I was honoured recently to find out I'd been nominated for the “Top Sales Blog of 2010” award.
And I do mean honoured. The awards are run by Jonathan Farrington who I have the utmost respect for. In the field of sales, Jonathan is one of the elder statesmen. A gentleman and a hugely knowledgeable authority.
And the nominations were based on an entirely objective formula – looking at the popularity and google ranking of the blogs (I think I came in at #6 globally).
But here's the thing: the final decision is made by internet voting.
*** UPDATE *** Jonathan's just told me that the vote only counts for 50% of the result. The rest comes from a panel of judges
We do all know that anything decided by internet voting is bullshit, don't we?
Who wins in an internet vote?
Either someone who's popular, or someone who knows how to game the system.
It's incredibly easy to fix internet voting. If you have lots of website visitors or social media followers – ask them to vote for you.
If you're smart and you think the PR will help, hire some folks in a third world country to vote for you. Or do it yourself through an IP proxy, if you've got too much time on your hands.
Currently I'm at #2 in the voting for Sales Blog of 2010. Is it because I have the best or second best sales blog?
No. It's because I'm popular. I have a lot of Twitter followers and I shamelessly asked them to vote for me here.
Anthony Iannorino is number one. I guess he did something similar. We're miles ahead of anyone else.
So here what I'm going to ask you to do. I'm going to break with years of tradition and buck all the “rules”.
What I'd like you to do is go to the site with the list of all the blogs here.
And I'd like you to actually read them all.
Rather than voting for me ‘cos you like me, I'd like you to actually read the blogs. They're all excellent. They're all full of great ideas and tips which could really help you.
Rather than treating this as an opportunity to vote for someone you like (that would be me) – I'd like you to treat this as an opportunity to explore the best of the best. Learn something valuable. Then vote for the one you think is the best – not the person you're the most friendly with.
Now, of course, here's the $50,000 question: who would I vote for? And who do I reccomend you vote for?
Well, personally, I'd vote for Charlie Green's blog.
You may know Charlie as the author of the Trusted Advisor and Trust Based Selling.
Here's the thing: all the rest of us write great stuff. Really valuable hints and tips. Articles that can radically improve your results at selling.
But Charlie writes the only blog that can change your life. He writes about trust and what it means to us, our clients, our families, our life.
Out of all of us, it's Charlie who's really making a difference – not just helping people get a bit better.
Out of all of us, it's Charlie who's driving for that deeper understanding and meaning.
Out of all of us, he's the one who's going to change the world for the better.
Vote for Charlie.
*** UPDATE *** Hey, judges – you vote for Charlie too.