Insights BlogA collection of our latest and greatest articles. Updating Your Incentive Travel Budget Incentivize Learning, Realize Sales Growth Customer Appreciation Day is coming up fast. Do you have an appreciation strategy? Integrating Health & Wellness into your Recognition Program Next Level Spotlight: Teammate of the Quarter 2022 Award Winners An insider's journey through 50 years of SITE Two Very Different Resorts: One Very Big Thing in Common Recognition & Incentives: What You Need to Know for 2023 Incentive Travel in 2023 Employee Appreciation in a Hybrid Environment A 2023 Guide to Timely Recognition and Appreciation Budgeting for Sales Incentives Incentive Research Foundation Names Susan Adams Chair Elect in 2023 Travel Partners of the Year 2022 named for exceptional service byNext Level Performance Next Level Performance Announces Leadership Advancements in Group Travel A Case For Incentives Next Level Is A Best Place to Work Again in 2022 Resignation, Regret, And A Shifting Baseline A Quick Look at the Psychology Behind Employee Engagement Creating The Link Between Internal and External Marketing The Great Resignation is Here. Now What? Straight To The Point: The Misfire of Popular Choice Celebrating 45 Years Next Level Performance ranks 8th among 50 small business award winners in NJBIZ’s Best Places to Work. The world is eager to travel. Eight in Ten Americans Working from Home Miss In-Person Meetings Next Level Performance Launches Lunch On Us gift card platform. Reward Preferences: Which Rewards Really Motivate? Incentive Travel: Get Ready for a Comeback 5 Things You Should Know About Incentive Budgets Now Next Level’s Winter Reading List Virtual Meetings and Events: Tales from the Front Line Engaging Teams in a Dispersed World Next Level Delivers Real Hope During HOPE Week 2020 Postponed or Canceled Travel Program? Here’s What You Can Do Right Now. Beat the Competition: Top Performing Manufacturer Incentives Three Channel Sales Incentive Ideas, One Turnkey Solution You Can Deploy Today Mike McWilliams Joins Next Level Performance Leadership Success Story: Project Gratitude Flying Now: What it’s really like to travel during COVID-19 Why Marketing into Economic Downturn is the Winning Business Strategy How One Shopper Builds Instacart Customer Loyalty Recession Lessons: Past and Future Incentive Travel: Why You Need Travel Planners Now Kolleen Whitley Receives Recognition as SITE Member Spotlight New Innovations in Virtual Meetings and Recognition Platforms National Nurses Week 2020 Women Fighting Hunger Business as [UN]usual Next Level Again Among New Jersey’s Best Places to Work 2020 Award-winning Marketing Communications Designs 2019 Kids Bring Hope to HOPE Week 2019: Unique Halloween Bags 1st Annual Cookoff, Featuring--Next Level Chili Bucher Travel and Pelican Hill Resort & Spa Named Travel Partners of the Year 2019 A Community of Appreciation to Motivate and Inspire Your People Employee Engagement: What’s Your Story? Purposeful Work: Do Something Good Today Next Level Teammate Spotlight – Jennifer Elliott Next Level: Best Place to Work What’s the Best Leadership Advice You Ever Received? Next Level Community: A Service Dog in Training Welcoming Generation Z Community Service: How Next Level is Making a Difference Next Level Performance Honored Among New Jersey’s Best Places to Work Incentive Travel - Behind the Scenes Incentive Destinations: Switzerland Exceeds Expectations Next Level Teammate Spotlight - Lauren Mlinar People Seek Fulfillment, Not Perks Three Must-Know Sales Incentive Statistics for 2019 Happy Holidays from Next Level Performance! What's Hot for the Holidays? 2018 Edition How Your Personality Type Could Influence Business Success The Current State of Employee Engagement Happy Thanksgiving from Next Level Performance! Next Level Teammate Spotlight - Jessika Vocht The Employee Experience - A Balancing Act Research Indicates Increased Return on Incentive Travel Programs Sales Incentive Strategy: Are You Ready for the Competition? We Love Our Applaudit Recognition Platform and You Will, Too Sales Incentive Sprint to the Finish 30 Years with Next Level Performance - Gail Martin Traveling the Pacific Northwest Improving Employee Retention in a Strong Economy Providing HOPE In Our Community Doctor's Orders: Travel More Where Do Travel Planners Go on Vacation? 2018 Edition 3 Things To Know About Incentive Programs Employee Engagement: How We Do It at Next Level Is Your Recognition Program Effective? Next Level Teammate Spotlight - Jamie Santiago Flexibility in the Workplace - A Key to Optimizing Results Sales Incentives – 5 Action Items for an Effective Program How to Harness the Halo Effect My Kind of Paradise - The Big Island of Hawaii Wellness: Good for Employees, Good for Business Human Capital - Your Company's Greatest Asset How to Plan an Incentive Travel Program Employee Engagement and Company Valuation What do LinkedIn's Top Companies Have in Common? New Director of Travel Experiences Joins Next Level Performance Next Level Teammate Spotlight – Kolleen Whitley The Three Cs of Employee Engagement Successful Sales Incentives Are Fair 2018 Annual Award Winners at Next Level Performance The Unfriendly Skies: Why United Should Have Gone With Non-Cash Rewards Get Involved in Community Service Are You Up to Date? Trends in Recognition and Rewards Q&A With Jim and Dave Dittman on the Future of Next Level Performance Next Level Performance Wins SITE Crystal Award for “Treasures of Tuscany” Incentive Program An Award-Winning Incentive Program Drives Results for Insurance Company Top 5 Reasons You Need an Incentive Travel Company Why I Love My Job… And Why It Matters Next Level Teammate Spotlight – Shannon Prekop 5 Ways to Keep Your Loyalty and Sales Incentive Programs Relevant The Science of Reward Preference: How Biometrics Prove Once and for All that Cash Isn’t King "Treasures of Tuscany" Wins SITE Crystal Award for Most Effective Incentive Marketing Campaign Next Level Performance Names Dave Dittman as President Regulations for Incentives, Recognition, and Rewards 2008: What Does HR Look Like 10 Years Later? Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays The Science of Rewards and Recognition What's Hot for the Holidays: 2017 Edition Next Level Performance Wins Four MarCom Awards for Incentive Travel Program Materials and a Channel Incentive Program Website Incentive Travel Planning: Budgets Are Up, and So Are the Program Management Challenges Packing a Punch: Packing Hacks Four Ways to Show Your Employees Thanks Top 4 Insights from Research on Incentives in 2017 Why Celebrations are Important for Employee Engagement Our Caribbean Friends Could Use a Hand Next Level Teammate Spotlight – Kirsten Adams Community at Work HR Technology and Employee Engagement Strategy Employee Engagement: What's Hospitality Got to Do With It? Mindfulness at Work Engagement and Incentives: Why Points Programs Are So Effective Sales Incentives: What You Need to Know How Do Top Performing Companies Handle Incentives and Recognition? - New Research 5 Employee Recognition Program Myths Debunked Download Guide: Getting Employee Recognition Right Next Level Performance Gives Back to the Community with HOPE Week, Inspired by the New York Yankees HOPE Week 2017: Commitment to Community Next Level Teammate Spotlight – Jay Parekh Our 5 Most Popular Blog Articles Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Sales Incentives 8 Employee Recognition and Sales Incentive Program Best Practices Latest News on Incentive Research Send Employee Recognition Anywhere, Anytime with Applaudit Social Recognition Platform How Great Managers Keep Their Teams Engaged Can We Stop Saying ‘Cash is King’ Yet? Where Travel Planners Go on Vacation If You Have This, You Can Forget the Perks Key Components for Incentive Travel When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Help Somebody Else Next Level Teammate Spotlight - Robert Craig NJBIZ Recognizes Next Level Performance as One of 2017 Best Places to Work in New Jersey for Third Year in a Row Two Next Level Teammates Become Certified Engagement Practitioners Incentives at Sea The Importance of Building Workplace Relationships Iceland: The Restorative Power of Travel The Price of Ordinary How Local Culture Inspires a Trip of a Lifetime Meetings & Incentive Travel: Is flying solo the way to go? Incentives: A Powerful Force for Ethical Capitalism Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company, Launches Applaudit™, the Next Generation of Online Social Recognition Introducing Applaudit: HR Technology for Your Recognition Culture Individual Travel: Inspiring Experiences The Struggle to Stay on Top: The Challenges Top Performers Face Retention: What’s Employee Engagement Got to Do with It? Practicing What We Preach: Annual Award Winners at Next Level Performance Ask an Expert: What's the deal with Social Recognition? In the Workplace: A Millennial Answer to the “Millennial Question” HR Tech Outlook Recognizes Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company, as Company of the Month and a Top 10 Engagement Solution Provider What is Social Recognition and Why Should You Care? TBT: Branding to Boost your Sales Incentives ROI Employee Engagement and Long Hours: More is Less Work Positive: The Impact of Positivity in the Office Get Employee Engagement Right: A Fresh Start in the New Year Wishing You a Happy Holiday! ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly: 6 Tips for Less Stress This Season Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company Wins Two MarCom Awards for Incentive Travel Program Materials and One for Rebranding What’s Hot for the Holidays? 2016 Edition Surviving Holiday Travel in the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Thanksgiving: Strengthening Workplace Relationships Working with Purpose and Commitment Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company, Recognized for Outstanding Corporate Culture with SmartCEO Award A Social Workplace – How Your Office Creates Connections Social Recognition Makes Powerful Employee Connections Next Level Teammate Spotlight – Andrew Devoto The Right Reasons to Use Sales Incentives Workplace Trust: It’s Not Optional Ask an Expert: Should you consider reviewing your recognition program? Managers are the Key to a Successful Employee Engagement Program Next Level Performance and Founder James Dittman Recognized for Best Practices in Leadership Employee Recognition Programs at Google - Going Beyond the Perks How Much Should I Budget for an Incentive Travel Program? How Much Should I Budget for a Recognition Program? Top Five Sales & Marketing Books to Drive Your Strategy Sales Incentive Sprints: One-Two Punch Next Level Performance Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary by Giving Back to the Community with HOPE Week Initiative Community Service: A Tradition of HOPE Dittman Incentive Marketing is now Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company. The "Good Old Days" Becoming the Brand of Choice. Increasing Consumer Loyalty Through Rewards. Bill on Redemption or Bill on Issuance: Which Billing Model is Right for Your Business? Channel Partners: An Opportunity to Engage How to Create a World Class Recognition Program Should Millennials be Treated Differently in the Workplace? Millennials in the Workplace. What’s Wrong with Them? Rewarding for Years of Service: We’re Glad You’re Here Leadership in a Storm The Top Incentive Travel Trends of 2015 The Other 'R': Trends in Recognition International Incentives Inspiring Global Destinations Planning Focus: Gamification Florida: Why Sunshine State Meetings Have It Made in the Shade Taxation and Incentives - It's Not All Fun in the Sun Beyond the Reward Incentive Meetings: It's Time to Get Personal To Truly Reward Employees, Go Beyond the Awards Catalog Spin and Win, a New Rewards Platform Ideal for On-The-Spot Recognition New Agent Rewards Sales Incentive Platform One of New Jersey’s Best Places to Work 2016 by NJBIZ New Real Time Reporting and Activity Dashboards to TotalPRO Dittman Incentive Marketing to launch Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company. Dittman Incentive Marketing Wins Two MarCom Awards for Web Design and Promotional Materials Designing and Implementing an Effective Sales Incentive Program: A New White Paper TotalPRO® Recognition App for Smartphones Launches Dittman Incentive Marketing Named One of New Jersey’s Best Places to Work by NJBIZ Dittman Incentive Marketing Launches New Great Escapes Free Spirit Travel Program Capitol Sales Named Merchandise Supplier of the Year by Dittman Incentive Marketing Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Italia Connection Named Travel Partners of the Year by Dittman Incentive Marketing Dittman Incentive Marketing Launches New Rewards Mall Experience IMA 2015 Circle of Excellence Award for WESCO Distribution VIP Incentive Travel Program Dittman Incentive Marketing Gives Back to the Community by Celebrating HOPE Week, Inspired by the New York Yankees Dittman Incentive Marketing Launches New Mobile-Friendly Great Rewards Program White Paper on Tax Considerations for Recognition and Rewards Programs International Capabilities for TotalPRO Recognition and Reward Solutions CIANJ Recognizes Dittman Incentive Marketing for Being a “Champion of Good Works” Power Sales & Advertising Named Merchandise Supplier of the Year by Dittman Incentive Marketing Incentive Travel is Good for Business A Comprehensive Approach to Engagement, Recognition, and Rewards Bank Strengthens Internal Brand with Magical Madrid $25m Saved Through Statement Suppression Initiative Luxury Goods Company Increases Fourth Quarter Sales 22% with Targeted Incentive Program Insurance Company Wins with Agent Rewards National Bank Commits to “Do the Right Thing” Company Scores Big with Vegas Group Sales Travel Program Program to Solicit Referrals Generates Over $250 Million in New Business and 8:1 ROI for a Regional Bank Increase in Sales Achieved with Individual Incentive Travel Program Choosing the Most Effective Incentive Rewards: Cash or Non-Cash? Employee Suggestions – an Untapped Resource Tax Considerations for Recognition and Rewards Programs Designing and Implementing an Effective Sales Incentive Program A Roadmap to Engagement How Much Should You Invest in an Employee Recognition Program? How Do You Keep Employees Engaged During the Summer? "Start with Why" to Build an Inspired Team With the Changing Workforce Comes Changing Work/Life Goals Engagement: Crossing the Finish Line Living Our Values: Service The In-Between How to Get Quality Employee Suggestions What Does Social Recognition Mean for Your Program? TMI: Making Time to Do Your Job 5 Ways to Get the Most from Peer-to-Peer Recognition Is There Anybody Out There? The Value of Customer Service Dittman Recognized as One of the 2016 NJBIZ Best Places to Work At Home or Office: A “Gold Star”is Meaningful International Recognition and Global Incentive Programs How (and Why) To Give Spot Awards Ask an Expert: Is Cash Effective for a Sales Incentive Program? Loyalty Programs: Big Spenders or Frequent Flyers? Dittman Receives Companies that Care Award 5 Ways to Motivate your Agents and Sales Reps Living our Mission: Appreciation Through Annual Awards Motivate with Mobile Event Apps Managing Employee Engagement Through a Merger Turn a "Suggestion Box" into an Engagement Program Branding to Boost your Sales Incentives ROI How To Build a Better Employee: Let Them Relax How To Design a Channel Incentive Program Strength from Within - Employee Referrals Employee Engagement: Change is in the Air New Year’s Resolutions Every Manager Should Make Incentive Planners' Travel Wish List Five Rules for Employee Recognition Leadership, True Grit, and Employee Engagement Chicago Makes a Great Getaway Customers Make Great Marketers The Gift of Gratitude Your People, Your Biggest Risk Charming Quebec City How are Rewards Programs Taxed? What’s Wrong with Millennials? Youth. Engagement and Incentives: Going Global Boo! 13 Scary Facts About Employee Engagement Incentive Travel: Are You Ready for 2017? Tapas and Toros - a Trip through Southern Spain Service Anniversaries: Milestones are Meaningful Customer Service = Customer Engagement Time to Retire: Boomer Bust 5 Types of Employees on Parks and Recreation: Which One Are You? Experiences Matter Most How Hubspot Changed Their Sales Incentives to Grow Profitably Travel: Recharge Your Batteries FOMO: What Amazon Knows Will Supercharge Incentives What Summer Camp Taught Me About Employee Engagement HOPE Week 2015: Giving Back is in Our DNA IMA Summit: 3 Take-Aways on International Programs Stockholm: Off the Beaten Track and Well Worth the Trip Are You The Rep's Emotional Favorite? Incentive Travel for 6,000 Top Performers 3 Reasons "Do What You Love" is Bad Advice Does Your Incentive Travel Program Support Your Brand? Multi-tasking is a Myth: Focus! The New Old Boy (or Girl) Network Employee Engagement: Are You Nice Enough? Are Millennials So Different? Surprise! Millennials Travel Differently Than Other Generations There Goes the Talent… What’s Bugging Your Best People? The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility Transformation in the Workplace: Beyond Engagement Time-Out! Comp, Benefits, and Development Are Not Perks Travel Destinations: Where Travel Planners Go for Summer Vacation I’m Living Proof: Employee Engagement Works Your Mom Was Right: Practice Makes Perfect Beware of “Me Too” Top 3 Reasons Your Employee Survey Didn’t Engage Anybody Keeping it Simple – Sales Incentives 5 Ways to Fight Back Against Workplace Negativity Coworkation: Work is Changing On the Receiving End: What Recognition Meant to Me Represent the Brand – On or Off Duty Employee Engagement: It’s Not a Perk First Things First: Think Strategically to Build a Culture Confessions of a Recovering In-House Planner I Quit! An Improving Economy is a Risk to Your Business 5 Ways to Use Incentives for Non-Sales Teams Gen X - Who Do You Think You Are? ABCs of Incentives Costa Rica Without the Zip-lines Here's a Head Start . . . Feel More Motivated? Apps, Events, Engagement, Oh My! Nobody’s Perfect… All We Can Do Is Try To Be Friends at the Office – Referrals and Millennial Retention Where Are You Going in 2015? Our Top Travel Destinations What Monkeys Know About Incentives Retaining Employees Is Getting Harder 4 Ways to Stay Motivated at Work This Winter A New Year’s Resolution Just Won’t Do It All I Want Is a Great Experience Becoming the Emotional Favorite with your Sales Agents Wearing Too Many Hats Can Wear Down Engagement With Customer Loyalty, It’s All About Customer Service How Much Should I Invest in a Sales Incentive Program? Employees Think They Want Cash. No, They Don’t. 5 Quick Tips for Motivating and Recognizing Employees Sales Incentives and Unintended Consequences Sales Meetings - Snoozapalooza or Engagement Tool? Anticipation is Half of the Reward When Your Heart’s Not In It 7 Effective Ways to Reward Employees on a Budget Making it Stick. How to Design your Sales Contest so that it Stays in Focus What "Office Space" Teaches Us About Employee Engagement Incentives, Engagement, and Achievable Goals A Millennial's Perspective on Motivation at Work We Really Are All In It Together The Price of Loyalty Invisibility is a Workplace Superpower Motivating Experiences: How to Select the Right Destination for Incentive Travel Four Essentials for a Culture of Success In it for the Long Haul: Recognition and Incentive Programs Individual Incentive Travel: You Need a Vacation. No, Really! Is Social Recognition Social Enough to be Meaningful? How Smarter Customers Inspire Engagement Programs The Daily Grind: Employee Engagement and Burnout The Face of Customer Loyalty Three of the Best - Favorite Caribbean Destinations Eagles, and Chickens and Employee Engagement A Military Model of Leadership and Employee Engagement Creating Brand Advocates with Employee Engagement Why Does Employee Engagement Matter? Because Work Is Personal. Group or Individual Travel: What's Right for Your Incentive Program? How does Hampton Hotels Engage their team? Through Influence & Inspiration... Engagement is Just a Word – It’s the Concept that Matters Top 5 North American Incentive Destinations for Fun and Function Do Loyalty Programs Work? Gamification Is Already Part of Your Incentive Program Road Trip in the American West Employee Engagement? Recognition? What’s the Difference? Driving Sales Engagement – It’s Not Just About the Ping Pong Why a Pulse Survey Isn’t an Employee Engagement Program A Trip to St. Thomas Puts Incentive Travel in Perspective Incentive Travel Trends from the Site Global Conference "Magical Madrid" Wins Site Award for Outstanding Motivational Event Take Me Out to the Ballpark - A Truly Rewarding Experience Five Great Picks for Individual Incentive Travel - Go Where You Want to Go! Recognition for Managers Benefits All Employees 5 Key Steps to Create Strong Employee Engagement Programs To Meet or Not to Meet . . . The Intersection of Incentive Travel and Off-site Meetings Get Ready for the Recognition Revolution How May I Help You? How Wegmans Gets Service Right The “Wow” Factor: Why Cash is Runner-up as a Reward Incentive When a Janitor Doesn’t Just Clean, But Saves Lives Does It Matter If You're Happy? Is Google Employee Loyalty Dead? Does Anybody Care? How Much Does an Employee Recognition Program Cost? 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