An RFP is a ‘Request For Proposal’. RFPs have been the standard method businesses use to find their agency partners for decades. The traditional process includes a lengthy RFP document that is widely distributed to a number of agencies for response, typically prompting dozens of proposals and presentations that are time consuming to prepare and difficult to sift through. The Agency Geek platform was created to replace this traditional RFP process.
2. How does Agency Geek compare to a traditional RFP?
Traditional RFPs include a barrage of ambiguous, sometimes misguided business information and notoriously lack the details necessary for agencies to build sufficient proposals. Since the traditional RFP process does not call for communication between businesses and agency candidates, agencies must often rely on their own interpretation to develop a proposal. In the end, agencies that did not make the cut are left in the dark, usually never hearing back from the businesses they’ve spent time and money pursuing. And businesses are left with hundreds of proposals to sift through, the majority coming from agencies that simply aren’t the right fit.
Agency Geek eliminates the guessing game with an RFP process that efficiently uses question-based algorithms to match complementary agencies and businesses. Our platform encourages and streamlines the business-agency communication that’s so valuable when establishing a partnership. Businesses can share clear, concise RFP information with the right agencies, while agencies confidently submit targeted proposals that businesses can review and accept at the click of a button.
3. How do Agency Geek’s scientific algorithms work?
Through a series of intuitive questions and answers, users tell us about their brand, how they like to work and what they are looking for in a client or agency. We quickly cover everything from payment and communication preferences to geographic location and services offered. Agency Geek then runs the answers through an equation to uncover fellow users with the highest compatibility. Those users are matched with one another on the site, kicking off an RFP process that makes us wonder why we’ve been doing it any other way.
4. How do I change my profile and partnership preferences down the line?
Log into your profile and click the gear icon on the top right of your profile picture to edit.
5. Can I change my subscription type after I’ve signed up?
Yes, agencies can always update their subscription type by going to settings and selecting “update account”. Features of the newly chosen subscription type will be available immediately.
6. How do I share my RFP or proposal with my matches?
RFP information is included directly in a business’s profile, acquired via their responses to Agency Geek’s RFP questions. Once an agency is matched with a business, the agency can view its match’s profile and access the RFP information. Agencies then follow the RFP criteria to build and seamlessly submit proposals via their user portal.
7. Am I guaranteed to get matches?
We can’t guarantee that your profile information will generate matches, but we can guarantee that Agency Geek’s national user base is diverse and constantly growing. When matches are generated, Agency Geek provides a percentage ranking that indicates how strong your matches are based on the profile criteria you’ve entered. Because our platform significantly expands your network of agency or client partners, we are confident that you will find the right fit.
8. Do I have to communicate with everyone I’m matched with?
No, you do not have to communicate with every match. Start conversations only with those businesses or agencies you are interested in working with.
Businesses (clients) can initiate communication with any of their agency matches.
Ultrageek and Megageek subscribers are able to initiate communication with any of their client matches. Supergeek subscribers must be contacted by their client matches first - they cannot initiate conversations.
9. Do I have to submit a proposal to - or request a proposal from - everyone I communicate with?
No. The communication process is intended to help you determine which of your matches you’d like to work with. After a few message exchanges, the proposal process can begin. Agencies can accept or decline proposal requests; businesses can accept or decline proposals they receive.
10. When I upload an RFP or proposal, who can see it?
Proposals are only visible to matches you send them to.
11. Is the work I upload to Agency Geek protected?
The information you include within your profile/RFP or proposal is solely at your discretion. Agency Geek cannot guarantee how your materials may be used by other users you connect with.
12. How do I cancel my account?
To cancel your account, simply go to “settings” and select “cancel my account”.
13. What happens if I have a negative experience with a business or agency on Agency Geek?
Simply navigagte to the “contact us” page and select report a business or agency. You can tell us about your experience and the business or agency you’re concerned about. Agency Geek tracks and logs these reports in an extensive database. If an agency or business accumulates enough red flags, they can and will be removed from the platform.