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Can we have your feedback on how you currently tender for new business?

Can we have your feedback on how you currently tender for new business?

Before we started developing our product we took a selection of creative agencies feedback on the systems they use and how they tender for work. This ranged quite a bit but a few usual culprits appeared. Usually the ones that people knew about were from their local authorities, but there are so many opportunities out there, you just need to be able to find them.

If we understand how people currently tender, we will be able to improve our tendering system. We believe Creative Tenders should be a constantly evolving product and we believe with more ideas up our sleeve that we can change the way business is done globally – a big statement to live up to, right?

So which tendering websites do you use? Do you pay for tendering access or do you only use the free websites that you have found by accident as and when they appear?

What do you like about these tendering sites? Do you find any of them particularly easy or hard to use? If so we need to know, we need to make sure that our system is the best on the market. As we only have sector relevant tenders and we are industry experts, we know with the right feedback from our clients we can create a system that will have huge impact on the sector, and a huge impact on each and every one of our clients businesses.

If you want to send us your feedback so that we can shape a system that is right for you and your business, email Jill on jill@creativetenders.co.uk.

What percentage of your work comes from tendering?

What percentage of your work comes from tendering?  Do you think you maximise this sales channel?

After me moaning last week about what people find difficult about tendering for the creative sector, I thought I best discuss something a little more lighthearted. Success rates!

As I have worked in all size agencies in my career, tendering success rates have been different. Mainly because there was no standard format in place, they were usually rushed due to studio time not being available and sometimes winging it a little with the hope that we might be in with a chance.

If I look at the most recent agency I supported, we can see that around 50% of the overall business we won came from public tendering, which for an agency of only 5 people is quite high.

Design is a very personal thing

Obviously it helped that I know how to write bids and more importantly how to write a winning tender so our success rate stood at about 80% for those projects we did bid for, but we never included creative artwork. This is a bugbear of mine. How can we actually develop creative material when we haven’t even met the client, haven’t discussed the brief properly, don’t really understand their client base or even their core objectives. Design is a very personal thing and we don’t believe that a tender should be put to one side based on a tiny fraction of the information provided.

Many people probably don’t maximise tendering as a channel to winning new business because of the studio time needed to produce the tender. I am pleased to say though that fewer tenders these days actually ask for artwork to be created, something we will also advise for those clients we work with on Creative Finder.

We’ve all sorts of standard templates to help our clients be more successful with tendering, one being a tender checklist, if you don’t tick all the boxes, don’t waste the time submitting the tender. Be ruthless.

If you want to access the standard documents we have in place, or even want me to take a look at one of your tenders, send it over, we are happy to help.

Sign up for a free demo of Creative Tenders and review the following opportunities:

Event Tenders

Website Tenders

Printing Tenders

Video Production Tenders & many more.

 

 

Struggling to find the right supplier for your marketing project?

Struggling to find the right creative supplier for your marketing project? 

Finding the right creative supplier for your business is extremely important. From research into the businesses that use Creative Finder we have been informed that they use our service for multiple reasons:

  1. They wouldn’t know who to contact, or who the best in their region are?
  2. They don’t know how to approach agencies or if they are getting a good price?
  3. They don’t know how to specify what they are looking for and don’t want agencies to take them in a direction they don’t think they need / want
  4. They want to obtain competitive quotations with the right advice and guidance
  5. They have used the same agency for years and want to see if they are getting the best deal, the best creative ideas or the best marketing approach

Creative Finder

Businesses who use Creative Finder each have their own reasons for using the service. Those who use it is either business owners, marketing managers, or senior business representatives looking for help. It is a great way to get competitive quotes and find the best agencies.

Using our system is so easy and it is 100% FREE. There is also different levels of support available:

  1. You may already have a brief and just want to upload your opportunities and start marketing it suitable agencies
  2. Or, you may be struggling to set out your exact requirements and need help writing a specification

Whatever category you fall into, we can help and its 100% free. Our marketing experts have 15 years experience in the industry so helping you specify your needs is second nature to us, giving you the confidence that we know what we are doing and you will be asking for your exact needs, allowing you to get like for like quotations.

If you wan to chat further about Creative Finder, contact Jill by email at jill@creativetenders.co.uk and she will call at a convenient time to discuss your needs further.

 

Struggling to win website tenders?

Struggling to win website tenders?  Would you like us to provide feedback on your website tender submission?

Are you struggling to win public tenders, or even be shortlisted when submitting proposals? Isn’t it annoying?

We have produced a blog previously about the importance of gathering feedback, but some feedback isn’t actually that helpful. For example, the client may say – cost. Well that’s helpful isn’t it?

Tender writing is an art form.

Tender writing is an art form. Once you’ve got a formula that works for you, you’re onto a winner. No, that doesn’t mean you will win everything you go for, but it does mean that you are presenting your business in the best possible light, answering the questions that are asked of you, rather than telling them information you believe to be important and sometimes realising that less is more.

For those of you struggling to win bids, it’s sometimes good to get an outside perspective. This is what we launched Creative Growth. We work with creative agencies to help them become bid ready. We can usually see from an initial tender review where you might be going wrong and we can help you to reduce the number of common mistakes you ate making.

Free tender review service.

Throughout the next 12 weeks, Creative Growth is offering member companies of Creative Tenders access to a free tender review service. We will critique one of your recent tenders that has not been successful and provider pointers for improved success. What’s not to love about this?

If you would like us to critique one of your tenders, you need to send us the ITT in full (including all of the supporting documents) and your response (in full, including appendices). Once we have this we will get our review complete with 14 days and offer a telephone advice session about what you need to be to be 100% tender ready.

Please send all documents including the reference GROWTH21 to jill@creativetenders.co.uk.

 

Sign up for a free demo of Creative Tenders and review the following opportunities:

Event Tenders

Website Tenders

Printing Tenders

Video Production Tenders & many more.

 

 

Meet the Team – Creative Tenders – The Tendering Website for the Creative Sector

Meet the Team – Creative Tenders – The Tendering Website for the Creative Sector

Meet the Creative Tenders Management Team

We are thrilled to have our full management team in place now at Creative Tenders. Meet the members of our team below.

Meet Jill

Jill has worked in the creative sector her whole career spanning 16 years. She has secured millions in business for the agencies she has worked with, managed teams of up to 30 creative lead generators and managed creative and digital contracts up to 500k in value. Jill’s role at Creative Tenders is Director of Marketing and she will be responsible for marketing to creative companies encouraging them to use of our system, but also non-creative businesses looking for creative, digital and marketing providers.

You can contact Jill by emailing jill@creativetenders.co.uk

Meet John

John has worked in the creative sector his whole career since starting his first business when he was just 19 at university. He has successfully grown and sold several of his own creative and digital ventures, has a BA in TV and Radio and a MA in Media. John owns Creative Tenders and takes the role of overall business management, recruitment and retention, HR and accounts.

You can contact John by emailing john@creativetenders.co.uk

Meet Kathryn

Kathryn has worked with the management team at Creative Tenders for 7 years and is passionate, energetic and creative. She has a BA in Theatre and an MA in Media. Kathryn’s role is Head of Creative and is responsible for the brand management and overall look and feel of our communications, including our website, video content and designed promotional materials

If you think you’ve got what it takes to work for Creative Tenders, send us your CV to jill@creativetenders.co.uk

Sign up for a free demo of Creative Tenders and review the following creative contract opportunities:

 

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