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Using “Send Personally” in BD and proposals

The right tool can save you precious time—and Send Personally is a hidden gem to save time when composing emails

Technology has increased the capacity for what we can do in proposals, but with the plethora of new tech coming out, it’s hard to keep up and sometimes great products fail to garner national attention. In this post, I’m featuring one application that isn’t widely known, but could save you time in business development (BD) and proposals. Send Personally, a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, allows you to compose one email with several recipients in the “To” field and Outlook will send an individual version of that message to everyone in the “To” field. For instance, you could write an email about an upcoming deadline to John, Sally, and David. When you click “Send Personally,” Outlook will send three identical emails: one each to John, Sally, and David. If you want to add a personal touch, you can set the email to include a greeting with the name associated with the...

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Here’s how to tune up your business for 2016

Washington Technology Article

We have been talking with lots of companies to understand what they are doing to win more business in 2016, and I thought I would share some of what we learned with you. Surprisingly, the results are pretty consistent. Many companies found that winning has gotten harder, especially since the government’s budget has been in a steady decline for the past 7 years. We all fully understand the notion that with fewer dollars to spread across government contractors, companies have to fight harder to win their share. Many companies realize that what they did to win in the good times just isn’t good enough today. To move ahead, companies have to work smarter and harder and reinvent what they are doing to remain competitive. It should come as no surprise that if a company isn’t continually improving how it competes for new business, then it is actually falling behind as...

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The road ahead for contractors in 2016

“Amtower Off Center” host Mark Amtower interviews Bob Lohfeld and Paul Murphy

"Amtower Off Center" host Mark Amtower interviews Bob Lohfeld, CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group and Paul Murphy, Senior Data Analyst with Bloomberg Government on issues facing the contracting community in 2016. Click to listen. Topics include: Budgets for civilian and defense The ten-year GWAC cycle Category management Squeezing margins on professional services and more.  

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Q&A: Target the right IDIQs and GWACs (and win your share of task orders) [Webinar replay]

With the proliferation of multiple award vehicles such as GWACs and IDIQs, BD, capture, and proposal professionals face many complexities. OMB and OFPP seek to consolidate these vehicles, while agencies like GSA and HHS look for new procurement methods such as prime-only past performance, Agile procurement, and self-scoring. To add to the complexity, once companies win IDIQs they may never realize any significant revenue. In this webinar, Lisa Pafe discusses recent trends and how to target and win the right GWACs/IDIQs for your company. Lisa also reviews capture and proposal processes that help win task order proposals. Don’t waste your Bid & Proposal (B&P) dollars on empty contract vehicles! Learn how to identify the best multiple award vehicles for your company, win the GWAC/IDIQ, and then pursue and win task orders. Click to watch the webinar and download the presentation and referenced article Here are Lisa's answers to questions our...

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