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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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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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TCMPiFour basic tips for measuring your recognition efforts.

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SuccessIt is always a good idea to incentivize and recognize your workforce. After all, you know there is nothing more valuable than your own employees. And, of course you do your job: events are organized, plaques are engraved, gifts are given, bonuses are paid… Once everything is settled you get some smiles and thank you’s… Everyone is finally happy! Right? But, are they really?

I am the Marketing Research Analyst at TCMPi and yes, I am mostly driven by graphs, numbers and reports – but there is a good reason for that: Results are always important! They hold the key to success! That is why measuring the effectiveness of your programs should be a priority on your list. You would like for your employees to be pleased with their jobs and to be proud of being part of your company however, have you ever wondered if the incentives/rewards/bonuses/gifts you give them are actually working? If not, don’t panic! It is never too late to start getting valuable information. Here are a few tips to start: Continued…

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TCMPi5 Tips to Avoid Customs Catastrophes

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CustomsWe’ve all been there, the client blinded by the breath-taking beauty of Santorini, or the turquoise waters of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that hastily selects their event site without researching or considering some of the arduous location logistics such as Customs.

If you find yourself needing to provide and/or ship supplies, promotional products, event gifts, etc. here are a few helpful tips to prepare yourself and (hopefully) avoid any customs holds or clearance issues: Continued…

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TCMPiTCMPi Website Feature Tour with Tom Stearns

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Tom Stearns, TCMPi’s Marketing Director takes you through all the features of TCMPi.com; How to create and manage IdeaBooks, create presentations, and various other features.

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TCMPiCorporate Gifts in the Time of Global Business

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Giving business gifts to international partners can be tricky. Knowing the basics of cultural traditions can go a long way toward ensuring your gift meets with approval.

Business gift giving customs vary so widely from country to country that even U.S. Presidents and globe-trotting executives have been caught in embarrassing situations. To avoid potentially awkward moments, take the time to learn a few pointers on giving corporate gifts in international relationships. Continued…

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TCMPiConfessions of a Job Seeker

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Will your employees confess your sins during their next job interview? Come to think of it, why are they interviewing with another company in the first place?

I call it the “confession moment”. As a hiring manager in high-tech companies for over thirty years, I’ve interviewed hundreds of candidates. The confession I’m referring to comes in response to my question: “Why are you considering leaving your current employer?”

The answers are varied, from “My wife just got a new job in the area, and I need to relocate,” to “I’ve been here long enough, and I need a change.” But most candidates tell me something they’ll rarely tell their current manager – “I just don’t feel appreciated in my current job.” Continued…

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TCMPiCorporate gifting in a struggling economy: What companies can – and cannot – afford.

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Companies that embrace the axiom that their gift recipients shouldn’t “look a gift horse in the mouth” haven’t been keeping up with trends in the art of corporate gift giving. The simple fact is most people (and this goes for clients and employees alike) would rather receive no gift at all than some same-old, same-old promotional item that they’re just going to throw in a drawer or the trash bin.

So it’s just plain good business sense for corporate givers to stretch their dollars and their imaginations and come up with gifts that foster an emotional connection between them and their recipients. Continued…

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