Cogent Reports: Winning Bids in an Institutional Mandate Takes More Than Performance

Even given multiple opportunities to influence the search and selection process when bidding on an institutional mandate, many asset managers still arent winning. New research from Cogent Reports finds that despite the strength and fit of a particular investment strategy, the efforts of marketing and sales teams can make or break an asset managers success. These and other findings are included in Beyond Consideration„¢, a Cogent Reports„¢ study by Market Strategies International-Morpace.

A series of one-on-one telephone interviews with institutional investors and consultants overseeing collective assets of nearly $150 billion identified four distinct purchase journeys, each with its own nuance and areas of influence. The research also uncovered common mistakes asset managers make in the process of bidding on an institutional mandate, many of which lie largely within the control of sales and marketing teams. One sure way to get disqualified is to present as just another salesperson who is pitching product with every other sentence. In addition, poor-quality RFI/RFP responses or inconsistencies between the RFI/RFP response and the finals presentation are red flags for institutional decision-makers.

Once an asset manager makes it to the point of being considered for a particular mandate, there are opportunities to gain the competitive edge. Personalizing the story so that it feels less like a product pitch and more like a desire to best serve the clients business need is one of those opportunities, says Linda York, senior vice president of Market Strategies International-Morpace and co-author of the report.

Asset managers should also not underestimate the importance of skilled presenters who develop a strong connection with the investment committee during the finals presentation. According to the report, an asset managers presentation team is being judged on many aspects beyond the quantitative numbers, such as the believability and trustworthiness conveyed by their bearing and articulation, the investment philosophy that they verbalize matching the investments they recommend, and the diversity of the presentation team at-a-glance.

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While performance and price along with familiarity and strength of the brand are integral in the evaluation of asset managers, a variety of more subjective factors weigh heavily in the final selection decision, explains York. Our research confirmed that sharing knowledge through thought leadership, gaining knowledge by seeking to understand clients, and building personal relationships are key to a successful institutional asset management business model.

About Beyond ConsiderationTM

Cogent Reports conducted individual telephone interviews with 26 institutional investors and investment consultants from November 26 through December 10, 2018. Survey participants were required to be senior-level investment decision-makers managing defined contribution, defined benefit or non-profit institutional assets of at least $100 million. Due to the qualitative nature of the research methodology, qualitative base sizes are intentionally of an elite size; findings are for directional guidance by nature and not quantifiable. Market Strategies International-Morpace will supply the exact wording of any survey question upon request.

About Market Strategies International-Morpace

Leading market research firms Market Strategies International and Morpace bring clients closer to their customers through exceptional insights, which includes deep expertise in financial services, specifically among wealth, banking, payments and insurance organizations. The firms specialize in brand, customer experience, product development and segmentation research, and are known for blending primary research with data from syndicated, benchmarking and self-funded studies to help clients succeed. The syndicated products, known as Cogent Reports, help clients understand the market environment, explore industry trends and monitor their brand within the competitive landscape. Market Strategies and Morpace have earned the trust of many of the worlds top brands across the automotive, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, health, technology and telecommunications industries. They are combining into one firm, as part of an acquisition of both firms by STG, and will be rebranded under a new name to be announced in 2019. With more than 450 research professionals, the collective firm is now the 15th largest market research firm in the US and top 25 globally.

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