3 Ways a Sales Leader Should Rollout a Quota Increase

Posted by Josh Horstmann

January 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM

You just got your new quota and it’s gone up.  Now you need to roll it out to your management team.  You know there is going to be pushback from your team.  Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world.

Top sales leaders know how to communicate and roll out a sales plan.  Here are some ways to make it painless.

Start Early

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Topics: Quota Setting, Sales Leader, Director of Sales Resources, Quotas

Sales VPs: How to Get Marketing to Accept a Number

Posted by Drew Zarges

December 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM

You’re closing in on the fiscal year.  Soon you will be given a new number. It will be higher than last year. There are two approaches to handling this:

  1. Put the entire number on your back.
  2. Get marketing to take a portion.
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Topics: Quota Setting, Quotas, Small Company Sales Leader Resources

Surviving the Late Release of Your New Quota

Posted by Dan Perry

November 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Last year you got your quota in mid-February.  This caused mass confusion, frustration and demotivation on your sales team.  It was much higher than you planned.  It resulted in a poor start in the first quarter.  And you are still feeling this pain deep in the fourth quarter. Everyone wants to know the quota from corporate before Day 1 of the Year.  Sales leaders want to start strong in the first quarter.  Yet most companies actually ‘issue’ their sales quota sometime in the first quarter.  It happened last year.   Most likely it will happen again this year.

Turn to the Fill the Gap Quota Guide to be prepared. This guide will help you:

  • Understand what it takes to make up the gap
  • 5 Non-negotiable actions needed to get a quick start in the first quarter
  • Execution best practices so you actually achieve your plan
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Topics: Quota Setting, Sales Leader, Director of Sales Resources, Quotas

Do You Have the Right Number of Reps?

Posted by Mark Synek

October 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM

From here you can see over the horizon.  You have a pretty good idea if you’re going to make the number.  It might not look promising.  About 75% of U.S.-based corporations operate on a calendar fiscal year.  Now is the time to plan for 2014.  Do you have the right number of reps? Proper headcount is critical to making your number.

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Topics: Quota Setting, Sales Leader, VP of Sales Resources, CSO, Quotas, 2014 planning, planning

4 Sales Ops Lessons from the NFL

Posted by Patrick Seidell

July 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

There’s no denying that in sales, talent is a key differentiator.  The same goes for pro athletes.  The majority of your “A” players are talented.  They hold themselves accountable and have the competencies required for success.  However, even the most talented will fail if they're put in the wrong environment.  Even the best NFL quarterbacks.  Today’s post is about how Sales Ops can create conditions that enable success.

How well have you created conditions for sales success?  Find out by downloading the Sales Performance Conditions Scorecard here.

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Topics: Territory Design, Compensation Planning, Sales Process, Sales Performance Management, Sales Operations Strategy, Quotas, sales operations

The Secret Sauce to Quota Setting

Posted by Ryan Tognazzini

July 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM

When you set annual sales quotas, they always look great on paper. You go through a painstaking process with your sales leaders. You look at historical attainment levels.  Review the opportunity pipeline. Even make sure you have enough reps to split the revenue goal evenly.

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Topics: Quota Setting, CEO, CEO Resources, Quotas

How to Survive a Mid-Year Quota Increase

Posted by Dan Perry

June 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

You have been on the receiving end of this phone call.  ‘I need more from you and your team this year.  Forecast says we are down 15% and the CEO wants to reissue quotas.  Splitting the increase amongst your peers, your number just went up by 5%.  Figure out how you are going to adjust and make it happen now. I know you can do it.’

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Topics: Sales Leader, Director of Sales Resources, Quotas

New Quota? Two Questions You Need to Ask Next

Posted by Dan Bernoske

December 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

New year. New quota. If you are a Sales Rep in this reality, ask yourself these two questions:

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Topics: Leads, Quotas, Sales Rep Resources

How to Avoid The Impossible Quota

Posted by Drew Zarges

December 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Topics: Compensation Planning, Quota Setting, CSO, Quotas, Small Company Sales Leader Resources

Putting Customer Segmentation To Work In The Field

Posted by Patrick Seidell

November 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Today’s post is the first of three directed to Sales Operations leaders.  Resource allocation is critical to success for sales.  Customer/prospect segmentation is a key first step in making wise allocation decisions.  You might have the best propeller-heads available performing segmentation analysis.  But if you can’t drive segmentation into the field you’re wasting much of your company's expense and effort.

How it Begins

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Topics: Sales Performance Management, Sales Management, Quotas, Account Segmentation

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