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SmartBid

Construction bid management for general contractors

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SmartBid product overview

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What is SmartBid?

SmartBid is a construction bid management software designed to help general contractors simplify the preconstruction process, as well as enhance subcontractor communication, through a range of features including invitations to bid, subcontractor management and project document management, plus prequalification management and subcontractor bid comparisons. SmartBid also supports compliance tracking technology, native mobile apps, reporting capabilities, and a set of integrations and add-ons.

Key benefits of using SmartBid

  • Users have quick and secure access to all subcontractor data through a private online contact database.

  • SmartInsight integration helps users find and connect with more qualified subcontractors and suppliers, as well as increase bid coverage.

  • SmartBid’s invitation to bid tools allow users to send customized bid invites and monitor progress simply and effectively.

  • Native mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone give users the flexibility to monitor subcontractor responses and bids, plus access plan rooms on the go.

  • Supports integration with apps designed to streamline construction bid management, such as Procore, Autodesk, Stack estimating/takeoff software, and more.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Phone Support
    Email/Help Desk
    FAQs/Forum

    Training options

    Videos

    SmartBid pricing information

    Value for money

    4.1

    /5

    64

    Price starts from

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    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

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    SmartBid features

    Functionality

    4.2

    /5

    64
    Total Features40 1 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Document Management
    Subcontractor Management
    Data Import/Export
    Collaboration Tools
    Activity Dashboard
    Estimating
    Quotes/Estimates
    Reporting & Statistics

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    SmartBid users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4

    /5

    64

    Positive reviews

    94%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.43/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    The new interface is definitely better and cleaner. As long as you make it clear with your invitees what are they going to receive and what they need to do, it is a very nice tool to have.

    JA

    Jose A. I.

    I love the ease of use and the ability to distribute the information we need to get to our subs with such ease. The program is easy to use, but does not lack in its capabilities.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    It's easy to customize to your liking. The best feature is the capability to create notes for each contractor contacted, and keep track of their bidding status throughout the bid timeline.

    CD

    Cade D.

    Cons
    I hated the fact that their database is so out of date. Many times our bid invite was going out to the wrong person or that person was no longer with the company.

    Todd H.

    The user interface needs to be updated. It is very difficult to understand how to send out even basic invitations to bid without the assistance of someone that has used the program for several months.

    KK

    Kohl K.

    Also, It is difficult to send a quick email, e.g. there is a lot of setup to do before shooting a re-bid to a selected group or particular package.

    JA

    Jose A. I.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Very effective bidding tool!!

    Reviewed 3 years ago

    Saved time (which equals $$$) and now we have a great place to store our bid documents, and easily distribute them to all of our subcontractors and suppliers!!

    Pros

    As a general contractor/construction manager firm, we use SmartBid on almost all of our projects. It's a great tool to let our subcontractors and suppliers know what projects we're bidding on, and ensure we have proper coverage for the scope of work involved. I was part of the initial setup when our company first began using SmartBid. We used to make a "call list" and someone would actually call up to a few hundred subs and suppliers for every project we bid. WOW. I can't believe we wasted so much time! Now, just a few clicks of a button and all of our bidding documents are in one, easily accessible place, and all the appropriate subs and suppliers are notified! Amazing!

    Cons

    The initial setup was a bit time-consuming. This was partly due to our own company's massively outdated subcontractor and supplier list. Most of our time was spent "trimming the fat" and updating old contact information. There are also limited user profiles, when it would be nice to have more people in our company be able to interact with SmartBid.

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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Smartbid- Great for general contractors!

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    The benefits included are ease of access, multi user capability, subcontractor functions, and the blast emailing projects out to get the project to as many subcontractors as possible. We like the fact that it is cost efficient and allows our subcontractor pool to benefit from the program as well. You can also import public data agency information that includes new subcontractors.

    Pros

    I enjoy that smartbid streamlines the bidding process in construction. It allows you to upload drawings & specifications, as well as selecting trades to solicit to easily. Most bidding softwares are too complex for small subcontractors to understand and easily access documents. Smartbid offers ease of use for these subcontractors as well as allowing subcontractors to benefit the way the general contractor is. Having the availability to create takeoffs in Smartbid for the subcontractors you invite is so important.

    Cons

    The only thing I struggle with for Smartbid is the options to having subcontractors change their information within the program. We would like to see that subcontractors can update their license information as well as contacts for their company. Hopefully changes will be made in the future to allow these features to be utilized.

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    • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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    There are more affordable options

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    It did get us out in touch with the trades, but the coverage was week.

    Pros

    I do like the way a project is created and the publishing features. I do feel that it was advantageous in the way we were able to take a project that we were going to bid and get the information out to the trades

    Cons

    I hated the fact that their database is so out of date. Many times our bid invite was going out to the wrong person or that person was no longer with the company. The software needs some form of check and balance to ensure that the information is accurate and that companies are keeping thier information correct.

    Vendor response

    Hi Todd, Thank you for your review! In SmartBid, clients primarily rely on results from their own private database, which they alone maintain. Use of our SmartInsight database of contractors is included with SmartBid as an additional resource for those situations where you will need additional subcontractor coverage, and is especially helpful when you find that you're bidding in a market...

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Smartbid

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    My experience with Smartbid could not be better. We use the program everyday, and update as much as necessary. It is highly recommended in my opinion.

    Pros

    Great software to organize all of your Subcontractors and Vendors. Very easy to edit, add, or delete company names and contacts. Many categories for each company, including work types, DBE choices, unique categories to your company. Many fields get pre-filled, and make it quick to input data. Great reporting, exporting, and sending single or mass emails. Updates for bids or just company reports.

    Cons

    There are so many features, sometimes users can double up information. It's better to keep track of what users can modify specific items within each company. It's easy to have multiple entries of the same company. So user monitoring is key.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Smartbid for soliciting proposals

    Reviewed 3 years ago

    We use this software during the bidding process. It gives me the ability to add contacts, change addresses, email, ect. with ease. Quick communication options such as email solicitations or faxes if needed. The reports help, as well as creating Non Disclosure agreements. Adding files and having security control of who views those files is a big benefit.

    Pros

    User friendly, and easy to navigate the site. Not too many clicks of the mouse, and has the ability to add and delete unwanted fields. Very fast and friendly customer support for easy or hard questions.

    Cons

    Not too many cons. I am a big fan of this software for the use of getting quotes for bids.

    SmartBid FAQs and common questions

    SmartBid has the following pricing plans:
    Free Trial: Available


    SmartBid has the following typical customers:
    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business


    SmartBid supports the following languages:
    English


    SmartBid supports the following devices:
    Android, iPhone, iPad


    Yes, SmartBid has an API available for use.


    SmartBid integrates with the following applications:
    SharePoint, Procore, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, ShareFile, Egnyte, STACK, Alfresco Process Services


    SmartBid offers the following support options:
    Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum

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