Influencer Relations

Frost & Sullivan beats 451 in IoT Analyst Firm Awards

Depending on your region of the world, you’ll be astonished (Americas, Europe) or not (Asia, Pacific) by Frost and Sullivan’s strong performance in the Internet of Things Analyst Firm Awards for 2017. We’ve crunched the Analyst Value Survey data, focussing only on users of IoT research, to see which firms are delivering the most value Read more about Frost & Sullivan beats 451 in IoT Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Podcast: What Startups Should Know about Analyst Relations

Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, produce one of the best podcast series in any market. This month they have one of the most useful podcasts on analyst relations, online at SoundCloud. It steps through many of the key points for people starting off in analyst relations: what analysts do, how Read more about Podcast: What Startups Should Know about Analyst Relations[…]
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Kerler: Absurd vendors want analysts to be both biased & neutral

In this passionate defence of the need for analysts to focus on their core research competency, Jörg Kerler argues that the imperatives of digital transfomation require excellent and neutral research. Analysts’ buyers are absurd if they think that neutrality can come from firms that vendors use as sales influencers. Thoughts on the true value of analyst research and Read more about Kerler: Absurd vendors want analysts to be both biased & neutral[…]

Are B2C methods killing B2B marketing?

Something’s going wrong with business to business marketing. Marketers seem to be more distant than ever from understanding their customers or having the time needed to build different value propositions in segmented marketing campaigns. I’ve picked four ways in which B2C methods seem to be driving business brands off course. Start with networks, not personas. Read more about Are B2C methods killing B2B marketing?[…]

Analyst Relations Value Forum to discuss Tragic Quadrant

The IIAR has updated its Tragic Quadrant, which ostensibly ranks the ten top analyst firms in terms of impact, relevance and ease of doing business with. Earlier posts have mentioned the weaknesses of both the Quadrant and the underlying method. The IIAR’s 2017 top ten drops PAC, the fifth most valuable analyst firm. Crisp Research, Read more about Analyst Relations Value Forum to discuss Tragic Quadrant[…]

Your pitch to analysts isn’t just about your solution

In pitches to analysts, there are many conversations going on. At one level, there’s a communication about the business solution. There’s also a conversation about the wider market and about the personal credibility of the participants. Sometimes the slides used in pitches are just excuses for the interaction. The slides are used to assess both the market vision Read more about Your pitch to analysts isn’t just about your solution[…]

KPMG pushes out 451 in 2017 Strategy Analyst Firm Awards

For the strategic heavy lifting, executives are reaching out to a very wide range of advisors. Gartner heads up the list when we look at the Analyst Value Survey data to find the analyst firms most valued by people who work on strategy. It creates almost 19% of all the value being produced by analyst Read more about KPMG pushes out 451 in 2017 Strategy Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Save the date for our Analyst Firm Awards

This year we’re publishing our analyst firm awards more or less monthly. Please put the dates in your diary. If you’re a subscriber to the Analyst Firm Awards, you can also access a webinar for each of these events, held on the final Thursday or each month. January – Global January 18 – Outstanding reports February 17 – Read more about Save the date for our Analyst Firm Awards[…]

IDC could flourish after IDG’s sale to Chinese consortium

As we predicted in our April Fool’s Joke last year, IDC has been sold as part of a Chinese-led purchase that leaves CEO Kirk Campbell at the helm. IDG Capital will take control of the IDG Ventures; China Oceanwide will control IDG and most of IDC, and an independent trustee will take control of IDC’s Read more about IDC could flourish after IDG’s sale to Chinese consortium[…]

Kea Company acquires UK analyst relations consultancy Active Influence

Merger consolidates Kea Company’s position as world’s largest analyst relations consultancy January 19, 2017. London — Kea Company, the world’s largest analyst relations consultancy, today completed its acquisition of Active Influence. Founded in 2010, Active Influence has helped many of the world’s largest technology companies to gain measurable business benefit from their relationships with analyst firms. Read more about Kea Company acquires UK analyst relations consultancy Active Influence[…]