Just writing to find out whether adjusting a quote following a meeting and no reply is a good idea or whether you'd sell the extra value you provide.
I met up with potential clients a week ago and the meeting/pitch went well - I showed them an example site similar to one they were looking for and they were impressed (it's a site that makes a lot of money). I've not heard from them since and know that they were seeing another company the day after.
Would the best thing to do be to wait a little longer (it's been exactly a week now) or write and ask about the quote the other company had provided and maybe adjust mine? I don't want to seem fickle over how much I charge, though.
Never ever ever lower your quote price without removing something from the services provided. You never want to leave the impression that you think your time/service is overvalued or that you were trying to rip off the customer with the first price. It smacks of being a used car salesman.
Sometimes customers just go dark for a while for reasons completely unrelated to the project; usually a phone call or e-mail to your contact just asking for a status update will get you the information you need.
I've found clients who do not get back into contact either do not need the service anymore, wanted it cheaper, or have hectic work schedules. Unless there is a positive reason that you -must have- a certain client, for instances a respected company to add to your portfoilo, its rarely a good idea to drop prices for haggliers. I forsure you, your loss of earnings will not stop with the quote.
Thank you all for the advice. I've always found quoting a difficult one but I did offer the extra options they were looking for in the quote which they wouldn't strictly need right from the start so I may be able to adjust the quote by leaving some of them out. It's good to communicate with people on the side of the freelancer rather than just people who are trying to knock you down in price and take away your livelyhood.