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What is Nectar?

Nectar is a cloud-based employee recognition platform. It features monetary and social recognition that can be provided in a peer-to-peer and a manager-to-peer manner.

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What is Nectar?

Nectar is a cloud-based employee recognition solution that seeks to cultivate a positive work environment with employee recognition rooted in its core values. Nectar specifically targets organizations with heavy remote work as a solution for keeping employees engaged even when they are not in an office. Additionally, Nectar has Android and iOS apps for convenient access on the go.

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What is Nectar, and how Does It Work?

To use the words of one Nectar employee, “From a high level, Nectar is really a social, dedicated place for employees to be able to say ‘thank you’ to their coworkers based on company values.” Nectar specifically targets organizations with heavy remote work as a solution for keeping employees engaged even when they are not in an office. But it also has use in promoting a more unified company culture for employees in regional offices, whose interaction may be limited, or even just as a simple but robust recognition program for a standard office.

But how does any of this work? Nectar allows the employer to distribute a set amount of points to employees. There is limited customization in the number of points distributed, as there are only options for managers and non-managers, as shown below.

Don’t be fooled by the point system. While having points instead of dollars helps to gamify the system and remove cost from the employee thought process, the points have an exact point-to-dollar ratio of 10 to 1.

Once the points are distributed to employees, they can then recognize each other by awarding points. The employee awards allow for messages consisting of text, emojis, pictures, and GIFs and require the attachment of a company value. Not attaching a company value will result in an error, as shown below.

Once an employee receives the points, they can spend them on rewards. The rewards fall into five categories: gift cards, discounts, products from Amazon, company swag, and custom rewards. Each individual award costs a set number of points.

Most of the core mechanics of Nectar are not unique. Both Awardco and Bonusly share similar point systems for awards. Awardco has the same requirement for attached company values.

The rewards catalog for Nectar is expansive. A significant portion of the catalog is from Amazon, which many of Nectar’s competitors also use. Notably, however, Bonusly, Nectar’s most direct competitor, does not use direct Amazon fulfillment. Their catalog is instead limited to gift cards, charity donations, and custom rewards.

Beyond Amazon, company swag is available from some but not all of Nectar’s competitors. Nectar’s discount selection for restaurants, resorts, theme parks, and other businesses is extensive and a feature that stands out from its competition.

In addition to the standard recognition programs, Nectar provides challenges and milestones. Challenges allow the company to set particular individual or group goals and distribute points to employees if they are met. Milestones allow for automatic distributions of points on significant days, like birthdays or work anniversaries. Most of Nectar’s competitors also provide milestone-type programs or rewards. Challenge-type programs are hit or miss across the space. For example, Bonusly does not have a standard challenge feature, but something similar can be created with their manual reward tool.

How is the user interface?

The user interface is straightforward and intuitive. You can get to 90-95% of the places you want to be with two or three clicks from the home screen. Of course, part of that is because an employee will spend the majority of his or her time on the home screen and rewards screen.

This is the home screen. It has four sections. The navigation bar works like any navigation bar (This is an Admin account, not all profiles will see the Admin part of the navigation). The profile shows how many points you have to give and how many points you have to redeem.

The social feed is both where you give points and recognize people and where you can see the recognition others have received. Finally, the “My Team” section shows how much of your team you have recognized and when the last time you recognized each member of your team was. The “My Team” section either requires a spreadsheet upload or HR integration to populate appropriately.

This is the awards screen. It is pretty straightforward to use. You have the categories on the top banner, and you simply select the rewards that you want. Swag can be sourced either from a company provider or Nectar’s partner Axomo.

Of course, the question immediately arises: “Does this set Nectar apart?” The answer is yes and no. For comparison, here is the home screen for Bonusly.

Here is the equivalent home page for Awardco.

As you can see, Nectar and Bonusly’s home pages are very similar. Three of the four key areas from Nectar are present, with only the “My Team” section missing. However, Bonusly also has the company values present on the home page. Company values are still required as part of recognition for Nectar, so employees will still see them on a regular basis.

Awardco is pretty different in that the social feed is not on the home page and that recognition and the social feed are not on the same page. This is because Awardco is generally a deeper, more complicated product than Nectar with features like different programs for different employees, keyword exclusion to limit Amazon purchases, and the ability to stream the data outside the application.

What analytics are available?

Knowing how things are being used is essential to any business operation. Nectar provides numerous insights into how the program is being used across the organization. The following three pictures show the entirety of the dashboard of Nectar.

Even just from the dashboard, this is a large amount of great information. The first four figures are fairly straightforward. They show how much engagement you are getting with the program and how that engagement is distributed.

But it is the collaboration that is my favorite. The reason for this is that this information can provide useful insights into cross-functional dynamics. From the diagram, we can see that sales and marketing recognize each other a lot. This is something that I think most people would expect and consider a good thing.

In contrast, the amount of recognition between Engineering and Product is very low. This might be worrying because those two departments would work together a lot. So are they not working as well as they should together? Have they not adopted the recognition platform yet? Who knows, but this chart gives you that visibility. It shouldn’t be the only way you measure those interactions, but it is another line of sight into your organizational dynamics. You can have the same chart but at the individual level, as shown below.

So the question is, yet again, how does this compare to the competition?

As can be seen, Bonusly provides similar analytics. It’s too close to say that one is definitively better than the other, but Nectar does have a few extra bells and whistles, like the clear graphic and line thickness on the collaboration chart, that set it apart.

How is the support?

If you go for the Plus tier, you get a dedicated account manager who can assist you with any issues. If you have selected the standard tier, you can contact Nectar through their website. For comparison, Bonusly all of Bonusly’s support is through website contact, while Awardco has a 24/7 support line.

What are the integrations?

Nectar integrates with many HRIS and SSO systems commonly used among small and medium-sized businesses. It also integrates with Slack and Microsoft Teams for recognition in everyday communication. Its integration suite is somewhat narrower than Bonusly’s, missing products such as Google Chat, Zapier, Zoho, UKG Pro, and SAP, but still covers many of the major players. However, both Nectar and Bonusly far surpass Awardco for the number of integrations.

What is the cost?

Nectar has pricing tiers, Standard and Plus, shown above. Discounts are provided to companies with more than 500 employees. Additionally, you pay face value for the rewards themselves, which typically make up the bulk of the program cost. Bonusly and Awardco also only charge face value for awards.

Many of Nectar’s best features are in the Plus tier. These include the Amazon reward catalog, HRIS and SSO integrations, and swag rewards and management. If you only have the Standard tier, your rewards catalog is limited to gift cards and whatever custom rewards you spend the time to input. To be fair, the gift cards include Amazon gift cards. So your employees can still get stuff from Amazon. It just takes a few extra steps.

The pricing for Nectar’s most direct competitor, Bonusly, is $2.70 per user per month and $4.50 per user per month. However, there is no monthly billing option for Bonusly. Instead, you need to sign an annual agreement. This makes Nectar more flexible than Bonusly. Bonusly has a free trial, however. Bonusly has discounts for organizations with more than 100 employees.

Awardco doesn’t provide stated pricing, instead calculating a price based on individual company metrics. However, Awardco stated that their fees were typically around 15% of a customer’s rewards budget. This would be roughly equivalent to $4.00 per month per employee if you spend $320 on rewards per year per employee. This doesn’t account for any discounts.

Nectar falls on the cheaper end of the spectrum. While there are cheaper options out there, like Recognize or Giftogram, those options tend to lack all of Nectar’s features, especially the social feed and expansive reward catalog.

How does Nectar Scale?

The scalability for Nectar is great for the core functionality but poor as the org chart deepens. We saw earlier that Nectar had two categories for point allocation, manager and employee. That’s it. There is no high-level manager or mid-level manager. There are no separate programs for different departments.

So while Nectar’s core peer-to-peer recognition can scale without end (although the social feed might get a little busy), the program will not scale with a deepening of the org chart, and it will not enable different programs for different departments. Of course, there are ways to make it work, but it’s clear you are using a solution targeted at small and medium-sized organizations.

What is the use case?

Unfortunately for Nectar, it is not lonely at the top in the employee recognition space. While Nectar’s clean UI, important social features, expansive rewards catalog, solid analytics package, and lower price easily make it a top-tier product, none of them stand out so much as to instantly differentiate it from its top competition.

The best use case for Nectar is for a small or medium-sized business looking for an expansive catalog and simple UI. Nectar’s Plus tier competes very heavily with Bonusly’s Pro tier here but surpasses it with
  • Extra bells and whistles like the “My Team” section on the home page and a few additional reporting options

  • A lower price with a yearly agreement or the flexibility of not having a yearly agreement

  • Providing both direct Amazon fulfillment and company swag in the rewards catalog

This advantage disappears when Nectar’s Standard tier competes against Bonusly’s Core tier. While Nectar still maintains a bells and whistles advantage, it loses its price and rewards catalog advantages, which turns it into a toss-up.

Nectar Screenshots

Screenshot of Nectar provides a centralized platform for social recognition.Screenshot of Nectar provides a wide variety of awards.Screenshot of Nectar also provides discounts for a variety of products and services.Screenshot of Set challenges for employees

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Nectar is a cloud-based platform aimed at increasing employee morale and engagement by making it easy to recognize employee success.

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We used Nectar so that individuals could provide each other written public feedback utilizing our values, and be rewarded for how much they were writing and receiving reviews (provided points by individuals during feedback that could be used to buy giftcards).
  • Ability to provide public feedback
  • Incentivized feedback in a user friendly/good UX platform
  • Ability to tie feedback to our core values
  • Did not have great global functionality - we couldn't send actual gifts (only giftcards) to germany
If you are a US based company only (or maybe just US and Canada or UK) the product works particularly well. I think it makes more sense to provide gifts rather than gift cards as rewards, as people don't really cash out the gift cards. Since Nectar didn't have this functionality in Germany, the platform wasn't ideal. People did provide and receive feedback but didn't really use the reward capabilities. It also would have been nice to have a way to provide the feedback directly from slack without going into the Nectar platform.
  • People collaborating better together
  • People feeling more engaged
We eventually decided to switch back to Lattice. We liked Nectar because it was an all in one feedback & gifting platform, but ultimately switched to Lattice paired with Snappy gifts for gifting as Snappy is able to provide physical gifts in US and Germany, and Lattice provides us other capabilities besides feedback such as performance reviews, engagement surveys, hosting 1:1s, utilizing competencies...
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