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Four roles your bid team can’t do without

If winning large business and government clients is part of your strategy, you must view tenders as an investment, not an expense.
In recent years, seemingly every business-to-business category has observed an increase in the number, complexity and value of private and public sector...

In difficult B2B categories, winning proposals make things simple

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Business-to-business (B2B) procurement is fraught with risk. The financial risk is obvious, given the contracts are large, lucrative and long-term. But there’s also risk...

How to convert wins into wons* (and decisions into dollars)

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*We love a word pun. The won is the official currency of North Korea. 

How to convert wins to wons* (or dollars)

Winning a tender is relatively easy. Converting it into revenue is what's hard.
You won a big tender. Well done, you. Still, it’s unlikely yours was the only firm appointed so what’s your plan to convert your...

Exclusivity is a fundamental when outsourcing strategic BD

Exclusivity should be fundamental when outsourcing strategic BD
In Australia, outsourcing a B2B tender will cost a professional services firm anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000, depending upon the scale and complexity of...

What to do when culture clubs your business development team

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One of the things I most admire about working with engineering firms is their culture reflects a genuine commitment to continuous improvement. Evidently, when...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Tendering

The seven deadly sins of tendering
Last year, via a competitive tender, one of the country’s largest insurance groups consolidated its legal panel from 50-plus to 20-something. This week, I...

Body of Evidence: Big Data Provides Proof in Tenders

The big data within your systems should be used as proof points in your tenders
Isn’t it ironic that at a time when consumer brands are swooning over the opportunities presented by Big Data, professional services firms are still,...