Enable the Sales Plan with Sales Operations

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How Sales Operations Enables the Sales Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

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Prevent a Revenue Miss – Take a Closer Look at Your Territory Alignment

Sales Benchmark Index

Today we’re going to discuss territory alignment and demonstrate how to balance customer requirements, company revenue expectations and sales rep workload to grow revenues.

Sales Operations: The Guide They Never Gave You

InsightSquared

It’s one of my favorite questions to ask a fellow professional in sales operations. Insurance sales rep. Sales Operations is Still Developing. Sales operations as a profession is growing, yet it is a comparatively new function in businesses.

Are Your Sales Territories Keeping Pace with Customers?

Sales Benchmark Index

Sales reps want to be productive. One root cause of rep turnover is an unproductive account/territory assignment. Often, territory assignments are outdated and have not kept pace with market changes. Productivity results in quota attainment and job satisfaction.

Measuring Success in Sales Operations

InsightSquared

Guest blog by Joe Rodden, Sales Systems Manager at Catalant Technologies. In sales operations, we do a lot. Putting out reactive fires, supporting reps, managing territories, reporting, building new functionality and processes in the CRM, and much more.

Benefits of Territory Mapping Software

Xactly

Let’s cut to the chase–if you’re not using data to drive your sales territory mapping, your territories might be hurting your sales performance more than they are helping it. Sales territory mapping software offers more benefits than sales managers may realize.

Sales Planning Fundamentals Part Four: Territory Planning

Xactly

This the fourth blog in a series of sales planning fundamentals being written by Xactly Chief Sales Officer Marc Gemassmer. So far, in my blog series on sales planning, we’ve looked at: Part one: Adopting the right sales planning approach. Sales Planning Territory Design

How to Build Your Sales Operations Team from Scratch

InsightSquared

Sales operations has been around for quite some time, but lately the function has been gaining momentum. Instead of behind-the-scenes sales support, sales ops now acts as a strategic partner for sales VPs and leadership.

The Key to Terminating Sales Operations Stress

Sales Benchmark Index

My VP of Sales wants me to research trends in inside sales and conduct account segmentation. The sales managers are yelling for updated dashboards and territories. Oh, and Marketing wants to discuss sales enablement improvements. Same goes for sales organizations.

Director of Sales Operations Job Description

InsightSquared

The director of sales operations position is one of the most critical hires a company can make. It’s their job to help sales executives make sense of results and pinpoint the reasons why they fell short of or hit their goals.

How to Improve the Efficiency of the Sales Team

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Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Sales Hacker

What is Sales Operations? Sales operations refers to the unit, role, activities and processes within a sales organization that support, enable, and drive front line sales teams to sell better, faster, and more efficiently. Sales Ops: Table of Contents.

Essential Skills of Winning Sales Operations

LeadFuze

It’s common for departments to have a full team for sales operations, cross-functioning with a traditional team of sales reps. So, what do Sales Operations entail? Sales operations in a B2B environment include quality lead management, strategic territory planning, contract and proposal management, forecasting, reporting, CRM management, and more. Skills of a Winning Sales Operation. Support new sales reps.

Research Reveals Best Practices for Sales Territory Design

Xactly

By adopting advanced territory planning software, Xactly’s sales operations team shortened the time spent designing territories from a month to a week – shaving hundreds of hours off the process. Data Has Become Essential for Effective Territory Design.

Sales Ops: Defend your Turf

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Part II The Territory & Quota Management Revolution

OpenSymmetry

The Territory & Quota Management Revolution – New Incentive Compensation Platforms Blazing the Trails to Greater Efficiencies. Gone are the simplistic days of sales reps simply “having a patch” to cover for selling their goods and services. Territory Definition and Modeling.

5 Steps for Designing Territories for your Top Talent

Sales Benchmark Index

Since January 1 st , your top 3 sales reps have all left the company. These strong reps may not be in the right territories calling on the right accounts. It may be time to assess whether your territories are optimally designed. Getting the best reps in the best territories.

Sales Ops Resolution: Build Market-Focused Territories in 2013

Sales Benchmark Index

As the Sales Operations leader, you’re out of a job without customers. Make a New Year’s resolution to build territories that are market-centric in 2013. Doing so will help the sales team make their target and increase your value. How Market Focused Are Your Territories?

How to Optimize Inside Sales Territories

Sales Benchmark Index

96% of organizations are increasing or maintaining their investment in inside sales last year. It is a good bet your SVP of Sales is implementing, expanding or considering an inside sales team right now. Are you prepared to optimize the investment in inside sales? (To To learn the latest on why insides sales is on the rise sign up for our Making the Number Tour here.). Where I have seen some of the greatest amount of pain is around territory design.

Get the Sales VP’s Attention with This Enablement Tool

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As a sales enablement leader do you think about sales territories? Territory Design Sales Operations Strategy Sales Enablement Director of Sales Enablement Have you been asked if they’re optimized to market potential?

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Sales Reps Love Their CRM!

Smart Selling Tools

Sales reps love their CRM. In fact, who doesn’t love a good forecast session with their sales manager? Not only that, sales reps see tremendous value in the information reported back to them from the CRM. Sales reps do not love their CRM and see little value in it.

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AJ’s story – and the Split of Outbound and Inbound Sales Development

DiscoverOrg Sales

Anthony Johnson wasn’t the first Sales Development Representative (SDR) to learn this lesson the hard way. In the fall of 2015, the young sales rep was burned out, disheartened, failing to meet his quota, and on the verge of losing his job. Fast-forward a year: AJ is now in a leadership role on an inbound sales development team with a remarkable 40% conversion rate from inbound lead to appointment set. Sales is hard. How effective is your sales team?

How to Build Effective Sales Compensation Plans for Any Customer Facing Role

Sales Hacker

A great sales compensation plan needs to accomplish quite a lot. And of course, a strong sales comp plan needs to motivate reps to hit goals that grow the company while still maintaining a profit margin. The Process for Creating a Sales Compensation Plan.

Your Sales Year is Coming to an End. Are you ready?

InsightSquared

December around the corner also means your sales year is coming to an end. So, as a sales leader or manager, what do you do? I’ve faced this challenge as a senior sales executive, sales enablement executive and outside sales enablement specialist.

The Secret to Making Your Number: Sales Coverage Model

Sales Result

Bottom line, a sales coverage model is how a company makes their number. A sales coverage model enables companies to set achievable revenue goals then reach them with thoughtful placement of sales and marketing teams/individuals in the best territories and highest value accounts.

Operations problem solving: how to start and finish backwards

InsightSquared

Guest blog by Joe Rodden, Sales Systems Manager at Catalant Technologies. It’s nearing the end of your company’s fiscal year, the sales team is gearing up for another year end close, holiday parties are being planned, and your leadership team is determining 2018 initiatives.

How Sales Ops Can Add Value to the Sales Team

InsightSquared

If you work in sales operations, it may seem like the sales reps at your company don’t always see the value you are adding to their daily lives. It sometimes feels like the only thing you have in common is both of your job titles beginning with the word “sales”.

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How to systemize the way your sales reps generate, manage and close opportunities

InsightSquared

We recently spoke with Joe Flynn , Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Amadeus Hospitality about how he uses InsightSquared to help his reps better focus, drive the right behaviors and generate more results. Need more information about how to get more out of your sales team?

Sales Acceleration on Demand: Outreach & DiscoverOrg

DiscoverOrg Sales

Sales acceleration” is a good buzzword, but all it really means is “sell more, faster” … without saying anything about “How?”. We’re excited to announce our redesigned Outreach integration, which will make sales processes faster and easier than ever. Sales research – fast.

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.

Hunters and farmers – it’s time to change sales strategy

Sales Training Connection

Sales Hunters and Farmers. Companies have used the Hunter-Farmer framework for a very long time to configure their sales force. The idea is to designate a group of sales people as Hunters – responsible for generating business in new accounts. 2011 Sales Horizons™, LLC.

If Technology is Not the Answer to Solving Sales Problems, What Is?

Sales Benchmark Index

Deploying a Sales Force Automation tool will not solve the challenges facing your Sales organization. The Sales organization isn’t short on data, it is short on knowledge. Every Sales Leader needs innovative recommendations right now. A Sales Process did not exist.

Why Technology Can't Solve Sales Problems All By Itself

Sales Benchmark Index

Deploying a Sales Force Automation tool will not solve the challenges facing your Sales organization. The Sales organization isn’t short on data, it is short on knowledge. Every Sales Leader needs innovative recommendations right now. A Sales Process did not exist.

What is Draw Against Commission in Sales?

Xactly

Commissions play a key role in your sales compensation plans, driving sales behaviors and motivating reps to hit their quota. Depending on your sales force structure and size, there are different sales commission structures that can be used in your incentive plan.

How to Construct the Perfect Target List

Sales Benchmark Index

There was a change to your territory. After a few slightly awkward sales calls you break for lunch. You may already have a target list created by your sales operations department. The problem is they don’t know the details of your territory like you do.

Five Essential Strategies for Setting Aggressive but Attainable Sales Targets

Miller Heiman Group

According to CSO Insights’ 2018-2019 Sales Performance Study , only 54 percent of salespeople are making or exceeding quota. With organizations generally targeting a 70 percent quota attainment goal, this represents a major challenge to sales effectiveness. Quotas are a vital part of the annual sales plan. Let’s explore five essential strategies for setting aggressive but attainable sales targets. Engage Sales Reps and Sales Managers in Quota-Setting Discussions.

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A Get-Well Plan for Sales Ops in the New Year

Sales Benchmark Index

The sales organization is into the final run for the year. How has Sales Operations done this year? Did you directly enable the sales organization to close more business? Did you help keep sales expenses in check? Download our Sales-Ops Planning Guide here.

How to Build a Strong Business Development Rep Commission Plan

Xactly

There’s one role in sales that seems to face all of the sales compensation issues that keep the compensation plan design team awake at night–the business development rep (BDR). This makes designing compensation plans for these reps more difficult for sales operations teams.

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.