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Costly Proposal Mistakes

RFPs can be a nightmare that only gets worse with costly proposal mistakes. Winning proposals are an essential component for any business that wants to win new business and more revenue. But it's also a component that's easy to get wrong. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the most common mistakes businesses make when writing proposals, and how to avoid them.


RFP proposal mistakes

Not following the RFP instructions

The first and most important rule of proposal writing is to follow the RFP instructions to the letter. This means answering all of the questions asked, and providing the requested information in the format specified. Failure to follow the RFP instructions can result in your proposal being disqualified, even if it's otherwise well-written.


Not addressing the customer's needs

A good proposal should be tailored to the specific needs of the customer. This means taking the time to understand the customer's challenges and pain points, and then demonstrating how your solution can help them overcome those challenges. If your proposal doesn't address the customer's needs, it's unlikely to be successful.


Using generic language

Avoid using generic language in your proposal. Instead, be specific and use concrete examples to demonstrate your expertise and experience. For example, instead of saying "we have a proven track record of success," say "we have successfully delivered over 100 projects on time and within budget."


Making grammatical and spelling errors

Proposal writing is a professional document, so it's important to proofread carefully for grammar and spelling errors. Even a single typo can make your proposal look unprofessional and untrustworthy.


Not getting feedback

Once you've finished your proposal, it's important to get feedback from others. This could include your colleagues, managers, or even customers. Feedback can help you identify any areas where your proposal can be improved.


How proposal automation software can help

Proposal automation software can help businesses avoid many of the common mistakes listed above. For example, proposal automation software can help businesses:

  • Ensure that all RFP instructions are followed

  • Tailor proposals to the specific needs of the customer

  • Use specific and concrete language

  • Proofread proposals for grammar and spelling errors

If you're serious about winning RFPs and winning new business, it's worth investing in proposal automation software that helps your team be more efficient. Bidify can help you increase your chances of winning new business while helping avoid the mistakes listed in this article. Reach out to our team to learn more!


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