Bonusly vs. Nectar
Let’s start with a high level comparison:
Bonusly powers successful teams through its fun and smart recognition and rewards solution, building high performing cultures. Bonusly ensures everyone in your organization stays connected, motivated, and high-performing.
Nectar is an Amazon-centric recognition platform designed for employee rewards.
Considering Nectar? Here’s what you’ll miss
What separates Bonusly from Nectar
Purchasing power parity
Reward your employees equitably. Bonusly ensures the buying power associated with points earned is roughly equivalent for all users.
No designated desk? No problem. With Kiosk Mode, users are automatically signed out after five minutes of inactivity, so they don't accidentally use the wrong Bonusly account.
We believe in making recognition a breeze for organizations of all sizes. And we know Bonusly does it best. That's why we invite you to experience its power through a free trial.
Check out docs.bonus.ly, our open API system that lets you manage parts of your account to create your own solutions, gather data, and more. Our API integrates easily with any stack or programming language.
A whopping 82% of Bonusly users participate in our platform twice per week. Consistent recognition leads to increased engagement, productivity, and retention.
Exhaustive AXOMO integration
With the Bonusly + AXOMO integration, employees can spend their well-earned points on a full catalog of swag, unlike Nectar's limited catalog.
Bonusly is fun to use, easy to navigate, and builds high performing cultures.
Where Nectar falls short
Reviewers complain about Nectar’s poor user experience:
Across numerous software review sites, Nectar users cite the difficulty of logging into the platform and the lack of clear instructions on how to give recognition. For some time, users complained that Nectar didn’t have an app option. Now that it does, users complain that it’s harder to use than the web platform.
Customers say it’s hard to find helpful info on Nectar:
On review sites, some users complain that Nectar’s exportable data reports aren’t as robust as they’d like. Many users also say it’s hard to navigate the system and find what they’re looking for. (Apparently, there’s a lot of scrolling.) They voice frustration at not being able to find or search their own outgoing messages easily or search their own recognition separately from everyone else's. They also find it tough to conduct a search for someone else to see how that person is doing, or see the entirety of a recognition post beyond who made it and when.
Users claim that redeeming points on Nectar is a poor experience:
Many who are unhappy with Nectar cite the points redemption process as confusing, while others don’t like that the system limits how many points they can give to one person. Some find that the quality of the redeemable products is poor, and others say that decent products require too many points and seem unattainable. (One user said big-ticket items are taxed in their state.)
Meanwhile, here’s what customers say about Bonusly on G2:
"Honestly, I love everything about Bonusly, starting with the stellar customer service to the attention to detail of our integration and the personalized service they offer. The customer success team is a pleasure to work with, no matter the size of your team. The integration resource package was excellent"
"Bonusly allows co-workers to recognize each other and award each other for little things (like a job well done) to big things (Birthdays, promotions, work anniversaries)."
I like how we're able to see who has received recognition and how easy it is to recognize other people on the team. It's straightforward to select the amount to send to the person, why you're giving it to them and the hashtags associated to why you're recognizing them.
Bonusly is a game-changer for employee engagement. With an intuitive interface, personalized recognition, flexible rewards, real-time analytics, and seamless integration, it fosters a positive workplace culture. It's not just a tool; it's an indispensable asset in cultivating a motivated and engaged workforce
"The most helpful feature of Bonusly is the reporting analytics. I can easily see who is using it, who needs a little recognition, and it allows us to calculate our quarterly award winners for core value representation."
"I really like that it encourages us to give kudos to people within the workplace that really make an impact. Whether its simply helping me with something, or jumping in to help a whole team, we can reward those that do a lot for our company..."
"Allows everyone to show gratitude in a genuine and meaningful way. The reward boosts are really a bonus to the kind words and appreciation from colleagues."
"It's fun, it's a great way to be thankful and recognize your colleagues for the great work they do, and what I like about Bonusly is that amount of companies they work with to redeem gift cards or donating money. I would also thank Bonusly for the ease of use, it's very user friendly."
"Using Bonusly is super simple and quick to use. It clearly spells out how you want to make a shout out, and within seconds you are done!"
"I think it's fantastic that the point can be redeemed with SOOO many different options from gift cards to donations to charity there is something for everyone to gain by using their points each month and wanting to get points to redeem!"
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“It's helped bridge the divide between departments. We typically don't interact with one another, other than on a Monday morning call when we do a week in review, so it's been great to see what each department is working on and how it has positively impacted our company.”
"I used to spend up to five hours per week managing points and rewards manually. Today, I spend next to no time on the process, apart from the time I spend recognizing others. Bonusly has lifted an enormous burden from my shoulders."
“It's been a total game-changer for our company's employee recognition efforts! The platform's user-friendly interface makes it accessible to all team members, and the diverse range of rewards — from gift cards to charitable donations — caters to individual preferences, showing genuine care for employees.”
"The accounting department really likes Bonusly because we can distribute rewards quickly without the headache of ensuring we have the right amount in the correct currency. We have integrations set up so it's pretty seamless and self-sustaining."
“Anytime a co-worker helps make the client journey easier by jumping in and helping out on a call, I can reward them by @ing them, adding the amount I want to send, and then using a work-related hashtag such as #vestedinclientsuccess, #resultsdriven, #teamfirst”
4 benefits that make Bonusly the best 🏆
Why it matters: High-performing teams are more efficient and results-oriented. That’s part of how they achieve their goals and contribute to their company’s success.
How Bonusly delivers: In our platform, employees consistently offer and receive recognition that aligns with company values. That creates perfect conditions to boost their motivation, growth, and performance.
How the competition lags behind: Without a forward-thinking platform, performance isn’t rewarded equitably, which can be demotivating and lead to lower performance.
Save significant time
Why it matters: The right recognition platform can save critical time for HR teams while delivering supercharged workflows and improved productivity. Time saved means HR leaders like you can focus on strategic initiatives instead of administrative tasks.
How Bonusly delivers: Our best-in-class solution saves you hours each week by automating time-intensive processes so there’s less administration. It’s intuitive, easy-to-use, and has streamlined integrations, so you can run at top speed right out of the gate.
How the competition lags behind: You’ll sink hours of time into your recognition program each week if you use a poorly designed and less intuitive platform.
Why it matters: Strong employee retention means you’re not fighting voluntary employee turnover, which is incredibly costly and creates roadblocks to your company’s growth and stability.
How Bonusly delivers: Bonusly creates a workplace where employees feel appreciated and valued. It’s this culture of recognition that stirs your employees’ loyalty and keeps them in their roles longer.
How the competition lags behind: Other platforms don’t understand or address the link between well-executed recognition programs and lower turnover rates.
Why it matters: When teams collaborate successfully, they’re more productive and efficient. Better collaboration improves the quality of their work deliverables too.
How Bonusly delivers: Nothing breaks down silos and builds stronger partnerships between employees and teams than Bonusly. Our platform was designed to create a sense of belonging and inclusion, so employees can lean into their best work.
How the competition lags behind: Our competitors focus almost exclusively on top-down rewards. They neglect the collaborative power that emerges when employees are connected vertically and horizontally.