Incentives Industry News

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Industry News and Bulletins

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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 industry’s 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.

Eastbay Gift Card Launched

Dennis Borst, President and COO of Foot Locker Gift Card Sales, announced the launch of a new gift card for Eastbay.

Rymax Adds 10 New Brand Partners

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative, announced the addition of 10 new brands to its portfolio

Top Brands Certified by WBENC

Top Brands Inc., a national marketing company and supplier of name-brand merchandise and awards for corporate programs since 1961, announced they have successfully met WBENC’s standards as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

The Meeting Place Redefines Remote Work

Celebrity Cruises redefines what it means to “work remotely” with the reveal of The Meeting Place – a state-of-the-art meeting venue onboard the heralded Celebrity Edge.

Paramax Adds Social Element, PEPPER

After 14 years of developing countless improvements and customizations for real world applications, Paramax has launched PEPPER, the Paramax Engagement Points Platform for Employee Recognition.

IRF Announces Location for Invitational

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) announced that the 25th Annual Education Invitational, May 29 to June 2, 2018, will be hosted by The Grand Moon Place Cancun, in Rivera Maya, Mexico.

IRF Outlook Study Reports Optimism

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) announced the release of the IRF 2018 Outlook Study, an analysis of how incentive, rewards, and recognition programs are being designed and budgeted for 2018. Both the incentive travel and rewards segments reported optimism for the economy and its impact on the industry.

Incentivefox Helps Dealerships

Incentivefox, which offers a offer-and-reward platform where dealerships can easily collect referrals, re-engage with their customer base and improve employee retention, has announced the full U.S. release of their Dealership Automated Referral Rewards Solution.

Study Reveals Top Company Strategies

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of the IRF Incentive Benchmarking Survey and its accompanying white paper Ten Things Top Performing Companies Do Differently. The study examines what truly successful companies are doing differently regarding non-cash rewards and recognition.

SITE Auction Offers Unique Experiences

Whether you’ve been longing for a relaxing escape at a luxury resort or dreamed about exploring the world, SITE Foundation Auction 2.0 features nearly 75 exclusive travel experiences to destinations around the globe.

IMA Awards Circle of Excellence Winners

Five IMA member companies and their incentive partners were honored with seven Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) Circle of Excellence Awards at the recent IMA Summit.

Selina Chavry Elected to SITE Board

Selina Chavry, global managing director of Pacific World, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Foundation.

Incentive Gift Card Market Growing

Results of a new research study show the majority of U.S. businesses are increasingly using gift cards as a reward tool for multiple groups, (channel, sales, employee and customer), and that investment in gift card rewards is both significant and growing.

Links Unlimited, Keysmart Partner

Links Unlimited, a corporate channel supplier and fulfillment organization for many of the best brands in retail, announced an exclusive partnership with Keysmart, the compact solution to your bulky key ring.

TV Show to Feature Incentive Concepts

Incentive Concepts President/CEO Joe Reinberg, Vice President of Administration Billie Reise and Vice President of Sales Kevin Hagan will soon appear on the award-winning, global TV show, Worldwide Business with kathy ireland. The segment’s topic is how Incentive Concepts helps companies reward their valued employees and customers.

Top Brands Adds Vera Bradley Experience

Top Brands Inc., a national marketing company and supplier of name-brand merchandise and awards for corporate programs since 1961, announced the launch of the Vera Bradley Experience by Top Brands.

GC Incentives Saves Overhead Costs

GC Incentives, a 20-year-old incentive and recognition company with its eyes on the future, is focused on making it even easier for clients to offer high value and appealing rewards that reinforce their brand without the costs associated with markups, shipping and fees.

Top Brands Adds Red Rock Outdoor Gear

Top Brands Inc., a national marketing company and supplier of name-brand merchandise and awards for corporate programs since 1961, announced they will be the exclusive supplier for Red Rock Outdoor Gear in the corporate gifts, incentives and promotional products market.



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