5 Tips for Designing Successful Sales Incentive Compensation Plans

Xactly

Few leading indicators are more predictive of a company’s future sales performance than its incentive compensation plans. While multiple factors influence the effectiveness of your sales incentive compensation plans, 5 tips stand out: 1.

The Territory Optimization Revolution

OpenSymmetry

A critical element that is relatively new is territory optimization and we will examine the case for this in this article. The territory optimization and alignment element of salesforce effectiveness is vital for three reasons. New Concepts Driving Greater Performance .

You’re Done with the Revenue Plan; What’s Next?

Sales Benchmark Index

“Hello 2019, we’ll be right with you!”. Most of my clients have been in non-stop planning meetings since mid-August and earlier. Long days of adjusting and readjusting budgets and expectations. New tools make the process easier, however the resource allocation decisions.

5 Steps to a Competitive Sales Incentive Plan

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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.

Sales Incentive Optimization

OpenSymmetry

The Journey to Sales Incentive Optimization. The recent e-Reward conference in London (May 12 2016) had a number of important messages for the Compensation and Benefits community. Sales Incentive Design. The post Sales Incentive Optimization appeared first on OS Blog.

Sales Planning Fundamentals Part Four: Territory Planning

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In today’s post, I’ll talk about territory planning. Territory planning represents the foundation of sales performance management (SPM). You must have the right territory design in place to accurately allocate quotas. Is Your Territory Planning Still Stuck in the Dark Ages?

Optimal Incentive Compensation Plan Design for Successful Implementation

OpenSymmetry

In the second scenario, the organisation has a strong HR or Sales leader driving the project who wants to look at a simplified process or wants a simplified incentives landscape before they start automating. Then add onto that any charge backs or adjustments for territory changes.

The 12 Step Compensation Plan Design Process

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You need to start pulling together internal data from your incentive compensation management system, data from your CRM, and finally, information from financial teams on profitability and product revenues. New territories , quotas, and measures have to be sold TO the reps.

X-Factor Compensation Leaders: How to Be Incredible at Incentive Planning (CoreSite)

Xactly

From territory planning to sales team organization, to sales coaching and leadership strategies to sales compensation planning, each element helps to create a strong sales plan. Finding the right mixture of compensation requirements is a balancing act.

Part II The Territory & Quota Management Revolution

OpenSymmetry

The Territory & Quota Management Revolution – New Incentive Compensation Platforms Blazing the Trails to Greater Efficiencies. Fast forward 20 – 30 years to the age of enlightenment for Incentive Compensation Management solutions.

How to Design a Sales Manager Compensation Plan (With Examples)

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When it comes to sales compensation planning, you can never start prepping too early, right? Sales managers and their reporting reps will have responsibilities in their roles, which means your compensation plans should be tailored to different roles. Annual Target Incentive.

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

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Commissions are the cost of doing business, but it’s easy to forget that sales compensation plans power your business. Choosing what sales compensation plans to implement, then, becomes an integral business strategy for sales and finance leaders. Incentive Compensation

[Webinar Recap] Enhance Your Workforce Culture and Sales Performance through Incentive Compensation

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Sales and Finance leaders typically deal with limited insights, convoluted systems, and employee demands wherever compensation is concerned. Incentive Compensation. Furthermore, when asked “which performance measure is most heavily used to determine sales incentive compensation?”

How to Optimize Sale Territories for a Strategic Advantage

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Effective territory design is the basis of strategic sales planning. Balanced territories allow you to set fair quotas, which have a huge impact on your incentive compensation and success of your salesforce. The Effect of Bad Territory Planning on Sales Performance.

Sales Compensation: The Ultimate Guide

Hubspot Sales

Sales compensation is one of the trickiest aspects of the sales organization to get right. How sales compensation should work. A sales compensation plan operates from a basic principle: Money drives behavior. to calculate compensation. Sales Compensation

The power of incentive programs lies in their structure

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tim Houlihan The best incentives have open budgets, meaning anyone who qualifies can win. The down side is that DTGT is much like commission, and if you’re already paying a commission on one of those factors, doubling up with an incentive won’t help. Recognition vs. Incentives.

Sales Incentives Aren't the Only Motivator. How One Company Got Rid of Them

Hubspot Sales

If set correctly, incentives can have a positive effect on your team's behavior. The reality is that most companies offer sales incentives — we at HubSpot do, too. But we put the customer first, and we compensate our reps for doing the same. Sales Compensation

Designing Sales Compensation Plans for Sales Managers (With Examples)

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When it comes to sales compensation planning, you can never start prepping too early, right? Sales managers and their reporting reps will have responsibilities unique to their roles, which means your compensation plans should be tailored to different roles. Annual Target Incentive.

3 Reasons to Drop Manual Sales Territory Planning for Good

Xactly

Sure, you know you need ICM to handle accurate and timely payments, but do you really need automated sales territory planning as well? Integrating automated sales territory planning into your SPM is absolutely imperative in taking full advantage of your sales landscape and selling potential.

11 Sales Compensation Complaints to Address Before Next Year

Sales Benchmark Index

This post is for Sales and HR Leaders planning 2014 Sales Compensation. It provides a number of common Sales Compensation complaints. I also discuss some underlying causes of the complaints that may not be compensation-related. The Sales Compensation Complaint Checker has 8 more.

A Forthcoming Shift of Pharmaceutical Sales Compensation Plans?

OpenSymmetry

Tactics may have changed, but for the most part these sales teams still run on a commission or quota based metric determined by well-planned territories. In some cases, incentive compensation (IC) methods have evolved to align with new regulations regarding specific sales metrics.

The Strategic Account Manager – How do you Compensate This Critical Role?

OpenSymmetry

Each salesperson is assigned a territory, a quota, and they “go forth and sell”, right? The Strategic Account Manager is included in this group and is amongst the most difficult roles to compensate in sales organizations. So, how do you compensate this key role?

Is Your Sales Compensation Driving the Right Behaviors?

Sales Benchmark Index

It's a critical time of year for sales compensation. If the compensation plan is not effective it will have profound negative effects. For example: selling low margin products because they maximize the compensation payout. Did it incent the right behavior?

How to Develop a Sales Compensation Plan (with Templates)

Xactly

Creating sales compensation plans is a challenging task—it’s all about balance, but sometimes the perfect balance can be hard to strike. You need your incentives to drive the right sales behaviors in order to achieve sales objectives. Creating a Sales Incentive Compensation Plan.

Why Automate Sales Compensation Management

OpenSymmetry

On November 19 th , 30 organisations gathered in London at the e-reward conference to discuss the benefits of compensation management software. What are some of the challenges your organization faces as it relates to sales compensation automation?

Sales Performance Management: Not Your Parent’s Compensation Calculator

OpenSymmetry

Sales Performance Management (SPM) has truly evolved over the last 10+ years from the days of having an on-premise solution that primarily automated the compensation calculation process with basic reporting, to a new dynamic frontier with extended capabilities.

Is Your Compensation Plan Evolving with the Company?

Sales Benchmark Index

Despite this luxury, the small company sales compensation plan is usually left on the backburner. To drive the right behavior and hit your targets, your sales compensation must evolve at the same pace as your company. Are you clinging to a legacy Sales Compensation model?

How to Build Effective Sales Compensation Plans for Any Customer Facing Role

Sales Hacker

A great sales compensation plan needs to accomplish quite a lot. It needs to provide fair compensation to employees in customer-facing roles. The Process for Creating a Sales Compensation Plan. Plan Compensation for Onboarding and Training. Example Compensation Plans.

Will These 6 Tests Save 2013’s Sales Compensation Plan?

Sales Benchmark Index

This post will help you test a redesigned sales compensation plan to ensure cultural fit. Let’s suppose HR is fully engaged for redesign of a 2013 Sales Compensation plan. HR even brought in an expert compensation firm. But wait – this new incentive compensation plan could flop.

A Forthcoming Shift of Pharmaceutical Sales Compensation Plans?

OpenSymmetry

Tactics may have changed, but for the most part these sales teams still run on a commission or quota based metric determined by well-planned territories. In some cases, incentive compensation (IC) methods have evolved to align with new regulations regarding specific sales metrics. However, a recent article from the Harvard Business Review suggests the stagnant methods of pharmaceutical sales rep compensation may be the root cause of an even bigger public health issue.

How to Avoid Wasting Money on a Compensation Assessment

Sales Benchmark Index

HR leaders, get ready for the 2013 Sales Kickoff by fixing the flaws in your compensation plan today. Read this post to reframe what may be disguised as a compensation problem. And get your hands on a Competency Grader for compensation assesement providers as part of SBI's "Make The Number 2013.". Is the compensation model to blame? Software Firm: The annual Employee survey is overflowing with negative comments about the incentive plan. Compensation Study ?

Sales Reps Love Their CRM!

Smart Selling Tools

Look at all of your sales processes: Territory & quota planning. Incentive compensation management. Transform your lead to cash process and accelerate sales performance with incentive optimization, sales coaching, and learning recommendations.

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How to Setup a Commission Plan in Six Steps

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Your sales commission plan is a portion of your sales compensation plan. When it comes to designing sales compensation plans , there are many factors that can affect the success of your plan. Ideally you need a sales incentive planning team of six people. Incentive Compensation

Guest blog: 10 Success Factors for Quotas Part 2

OpenSymmetry

More specifically, territory opportunity will give you a good indication of what portion of the total goal should be allocated to each territory. This is the second in a two-part series of Ten Success Factors for Better Quotas. Click here for Part I. Move Beyond History.

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Guest blog: 10 Success Factors For Quotas Part 1

OpenSymmetry

When executives design a good sales compensation plan, the team steps back and admires the final product. It carries the same level of impact as the sales compensation plan but often lacks the attention it requires. Quotas involve a different set of players than sales compensation.

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Is Your Compensation Program Missing the SPM Boat?

Xactly

When Xactly was founded more than 13 years ago , the company had a simple vision to democratize incentive compensation management and put powerful calculation tools in the hands of every company. One often missed opportunity in the planning equation is optimizing territory planning.

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

Sales Benchmark Index

What about the sales compensation plan? To learn more about sales enablement and obtain our product launch sales compensation checklist sign up for our Q3 Make The Number Tour. The key lies in changing the compensation plan to drive the sales force to sell the new product. So how do we incent this behavior? 4 Compensation Considerations when Launching a New Product. As competitors change, you need to conduct a benchmark on your compensation plan.

The Ins & Outs of Variable Pay Compensation Structure for Sales Teams

Sales Hacker

With increasing focus on grit and many claims of meritocracies in organizations across the country, why does variable pay compensation even exist? On top of that, why are sales people some of the few employees subject to variable compensation structures?

Your Quotas are Awful: How to Improve Sales Performance with Comp Plan Design

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Sales compensation is the driver of company revenue and growth. When compensation plans aren’t well designed, it can become a race between sales, sales operations, and finance to point the blame. of Target Incentive Paid for Each 1% of Quota Achievement.

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Sales Performance Management 101 for Sales Leaders: Maximising Performance of Your Sales Team Using the Right Technology

OpenSymmetry

These activities include territory and target setting, forecasting, approving commissions and bonuses and query management. SPM technologies like IBM Incentive Compensation Management empower Sales Leaders by providing real time pay for performance information. Sales Leaders have the information to ensure that incentive design rewards the top performers effectively leading to higher retention.