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Carlton One Names Peer to Board

Carlton One Engagement, a rapidly growing global technology company specializing in the development of SaaS-based solutions for global loyalty, channel sales, employee engagement and reward management, announced the appointment of Dave Peer to the company's board of directors.

SITE, MPI Partner to Make History

Nearly 600 meeting and incentive professionals from around the world came together in Rome for the SITE + MPI Global Forum held 12-14 January at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria. The historic event marked the first time Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have partnered to host a global conference to share industry trends, offer innovative education and provide a collaborative yet exclusive environment for networking and business exchanges.

PPAI, AMA Join Forces

Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for more than 510,000 industry professionals and more than 15,000 corporate members of the $21-plus billion promotional products industry, announced that it has entered into an agreement with the American Marketing Association (AMA), the largest professional marketing association in the world, to offer PPAI members access to exclusive AMA memberships and benefits.

IRF Releases Regulations Study

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of its signature study, U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards. The study examines program owners' understanding of the regulatory environment and discusses how they are adjusting their programs to accommodate these regulations.

PPAI Reaches 15,000th Member Milestone

Promotional Products Association International, the world's largest not-for-profit association serving corporate members of the $21-plus billion promotional products industry, announced that the Association kicked off 2018 with more than 15,000 members.

Dave Dittman Named Pres. of Next Level

Next Level Performance announced the appointment of Dave Dittman as the new president of the company. As president, Dittman will have the responsibility for all Next Level Performance operating units.

Bond Ignites Engagement With CataBoom

Bond Brand Loyalty, a leading global customer engagement agency, announced a strategic partnership with CataBoom, a behavioral marketing engagement platform. The partnership allows Bond to further enhance its capabilities to deliver increased customer and employee engagement.

PPAI to Publish Strategic Playbook

Promotional Products Association International, the world's largest not-for-profit association serving more than 15,000 corporate members of the $21-plus billion promotional products industry, is publishing a draft of its Strategic Foresight Playbook, a step-by-step process for implementing strategic foresight and operational excellence for promotional products industry businesses.

GC Incentives Joins PPAI

GC Incentives, a leading supplier to companies working to enhance customer relationships, is marking its recent membership in Promotional Products Association International with its first exhibit at the PPAI Expo, which runs from Jan. 14-18, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Didier Scaillet Named as New SITE CEO

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) announced that Didier Scaillet has been appointed new Chief Excellence Officer (CEO), serving both SITE and the SITE Foundation.

Didier Scaillet Named as New SITE CEO

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) announced that Didier Scaillet has been appointed new Chief Excellence Officer (CEO), serving both SITE and the SITE Foundation.

Rymax Highlights Hot Merch Trends

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the number one source for incentive merchandise, will highlight the New Year's hottest trends at Booth #605 at PPAI Expo, January 16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Celebrity Edge Continues to Surprise

Celebrity Cruises announced the highly anticipated inaugural season of Celebrity Edge has expanded, as the transformational new ship will be completed ahead of schedule and enter service earlier than planned.

Incentivefox Introduces Employee Rewards

Incentivefox, a leader in marketing programs that utilizes a customizable reward platform where companies can easily collect referrals and re-engage with their customer base, has announced details of its latest offering, Employee Rewards.

IRF Releases Second Biometric Report

The Incentive Research Foundation released 'Reward Presentation and Attraction: A Biometric Experiment.' The second report detailing the findings from the IRF's first-of-a-kind biometric experiment examines how people prefer to receive recognition and rewards.

Celebrity Honors Top Travel Partners

Celebrity Cruises is turning the spotlight and celebrating the achievements of its top travel partners with its 2017 annual awards, recognizing the best of the best in the travel industry.

Bond Expands Global Footprint

Bond Brand Loyalty, a leading customer engagement agency, is expanding its global presence to meet the needs of its growing client base and support its continued growth in Europe and Latin America.

Rymax Adds 11 Brands to Lineup

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest national manufacturer's representative in the incentive industry, announced the addition of 11 new brands to its portfolio of in-demand rewards products.

Celebrity Unveils New Sailings

Celebrity Cruises continues to open up the world with the continent-spanning unveiling of the brandís new sailings to some of the most dynamic ports across the globe.

PPAI Issues Statement on Executive Order

Promotional Products Association International issued a statement from PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, in response to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallinís Executive Order 2017-37, which limits spending on promotional products advertising.

NGC: How to Use Points for Gift Cards

With the holidays fast approaching, it should come as no surprise that consumers spent more than $9 billion on seasonal gift cards last year, with a portion of those consumers saving money on their budgets by redeeming points, miles or cash-back in their loyalty and rewards programs to get their gift cards to use this holiday season.

Carlton Group Receives Investment

Carlton Group, a rapidly growing global technology company specializing in the development of SaaS based solutions for global engagement, sales incentive, loyalty and reward management via its two operating companies, Power2Motivate (P2M) and Global Reward Solutions (GRS), announced the closing of a strategic growth investment from H.I.G. Growth Partners, the dedicated growth capital investment affiliate of H.I.G. Capital (H.I.G).

Incentivefox Supercharges Mail Campaigns

Incentivefox, experts in increasing dealer revenue and sales through engaging incentive solutions, announced the release of its latest lead generation program, "Traditional Meets Digital."

Next Level Wins MarCom Awards

Next Level Performance was honored with a Platinum MarCom Award for a promotional experience video during a VIP Loyalty incentive travel program to Hawaii.

GC Incentives, CoreHealth Partner

GC Incentives continues to expand its global reach in the incentives and recognition industry, including wellness rewards, through its new partnership with CoreHealth Technologies, a wellness technology company.

IRF Examines Biometrics in Rewards

The Incentive Research Foundation released 'Conscious and Unconscious Reward Preference & Choice: A Biometric Experiment.' This groundbreaking report details the findings from a first-of-a-kind experiment in the field of rewards and recognition that used biometric techniques to measure response to cash and non-cash rewards.

NGC Selected as Hotels.com Agency

National Gift Card (NGC) was recently selected as the gift card agency to support business-to-business gift card sales and fulfillment for Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking website.

ITA Group Earns 28 MarCom Awards

The creative team of ITA Group, Communication Solutions Group, has been awarded 28 MarCom Awards in the 2017 competition.

SITE Foundation Alters Approach

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Foundation has altered its approach to meet the demands of its members and the industry in an ever-changing global marketplace. While research continues to be an important component to build the business case for incentive travel, research is now just one of many types of content the Foundation produces, aligned with its updated mission: to create compelling content to inform business professionals of the bold results incentive travel produces, and to provide industry insights to further careers of current incentive professionals.

All Star Announces New Sales Channel

All Star Incentive Marketing announced a new sales channel under the leadership of Heidi Chatfield.

Rymax Social Media Campaign Gives Thanks

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the number one supplier of incentive marketing solutions, announced its upcoming social media campaign, #GiveThanks, which launches Cyber Monday.

GC Incentives, Ovation Enter Alliance

GC Incentives - GiftCertificates.com, based in Omaha, Neb., has entered into a strategic marketing alliance with Ovation Incentives, based in London, in a move that will benefit customers of both companies.

Thought Leaders Discuss Incentive Issues

A small group of industry thought leaders, under the banner of Special Markets Dialogues, met recently in Las Vegas at the Green Valley Ranch Resort for two days to network and discuss the corporate gift, recognition, rewards, incentive and motivation marketplace.

Rymax Partners With Tocca

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the largest National Manufacturer's Representative in the incentive industry, announced its exclusive partnership with Tocca.

Incentivefox Releases Lead-Gen Program

Incentivefox, a company focused on increasing dealer revenue and sales through engaging incentive solutions, announced the release of their latest lead generation program that allows dealerships to turn their website into their most powerful website lead generator by offering enticing high perceived value offers and/or reward cards, all backed by powerful analytics and proof of ROI.

URF Releases Designing for Successes

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of "Designing for Successes: Effective Design Patterns for Employee and Sales Programs." Based on analysis of several years of relevant research, Designing for Successes presents noteworthy design elements for effective non-cash recognition and reward programs.

SITE Announces Board of Directors

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has announced a distinguished list of experienced and diverse global incentive travel leaders from 11 countries who will serve on the SITE International Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1 2018.

PPAI Expo Earns Top Honors

The PPAI Expo, the promotional products industryís largest and longest-running trade show presented by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), has earned the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Certified Exhibition designation, and is one of only 27 trade shows to meet the IAEE gold standard.

Harry & David Updates Website

Harry & David, America's premier choice for gourmet food gifting, unveiled a fresh brand look, feel and tone across its website, mobile site, catalogs, emails and social media channels. As part of this brand refresh, new features and functionality have been introduced to elevate the gift-giving experience just in time for the holiday shopping season, including corporate gifting.

Capitol Features Toys to Motivate Sales

Capitol, a leading distribution source for premium incentive resellers, consumer electronics dealers, and residential systems and light commercial contractors, is featuring Mattel and Fisher-Price brand toys as a means to building sales through in-demand premium products.

Jura J6 Wins iF Product Design Award

The JURA J6 has won a 2017 iF Product Design Award. This is the eighth time that a JURA product has won an iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious and prominent international product design prizes.

Next Level Adds VP Biz Development

Next Level Performance has named Brian Duffy as the company's new Vice President of Business Development. Brian will be responsible for the leadership of Next Level Performance's sales growth, developing new business opportunities, and connecting companies with the right solutions to achieve their desired program results.

ITA Group Acquires CMB

ITA Group, a worldwide leader in corporate engagement solutions, has announced its acquisition of Boston-based market research and strategy firm Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB).

Elite Creations Adds Frances Valentine

Elite Creations and Frances Valentine have entered into an exclusive agreement for the distribution of Frances Valentine fashion products to the premium and incentive market. Product is now available on a limited basis with wider distribution planned for 2018.

National Gift Cards Expands Global API

National Gift Card (NGC), an industry-leading provider of gift card services and technology to rewards, loyalty, rebate and incentive programs, launched an updated gift card API (Application Program Interface) with expanded content that now features over 500 unique brands across the U.S., Canada, UK and Europe.

ADMEI, Site Release Joint Report

Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) have partnered to release a valuable report on compensation trends in the global destination management and incentive travel industries.



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