Why join the 8-9 December Incentive Marketing Association Europe Ghent Meeting?

It is my pleasure as IMA Board member to invite you to attend the December Incentive Marketing Association Europe Members meeting. The focus of the event is to look at best practice in international incentive program deployment and have an academic insight on how technology and color can help attract and motivate the right employees. The meeting will be held at the stunning Opera, Ghent.

MAIN MEETING

Thursday 8 December, 1pm – 5.30pm, Ghent Opera

From 1pm tours of the Opera will commence with the meeting welcome at 2pm. The meeting will take place at the beautiful and historic Ghent Opera. Keynote speakers will take the stand and talk about thought-provoking, fascinating and notable topics, including:

  • How to launch an Award-Winning peer-to-peer Recognition Pg-lully-tomdhaenens-1rogramme?
  • How color and technology can play a part in attracting and motivating the right employees?
  • How does European consumer protection legislation influence incentive campaign development?
  • What can the Incentive Marketing industry learn from a globally operating Online Couponing & Deals start-up company?
  • Brexit panel discussion: How will the Brexit influence cross-border business for and with UK based incentive marketing companies?

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DRINKS RECEPTION

Thursday 8 December, 6pm – 8pm, Ghent Great Butchers’ Hall

Kindly sponsored by SwingGroup and Touch Incent1990-2010_8ive Marketing, The drinks reception offers a great opportunity for industry professionals from across Europe to get to
gether informally and have a great chat and enjoy some traditional Belgian hospitality. The reception will take place at The Great Butchers’ Hall, a unique setting to enjoy all the goodies from East Flanders.

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NETWORKING EVENT & CITY TOUR

Friday 9 December, 10am – 2pm, Ghent: City of trade and taste

An (optional) but unforgetable City Tour on Friday 9th December hosted by SwingGroup with the collaboration of Discover Belgium.

The tour will take you around the sights of the city while presenting you the culinary boatdelights Ghent is famous for. A guided tour reveals the secrets of the wool trade wi
th the UK and the traditions of the middle Ages. A guided boat trip followed by a traditional dish (Ghent fish Waterzooi or Flemish beef stew) & desert will win you over. But pay attention as with the city quiz you might win extraordinary prizes to take home with you! Please note that there is a small charge for the tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

SwingGroup has secured a special accommodation rate with the front_marriott_ghentGhent Marriott Hotel, awarded Best Hotel in Belgium Award by Tripadvisor, the centrally located hotel is offering IMA Members meeting attendees a room rate of 129 euro per night single occupancy (additional 20euros for double), the rate includes breakfast, but excludes room tax. These exclusive rates are only available to book untll 16th November or until the rooms are fully booked.

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About SwingGroup

I&MWinnerSwingGroup is a Benelux-based incentive marketing agency that specialises in B2B and B2B2C incentive and loyalty programs.  Its clients include BMW, Coca-Cola, Electrolux, GE, Insites, KBC, Philips, Q8, Samsung, Solucious, Tech Data, Thomas Cook, Truvo, USG, Unilever, Unilin, Vaillant, and others. It offers a comprehensive solution from set-up of an incentive platform, to supporting integrated communication, to fulfilment of the incentives (more than 300,000 gifts and 300 gift vouchers available in real time). The Motisha incentive management and reward platform, which was developed in-house, is the heart of business.

Contact information

Everaert Gunther – Managing Director – gunther@swinggroup.be – Tel: +32 50 50 24 64
http://www.swinggroup.euhttp://www.motisha.com
http://Linkedin.com/company/swinggrouphttp://be.linkedin.com/in/everaertgunther
Twitter: @swinggroup – @swinggift – @gunar2

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PRESS RELEASE: SwingGroup nominated in 3 categories at the Incentive & Motivation Awards 2015

Bruges, 23/03/15, SwingGroup, the Benelux market leader in online incentive and loyalty programs, was pleased to see two of its incentive and loyalty programs, powered by the Motisha Software, being nominated in three different categories at the Incentive and Motivation Awards. This prestigious event will take place Wednesday 22 April 2015, aboard the stunning Silver Sturgeon luxury river yacht on The River Thames, London.

About the Incentive and Motivation Awards (2015)

The Incentive & Motivation Awards Europe recognizes the best and most effective incentive and dealer channel programs, as well as motivational employee engagement solutions, and ground breaking innovative technical platforms. The event will be fun not too formal, thought provoking and inspiring. Ultimately an event that honours excellence and innovation across the industry.

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About SwingGroup’s nominations

SwingGroup has been shortlisted in all three categories it entered for:

  • “Best use of technology in a motivation solution”
  • “Most improved business/workforce performance program”
  • “Most innovative channel incentive program”

“We’re very proud that an international jury recognized the added value of the Motisha incentive management platform for its customers.” says Gunther Everaert, Managing director of SwingGroup.

A first program which was submitted by SwingGroup was TD Boomerang, aBenelux channel incentive program for Tech Data, the global leading IT-channel distributor. Its goal was to easily develop and manage Tech Data’s own umbrella incentive campaign, together with additional vendor incentive campaigns at the same time, in order to seize maximum market opportunities.

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A second submitted incentive program was KBC Vipping which rewards KBC’s top clients for their loyalty. KBC currently ranks as one of the top (-3) banking and insurance groups in Belgium, with Central Europe as its second core market.

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In these two incentive incentive programs have we not only maximized customer retention and increased customer lifetime value but also significantly lowered the total cost of ownership. It would be great that the win we realize for our customers would eventually lead to a win at the Incentive and Motivation awards”  Gunther Everaert ends of with.

Would you like to know if SwingGroup wins these awards? Follow this blog or stay updated through SwingGroup’s social media channels.

About SwingGroup

SwingGroup is a Benelux-based incentive marketing agency that specialises in B2B and B2B2C incentive and loyalty programs.  Its clients include BMW, Coca-Cola, Electrolux, GE, Insites, KBC, Philips, Q8, Samsung, Solucious, Tech Data, Thomas Cook, Truvo, USG, Unilever, Unilin, Vaillant, and others. It offers a comprehensive solution from set-up of an incentive platform, to supporting integrated communication, to fulfilment of the incentives (more than 300,000 gifts and 300 (electronic) gift vouchers available in real time). The Motisha incentive management platform, which was developed in-house, is the heart of business.

Contact information

Everaert Gunther – Managing Director – gunther@swinggroup.be – Tel: +32 50 50 24 64
http://www.swinggroup.euhttp://www.motisha.com
http://Linkedin.com/company/swinggrouphttp://be.linkedin.com/in/everaertgunther
Twitter: @swinggroup – @swinggift – @gunar2

Nieuwe kansen in het nieuwe jaar

Beste partner

2012 was een jaar waar veel bedrijven kreunden onder de zwaarste economische crisis sinds tijden. 2013 wordt ongetwijfeld ook een bevochten jaar waarbij we samen tal van uitdagingen moeten aangaan.

Veerkracht creëert kansen

Toch heb ik het gevoel dat we er met z’n allen komen. Waaruit leid ik dit af? Uit een aantal zaken. Zo kan president Obama door zijn herverkiezing het herstel van de Amerikaanse economie verder uitbouwen. Heeft Europa dankzij de ECB terug stabiliteit gecreëerd op de financiële markten. Is er stilletjesaan de Europese politieke wil om iedereen aan boord te houden: ‘Exit met de Grexit’. Maar het zijn vooral lokale verhalen die me inspireren en waaruit blijkt dat de veerkracht van onze ondernemers nieuwe kansen creëert.

Zo las ik het verhaal van een kranenbedrijf met 40 werknemers uit mijn jeugdstreek Adegem dat na het faillisement van één van haar voornaamste leveranciers, niets anders kon dan deze zelf over te nemen. Wat is hier zo speciaal aan?  Het bedrijf in kwestie is 10 keer groter, telt 400 werknemers en is gevestigd in … Polen. Of las ik het verhaal van een selfmade marktonderzoeker die na 15 jaar het roer omgooit, een firma met een paar medewerkers overneemt,  gespecialiseerd in het maken van … artisanale pickles.

Passie en innovatie

Wat boeit me in deze verhalen? Het feit dat deze ondernemers met passie geloven in hun (nieuwe) product en ook hierin durven te investeren. Waarom? Omdat ze er rotsvast van overtuigd zijn iets unieks te kunnen betekenen voor hun klanten en hiermee het verschil te zullen maken. Bovendien voel je dat ze de basisfilosofie van het bedrijf trouw blijven en hierdoor geen paniekvoetbal spelen. Dezelfde spirit voel ik ook bij alle medewerkers van SwingGroup en dit stuwt ons voort om voor elke klant, elke partner, toegevoegde waarde te blijven creëren.

Wat mag u in 2013 van ons verwachten?

Vooreerst bedienen we onze klanten sinds afgelopen december vanuit onze nieuwe sfeervolle locatie in Brugge. Wat al tal van inspirerende brainstorms met boeiende projecten heeft opgeleverd. Bovendien blijven we investeren in medewerkers en staat sinds deze week Stefanie als nieuwe Incentive project coördinator voor onze partners klaar. Blijven we verder bouwen aan het sterkste incentive software platform in de Benelux en hebben we de ambitie om dit gestaag verder in Europa uit te rollen. We kijken hierbij dit jaar in het bijzonder naar de lancering van de eerste projecten in Duitsland met onze partner Bonago (onderdeel van Burda Media groep). Voorts stellen wij ons tot doel om onze stakeholders via zoveel mogelijk kanalen te informeren over inspirerende incentive marketing oplossingen om hun relaties maximaal voor hun bedrijf te laten renderen. Wilt u als eerste hiervan op de hoogte worden gebracht? Lees onze artikels via deze nieuwe blog of volg ons op Twitter en LinkedIn. Schrijf u in op onze electronische nieuwsbrief of word fan van onze SwingGift Facebook pagina.

Dromen zijn er om waar te maken. Realiseer ze in 2013 samen met uw team! Inspirerende groeten.

Gunther Everaert
Managing Director
SwingGroup