Everything Tech Providers Wished You Knew About Writing an RFP

…plus the stuff they want to keep secret.

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RFP or Project Evaluation

A Self-Diagnosis Questionnaire to Help Identify Your Options

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THE DISCLAIMER: No personal information is gathered in conjunction with using this online evaluation tool. This evaluation tool is not intended to provide individualized development advice, and its authors are not your service providers (although we’re totally cool having that conversation with you). Using this tool will NOT result in a cold call or placing you on sales lists (that would be a serious d**k move). It is not designed to provide iron-clad, infallible project advice nor should you follow any course of action based solely on these results. Instead, use this tool as a starting point for your learning and research.

Identify Providers & Platforms

A key element for a smooth RFP process is making sure you include all providers and platforms. The following is a comprehensive list to help you find commonly overlooked providers that should be considered to one degree or another:

Major Providers

  • Web Developer
  • Customer Relationship Database (CRM)
  • Box Office/Ticketing
  • Email Marketing
  • eCommerce

Additional Providers and Platforms

  • Web/Database Hosting
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Domain Registrar
  • Payment Gateways
  • Email Provider
  • Transactional Email Provider (not the same as regular email provider)
  • Digital Marketing: Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Google Search Console, Google Maps, Platform Specific Social Media Platforms

Main Sections of Your RFP

…the bare minimum:

  • Organization Mission
  • Website Objectives
  • KPIs
  • Current Website Pain Points
  • E-Commerce/Special Functionality
  • Project Timeline/Key Dates
  • Budget