I picked up some coffee the other day at Birch Coffee near our offices and encountered this tip jar (yes, I tipped for LOTR):
Aside from this being a creative way to ask for tips, I am willing to bet that this tactic is more effective than a standard tip jar. Instead of asking explicitly for money, the staff here cleverly made tipping a game. It was actually fun to tip the Brich folks, I got to simultaneously vote for my preference. In it’s own way, this tip is about the tipper as well.
There are so many things in the world of business that are set up and executed without any creativity applied. This inspired me to try to rethink assumptions on monetization with some of our companies.