Are travel incentives still working?

With more and more people keeping their precious dollars a little tighter these days, how can you convince them to drop some of it and buy your product or service and therefore keep you in business? Vacation incentives are one of the most attractive attraction methods. They can help struggling businesses maintain their customer base, plus get new ones! Businesses that use vacation travel incentives in their promotions have seen a 35% increase in sales! Of course, just about any business can use travel incentives effectively, whether it’s a retail, service, internet, mlm, wholesale, or other business. You see, EVERYONE likes to travel.

Well, almost everyone. A recent USA Today poll says 92% prefer travel to any other award or incentive. Traveling has a special value in their hearts. And to make your business grow and remain successful, you really have to give the public what they want. And most want to travel!

A free vacation could very well simply by convincing your potential customer to buy, or your potential partner to join. And no, it usually doesn’t have to be a luxury 2-week vacation on the French Riviera either. (I wouldn’t mind that one though!) You can just grab some 3-day specials at places like Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, Honolulu, Cancun, Branson, or Atlantic City! Perhaps you can use larger incentives of 8 full days in places like a Caribbean cruise, Virginia Beach, Poconos, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe. Or maybe exciting international destinations like Wales, Spain or the Canadian Rockies! The latest travel incentives now include golf and spa vacations to St. Thomas, Aruba, Ft. Lauderdale, Nashville, Williamsburg or Anaheim.

About 62% say that travel is more of an incentive than even cash or merchandise. With money, it is often spent on bills, with travel, it is memories that last a lifetime.

Travel incentives routinely outperform any other form of incentive marketing. If more companies were to use travel as an incentive, rather than what they are using now, if at all, they will almost certainly see drastic increases in their sales and commissions.

Businesses can even use vacation incentives to reward and encourage customer loyalty. Or even if they refer another client or associate!

The contract or prepaid terms can also be changed to accommodate travel incentives such as thank you gifts. Imagine having a 3-day trip to see Mickey Mouse if you insure your child with life insurance and pay for the entire year in advance. How attractive!

Newer members of member-only clubs and organizations can even get many exciting travel benefits, like a 3-day or 5-night Bahamas cruise in Las Vegas.

Of course, sometimes the best way to convince someone to buy something is to let them try it first. Why not encourage sales during the trial period by offering a special travel incentive?

So, as you can clearly see, travel and vacation incentives are not used much, but they are always highly appreciated. And they often change the course of their business. Perhaps travel incentives will even help save your business!

Sexy Rock Music – Top Sexy Songs by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

Trent Reznor, the mastermind behind the industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails, is no stranger to the realm of the best songs in the sexy rock music genre. And if you asked anyone who’s stuck their head into the rock world for an iota of time, they might respond by saying that NIN’s “Closer” definitely deserves a spot on any top 10 list.

But what about Trent’s other bands / projects? What about How To Destroy Angels, the band he shares with his wife, Mariqueen, and his friend / collaborator Atticus Ross? What about your soundtracks, also co-composed by Ross? Their remixes / covers?

How about we dive into less mapped territory?

Here’s an example of a playlist that uses Trent Reznor’s sexy deep cuts:

1. All Time Low (Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks)

Get the ball rolling with this strong mid-tempo funk song, which sounds a lot like “Closer” (Trent even inserts verses from “Closer” when he performs “All Time Low” live). Between Adrian Belew’s dissonant ’70s guitar, Pino Palladino’s staccato bass lines, and the drugged arpeggiator at the end of the song, this song takes you on a drunken sexual journey. Good way to start.

2. Get Down Make Love (Nine Inch Nails – Sin)

Heighten the angst a bit with Trent’s industrial version of Queen’s deep theme from “News of the World.” Produced by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Trent’s distorted voice makes him sound even more desperate and sexually frustrated, the complete opposite of Freddy Mercury’s confidence: “I’m the provider of all things sexual, now do what I say.” Trent’s opinion is more “Do what I tell you ???

3.27 Ghosts III (Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV)

Keep the distress and noise high. This super deep cut is an instrumental from a series of instrumental EPs called “Ghosts”. These EPs were the main reason David Fincher asked Trent and Atticus to score his films. Fincher would put “Ghosts” songs on the “The Social Network” soundtrack to test the feel of things, trying to hear what the difference would be between a darker score and a more upbeat Elvis Costello rock score.

4. Solo (El-P Remix) (Nine Inch Nails – Every day is exactly the same)

This halftime version of NIN’s hit single “Only” by hip hop artist El-P turns the original disco feel into a super sexually charged mix of sweaty beats / turntable effects. Technically Trent didn’t, specifically, but shut up. It is part of the Halo canon (Halos is the official Nine Inch Nails catalog system). This will totally work in your favor.

5. The loop closes (How to destroy angels – Welcome to oblivion)

An almost instrumental song, this melody unites electronics and exotic instrumentation, solidified by another “Closer” -like rhythm. A great song that uses upward dynamics throughout, starting soft, steadily climbing its way to the loud (and you should be climbing to your own loud) before unleashing its energy and resolving into blippy electronic pianissimo. It’s also great to hear Trent and his wife riffs together on vocals.

6. Reptile (Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral)

A classic NIN song from a classic album, but a deep cut nonetheless. Trent is totally in his element of sexual loss and frustration. It takes things a little darker (which, considering everything on this playlist is dark, is saying something).

7. Closer (Forerunner) (Nine Inch Nails – Closer to God)

I know I said we would stay in more uncharted territory, so why does “Closer” appear? Play. BUT this is a remix made by Coil. If you’ve seen the opening credits for “Se7en” (from the aforementioned David Fincher, no less), then you’ve heard this great version of NIN’s biggest single. It’s dirty, muddy, long, and has a slightly more haunting feel than the original.

8. A familiar taste (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network)

This song is a revised and modified version of a song from the Nine Inch Nails “Ghosts” collection. But I like this version better. In the movie, “The Social Network,” it is played while Mark Zuckerberg is imagining what happens at all the frat parties he would like to attend when young college girls are invited out for a night of drunken sex revelry. This song is a nice warm top for the next track on the list …

9. Container (Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero)

I love this track. This truly rivals “Closer’s” reign of NIN’s sexiest song of all time. This vibrant, throbbing cartilage is ideal for the most violent sexual rompers out there. The noise, the beeps, the rhythm: it’s perfect.

10. Consummation (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl)

This is dark. The darkest on the list. And it’s the latter for a reason. I won’t say what happens in the movie “Gone Girl”, but this song takes place during its most moving and violent scene. I would use this song to bring the climax when it comes to your playlist. The slow pulse, the rising cacophony (it looks like your speakers are being smashed) all lend themselves to the perfect ending (read: orgasm) to your ten-song Trent Reznor sex festival.

*** 11. Sugar Storm (Reprise) (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl)

As a bonus, use this song as you go down. It is short but pleasant to listen to. It also has the perfect leading key ending, a big cherry on top of everything you just heard. ***

If you liked this list, check out another example of a sexy rock music playlist I’ve compiled that doesn’t just use Nine Inch Nails to full effect:

http://www.patchbandmusic.com/sexy-rock-music-top-10-sexy-rock-songs/

But yes, “Closer” might appear near the end.

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