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Processes adapt as times change and, believe it or not, the RFP response process is the same way. We decided to think about how to take a structured and matter-of-fact process and refine it with innovation and creativity. After considering the many challenges proposal writers and proposal teams face, here we are with 05 ways to improve your RFP response process in 2020.
Whether it was inefficiency that brought you here or curiosity, picture your current process flow and how to use these 05 tips.
We can’t tell you how many times a proposal writer or business owner revealed that they did not have a “process” for responding to RFPs. There were no predefined steps – they just got it done.
While that is understandable and pretty common, it might not be the best way to get the results you want. A defined RFP response process helps you replicate repeatable solutions and swiftly onboard new teaming partners. It can even be unique to your organization and the way you do business.
Define process transparency for all stakeholders with:
You’ve written proposals. You know how it works, but maybe you were previously managing each component manually or your team worked in silos. Process transparency will keep everyone informed, especially with unexpected changes, and make your life easier.
Avoid waiting to the last minute to make a Go or No-Go decision or responding to every RFP that comes your way. Plan for opportunity assessment in a strategic and time-worthy manner. Begin to build your pipeline once you have an inkling of information for an upcoming bid or opportunity. Just having a client name or market is good enough to begin the assessment.
When you gain more information along the way, by the time the RFP is released, you will have a clear understanding of how to respond and of the best partner matches. Planning ahead saves you time and money from making the wrong decision.
Proposal management is mission-critical to improving the RFP response process. It is the one factor that can make or break your chances for cutting response time in half and winning the next contract. New opportunities come up quickly and we don’t want you to be overwhelmed. We want you to win!
Fast-track proposal management with:
Increased efficiency without a reduction in quality is a tricky business, but possible. In 2020, it is all about maximizing effort with the tools and processes that add value, which brings us to the next point…
We are in the age of AI. Technology is leading the way we do business and orchestrating our daily lives. You are a writer and maybe could care less yet AI is driving your craft too. The same way that you don’t hesitate to power on your computer or pick up your cell phone, technology and AI are driving how we do everything – including managing the RFP response process.
Before you skip to the next point, take a look at some new ways to improve some old habits:
You cannot be everywhere at once, or mentally note every single requirement in a 200-page RFP. These are things for technology. This is your year to embrace the power of technology and leverage it for better outcomes.
Remote and fast-moving proposal teams need to adopt well-oiled collaboration. Though we’re often skeptical of tools and software, and for good reason, the right tools will help reduce the barriers to good teamwork. Evaluate what works best for your RFP response process and choose a software that allows you to gain 24/7 access, manage the entire process in one secure space, and implement project management.