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BMC YouTube Show: Interest Grows in the Storytelling Power of Brands

This EEA Youtube Show, sponsored by the Brand Media Coalition, provides insights on why and how to use brands and their stories to enhance the emotional impact of any type of reward, recognition, or gifting program. 
 
Corporate buyers are showing increasing interest in the more careful and selective use of brands, but overall awareness of the corporate rewards and gifting market and the expertise involved remains low, according to the panelists on the Enterprise Engagement Alliance show, “The Power of Brands,” on the Brand Media playlist of the Enterprise Engagement Alliance’s Human Capital and Enterprise Engagement Youtube channel.
Click here for the show.
 
Panelists are: Brian Galonek, President, All Star Incentive Marketing. Rick Garlick, Vice President, Magid, and Research Advisor to the Incentive Research Foundation; John Geysen, Director of Product Marketing, HMI Performance Incentives; Megan Shea, IP; Director of Loyalty Programs, Links Unlimited Inc.
 
Key findings:
Painfully few corporate buyers know that there is a business and experts focused on the strategic use of brands to engage key people as part of ROI-based programs. 
Carefully selected brands create emotional connections that can endure for years or more and create brand ambassadors. 
Best advice for buyers considering using gifts is to:  Establish clear objectives, qualitative, quantitative, or both; put yourselves in the shoes of the recipients in terms of selecting brands and offerings that show you know them and that reflect well on your own organization’s brand.
Best advice for brands getting into the corporate market: Be patient, it takes time to get brands into programs and start seeing redemptions. Provide effective information to tell your story and describe the demographics and psychographics of your customers.
Customization and personalization of the reward experience is more important than ever, which can include tasteful decorating or imprinting, or personalized gift boxes or presentations. Make sure, though, to respect brand guidelines related to decorating the actual product. Opening up a box to decorate it immediately voids the warrantee in many cases, and some apparel brands, notably Patagonia, do not allow decorations on their clothing lines. 

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  • Profit from a new strategic and systematic approach to engagement to profit from the principles of Stakeholder Capitalism, enhance your organization’s brand equity; increase sales, productivity, quality, innovation, and safety, and reduce risks.
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Resources: 
ESM at EnterpriseEngagement.org, an online trade publication founded in 2008 that features news, profiles, research, and more on the field of Enterprise Engagement, the implementation process for Stakeholder Engagement, and the EEXAdvisors.com buyer's guide and resource directory. This includes a comprehensive resource library on Stakeholder Capitalism, human capital management, measurement, and ROI of engagement. 

RRN at RewardsRecognitionNetwork.com, an online trade publication founded in 1996 that features news, profiles, research and more on rewards, recognition, gifting and brand media, and the Brand Media Coalition, the only guide to the story-telling power of brands and where to source them for business, event, promotional gifting, and rewards and recognition. This features a comprehensive resource library on brand media, rewards, recognition, incentives, gifting and more.


The Enterprise Engagement Alliance Human Capital Management and ROI of Engagement Youtube channel featuring one-hour and 30-minute panel discussions with experts on multiple topics on Stakeholder Capitalism, Human Capital Management reporting and measurement, and engagement tactics. 
 
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Books: 
Enterprise Engagement for CEOs:The Little Blue Book for People-Centric Capitalists
This is the definitive implementation guide to Stakeholder Capitalism, written specifically to provide CEOs and their leadership teams a concise overview of the framework, economics, and implementation process of a CEO-led strategic and systematic approach to achieving success through people.  (123 pages, $15.99)

Enterprise Engagement: The Roadmap 5th Edition
The first and most comprehensive book on Enterprise Engagement and the new ISO 9001 and ISO 10018 quality people management standards. Includes 36 chapters detailing how to better integrate and align engagement efforts across the enterprise. (312 pages, $36.) 

Services: 
•  The International Center for Enterprise Engagement at TheICEE.org, offering: ISO 10018 certification for employers, solution providers, and Enterprise Engagement technology platforms; Human Resources and Human Capital audits for organizations seeking to benchmark their practices and related Advisory services for the hospitality field.ISO 10018 Cerfified. Quality People Management
•  The Engagement Agency at EngagementAgency.net, offering: complete support services for employers, solution providers, and technology firms seeking to profit from formal human capital management, reporting, and ROI of engagement practices for themselves or their clients, including Brand Alignment audits for brands and Capability audits for solution providers to make sure their products and services are up to date.
•  C-Suite Advisory Services—Education of boards, investors, and C-suite executives on the economics, framework, and implementation processes of Enterprise Engagement. 
•  Speakers Bureau—Select the right speaker on any aspect of engagement for your next event.
•  Mergers and Acquisitions. The Engagement Agency’s Mergers and Acquisition group focuses on helping organizations focused on people sell to the right buyer and on assisting engagement solution providers seeking an exit or merger. Contact Michael Mazer in confidence if your company is potentially for sale at 303-320-3777.

Enterprise Engagement Benchmark Tools: The Enterprise Engagement Alliance offers three tools to help organizations profit from Engagement. Click here to access the tools.
•  ROI of Engagement Calculator. Use this tool to determine the potential return-on-investment of an engagement strategy. 
•  EE Benchmark Indicator. Confidentially benchmark your organization’s Enterprise Engagement practices against organizations and best practices. 
•  Compare Your Company’s Level of Engagement. Quickly compare your organization’s level of engagement to those of others based on the same criteria as the EEA’s Engaged Company Stock Index.
•  Gauge Your Personal Level of Engagement. This survey, donated by Horsepower, enables individuals to gauge their own personal levels of engagement.

For more information, contact Bruce Bolger at Bolger@TheICEE.org, 914-591-7600, ext. 230.

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