Tom Pringle collects Ovum's 2018 AFA

Ovum continues advance in 2018 Telecoms & Networking Analyst Firm Awards

Ovum has gained fourth place in the 2018 Telecoms & Networking Analyst Firm Awards, its highest rank in the awards in any year. As in 2017, the first three places in all six AFA categories go to market leaders Gartner, IDC and Forrester. Ovum’s deep telecoms roots go back to the 20th century, but in recent Read more about Ovum continues advance in 2018 Telecoms & Networking Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Lena Davies collects Forrester's 2018 AFA

Gartner & Forrester lead 2018 Global Analyst Firm Awards

Gartner and Forrester lead the 2018 Global Analyst Firm Awards, which recognise the market analyst and advisory firms most valued outside the Americas (which is covered by a separate award). The methodological tweaks in the 2018 awards, which recognise the valuable firms that are most relied on, boosts the gap between Gartner, Forrester and IDC, Read more about Gartner & Forrester lead 2018 Global Analyst Firm Awards[…]

IDC COO Robert White collects the firm's 2018 Analyst Firm Award

IDC rises in 2018 Enterprise Analyst Firm Awards

IDC has won a notable success in the 2018 Enterprise Analyst Firm Awards, overtaking Forrester into second place. Last year’s awards noted strong performance by both those firms which, added together, created more value than Gartner for the participants in the Analyst Value Survey. IDC’s clearly benefitting from its growing freemium audience and its unrivalled global Read more about IDC rises in 2018 Enterprise Analyst Firm Awards[…]

Analyst Observatory

Cool Vendor – is it a beauty contest?

There’s been a lot of discussion in the analyst relations community about the rollout of the present round of Cool Vendor designations from Gartner. We’d be better prepared for them if we looked at academic research into contest-like evaluations like these, at the University of Edinburgh’s Analyst Observatory and elsewhere. Drawing on a roundtable at Warwick Read more about Cool Vendor – is it a beauty contest?[…]

Book co-authors: Bob, Duncan Sven

Influencer Relations book: 2nd edition spotlights Gartner’s MQ

Our book Influencer Relations: Insights on Analyst Value has an expanded second edition with a new chapter on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. As a thank you to our newsletter subscribers we’ll be offering them a discount on the book. If you want a discount, sign up here. The book’s first edition quickly became the best-selling influencer relations Read more about Influencer Relations book: 2nd edition spotlights Gartner’s MQ[…]

Forrester declares a loss, shares fall 11%

Given the scale of the surprise, the 11% fall in Forrester shares on April 27 was a vote of confidence by comparison. Although the firm has been consistently profitable in recent quarters, it has often surprised many many (and sometimes all) Forrester watchers with its earnings. This first quarter of 2018 has been, in some Read more about Forrester declares a loss, shares fall 11%[…]

Fabio Neves Da Rocha in winning team at CREATe Pitching Competition

Pitches to analysts can learn 8 things from start-up pitches

Tech firms preparing their pitch to analysts spend too much time crafting the story about their own solution, and nowhere near enough time thinking about how to build a relationship with the analyst. As one of the CMOs I work with put it to me: “my spokespeople know our plan, but they don’t know their audience”. That doesn’t Read more about Pitches to analysts can learn 8 things from start-up pitches[…]

AR Classics: Barbara French on how to grab an Influential Analyst’s Attention

Barbara French’s Grab an Influential Analyst’s Attention: 3 Secrets & 4 Tips helps companies to avoid some of the most common errors in analyst relations. We especially appreciated these points in the article. Marketers can use analysts and analyst research to add credibility to their businesses without ever having the analyst specifically endorse their company. Read more about AR Classics: Barbara French on how to grab an Influential Analyst’s Attention[…]

How to Think Like an Analyst: Boston dinner with Josh Bernoff on November 15

Josh Bernoff will speak at a dinner organized for analysts and Analyst Relations professionals in Boston, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th. The event is timed for analyst relations managers attending the ARInsights forum. Colleagues from several analyst firms will also attend, including 451 Research, Amalgam Insights and Deep Analysis, as will friends from Spotlight AR. Read more about How to Think Like an Analyst: Boston dinner with Josh Bernoff on November 15[…]

Spokespeople lose analysts’ trust if they cannot discuss business models

Over the last few weeks, my colleagues and I have been interviewing industry analysts about business models. After reviewing the results from the summer Analyst Attitude Survey, we found that business models are about 25% more relevant to analysts than to the spokespeople that vendors delegate to meet them. My colleague Esther Boyer developed a Read more about Spokespeople lose analysts’ trust if they cannot discuss business models[…]