5 Steps to a Competitive Sales Incentive Plan


Compensation drives sales behavior, which means your sales incentive plan is a critical factor in sales performance and objective achievement. The incentive compensation planning team faces the challenge of balancing executive priorities and designing incentives that motivate reps.

X Factor Compensation Leaders: How to Be Incredible at Incentive Planning (Nuance Communications)


Ultimately, the new compensation and incentive plans must successfully motivate the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. Nuance had just implemented Xactly Incent a year or so prior to my joining but was in over their heads after some key Admins left the company.

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10 Incentive Travel Facts You Can Put To Good Use

Sales and Marketing Management

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), a private not-for-profit foundation that focuses its initiatives on pragmatic research highlighting the premise and the power of incentive and motivational programs, issued a list of 10 incentive travel facts to commemorate Global Meetings Industry Day. firms over $1MM in revenue use incentive travel to motivate their people and partners. firms spend over $14B annually on incentive travel. 

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Design and implement your best sales incentive ever

Sales and Marketing Management

You said you’ve built a lot of sales incentive programs as a manager, and, not to toot your own horn, but they have worked pretty darn well. With 20-plus years and more than 1,500 sales incentive programs under my belt, I’ve got some experience to share. Like all of us, sales managers get into ruts and here are some ideas to get you out of a rut and off to running your best sales incentive program?—?ever. A formal analysis benefits you in two ways: 1.

Drinking Our Own Champagne: How Xactly Insights Data Improves Sales Performance Analysis


As a sales leadership team, there are plenty of questions we ask ourselves to improve sales performance analysis and management, including: Are we setting up our teams for success? Improving Sales Performance Analysis with Xactly Insights.

How to Rollout and Analyze Sales Compensation Plans Year Round


Learn how to create successful sales compensation plans with the right planning team and setting up a process for continuous analysis. Incentive Compensation

How to Setup a Commission Plan in Six Steps


Download our "Ultimate Guide to Sales Compensation Planning" for incentive best practices and everything you need for a sales comp plan design project. Formulate your new plan around the successful elements and structure incentives for new goals similarly. Incentive Compensation

Question from the Field: Fresh Perspectives on Dealing with Paralysis by Analysis?

Engage Selling

Colleen, any fresh perspectives on dealing with customer’s paralysis by analysis? First remember that paralysis by analysis is the seller’s problem, not the buyers. If you are suffering from “paralysis by analysis chances are you are not talking to the real buyer. Offer an incentive with a deadline. Incentives don’t have to be discounts but they must be something of value specific to that prospect.

SPM Transforms the Career Path from Admin to Analyst


In this fourth post, we discuss how sales compensation administrators can streamline the incentives management process using SPM technology and in doing that transform their role from an administrative function to a business and analytical function. The opportunity for better analysis, better decisions and therefore better business results are huge.

Question from the Field: Fresh Perspectives on Dealing with Paralysis by Analysis?

Engage Selling

Colleen, any fresh perspectives on dealing with customer’s paralysis by analysis? First remember that paralysis by analysis is the seller’s problem, not the buyers. If you are suffering from “paralysis by analysis chances are you are not talking to the real buyer. Offer an incentive with a deadline. Incentives don’t have to be discounts but they must be something of value specific to that prospect.

3 Ways to Make Your Sales Team LOVE Role Play!

The Center for Sales Strategy

We try all kinds of solutions: motivation, incentives and sometimes "threats," but when those don't work, what do we do? Needs Analysis sales management SalesThe words "Role Play" immediately bring feelings of fear, dread, and anxiety for most salespeople. But why? That's easy.

Sales Compensation Plans Explained: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (with Videos)


But with so many possibilities—accelerator with multipliers, ranked, amount per deals, and endless combinations—zeroing in on the right sales compensation plans for your team and business needs can often lead to analysis paralysis. Incentive Compensation

What is a Strategic Sales Plan?


What incentives and sales commission structures will you use to motivate sales reps? Incentives Should Drive the Right Behavior. The incentives within the plan should align with company goals, and encourage reps to perform accordingly by emphasizing products, bundles, etc.

Through CPQ, Marketers are Creating a New Vision for Success

Cincom Smart Selling

CPQ is one technology that will help you pull the data—the hard numbers—to facilitate analysis and decision-making related to selling incentives, product features, benefits and pricing options. Guided-selling via CPQ is a great place to start data gathering and performing meaningful analysis. Smart Selling analysis CMO CPQ data Guided Selling marketing messaging vision

Beyond the Pay Mix: What Makes Salespeople Tick Today

Sales and Marketing Management

Incentives and bonuses are just the starting point. Compensation: Think beyond cash incentives. Offer incentives on the go and focus on experiences (e.g. travel incentives).

4 Sales Ops Lessons from the NFL

Sales Benchmark Index

Update the analysis annually and make adjustments. Incentive pay is a lever that must align with strategy. Suppose Rodgers was paid an incentive every time he threw an interception. Well, no different than paying incentives misaligned with your core strategy.

SalesTech Video Review: @Brainshark

Smart Selling Tools

Machine Analysis – Brainshark’s AI-Powered Engine for Sales Coaching and Practice – Honored for Improving Sales Effectiveness and Results. Sales Incentives. SalesTech Video Review: Brainshark. Brainshark is a data-driven sales readiness platform.

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Are You Using Your Sales Performance Data Effectively?


With continuous sales performance analysis, companies can avoid reacting to performance issues, and rather, plan proactively to achieve sales and revenue goals. With that in mind, you can then design your territories, set quotas, and build incentives that will keep you on track to hit goals.

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5 Popular Sales Metrics That Destroy Sales Performance

Hubspot Sales

When noted economist Steven Levitt published the book “ Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything ,” he shared the disproportionate impact structural incentives have on the behavior of individuals and their output. Conduct an analysis of what causes sales.

11 Sales Compensation Complaints to Address Before Next Year

Sales Benchmark Index

You’ve done some analysis and want to change sales compensation. Hopefully, your analysis included gathering complaints from the sales force. Surely something is wrong besides the new incentive compensation. Also, start doing a true analysis of territory and account potential.

Bridging the Gap Between Sales and Finance


If your company takes the initiative and automates their incentives and commissions process, you’ll easily remedy the main point of contention between Sales and Finance and bring your organisation closer together as a whole. A commission plan with too many incentives is sure to end badly.

How to Find Out What Your Competitors Are Doing That You Are Not

Sales Benchmark Index

Compensation Plan : Did they change their compensation plan incenting more new business vs. account development? Conducted deep analysis on the website. Call to Action: Identify triggers that a competitive analysis is needed: Are win rates falling?

Pay For Performance

Partners in Excellence

As is usual this time of year, I’ve been involved in lots of discussions of incentive and commission plans–both last quarter as people plan for the new year, and now as these plans are being introduced at Sales Kick Off Meetings.

What Determines Cost Per Lead


It takes a skilled team, a proven cadence, multiple touch points, message testing, market analysis — and plenty of perseverance —t o produce the leads that truly contribute to revenue generation. Check out this video that explains how over-focusing on cost per lead incents lead volume over lead quality. How much should a lead cost? Understanding what goes into generating a high-quality B2B lead helps you determine whether you're getting a good deal.

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How to Leverage AI in Marketing?


Trend Analysis. Results from analysis are the core of campaigns and it’s an aspect of marketing that should never be neglected. AI can be utilized to collect and analyze engagement behavior to provide information about the different incentives and ads customers are interested in.

What is the Best Commission Strategy to Motivate Sales Reps?


Once you’ve done a detailed cost-of-sale analysis and established the compensation mix of base salary and commissions, you’re ready to create an incentive plan that drives the sales behaviors that will help you achieve company goals and objectives.

10-Point Inspection for Top Sales Performance

Sales Benchmark Index

Erik Charles is the Principal Incentive Strategist at Xactly Corp. In a recent webinar , Erik noted that: "The total outlay for Incentive Compensation in the U.S. This easy check-box analysis will point you towards ideas for early corrections. January is over.

[Data Snapshot] 2018 Sales Compensation Best Practices Study


In May 2018, Xactly partnered with WorldatWork to complete its annual Sales Compensation Best Practices Study to define the key trends and metrics for companies that want to plan and incent a top sales organization.

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Competition: The Invisible Enemy of Compensation Planning

Sales Benchmark Index

Discover tactical solutions to get the most out your incentive comp dollars. How do competitors structure incentive payouts? Is your outward-looking analysis as robust as your internal performance metrics? Each year, HR professionals pay for benchmark compensation data.

Transforming Sales Compensation into an Enterprise Strategy


The fact is that sales compensation is undoubtedly a strategic lever for enterprises or any company that pays incentives. the applied analysis that is derived from the numbers. Sales compensation is one of the most costly investments enterprises make every year.

How to Avoid Wasting Money on a Compensation Assessment

Sales Benchmark Index

Software Firm: The annual Employee survey is overflowing with negative comments about the incentive plan. It’s the essential first step: Complete a Root Cause Analysis to determine the true source of the symptoms. Incentive compensation is specialized enough that it requires help from a third party expert. The actions you take to solve incentive compensation challenges today will have a powerful impact on your success in 2013.

Revenue Operations: A Game-Changer for B2B Marketers


Each team brings to revenue ops its own unique incentives, priorities, and challenges, which might not always align with the others’ On the occasions that those goals do overlap, each team may still have its own approach toward a solution based on different perspectives and expertise.

New Product? Don’t Forget to Update the Sales Compensation Plan

Sales Benchmark Index

So how do we incent this behavior? To determine new product expectations, we need to work with our new best friend, the Product Manager, and perform analysis. If the product doesn’t make up a minimum of 15% of the overall quota, there won’t be enough incentive for the sales rep to focus on it. When a new product takes significantly longer to sell, sales reps will need to be given some extra incentive.

The Future of Finance: 10 Things CFOs Need to Consider About Technology


Most “software” problems are truly data/analysis problems. In reality, it is not really a software problem, but a data/analytics problem that technology solves and ultimately, enables the team to conduct more efficient analysis.

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6 Marketing Strategies for B2B Customer Retention

Sales and Marketing Management

Adding more incentives erases any second thoughts when contemplating defection. An analysis of the defectors and stayers in B2B model comes in handy. Author: Serena Dorf Business-to-business marketing is one of the most challenging facets of the marketing industry.

How to Know Which Partners to Invest In

Sales Benchmark Index

Keen oversight and analysis is necessary to keep both parties fresh and productive. SPIFFs, Discount Multipliers and other incentives. As a result, you need an objective analysis to help you through.

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A Sales Leader’s Blueprint for 2014

Sales Benchmark Index

Change the compensation plan to incent new logo growth by adding an accelerator. This will help you complete your own gap analysis. Your Sales Strategy. It is one thing to have a sales strategy. It is entirely different to have one you and your team can execute.