Key Trends from the 2016 Incentive Marketplace Study

Melissa Van Dyke of the Incentive Research Federation (IRF) took some time to talk about key trends that emerged in the 2016 Incentive Marketplace Study conducted by the IRF when she recently spoke with Meetings & Conventions. Here are the highlights:

  • As service related jobs increase, incentives will increase too.

Van Dyke talks about how the majority of jobs in America are service or experience related and this trend is set to continue. What is important here is that employees in these positions need to be engaged to be successful at their jobs.  To keep them engaged employers need to look beyond traditional compensation. This is why non-cash incentives have grown from being used in 26% of businesses to 84% of businesses over the last 20 years. As more and more of these jobs are created, the demand for Incentive programs will continue to increase.

  • Companies are spending more on incentive programs.

Companies are realizing there is a certain amount of money that needs to be invested in an incentive program in order to see a return. For example, there is no point in running a program with a small or non-existent communications budget. A strong communication campaign is directly correlated to the success of an Incentive.  Communication pieces are how participants learn about the program and get excited to be a part of it. If you are going to run an incentive program, it needs to be done right, and preferably by experts. The increase in spend can be seen in all areas of Incentive Travel including employees, channel partners, salespeople and customers.

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  • Programs need to change with the changing workforce.

Van Dyke talks about how Millennials surpassed Generation X in the workforce in 2015 and how that changes the way that an Incentive Travel program should be designed. Innovative technology that keeps these participants connect is now a must and experiential travel is more important than a “traditional desire for luxury brands”.

 

These are all trends we have been proactive in offering at JNR. With over 36 years of experience in the industry and a passion for delivering programs that are tailored to your individual company’s goals and needs we know that a partnership with JNR is a great fit for you!



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Information based on Incentives: 3 Trends to Watch by Lisa A. Grimalidi which was published in Meetings & Conventions in September 2016.

 

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

 

 

JNR Spotlight: Labor Day

As we look forward to a day off next Monday for Labor Day, it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions and dedication of the American work force. Men and women all over the country work tirelessly in their individual jobs that sustain the overall well-being of the country and the nation’s economy. While relaxing on the beach or barbequing in the backyard, take a moment to remember those who fought the important fight to give workers their rights and those whose continuous efforts keep progressing this country forward.

Although Labor Day is often considered the official end of summer, here are some statistics to be happy about.

  • Summer does not officially end until September 22, 2016.
  • Officially, this is the 122nd Labor Day.
  • President Grover Cleveland signed into law an act to make Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. We have been celebrating ever since.
  • This year, we celebrate the 5 million people in the American labor force
  • Employment has risen 9% since December 2014 bringing our unemployment rate to just 4.9%.
  • Every year there is a Labor Day parade in New York City to commemorate the 1882 march that started it all.

Specifically in the Meetings Industry we can be especially proud of our contribution.

  • Meetings employ nearly 1.8 million people and generate $235 billion in total labor income.
  • The Meetings and Events Industry directly and indirectly supports 6.3 million jobs and generates almost $1 trillion a year.

We hope you and your friends and family have the opportunity to barbeque, spend time on the beach, lay out by the pool and just enjoy the long weekend.  Refresh and get ready to head back to school and work all while being grateful that we have a great country made up of great people.

Happy Labor Day!

 

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

 

Celebrating the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

Year after year, one scorching summer after another, the Fourth of July rolls around and the anticipation of the day’s festivities fill the neighborhood streets with excitement. It is, after all, the peak of the summer season. The once vividly colored beach towel is beginning to fade from long days left in the sun and you have mastered the art of grilling the perfect steak after several weekend barbecues of practice!

Undoubtedly, it is the most enjoyable summer celebration! Friends and family come together to enjoy food made with love,  share in laughter and most importantly to create memories that will be shared for years to come; hopefully, not at your expense!

However, not every American has the luxury of spending the holiday poolside or lighting up the night sky with a spectacular firework display. How easy it is to take for granted the brave men and women who choose to put their life on the line for our many freedoms, great and small. This holiday has been built upon tremendous sacrifice since 1776 when American independence was won and continues to be fought for every day. Always remember the strength and courage of our brothers and sisters who protect our country everyday so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

So, this Fourth of July as you celebrate this great land with friends and family, remember to take a moment and salute our country’s brave stars.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Written by Rosie Curiel

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo by: “Happy 4th of July” by Karsun Designs is licensed under CC by 2.0

Industry Insight from the Global DMC Partners Third Annual Connection

This weekend our very own Kim Hester served as a Panel Member for Global DMC Partners Third Annual Connection, hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Global DMC Partners is a consortium of Destination Management Companies (DMC) from around the world. Continuously staying up to date on current trends, world events and connecting professionals in the Meetings and Incentive Travel industry with quality DMCs, helps Event Management companies like JNR produce the most exclusive and unique programs possible.

This weekend Global DMC Partners hosted their Third Annual Connection, an event dedicated to bringing together Meeting and Incentive Planners, DMCs, and other program contributors from around the world to share industry best practices, challenges and thought-provoking insights for innovation.

This year, JNR Senior Account Executive and member of the GDP Advisory Board, Kim Hester, took part in panel discussions that ranged from finding new and beautiful destinations, capturing the “wow-factor” in every experience, managing budget and currency concerns, the latest technologies to tips on ensuring safety remains a top priority in the wake of world events, such as the Zika Virus.

JNR is proud of Kim’s involvement in Global DMC Partners and the entire Meetings and Incentive Travel industry. Her travel expertise is unmatched, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team!

Our team rocks!

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Written by Samir Ahmed

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

#IAmAnImmigrant

There is no need to explain the fast paced world we live in. You begin each morning with a cup of coffee and quickly respond to dozens of emails before heading to the first of many meetings with colleagues you see every day around the office. However, did you ever wonder what story the person sitting next to you has to tell? Have you asked the person in the break room where they come from? Last week, we did just that.

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, JNR employees took time to celebrate the individual differences that make each one of us distinctly unique.  It was quickly realized that our company not only travels the world but has a global reach within headquarter walls. Sweden, Colombia, England, Mexico, Korea, Greece, Serbia, El Salvador and Lebanon were only a few of the 44 countries represented. We also discovered that between our employees there are 11 languages fluently spoken such as Greek, Mandarin, and Tagalog. While one employee was able to trace her family lineage back to the Mayflower others had tremendous stories of struggle and determination of immigrating to the United States in search of a better life.

We must never forget what America stands for and that we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants.  Each one of us brings some piece of their heritage and culture with them and we see that in the diverse approach to our work.  At JNR we value the diversity that each one of us comes with and brings with us every day.

Please enjoy our video in support of Immigrant Heritage Month #IHM2016 and the #IAmAnImmigrant campaigns.  We are immensely proud of our rich company culture and put these differences at the forefront of JNR’s success. Although none of us are the same, #WeAreOne.”

Written by Rosie Curiel
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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.