Autodesk's Approach to Motivating a Millennial Sales Force and Tackling Some of the Biggest Sales Comp Challenges

Posted by Alex Southworth on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

For high-tech companies, a strong inside sales function boosts efficiency and lowers costs, and for millennial-age salespeople, inside sales roles offer the chance to collaborate with a team instead of working solo in the field.

After ZS’s 2017 Comp Bytes event, where executives from leading high-tech brands met to discuss sales compensation challenges and innovations, I spoke with Robert Bieshaar, senior director of worldwide sales and services incentive compensation at Autodesk, to learn how inside sales models are evolving at his organization, what he and his colleagues are doing to motivate the next generation of salespeople, and how Autodesk is working to overcome one of the most common and cumbersome sales comp challenges: goal-setting fairness.


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How Channel Sales Are Better Aligning With High-Tech Customers’ Changing Needs

Posted by John DeSarbo on Wed, Aug 09, 2017

As high-tech manufacturers strive to accelerate profitable growth, they’re looking to their channel partners to provide more value to end customers. Successful technology channel partners are transforming their business models accordingly, transitioning from providing value primarily by distributing products to providing business solutions that are delivered in sync with customers’ changing buying and consumption preferences. Executing this transformation doesn’t just require partners to change. High-tech manufacturers must change as well to enable their partners to expand their capabilities. The need to help partners increase their effectiveness has significant implications for channel sales teams.


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Subscription Sales: Five Steps to Fixing a ‘Recurring’ Problem

Posted by Kyle Heller on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

I recently took my two sons to the planetarium show at a local museum. We sat together in the darkness, unable to see our hands in front of our faces, and got lost in the allure of the night sky: planets, constellations, comets and the spectacular collisions that happen when two objects try to occupy the same space at the same time.


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What if Your Comp Plan Isn't as Healthy as You Think?

Posted by Kyle Heller on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Last weekend, sorting through old boxes and organizing all of my belongings in preparation for my family’s move, I paused over a box in the attic that included my last Pennsylvania driver’s license, featuring a 1999 photo of me at 23.

At that age, my life revolved around playing baseball, basketball and working out at the gym. I was young, active, and approached life with the wisdom of comedian Steven Wright: “I intend to live forever—so far, so good.”


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What the Three Little Pigs Can Teach Us About Global Sales Compensation

Posted by Kyle Heller on Thu, Jan 24, 2013

I can still remember as a child listening to The Three Little Pigs. From the bellowing wolf to the squealing pigs, it is a story that captivates children.

As I now read it to my own kids, I hope to teach them the merits of planning, enterprise and good old-fashioned hard work, albeit through the questionable tack of terrifying them with the harrowing tale of a hungry wolf. 

In the end, the pigs learned their lesson and we listeners agreed: Do things the right way and build for the long-term, even when there are easier alternatives or short-term gains. 

And we still agree. Right?


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