces those connections. ... [ read more ]

A Day At The Fair

There’s amusement to be had for all at a carnival. There are spinning, flashing rides, whimsical music and, of course, icy snow cones. These things came to mind when Lynne DuVivier, president of Westport, Connecticut-based The Creative Factor, Inc. (UPIC: CREATEIT) was approached by HBO to develop a campaign for its show, Carnivàle.... [ read more ]

Panthers Promotions Have Bite

Fred Parker, CEO of Bluegrass Promotional Marketing (UPIC: BLUEGRAS) in Charlotte, North Carolina is a football fan—especially since his company has been named the preferred promotional marketing agency for the Carolina Panthers for the 2006 season.... [ read more ]

Incentive Marketing Association - Canada Council (IMA-CC)

IMA-CC, a branch of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA), provides information services, publications, conferences and seminars, media representation, research, and public relations efforts to the Canadian corporate community to promote the use of incentives. IMA-CC’s primary goals are to build awareness within the corporate community on how to effectively use incentive programs to motivate employees and customer groups, with the ultimate goal of improving corporate performance.... [ read more ]

Annual IMA Executive Summit

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) produces an annual Executive Summit attended by delegates from every supplier category in the incentive field. This conference, the largest event of its kind, includes educational and networking events that help incentive professionals expand their incentive program knowledge and marketing partner network. IMA’s Executive Summit is the premier annual conference that offers you the opportunity to network, benchmark and learn from your colleagues – professionals representing every segment of the incentive marketplace. ... [ read more ]

Incentive Marketing Association (IMA)

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) promotes the use of incentive programs as effective marketing and motivational tools. Membership includes manufacturers, representatives, distributors, incentive houses, gift certificate suppliers, and marketing agencies. IMA also holds annual education programs at trade shows as well as information services, publications, conferences and seminars, media representation, research, and public relations efforts to its members and to businesses to help them effectively use incentive programs to motivate employees and customers. IMA offers a complimentary listing of incentive product and service providers. IMA is also the umbrella organization for several Strategic Industry Groups, including the Global Incentive Council, IMA-Canada Council, Incentive Gift Card Council, Incentive Manufacturers and Representatives Alliance, Performance Improvement Council, and the Incentive Technology Council. ... [ read more ]

Promo Ideas

This site includes a broad array of information beneficial to those who approve, specify or purchase promotional products, including industry facts, case studies, education, powerful research and a seasonal calendar. The site also includes a search tool that will enable buyers to locate a promotional consultant in their area or request a speaker at a meeting or event.... [ read more ]

Promotional Products—The Key Ingredient to Integrated Marketing: How Promotional Products, Print and Television Advertising Impact Consumer Perception

Many traditional forms of advertising and promotion are losing ground to newer media. This trend presents opportunities for the promotional products medium. However, very little research exists documenting the effectiveness of promotional products when compared to and combined with other traditional forms of advertising such as television and print.... [ read more ]

Promotional Products—The Key Ingredient to Integrated Marketing: How Promotional Products, Print and Television Advertising Impact Consumer Perception

Many traditional forms of advertising and promotion are losing ground to newer media. This trend presents opportunities for the promotional products medium. However, very little research exists documenting the effectiveness of promotional products when compared to and combined with other traditional forms of advertising such as television and print.... [ read more ]

Sunset Limited

In-store displays and other promotional items are used to promote retail book sales.... [ read more ]

Testing the Internal Marketing Model

While it is widely believed that employee attitudes and engagement directly influence customer experiences and customer spending behavior, there is little empirical evidence that has explicitly demonstrated this. This study, subtitled "An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Employee Attitudes, Customer Attitudes, and Customer Spending," combines results from an extensive survey of employees and customers at a hotel chain with the actual spending patterns of customers. Results show a direct, measurable relationship between the employee and customer perceptions of the hotel brand and customer spending behavior. ... [ read more ]

The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness

With a foreword by Jay Leno, how could this not be a nice book? Coauthors Thaler and Koval submit their own success in the cutthroat world of advertising as evidence that nice girls can finish first while taking home more than a dozen Clio awards along the way. Following up their bestselling look at creating compelling marketing strategies—Bang!—they turn most truisms about business inside out, arguing that good deeds are returned, not punished.... [ read more ]

The Relationship Advantage: Become a Trusted Advisor and Create Clients for Life

Corporations, it seems, are always seeking the ""silver bullet"" that will create intimacy with customers. But most efforts fail from the moment they begin, say respected consultants, Tom Stevenson and Sam Barcus. The reason? Accountability for program leadership is placed on the sales force rather than on the executives and senior managers who have a more seasoned business perspective. For the first time ever, Stevenson and Barcus outline the relationship-building processes used successfully by professional consulting firms. Sales professionals in other industries will learn never-before-published explanations and documentation regarding consulting firm approaches and techniques.... [ read more ]

Maintaining Brand Safety in Profitable Special Markets

Manufacturers are sometimes cautious about the use of their brands in special markets. Obviously they want to maintain their brand integrity and avoid any impact consumer sales channels. This white paper from the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA), however, suggests that with basic safeguards in place, special markets like the incentive industry are “a win for the supplier, a win for the company, and a win for the employee.”... [ read more ]

Promotional Products—The Key Ingredient to Integrated Marketing

Many traditional forms of advertising and promotion are losing ground to newer media. This trend presents opportunities for the promotional products medium. However, very little research exists documenting the effectiveness of promotional products when compared to and combined with other traditional forms of advertising such as television and print.... [ read more ]

Sovereign Referrals and Rewards

Sovereign Bank realized that it needed to streamline its customer referral process and provide its almost 11,350 Team Members at nearly 750 community banking offices with a compelling reason to increase their referral activity.... [ read more ]

PMA Basics Of Promotion Marketing Workshop

Basics is the internationally acclaimed two-day seminar designed to develop your skills in all aspects of promotion marketing, including promotion strategy, law and all tactical elements of promotion. Marketing professionals who are beginning a career in promotion or integrated marketing, switching careers to promotion or integrated marketing, and are ready for more responsibility, bigger challenges and greater achievement in all aspects of promotion marketing should defiantly attend this seminar. ... [ read more ]

Marrketing Management

Marketing Management packages the best strategic thinking to meet the decision-making needs of knowledgeable executives managing real-world businesses. Published six times a year, Marketing Management sheds light on topics like brand management, CRM, marketing technology, global marketing, B-to-B, services marketing and digital marketing—to help managers keep pace with this rapidly changing field.... [ read more ]

Premium Incentive Products Magazine

Premium Incentive Products (PIP) is committed to providing readers with answers to their most pressing questions about developing incentive programs and using products to motivate their employees, salespeople, channel partners, and customers. A product-oriented publication featuring rich, on-target editorial, PIP covers new products, new program ideas for existing products, plus industry trends and best practices. Each issue instructs our readers on the ins and outs of creating, managing, and measuring their incentive programs. Premium Incentive Products performs a vital role for the premium incentive industry, its advertisers, and its readers. ... [ read more ]

LJ Hooker Achievers Program Drives Referrals Through Brand Engagement

LJ Hooker Financial Services was established in December 2003 to provide a mortgage broking service to real estate vendors and customers. LJ Hooker had informal relationships with 5000 agents and associated staff in Australia and another 1200 in New Zealand. Across the industry, the relationship between mortgage brokers and their referral contacts was largely based on cash transactions and varied widely in terms of process and value. Cash offers were vulnerable to competitive offers and ad hoc and different cash commission structures meant working with multiple managers and administrators without the benefit of a cohesive strategy or transparent management overview. LJ Hooker required a more structured platform to deploy their strategy to align real estate and finance broking to maximum effect.... [ read more ]

Subaru Club Card Increases Sales By 10 Percent

Subaru wanted to increase sales of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and encourage customers to purchase after market accessories and service for their new vehicles at Subaru dealerships based in Canada. The challenge was to capture consumers’ attention.... [ read more ]

Why Incentive Programs Endure Recessions

Historically, incentive programs, unlike other sales and marketing strategies, have endured economic downturns. In fact, according to a review of past Incentive Federation and industry studies, the incentive industry managed to grow following the recessions that occurred in the late 1980s, after September 11, 2001, and during the downturn of the late 1990s, following the dot-com collapse. In fact, there is no evidence that the industry suffered serious declines following the recession in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and the industry continued to prosper even during the Great Depression when the industry’s trade magazine at the time, Premium Practice, was filled with advertising pages.... [ read more ]

The Economics of Engagement

The cost of employee disengagement to U.S. companies in terms of lost productivity, accidents, theft, and turnover is estimated to be as much as $350 billion per year. Disengaged workers are often absent (even when they are at work), disconnected, and often pessimistic about change and new ideas. They have high rates of absenteeism and tend to negatively influence those around them. Engaged workers, on the other hand, are significantly more productive, interact more positively with other employees and new hires, and are much more likely when they interact with customers to create relationships that generate loyalty and increased business. This white paper looks at the best measures available for building engagement among employees along with looking at the ROI for investing in those measures as a way for managers to demonstrate the economics of engagement to top executives.... [ read more ]

The Economics of Engagement

In today's economic environment, employers are struggling to find every advantage possible to thrive, grow or simply to stay in business. For most US based organizations payroll represents the largest expense. Advantages therefore, come first and foremost through better talent management.... [ read more ]

PMA "Fast Forward 2011"

The Promotion Marketing Association's digital marketing summit will look at innovations that are likely to spur consumer demand in the years to come. At Fast Forward 2001, PMA will be looking ahead for the killer digital innovations that will drive consumer demand in 2011. Clara Shih, author of "The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, Sell More Stuff," will provide the keynote address. ... [ read more ]

PPAI Expo 2010

Annual promotional products conference and expo will feature a new component focusing on promotional equipment. The theme that the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) has planned for PPAI Expo 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 11-15, is “Find Your [X] Factor.” And one of the X factors for the show itself is a show within a show. PPAI will launch DECORATE: A Promotional Equipment Show at this year’s Expo. For the first time in PPAI show history, design equipment (screen printing, embroidery and digital machinery) will be allowed on the show floor as part of a new promotional equipment showcase, DECORATE. “As a new component of The PPAI Expo 2010, DECORATE is a show within a show, bringing the best in screen printing, embroidery and digital technology directly to the show floor,” said Darel Cook, PPAI director of expositions. “DECORATE promises to deliver incredible potential and incredible possibility for suppliers and distributors alike.” To register for the PPAI Expo 2010 online, visit www.theppaiexpo.org. For more information about PPAI or promotional products in general, visit the PPAI website at www.ppai.org.... [ read more ]

IRF Incentive Invitational 2010

One of the prestige incentive industry events of the year aims to increase understanding and use of incentive merchandise and travel. The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) will hold its 17th annual Incentive Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 19-23, 2010, at The Broadmoor. The event is known for bringing together top incentive buyers and corporate decision makers, along with incentive professionals from leading travel organizations around the world, for business networking events and educational seminars. The goal of the event is to increase the understanding, effective use and resultant benefits of incentives to businesses that currently use incentives and others interested in improved performance. ... [ read more ]

Customer Inspired Marketing: Change the Game and Become the Brand They Really Love

A former senior level marketing executive at companies such as Macy’s, Eastman Kodak and Bank of America, author Aubryn Thomas has learned why certain brands generate energized reactions from customers and how these brands remain profitable by out-thinking the competition instead of overspending. In "Customer Inspired Marketing," Thomas has created an 8-step plan for companies to follow in order to create a successful marketing/branding campaign. ... [ read more ]

Capitalizing on Voice of Customer: The only metric that impacts other metrics…

“Why is customer loyalty and engagement important? The biggest reason is that customer engagement is the only metric that impacts other metrics typically measured by a company. As one industry expert noted, When customer engagement slides, so do a great many other outcomes, including future sales, growth and profit. Obviously, engaged customers are the best customers for a company to have. Eight of ten executives believe their company loses sales each year because of failure to create engaged customers, and 80% say that engaged customers are critical because they recommend products or services.” Excerpted from ‘Capitalizing on Voice of Customer,’ Published by Allegiance (www.allegiance.com) ... [ read more ]

Engagement: Winning the Battle for Customer and Employee Hearts and Minds: The Spillover Effect

Measuring the success of a business is not as simple as saying: ‘happy employees equal happy customers.’ Happy employees can also be lazy employees. A person taking tickets at a movie theater may be happy, but it may be because he or she gets to sit around on a comfortable chair while drinking free soft drinks and eating free popcorn. Many people might be happy if their employers paid them for what is merely time spent drinking soda, eating popcorn and collecting ticket stubs. For the above saying to be true, companies should be looking at levels of engagement as the measuring stick. We know that emotionally engaged employees feel like they are doing something valuable for their organizations and that their efforts will make a difference. Customers know when they are talking to emotionally engaged employees. The positive feelings that the employees have about their jobs and employers influence the level of service they give to customers. When these positive experiences continue to happen, then customers become engaged, and they become advocates for the company’s products and services. While movie theaters may be an easy target when it comes to pointing out the signs of disengaged employees, it’s certainly not exclusive to this business. Employees across all industries have a major impact on customer loyalty and engagement. The mantra of ‘happy employees equal happy customers’ is real, and companies should seek emotionally engaged employees because it will be these employees who help create emotionally engaged customers. This is the spillover effect. ... [ read more ]

Which? Who? What? Why Award Selection is Critical to Driving Engagement

Each year in the United States, organizations spend tens of billions of dollars on cash and non-cash rewards for consumer, distributor, sales and employee incentive programs –merchandise, gift cards, group and individual travel programs, time off, cash, etc. But few organizations invest the necessary time to understand which rewards should be used for which people to encourage what outcomes... [ read more ]

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