Where you post your website design request for proposal (RFP) determines which agencies will create a proposal. That means where you post your RFP directly effects:
- what type of experience and qualifications the agency you work with will have
- the quality of the web design and development work you will receive
- the ability to meet (or not meet) the requirements and deadlines you have for the project
- the payment amount and terms you will agree to
Those are big factors.
It means your website design / development project’s success is greatly effected by where you post your RFP.
Tip: You Should Post Your RFP In As Many Locations As Possible
Why? Because according to industry averages, most RFPs receive about 4 responses total. 45% of RFPs receive fewer than 3 proposals.
By posting your RFP to more places, you increase the number of agencies who will bid on your project and are more likely to receive a proposal that will fit your needs.
You can also get a better idea of industry rates and pricing. By receiving proposals from more agencies, you will be able to compare pricing and get a better understanding of what is a fair and reasonable rate for the services you are seeking.
This also helps you negotiate better terms. The more proposals you receive, the better position you are in to negotiate the terms of your contract, including pricing, timelines, and scope of work.
So What Are the Places to Post Your Website Design RFP Right Now?
We’ve established the main reasons why you should post your RFP in as many places as possible.
Now, let’s go over the best ways to do that:
- Agency Leads PRO (free) – Agency Leads PRO sends RFPs to hundreds of web design agencies. It’s a paid service, so every agency we send an RFP to is professional and produces high-quality website design and development. We’ve vetted every agency so you don’t have to. That means when you send us your RFP, we’ll be sharing it with hundreds of professional high-value web design agencies within days. Best of all it’s free.
- Your Organization’s Social Media Accounts (free) – I recommend posting your RFP on your organization’s Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts. It’s a good idea to include a link to your RFP in your post, so that interested agencies can easily access it and submit a proposal. You may also want to include a hashtag related to web design, so that your post can be easily found by other users who are interested in the topic. Overall, the key to posting a successful RFP on social media is to provide clear and concise information that will help potential web designers understand what you are looking for and how to submit a proposal. By doing this, you can increase the chances of attracting high-quality proposals and finding the right web design partner for your project.
- Your Website (free) – To post a request for proposal (RFP) on your website, you will first need to create a page on your site where the RFP can be accessed. This could be a dedicated RFP page, or it could be a post in your blog or news section. You may also want to include a form or link to the RFP’s pdf on the RFP page that interested parties can use to submit their proposals directly through your website.
- Your Local / State Procurement Sites – To post a request for proposal (RFP) on a local or state procurement website, you will need to follow the specific guidelines and procedures for that website. This could involve registering for an account, providing your contact information and the details of your project, and uploading any relevant documents. Once you have registered and provided all of the necessary information, you can then submit your RFP for review. Once your RFP has been approved, it will be posted on the procurement website for vendors and contractors to view and submit proposals. You may also be able to view and manage your RFP through your account on the website, including any responses or proposals that you receive.
It’s best to post your website redesign request for proposal (RFP) on a platform where it can be seen by a large number of web design and development companies. Some other options for posting your RFP include online job boards, freelance websites, and professional networking platforms.
Other Good Ways to Get More Proposals to Your RFP
There are several steps that organizations can take to get more proposals to their request for proposal (RFP) documents. Some potential strategies include:
- Reach out to agencies directly: You can also try reaching out to web design and development companies directly to inquire about their services and request a proposal. You can use Clutch to create a short list of web design agencies to send your RFP.
- Set realistic requirements and expectations: You can encourage more proposals by setting realistic a work scope, budget, and deadline for your RFP. This helps to avoid overwhelming potential vendors or contractors with tight deadlines, which may discourage them from submitting proposals. Organizations that provide clear and detailed information on their specific needs and requirements for the project usually get a better response on their RFP.
- Keep Your RFP short and sweet: If your RFP is long and complex, it may be difficult for interested agencies to understand what you are looking for, and they may discard your RFP altogether. By keeping your RFP short and concise, you can make it easier for potential partners to understand your project and submit a proposal.
To get started I recommend submitting your RFP to Agency Leads PRO, where we’ll send out your RFP to hundreds of top-notch agencies ready to submit a killer proposal. Did I mention it’s free? Get started here.