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Compaq COMmunity and Gold Rush

In addition to addressing regional challenges, Compaq was well aware that a soft economy and market speculation regarding the Compaq/HP merger could further impact sales. They needed an incentive program that would ensure that resellers would focus on the Compaq offering. Part of COMPAQ COMmunity, Gold Rush was launched as the 2001 fourth quarter sales incentive program, offering "instant rewards" to those who met their targets in a number of categories. To succeed, the Gold Rush program needed to generate sales without encouraging competition on price, keep the resellers’ attention for the quarter, provide obtainable targets, and offer an incentive that went "over and above" that of any of Compaq’s competitors. ... [ read more ]

Compaq's Salespeople ''Reach for the Stars''

Reseller sales reps earned reward points for sales of Deskpro computers and Proliant service. In addition, management was able to award supplemental points for such goals as increased knowledge retention, add-on sales, and attendance requirements. ... [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Driving Engagement by Focusing on Strengths

A common error that frontline managers sometimes make is to focus their performance improvement efforts on employees’ weaknesses, rather than focus on their strengths. But Gallup research shows that the worst thing managers can do is to ignore their employees altogether. According to Gallup researchers Brian Brim and Jim Asplund, “If your manager focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged at work are only 1 in 100. If your manager ignores you, however, you are twice as likely to be actively disengaged than if your manager focuses on your weaknesses. Being overlooked, it seems, is more harmful to employees’ engagement than having to discuss their weaknesses with their manager.” This paper offers a summary of their research.... [ read more ]

Fast-Start Promo Grabs Attention

The company's "Here's the Scoop" campaign was launched with an overnight Styrofoam package that was delivered to every Mazda parts manager. Inside was a 12-pack of gourmet Pfaelzer ice cream truffles. The ice cream treats were chosen to symbolize the freshness and quality of Interstate Batteries. A booklet detailed the promotion's objectives and awards: for every order placed for batteries during the month, the dealer was entered in a sweepstakes, with prizes ranging from Super Bowl tickets to National Football League (NFL) logo leather jackets and autographed footballs. A special incentive was available to district managers who achieved 80% or more participation. These awards included race jackets and tickets to the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a natural tie-in because Interstate Batteries was sponsoring one of the racers. ... [ read more ]

Federation Study 2007: A Study of the Incentive Merchandise and Travel Marketplace

The Incentive Federation contracted with GfK, an international market research company, to develop and conduct a market sizing study of the U.S. marketplace for incentive travel and merchandise. Results showed that, overall, 34% of companies used either incentive travel or merchandise incentives in 2006, spending a total of $46.1 billion on incentive programs. Breaking down that total, the study finds that companies spent $13.4 billion on incentive travel and 32.7 billion on merchandise incentives. In addition, more than half of the study participants expect their future spending on incentive programs to increase.... [ read more ]

GE Focus

GE Lighting Systems, a division of General Electric Lighting, designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of lighting fixtures for illuminating streets and highways, industrial and hazardous location facilities, parking lots, building facades, parks, and sporting facilities. ... [ read more ]

How to Make the Shift to a PPMM Strategy

No doubt some people might dismiss Integrated Marketing as a passing fad, and who would view the burgeoning discipline of People Performance Management and Measurement (PPMM) as a buzz phrase or "flavor-of-the-month" marketing strategy.... [ read more ]

Human Resources and Marketing: A Missing Link?

This study, conducted by Prof. Frank Mulhern and Patricia Whalen of Northwestern University, identified a significant gap between the view of human resources and employees on the role of employees on delivering customer satisfaction, but found that companies with a close link between human resources and marketing outperform companies that don't.... [ read more ]

Human Resources and Marketing: A Missing Link?

This study, conducted by Prof. Frank Mulhern and Patricia Whalen of Northwestern University, identified a significant gap between the view of human resources and employees on the role of employees on delivering customer satisfaction, but found that companies with a close link between human resources and marketing outperform companies that don't.... [ read more ]

HunterDouglas Promo Strengthens Distribution Network

The campaign would have to increase brand reach, frequency, and sales; allow fabricators to maintain their own identity; and accommodate a range of retailers from individual designers to multistore chains. For its "Windows to the World" campaign, travel rewards were selected as the most effective motivator. Retailers would have a choice of six travel destinations based on product purchases. ... [ read more ]

I've Seen the Future

Promotional giveaways themed to a new product are used at a trade show to boost traffic and generate leads.... [ 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 ]

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 ]



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