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? Stack ranking is not the tool to accomplish weed out the poor performers – what you need to do is manage.

The Allure of Incentive Travel

Sales and Marketing Management

Teaser: It's the one business tool that never goes out of style, primarily because it drives results. It's the one business tool that never goes out of style, primarily because it drives results. Issue Date: 2015-09-01. Author: Paul Nolan.

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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.

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

10 trends impacting incentive travel use

Sales and Marketing Management

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.

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

Xactly

Ultimately, the new compensation and incentive plans must successfully motivate the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. Nuance had just implemented Xactly Incent a year or so prior to my joining but was in over their heads after some key Admins left the company.

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. Are they already in other incentive programs, or is yours the only one they’ll see? Target the right market segments: Decide which sales organizations, geographies and channels will deliver maximum performance for your incentive budget.

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. Don’t deprive your teams of these two important tools. Please don’t hold back using team incentives because of your concern over loafers and free-riders.

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. The post offers tools to make longer-lasting corrections, too. 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.

[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.

How The CEO Can Jump-Start The Customer Experience Transformation (CXT)

Sales Benchmark Index

As The CEO, you obsess about your Customer. You also know you need to transform your Customer Experience. You are aware that customer expectations have risen, however, your company has not evolved to address them. You are committed to CX.

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. Organizations need to know how a new system will work with the tools they already have in place, as well as its ease of implementation.

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

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. Customer Stories Incentive CompensationSales planning entails many important factors.

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. Objective Management Group (OMG) won Gold for Top Sales Assessment Tool for the 2nd straight year!

The ABCs of Compensation Planning: How to Build Better Incentive Plans

Xactly

Luckily, with the right tools, sales operations can reduce the stress and time it takes to design, test, and implement a new compensation plan, and they can work to maintain and tweak the plan throughout the year. How do pay and and incentives differ between high- and low-performing reps.

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.

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

Smart Selling Tools

Their acquisition of Click-Tools also plays a key role. Click-Tools is an enterprise survey solution that was acquired by CallidusCloud in the fall of last year. Their customers are using Click-Tools in a surprising way that demonstrates the power of the CallidusCloud suite of products.

A timeless tool

Sales and Marketing Management

Teaser: The essence of incentive travel as a motivator in the workplace: Travel = fond memories, and fond memories = something we want to repeat. The essence of incentive travel as a motivator in the workplace: Travel = fond memories, and fond memories = something we want to repeat. Issue Date: 2015-09-01. Author: Paul Nolan. read more

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

Xactly

Those tasked with creating a plan must develop a process and incentive plan that will motivate and encourage the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. At Xactly, we want to provide a simplified incentive compensation planning process.

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? What tools are in place to see how many people are hitting their numbers and how this compares to industry peers?

Inside the Mindset of Users and Non-users of Incentive Travel

Sales and Marketing Management

Teaser: When Sales & Marketing Management magazine and the SITE Foundation initiated a comprehensive survey on the use of incentive travel, they knew that some of the most illuminating information would come from non-users of this motivational tool. Issue Date: 2014-09-01.

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Best 150+ Sales Tools: The Complete List (2019 Update)

Sales Hacker

And then, there are sales tools…. So if technology improves your process, or helps you close more deals, add it to your arsenal of sales tools and get cracking! There’s Plenty Of Fish (I Mean Sales Tools) In The Sea. There’s a vast ocean of sales tools in the market.

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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.

X-Factor Compensation Leaders: How to Be Incredible at Incentive Planning (Palo Alto Networks)

Xactly

The resulting incentive plan must develop a compensation process that will motivates the right sales behaviors to achieve goals, all while driving growth. Sales compensation is one of the most important components of sales planning.

Top 10 Social Selling Tools

Zoominfo

Because there are so many social selling tools on the market today, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites. Top Ten Social Selling Tools: 1. Hootsuite is the most popular tool for sharing and managing your posts across platforms.

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

Xactly

A strong incentive plan drives sales behaviors that help companies grow and achieve their goals. Successful sales compensation plans require a balance between motivating incentives and revenue-driving factors, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a stressful, time-consuming task.

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.

Sales Rewards: 5 Best Practices to Motivate Reps

Xactly

Sales rewards are a great tool to motivate reps. Incentive Compensation Sales Coaching and MotivationImplement these five best practices to encourage your sales team to improve and keep performance high.

The Ultimate List of B2B Marketing Tools

Zoominfo

In today’s blog post, we discuss 30 B2B marketing tools you can’t live without. Customer relationship management (CRM) platforms aren’t strictly sales tools. Slack also integrates with other tools in your marketing tech stack. Final Thoughts about B2B Marketing Tools.

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Hiring Sales Talent: A Tool to Help CEOs Get It Right the First Time

Sales Benchmark Index

A Tool for You. Download the CEO’s Time Management Tool to get started. C ompensation – Your incentive plan will help you attract the best talent. Diagnose the root causes of the problem using the CEO Time Management Tool.

Sales Incentives: What Works and What Doesn’t?

The Brooks Group

By adding in a few carefully selected sales incentives, you can capitalize on this competitive streak and really get your team to race full speed towards sales goals. Sales incentives can be broken down into three categories. Tangible Sales Incentives. Adventure Sales Incentives.

Incentives and bonuses aren’t the cure alone: Encouragement, listening and support are free

Mereo

Incentives and bonuses motivate sales professionals for good reason. A CSO can throw all the incentives and bonuses they want at their team to keep their top performers around, but that strategy alone will get costly. Good sales leadership: Speak to salespeople to the tune of incentives and rewards. Encourage your sales team to share insights and tools and success stories. But great sales leadership calls for more than monetary rewards.

Sales Reps Love Their CRM!

Smart Selling Tools

When the first sales automation tool was launched, it truly changed the way sales were managed. The early 2000’s introduced cloud-based sales automation tools, but it was little more than taking the same empty promises of the 90’s and moving them to the cloud. Sales reps love their CRM.

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How to Setup a Commission Plan in Six Steps

Xactly

Download our "Ultimate Guide to Sales Compensation Planning" for incentive best practices and everything you need for a sales comp plan design project. Data is the most important and useful tool for any part of a strategic sales plan. Follow the ABCs of Incentive Planning.

Top Ten Ways to Immediately Improve Sales Tool Adoption

The ROI Guy

You’ve worked hard to produce new value-focused tools, empowering your sales team to meet the growing challenges of today’s more empowered, skeptical and frugal buyer. So how do you achieve sales tool adoption in 2013? The sales tools need to be integrated into sales’ daily world.

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Is there a Way to Improve Sales Tool Adoption?

The ROI Guy

I n 2011 you worked hard to produce new value-focused tools, empowering your sales team to meet the growing challenges of today’s more empowered, skeptical and frugal buyer. And you are not alone, as SiriusDecisions reports that the average company now spends a whopping $43K on marketing content and sales tools per salesperson per year. So how do you get the much needed sales tool adoption to occur in 20012. Align incentives 6.

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Crush communication siloes during your ICM implementation

OpenSymmetry

This made room for the client to make a game plan to share appropriate information to calm apprehensions and gain buy-in for the benefits they would receive from the tool. Incentive Compensation Sales Performance Management communication ICM Incentive Comp Incentive Compensation Management sales Sales Comp Sales Compensation sales performance management SPMIt’s the beginning of the year, and a much-needed ICM implementation may be in the works.

The Secret Tool You Can Use to Close Way More Deals

Hubspot Sales

Once the prospect has invested time in creating a deal plan, they have more incentive to move forward so their work doesn’t go to waste. I’m a big believer in preparation, so whenever I can, I create a deal plan with my prospect.

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MBO Examples to Kickstart Your Sales Team Engagement

Xactly

MBOs can be an extremely useful tool in addition to your sales commission structure because they give each rep individual goals to strengthen the overall sales organization. An MBO program is a great tool for driving the behavior of non-sales-related activities, too.

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. If you are using spreadsheets and manual calculations to generate commissions, consider a Sales Performance Management (SPM) tool to help automate.