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The Importance of Incentives — Part 3: Team Building and Innovation

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There are myriad technological solutions intended to replicate the effect of in-person interaction. While these tools are not without merit in an increasingly mobile and remote workplace, nothing will ever replace the impact of true face time; face-to-face interaction in the right environment creates experiences that drive team cohesion unlike anything else.

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Savvy Planning Tips – Branded Bottles for a Customized, Unique Feel

bottlesWithout a doubt, it’s important to seek value when planning an event. This doesn’t mean you can cut corners, but it’s about making your resources go further. This installment of our Savvy Planning Tips is all about keeping people hydrated, and looking great while doing it.

Use branded water bottles to build an unexpected and welcome identity to your event. It’s commonplace to provide lots of bottled water at your events: in vehicles during transport, waiting in hotel rooms upon arrival and at each place setting during meetings and conferences. It’s mundane, lots of water and plastic bottles are wasted, and the costs can creep up pretty quickly.

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The Importance of Incentive Programs — Part 1: You are what you hire.

talent2The most important part of any business is the people who are a part of it. The most successful companies consistently recruit the top talent, so it’s no wonder they manage to keep their place at the pinnacle of every industry. Now, there’s no magic bullet when it comes to attracting the best of the best out there, but there are certainly some things you can do to make your company stand out from the rest.

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Hot and Not. Where should you plan your next incentive program?

AussieThere’s a reason the top incentive travel destinations are the top incentive travel destinations. They’re obviously great, or people wouldn’t continue going there. But why keep going to the well when the competition gets more intense every year? Don’t battle for space in destinations that are in serious danger of becoming played out.

Don’t take to mean you should start planning an incentive program in Rock Island, Il, — there’s nothing wrong with you Rock Island, but your 39,018 residents can probably attest it’s not exactly buzzing with activity. The most important thing for people who want to be a part of an incentive program is a destination that inspires them, but it’s not the places you typically think of — Hawaii, Florida, Western Europe — that people really want to go to.

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Stories from the field: Always go the extra step — even if it’s into a dumpster

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We’ve been out there planning and executing meetings in the field for years. Spend as much time as we do out there, and you are bound to have some close calls. If you are still around in this business, it’s because you know how to respond to these instances and make things happen under pressure. Whether it’s picking up the slack for a vendor who dropped the ball or going above and beyond to ensure a client gets exactly what they want, we’ve seen it all.

This iteration’s experience: Go the Extra Step, even if it leads to a dumpster.

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Savvy Planning Tips – Cutting costs without losing that high-touch feel — Catering

signature cocktailWithout a doubt it’s important to seek value when planning an event. This doesn’t mean you can cut corners, but it’s about making your resources go further. This instalment of our Savvy Planning Tips is concerned with avoiding frivolous spending on your catering costs without losing a distinctly high-touch feel. We’d love to hear some brilliant insight from you on saving while still splurging on ambiance, so let us know what you think.

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How to avoid hotel attrition costs

Attrition bills can put a damper on otherwise successful meetings and incentive programs. It can be difficult to avoid these dreaded costs, especially since organizing a fantastic program takes a tremendous amount of planning, often over the course of many months.

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Stories from the Field: Always Preview Your Venue

triumph-350We’ve been out there planning and executing meetings in the field for years. Spend as much time as we do out there, and you are bound to have some close calls. If you are still around in this business, it’s because you know how to respond to these instances and make things happen under pressure. Whether it’s picking up the slack for a vendor who dropped the ball or going above and beyond to ensure a client gets exactly what they want, we’ve seen it all.

We’ll provide some anecdotes on some of the more unique experiences we’ve had, and we hope you’ll share some of your as well. Hopefully we can all learn a lesson from these experiences and be better prepared to deal with whatever may face us in the future.

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Negotiate better value for meetings and incentives.

When was the last time you bought something out of the classified ads without negotiating? How about a car? Truth of the matter is you probably wouldn’t. In those circumstances it doesn’t make much sense to simply pay whatever arbitrary rate was being offered. So when it comes to planning group travel, meetings or incentive programs, why would you simply accept the rate being offered without investigating what kind of value you were getting?

If you aren’t negotiating, you are being taken advantage of. It’s a rough truth, but it happens to planners every day. Everything is negotiable; just ask the right questions and put some thought and effort into getting more from your investment.

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