The Vanguard View: Insight for Association Websites

Should You Tell Your Website Vendor Your Budget?

Posted by Chris Bonney on Tue, Sep 29, 2015


As a technology provider for associations for over 15 years, we've seen quite a few RFPs in our day. Some written well, some not so much. Some with a very clearly articulated purpose, some rambling with little sense of what they are really asking for. And to be honest, these things are not deal-breakers by any stretch. 

What is a huge help, however, in the RFP process is to know what your budget is for the website redesign project you're requesting. 

Ha! You're saying. Of course, you want the budget so that you can bid right up to the penny and squeeze every dollar out of our organization for the least amount of work. Okay....maybe you're not saying that exactly, but you may still feel it's prudent and a best practice to get the best price from all vendors before sharing your budget. Or maybe even still not sharing the budget at that point. 

And we totally understand your reasoning. But...

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Topics: RFP, association website design, budget

Why A Simple, Dynamic, Interactive, User-Friendly Website Isn't Enough

Posted by Chris Bonney on Wed, Mar 17, 2010

We read a lot of website RFPs that throw these descriptors (simple, dynamic, interactive, user-friendly) around quite often. In fact, in 10 years I don't think I've seen a website RFP that hasn't included at least one of these terms. Others include:

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Topics: marketing, Proposal, requirements, RFP, website redesign, Websites

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