Proposal Management Software
Have a look at the below scenario,
John and Ryan run two separate yet similar IT companies and both companies bid for Government contracts. John’s company has a very high win rate on the proposals they bid on and makes a lot of money from contracts while Ryan’s company often loses more proposals than they win and ultimately makes less profits in return. John’s company completes their proposals even in a shorter period of time, on the other hand, Ryan’s takes a much longer time to complete.
John’s proposals are
While Ryan’s proposals are
- Poorly formatted,
- Lack of compliance
- Not at all compelling
So, what exactly is John’s big secret?
Well, it’s the right proposal making process that matters – how one collects information (RFP, RFI, RFQ), how qualification is done whether to bid for it or not, which appropriate content, pricing should be written / used for proposal response, who will review, who will approve, how collaboration will happen etc.
The process that is dependent on people can make appear chaotic and may deliver inconsistent outcome. The process should be made less dependent on the individuals involved. Software can bring such consistency and predictability. It doesn’t mean proposal making will be entirely automated by software and no people will be involved. No. Finally, it is the responsible person (decision maker) who can sense opportunity or risks better than anyone else (including software).
The large of of the process is streamline with the use of software that makes things easier as counting 1,2,3 that’s right it is called Proposal Management Software. So, why suffer like Ryan when you can be like John.
The automation of customer journey right from identification of opportunity/lead to creating/ sending proposals, getting approval for proposal, turning proposal into invoice and onboarding customer for product/servicing is a mega trend in last few years, And that’s why sales proposal software has gained a lot of popularity. Let’s see how proposal management software can be beneficial for you.
1. Save The Amount of Time it Takes to Draft Proposals
It’s really frustrating to spend time in formatting, reformatting, copying, pasting and renaming things in the proposal document. Proposal management software lets you create proposals easily and quickly by reusing the content and design and you can save your productive time in other useful work.
2. Avoid Making Mistakes While Proposals Are Written or Sent
Use of pre-defined proposal templates in proposal management software will ensure, every component is in place and you are not missing out. Plus seamless collaboration & approval will help you figure out that everything is included and nothing is missed out.
3. Send Professional Looking Proposals
As you know, the first impression is what matters. It is more crucial, especially when the client gets hundreds of proposals to shortlist. With stunning, professional-looking proposals, you can keep yourself at the top of the shortlist/league.
4. Collaborate With Team, Managers & Get Approvals Online, Faster
With proposal software, everyone refers to one single copy of the proposal. Everyone invited can add their comments, update the proposal directly. There is no confusing email trail or file exchange. You can invite colleagues to collaborate online, precisely know their feedback/review comments, contribution to the proposal and incorporate changes to one-single-online-version of the proposal.
5. Know Real Status of Your Sales Proposals
Proposal software will provide precise intelligence to help you, track whether/how client is interacting with your proposal. You will know exactly when your client has opened the proposal, how many times s/he has opened it, which section s/he has spent more time. These intelligent inputs will put your sales team in an advantageous position. The sales team will be in a lot better position to communicate with the client.
6. Get Quick Acceptance Using E- Signature
Get rid of emailing, printing, scanning, shipping or faxing the proposals and with proposal management software you can get the proposal signed immediately with E-signature. This will allow you to seal the deal faster.
Features of Proposal Management Software
1. Proposal Management and Automation
Proposal management software can automate the entire sales process right from developing proposals based on email obtained to securing approval from particular stakeholders, reminding them about pending approvals or even pushing clients about sent proposals and sending smart notification whenever clients interact with the proposal.
2. Content Library, Proposal Templates
Content library and proposal templates are two of the main reasons why the sales team would use proposal management software. Proposal templates not only helps you get started very quickly but also offer comfort. You do not have to keep copy-pasting or editing information such as client name, customer name, address, etc from one proposal to another. Organizing proposal content such as best copy of ‘Company Profile for Healthcare’, ‘About Company for Engineering Services’, ‘Pricing Table for Retail Distribution Services’ can save your time tremendously.
3. Proposal Dashboard, Analytics
Proposal managers along with senior management keep track of proposal deal flow at any time. Dashboard offered in proposal software gives clear picture of how many proposals are live, how many of them won/ lost this month, last month/quarter/year.
As additional features you may be notified with the information whenever the client opens the proposal, engages with the proposal, linger over the specific section, etc. This information can be very useful that any smart manager can leverage to convert the client by engaging with him/her appropriately — i.e. knowing the most opportune time.
Then there are other features to help you create, edit, track proposals such as
- Integration with CRM tools
- Proposal Editor
- Proposal Content Import
- Placeholder Variables
- Fees/pricing table
- Fees Library
- Proposal Styling, Formatting, Design
- Collaboration – commenting, follow up, review
- Proposal emailer
- PDF export of proposal
- Integration with invoicing and accounting tools
You can’t afford to waste time hunting for content or chasing a subject matter experts, proposal management software empowers team to create proposals quickly and accurately. Because
Speed + Accuracy = More Opportunity
So while your competitors are still struggling like Ryan you can be like John. Polish your proposals and make it sound compelling with proposal management software.