Incentive Program FAQs

Sales and Marketing Management

Q: Why not use quota as a bar to require reps to pass before they’re eligible to earn in the incentive program? Data collected during both the pilot and the program can illuminate aspects we don’t often see.

Calculating the ‘Just Right’ Value for Incentives

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tim Houlihan Most incentives are paid out between 3 and 10 percent of the income earned during the incentive period. Matching Incentive to Your Corporate Culture. Track Incentive Results. The same rigor must be applied to your incentives.

5 Steps to a Competitive Sales Incentive Plan

Xactly

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.

16 Sales Incentives to Keep Your Team Engaged and Motivated

Xactly

Sales incentives are a great way to motivate your team and keep morale high. Your first line of motivation is your sales commission structure , but there are several different types of sales incentives you can use to further encourage your team. Getting SPIFs Right as Sales Incentives.

Calculating the ‘Just Right’ Value for Incentives

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tim Houlihan Most incentives are paid out between 3 and 10 percent of the income earned during the incentive period. Matching Incentive to Your Corporate Culture. Track Incentive Results. The same rigor must be applied to your incentives.

5 Tips for Designing Successful Sales Incentive Compensation Plans

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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. Incentive Compensation Sales Planning

Optimize Incentive Compensation With Integrated Sales Performance Data

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Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) solutions help companies manage their sales compensation plans and calculate commission payments. With tens of millions of dollars invested in their data warehouses and critical business applications (i.e.

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

Xactly

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.

Leveraging Kaizen Principles for Incentive Compensation Management

OpenSymmetry

Our customers are seeing long-term success with implementing enterprise Incentive Compensation Management and Sales Performance Management solutions for their organizations. The post Leveraging Kaizen Principles for Incentive Compensation Management appeared first on OS Blog.

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. Data can reveal all sorts of insights if you let it.

Six People You Should Invite to Your Incentive Compensation Planning Party

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You may feel we’re being a bit too generous here with the word “party,” but considering how much we love flawless incentive compensation, we think a celebratory vibe is just what your planning committee really needs. Incentive Compensation Sales Planning

Does Your Sales Incentive Plan Drive Customers Away?

Sales Benchmark Index

The purpose of every incentive compensation plan is to influence the actions of sales reps. Sales incentives can be like square pegs. Incentive compensation is intended to reward specific behaviors of the sales force. Here are some real-life examples of poorly designed incentives. If asked, the customer would not pay for any of these activities: Margin Incentive. Product Launch Incentive. Customer Satisfaction Incentive.

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

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Those who work to create a plan for their company must develop a compensation process and incentive plan that will motivate the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. million square feet of data center space.”. Customer Stories Incentive Compensation

8 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself as You Build a Sales Incentives Program for 2019

Sales Hacker

Creating a strong sales incentives program will help you attract and retain A-list sales talent, so it is worth putting in the legwork to create a strong plan. . So why do sales leaders overlook something as important as a sales incentives program?

“Incentives Drive Behavior” Cracking the Code with Predictive Analytics #CALDC3

Smart Selling Tools

This year was bigger and better than ever with over 70 breakout sessions, keynote speeches from CallidusCloud CEO Leslie Stretch, Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, and Data Scientist David McCandless. ” I was most surprised by how excited I got about the notion of “playing” with data.

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. We typically come across 2 scenarios with regard to plan design and automation.

How Big Data Can Help the Sales Leader

Sales Benchmark Index

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two years, you’ve heard about “ Big Data ”. However, most Big Data examples concern large B2C companies. These companies are harvesting vast amounts of internet activity and point of sale data. It just required the right data.

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Wells Fargo: The True Cost of “Unchecked Incentives”

OpenSymmetry

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, suggests “unchecked incentives” were the root cause of the fraudulent accounts, further elaborating, “Incentive compensation structures are common in businesses and they can motivate positive behavior. What kind of behavior do current incentive compensation plans promote? Do you have the reporting capabilities to know whether goals are realistic and reachable (attainment rates, historical data, etc.)?

Are You Using Your Sales Performance Data Effectively?

Xactly

In this digital age, we’re constantly hearing about the power of data. However, like any tool, the value of data analytics depend on how you use it. For sales organizations, sales performance data can be a useful tool to drive strategic planning and increase performance. .

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The ABCs of Compensation Planning: How to Build Better Incentive Plans

Xactly

The planning process entails more than just your compensation plan, but at the very core, strong sales incentive plans address three main considerations. First and foremost, your incentive plan must be aligned with your different sales roles.

Survey Results Validate Need for Transparency and Automation in Incentive Comp

OpenSymmetry

As it relates to operational challenges pertaining to period-to-period incentive compensation processing, the following three challenges emerged from the survey results: Limited reporting. Overwhelmingly, the biggest challenge for survey respondents already on an ICM (Incentive Compensation Management) technology platform was a lack of reporting by which front-line sales reps can track their own progress.

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

Xactly

Those tasked with creating a plan must develop a process and incentive plan that will motivate and encourage the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. Reporting on metrics still is a challenge and finding an easy way to consolidate the data.

Game the Plan – With Chris Cabrera

The Pipeline

Almost everyone in sales will tell you that incentives drive behaviour, but beyond that there is often little agreement among the pundits as to what the right incentive plan is. He also discussed that managing activity is the role of management not the incentive plan.

4 Ways to Achieve Better Personalization with Inside Sales: How a Data-Driven Approach Will Help Your Reps Work Smarter. @TechTarget

Smart Selling Tools

In our experience, the organizations that are seeing the most success are committed to enabling their inside sales teams with the tools, data, and necessary process adjustments to support personalized selling. Try to find ways to make it easier for your reps to access and use the data.

A Playbook for Data-Driven Sales Enablement

Mindtickle

Institute a data-driven conversation about enablement. Companies using field coaching forms but not compiling the information or those who coach regularly but don’t track the impact on deal velocity or size end up missing the biggest incentive reps have to spend time in coaching sessions.

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

Xactly

In the recent 2018 mid-market sales incentive study, CFO Alliance reviewed the relationship between Sales and Finance departments—and how this partnership can positively impact a company’s revenue potential. Incentive Compensation.

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

Xactly

Those who work to create a plan for their company must develop a compensation process and incentive plan that will motivate the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. At Xactly, we want to provide an integrated incentive compensation planning process.

Sales Forecasting Accuracy: How to Put Your Data to Work

Xactly

Sales data. Most companies have an abundance of it floating around—performance data, compensation data, financial data. Poorly-handled data creates a bit of a mess. Before we dive into exceptional , let’s discuss how many companies handle their data right now.

X-Factor Compensation Leaders: How to Be Incredible at Incentive Planning (Palo Alto Networks)

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The resulting incentive plan must develop a compensation process that will motivates the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. My favorite Xactly trip/trick: Always download data from Xactly credits/payments prior to any calculation.

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

Xactly

A strong incentive plan drives sales behaviors that help companies grow and achieve their goals. Successful sales compensation plans require a balance between motivating incentives and revenue-driving factors, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a stressful, time-consuming task.

How One Company Uses Benchmarking Data to Drive Sales Planning

Xactly

In a recent webinar, Xactly VP Strategic Marketing, Erik Charles, sat down with the Big Switch Networks Sales Operations Manager, Gavin McChesney, to discuss how benchmarking data can turn sales planning from a game of darts into a data-driven, credible, and scientific process.

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

Xactly

Despite the fact that we live and breathe incentive comp, we are not immune to the factors that affect every sales organization. Looking at our own sales performance data, we asked ourselves the question can we analyze our sales performance and use our data more effectively?

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

Xactly

Those who work to create a plan for their company must develop a compensation process and incentive plan that will motivate the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. At Xactly, we want to provide an integrated incentive compensation planning process.

[Data Snapshot] 2018 Sales Compensation Best Practices Study

Xactly

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. Does your team often struggle with flawed data and shallow analytics?

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How to Capitalize on Sales Data as an Asset

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Availability and analysis of data is a hot action item for organizations today. Every company wants to have access to the right data to analyze and drive their future business decisions and ultimately achieve their business outcomes. The Importance of Data-driven SPM.

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10 Ways Data and Automation are Evolving Sales Planning

Xactly

AI/ML technology and algorithms are important, but the true value lies within data. For companies to truly reap the benefits of AI/ML, they need access and the rights to data. Data Drives Intelligent and Strategic Planning. Drive the Right Sales Behaviors with Incentives.

4 Steps to Ensure AI/ML has the Right Data to Learn

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Data is the Key Differentiator. In order for AI to work, it has to be exposed to data in order to learn how to make correct decisions now and to continue to make them in the future. Gathering the Right Data. What it needs is focus on the data that matters.

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Sales Compensation Planning: Everything to Consider in 2019

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The start of a new year comes with a new sales plan—and that means you must reassess your sales capacity needs , align and balance sales territories , and create a sales incentive plan that drives sales performance. How to Develop a Sales Incentive Compensation Plan (with Templates).

How to Setup a Commission Plan in Six Steps

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Download our "Ultimate Guide to Sales Compensation Planning" for incentive best practices and everything you need for a sales comp plan design project. Gather as Much Data as Possible. Data is the most important and useful tool for any part of a strategic sales plan.