pre-bid pursuit


A win strategy is the value proposition that you have come up with targeted directly at how you overcome the buyer issues. This is something that you commit to massively. You do not flirt with a win strategy. You wear it everywhere. It is an absolute commitment. The win strategy is your answer to “Why Us?”. It is made up of your big sell and win themes.

Developing your win strategy

Create it

The most effective way of developing a win strategy is to workshop it as a group. You cannot just meet around somebody’s desk. Allocate at least two hours if you are in different locations and are video-conferencing in. If you have the luxury of all being together, calendar a four-hour session, with a facilitator.

First, you need to define and agree the buyer issues – this really starts to sing when you do this as a bid team, and this is where the team really starts to gel. Review the intel reports, we believe in documenting intel and producing thorough reports. Then analyze the buyer’s requirements. Asking good quality questions here is where we really start to bring the analysis out, and this is what drives the win strategy. What point are they trying to get at? What are they really looking for? Why are they doing that? Through careful deliberation involving constructive challenge and debate, you will reach broad consensus on what the buyer issues are. You should have between three and five buyer issues – the absolutely most important things they care about.

Then comes the exciting bit – what do we do about it? You will generate many ideas and solutions that hit the buyer issues. But you are looking for the one overarching big sell that answers the only important question there is ‘Why Us?’ The other, smaller nuggets are your supporting win themes, such as fast mobilization or competitive price. They tell the story of your bid and help you stand out from the competition. Most people think that the win themes are the big sell. They are definitely attention grabbers, but only the big sell will close the deal. At best, you do not want more than seven or eight win themes, and capture these in a win themes matrix, which we have handily supplied.

Example of win strategy development for a defense project
Buyer seeking fastidious approach, highly governed, and hugely compliant in running their operations

If you do not massively respect their need for compliance then you are just adding to the pain point of this buyer


Operational continuity

Risk management

Focused completely on compliance – ‘Power on the ground’ bringing power, rigor and a huge level of respect for process and compliance Delivering 100% right first time

Zero impact on existing operations

Note: We actually created 32 processes and procedures that proved we could ensure 100% compliance

Example of win strategy development for an online hotel booking platform
The intel revealed how badly the platform was performing and the terrible customer ratings and feedback they were collating as a result

They were miles behind the competition and the issues all stemmed from terrible customer service

The client was in denial about their reality. They thought their issue was their inability to handle the volume not their inability to make their customers happy

Improving their volume handling issues

Improving customer experience

We do Happy! Our reason for being in business is to make your customers happy What Good Customer services look like: first call resolution, speed of response times, multiple platform skills, 24/7 service, informed and well-trained personnel. Customer satisfaction KPIs

Good customer service as a resolution to their perceived volume issues. We evidenced our claims with statistics and data from other transformational cases with previous clients that had been in a similar situation

  • Create it – hold a win strategy session with the bid team to define buyer issues, big sell and win themes.
  • Communicate it – make sure all the team knows the bid strategy.
  • Test it – with the buyer to make sure it aligns to their requirements and expectations.
  • Review it – keep checking you’re still on the right track.
  • Commit to it – don’t lose the strategy along the way. Too often you can lose sight of the strategy as you migrate through the bid.
  • Sell it!