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TCMPiMy experience with ChoiceGifts®

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The following story is from Shawna Lawton, our own Client Success Specialist. Shawna joined our team at the beginning of the summer. I have an ongoing incentive program for my sales and marketing team. I use our ChoiceGifts platform for the reward portion of the program. Without asking, Shawna wrote this story and sent it to me to share on the blog. Please give it a read. I was delighted.

— Tom Stearns, VP of Demand Generation and Business Development

I had most recently worked for a large publically traded company that prided themselves on “team member happiness.” It was actually one of their core values.  The interesting thing was that incentives for a job well done were few and far between.  I have more t-shirts, jackets, fleece vests, and bags with the company’s logo on them than I care to have or need.  I stopped taking them because “free marketing” for someone else’s profit doesn’t appeal to me and I began to feel underappreciated. While yes, there were the occasional raffle gifts such as an iPads, or TVs, your chances of winning were 1 in 200.  In the back of my mind I knew there had to be a better way to keep the team members happy and reward them for a job well done; something personal, memorable, or something they’d actually like.

A few months ago I began working for a corporate incentive company in Rhode Island called The Corporate Marketplace. The company offers gifts for employee recognition and corporate events under the brand ChoiceGifts®. The exciting thing about the gift received is that it is the recipient’s choice.

Ok, so I am sure you are wondering why I am taking the time to write about this.

Every week the sales and marketing team are given individual goals. If we attain our personal goals we are given a code to redeem a gift using the ChoiceGifts platform. This past week I received an email congratulating me on a job well done, a link to the website, and a code to redeem my gift. I immediately logged in to see what I was able to choose from. The funny thing was, part of my job is to look at the core collections that employees around the country look at everyday so I already knew what was included. But this time it was different; I had the opportunity to finally choose my own gift! I looked at several items, even sent a few options to my husband to see if he wanted anything.  In the end I chose the Mophie Juice Pack.

Most of you who know me are aware that I spend a lot of free time “Instagramming” my food and adult beverage images. My mobile phone battery is ALWAYS dying.  This Juice pack can charge my iPhone and laptop at the same time! After I ordered the item, I received confirmation and a note saying great choice. You know what? I agree! I received a confirmation email once the item shipped. I was pretty excited to know it was on the way! Yesterday — three business days later, I received my Mophie Juice Pack via UPS right to my home.  I love it; it was exactly what I wanted. I do feel valued as an employee; I am excited that I had the choice!

If you are looking for something to offer your employees you should check us out! I am one happy employee.  It really worked!!! It was and is a memorable experience.  Gone are the days of branded t-shirts as gifts!

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TCMPiThe Corporate Marketplace, Inc. Receives Incentive Magazine’s 2014 Platinum Partner Award For Fourth Consecutive Year.

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Incentive Magazine AwardNorth Kingstown, RI — May 19, 2014. The Corporate Marketplace Inc. (TCMPi) of North Kingstown, R.I., the nation’s leading supplier of brand name products for reward and incentive programs and corporate gifts, has been named the winner of Incentive Magazine’s Platinum Partner Awards’ Corporate Gift Services category.
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TCMPi2014’s “Hot” Incentive Destinations are…

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Despite the seemingly end-less winter with weekly snowstorms across the nation and some of the largest-scale travel delays in the US since the late 1980’s, the busy 2014 Incentive Travel season is well underway. To help brighten the day and break us all out of the snow-coma, the team at Choice Gifts™ wanted to share some of this year’s “hot” incentive destinations based on customer feedback survey: Continued…

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TCMPiLatest Gifting trends for Incentive Travel Programs

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FitbitAs many of us prepare for another hectic holiday season, many corporate meeting planners are entering the final stages of organizing Q1/Q2 Incentive Trips, National Sales Meetings, Corporate Retreats, etc. In honor of Black Friday & Cyber Monday, we wanted to share some hot gift ideas and trendy items that the Choice Gifts team has seen for the upcoming incentive travel season. If you typically include gifting as part of your program, now is the time to begin brainstorming and sourcing gifts to avoid last minute delivery delays while inventories are still plentiful. Continued…

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TCMPiTCMPi Announces Partnership with Hobo Brand Handbags

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Known for their stylish yet practical brand, Hobo handbags and accessories are now available from TCMPi.

PROVIDENCE, RI, November 6, 2013 – The Corporate Marketplace, Inc. has announced a selection of stylish handbags from Hobo. These bags, in the hottest colors of the season, are available only to the rewards & incentives channel at TCMPi.com.

The classic styles of Hobo handbags and accessories encompass a vintage vibe and modern attitude. The bags are made with 100% top-grain leather, and offer fun colors. “We’re proud and excited to partner with Hobo and offer this quality brand to our customers,” says Marilyn Cavanaugh, TCMPi’s Senior Vice President.

Hobo products at TCMPi.com include; wallets, wristlets, and a variety of handbag styles. Retail prices from $58-$248.

About Hobo

Hobo was founded in 1991, in Annapolis, Maryland on Toni Ray’s dining room table.

Toni created unique accessories for years as the co-founder of cool leather shops in Washington, DC. In 1991, she cashed in her life-savings and headed for New York with her daughter and future son-in-law, Koren Ray and David Brewer, to sell the first ‘Hobo’ collection.

Her philosophy for Hobo; women’s accessories should be both stylish and practical. Twenty years later, Hobo has come a long way from the dining room table, but Koren and David Brewer still follow the brand’s heritage spirit of crafting smart, stylish accessories.

Contact:

Tom Stearns
401-336-3084
tstearns@tcmpi.com

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TCMPiWhy gifts instead of cash?

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On the floor of 2013 the HR Tech Conference In Las Vegas Daren Jennings takes a moment to address a common question when it comes to recognition – why gifts instead of cash?

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TCMPiA simple plan for providing great holiday corporate gifts

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How to avoid the annual panic around B2B gifting

It’s that time of year of again – time for corporate holiday gift planning. Yes, planning – that’s the optimal word. Typically the word is panicking, because most people don’t actually plan their corporate gifts. If you do, congratulations, you can probably skip the rest of this article. Continued…

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TCMPiTake a fresh approach to your Years-of-Service program

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In this week’s video blog, Daren Jennings discusses how to better engage your entire workforce with a fresh approach to your Years-of-Service program.

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