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A monthly member communication of the Incentive Marketing Association.


In this Issue

Industry Resources

Distributor Resources

Global Incentive Programs

Incentive/Recognition Case Studies

Incentive/Recognition Program Basics

Industry Suppliers/Products Search

Legal Considerations

Marketing Intelligence

Media Training

People Performance & Recognition


Return on Performance Magazine

Strategic Industry Groups of IMA

Global Incentive Council (GIC)

IMA Canada Council

IMA Europe Council

Incentive Manufacturers and Representatives Alliance (IMRA)

Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC)

Incentive Travel Council (ITC)

Performance Improvement Council (PIC)

Recognition Council

IMA Welcomes New Members

New Company Member
Ray Thomas

New Company Member
Michael Hart

Tori Moore

New Company Member
Hernan Brana

Eric Thiegs

New Company Member
Joan Travelstead

Jamie Badgett

Career Opportunities

For information on currently available positions, contact:

Todd Englander
Todd Englander Assoc., Inc.



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Marketing Intelligence

IRF Releases 2014 Trends in Rewards and Recognition

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has released a comprehensive report, 2014 Trends in Rewards and Recognition, revealing that businesses will emphasize social aspects, retention and measurable outcomes in their motivation programs this year.

In preparing this anticipated trends report, IRF researchers analyzed existing proprietary research, scanned incentive industry and business publications, and sought input from numerous industry professionals.

IRF President Melissa Van Dyke notes that the IRF’s research findings revealed 10 key trends – in addition to other 2014 indicators – and these are highlighted in the 2014 Trends in Rewards and Recognition Report. Click here to download the complete report

Special IMA Discounted Rate Offered for Chicago HR and Employee Benefits Summit

After a good showing in New York last month, Forum Events is pleased to announce the dates and venue for the Chicago HR & Employee Benefits Summit. The Chicago dates have been changed and the event is now set for July 14 – 15, 2014 at the beautiful Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Plan to go a day early to experience Chicago’s famous "Taste of Chicago.” Forum Events is once again offering IMA Members discounted pricing to exhibit. New York Summit participants experienced a full day of one-on-one business meetings between senior-level executives and the nation’s top solution providers, engaging educational sessions, and networking at the highest level. Click here to download the booking form.

Members on the Move

Creative Group, Inc. is proud to welcome Karen Montaug in the position of Account Executive, to focus on the CreativeCollections® performance improvement offering.

Industry News

The Grand Motivation Masters Awards featured All Star Incentive Marketing among the recipients in the Engagement and Recognition category. Medical waste disposal firm Stericycle worked with All Star Incentive Marketing to create 1st Safety, a safety improvement program. As a result, Stericycle has seen an 80% reduction in insurance claims. The company has saved $800K in the first 18 months of the program.

National Gift Card recently announced that the company has launch its first proprietary application programming interface (API) to provide customers with electronic gift cards in real time. The new gift card API allows B2B program buyers and clients in the loyalty, rewards, incentive, benefit, and membership industries to quickly integrate with NGC’s gift card catalog and send NGC E-Codes in real time to program participants.

New Products

Cameras, cameras, everywhere. Last month, we featured Sony’s new a7 digital camera. We would be remiss, if we did not mention Canon’s PowerShot N Facebook and Fujifilm’s X-E2.

Canon’s PowerShot N Facebook allows you to transmit photos directly to a smartphone or tablet. They have added a Facebook Connect button that will directly transmit an image from your camera to your Facebook profile via Wi-Fi.

Fujifilm’s new X-E2, is a mirrorless digital camera with a 16.3 megapixel sensor with a very fast 0.08 second autofocus speed that is accurate in low light. It shoots full HD video and also has a Wi-Fi button for easy transfer of images to a smartphone or tablet.

The Hartmann brand is back, and new owner Samsonite wants to make sure it retains its place in the high-end luggage space. In recent years, Hartmann’s brand had somewhat deteriorated, but Samsonite has begun restoring the quality of materials and manufacturing. Samsonite has overhauled Hartmann’s four existing lines and plans to release two lines of hard-side luggage in the third quarter of 2014.

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