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The rise of today's participant economy should be viewed by marketers as an opportunity. Technorati's David Sifry says the overall goal is to build a concrete two-way relationship with your customers in this new e-communications era.
Entrepreneurs should understand the online marketing opportunities available on popular social networking sites like MySpace. Current marketers on MySpace include music and book publishers, auto companies, consumer products manufacturers, and even issue advocacy groups.
Going international requires careful thought and planning. This article poses a set of questions (by category) for entrepreneurs to answer to prepare them for going abroad for customers and sales. Questions include market and channel issues, product translation and localization, and IP protection.
This topic expert provides a step-by-step process for understanding a sales reps' potential for results, their motivation factors, and developing a comp plan that fits those characteristics. Strategy, combined with communication, can help sales reps meet their goals and their companies' profit goals.
After many years studying sales organizations and working as a consultant, this entrepreneur offers practical tips for ensuring your sales force and compensation plans are highly effective. His premise: start with a great salesperson and pay them what they are worth. Otherwise, your sales compensation plan won't be worth anything.
This expert in sales and finance writes about how technology has helped meet the needs of his increasingly complex sales compensation structures as his company continues to grow and diversify. He shares how specialized automation software has simplified accounting, enhanced reporting capabilities, and provided management and sales reps effective tools for tracking production, revenues, commissions, and payouts.
To help motivate and reward his senior-level sales force, this entrepreneur writes that he uses phantom stock to allow associates to feel they own a piece of the company while retaining his full ownership of the firm. This compensation plan is based on sales reps' performance or time, and can serve as the basis for junior-level bonuses.
Rather than viewing compensation plans as a motivational tool, this entrepreneur believes they should be considered a means for managing risk and protecting the company's cash assets. He explains his firm's model, which is based on transferring more risk to sales associates, sharing resources across clients, and tying a portion of base salary to reaching certain revenue-related milestones.
This veteran entrepreneur recommends a top-down approach to ensure a company's overall strategic goals drive the compensation plan. When clear objectives (including revenue targets) are defined for the business, entrepreneurs can better determine sales targets as well as how sales reps can help grow the company.
This resource discusses what defines competitive intelligence, the process of penetrating the veil of business secrecy, ethics and legalities, do's and don'ts, and assembling your team.
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