How to Plan Like a Boss
How to Plan Like a Boss
Read now

Would you be surprised to learn that less than one-third of companies have incentive compensation plans, territories, and quotas ready on the first day of the new fiscal year?
If you work in finance, this number probably comes as no shock. The majority of companies take weeks-even months!-to produce their sales plans. As a result, a significant amount of revenue is often left on the table through the loss of momentum and productivity. When sales reps don't receive their plans on time, they have less incentive to work. It literally pays to have your sales plans integrated with the overall company plan in a timely fashion.
Sales planning is complex, though-as many sales and finance leaders can attest. The challenge is to optimize sales territories, quotas, and comp plans so that sales can deliver on the overall revenue target. To do this, sales ops teams typically spend weeks laboring through complicated spreadsheets with complex formulas. Those spreadsheets are shared across the sales, finance, and executive teams, several times over. The result? Inevitably, the spreadsheets get out of sync and outdated, which takes days to reconcile, thus prolonging the process still further.
To control the chaos, forward-thinking finance and sales leaders have started to invest in sales planning tools. These tools, collectively called sales performance management (SPM), make the planning process more efficient. More sophisticated organizations want even more: they need a planning tool to help predict optimal outcomes, and they want to integrate these sales plans and models into the company's overall financial plan.

Preview of The Juice
Sign up to see what's popular with other marketing/sales pros like you. Stay in-the-know and stay anonymous. All content has been un-gated for you.
Sign up