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Help evaluators see ghosts

Ghosting must begin during capture well before RFP drop and include customer and competitor analysis.

Proposal best practices tell us to ghost the competition. Ghosting in the world of proposals means to emphasize competitor weaknesses and downplay their Strengths without naming them. According to APMP, “The goal is to provide the customer with information that supports the view that your solution is superior and to cast doubt on the viability of competitors’ approaches.” In the real world, effective ghosting is extremely difficult. Without deep customer and competitor knowledge, identifying ghosts and making them apparent to evaluators is practically impossible. Ghosting, therefore, must begin during capture well before RFP drop and include customer and competitor analysis. Otherwise, articulating potential but unvetted ghosts in the proposal narrative is simply not going to work. Compare and contrast Let’s assume that a bidder has access to the customer(s) and learns pain points that are creating risks and challenges for the work. Let’s also assume the bidder identifies and researches … Continue reading Help evaluators see ghosts

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10 Ways to mitigate competitive analysis risks

At the 2011 APMP International Conference, Lohfeld Consulting Group’s Managing Director Brenda Crist presented an informative session on mitigating proposal risks. Here are Brenda’s identified Competitive Analysis Risks and recommended Mitigation Strategies: You do not know the competitors or their relationships with the customer. Talk with your employees, the customer, stakeholders, users, and vendors to identify potential competitors. Determine if competitors have self-identified on market research databases. You have limited knowledge of competitors’ solutions and capabilities. Use open-source research information, e.g., Internet, news, annual reports, and professional associations, to identify competitors’ capabilities. Hire subject matter consultants who are knowledgeable about the market to describe the competitors’ capabilities. Look for job ads on competitors’ career web pages to determine the type and caliber of personnel they are looking to hire for the job. You have limited knowledge of competitors’ personnel. Use open-source research products or social media to identify competitors’ staff … Continue reading 10 Ways to mitigate competitive analysis risks

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