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.

Old-School Territory Management is Dead: A Q&A with John Stewart, CEO of @MapAnything

Smart Selling Tools

Old-School Territory Management is Dead: A Q&A with John Stewart, CEO of MapAnything. Following the recent acquisition of TerrAlign by MapAnything, I asked MapAnything CEO John Stewart to explain the relationship between map-based geo-productivity and territory optimization.

Sales Planning Fundamentals Part Four: Territory Planning

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In today’s post, I’ll talk about territory planning. Territory planning represents the foundation of sales performance management (SPM). You must have the right territory design in place to accurately allocate quotas. Is Your Territory Planning Still Stuck in the Dark Ages?

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 .

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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5 Steps to a Competitive Sales Incentive Plan

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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.

Sales Incentive Optimization

OpenSymmetry

The Journey to Sales Incentive Optimization. Territories have been arbitrarily changed and accounts reallocated so that Account Managers have to spend the first quarter getting to know new customers, so undermining their ability to hit target. Sales Incentive Design.

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

3 Reasons to Drop Manual Sales Territory Planning for Good

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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)

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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.

Sales Incentives Aren't the Only Motivator. How One Company Got Rid of Them

Hubspot Sales

If set correctly, incentives can have a positive effect on your team's behavior. The reality is that most companies offer sales incentives — we at HubSpot do, too. Sometimes, no commission or incentive is the best motivator. Gone went incentives and in came salary-based pay.

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

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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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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. Formulate your new plan around the successful elements and structure incentives for new goals similarly. Incentive Compensation

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).

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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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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How to Design a Sales Manager Compensation Plan (With Examples)

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In fact, the best way to ensure sales managers do their job well is by creating an incentive plan that drives the right behaviors. Download our "Ultimate Guide to Sales Compensation Planning" for incentive best practices and everything you need for a sales comp plan design project.

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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What is Draw Against Commission in Sales?

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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.

The 12 Step Compensation Plan Design Process

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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.

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.

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

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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 Compensation Plans Explained: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (with Videos)

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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. First and foremost, accurate planning of any kind (territories, compensation, etc.) Incentive Compensation

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.

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.

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.

What is a Strategic Sales Plan?

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Processes: Are your sales territories balanced ? What incentives and sales commission structures will you use to motivate sales reps? Territory design. Your Territory Design Matters. Your sales territories map the playing field for your strategic sales plan.

10 Sales Statistics You Should Know in 2019

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Industry and planning-specific statistics also help guide sales planning and incentive compensation. Nearly 50% of companies fail to measure and adjust financial forecasts and plans to account for the residual impact caused by sales force attrition ( 2018 Mid-Market Sales Incentive Study ).