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[…]

Webinar: Survey shows new risks for analyst relations

A first glance at the Analyst Value Survey shows new risks emerging for analyst relations professionals. We’re hosting a webinar on November 30 to hear how leading AR professionals are responding to them, and what the best practice is for your analyst relations program. Three risks stand out massively. First, there a big gap between Read more about Webinar: Survey shows new risks for analyst relations[…]

Vendors’ five key thoughts about analyst firms

Five things stand out from vendors’ responses to a survey we conducted after our Analyst Relations roundtable at the English Speaking Union. Analysts (including analysts who call themselves consultants or advisors) are often thought to have bias, especially if most of their revenue comes from vendors. Sometimes the effort put into staying informed makes analysts Read more about Vendors’ five key thoughts about analyst firms[…]
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Join us for the Forum in San José on November 17

Should someone you know be at the year’s most important discussion on analyst relations? We’ll be at the free ARchitect User Forum 2016 in San José, CA, on November 17. Professionals from industry leaders will introduce the sessions: Lopez Research, Digital transformation; IBM, AR in large organizations; Cognizant, Managing analyst events;  Capgemini, AR knowledge management; Wipro, Read more about Join us for the Forum in San José on November 17[…]

Guess Who’s Looking for Top Talent in Analyst Relations?

Looking for a new direction in your Analyst Relations career? October is a time when new opportunities pop up in the field. From IBM to Google, we gathered the top US Analyst Relations firms with vacancies needing to be filled. If you’d like to learn more about the opportunity and to schedule an interview, contact Read more about Guess Who’s Looking for Top Talent in Analyst Relations?[…]

Is this how the Quadrant lost its Magic?

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is the most influential non-financial business research document. In the late 1980s, it was a quick and dirty stalking horse to provoke discussions. Today it is an extensive and yet highly limited process, based on the quantification of opinions which are highly qualitative. The early evolution of the MQ tells us a lot Read more about Is this how the Quadrant lost its Magic?[…]

Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

A funeral and celebration for David Bradshaw (shown left in this 2000 Ovum awayday photo, arm raised, with me and other colleagues) is to take place at West Norwood Crematorium, London SE27 at 2.45pm on Tuesday 23rd August and after at the Amba Hotel above London’s Charing Cross Station, on the Strand. David considered that that Read more about Saying farewell to David Bradshaw[…]