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Leveraging a tender, bid or proposal win – get (more than) your fair share

Because so many corporate and government clients appoint multiple firms to provide their professional services, winning a place on a formal panel is only a preliminary to getting the client work you really want.

And when multi-provider appointments are informal, it’s even more important to drive workflow in your direction.

Try some of our tips to get a bigger slice of the work

Steps to getting more than your fair share of the client’s work

These techniques will help you win your fair share of the client work  –  and more:

  • Start the value added services flowing right away – don’t wait for paid work volume to justify adding value because if you do, it may never happen
  • Treat this new client as the client you want them to become
  • Stay in touch and top-of-mind – go the extra mile to show interest in your client and their plans
  • Connect online as well as offline – invite them as your guest to industry events and interact on social media if that works for that client
  • Make certain the client knows your team and what special expertise each contributes
  • Let your clients know you truly value their work
  • Help your client to make better use of your services to get even better results
  • Teach them how to save their money by better using your services
  • Especially now, flag ways they can reduce their risk using your services
  • Constantly seek client feedback on your performance – both what you do especially well, and any areas where you and your firm may fall short
  • Take meaningful action on deficiencies in your service – and tell your client what you’re doing to address these
  • Constantly learn more about your client
  • Find new ways (big and small) to “add value” along the way
  • Make your client look good – internally, to their stakeholders/shareholders, and
    – externally to their market, industry, or community
  • Do a great job – consistently.

Once you’re appointed by a client, the real competition begins: these approaches will help you win your fair share, and more, of their available work volume.

If you’ve been disappointed by a panel appointment that hasn’t translated into a steady flow of repeat work, please get in touch to see how JMA can help you get more than your fair share.

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How to manage a bid remotely – Part 1 – effective collaboration at a distance

How to manage a bid remotely – Part 1 – effective collaboration at a distance

In the wake of the ‘new normal’ COVID-19 has brought we are all learning new techniques and trialling different approaches to managing tenders, bids and proposals. Many bid teams who would normally work alongside each other have had to drastically adjust as the old onsite collaboration model has (for now) been turned on its head. […]