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Electronics & High-Tech Incentives

We live in a connected world. For most Americans, the idea of daily television, constant social interaction with "friends" and the ability to listen to favorite tunes in whatever is one's favorite mode is little different from the idea of being able to grab a Quarter Pounder with Cheese any time you want. This stuff is simply at our disposal, and few lack access.

That said, our means of accessing our favorite shows, tunes and more tend to be in a constant state of improvement and upgrade, and because our lives are so interconnected, we are eager to reach for any means to improve that connection.

Electronics—everything from headphones to televisions, cameras and more—are deeply engrained in our daily lives, and that makes them an excellent choice for incentives and rewards.

"Electronics items are such an effective and attractive incentive or reward because everyone can upgrade to a new electronic," said Scott Kooken, president of Links Unlimited, a corporate channel supplier and fulfillment organization for many of the best brands in retail, based in Cincinnati. "Technology is constantly changing, and people want to get the newest item available. Voice-activated devices are the hot product right now."

"Electronics are so engrained in our culture, as we are so wrapped up in sharing and obtaining news, pictures, music and social media that people are not willing to or going to give this up any time soon," said Eric Anderson, director of sales for PMC, a leading provider of high-quality brand-name consumer electronics and other merchandise to the premium incentive and special markets channels. "All age groups use electronics and like the newest, best models they can achieve. Electronics are very unique in that they are both 'need,' as well as 'want' items. We need a smart TV to Netflix and chill, but we want the best smart TV we can earn to enjoy the best experience we can during our chill periods. We all know that 'want' items are much more motivating to achieve incentive-related results and are very important to all incentive programs."

"Electronics are an effective reward because they transcend most demographics—especially in today's world where everyone feels the need to constantly stay connected," added Ken Fishman, director of purchasing for Rymax, a national manufacturer's representative based in Pine Brook, N.J. "Try to walk down one New York City block without seeing at least five people on their cell phones. It's not likely to happen. From the millennial talking into their Apple Watch to the morning commuter checking on the package currently being left at the doorstep, we can't seem to put down our devices. Whether you're a fitness fanatic who wants to monitor your activity on a continual basis or an inexperienced baker who needs a little help from Alexa with that last part of a cookie recipe, we've become completely dependent on our electronics to get through our day. By providing consumers with today's latest models, we allow them to stay on trend, while assuring them that we know what matters most to them."

So, what does matter most to consumers of electronics? From headphones and other tools for listening and learning to cameras and more to catch the perfect picture, there's something that's bound to please everyone.

Listen Up

Have you heard that vinyl has been making a comeback? (For some of us, it never went away.) Put a turntable in your program, and you are sure to appeal to more users than you might think, even if you are strictly a Spotify fan. But you can go beyond that and provide speakers, headphones and more—there are dozens of ways to meet the needs of your music-loving program participants.

The Sharp Stereo Turntable is a great choice for playing LPs, but it is more than that. It features Digital Album encoding and Editing direct to USB. Save your favorite albums in digital MP3 format and delete unwanted tracks if desired. Plus, USB connectivity for MP3 file playback plays MP3 files from your USB storage devices. Play 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. Flexibility of record listening choices with the simple addition of the 45 RPM adapter and the push of a switch. Other features include auto power-off function, white backlight LCD, transparent plastic dust cover and more. Engineered with high-quality components workmanship, the RP-20 Turntable offers unmatchable performance and sound accuracy that are the signatures of Sharp engineering and Japanese standards.

Demanding workouts demand Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones. They're completely free of wires, so you'll enjoy complete freedom of movement. They're sweat- and weather-resistant, too. Bose StayHear+ Sport tips are designed to stay secure and comfortable all workout long. And the earbuds are packed full of technology that makes your music sound so clear and powerful, you'll push past your limits.

Easily connect to your music, home, sports news, weather and more with the sweeping sound of The Three Speaker from Klipsch, available through Rymax. Featuring the Google Assistant and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, this speaker is hands-free and voice-controlled, making it multi-room ready. Available exclusively through Rymax, this speaker boasts room-filling acoustics, professionally tuned stereo sound and a mid-century, modern design.

Deep, loud and immersive, too, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+, the best-performing portable Bluetooth® speaker from Bose, delivers true 360-degree sound for consistent, uniform coverage. Place it in the center of the room to give everyone the same experience. Or set it near a wall so sound radiates and reflects. This wireless speaker is durable, water-resistant and easy to grab.

The Altec Lansing Xpedition 8 Party Speaker is Altec Lansing's durable, environment-battling speaker. Massive 420 watts of peak power via dual 8-inch woofers and three 1-inch tweeters. Its IP67 waterproof rating defends against dust, dirt, water, snow and more. It floats, plus it can withstand being submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Provides 24 hours of sound on a single charge and Bluetooth 4.1 for maximum wireless performance. Additionally, you can keep the speaker charged with the DC power source. The bonus built-in light show LED features 12 color combinations from the woofers, plus two strobe lights to turn any place into a party.

Enjoy music and phone time with ultra-comfort and no complications with the Sharp Ear-Free and Hands Free Bluetooth Neck Speaker. New sound vibration technology provides theater-level sound and Bluetooth with natural 3-D Sound Vibration Speaker. It is compatible with most TVs, gaming systems, PCs and mobile devices. Speaker angled toward ear reduces sound leakage from outside sources. It also includes a USB 'dongle' to allow wireless connection to TVs and gaming. Other features include 17 hours of playback time, built-in rechargeable battery, dual mic conferencing, 750-hour standby time. And it's lightweight, at only 3.5 ounces.

Looking to add some glitz and glam to your get-togethers? Now everyone can be a star with the Classic Bluetooth Karaoke & Wireless Speaker from 808, available through Rymax. Generating full-bodied sound, easily pair this speaker to your phone or tablet and sing along to your favorite songs. Available exclusively through Rymax, this speaker includes a microphone, three voice effects and nine multi-color light modes, so you can put on the ultimate show. Its compact design also includes a cradle to hold your smartphone or tablet to easily follow along.

Picture This

Smartphone may be able to do just about anything these days, but sometimes you want to get a better picture. Whether it's a DSLR camera, giving you the chance to step up to more creative picture-making, or an action-catching GoPro, there are plenty of options for capturing and viewing images that have high appeal.

Enjoy hands-free recording with the Whistler D16VR Dash Cam, available through Incentive Concepts. No stopping as this dash camera records in high-definition at 1080p, with 170-degree viewing angle and loop recording. The clarity of the 3-inch LCD monitor is amazing, and the microSD card can hold up to 32GB, and features HDMI playback capability and a parking monitor function. This compact dash camera is a good safety reminder to young drivers, protects loved ones against accident fraud or disputes, or you can use it to record memorable scenic trips. The unit has a suction cup mount and includes USB cable, car charger and user manual.

For people who love to capture and share life's most important moments, the Nikon D3500 is the ideal gift. Lightweight, compact and comfortable to shoot with, the D3500 easily goes wherever they do. Built-in Bluetooth connectivity allows for effortless sharing with family and friends, while a large image sensor creates sharp and clear photos. With the D3500, they can capture the feeling of a moment and relive it for a lifetime.

Say hello to the GoPro HERO7 White, available through Premco, the perfect partner on any adventure. It is tough, tiny and totally waterproof, so it can go wherever you do. An intuitive touch screen makes it simple to get great shots. Just swipe and tap. Use the photo timer to grab a sweet selfie. You can even shoot vertically then add your photos and videos right to your Instagram Story. Your shots move to the GoPro app automatically to share on the spot. From awesome moments to everyday experiences, capture the fun in creative new ways with HERO7 White.

The Vivitar "Follow Me" 360 GPS + Wi-Fi HS Camera Drone is a new top-of-the-line model with dual GPS for extreme accuracy. Once you set it, the drone will follow you around without controlling it. Other features include: 360-degree vantage point for an array of viewing possibilities, 1,000-foot extended range, and 16.1-megapixel full HD digital camera and video recording. Movement choices include ascend, forward, backward, left, right, takeoff and landing, return home and hover. It includes a built-in rechargeable battery and free Vivitar app.

Aura Digital Photo Frame, available through Premco, is the quickest and easiest way to beautifully display photos in your or your loved one's home. Relive favorite memories or share photos in real time with Aura, the Digital Photo Frame that keeps your family close. The Aura app uses advanced software to sort and filter your photos so you don't have to. Capture a moment and instantly display it on someone else's frame. They'll get to experience it as if they were there; you'll get to share the moment with them, even if you're miles apart.

The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take it just about anywhere. About the size of a cell phone and weighing around 5.6 ounces, this printer can easily go wherever you go. Print peel-and-stick 2-by-3-inch photos from your smartphone or favorite social media platform to share with your friends and family. You can even customize your photos before you print them by adding frames, emojis, filters, text, collage print and more.

This & That

Of course, electronics is a vast world of gadgets and devices, and you can keep adding great options to your program to your heart's delight. Why not give them a chance to upgrade their viewing experience with a new television? Or offer smart-home devices to help them feel more secure? The options are endless.

Meet the Masters. Sony's Master Series OLED and LED TVs—the A9F and Z9F—bring picture quality to an entirely new level. Sophisticated aesthetic design meets power and beauty with breathtaking color, clarity and contrast in everything you watch. It's TV like you've never seen it before.

Find anything with the new Tile Pro, available through Links Unlimited, the most powerful Bluetooth tracker for finding all your things. It has a 300-foot range that's two times the new Tile Mate. You can relax knowing the rechargeable battery runs for a year with no upkeep, and then easily replace it yourself. This durable, water-resistant tracker is also twice as loud, making it easier to find everything.

Electronics Trends

So what trends are incentive market experts seeing when it comes to electronics? Smart technology is big, for one thing.

"The trends we are seeing in the market are centered around smart technology," Kooken said. "In this arena, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are dominating. We are finding that most manufacturers are adding this technology to their own products to compete with one another."

"Voice-enabled products continue to gain momentum in the market," Fishman said. "With consumers on a hunt to bring more convenience to their busy, fast-paced lives, they appreciate new ways to incorporate voice technology into their homes. Likewise, companies are finding new ways to integrate voice assistant technology into their products to meet consumer demands.

"At CES this year, we witnessed the introduction of Simple Human's newest product, a sensor mirror that features Google's voice assistant. Klipsch also joined the trend and introduced a new sound bar that supports Google assistant. As the voice assistant trend continues to grow, we will continue to see an evolution of the technology and landscape of the consumer electronics space overall."

"Streaming devices and 4K TV continue to lead the growth in the CE space," added Anderson. "Major brands are getting away from small screens, under 32 inches, and leaving that space for the tier two brands to cover because folks are more likely to step up to larger screen sizes with the advancement of picture quality and pricing compression."

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