Rethinking Sales Incentives

The Pipeline

As part of a series of posts dealing with areas you should consider, better yet reconsider, going in to the New Year, today we look at incentive. While there are other expenses, commissions/incentives, are the most direct “payment” you pay for bringing in revenue.

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”.

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

Smart Selling Tools

CallidusCloud held their Connections conference last week at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Connections is an annual event for anyone, customers and non-customers alike, who is interested in “discovering new ways to modernize their business and embrace the evolving customer.”.

Sales Incentive Optimization

OpenSymmetry

The Journey to Sales Incentive Optimization. Be more strategic about incentives design, think more broadly about what will motivate and retain salespeople. Deploy technology that will optimize sales incentive operations and provide predictive insights for the future.

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.

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.

7 Steps to a Quota-Busting Sales Force

Sales Benchmark Index

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Expand the Reach of Your Sales Team with SDRs

Sales Benchmark Index

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Is Now the Right Time to Pull the Compensation Trigger?

Sales Benchmark Index

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[Webinar Wrap-Up] Incentive Compensation in Retail: 5 Bottom-Line Benefits

OpenSymmetry

Your organization cannot let a record-breaking retail holiday season go by without maximizing the benefits of incentive compensation to: Motivate sales teams. The post [Webinar Wrap-Up] Incentive Compensation in Retail: 5 Bottom-Line Benefits appeared first on OS Blog.

Sales Incentives Gone Wild: Are Reps Gaming Your Comp Plan?

The Sales Insider

Sales Leadership sales compensation plan sales incentives Sales Motivation How does a sales rep hit 150 percent of earnings while only achieving 70 percent of overall quota attainment? He chases the spiffs, contests and bonuses.

The Future of Selling - Understanding This Crucial Sales Competency is More Important Than Ever

Understanding the Sales Force

Dave Kurlan sales motivation sales commissions sales incentives OMG Assessment motivated salespeopleImage Copyright donskarpo. While much about selling has changed in the past 10 years, most of the science behind sales excellence has not changed at all.

Stop Avoiding layered Incentives (and Learn to Love Them)

Sales and Marketing

Teaser: Most channel marketers have a dysfunctional relationship with layered incentives. They know that incenting sales-driving behaviors, such as training and product demo, can make a partner feel more personally invested in selling their products. Issue Date: 2014-11-21.

Methods of Motivation: Adding Team Incentives to the Mix

The Productivity Pro

With team incentives, no one on the team gets individual rewards; but if the team excels as a whole, everyone wins. (<-Click to Tweet) This still works best if there’s someone to compete against—for example, if sales teams compete for a big prize, like an all-expenses paid vacation.

Sales Incentives, Awards, Lead Follow Up and Sales Effectiveness

Understanding the Sales Force

Dave Kurlan wrote: They should receive the incentive only if the opportunity makes it as far as 2 nd base in the sales process. Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Today I had the following email exchange: Subject: Question on Comp. Dave, I have a question on comp and I need help.

Five Bottom-Line Benefits for Incentive Compensation for Retailers

OpenSymmetry

With the help of incentive compensation management solutions, retailers are able to increase market share and drive the desired sales behavior. Incentive Compensation helps: Improve sales performance by aligning sales behavior with business goals to improve efficiency.

Sales Incentives Shouldn’t Be Used as Motivation to Close More Deals

A Sales Guy

If you are using money to incent sales people to sell MORE, you have a big problem. One of the participants asked this question: What incentives have you offered your sales teams to help motivate them to close more deals? If you are looking to incent your team to close more deals, you’re missing the real problem. I promise, if you’re not making your number, if you need more deals closed, it’s not because you need to incent more.

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? The post Wells Fargo: The True Cost of “Unchecked Incentives” appeared first on OS Blog.

Capturing the Yeti: Calculating and Optimizing the ROI of Your Sales Incentive Plan

OpenSymmetry

Much like the elusive yeti, the identification of Return On Investment (ROI) for a sales incentive plan is believed to exist by enthusiasts from the sales compensation design team, but met with much skepticism by others, namely the Finance department. So how do you prove the existence of ROI in your sales incentive plan proposal? So how do you measure the mysterious ROI of a sales incentive plan? Incentive design clearly has a major influence.

How to Run a Killer Sales Incentive Contest

Understanding the Sales Force

Also yesterday, in my article on the importance of rallying cries , I promised to discuss incentive programs. Incentive programs are still very powerful as long as you make sure they don''t last for more than 90 days.

Loyalty 2.0: Embracing Engagement-Based Incentives and Strategies

The 1to1 Media Blog

Over the years, loyalty programs and strategies have evolved to reflect consumer behaviors. But, as the competition within various markets becomes increasingly fierce, cultivating said loyalty has become more challenging than ever.

How to Make Sure You Aren’t Paying 10 People for One Deal

Sales Benchmark Index

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Executive Sales Leader Briefing: Do My Sales Veterans Have the Drive to Sell?

The Sales Hunter

Blog leadership Professional Selling Skills executive sales leader briefing goals incentive plan leader quotas sales leadership veteran salespeopleWelcome to the Executive Sales Leader Briefing, a new blog series I am doing every Friday.

Determining a Successful Sales Incentive Plan

Sales Tips & Techniques

A sales management team needs to consider what the point of a sales incentive plan actually is prior to constructing one, as many leaders tend to forget why this type of system is implemented in the first place. The idea behind a sales incentive plan is that representatives may need motivation to increase their productivity and raise the number of outgoing calls that they make each day.

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10 trends impacting incentive travel use

Sales and Marketing

Teaser: The Incentive Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and fosters education on all aspects of the incentive travel industry, has identified 10 trends that will help users understand what’s in store for the future. Issue Date: 2015-01-01.

Study Shows Dramatic Growth In Use of Incentives for Employees and Customers

Sales and Marketing

Teaser: A new study conducted by the Incentive Federation confirms that the non-cash incentives market is thriving with 74 percent of U.S. billion annually on incentive travel, merchandise and gift cards. billion annually on incentive travel, merchandise and gift cards.

Get Your ‘C’ Players Jobs with Your Competitors

Sales Benchmark Index

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Your Guide to a High-Performance Outbound SDR Team

Sales Benchmark Index

Podcast Sales Strategy Lead Generation Sales Development Rep sales strategy SDR business case SDR compensation SDR incentive SDR management SDR onboarding SDR TeamToday’s topic is understanding how to leverage Sales Development Reps to generate leads for the sales team.

10 Incentive Travel Facts You Can Put To Good Use

Sales and Marketing

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. 

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.

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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.

OpenSymmetry Releases 2016 SPM Vendor Guide

OpenSymmetry

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The Territory Optimization Revolution

OpenSymmetry

In the same way, salesforce effectiveness is made up of different elements – the right go-to-market strategy, salesforce organisation design, role definition and candidate selection, the right incentive design, and the right sales processes. New Concepts Driving Greater Performance .

Is Performance Killing Your Culture or Is Culture Killing Your Performance?

Tech Bytes

Kyle Heller sales ZS Associates incentive ZS compensation High Tech sales team cultureA recent HBS article confirmed what we all intuitively know: Well-executed quotas and bonus programs are highly effective tools for motivating sales teams.

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Why Is My Sales Team Losing Momentum?

Pipeliner

Your Are Offering the Wrong Incentives. Finally, there is the possibility that you are offering the wrong incentives. Your sales team is performing well, you are reaching out to new prospects, turning them into new customers and revenue figures are looking healthy.

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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.

Xactly News, 100 Express Customers, Incent 7.1 and Conversation with Xactly’s CEO

LeapComp

However, what I’m the most excited about are the enhancements to Xactly Incent Version 7 which launched a few months ago. Quota and Rate Table Effective Dating: This enables companies to manage incentive program changes at the time and point of need. Xactly Incent 7.1:

Why Automate Sales Compensation Management

OpenSymmetry

The need to automate territory and quota management will be driven by the dependency of the incentive plan on more complex quota setting and territory alignment challenges.

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.

The Criticality of SPM Technology

OpenSymmetry

While, incentive compensation administration is still a main piece, the broader SPM technology concept is expanding more holistically to include other key aspects which directly impacts how a sales team might perform, including talent development, sales enablement, and territory and quota management.

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