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? 1 – they don’t have the skill, the territory or the experience to make that happen with the simple introduction of a stack-rank report.

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.

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 .

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.

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

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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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.

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. Territory Definition and Modeling.

How to Optimize Sale Territories for a Strategic Advantage

Xactly

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.

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.

When Is a 100 Day Plan Not the Right Next Step After the Deal Closes?

Sales Benchmark Index

Purchasing companies comes with an expectation of a rate of return on a timeline. The 100 day plan is a generally accepted strategy and process for long-term value creation. 5 primary 100 day program objectives are captured here in this.

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.

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. Customer Stories Incentive CompensationSales planning entails many important factors.

[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. Territories must be set intelligently.”

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. Sales reps love their CRM.

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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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The 12 Step Compensation Plan Design Process

Xactly

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.

Guest blog: 10 Success Factors For Quotas Part 1

OpenSymmetry

One of the easiest ways to set quotas is to divide the big corporate number and allocate it down to the organization in some pro-rata fashion like size of territory or portion of total sales. So what makes good quota-setting so challenging?

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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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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. Meeting the Change Readiness Challenge.

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. It can also aid in continuous monitoring of current plans to ensure the right sales behaviors are being driven through the incentive plan.

Five Keys to Accelerated Lead to Money

OpenSymmetry

Territory and Quota Solutions. Incentive Compensation Management. As someone that works in the world of Marketing, I have seen first hand that marketing and sales working together can sometimes be like trying to mix oil and water.

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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.

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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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? We also took a look at pay mix, which splits TTCC into two components: base salary and target incentive amount.

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. Christopher Bowe, a CEO healthcare industry adviser, suggests the opioid overdose crisis that has impacted prescribers since the 90s may have been the result of a fractured incentive compensation system.

Sales Performance Management: Not Your Parent’s Compensation Calculator

OpenSymmetry

We have been ushered through the age of Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) being the buzzword 4 to 5 years ago into an age of where the focus is now on the performance.

Are You Using Your Sales Performance Data Effectively?

Xactly

This ultimately allows for better sales, territory, and compensation planning; thus, a stronger sales organization as a whole. . First and foremost you need the right amount of sales reps to cover territories and close deals. Sales Territory Mapping and Design.

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CIOReview Selects OpenSymmetry for 100 Most Promising IBM Solution Providers

OpenSymmetry

OpenSymmetry achieves CIOReview’s top Solution Providers list for its expertise in Incentive Compensation and Sales Compensation Management.

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.

[Webinar wrap-up] 5 Keys to Accelerated Lead to Money

OpenSymmetry

Establish Quotas and Territories to Measure Performance: By defining a territory as a set of accounts within a certain industry and size, you establish which products are sold and how to set quota.

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Finding the Right Sales Performance Management Vendor

OpenSymmetry

This year’s edition features organizations that expand across the broad spectrum of the SPM and Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) continuum and offers options to help provide transparency across the entire organization for sales related processes. Territory and Quota Management.

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. But, before you even begin planning your compensation, you need to ensure your sales territories are aligned and balanced. Creating a Sales Incentive Compensation Plan.

4 Sales Ops Lessons from the NFL

Sales Benchmark Index

Territories : The field of play. Are territories designed to maximize growth balanced with efficiency? Are you holding back performance based on territory design and assignment? Give your very best reps the very worst sales territories and suffer the consequences.

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.

11 Sales Compensation Complaints to Address Before Next Year

Sales Benchmark Index

Surely something is wrong besides the new incentive compensation. Incentive targets are linked in a competitive fashion, not on my own improvement. Some firms may use competitive ranking for parts of incentive compensation, or for the illustrious "President''s Club".

Presidents Club Winner…NOT

Steven Rosen

For this to work effectively, quotas need to be set fairly against both large and small territories. Management needs to be able to understand opportunities and challenges in each territory when quota setting. By using percentage to quota they give smaller less developed territories a distinct advantage in rising to the top. Potentially this may be a problem, for when a new rep comes into a territory all of a sudden they are a top performer.

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10-Point Inspection for Top Sales Performance

Sales Benchmark Index

Erik Charles is the Principal Incentive Strategist at Xactly Corp. In a recent webinar , Erik noted that: "The total outlay for Incentive Compensation in the U.S. Step Two : Calculate personal income based on executing the Territory Account Plan. January is over.

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

Xactly

Are we assigning effective territories? Despite the fact that we live and breathe incentive comp, we are not immune to the factors that affect every sales organization. In a world so focused on incentive compensation, Xactly Insights gives us a lot to think about.

Understanding the Fundamentals of Effective Sales Rep Management

Xactly

Consider your sales incentive plan –it works in the same way. Download our "Ultimate Guide to Sales Compensation Planning" for incentive best practices and everything you need for a sales comp plan design project. A little can go a long way with incentives.

10 Ways Data and Automation are Evolving Sales Planning

Xactly

To obtain and manage this data properly, sales organizations need automated sales performance management (SPM) solutions to help facilitate their planning strategically, from territories and quota allocation, to compensation planning and management. Design Fair, Balanced Territories.

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