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? For example, the contest just ended and the quarterly numbers were blown out of the water. Part and parcel to that success is the deployment of effective sales incentives.

Juuust right incentives

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tim Houlihan Sales leaders are always trying to figure out how to get the most out of their reps at the lowest cost, and incentives are excellent at revealing that sweet spot. Finding the sweet spot for an incentive is like how Mama Bear’s porridge was juuust right.

Juuust right incentives

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Tim Houlihan Sales leaders are always trying to figure out how to get the most out of their reps at the lowest cost, and incentives are excellent at revealing that sweet spot. Finding the sweet spot for an incentive is like how Mama Bear’s porridge was juuust right. The rule of thumb for calibrating incentives is to pay out between 3 and 10 percent of total compensation (commensurate with the period the incentive is active).

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. Incentive Compensation Sales Planning

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.

Driving Innovation Rocky Flats Example Outcome Contracting

Nyden on Negotiation

I explain in this video how the Department of Energy and the Kaiser-Hill joint venture used outcome and incentive-based contracting principles to drive innovation. Have you ever wondered how to get real innovation from your customer/supplier relationship?

MBO Examples to Kickstart Your Sales Team Engagement

Xactly

To help, we’ve created MBO examples to get you going in the right direction and help you visualize how goals and objectives might differ by industry and role (Note: the same should apply for compensation and commission plans ), whether it’s in sales, marketing, or manufacturing.

Six People You Should Invite to Your Incentive Compensation Planning Party

Xactly

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

Incentive Compensation Design in the Retail Sector

OpenSymmetry

What does the Future for Incentive Compensation Design in Retail Hold? Before designing an incentive plan, organizations must first define the criteria that relates to the area of responsibility for each role, or what we compensation experts call “line of sight”.

Designing Sales Compensation Plans for Sales Managers (With Examples)

Xactly

Annual Target Incentive. Using Xactly Insights , companies can benchmark their existing compensation plans against more than 13 years of aggregated pay and performance data to ensure incentive plans are competitive within their industry.

Sales Incentive Program Management as a Profit Center for CFO’s of Large Channel Members and Distributors

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: George Kriza, CEO, MTCPerformance For most large resellers or distributors, sales incentive programs for internal sales teams get little attention from top financial executives inside their organizations. The opportunity to benefit from successful sales incentives programs are there, executives just need to understand how to uncover them. Most multibillion-dollar reseller and distributor organizations attract millions of incentive dollars.

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

Sales Hacker

Still, they don’t always nail down the details when it comes to the things that might entice a prospective salesperson — like a well-rounded sales compensation plan , for example. So why do sales leaders overlook something as important as a sales incentives program?

Optimize Incentive Compensation With Integrated Sales Performance Data

Xactly

Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) solutions help companies manage their sales compensation plans and calculate commission payments.

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. Missing the Connection - Some Examples. 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.

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.

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.

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

Smart Selling Tools

As an example, the system might identify an opportunity to cross or upsell based on the data of the system. There were other equally impressive examples given, among them was micro sales training reinforcement through CallidusCloud’s Litmos solution using an iWatch.

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.

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.

Guest blog: 10 Success Factors for Quotas Part 2

OpenSymmetry

For example: A rep will have great revenue performance (a leap) in year one; That rep gets punished with an inflated quota in year two; Therefore, the rephas low attainment of that inflated quota (a dive) in year two.

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SPM Transforms the Career Path from Admin to Analyst

OpenSymmetry

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. As long as sales data is available, SPM Technology can be configured to connect directly to source systems, for example Sales Force, extract data, and calculate pay for performance information using configurable reports and analytics.

Sales Performance Management 101 for Finance: Know the Cost of Your Investment in Sales

OpenSymmetry

The sales team produces a large body of disparate information which needs to be collected, converted into a suitable format and analysed to build out forecasts and leverage incentive compensation for peak sales performance. Lack of visibility not only leads to poor results from incentive compensation initiatives, but it could cause future financial and legal issues if payments are inaccurate.

Are You Really Asking For The Order?

MTD Sales Training

The Incentive Close. Another way that sales people can ask for the sale without clearly asking for the sale is to use some incentive in an effort to stimulate the prospect to action. “So Failing to Ask For the Sale.

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

Xactly

Really, the focus should be on how you can improve sales performance with well-designed incentive plans. ” VP Finance: “Reps want to earn incentives monthly so you need to have monthly quotas which are less accurate. and 3 times their target incentive.

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Sales Leaders – You Get What You Ask For – Sales eXchange 237

The Pipeline

One obvious factor and lever is incentive. I have fund that companies who incent their sales people based on gross profits are consistently better aligned with their reps, and achieve mutually better results. This may be an extreme example, but I don’t think it is rare.

What is Draw Against Commission in Sales?

Xactly

Depending on your sales force structure and size, there are different sales commission structures that can be used in your incentive plan. See an example here. Incentives Sales Comp Sales Planning

Mo’ Adjustments, Mo’ Problems – and Mo’ Sales Comp Admins Won’t Solve Them

OpenSymmetry

How likely is your sales incentive plan going to be dead on arrival, riddled with holes caused by requests for changes and exceptions? At least three months prior to the new year, finance teams slave over intricate details and policies for sales incentive plans to make for a smoother payroll cycle next year. For example, if your company has recently undergone an acquisition or merger, you see similar business groups acting as separate entities, rather than cohesively.

A Forthcoming Shift of Pharmaceutical Sales Compensation Plans?

OpenSymmetry

In some cases, incentive compensation (IC) methods have evolved to align with new regulations regarding specific sales metrics. Bowe claims this could be a source of the overdose crisis and a case of crossing the fine line between sales incentives and public health.

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

OpenSymmetry

We also took a look at pay mix, which splits TTCC into two components: base salary and target incentive amount. Pay mix is expressed as a percentage split, with the first number representing the base salary and second number representing target incentive amount.

Is Your Compensation Plan Driving Sales to the Wrong Finish Line?

OpenSymmetry

For example, is investing more heavily in training a better option than the introduction of a content management or CPQ tool? Uncategorized Commission ICM Incentive Compensation Incentive Compensation Management Plan Design sales performance management“Moving the needle” in terms of overall sales force performance is no mean feat.

A Forthcoming Shift of Pharmaceutical Sales Compensation Plans?

OpenSymmetry

In some cases, incentive compensation (IC) methods have evolved to align with new regulations regarding specific sales metrics. For example, Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIAs) were implemented by the DoJ as a way to curtail off-label drug promotion which forced companies to ensure their sales incentives encouraged proper compliance. Bowe claims this could be a source of the overdose crisis and a case of crossing the fine line between sales incentives and public health.

How to Build the Perfect LevelEleven Sales Contest

LevelEleven

For example, if your office is jam-packed with Game of Thrones fans, you could build a contest around the show when a new season is coming up. When done right, LevelEleven sales contests garner notoriety from the executive table to the bullpen.

How Do You Incentivise SaaS Sales?

OpenSymmetry

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is generally thought to be a challenge for incentive plan designers – but is this true – why is it important and what are some of the key considerations in getting the design right? For example, payment up front is more valuable than ‘pay as you go’.

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Improving the Sales Organization’s Change Readiness

OpenSymmetry

Many companies underestimate the change challenge and respond only tactically with the emphasis being on a quick response to a challenge often seen through rushed amendments to the incentive plan or hiring new people. For example, new product launches or geographical expansion.

The Relationship between Mixology and Sales Performance Management

OpenSymmetry

The second aspect is ensuring the right incentive plans and processes are in place. This aspect includes making sure incentive plan design effectively aligns business strategy and seller motivation, optimizing processes and workflows.

Crawl, Walk, Run – Three Small Steps for a Successful ICM Implementation

OpenSymmetry

As I work with companies to weigh different best-of-breed Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) platforms that might be optimal for their situations, I frequently witness companies grasp the robust capabilities of these solutions and immediately try to start sprinting to that ideal end state straight out of the gate. Communication ICM Incentive Compensation Management Strategy

5 Key Issues with Sales Force Engagement & Motivation – It’s more than a Plan Design Issue

OpenSymmetry

The sales incentive program ownership can reside with HR, Sales, Finance or a combination of these groups. Take for example plan design. One important aspect is when companies have automated incentive compensation management. We see this in Finance and Retail for example.

Congrats to Derek Connell on his Recognition in Consulting Magazine

OpenSymmetry

Since day one, I’ve been surrounded by a driven group of people and owe my accomplishments to the great examples they set on a daily basis.”. Consulting Magazine looks at the top consultants in different categories and recognizes only 35 individuals to receive the Rising Star award.

You don’t reward generations

Sales and Marketing Management

But when it comes to incentives, you don’t reward a generation. Every incentive program needs the right awards to engage and inspire their target participants. Life stages tend to outweigh generational difference when it comes to incentive awards.

Are You Using Your Sales Performance Data Effectively?

Xactly

For example, if you notice that rep performance tends to drop off after they meet quota, you may need to examine if your incentives are truly motivating reps to meet and exceed their targets. Incentives drive behavior.

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Why Product-Agnostic Content Wins in B2B Marketing

Sales and Marketing Management

4 Examples of Product-Agnostic Content. Example : This video by Gavin Bell , a Scotland-based Facebook Ads specialist, features 14 minutes of Gavin explaining how viewers can create and launch a Facebook ad campaign.

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How to Develop a Sales Compensation Plan (with Templates)

Xactly

You need your incentives to drive the right sales behaviors in order to achieve sales objectives. Creating a Sales Incentive Compensation Plan. Incentives need to be closely tied to the effort put in to receive them. Sales Commission Plan Template Examples.

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.