Company Culture Innovation: An Interview with CIO Don Harkey



Chief Innovation Officer Don Harkey shares his insights on company culture.

Recruiting, hiring and managing the right sales team can be tough and time-consuming!

But it doesn’t have to be. Yes, sales teams work in high pressure environments. And sometimes the competitiveness leads to backbiting. Then there’s that “lone wolf” type–intent on only commissions–exclusive of their colleagues, the company’s mission and customer service.

We interviewed Don Harkey, Chief Innovation Officer at People Centric Consulting Group, to learn more about how to build a culture that rewards teamwork, works to common goals, and maximizes recognition of long-term customer development. [Read more…]

July is the New January!



3 Lessons from our Early Start on the New Year

New Year’s came early for Niche Media this year. Yep… back in July we started digging in… taking a clear-eyed look at ways to build our business to better support our awesome community of publishers. (That’s right… here’s looking at you, kid.)

Over the past 6 months, I’ve had incredible conversations with many of you. Talking about what’s exciting (and challenging) about this crazy business. Here’s what I heard: [Read more…]

5 Tips for Recognizing your Employees 



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Here’s expert Don Harkey’s 5 tips on recognizing your employees.

A recent study in a manufacturing setting highlighted the power of recognizing employees for their efforts.  The study utilized 4 different groups all performing the same tasks and experimented with different forms of rewards / recognition if the group exceeded their production goals for any given week.

One group received a cash bonus.  One group received pizza. One group received a canned text from their supervisor that said “Great job this week!”. The last group received nothing (it was the control group for the study).

The results were surprising to some. The group that responded the best was the text message group.  The pizza group came in second. The nothing group came in third. Surprisingly, the cash bonus group came in last. This study highlights some of the complexities and simplicities of employee recognition.

Here are 5 tips for doing it the right way: [Read more…]

It’s Time for Your Staff to Shine!



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Recognize your employees’ outstanding achievements with a Nichee!

You’ve created a solid team, you all work very hard and you publish a great product. What’s missing? What might be missing for your employees?

Studies show that when a company takes the time to recognize their employees for outstanding achievement, morale and productivity increase. It helps with retention too. Is it any wonder that creating a thriving company culture that rocks is a hot topic for media companies right now?

The key point it this: Recognition matters more to employees than money.  In a survey of 1,200 employees across the country, 83% of respondents said recognition for contributions was more fulfilling than any (monetary) rewards or gifts.

So when niche publishers told us what they’d like to see (and be a part of) in 2017, we listened. We have introduced the all new Nichee Awards Program, with the winners being honored at our Super Niche Media Event in Charlotte, March 27-29, 2017.

Here are two big innovations to the awards program that you need to know about: [Read more…]

Publishing Insights from the Niche CEO Summit in Nashville



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Niche publishers learned plenty at the CEO Summit about finding new revenue streams. Here are some of the insights.

Niche publishers from around the country met in Nashville a couple of weeks ago at the Niche CEO Summit to get inspired, hear about new innovations, network and learn from their peers. It’s always a good sign when the sessions would end and the conversations kept on going. No one wanted to leave. We call that a great success!

Here are some of insights from the Roundtable discussions: [Read more…]

2017 Trends for Niche Media Companies



With the constantly changing media landscape, do you know where your business is headed? Do you have a clearly defined path for growth? We recently tapped into our niche brain trust to learn more about media company trends in 2017.

New opportunities in audience data: [Read more…]