Has Key Account Selling in Financial Services Reached the Tipping Point When It Comes to Sales Comp?

Posted by Jason Brown on Tue, Jan 15, 2019

This blog post was originally published on ZS's financial services blog, The Exchange.

Recently, I was talking with a financial services leader about how his company’s large account sales process has evolved over the years. Among other things, his company sells investment and financial service offerings, such as U.S.-based 401(k) record-keeping, to very large companies where the buyer might be making a decision on behalf of tens of thousands of employees.


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How Do You Energize Your Sales Force?

Posted by Steve Marley on Mon, Oct 15, 2018


Some time ago, I wrote a blog that described the CARE ™ framework that we use at ZS. With a survey, we can develop what we call the “CARE Fingerprint TM,” a motivational profile that’s unique to each individual in the sales force. Once we have this fingerprint information, we need to determine how people in our organization feel about their sales experiences relative to their profiles.


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Research Review: Continuous vs. Lump Sum Payments

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Mon, Aug 20, 2018

This blog post is the third in a three-part series analyzing important sales compensation research.

Now that we’ve examined recent research on the success of team incentives and cash vs. non-cash incentives, let’s look into the efficacy of continuous vs. lump sum payments.


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Research Review: Should You Use Team Incentives?

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Mon, Aug 13, 2018

This blog post is the second in a three-part series analyzing important sales compensation research.

In my previous blog post, I weighed in on the efficacy of offering cash vs. non-cash incentives based on several studies and published research. Here’s a look at some of the latest findings on team incentives.


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Research Review: Using Non-Cash Incentives for Short-Term SPIFFs and Contests

Posted by Chad Albrecht on Mon, Aug 06, 2018

This blog post is the first in a three-part series analyzing important research in sales compensation.

In 2012, Michael Ahearne and Thomas Steenburgh published the results of several sales compensation research studies in the July issue of Harvard Business Review. Their article was the most comprehensive of our time, revealing research on caps, interim sales bonuses, overachievement commissions and many other plan features.


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