Marketing Essentials: Download Your Free RFP Guide Now

EMagine B2B Blog

It can be overwhelming to map out all the right information, but we’ve compiled this RFP guide so that you can create a successful RFP that encourages healthy competition allowing you to expertly select the right agency for your web design and digital marketing needs.

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150+ Questions for Your Marketing Automation RFP

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: I've posted a list of nearly 200 RFP questions that I hope many people will adopt to their own needs. That would give buyers clear, consistent information without issuing a RFP at all. If it's used widely, buyers and vendors both benefit. Death, taxes and RFPs. For business software vendors, all three are equally inevitable – and it's not clear which they dislike most.

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How Thought Leadership Can Help B2B Companies Avoid The RFP Process

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer With a thought leadership marketing strategy, B2B companies can influence buyers, outflank the competition and expedite the purchase cycle. "We We are transitioning from a knowledge-based economy to a wisdom-based economy.

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Why you need testimonials to persuade your customers

Biznology

I have been helping a very smart client in their RFP process to select a vendor for their marketing campaign. Public Relations Reputation Management customer testimonials marketing campaign rfp process vendors

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3 Reasons Why Your RFP-Driven Firm Needs a New Website

Hinge Marketing

When confronted by professionals from both sides of this divide, we at Hinge turn to our research to help explain why websites are, in fact, relevant for RFP-driven firms. It increases the likelihood of receiving an RFP. It supports the buy decision after you’ve responded to an RFP. The post 3 Reasons Why Your RFP-Driven Firm Needs a New Website appeared first on Hinge Marketing.

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What is a keyword ontology?

Biznology

The best one we found, after an extensive RFP, is TopBraid EDG. A keyword ontology is a knowledge graph describing relationships between the keywords your target audiences frequently use in search queries and the products and services you sell.

Tactical video for technology sales and marketing

Biznology

RFP: Companies often use video recordings to provide evidence of top-level executive commitment to a project. And, of course, video can provide convincing evidence for assertions made in an RFP. Tech companies don’t need a “video strategy.”

B2B Reads: Closing Myths and Foolproof Demand Gen

Heinz Marketing

Why Your RFP Response Rarely Wins. Need help crafting an RFP response? B2B Reads Demand Generation closing myths CMO CMOs rfp rfp response Sales calls Sales managerIn addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week. We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.

Is your marketing technology strategy sole source or best-in-class?

Biznology

It could bet that you haven’t really paid attention to either strategy, and just send out an RFP when a component gets long in the tooth. Digital Marketing Digital Technology Adobe advantages approach attention best-in-class businesses choices clarity Companies components content costs delivery execution functions integration investments management marketing marketing technology order platforms pricing RFP sole source stack strategies systems Technology vendors work

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The 9 Best and Worst Questions to Ask in a Marketing Automation RFP

Hubspot

Here are some examples of the best and worst questions you can ask in a marketing automation RFP. And if you''re looking for more help with your RFP, check out this free RFP template and planning guide.).

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5 Reasons Why Your Web Design RFP Is All Wrong (and Why It’s Hurting Your Business)

Hubspot

Well, many businesses will write a website RFP (request for proposal) and then send that RFP out to multiple agencies hoping they’ll respond. That’s a problem because as a business, you want the best agencies to respond to your RFP so you can get the best website possible.

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Creating an RFP for Marketing Automation? Don’t Forget to Include Video Tracking

Vidyard

While writing one of these babies is a time-consuming process, a request for proposal (RFP) gives you the opportunity to outline your requirements for implementing a new piece of software or service, and ensure you get the best value for your investment.

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Why you need testimonials to persuade your customers

Biznology

I have been helping a very smart client in their RFP process to select a vendor for their marketing campaign. Public Relations Reputation Management customer testimonials marketing campaign rfp process vendors

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The state of B2B marketing in Asia—moving toward digital

Biznology

Many deals happen without an RFP, and if you are not personally connected, you risk missing opportunities. While teaching in Hong Kong for the semester, I’ve had the chance to meet some very interesting people.

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Real examples of how account-based marketing & selling is driving higher revenues on LinkedIn

Biznology

They were able to attract an RFP from JCPenney and they were able to create partnerships with IBM and ServiceNow. Many social media and social selling experts say “volume” is the key to success on social media platforms like LinkedIn.

The Right Way to Think About Your Marketing Software RFP [+Sample]

Hubspot

That's why we created an RFP for you to help evaluate your marketing software providers -- download your copy, form-free, here -- and wrote this blog post to show you how you can think about the RFP process. It’s a tough world out there for marketers.

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How to Go Beyond “Check the Box” RFPs

Modern Marketing

by Kevin Mcardle | Tweet this Ah, the RFP. Fan or not, the RFP process is a reality of doing business, especially in the B2B world. Yet, too often the typical RFP ends up being too general, resulting in a “just check the box” approach from vendors interested in winning the business. When selecting a list of companies to invite to your RFP, put yourself in their shoes. Conversations are invaluable for understanding what you need to ask on your RFP.

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6 Signs You Need Marketing Automation

Modern Marketing

See how others are using marketing automation, create a customized Request for Proposal (RFP) on the fly, and calculate the ROI of your investment – all in one place. The Eloqua Business Center hosts an RFP builder and ROI calculator.

Selling Into The “Hidden Opportunity Market”

Marketing Insider Group

We used to say, “sell ahead of the RFP.” Then, for more than a decade we’ve been telling clients, “sell ahead of your competitive herd.” Now we’re telling them, “sell into the ‘hidden opportunity market’.”

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Looking Back at 100: Top 10 Posts on the Webbiquity Blog (So Far)

Webbiquity

How to Write an Ad Agency RFP. But if your company wants to use an RFP process to help in selecting a marketing agency, this post will help you craft one that meets your needs without driving the responding agencies crazy. As with the how-to-write-an-RFP post noted earlier, this outlines a solid, traditional process for mid-sized companies but overkill for small firms. Hard to believe that this blog, officially launched just a few months ago, has already surpassed 100 posts.

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How to Write a Request for Proposal, with Template and Sample

Hubspot

Whether you’re working for a small agency or a major marketing firm, you’re probably eventually going to need to fill out a Request for Proposal, or RFP. An RFP allows you to collect offers from various vendors and select the vendor that best meets your criteria, both in regards to skill and budget. Here, we’ve provided an RFP template you can follow for initial structure, as well as a sample RFP for further inspiration.

How to Buy ABM: Part 3 – Evaluating ABM Vendors

Engagio

The best place to start is with a Request for Proposal (RFP). View the ABM RFP template. Now, let’s dive into the components of an RFP. Here are the sections you want to make sure the RFP covers, and why each is important.

Reaping the Value of Long-term Leads

ViewPoint

A longer-term lead may lack urgency, but it makes up for it by giving your team a very real chance to form relationships with decision makers, and in fact define and manage the buying process (including designing the RFP).

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Influencer marketing is fully integrating with social media marketing strategy

Biznology

I just submitted a proposal on behalf of Gerris Corp and a partner agency in response to a request for proposal ( RFP ) that actually gets it—and may well be the new normal. The RFP was for a year’s social media strategy consulting.

Tips for pulling off a successful business event

Biznology

71% submit an RFP: RFP stands for a Request for Proposal. In addition to looking professional, an RFP also is an unspoken way of letting the venue know that you are likely asking for other RFPs, so they might quote more competitive rates.

6 Seemingly Harmless Ways You're Sabotaging Your Proposals

Hubspot

Good for the upper-end of the sales pipeline, but you'll increase your chances of converting a prospect to a client if you treat your RFP responses like the strategic sales tools they're meant to be -- and that means avoiding these six hazardous pitfalls. 2) You take the RFP at face value.

Selling into the “hidden opportunity market”

Avitage

We used to say, “sell ahead of the RFP.” ” Then, for more than a decade we’ve been telling clients, “sell ahead of your competitive herd.” ” Now we’re telling them, “sell into the ‘hidden opportunity market’ ” As a result of recent client work, I’ve re-examined CEB’s Challenger Customer for clues on how to improve B2B sales practices, especially for sales content.

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Agency and Vendor Searches without Losing your Mind

Jackie Walts

Now draft that into an RFP. Your RFP should state exactly how you want the relationship to work, what the needs are, expectations for staffing, budget, typical projects etc. My no-fail format for an RFP is a comprehensive list of client needs and then questions that let the agency show how well they meet them. Make the RFP clear and easy for the vendor to respond. While you’re working on your RFP, decide which firms you’d like to include.

Marketers Do a Bad Job Selecting Marketing Automation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

19% of buyers do a formal needs assessment and Request for Proposal (RFP). Maybe some are just skipping the RFP, which isn't always needed. I presented my Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing Automation Software Selection during last week’s Webinar with Neolane. (To

[VIDEO] How to Evaluate a Data Provider

DiscoverOrg

The problem with the second way (RFP method) is it assumes data is a commodity. Go ahead and do the RFP style analysis – get counts on companies and contacts in your TAM and meeting your ICP – but don’t stop there. Does this situation sound familiar? I’m in the middle of evaluating sales coaching tools (3 to be exact), and while I see some pros and cons to each, there’s nothing really standing out to make one of them the clear winner.

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An SEO’s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords

Act-On

These can take on many forms such as; Purchasing related keywords e.g., “RFP” or “proposal” or “quote”. If I had a penny for every time a client asked our agency to focus only on the most searched, highest volume keywords in their industry I’d be a very rich woman by now.

How to win more RFPs using video

Vidyard

There’s one menace that looms over the head of nearly every salesperson, and can strike at any time: the dreaded request for proposal (RFP). Will you just fill out this RFP?”

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An SEO?s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords

Act-On

These can take on many forms such as; Purchasing related keywords e.g., “RFP” or “proposal” or “quote”. If I had a penny for every time a client asked our agency to focus only on the most searched, highest volume keywords in their industry I’d be a very rich woman by now.

Digital Marketing Can Increase Industrial Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

Only 22% of companies surveyed still follow the traditional RFP path, 78% are narrowing the field long before the RFP process, by conducting anonymous web research and relying on information from peers and others via social media venues ( Source: SiriusDecisions ). Call it digital marketing or inbound marketing with content , the fact is marketing is now playing a much more active role in complex industrial sales.

Long-Term Leads Demand Attention Now

ViewPoint

A longer-term lead may lack urgency, but it makes up for it by giving your team a very real chance to form relationships with decision makers, and in fact define and manage the buying process (including designing the RFP). Near-Term Opportunities are Important, But So is Keeping the Pipeline Full. Your sales team likes nothing better than getting leads with a high probability of closing soon. So much so that many reps often ignore every lead they don’t consider hot.

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The Truth About Intent Data

LeadCrunch

Get in too late, and you are often responding to an RFP your competitor helped craft, an RFP that highlights your weaknesses relative to areas of advantage for your competitor. What Google, Facebook, and B2B Media Companies Don’t Want You to Know.

What You Get When You Buy Technology

Act-On

You could present a list of requirements or write a detailed RFP, and the vendors will all respond with written proposals. “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.”.

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The Top B2B Marketing Trends for 2018 – A Meta-Analysis

Webbiquity

Yet another post about 2018 B2B marketing trends? Yes, but wait—this one is different. Promise. Most “top trends” posts either tell what the blogger thinks (good), or curate the opinions of multiple experts (better).

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The Resources You Need to Master Marketing Automation [In Under 100 Words]

Hubspot

This post will help you decide , and this RFP will help you with the purchasing process. "Marketing automation" can mean a lot of different things, so first, let''s all get on the same page. This post is great for beginners.

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3 Ways You Sabotage Your Content Tech Search

Content Marketing Institute

Your RFP doesn’t have to be perfect. Send this RFP to a short list of vendors. Content technology. Sometimes it feels like we can’t live with it. But we know we can’t work without it.