BD tips and insights

Your favourite blog posts of 2016

It’s a wrap for the JMA BD insights and tips blog for 2016, but before we slide into holiday mode, we wanted to take a look back at our readers’ favourite posts of 2016. These are the top five – have you read them yet? #1 Pricing lessons from a Big Six pricing specialist Our […]

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Winning tenders, bids and proposals: what matters most?

November 16, 2016 | Posted in: Win Tenders Bids Proposals | Tags:

Clients often ask me what will help them write a winning tender, bid or proposal. Look through the following list of proposal or tender attributes (or key pieces) and pick the three you think will have the most impact on whether you win (or not): content accuracy clarity of writing completeness conciseness persuasive language addressing […]

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Using firm governance and management to gain competitive (and other) advantages

When leading and large clients determine their professional service relationships, one factor influencing their decision is how well prospective service providers fit with their own values, culture, and aspirations. Evidence of strong governance and responsible management goes a long way to demonstrating this fit and becomes especially important in competitive bids, tender and proposal processes with […]

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What do you really know about your competition?

October 5, 2016 | Posted in: Grow your business, Win Tenders Bids Proposals

In contracting and mature professional services markets, it’s more important than ever to know how your firm stacks up against the competition. This applies generally to firms, but it is also really important in competitive tender, bid and proposal situations. Even basic information about your competitors can be a powerful tool for your decision-making – […]

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By Alice Vuong

Tender planning: don’t hit go before you’re ready and set

Does this tender planning scenario sound familiar? Excitement builds the first couple of days after an RFT release; there are even attempts to draft responses, but then professional work takes priority and the tender project quickly loses momentum. By the time someone reinvigorates the project, the deadline is looming and the task is even more […]

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By Lilla Smee

How to make your proposal client focussed

March 23, 2016 | Posted in: Win Tenders Bids Proposals | Tags:

Professional services bids, tenders and proposals are tough (and getting tougher), not least of all because you are up against many other firms, each of which has experts as qualified as yours, who have practised for as long as yours have, and who deliver the same expert services for the same type of clients as […]

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Breaking bad bid habits

February 24, 2016 | Posted in: Win Tenders Bids Proposals | Tags: ,

Time and again, I see professional services clients falling victim to bad bid habits. Abraham Lincoln allegedly said (but actually didn’t): “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Proper planning, organisation, shared accountability, and a sense of urgency is a must if you […]

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Will your tender end up in the “too long; didn’t read” pile?

December 9, 2015 | Posted in: Win Tenders Bids Proposals | Tags:

Will evaluators react to your tender, bid or proposal with TL;DR (too long; didn’t read)? In competitive bid processes, evaluators usually have scores of submissions to wade through.  Requests increasingly insist on brevity in responses, often setting word or page limits and other restrictive formats. Your tender responses are not the place for long and […]

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GET SMART: create an effective client service plan with your next tender

Whether you want to win a new account or grow and retain an existing client, tender preparation is an opportunity to map out how your firm can (and will) deliver first-rate service. In the flurry to submit tenders, bids, or proposals many professional services firms miss the chance to create an effective client service plan. […]

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By Lilla Smee

How firm policies can give you a competitive edge

If your professional services firm wants to win work with government, insurer, banking, telecommunications, or large corporate clients, it’s increasingly important to have documented firm policies and procedures in place. Requesting copies of your policies and procedures is becoming very common in RFTs. Tenderers want to gauge risk, as well as assess how efficiently and […]

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Tender writing tips – Nothing is so complex that it cannot be explained simply

Tender writing tips – Nothing is so complex that it cannot be explained simply

Remember, nothing is so complex that it cannot be explained simply Albert Einstein was spot-on when he said “nothing is so complex that it cannot be explained simply”. Tenders, bids, proposals, and informal pitches for business are not times to show how clever and capable you are by using legalese (I’m looking at you lawyers), […]