Better understanding B2B buyers – Part III – The changes in buying methods

October 14, 2020 | Posted in: Grow your business

Just when sales seemed to be more attuned to changes in customer sentiment, shifts in demand, and the needs of different buying methods, along came the COVID-19 pandemic. As we covered in Parts I and II the ensuing uncertainty has seen customers accelerate their shift to digital engagement, leaving sellers with more channels to cover […]

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Better understanding B2B buyers – Part II – The shift in B2B buying steps

August 17, 2020 | Posted in: Grow your business

In Part 1 of this series we looked at the three types of buying motivation with a focus on ‘Fear Buying’ and what this means for sellers. In Part II, we’ll look at the steps buying organisations are starting to employ around decision making and also some key purchasing trends. Lessons learned from businesses who […]

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Better understanding B2B buyers – Part I – The shift in B2B buyer motivation

July 7, 2020 | Posted in: Grow your business

While the steps in B2B buying ‘process’ have remained relatively unchanged in the past two decades; the motivations, sophistication and behaviour of buyers has certainly evolved. In 2020 the buying process ‘norm’ sees sellers contending with more influential procurement functions, multiple approval layers, buying ‘boards’, an increase in formal requests for tender, and probably the […]

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Fortune 500 CEOs on COVID-19 driven business transformation what it means for B2B sales

June 24, 2020 | Posted in: Grow your business

How are Fortune 500 companies dealing with the coronavirus pandemic? Although there is still a great deal of economic ‘crystal balling’ going on at present, some fascinating research has just been released by FORTUNE following a survey of FORTUNE 500 CEOs.   Some of the more interesting and telling findings include: 52% of CEOs are […]

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Best practice referrals for professional services firms

October 23, 2019 | Posted in: Business Development Skills, Grow your business

Over the years JMA’s research has shown the most successful and profitable professional services firms benefit hugely from referrals (both from individuals external to their firm, and from internal referrals or cross-selling that occurs in-firm). In our latest study 70% of respondents rated their referral relationships or networks as “highly effective” and the number one […]

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Why will a client accept your tender, bid or proposal? More key selling arguments

April 14, 2018 | Posted in: Win Tenders Bids Proposals

When it comes to key selling arguments for your professional services tenders, bids and proposals it can be hard to distil down precisely the benefits you bring and the value you offer. Here some questions and tips to help you strategically work through what it is exactly you are offering clients in your tenders, bids […]

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Understanding buyer perspectives in professional services

March 5, 2018 | Posted in: Win Tenders Bids Proposals

While each consumer of expert professional services has a unique set of preferences driving their buying behaviour, various groups or “clusters” of consumers share common characteristics. To forecast likely buying behaviour (and tailor your tender, bid or proposal pitch accordingly) consider these factors. Organisation type and size Public sector, large corporates, private companies, small business, […]

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How to create value add services for tenders, bids & proposals

How to create value add services for tenders, bids & proposals

Value add services have become de rigueur for B2B services relationships and can be a positive, indeed tender-winning differentiator for your business. ‘Free of charge’ is music to clients’ ears given in the 21st century we’re all being expected to do more with less. And as we know, you have to give in order to […]