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Sales Performance Management
A productive sales force must concentrate on acquiring, growing, and retaining profitable relationships with its clients. This requires clear, detailed views of

sales advice  your direct and indirect sales force into a team of knowledgeable and trusted advisors – fostering efficient collaboration between sales, marketing, and service teams to align efforts on fulfilling customer needs. Source : SAP Resources Related to Sales Performance Management : Customer Relationship Management (CRM) (Wikipedia) Sales Performance Management Performance Management is also known as : Performance Management , Effective Performance Management , Innovation Management , Learn Performance ,

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide


No matter how effective your sales staff is, there’s always room to boost efficiency and increase sales. But how you go about doing so may be a point of contention. Sales force automation (SFA) solutions come in many flavors, but they don’t all offer the comprehensive SFA functionality you need. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls of choosing SFA software, and get help matching your needs with the right solution for you.

sales advice  place undue burden on sales reps to enter data. All of these factors can threaten adoption and take your SFA project from a revenue booster to an IT bust. Our SFA Buyer's Guide will help you avoid these pitfalls and steer you toward a solution that works well for your company. It will help you match your company's needs with the most appropriate solution and give you insight on what issues you must discuss with vendors before deciding on an SFA product. To reach an informed decision about which SFA Read More

Are Sales Incentives Even In Tune With the Corporate Strategy?


With sales being the lifeblood of virtually any company, selling should be an accurately accountable process forming the basis of overall strategic objectives. Still, the question remains: how much enterprise incentive management (EIM) do enterprises need, and in what form?

sales advice  Sales Incentives Even In Tune With the Corporate Strategy? Incentive compensation plans are designed to motivate sales and service professionals to achieve goals and strive for excellence. But an alarming fact is that these same compensation plans are often at odds with the corporate strategy of customer satisfaction, since sales employees, in their zeal to earn more, often lose sight of what is importanttheir customers needs and the companys strategy. Part Two of the series Thou Shalt Motivate and Read More

Annoyed by ERP? You’re Not Alone.


Buzzwords are annoying. High-pressure sales pitches are annoying. Your competitors are sort of annoying. And ERP? Really annoying. That’s the perspective of Tyler and Bracken King, two brothers who develop and market an online customer manager tool called Less Annoying Software. I stumbled across their software thanks to an excellent blog post recently posted by Tyler: 6 reasons

sales advice  paradox. We want our sales to happen online (we're certainly not cut out to be salesmen), but our target audience doesn't even know what a CRM is so why would they come to our site in the first place? The key will be inbound marketing (blogs, social media, SEO, etc), but most of our target customers don't spend much time reading blogs or browsing social networking sites, so it's challenging. Despite the difficulty, we still think there's a huge opportunity there, and we're definitely making progress. Read More

Complete Guide to Sales Force Automation (SFA)


Complete Guide to Sales Force Automation Get the buyer's guide that gives you everything you need to know about sales force automation solutions.

sales advice  need to know about sales force automation (SFA) solutions. In one practical document, you'll get information on SFA basics; the features and options available to you; detailed product, cost, and vendor considerations; what to look for in an SFA vendor; the major pitfalls to avoid; and tips and advice from other SFA buyers. The right SFA solution can dramatically boost efficiency and increase your sales. Get the inside story on SFA, and how to find the right SFA solution for your organization's special Read More

Taking Sales and Operations Planning to the Next Level


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a business planning process owned by executives and senior management, with the key goal of creating realistic plans. However, one critical success factor that can easily get overlooked is that the “quality” of the entire S&OP process is only as good as the data and the detailed demand and supply plans that support it.

sales advice  Sales and Operations Planning to the Next Level Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a business planning process owned by executives and senior management, with the key goal of creating realistic plans. However, one critical success factor that can easily get overlooked is that the “quality” of the entire S&OP process is only as good as the data and the detailed demand and supply plans that support it. Read More

Executive Sales and Operations Planning Maturity Levels and Key Solution Criterion


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization can leverage to achieve visibility and transformation across the entire organization and throughout the value chain. This white paper explores the current business challenges face by companies, the priority allocated to S&OP, the maturity levels associated with S&OP, and the role of technology enablers.

sales advice  Sales and Operations Planning Maturity Levels and Key Solution Criterion Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization can leverage to achieve visibility and transformation across the entire organization and throughout the value chain. This white paper explores the current business challenges face by companies, the priority allocated to S&OP, the maturity levels associated with S&OP, and the role of technology enablers. Read More

Sales Force Performance


Understanding market drivers is key to managing customer behavior. To do this, organizations must state and qualify their assumptions about the real drivers of sales performance. An improvement strategy can then be created, and with integrated budgets, success metrics, etc.

sales advice  Process Alignment . The sales function does not operate in a vacuum. Other functions comprise the go to market process and contribute to the customer experience and therefore impact customer behavior both positive and negative. If the sales function has to gain new customers to replace lost customers, this action will dilute sales productivity and the productivity of the organization at-large. Therefore, this driver requires the organization to assess the level of effort that is required to create a Read More

Sales and Marketing


Sales (the function that directly generates revenue through the sale of products or services) and marketing (the function that addresses customer needs and wants through communication) are two indispensible pillars of today’s businesses. Due to the affinity between sales and marketing, the two are commonly considered to be in the same category of business area. A few trends in this business area:

sales advice  and Marketing Sales (the function that directly generates revenue through the sale of products or services) and marketing (the function that addresses customer needs and wants through communication) are two indispensible pillars of today’s businesses. Due to the affinity between sales and marketing, the two are commonly considered to be in the same category of business area. A few trends in this business area: Read More

Aligning Sales Territories to Enhance Sales Productivity: Improving Customer Relationships in a Tough Economy


In a tough economy, retaining customers and reducing costs become paramount, and sales force productivity takes center stage. You should also be thinking about territory alignment: territory management directly affects customer relationships and the ability to tailor your approach to various market segments. Learn how to optimize territory alignment with the right set of tools, and overcome sales process obstacles.

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Leveraging 3-D for Sales Automation


Product knowledge is now readily available to buyers online, so it’s no surprise that salespeople are seeking new tools and new skills to close sales. A powerful new set of tools has taken its place in the salesperson’s arsenal: 3-D applications.

sales advice  3-D for Sales Automation Originally published - November 9, 2007 The Googlization of information has leveled the playing field between sales representatives and prospects. With easy access to information, buyers are initiating purchasing cycles by performing extensive product research on the Internet long before inviting a sales representatives into the process. Increasingly, buyers today know as much, if not more, about the product and the competition's products as the seller knows. Product Read More

Sales Tax Compliance and the CFO: What Automation Means for Risk Management


It’s time C-level executives take a closer look at how sales tax is managed within their organizations. This report highlights what finance and accounting professionals know (and don’t know) about managing sales tax, and more importantly, why risk of non-compliance is more important in this legislative climate. This report draws upon a recent study by Wakefield Research, which investigates what leading and emerging companies in the U.S. know about sales tax compliance.

sales advice  closer look at how sales tax is managed within their organizations. This report highlights what finance and accounting professionals know (and don’t know) about managing sales tax, and more importantly, why risk of non-compliance is more important in this legislative climate. This report draws upon a recent study by Wakefield Research, which investigates what leading and emerging companies in the U.S. know about sales tax compliance. Read More

Sales: Maximize Profitability, Improve Performance, and Deliver Customer Value


Effective sales organizations do more than just meet revenue goals. They find new ways to achieve their goals while ensuring their sales professionals maintain focus on activities that foster profitable customer relationships. Learn how a customer relationship management (CRM) solution can help your sales force acquire and cultivate profitable customer relationships, use their time efficiently, and achieve top performance.

sales advice  Deliver Customer Value Effective sales organizations do more than just meet revenue goals. They find new ways to achieve their goals while ensuring their sales professionals maintain focus on activities that foster profitable customer relationships. Learn how a customer relationship management (CRM) solution can help your sales force acquire and cultivate profitable customer relationships, use their time efficiently, and achieve top performance. Read More

Rackmount Server Sales Surge


Rack-optimized servers are reported to have increased their quarter-over-quarter unit sales by over 50%

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