Working with a client on a proposal the other day, we played with the age-old proposal strategy mantra:
“Why us, why not them?”
So we broke the statement down into its components – making sure the team understood that there are actually three questions in one, each of which needs to be covered:
Why? – the proposal has to demonstrate that there is (and that the bidder understands) a strong rationale to deliver the initiative
Why us? – giving confidence that the bidder can deliver an excellent solution
Why not them? – the ways in which the bidder’s approach differs from, and is more desirable than, the offers that will be received from their competitors.
Brainstorming each of the three topics in turn – rather than, as usual, treating it as one question – drove out some fascinating insights. I’d urge you to try the technique in your next strategy workshop.