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The Generation Gap in Loyalty Marketing
Millennials are media and retail darlings, but baby boomers have much more consumer clout in terms of disposable income and confidence.
Have the Scammers Been in Your Frequent Flyer Wallet?
What if you logged onto your account and all your miles had gone — and you hadn’t spent them? Here’s what you need to know.
Health Care in the Cloud, and a New Age for Patients
Like the scalpel and syringe, the cloud is becoming one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet, despite ditching paper records, many health care providers still need to update software.
Why Implementing Best Practices for Green Business Meetings Is a Win-Win
Sustainability is good business. The CEO of the IMEX Group lays out why it’s easier than we think — and why it feels so good — to go green.
Promoting Cultural Understanding With Incentive Travel
Travel abroad provides an ideal platform to build stronger relationships within a business while fostering greater cross-cultural empathy.
3 Supply Chain Trends That Will Shape Retail in 2017
The escalating growth of e-commerce, rising consumer expectations and amplified demand for same-day deliveries will revolutionize the ways the retail supply chain does business.
Increasing Financial Education for the Next Generation
We live in a culture of over-spending. It’s time we started teaching money management the way we teach literacy and math.
How Loyalty Is Changing the Face of Competition in E-Commerce
Online business is clearly integral to the future of retail but as brands move online how can they stop competing and start winning? The answer: loyalty.
Developing an Integrated Pest Management Program in the Food Industry
Whether at a food processing facility or in a restaurant, people place considerable trust in the food industry to provide top quality, safe food.
How Customer Experience Is Taking the Lead in Loyalty
Customer-led disruption has impacted business blurring the physical, digital and emotional worlds with the customer at the center.
How Urban Spaces Are Leading the Charge Against Climate Change
The battle to prevent catastrophic climate change will be won—or lost—in big cities.
5 Reasons Why Hotel Loyalty Programs Are Still Worth It
Over 67 percent of hotel guests say loyalty programs are highly influential in their selection of where to stay.
Why Producing Safe Food Is a Global Effort
With food sourced from countries around the world, cooperation is key to ensuring health and safety.
The 4 Life Stages of Financial Literacy
Learning money-managing skills is a lifetime process. Here’s what you need to know between your first checkbook and retirement.
5 Ways Millennials Can Start Spending Smarter
As you buy tickets for that upcoming show or instantly transfer cash with your smartphone, take a minute to think about your financial future.
Measuring Your Impact on Small Business Saturday 2016
This Saturday, millions of Americans will be out on the town showing their support for the greatest job-creating engine in the history of our economy: small businesses.
3 Things Young People Should Know About Retirement
Too young to plan for retirement? Think again. Here’s why you should start planning before you feel like you need to.
Teaching Kids the Money Basics
Your financial future doesn’t start at adulthood. It’s important to start early with kids so they’ve got good basics to build on.
Booking Your Customer’s Life of Loyalty (Infographic)
Your customers have their travel points, but now what? In addition to exceptional customer service, clients have just a few more expectations to get them off the ground.
Homeownership Is More Than Just Real Estate
This isn’t just about buying a house — it’s about where you’ll build a home. Even if this life-changing event seems far, it’s never too early to prepare, and we’ve got the steps to help you.
For Online Businesses, Being Trusted Gets Serious in January 2017
It’s a simple idea with huge implications for all website and application owners and managers: The more a person trusts a business, the better it is for that business.
5 Ways U.S. Meat and Poultry is Excelling at Food Safety
When it comes to U.S. meat and poultry inspection, more science means more safety. Here are 5 ways the industry is advancing their safety.
4 Ways Processing and Packaging Are Food Safety’s Last Line of Defense
Within the food supply chain, processing and packaging provide safekeeping at the most vital step—the one linking production with the consumer.
Do You Know What You're Eating?
There are many ways in which consumers can take a hand in promoting and ensuring food safety, both in their homes and with businesses.
5 Tips to Minimize Stress in the Mortgage Process
Finding a mortgage that works for you can be overwhelming, but a few simple steps can cut the anxiety.
5 Ways Technology Is Changing Real Estate
New digital tools are making the process of buying and selling property faster, simpler, and more accessible than ever before.
Dolly Lenz on Balancing Real Estate Passion with Common Sense
New York real estate broker Dolly Lenz loves what she does. But when buying there’s a time to get emotional about property, and a time to keep your cool.
How Food Traceability Leaves More on Everyone’s Plate
Businesses have started to recognize that food traceability is a prerequisite for attaining higher-level goals of food security, sustainability, safety, defense and protection.
John Marshall Jones on How Games Are Engaging Your Mind
Call of Duty star John Marshall Jones talks about how video games are revolutionizing the entertainment industry.
Hearing New Voices in Game Development
As the consumer base for video games grows, it’s also becoming more diverse. Developers should work to reflect this.
Inside Small Business Saturday’s $14 Billion Bonanza
The commercial holiday after Thanksgiving presents small merchants with a key chance to bring in new customers—and generate decidedly big revenues.
Affecting Gender Gaps at the Top of Corporate America
While there are some signs of progress, there is still a large gap between men and women in senior positions within the insurance industry.
The Consumer-Driven Revolution in Retail Space
Though online marketplaces are booming, brick-and-mortar retail spaces aren’t a thing of the past. In fact, they’re changing the customer experience.
The Forecast for Female Business Owners in 2016
Never before in the history of our nation has there been a better time to be a female entrepreneur.
Why Sustainability Is the Best Investment in Real Estate
Most of us are familiar with the idea of “going green,” but what does it mean for commercial real estate, and does it really make a difference?
Fraud Alert: 4 Tips for Steering Clear of Scams
It’s estimated that 80 percent of U.S. adults over age 40 have been on the receiving end of a scam pitch.
On Valentine’s Day, Love Means Big Business
The perfect date certainly comes with a hefty price tag. In 2016, Americans will spend nearly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts for their nearest and dearest.
College Costs Are Up, But So Are Solutions
Americans are realizing their dream of continuing their education thanks to an ever-evolving pool of resources.
Ivanka Trump Is Building Her Own Legacy
The esteemed businesswoman shares her golden rule of negotiating and reminds women that you won’t get what you don’t ask for.
Designing Green: The Software Building Smarter Cities
When it comes to building the sustainable cities we demand as global citizens, having a solid, original vision is paramount. We check in with an industry expert to learn about the technology that maps that vision.
Last Mile: The Home Stretch for Hybrid Networks
It’s almost irresistible. But moving to the cloud presents challenges, such as enterprise-grade security and legacy applications.
How the 2016 Presidential Election Will Be Won on Social Media
Social media has made politicians more accountable and more accessible. In 2016, candidates need to reach voters where they spend the most time—online.
Measuring Impact: Facebook’s Secrets to Small Business Success
Are your online marketing efforts falling on deaf ears? Build a powerful online presence that can’t be ignored with these expert do’s and don’ts.
Data Science: Professional Sports’ New MVP?
It’s an unmistakable sound of summer: the crack of the bat as a hitter sends a fastball high into the air against a cloudless sky.
Social Media: Your Glass Slipper?
Every fairytale begins with four magic words, “Once upon a time.” Our real life fairytale began with one magic word: “Facebook.”
Protect and Serve: Insuring the National Critical Infrastructure
Whether it is the purification of our water, the preparation of our food or the generation of electricity, automation ensures safe and reliable operation of a wide variety of industrial processes.
Urban Planning: Defining the Smart Grid
As the world’s cities continue to grow denser, they are becoming paramount to clean living and efficient use of precious resources. But to have a smart city, we must begin with a smart blueprint.
Smart Cities: Driving Efficiency Through Connected Devices
Are you tired of being stuck in traffic? The transportation industry and its ecosystem partners are tapping the IoT to find new ways to improve people’s lives and make cities more efficient.
Today and Tomorrow: Answering the Call to Invest in Female Leaders
After spending too many decades on the side lines, our nation’s women and girls are ready to boost the economy in every industry.
Fact or Fiction: Nuclear Energy, Cleaner Air?
Americans need reliable electricity and we want clean air. With nuclear energy, we can have both.
Why Robert Herjavec Supports the Small Business Revolution
"Shark Tank" investor Robert Herjavec encourages supporting your local companies through the Small Business Revolution campaign.
Social Media Helps Small Businesses Stay Competitive
Across the nation, small business owners are using social media and technology in their business plans in groundbreaking ways.
Playing For Keeps: Skylar Diggins Weighs In on Fan Loyalty
The WNBA star athlete cultivates a loyal following, and her fans are scoring the rewards.
A Blueprint for Building Smarter Cities from the Ground Up
From energy efficient lighting to increased walkability, we caught up with an industry expert to find out what’s needed to upgrade our urban centers.
How LED Systems Reduce Energy Consumption
Lighting is moving away from the use of incandescent bulbs—and into a revolution the industry dubs intelligent lighting.
Building Smarter Cities: How Technology Will Influence Urban Growth
Mediaplanet went in-depth with an industry expert to discuss what it will take to make the world’s cities smarter and to find out who’s leading the way so far.
Curbing Climate Change: How Cities Pave the Way
As the world continues to urbanize, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg sees a future defined by high standards when it comes to emissions and climate control.
Comeback Kid: What Led to the Resurgence of America’s Big Cities
For more than 50 years, people and businesses favored the suburbs, but now the pendulum is swinging back and most American cities are growing faster than their surrounding suburbs.
From Failure to Flavor: How Ben and Jerry Turned a Small Business into an Empire
Household names Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield never forgot what it’s like to be one of the small guys.
Shifting the Urban Climate (Q&A)
As the onus falls upon cities to embrace a changing climate and shifting concentrations of the world population, we ask an industry expert to shed light on the hurdles we face and how we can overcome them.
Big Data, Big Problems: Are We Keeping Up?
Big data will have a profound impact on our daily lives—if we can keep up with it.
Mark Cuban: Nothing But Net
Maximizing his profits and counting his victories, “serial” entrepreneur Mark Cuban explains that there is no shortcut to success.
How Alcohol Fuel May Power Us to New Heights in Sustainability
Alcohol fuel’s potential value as a clean, multifaceted resource could very well power our daily lives into more sustainable terrain. A leading voice in the industry explains how.
Why Gamers Are Demanding Custom Controllers in 2015
Gamers across the country are exploring bold new controller customization opitons. Spencer Patton of Dynamic Essentialz sat down with Mediaplanet to tell us why.
Smarter Devices, Smarter Thieves: Is Your Family Safe from the Modern Burglar?
Security solutions are increasingly becoming a gateway for consumers to add home control technology to their existing system.
Is the Tide Turning for Atlantic City?
Travel continues to boost businesses and local economies across America. For Atlantic City, N.J., this relationship is the key to a thriving future.
Creative Control: How Controllers Will Shape Success in the Era of eSports
As eSports continue to boom, it will only attract bigger audiences and bigger sponsors. With so much at stake, professional gamers have never depended more on their gear.
Meet the New Gamer: Competitive, Creative, Charitable
Each year, the gaming community continues to grow, and so does the support it provides to sick and injured kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Levi’s Stadium: Innovative by Design
Levi’s Stadium is a showcase for technological innovation in Silicon Valley thanks to partnerships with local, national and international technology providers.
5 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Your Life This Year
The Internet of Things has already opened a level of connectivity above and beyond what we know from PCs and smartphones.
Smart Home Gives Coast Guard Veteran a New Start
The Internet of Things is changing the way people live, how they work and even how they adapt to big changes in their lives.
The Brave New World of Wearable Tech
Are health gadgets and apps actually making us healthier? A look at trends, next steps and what it all means.
Could Technology Reduce Time Spent in the Waiting Room?
Tracking personal health information today is easier than ever with web-based apps and recording systems. Here’s how.
Game Changers: How Video Games Are Shifting Consumer Expectations
The industry’s biggest games are only getting bigger. For these AAA releases, the stakes have never been higher—and failure has never been more decisive.
How the Internet of Things Is Making Everyday Objects Smarter
In the near future, your refrigerator will let you know when you are running low on milk and your dishwasher will inform you when it is ready to be emptied.
Think Before You Click: What to Expect from Big Data and the IoT
Connected devices are changing how we process personal data. As we enter the age of big data, the question looming largest is: How do we protect it?
From Frequent Flyer to Frequent Spender: How Airline Programs are Changing
The days of frequent flyer programs rewarding travelers just for flying are gone. Today, it’s about how much cold hard cash you spend.
How to Earn Travel Rewards Without Leaving Home
You wouldn’t be alone in assuming that the easiest way to earn airline miles is by actually flying—but you would be wrong.
A Frequent Flyer’s Guide to Falling in Love
Ireland, an off-the-beaten path destination, was my favorite trip of 2015—and should be on everyone’s 2016 “must visit” list.
Loyalty Makes You Royalty in Las Vegas
Let’s be honest. The numbers uppermost in the minds of many Las Vegas-bound visitors are seven and eleven. That’s part of the fun of the Vegas experience.
My Rewards: Mastering the Customer’s Perspective
Two veterans of the loyalty industry open up about what’s impacting rewards programs today, noting what’s helped, what’s hurt and what the biggest takeaway should be.
Live, from Paradise: Choosing Your Island Getaway
Whether you’re looking for a cruise or longing to fly far, far away, the white sandy beaches of Nassau, Bahamas are my favorite destinations for the year.
A Young Green Bay Packers Fan’s Historic Run
For a young Green Bay Packers fan, size and age could not get in the way of becoming one of the historic franchise’s biggest fans.
All About You: Making Travel Rewards Programs More Personalized
From personalized explorations to mobile check-ins, consumers today expect more than ever from travel rewards programs.
Looking to Book? 5 Travel Trends for 2015
Almost evenly split between the West and East Coast, the top five most popular destinations offer everything from sun to rollercoaster thrills, to celebrity sightings and animal adventures.
Bon Voyage: Customers Are Soaring to New Rewards in 2015
Airlines have been busy for the past year revamping their loyalty programs and looking into specific ways to heighten customer engagement.
4 Essentials to Create, Maintain Winning Experience Edge
Companies can develop a profitable customer experience program by using the framework of the four customer experience essentials as a blueprint.
Joining Loyalty Programs: Is Free Better Than Fee-Based?
What’s in it for you? Here are some guidelines for joining a free versus fee-based loyalty program.
Fact Vs. Fiction: What's True About Today's Hotel, Airline Programs
Customer loyalty programs in the hotel and airlines industries have changed significantly over the last few years.
Here's How to Maximize Your Built-Up Flight Mileage, Rewards Points
Joseph Morin uses his experience to teach us the tricks of the trade.
Customer Satisfaction Does Not Create Loyalty
Did you ever wonder why such a high proportion of satisfied B2B customers end up leaving and moving to a competitors’ product or service?
Investing in Sustainable Cities
In a rapidly urbanizing world, how we design and build the cities of the future will play a critical role in protecting the global commons, Earth’s shared natural resources that have provided for the stable conditions enjoyed by humanity for millennia.
Will Next-Generation Devices Be as Smart as We Need?
Some claimed 2015 would be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT), yet it has quickly turned into a year of mostly negative press.
Maximizing Your Hotel Reward Programs
Even though they are increasing in popularity, hotel loyalty reward program — better known as frequent guest programs — still have lots of catching up to do to the frequent flyer program in the minds of the general public.
Walter Kirn: The Mind Behind Ryan Bingham
Mediaplanet sat down with Walter Kirn, author of the book Up in the Air to discuss the inspiration behind leading character Ryan Bingham: the savvy reward strategist portrayed on-screen by George Clooney.
Why Small Business Saturday Is Important for Your Community
As small business owners prepare for the most important shopping day of the year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reminds every American to shop small.
Where the Rubber Hits the Road: What It Really Takes to Succeed on Main Street
Many men and women across the country share the dream of opening an independent coffee shop or a local dive bar, but few have the know-how to nurture a successful small business.
7 Easy Tips for a Financially Fit 2016
Are you on track to meeting your financial goals for 2016?
How Does Culture Affect Financial Literacy?
Cultural issues may influence the success or failure of the economic well-being of individuals and households, especially as they relate to how financial decisions are made or resources are used.
The Woes of Wall Street: Hidden Fees Will Hurt Investors
American investors pay hundreds of dollars each year in hidden fees. The good news? It’s preventable.
How Cloud Computing Has Transformed Game Day
Avaya Stadium and Levi's Stadium are keeping sportsviewing as green as their fields with sustainable initiatives that don't sacrifice experience.
Book an Extra Night and Reap the Rewards
Join a hotel loyalty program and count the points as you drift off to sleep. Mediaplanet sat down with Best Western International's Glen MacDonell to learn the facts.
Tipping Point: How An All-Inclusive Policy Is Shaking the Restaurant Industry
A controversial no-tipping policy at New York restaurants has the restaurant industry wondering if this is a trend.
Sky is the Limit: Travel Tips from a Frequent Flyer
For Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com, booking extravagant international trips for next to nothing is an art form.
Smart Travels: The Perks of Vacation Rental Properties
Ryan Bailey, CEO of ResortsandLodges.com, tells us how to design our dream vacation.
Make Some Miles: 8 Tips For Travelers
Follow Randy Peterson's eight tips to make your summer trip a breeze.
Late Checkout: Is Your Hotel Going the Extra Mile?
Don Berg, IHG Vice President of Loyalty Programs and Partnerships answers your burning questions surrounding hotel loyalty.
Reward Yourself: 4 Must-Visit Destinations
Do you feel it's time for a cultural, relaxing or historical getaway? Here are four must-visit destinations.
Nothing But Net, and Fan Loyalty
NBA champions the Golden State Warriors credit their fan base with helping them win games.
Why Jerry Ferrara Is a Gamer for Life
The Entourage actor talks about why video games aren’t just fun—they’re a way of life.
Experts Discuss the Future of PC Gaming
We talked to gaming technology insiders about to find out about the exciting new changes in the world of PC gaming.
'Tis the Season of Season Ticket Holders
We asked the front offices of major sports franchises for an inside look at how they go about creating memories and lasting connections with fans. Here’s what they had to say.
How theSkimm Caught the Attention of Young Professionals
When two former NBC News producers realized their friends weren’t watching the news, they launched a media company for “smart, busy women on the go.”
Experts Weigh in on the Future of Financial Technology
The intersection of finance and technology means exciting changes in how we buy, sell, trade and save. Four business leaders weigh in on the ever-changing world of FinTech.
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