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Profiles of people, companies, associations, and other resources in the rewards and recognition field.

Creative Group Joins March to Full-Service Solutions

Published: Jul 28, 2016

When a venerable incentive travel and meeting company such as Appleton, WI.-based Creative Group Inc. expands its business model into performance improvement, it's yet another sign of significant disruption in the traditional rewards and event marketplace. The company, whose original owners sold the company about a year ago to Direct Travel, a corporate travel management conglomerate, has already had... [ read more ]

Hot Product to Watch: Klosebuy Aims to Transform Local Marketing

Published: Jul 19, 2016

The U.S. incentive field exemplifies innovation. Over the decades, the industry that has given birth to huge opportunities, including the trading stamp business in the 1930s through the 1960s; the bank premium business in the 1970s; airline and hotel loyalty programs starting in the 1980s; the gift card business in the 1990s; and the emerging global incentive redemption and program management technologies starting in the 2000s. Have Frank Fennell and his partner Gene Bardakjy created the next big incentive market opportunity with their new business Klosebuy.com?... [ read more ]

Links Sees Bright Future with Technology and Experiential Gifting

Published: Jul 4, 2016

One of the biggest changes in the U.S. incentive and rewards business over the past decade is the growth of the specialized wholesalers and fulfillment companies that now represent or support many of the leading brands in the marketplace. In a trend accelerated by the 2008 recession, some brands have ... [ read more ]

Nibble Aims to Totally Customize Experiences

Published: May 27, 2016

A lot of suppliers claim they want to revolutionize the reward experience, and over the last decade retail gift cards, individual travel packages, web-based catalogs and, more recently, companies offering reward experiences such as custom fittings and new types of e-codes have continued a long tradition of innovation in the rewards business. ... [ read more ]

Dittman Incentive Marketing and Impact of Engagement

Published: Apr 1, 2016

To see how the emergence of the engagement field is affecting traditional providers of engagement solutions, from leadership and assessment to analytics, innovation and incentives, ESM periodically interviews leaders in each of these areas to gain insights from executives at the front lines. This time: Jim Dittman of Dittman Incentive Marketing.... [ read more ]

PMC Sees Changes in Redemption Trends

Published: Dec 8, 2015

PMC, the incentive fulfillment division of Almo, one of the nation's largest wholesalers of consumer electronics and appliances to the incentive market, has a singular focus in the marketplace: Support its resellers. According to Eric Anderson, Director of Special Markets Sales, his division only sells to incentive, recognition, loyalty and other companies that ... [ read more ]

Carlton Group: Global By Design

Published: Dec 2, 2015

Few companies in the rewards and recognition business have built a larger international presence than Toronto-based Carlton Group. According to Founder and CEO Rob Purdy, the company can deliver in-country fulfillment in 85 countries (135 via trans-border shipping) and the entire world via digital rewards. Its catalogs and ... [ read more ]

How Hyatt Gift Cards & Certificates Profit From Change

Published: Nov 19, 2015

Sometimes, good news in business comes with some challenges too. When Marriott Corp. decided to drop out of active participation in the corporate gift card market, Hyatt Gift Cards and Certificates experienced a significant increase in demand, while at the same time highlighting the issues it would have to address to profit from that demand.... [ read more ]

Maui Jim: What It Feels Like to Create a Trend

Published: Oct 27, 2015

What's it like to be an innovator and gradually watch as dozens of others pile on? Brett Hatch, Global Senior Director of Corporate Gifts for Maui Jim, is experiencing that now. Maui Jim undoubtedly pioneered the concept of the "experiential" merchandise program 15 years ago for a major insurance company that arranged for... [ read more ]

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