5 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees

According to a Maritz Research study, employees who participate in creative recognition programs at work are five times more likely to feel valued, 11 times more likely to feel committed and seven times more likely to stay in their jobs. Here are some great ideas you can try:

1.Verbalize It: Give your employees the thanks and appreciation they deserve by telling them how much you appreciate them verbally. Saying things like "great job" and "outstanding performance" can go a long way to boost productivity, especially if said in front of their peers.

2.Find time to say "Hello" to your employees: Look at your employees while talking to them, not through them when you pass them in the hall. By actually taking time to acknowledge them, ask how things are going and really listen to them will make employees feel more appreciated, and more respected.

3.Do something Unexpected and Fun: Take a Friday afternoon off to take the entire office bowling, or have an unexpected indoor "pool party." Spread sand around, play Caribbean music, spread out beach chairs and give employees logo beach towels and sun visors.

4. Send High Performers Back to School: Recognize key players by offering them in-house training, off-site seminars and college courses, advanced degree programs, certification courses, peer counseling sessions and advanced management training.

5.Use Scrapbooks to make a Retirement Memorable: Everyone can get in on the fun of gathering photos and memories, including customers or association members. Put it all in a large scrapbook and give it to the retiree or outgoing association President at a celebratory event as a special memento. Get creative and add captions and colorful paper.

Ideas from Ken Lloyd, an organizational behavior consultant and author of 151 Quick Ideas To Recognize And Reward Employees.

How to Create an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social Media is a very powerful way to connect with customers and prospects, but without a plan it can also easily turn in to a tremendous time drain. A Successful social media marketing strategy will clearly define your objectives and save time and effort. It can also have a positive impact on your ROI (Return on Investment). According to a recent report from R2Integrated, companies that profited or saw increased revenue from social media marketing were almost twice as likely to have a formal social media strategy.

Here are some tips for creating a successful social media marketing plan:

Set Specific Goals: Define your target audience and your objectives in marketing to them, such as building brand awareness, improving customer service and retention, and driving traffic to your website.

Do your homework: Determine where your audience spends its time online and the best methods for reaching them. Look at what’s working for your competition and research the best practices of other successful social marketers.

Set a Schedule: Create a calendar of when, where and what your company’s social media activities will be. Consider sharing how to info, product demonstrations, facility tours, case studies, exclusive promotions, and contests for gift packs of logo’d merchandise like T-shirts, travel mugs and laptop sleeves.

Go Public: Plan how to promote your efforts. One company for example, gave out sunglasses at a trade show and encouraged recipients to post photo’s of themselves wearing the glasses on facebook and Twitter. The most creative entry won a limited edition hat. Other companies distributed attention grabbing T-shirts and stickers with their twitter handles.

Determine how you will track results: It’s important to monitor and analyze your efforts, but keep in mind that it can take some time to see measurable results. Finally, stay flexible. Your plan will help keep you focused, but also it is important to asses new tools that may come along and change tactics if something isn’t working.

We can give you some great ideas for promoting your company through social media and if your current website needs a check up we can do that too! Check out CEShoppes new division http://www.SocialMediaTrafficConsultants.com

8 Tips for More Efficient Networking

The word networking makes people cringe, but it is vital to business success. That's why we've put together some tips to hep make networking easier.

Set Goals, then do your research. What are your objectives for networking? Research different events and groups and focus your time on those with the attendees or members that are the best fit.

Be Open, Networking doesn't just take place at business events and through online sites like linked In or Plaxo – it should occur every day. The person you meet at the airport or the long-lost friend you run into at the grocery store may not need your services, but they may know someone who does.

Help Others, Effective networking involves building mutually beneficial relationships. Instead of handing out as many business cards as you can, focus on how you can assist the people you meet.

Know how others can help you, Be prepared to answer questions about the problems you need solved and your ideal customer.

Stand Out, Use eye-catching business cards with photos of your products or a list of your services or on the back. Or give a small reusable item instead of a business card, such as a pocket calculator, sticky note dispenser or magnet.

Volunteer, Volunteering for an organization or at an event is a low pressure, high visibility way to meet people.

Give a speech or lead a seminar, Most groups will happily accept your offer, and it is an excellent way to position yourself as an expert in your field.

Follow up quickly, Send your new contacts something useful that will remind them of you for years to come. This could be an e-book on a custom USB drive, a report or relevant article in an attractive binder, or a journal book, highlighter or pen.

We have a variety of products to support your networking efforts. Call for some great ideas today.

Time for Kissing?

It’s that time of year for lots of kisses, (Valentine’s Day) so why not make your clients lips tasty and smooth?  While at a recent trade show I discovered the best new lip balm. These soybean oil and beeswax lip balms come in a hundred different flavors with a full color label which allows for a large impact.   Each tube is inexpensively priced and the minimum order is low.  Some of my favorite flavors are fuzzy navel, caramel, piña colada, and what woman doesn’t like chocolate?  Give this delicious tasting gift at trade shows or even as a nice Thank you after a check up or office visit. – Lip Balm FlavorMania - (100 New Flavors like Chocolate, Dancing Banana, Perfect Pink Lemonade, Blueberry Burst and more. – The link is to just one of the 100 flavors – call us for more details.) – Jaime