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 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? Q: Why should I, as the sales manager, have a goal? Isn’t my objective to grow sales or meet the numbers handed down to me from senior leadership?

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.

Incentive Gift Cards Continue to Delight

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: SMM Research from the Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC) and the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) shows the majority of U.S. they can be used for both short-term and long-term incentive efforts?—?adds Digital delivery continues to grow in incentive gift card use.

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).

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.

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 secrets to channel incentive success

Sales and Marketing Management

Distributors can wield enormous power carrying thousands of products and generating billions of dollars in annual sales. companies spend over $17 billion on channel incentive awards each year, according to the Incentive Federation. The simple fact is, if your products are sold through independent distribution channels, you need strategies and tactics to influence your channel’s people to align their goals with your sales.

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 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. Open budgets tend to lead to improved morale due to the general ability for reps to feel like they have a chance at winning and that will lead to more sales. based sales forces.

16 Sales Incentives to Keep Your Team Engaged and Motivated

Xactly

Keeping sales reps motivated is a year-round process. As a sales leader, you should always be thinking of new ways to motivate your sales team, focus on closing deals, and keep reps’ eyes on the prize…literally and figuratively. Getting SPIFs Right as Sales Incentives.

Is your complex incentives plan holding you back?

Sales and Marketing Management

The same can be said for sales compensation. Incentive compensation plans are often far too complex. With this in mind, an incentive plan should be as simple as possible. A sales rep will become frustrated and ignore the plan. Author: RICHARD SMITH, ZS MANAGER.

Sales Incentive Optimization

OpenSymmetry

The Journey to Sales Incentive Optimization. The event had 2 interweaving themes of excellence of plan design and the contribution which Sales Performance Management technology can make through operational excellence but also predictive analytic insights. Sales Incentive Design.

5 Secrets to Channel Incentive Success

Sales and Marketing Management

Distributors can wield enormous power carrying thousands of products and generating billions of dollars in annual sales. companies spend over $17 billion on channel incentive awards each year, according to the Incentive Federation. The simple fact is, if your products are sold through independent distribution channels, you need strategies and tactics to influence your channel’s people to align their goals with your sales.

Team incentives: 7 do’s and 2 don’ts

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: TIM HOULIHAN Do you avoid team incentives because you are worried about being fair? Teams perform better than individuals [ Kuhn, “Experiments on Motivation, Incentives and Rationality” 2007 ], and you and your bottom line can benefit from rewarding teams. From medical device sales to telco call centers, teams play a critical role in pre- and post-sales efforts, especially when getting the job done requires effective, high-speed interaction.

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. Author: TIM HOULIHAN Maybe we’ve met.

10 Ways To Boost Your Sales Incentive Strategy

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: George Kriza, CEO, MTCPerformance Your organization wants to drive sales with an incentive program. Here are 10 of the most important elements in designing and deploying your next incentive campaign. Know your audience: Profile the people in your sales audience. Are they already in other incentive programs, or is yours the only one they’ll see? For example, a channel program should never include a warehouse club in its incentive strategy.

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

Xactly

The sales planning process can become quite complex, especially when it comes to designing sales compensation plans. Ultimately, the new compensation and incentive plans must successfully motivate the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth.

Stop Avoiding layered Incentives (and Learn to Love Them)

Sales and Marketing Management

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.

How to Design an Incentive Compensation Plan That Works

Sales Benchmark Index

Article Sales Strategy SBI for SMB comp planning compensation plan plan sales comp sales compensation

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

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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The Case for Team-Based Sales Incentives

Xactly

Historically, sales performance incentives have been focused on individual recognition. Plans like individual sales quotas are designed to reward, recognize, and help retain high achievers, as well as motivate the average and below average performers to go above and beyond.

Maximizing Motivation: Why Well-Intentioned Incentive Programs Don’t Work and How to Improve Them

Sales and Marketing Management

While on the surface, this incentive strategy had some validity, the results were not what the company predicted, or wanted. Second, many of these performers were married and the idea of travel, even incentive travel, meant their families would be on their own for a few days. While many people do find the accumulation of reward points to be an appealing incentive, there are some who accumulate thousands of points, never to redeem them.

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”.

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.

[Infographic] 2018 Mid-Market Study on Sales and Incentives

Xactly

Compensation and incentive pay plays a big role in the success of a sales organization. Incentives drive sales behaviors, but when reps get paid incorrectly, it can lead to some big problems, specifically rep turnover.

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. That’s probably because they don’t realize a huge opportunity to drive millions of net profit dollars straight to the bottom line, while at the same time underwriting compensation for the sales team. Currently attracts $5mm of incentive programs annually.

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

Sales Hacker

Good sales leaders are always on the hunt to bring in new talent that can help a business grow. 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.

Sales Incentives, Awards, Lead Follow Up and Sales Effectiveness

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Today I had the following email exchange: Subject: Question on Comp. Sales complains that the leads suck. We have the sales process dialed in and we are training on it now.

Five Bottom-Line Benefits for Incentive Compensation for Retailers

OpenSymmetry

One Wall Street Journal article reports that in 2014, the average turnover for part-time sales associates was 66%, while full-time was less at 27%, with the availability of benefits as the contributing factor to why full-time employees tend to stay.

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.

How to Run a Killer Sales Incentive Contest

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Yesterday, we had a fairly sizable snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow and it reminded me of this article from last winter. Also yesterday, in my article on the importance of rallying cries , I promised to discuss incentive programs.

7 Steps to a Quota-Busting Sales Force

Sales Benchmark Index

Article Sales Strategy allocate territories incentive plan lead nurturing maximize selling time quota busting sales quota talent development

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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. Today’s ICM solutions are aimed at optimizing more than just sales compensation, focusing on end-to-end sales performance management (SPM).

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

Xactly

Sales planning entails many important factors. 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. Position: Sales Operations.

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.

The complete introduction to Incentive Compensation for Sales

Anaplan

Ideally, a company’s incentive compensation plans should … The complete introduction to Incentive Compensation for Sales Read More » Sales compensation management incentive compensationFor companies that employ salespeople, figuring out how to compensate them is an ongoing challenge.

5 Steps to Simplify Your Sales Incentive Plan

MarketJoy

An ideal sales incentive plan should be simple. It helps sales representatives to understand the correlation between their performance and their payout. Simple sales incentive plans are easy to administer and offer motivation. How to simplify your sales incentive plan. Here are a few tips on how to simplify your sales incentive plan: 1. Communicate these objectives to sales reps and realize viable steps towards their achievement.

Optimal Incentive Compensation Plan Design for Successful Implementation

OpenSymmetry

In the first scenario, the eager software sales rep wants to expedite the project start and does not want to introduce any delays in their sales pipeline. Finance, Sales and HR all typically have different perspectives.