“A Proposal tool for big kids”
Overall: I love this thing and use it all the time. Before I got this program I was shuffling through Word docs on my computer and constantly rewriting brand new proposals for each prospect. Proposify helped me streamline my process for kicking out really great looking proposals. The absolute best part of the whole tool is how it allows each party to e-sign the contract right inside the program. Really handy and beats the pants off asking someone to print, sign, scan, and send back. It's the real deal and honestly I couldn't go back to send someone a pdf from my word doc or whatever. This is way better.
Pros: I save all my different versions of proposals and can mix and match different sections as needed for each client. Helps to have a library of sections, different contracts, etc.
The delivery, editing, and signing is all in one place. It sends us both a PDF version with signatures to file after closing.
Uses great code snippets to automatically fill in the client name, the cost, etc to make each one somewhat custom.
I get notified in my email when my prospect views the proposal (which is exciting).
It looks a lot more professional when they get the nice designed email with a button to click and the proposal deck is laid out with a nav bar. Takes you from minor leagues (with silly word docs or PDF attachments) to big leagues, especially as a digital agency.
Cons: It's definitely not a design tool so I have a hard time getting the layout and design of the proposal to look the way I want. It's fairly limited in what it can do in that respect so we build pieces (images) offline and then paste the image into the proposal sometimes. Otherwise, for what it is, it's pretty good at helping me put together a good looking proposal. It's just not an Adobe product or anything.
The way content pieces in the library are saved and edited is somewhat confusing and I've struggled to replace everything after deleting templates and then losing content pieces.
Recommendations to other buyers: The templates are helpful to get started but ultimately you'll want to toss them and have your content library full of only YOUR different pages and elements. Same with templates overall. I tend to go in and use a template that needs editing and then edit it in the proposal. That means i have to do it each time I make a proposal instead of just taking the time to go edit the original template.
Build it up from the bottom, content pieces in the library, then templates using those pieces, then proposals off those templates. Not the other way around.