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AEs: What gifts do you reward your SDR?

What small tokens of appreciation do you send your SDR as thanks for their help EoQ?


Anything creative besides gifts cards?


An AE once gifted me movie tickets when I was an SDR. I felt appreciated and was never expecting it. I would like to pay it forward and do the same <3

What do you gift your SDR?
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CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Historically, I worked my ass off to get my BDRs promoted and would buy them drinks when I was in town. They appreciated the former more than the latter.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
I'm doing that as well! Doing whatever I can to ramp them up and advocating for their promotion!!
Wolfof7thStreet
Opinionated
+5
AE
This is huge - been working with my BDR to help her get promoted/gain interview skills and she has been really appreciativeย 
ronimal
Opinionated
+4
Commercial Account Executive
Iโ€™ve been working as an SDR for over a year and a half and my AEโ€™s havenโ€™t given me shit
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Wtf?! That sucks.ย  Being an SDR is a tough, thankless job.ย  You're some of the unsung heroes in sales.ย ย 
RealEstateVeep
Politicker
+6
VP of Real Estate
My SDR was responsible for 14% of my new business and 30% of my appointments. While these aren't particularly high - I'd have to work insane hours to meet the same numbers without her help. SDRs deserve more credit.
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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
I'm a chick so I will send girly things to my chickie SDRs. Guys I'll send an immediate e-giftcard to a local restaurant to grab a burger.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Nice, they got gift cards to food apps last month.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
I mean you gotta eat. It's win win ๐Ÿ’ฏ
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Gyro25
Politicker
+6
BDR - Enterprise and Partnerships
Nothing at all. They do help he with mentorship and how to get promoted faster, so that's a good thing to have for me. Although a thank you note with a gift card would be cool.ย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
It's the small things <3!
Meetingsetter
Politicker
+5
SDR
I never received a gift from any AEโ€™s lol well not yet but maybe someday
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
What? I hope they find some kinda way to show their appreciation.
Meetingsetter
Politicker
+5
SDR
One of them gives me pretty good guidance on account focus every month and actually puts in effort to make weekly 1on1โ€™s so I consider it appreciation in some way lol
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Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Amazon gift cards or lunchesย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Can't go wrong there
RaymundoFlex
Opinionated
+2
AE
I wish weโ€™d all stop using Amazon as a go to for anything... go local
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
I'd be happy to but some of us are remote in different locations.ย  Plus it's a surprise.
RealEstateVeep
Politicker
+6
VP of Real Estate
I give them cash every now and then if I canโ€™t think of something meaningful (or appropriate for the amount of work done) to give them. One SDR was OBSESSED with Harry Potter so one quarter he did alright, got him a Harry funkopop. One quarter he knocked it out of the park for me so I gave him tickets to the Harry Potter Broadway play. Iโ€™ve moved on to VP of Sales to a competitor, heโ€™s now a sales manager for the same company.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Omg, I love the Harry Potter gifts! That's such a nice gift :)ย  Love how you all moved up!
RealEstateVeep
Politicker
+6
VP of Real Estate
I think itโ€™s great how he stayed there. That company had no plans to move me up in the near future (person in that role is only 33 Iโ€™m 30) so I took the offer to move up elsewhere. Iโ€™ve been on the short end of the AE stick before and I was unmotivated because I felt unnoticed. Iโ€™m happy this dude still treats his team well and motivates them with fun and meaningful experiences.
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Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
None that I'm aware of
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
:(, it usually comes out of their pockets as a thanks.
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
cry in the darkness - not here
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Wolfof7thStreet
Opinionated
+5
AE
I worked as an SDR for 9 months and was given $100 once by an AE for setting a great meeting lol. Planning on buying my BDR and her roommates dinner (via a venmo, as they live in another state lol) at the end of the Q if she puts the effort in
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Nice! That's super sweet.ย  Being an SDR is a thankless job.ย  Gotta make sure they feel appreciated and loved!
whissspy
Opinionated
+1
Commercial AE
Fake converted opps to help them hit their quota / get promoted and not get fired. This is plenty. ๐Ÿ˜€
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
lol, the true gift!
softwaresails
Politicker
+4
Sales Manager
Gift cards are so easy and no one can be upset about it.ย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
True dat.ย  It's the safest gift
GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
Good and drinks always work.ย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Yep, can't go wrong with that
saaskicker
Big Shot
+10
AE
Drinks or Venmo them.ย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
A good default option
slaydie
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
If your friends and or get/along then I would take them out for food/drinks one day. It's always nice to get some time together and shoot the shit. If not, a giftcard is to a food place is always great
slaydie
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
or drizly!
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Forgot about that app! It's always either Amazon GCs or Food App GCs.ย ย 
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taylor
Opinionated
+2
Enterprise Sales Executive
I try to get my BDR/SDR team what they want through my company through mentoring and fighting to make their jobs easier. Helping them make business cases for better software, prospecting strategies, etc.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Same!
Allisce
Politicker
+4
Account Executive
visa gift card at the end fo the year to the MDR that bring me the most closed won revenue, we don't have assigned MDRs
wahmsales
WR Officer
+10
SDR
My AEs havent gotten me anything yet, been here like half a year. Granted they're making like $400 in commission off a sale on average, but a few of the deals I've helped them get have been nearly double that.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
:( that sounds stingy.ย  I understand you all get commission but if a deal you guys bring in makes my quota and substantial, you deserve the love <3!
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Tribal24
Good Citizen
+1
SDR
When I was an AE I'd take em out and pay for lunch during a tough week, pick up coffees on my way into work, or as an afternoon pick me up, and of course, speak up to get them promoted.ย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Same! We're wfh so some are in different locations.ย  We do it via Amazon gc, starbucks gc, seamless, etc.ย 
Tr
Tribal24
Good Citizen
+1
SDR
Anything you can do goes a long way.ย 
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Sgt_Trollingham
Valued Contributor
+5
Business Development Director
Bottle of their poison of choice... corrupt them early.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Lol, getting drinks is very common
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
Money. Duh.ย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Yep, the reason why we're in sales.ย ย 
tonysoprano
Opinionated
+5
AE
usually a nice lunch or, if they drink, a really nice bottle of whatever they preferย 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Yep, before covid it was usually drinks and/or a meal out.ย  Now it's GC to food
Feds_Watchin
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Hookers
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Not sure if their wives/girldfriends would appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜…
Feds_Watchin
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Thatโ€™s probably my bad that I assume all BDRs are young and single and willing to bang anything outside of a light socket.
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SiliconBBQ
Politicker
+3
The Metal Rooster
Have bought them booze, given gift cards, and cash...only for actual prospected leads/opps...resent having to even shout you out when it's an inbound lead and you want credit for the deal.

And of course try to help them get promo'd, hit goal, pass down any wisdom i can.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Same!
girheakinna
Opinionated
+3
da best SDR
i've never gotten a gift from them :( but again we are remote
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Not cool.ย  I'm remote and I still send them gifts as appreciation for their efforts.ย  They need all the encouragement they can get.
Beasthouse
Opinionated
+5
Corporate trainer
time off!!! early Fridays or late Mondays works fantastic and its dead time for the phones anyways super worth itย 
Sheriff
Politicker
+6
Sales Trainer
Alcohol and Cash. I figure they want the same things I do.
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
People in sales have a common desire!
Andr3dwar
Arsonist
+7
Logistics Manager
My friend say he's gonna fly to Hawaii
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