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Proposal writing has become a common requirement throughout the entire business world. And for many sales people, they are a necessary evil. If you're thinking
Keys for Proposal Automation In today's economy, sales people have to write more proposals, and better proposals, than ever before. As the industry has become more competitive and complex, customers have become both more confused and more demanding. As a result, they are likely to listen to a presentation, nod their heads, and mutter those dreaded words, Sounds good! Why don't you put that in writing for me? Why Do Customers Want Proposals? Writing proposals is about as much fun as having your tee
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Instead of Discounting, Back Some Value Out of Your Proposal
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