National Gift Card https://www.ngc-group.com/ National Gift Card News en-US How to Jumpstart Employee Wellness https://www.ngc-group.com/jumpstart-employee-wellness_may2019 Encouraging employees to get and stay healthy is a goal that some might consider a classic no brainer. And yet, establishing the credible link between action and results can sometimes be somewhat elusive.But according to wellsteps.com, a blog authored by Dr. Steven Aldana, a professor who has published seven books and more than 75 research articles on the impact of worksite wellness programs, the very best way of helping employees adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is by providing small incentives, such as gift cards, to randomly selected employees who successfully complete different aspects of a corporate wellbeing program. Dr. Aladana has provided published scientific evidence (at wellsteps.com/wellsteps-research) that this incentive approach works.National Gift Card, in partnership with Target, can provide the basis for a highly impactful campaign that follows the advice of Wellsteps and Dr. Aldana in moving forward, one step at a time. https://www.ngc-group.com/jumpstart-employee-wellness_may2019 NGC + iTunes Are Perfect for Small Business Week https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_itunes As National Small Business Week (May 5-12) continues to unfold, the opportunities to align your companys vision and culture with an innovative, flexible and highly impactful gift card campaign are virtually unlimited with the help of National Gift Card and iTunes.How are you choosing to take advantage of this natural connection with the entrepreneurs in your area? May we suggest that whatever form your recognition takes, an iTunes gift card through National Gift Card is one that virtually everyoneemployees and customers includedwill welcome. Fact is, the strength of our economy is linked to the health of the small business community, and thats just one reason that National Small Business Week exists. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_itunes Celebrate National Small Business Week in Style https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_aeropostale As National Small Business Week takes shape in your slice of the country, the good news is that there is no shortage of ideas ready for you to consider, any one of which can help you leverage the impact the May 5-12 event can have on your organization.Heres just one idea: a special gathering of customers or suppliers in recognition of National Small Business Week.One more initiative for you to leverage just for such an event would be a highly flexible and impactful gift card campaign from National Gift Card and Aerospostale. Imagine the smiles that will follow when you present a gift card to those who gather in celebration of National Small Business Week. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_aeropostale Celebrate National Small Business Week with a Networking Event https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_networking With National Small Business Week (May 5-11, 2019) in full swing, there are still significant opportunities to recognize businesses that are part of this huge segment of the economy. In fact, some may be the very companies that your firm depends for consistent performance and growth.National Gift Card, in partnership with Amazon, has an easy-to-implement campaign of recognition and/or appreciation that your employees and clients are sure to notice.One of the activities that has proven its effectiveness around the celebration of National Small Business Week is to organize a special networking event that brings together entrepreneurs and small business staff located in your area, all with the idea of celebrating the impact those local businesses create. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_networking DSW Is A Great Fit for Small Business Week Recognition https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_dsw As National Small Business Week (May 5-11) is upon us, there are many activities a company can undertake to draw attention to the value that local entrepreneurs deliver every day of the year.Why not take the opportunity to connect your branding message to ways that help bring a sense of appreciation to a customer, client or even your own employees if your business is one that relies on the goodwill and loyalty of small businesses that make your venture thrive?At National Gift Card, teaming up with DSWDesigner Shoe Warehousefor a flexible gift card program that nicely links with the energy inherent in National Small Business Week just seems like a natural fit. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_dsw Get Ready for National Small Business Week, May 5 - 11 https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_kickoff During National Small Business Week (which begins May 5, 2019), its just a natural fit to focus on how this key segment of our economy is an essential engine both for growth and sustainability.Ask yourself: Who in your network deserves a shout out when it comes to recognizing the positive impact that small businesses create in your area and beyond?By leveraging the power of recognition through events like National Small Business Week and doing so with a gift card from National Gift Card and Bath and Body Works, even this small gesture of appreciation for what your favorite small business owner does is sure to make a favorable impression. https://www.ngc-group.com/small-business-week_2019_kickoff Celebrate Earth Day - One and All https://www.ngc-group.com/earth-day-2019 It was on April 22, 1970 that the very first Earth Day was celebrated, an event where millions of people took to the streets in protest over what organizers referred to as the negative effects of 150 years of industrial development.Here we are now in 2019, nearly 50 years since the first Earth Day. While a lot has changed, many would argue that the changes havent been nearly enough. But still we try. With Earth Day coming up, how cool would it be to remind someone in your organization or beyondperhaps a customer or a family memberthat it takes everyones individual acts to make a sustainable difference.A gift card from National Gift Card and REI would be a great way to help reinforce that statement. And, as the organizers of Earth Day continue their good work under this years theme, Protect Our Species, it is also a reminder that we all share the planet. https://www.ngc-group.com/earth-day-2019 National Gift Card (NGC) acquires digital payments technology and fundraising company, Benefit Mobile https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-acquisition-of-benefit-mobile Strategic merger between leading physical and digital gift card fulfillment provider and technology-forward digital payments and fundraising platform creates company with the ability to revolutionize the branded currency and gift card industryCRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- National Gift Card (NGC), one of North America's largest and most trusted gift card solutions providers, announced today that it has acquired Benefit Mobile, a fast-growing digital payments and fundraising company based in Chicago, IL. The acquisition places NGC in a position to provide its broad customer base and strategic partners with enhanced digital services and gift card technology."With the Benefit Mobile team and technology, NGC is now poised to transform the gift card landscape by offering unparalleled technology and unique solutions for our customers and brand partners," said Adam Van Witzenburg, CEO of NGC. https://www.ngc-group.com/ngc-acquisition-of-benefit-mobile Showing (Cost-Effective) Appreciation https://www.ngc-group.com/showing-cost-effective-appreciation Expressing appreciation for the people on your team should really be an everyday task.But for those of us who need the reminder, we thankfully have Employee Appreciation Day (March 1) to at least make sure we extend our gratitude for those who make the good work our organizations accomplish.We know what youre thinking. Things are tight, and this is yet another expense to deal with But heres a dose of reality for you: an expression of gratitude doesnt have to be costly at all. https://www.ngc-group.com/showing-cost-effective-appreciation Revive New Year's Resolutions with Rewards https://www.ngc-group.com/revive-new-years-resolutions-with-rewards Remember just a few weeks ago when you (perhaps once again) set those New Years resolutions to take better care of yourself by eating well, exercising and generally set aside those bad habits?It may seem like ancient history, but theres still time for those good intentions to be revived, not only for yourself but also for the employees who make your business possible in the first place. Encouraging employees to reset the calendar and embrace those wellness-related resolutions could be as simple as making the decision to start again.Establishing a wellness program that includes specific rewards could very well be the step you need. And with a gift card program from NGC and CVS, the details just got a whole lot easier. https://www.ngc-group.com/revive-new-years-resolutions-with-rewards Show You Care this Valentine's Week https://www.ngc-group.com/show-you-care-this-valentines-week_20192 If you've got "someone special," chances are you will take the time to express your feelings on Valentine's Day. But what about showing a little love to the people with whom you may be spending even more time with?While Valentine's Day may be typically reserved for relationships that are a little more amorous, there's still an opportunity to extend those feelings to employees who have contributed extraordinary value and effort.A simple expression in the form of a gift card from NGC and Starbucks could be just the thing that lets team members know that their accomplishments and contributions to the health of your organization are very much appreciated. https://www.ngc-group.com/show-you-care-this-valentines-week_20192 Worried about eGift Security? https://www.ngc-group.com/egift-security When it comes to speed and convenience, sending and receiving an eGift card ranks high on the scale of choice. But anyone who reads the news might also wonder just how secure those electronic transactions can really be.If NGC is involved, clients on both sides of the transactionthe person sending and the receiver of the eGift cardcan take comfort in knowing their data is secure, thanks to some of the highest encryption technology available.Recipients of any eGift card--and may we suggest one from REI for example--will receive a unique link that contains the value of the gift along with a unique code and PIN (if necessary). Only the recipient has access to that unique code, which makes the transaction completely secure. https://www.ngc-group.com/egift-security Looking to 2019 https://www.ngc-group.com/happy-new-year_2019 Happy New Year and welcome to 2019 It's time to begin thinking about how you can reset things in terms of employee morale and motivation. The good news is that this mission isnt nearly as overwhelming as it might seem.With help from NGC and great brands like Starbucks and Nike, you have strong options to plan a strategy that studies prove will deliver sustained impact on employee morale and motivation.Good results start with good planning. And teaming up with NGC, especially with partners like Starbucks and Nike in your corner, is a good step forward in that process. https://www.ngc-group.com/happy-new-year_2019 Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day Is the Perfect Time to Surprise https://www.ngc-group.com/extraordinary-work-team-recognition_dec2018 When December 4th rolls around, there will undoubtedly be lots of work to think about, even as you prioritize the list of important tasks ahead of the holiday season. That day also happens to be Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day.This is a perfect opportunity to reach out to the people in your organization - the ones under your leadership or those whose work contributes to your achievements, especially over the past 12 months.Teams are among the most important work groups in any company, profit or non-profit alike, and something as simple as the presentation of an iTunes gift card, available through National Gift Card, can be a bright spot in what might otherwise be "just another day." https://www.ngc-group.com/extraordinary-work-team-recognition_dec2018 Spread Holiday Cheer with the Happy Dining Card https://www.ngc-group.com/spread-holiday-cheer-with-the-happy-dining-card Some of us seem to be surprised when holidays come around - even when we promise ourselves that "next year" we'll do a better job of planning And here we are againDespite our tendency to procrastinate, National Gift Card has you covered when it comes to delighting your employees - and even nudging them into the holiday celebration mood.With the Happy Dining Card, employees will be "happy as a clam" as they get to dine on juicy surf and turn from Red Lobster or McCormick & Schmick's. With choice being one of the best things about the Happy Dining Card, it's no surprise that the best Italian food from Bravo Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille are included on this gift card. There are even dessert options from The Cheesecake Factory https://www.ngc-group.com/spread-holiday-cheer-with-the-happy-dining-card It's Time for "Thanks Giving" https://www.ngc-group.com/thanksgiving_2018 As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us begin individually thinking about ways that we can express our own thanks. Its also a good time for employers to join in the giving spirit and show appreciation to their employees at the same time.Doing so with a National Gift Card gift card from Charity Choice, an organization that helps facilitate donations to an employees chosen charity. Under the program, you may designate funds for up to three charities from an online list of more than 250 major charities and many local causes, totaling over 1000 in all. Recipients simply follow the easy instructions on the back of the card to donate the funds.In a season where the very name of the day evokes reasons for thankfulness, expressing those feelings through a gift card that works in a uniquely thoughtful way and allows employees to leverage their own connections to various charities is sure to give your company a boost. https://www.ngc-group.com/thanksgiving_2018 Time for Halloween https://www.ngc-group.com/trick-or-treat_2018 Halloween remains one of those "special" holidays where Americans get a chance to scare their neighbors, friends and even their kids with outrageous costumes and spooky "tricks" - with the expectation that it's all in good fun.If you're looking for a "monster" hit this season, one great option is a gift card program featuring brands like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, two places where a gift card from National Gift Card can be leveraged in a way that builds loyalty among clients, customers and employees who are likely looking ahead to a very busy retail season - a time where relationship building will be even more important.Halloween doesn't have to be scary after all. It's good fun for most of us and having a gift card connected with whatever other activity you're planning just makes a lot of sense. https://www.ngc-group.com/trick-or-treat_2018 Customer Service: An essential part of any business https://www.ngc-group.com/customer-service-week_bn_2018 While Customer Service Week is coming up soon (October 1-5 this year), we certainly dont need a special event to make the point that providing outstanding service to those who make our business possible (that would be the customer) is an essential part of any business.Organizers of Customer Service Week have outlined the five core goals:Boosting morale, motivation and teamwork;Rewarding front line representatives for the essential work they do all year long;Raising company awareness of the importance of customer service;Thanking other departments for their support; andReminding customers of your organizations commitment to customer satisfaction.There are numerous ways to recognize Customer Service Week, but the presentation of a gift card from National Gift Card and Barnes & Noble is a great place to start, not only the conversation around how important focusing on customer service is throughout the year, but to extend a simple thank you to those who make it all work that much better. https://www.ngc-group.com/customer-service-week_bn_2018 Making Sure Rewards Choices Stay Fresh is Key to Success https://www.ngc-group.com/making-sure-rewards-choices-stay-fresh-is-key-to-success In looking at the rewards end of recognition as a tool, the best rewards depend on the individual so the best approach is to create choices designed to achieve success, says Eric Thiegs, president of National Gift Card, as quoted in the July/August 2018 issue of Premium Incentive Products, a trade publication.Even more basic to which rewards become part of a companys program is the conscious decision to focus on what the individual considers more attractive, said Thiegs.The big four tools utilized and built into programs are travel, merchandise, experiential and gift cards, and members in recognition programs can earn one or several of these, he notes. https://www.ngc-group.com/making-sure-rewards-choices-stay-fresh-is-key-to-success How About a Little Labor Day Lift? https://www.ngc-group.com/how-about-a-little-labor-day-lift_sept2018 A sure sign that summer is winding down is when Labor Day arrives. We hope that employees have enjoyed time with family and friends and revelled in weather that was just as they hoped.But Labor Day is also a key date on the calendar when it comes to celebrating the positive impact organized labor has made in our society.For employees, it can also be a day that leverages the feelings of gratitude that you feel for your team. Letting them know in a tangible waywith an iTunes gift card for examplecould be just the boost needed for people who, even unconsciously, are looking for a little lift as they enter one of the busiest work periods of the year heading into fall and beyond. https://www.ngc-group.com/how-about-a-little-labor-day-lift_sept2018