Articles tagged with : proposals

20 ways to reduce B&P costs and still win

Washington Technology Article

Many companies have experienced flat or declining sales in the prior year and, consequently, are dealing with reduced bid and proposal (B&P) budgets this year. This begs the question, can proposals be written in a less-costly way without reducing win rates? Obviously, we can reduce proposal costs, but many cost-reduction initiatives cause win rates to plummet. To find out why proposals cost too much, I asked our proposal consulting team to share their insights. Since this team works on the front lines of about 400 proposals per year, I was sure they could offer valuable insight into why costs are too high and what companies can do to reduce proposal costs without lowering win rates. Here are some of the reasons we found that proposal costs are higher than they should be. False starts Some companies fail to review the RFP before starting their proposal. In these instances, they kick...

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Q&A with Bob Lohfeld and Joyce Bosc

By Joyce Bosc in FedBizBeat, February 5, 2013 Ask anyone in the federal contracting industry, and they’ll tell you Bob Lohfeld is the top consultant when it comes to helping companies with their capture and proposal management needs. We had a chance to catch up with him recently to talk about his column in Washington Technology, as well as his thoughts on LPTA and what’s planned for 2013. 1. Of the articles you wrote for Washington Technology last year, what 2012 topics received the most interesting comments? The most popular article that I wrote in 2012 was "100 words that can kill your proposal." Last time I looked, that article had been downloaded 30,000 times. The article I like the most was on taking proposals from good to great. It explained seven steps a company should take to improve proposal quality.  There is so much opportunity in the market to...

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