Tag Archives: Gift Experiences

Shared ‘Good Times’ Intrinsically linked to Happiness

Earlier this year we released some survey findings about what makes people happy. RedBalloon is in the business of creating ‘good times’, so we wanted to find out what gives people joy. When do people feel the happiest? And what we discovered was not only reassuring, but grounding in terms of what’s really at the core of happiness. We discovered that 87 per cent of respondents are happy with life overall – which is wonderful. But we also asked what…

Five strategies on Money and Happiness.

Last weekend RedBallooners were invited to our end of financial year celebration and kick off meeting in Port Douglas. When asked by friends “What was it like?” The only answer I had was – ‘joyous’. The excitement was palpable as soon as we met early on Friday morning. The laughter infectious, the camaraderie obvious – the sense of connection was clear. This sense of team does not happen by accident – we work hard together, we push the boundaries – set…

Five reasons why a coupon is NOT a gift

[From LinkedIn] I have just read a news report called “Groupon fights for its life as daily deals fade” which did not really surprise me. I know some of our suppliers have from time to time dabbled with discounting their activities and events through such sites and I have not heard a good story about any of them. I understand there are about 40 of these discount coupon sites in Australia – which is a lot for our ‘tiny’ population…

1 night, 2 people, 3 venues.

When I was a child my parents would go to ‘progressive dinners’  – usually as a fundraiser for the kindergarten or primary school.  I remember my parents having a ball – wandering the local neighborhood with friends – eating a different course at a different friends house. I was excited when the 1, 2 ,3 progressive dinner experience was published on the RedBalloon site – but I wondered if it would work – to the same degree. Finally last Friday…

Coming up this week 22 October 2012

Last week in amongst all of the speaking engagements and travel I got to ‘experience’ some new things….  before I left the Endota conference in Bali – my hosts decided a I needed to experience a ‘fish’ spa… now I have done a lot of things but this was really scary…I struggled to keep my feet in the water…eek. I got back from Bali Wednesday morning – and went straight into a very productive board meeting with our new chairman…from…

Tea for Two – a great reminder of ‘why’ we do what we do.

My colleague Shaelene – a customer experience executive at RedBalloon shared the story below on our internal blog…. It reminded me of why we do what we do… to be human is to share special moments. Life is so not about the stuff that we accumulate. We believe that people do need more ‘good times’ in their lives – and this story truly demonstrates our belief. “I received a phone call earlier today from a lovely older lady named Mary…

In search of happiness..

In a recent interview by Eloise King of Soul Session she secured in interview with Deepak Chopra about his Five Secrets to Happiness: Enjoyment at work, Having friends, Being active & well rested, Not worrying about money and Being connected to something larger than yourself; I found his words about the accumulation of stuff and the notion of giving insightful. We pick up the video at the point where he talks about experiences. Five Secrets to Happiness – can start…

I’m not getting any younger

I actually like being the age I am… You just know so much more than you once did. I know my teenagers look at me and think ‘she’s so old’ but I wouldn’t be a teenager again for quids. I have looked at photographs of my ancestors and wondered if they would think the same thing. What would they make of all this internet and smartphones – The only thing we have left of them is a single photograph. I’m…

Eleven years courting – finally we are engaged.

Way back in May 2001 Kathy Mason contacted Bridge Climb to let them know that RedBalloon would be launching later in the year. She invited them to become a supplier to list its experiences in time for launch. At the time the response was “Let’s wait and see how RedBalloon goes. Each product manager that has joined RedBalloon in the last decade has taken it on as a personal challenge to pitch the idea of how fabulous it would be…

Coming up this week 2 April 2012

Sometimes I do have to pinch myself – and say ‘wow’ because I do get to experience some absolutely amazing things. The weekend before last I was trialing ‘glamping’ on Cockatoo Island, Tuesday I got to experience the John Bowe V8 racing experience at Wakefield; in the evening I was at the Sydney Dance Theatre and met Rafael Bonachela- Creative Director and also the dancers after the performance of ‘2 One Another’ – which was an absolutely amazing expression of…