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How to use HeyTaco! effectively

Ideas to help your taco economy flourish!


Introducing a new app to your team can be fun. It’s an opportunity to try and learn new things. It’s also a critical point that can determine its success. No matter whether you’re just joining us or have already built a thriving taco economy, we want to help you get the most out of your HeyTaco! Adventure.

Over the years we’ve noticed a few patterns and themes with teams who are having taco success. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for a successful taco economy:

Don’t make people use HeyTaco!

Sounds crazy, right!?! Even crazier when you consider how we make money for each person using HeyTaco!.

Here’s the truth…

When someone says you need to use a new app, it doesn’t feel very good. On the other hand, when people get to choose their apps it can be exciting to get started. They’re more invested in them, and it leads to higher odds of long-term success.

We recommend letting HeyTaco! grow organically within your team. Start with a few people. Don’t force your taco economy to grow too fast. You’ll find that people will use HeyTaco! because they want to. It feels good!

Our goal from the beginning was to build “feel-good” software people want to use. When people want to use something it’s much more effective.

Do make your tacos matter

principles of the taco economy
Each taco is an opportunity to brighten someone’s day with a meaningful message. Tacos make it easier to say things that would normally go unsaid.

There’s many different types of tacos too. A taco to celebrate a work anniversary, one for finishing a big project, or another for appreciating that person who always lifts the team up with their positive attitude. Whichever type of taco you’re giving, it’s a taco fact successful teams have a higher text-to-taco ratio. Meaning, they’re not only giving tacos, but they also include a meaningful message with their tacos.

In the beginning, the first few tacos you give are important for building a strong foundation for your taco economy. When you give someone a taco for the first time, it sets an example for the tacos they give. If you give tacos without messages, others will likely follow suit.

Don’t take leaderboards seriously

picture of 3 taco winners having fun
A fun celebration of top taco givers and receivers.

Leaderboards are a nice way to add more excitement to your taco economy. What they’re not so good at is evaluating job performance. After all, we are tracking taco emojis here 😉.

Leaderboards are great for light-hearted fun and creating feel-good rituals to bring your team together. Many of our customers use their leaderboard to give the top giver and receiver a taco trophy each month. The trophies get transferred to new winners each month and become a unique cultural icon and ceremony.

You can see and read more about those by clicking here.

Do create rewards

3 examples of team rewards
Team Rewards are a fantastic way to help your team celebrate, something we’ve found teams often forget to do. Celebrating is a form of gratitude, and when we do it together, it’s great at nurturing our relationships with each other.

When we studied people using rewards, we discovered an incredible taco stat. Companies who have rewards people redeem send 60% more recognition messages than those that don’t. That’s a huge boost in appreciation!

Long story short, adding a few rewards can add value to the tacos you give and improves the outcomes of your taco economy. You can see some of the most popular reward ideas by clicking here.

About the Author

Doug is Founder and Chief Taco Officer of HeyTaco!. He has 15 years of product design experience and is passionate about building "feel-good" software.

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