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The 4 Top Sales Leadership Articles to Boost Sales Today

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With that in mind, some of the best articles you haven't read were published this summer! I'm going to share four of them right here, tell you why the article will help today, and you can decide whether or not to read it. Dave Kurlan sales process sales management sales leadership top articles on sales and selling

Writing Is 20% of Content Article Marketing

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of all U.S.businesses), content article marketing through blogs or distribution sites has become the a popular marketing tactic. For example,write an article on LinkedIn Pulse and you will attract attention and maybe even get a new sales lead. The other 80% should be promoting that article. Currently this marketing channel is experiencing over 50,000 articles per week.

Sales Podcasts and Video Interviews are Better Than Sales Articles

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Regular readers know that I write a lot - 1,600 articles on sales and sales leadership over the past 10 years. I'll be the first to admit that the articles are not all award-winners but readers find most of them helpful, entertaining, and good enough to keep coming back. But are the articles better than say, a lively podcast on the same topic? A television interview?

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Guest Article: “Funnel Vision,” by Cara Celli

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Funnel Vision. by Cara Celli. Sales Funnel: Definition–metaphoric sales process showing a large number of unqualified leads at the top of the funnel, being filtered in subsequent levels i.e. stages, and the actual clients that result exiting the bottom of the funnel. Also known as a pipeline. Getting that first appointment. Remember the first five minutes of the conversation is what will make or break you. Friendliness goes a long way in a conversation, and remember, this is not rocket science! You don’t have to be a fancy talker to be a great salesperson. Positive energy. Smile!

18 Essential Retailing Articles

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Here’s a great selection of 17 of my favorite articles that I think represent the latest trends in retailing and illustrate how some leading retailers are taking advantage of them to reinvigorate their businesses and brand: 1. IBM Institute for Business Value survey of 26,000 consumers, January 2013, January 15 2013, 2. Best Buy CEO Outlines Turnaround Plans,” AP, November 13, 2012, 5.

5 Ways to Measure if Your Sales Process is Working

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Guest Article: “The Dichotomy of Sales!,” by Lynn Hindy

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The Dichotomy of Sales! by Lynn Hidy. I was working with a relatively new inside salesperson recently and we uncovered he was facing the Dichotomy of Sales! not sure what dichotomy is? Merriam Webster says “something with seemingly contradictory qualities”. On one side: it is all about making commission. On the other side: it is all about making sure the customer solves their problem. The reason I picked the definition I did was the word “seemingly” – actually, these two things are not contradictory. It is really all about: balance, technique, skill, and bravery.

Double Article Friday and the Death of All Selling Forever

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Especially this Friday when you get my powerful rant below, as well as two bonus articles! The Selling Power Blog has my new article on why consultative selling is so difficult. And over at Top Sales World , my article on the premature announcement that SPIN Selling is dead is one of the top 10 articles for last week. Head over there for a great read! Good questions.

Guest Article: Breathless Business, by Dan Waldschmidt

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BREATHLESS BUSINESS. by Dan Waldschmidt. We’ve become a generation of “good enough” business leaders. We’ve traded a relentless focus on being extraordinary for the justification that we are following the rules. That we are doing what we’ve been told we should be doing — college degree, MBA, and 5 year subscription to Smart Business magazine. Nothing too risky. Nothing unexplained. In place of wonderment, we’ve adopted process, policy, and politics. There are rules for everything. And when that doesn’t work we can always blame the “nine-to-fivers” for not doing enough. Breathless business.

Guest Article: “TEAM SELLING–Lone Wolfs no longer reign supreme,” by Dr. Richard Ruff

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Team selling – lone wolfs no longer reign supreme by Richard Ruff. Team selling continues to be on the rise. We’ve heard this from clients and colleagues – and now from the research front. According to a recent Corporate Executive Board (CEB) study , the individual salesperson “no longer reigns supreme”. As the CEB authors noted: “On the most effective sales teams, particularly B2B, the individual no longer reigns supreme. They now rely on collective, even crowd-sourcing skills, in ways that weren’t possible just a few short years ago.”. There are a number of reasons – let’s explore three.

Guest Article: “Are You Facing Sales Fatigue?” by Ken Thoreson

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Are You Facing Sales Fatigue? by Ken Thoreson. The past three years have been a challenge for most partner organizations. The economy has caused sales teams to face declining prospect budgets, more competitive bidding, fewer opportunities, lower incomes and general personal stress. As someone that works with partner organizations on a daily basis we have seen all of these situations cause an increase in mental and physical fatigue. . As we face another year most individuals are unclear as to the future, will it either be a recovering economy or another challenging series of events?

Why a LinkedIn Article Went Viral(30k views) and Another Didn't

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  This is the story of two very similar LinkedIn articles. However, one article went viral and was viewed over 30,000 times while the other was seen by 1,000. Before we begin our discussion, it would be very helpful if you took a quick look at both articles:   The 30,000+ Views “Viral” LinkedIn Article.   The 1,000+ Views “Traditional” LinkedIn Article.

Guest Article: “Don’t Wait for a Bone,” by Tibor Shanto

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Don’t Wait For A Bone. by Tibor Shanto. Nothing bothers me more than when a rep uses any expression relating to selling that includes a variation of “throw me a bone”. You hear this a lot especially in industries that are highly competitive, the buyers have viable options, and the risk of commoditization looms large. But the reps are not alone to blame in perpetuating this sheepish way of selling.

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Guest Article: “Debtors Face Having Pensions Raided,” by Chrissy Hoey

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Although this article is written about and for those in the UK, I think it might be a good warning for all about the potential we all face in the current world economy where our security might be as fleeting as a change in the law. . Debtors Face Having Pensions Raided. by Chrissy Hoey. As the UK continues to struggle with its finances and the economy sinks into a triple dip recession, the number of individuals facing Bankruptcy is higher than ever. The Court decided that the Trustee in Bankruptcy could insist on taking money from the individual’s pension nest egg.

Guest Article: “The Proven Best Way to Gain New Customers,” by Miles Austin

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The Proven Best Way To Gain New Customers. by Miles Austin. Looking for the proven best way to gain new customers & grow your business? Testimonials and recommendations are the answer. Testimonials and recommendations work. Many will argue that they are THE most successful way to attract new business. Entire business models like Yelp have emerged to leverage this truth. It is a recognized fact that our customers are active in the selection process before sales ever gets involved. Much of the time, this activity will take them directly to customer reviews or testimonials. How to use them.

Guest Article: “5 Truths About Sales Success We Don’t Want to Admit,” by Dan Waldschmidt

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5 Truths About Sales Success We Don’t Want to Admit. by Dan Waldschmidt. Most discussions about how to be successful in sales include the essentials of technology and process and skills. How to leverage all three to funnel prospects into closed opportunities. From leads to lots of revenue. But that discussion is misleading (in fact, quite damaging) to an organization and especially to the newest members of that team. Because it leaves out the most important elements to being successful. It’s the personal stuff most of us don’t talk about much. Your future is what you make it. If you go, go.

Guest Article: “The Five Golden Rules of Boosting Sales Rep Productivity,” by Nancy Nardin

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The focal point of this article is not to examine or suggest possible changes that reps must make. Five Golden Rules for Boosting Sales Rep Productivity. by Nancy Nardin. Sales software tools can transform the means and methods by which a sales rep’s productivity is not only measured, but calibrated. However, sales leaders should not be quick to take hold of the misguided notion that tools alone will provide all the right answers. A paradigm shift in thinking, and a modification in behavior, must also be considered. Don’t misuse their valuable time, or yours. Take-aways.

Top 10 Kurlan Sales Articles of 2013

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I wrote and posted exactly 100 new articles since my final article of 2012 when I announced your favorite all-time Kurlan article. I''ve chosen 10 from this year''s articles that were either very popular, contained many comments, or thought-provoking. Here they are in no particular order - My Top 10 Articles of 2013: SALES. The Key to Powerful Sales Conversations.

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Guest Article: “In Sales, What Differentiates the Top 5% Players?” by Jonathan Farrington

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In Sales, What Differentiates The Top 5% Players? by Jonathan Farrington. As you can imagine, I am often asked by sales leaders, anxious to recruit the best salespeople they can afford, just what is it that makes a consistently top performer; what are their characteristics; where are their strengths and what differentiates them? Over the past twenty-five years I have trained and developed more than one hundred thousand sales professionals, from foundation right up to “master craftsman” level and this has given me the opportunity to formulate an accurate profile of a Top 5% Achiever.

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How to Build Your Sales Enablement Team to Drive Revenue Growth

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Is Sticking with Geographic Sales Territories A Mistake?

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Guest Article: “3 Detrimental Sales Coaching Mistakes,” by Sean McPheat

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3 Detrimental Sales Coaching Mistakes. by Sean McPhea. Great sales coaching will not only inspire sales people and generate more sales revenue, but also increase market share, reduce employee turnover, increase customer loyalty and much more. Successful sales coaching strategies can be the foundation on which your sales team thrives. Conversely, negative coaching, consisting of poorly planned and executed sales meetings and de-motivational management concepts, will cost your organisation in ways that you may not be able to recognise or quantify. . Sales Coaching Mistake #3 – Ridged Control.

Guest Article: Agile Field Sales Teams are the New Winners

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Agile Field Sales is an emerging paradigm made possible by the rapid expansion of capabilities in cloud and mobile technologies. Sales organizations, particularly those in Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) are beginning to develop sales processes that are focused on light-weight activities and transactions, highly streamlined data entry, and real-time visibility into field activities.

5 Articles to Inspire Customer Experience Success

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Customer experience today means everything. With retailers announcing seemingly on a weekly basis of store closings, experience is more important than ever before. Many companies think of customer experience, however, as a flashy marketing campaign, a cool social media outreach effort, or putting associates through a one-time training program. To do customer experience right, everyone might be responsible for delivering on it and be held accountable for its success or failure. Experience must be woven through the culture and delivered consistently across channels.

Top 5 Sales Leadership Articles of 2013 - So Far

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Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan I found it difficult to select the top 5 articles because top 5 means different things to me. I couldn''t narrow it down to a single article so I decided to go with the topics above. MOST POPULAR SALES ARTICLE. The most popular article was an article from two years ago, What''s the Difference Between Sales Commitment and Motivation.

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Why the Deal Went Dark

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Combo Article Friday - Finding New Business and Sales

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Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan I wrote an article for the Sales Blog over at Hubspot on how Inbound Marketing has really been around, like, forever. The article was about who should be your first sales hire. I wrote my own article on the topic 3 years ago called Startups and the Dilemma of the First Sales Hire. Chime in! You can download the issue here. SALES 2.0

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Guest Article: “V + E = RESULTS,” by Daniel Frances

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V + E = RESULTS. by Daniel Francès . Some of you reading this blog may have an immediate recollection at the mention of the letters “V” and “E” because they have long been associated with V-E Day: Victory in Europe Day, hearkening back to World War II. A little before my time, granted, but the annual remembrance celebrations certainly did not escape my attention, especially growing up in Holland. VISUALIZE! EMPATHIZE! These two words, these two actions are imperative to Cold Calling success. Man has been gifted with imagination. Cold callers need to use it! Try it.

Guest Article: “Hiring the Right Sales Pro for the Job,” by Nancy Martini

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Hiring the Right Sales Pro for the Job. by Nancy Martini. Did you know that it costs a company $370,000 to replace one employee with a base salary of $90,000 per year? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this “replacement cost” is even higher for top performers or more senior positions. With these numbers, it’s no wonder why hiring the right person for the right position is more important than ever. Below are three basic recruiting tips to consider when selecting a sales person that can ultimately have an impact on job performance: Analyze the Job. Assess Candidates. Determine Job Fit.

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Finding Opportunities For Guest Articles and Blog Posts

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Shortly after publishing the podcast I got a wonderful email from PR Coach Debbie Leven expanding on the interview with some very practical tips on finding relevant opportunities for guest articles, blog posts and other media appearances. I liked Debbie’s email so much that with her permission I’ve turned it into an article with a couple of my own tips added in.

Guest Article: “Selling Your Relevance, Not Your Product,” by Babette Ten Haken

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Selling Your Relevance, Not Your Product. by Babette Ten Haken. Have you ever listened to yourself speak with your prospects and customers? If you’ve gone through any type of sales training, the goal of your discussion usually is finding out what your prospective customer “needs”. Then it’s supposed to be a straight-line shot to showing them why your product or technology is the only solution. So what? That’s the spiel your current and prospective customers are expecting to hear. If you’re an engineer, the customer has you from “hello”. So what if you solved their problem in 10 seconds flat?

Guest Article: “How to Quickly Build LinkedIn and Facebook Connections,” by Kelly McCormick

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How to Quickly Build LinkedIn and Facebook Connections. by Kelly McCormick. There is an art to making connections in the virtual business world. As the term implies, ‘Social Networking’ is about building relationships. And the best place to start the process is at the ‘invitation’ stage. From personal experience, the ‘Accept’ ratio increases when a personalized message is included in requests to connect. BUT, it’s important that the ‘personalized’ message doesn’t sound phony or like a template. So let me show you what to do and say instead. Ditch The Default Message. Try This. Bingo!

Guest Article, Sales Lead Brownouts Produce Sales Dips Wihin Three Months, Leading to Pipeleine Failure, by James Obermayer

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Sales Lead Brownouts Produce Sales Dips Within Three Months, Leading to Pipeline Failure. by James Obermayer. Companies often decide to curtail lead generation spending because cash flow slows and sales stagnate.”. Please reread that last sentence. Does it make sense? Of course, I can understand caution when cash is short, but slowing down lead generation is not the way out of the morass.

Guest Article: “Success Is a Decision You Make,” by Robert Terson

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Success is a Decision You Make. by Robert Terson. When salespeople call me for help, one of the first things I tell them is the title of this post—success is a decision you make. When you decide to be successful, are bound and determined that you’re not going to allow anything or anyone to stand in your way, success will follow. No, if your goal is a worthy one, it normally doesn’t happen right away, nor does it usually come easy, but if your decision is in the form of an ironclad Commitment, the odds are highly in your favor that it’ll eventually happen—you’ll achieve the success you desire.

Guest Article: “Sales Management: 4 Steps on How to Not Get Fired!” by Ken Thoreson

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4 Steps on How to Not Get Fired!” by Ken Thoreson. On my flight to Seattle I was pondering what this week’s blog might contain; it occurred to me that in reflecting on the past year and looking forward a quick summary of a few basic actions sales leadership must take to succeed would be of value. Step One: Build an active recruiting plan. Most sales managers get fired for not hitting the desired sales goals, the issue is normally because they have a lack of salespeople selling their products/services! Recruiting is sales leadership’s marketing campaign for sales leads.

Guest Article: “Building Your Sales Pipeline Is Not a One Step Process,” by Lori Richardson

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Building Your Sales Pipeline Is Not a One Step Process. by Lori Richardson. Do You Have a Sales Funnel? For many years, the “sales explanation industry” has worked with and discussed a Funnel or a Pipeline model to explain how you need many more leads to eventually turn into prospects, and then ultimately a smaller subset who become actual customers. Hence using a picture of a funnel gives a visual on how you need more at the top to end up with some at the bottom. I’ve used a pipeline for years rather than a funnel, so am used to talking about the front, middle, and end of a pipeline. Magic?

Guest Article: “Developing New Business–6 Best Practives,” by Dr. Richard Ruff

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Developing new business – 6 best practices by Richard Ruff. In today’s B2B market a sales person needs an array of skills to be a top performer – they need to know more and know it at a higher level of proficiency than ever before. But if you asked a whole lot of sales people from all over the world what is the one a competency they think they could most benefit from if they knew how to do it better? A Survey of Sales Effectiveness: Global Research on what Drives Sales Success addressed that question. The skill set that sales people felt was most challenging was: Developing New Business.

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Vote the Best Top Article on Sales and Sales Management

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We reviewed 1,000 articles which I've posted on this Blog since 2006 in an effort to present you with the Top 15 Sales Articles of the past six years, and later this week, the Top Sales Article of the last six years. But we did pick fifteen of the more serious articles. Some are articles backed by science and some are assessment comparisons. Five are on selling and two are articles where I debunked other published articles. Missing are the articles with analogies, humor and comparisons to children, but other than that, it's a nice cross-section.

Guest Article: “Dumbing it Down: 5 Secrets to Getting Smart People to Buy,” by Nancy Nardin

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Dumbing it Down: 5 Secrets to Getting Smart People to Buy by Nancy Nardin. B2B sellers of complex technologies, that address a broad spectrum of customer issues, are generally very smart people, especially within the framework of their specific scope of solutions. On a parallel scale, business buyers of these complex technologies are also very smart people. Smart people are perfectly capable of grasping and solving complex problems, though they may certainly differ in their approach or priorities. And when that happens, your buyer goes radio-silent! When it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t tell them.

SPIN Selling Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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