Mohammed Abdul Jawad

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10 Ways to Drive Performance


Aligning employee actions with strategic corporate goals is perhaps the most pressing challenge facing companies today. Whether you’re trying to track and analyze revenue, identify top performers, or measure the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns, you need a way to show how each one aligns with and supports strategic goals.

This guide presents a number of practical ways in which you can begin the alignment process in your sales and marketing departments—two high-profile and high-impact areas that have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line. And it provides you with a number of potential starting points on the road to corporate performance management (CPM).

The key is to start small, and start now.


Who are your most valuable customers? Those who buy the most? The ones who buy the most often? Those who spend the most money? Or those who cost the least to support? 

In most cases, the only way to identify your best customers is to answer each of these questions separately and then combine the answers in different ways to find the point where they intersect for the best results.

What you have to do is to unite data from different points across your company to deliver a detailed and in-depth view of customer factors such as purchase patterns, revenue, growth, lifetime value, satisfaction, service calls and costs, total sales to date, and more. You can profile your customer buying patterns to focus on the ones who are the most likely to deliver the best returns. And you can share this information across your organization.

For example: a national sales manager could receive an in-depth look at which drugs are performing best in each region, while a sales rep might view a list of local doctors who are most likely to buy in the  next quarter, based on their past purchase patterns.


With the average sales visit lasting a mere three minutes, it’s important for your sales reps to make the most of every opportunity. But where do the best opportunities lie?

For this, you need to obtain information you need to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses in your sales force to help you streamline your sales process, lower the cost of sale, and allocate resources more effectively to maximize opportunities.

You can identify your top sales reps by product, city, region, or country in a matter of seconds. Compare the cost of sales to revenues—by customer, sales rep, and region, then decide whether you have the right reps and resources in the right places to meet your goals. You can also determine which reps and regions aren’t meeting their targets and find out how long this has been the case. You can gauge the effectiveness of your sales and marketing collateral to get the most out of your budgets. Identify your most profitable resellers. Identify which managed care plans are a benefit to your business and which can be contracted out. Track your distribution network to extend your reach and improve channel effectiveness.


If you’re in HR, you know that your company spends more money on salary, bonuses, training, and development than on any other line item in the budget. But is that money well-spent? You need to know that your training expenses, compensation, and incentives deliver increased sales, higher productivity, and improved ROI. You also need to know that your people have the skills and knowledge required to be as productive as possible.

Try to get the maximum benefit out of your HR costs. You can measure the effectiveness of your training and development programs by setting new performance targets and then correlating the cost of the programs with the number of employees who meet those targets. Identify the skills that contribute to high performance to develop a profile of exceptional employees. Then use this information as the basis for your compensation and reward plans and communicate them throughout your company to encourage the right behaviors.


How can you maximize your brand awareness and capture mindshare without breaking the bank? By gaining a clear understanding of which marketing activities give you the biggest return on your dollar.

Respective software can help you streamline your branding activities by comparing the cost of individual campaigns to the number of impressions and responses they generate.

You can measure the cost of media programs versus the revenue they produce. And harness the hard data you need to determine the most effective media for branding—the key to building sustainable business.


Your marketing plan for your latest antacid calls for direct-to-consumer television and print campaigns, incentives for your reps to sell more to their customers, and an aggressive discounting plan nation-wide. Each tactic has a different budget, a different audience, and a different goal. How do you gauge your overall success?

Look for solutions. You’ll know which promotions are paying dividends, which are costing you more than they bring in, and why some work better than others with a particular customer group. You can quickly analyze each and every campaign to eliminate low-impact promotions and concentrate on the marketing efforts most likely to succeed. You can track your campaign progress against key performance indicators like campaign ROI, total exposures, response rates, call center activity, and more. You can also monitor marketing program execution in the field and link each initiative to actual sales. Reduce the cost–of–sale by targeting customers who are ready to buy. Increase the return on your promotion investment by offering your best promotions to your best customers. And identify your best lead generation activities based on facts rather than feelings.


Increasingly stringent regulations demand the kind of detailed, comprehensive reporting that takes time, costs money, and distracts your sales reps from closing sales.

With the needed software, your people spend less time worrying about compliance and more time selling. Apart from this, you may avail timely, easy-to-understand information about drug samples so your reps can concentrate on what’s important. If a sample variance crops up, they can be notified to take corrective action before the information becomes dated.

Managers can track sample usage at the national level to better place this valuable resource. You can track lot numbers and automate FDA reports to save time and money.


Communicating a common set of priorities and coordinating your decision-making process across your organization can be one of your biggest challenges. You need to ensure that your expectations for your sales and marketing teams are consistently applied, measured, and reported on regardless of rep or region.

Score-carding ensures that everyone in your organization—from the boardroom to the reps in the field—shares the same information at the same time, all the time. Everyone uses this information to identify performance issues and to focus on the areas crucial to your success. Every employee can view and understand their performance against key indicators like sales, growth, and market share, and then compare them to call activity, reach, frequency, and sales expenses. They can clearly see how their decisions and actions impact the overall strategy. And they can make the link between your company’s priorities and their own departmental objectives. Powerful analytics let anyone drill down into greater detail to find out what’s affecting performance.

Collaboration tools help you share insights.


Sales costs are soaring. Budgets are shrinking. And the demand for accountability is rising. Senior managers want more detailed and more reliable information about financial performance.

Look out for information by integrating and automating all of your core financial processes—budgeting, planning, consolidations, forecasting, and reporting. Present a unified view of your sales and marketing budgets that can be easily segmented by department, project, or territorial expense level. You’ll always know where you stand against your plan. And you’ll have the clear, concise, and accurate information you need to analyze your current financial performance and predict future performance with confidence.


Your customers are dedicated to helping their patients lead longer, healthier lives. Your products can help them in that mission. But how do you capture their attention and deliver that message?

Get your messages across quickly, efficiently, and with the least amount of interruption. With respective software, you can weed out low-impact messages and focus on those that resonate most with your customers and prospects. They help you clearly define your marketing messages and let you monitor the duration and frequency of physician visits.

Detailed reports help your reps closely track the number of times they’ve contacted each customer, the length of each call or visit, and the content discussed to help them make the most of their and their customers’ time.


Competitive pressures mean that success in sales and marketing requires an increasingly greater degree of integration. This means sharing ideas, information, and insights while they can still be acted upon.

Strive for integration and collaboration.

Try to integrate information about sales volume, customer profiles, market share, sales activity, ongoing promotions, and marketing programs into a single source of data that’s instantly available to anyone and everyone who needs it.

Communicate your plans and strategies as a set of interconnected performance indicators.

Have performance data from multiple points across your organization in a single display utilizing dashboards. Collaboration and coordination become simple and effective.

(Abstract from the source:10 Ways To Drive PerformancePharmaceutical Sales & Marketing A White Paper by COGNOS – The Next Level of Performance Copyright © 1989-2004 Cognos Incorporated - Burlington, MA – USA)

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Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #1

I am glad that you liked this post. And thanks so much for your thoughtfulness to share this article on other hives.:)

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