The written proposal is the most common of sales presentations in business to business sales. Unfortunately though, manay salespeople make their quotations far too long to be effective. So, how many pages should a business proposal be? Not as many as you think!
Is Your Sales Proposal Too Long?
Some sales representatives believe that the higher the dollar value of their product, the longer the quotation they need to provide. They include page after page of features and specifications, all of which is not needed for the prospect to make their buying decision. In fact, these long proposals could actually be hurting the sales process, not helping it. In other words, if you have too many pages in your business proposal, you are making it harder to close the sale.
How Many Pages Should a Business Proposal Be?
Regardless of how expensive or complicated your product is, a written proposal should not be longer than 6 pages, plus enclosures if needed. Too much information can actually slow or halt the sale, not move it forward.
Your prospect only needs just enough of the right information to make a logical buying decision. Did you need or want detailed blueprints of framing, plumbing and electrical wiring before you bought your house? Neither does your prospect!
Proposal Templates Save Time
There is no doubt that proposal templates save time, and help salespeople to close more sales faster. This is especially true when they are used as part of a well planned sales process.
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