If you only read one post by Simon Levin this year, this is it (Is Gartner research quality under threat?). Simon puts the current dip in the collective experience of MQ authors into context: MQ authors and leads do change regularly, and vendors need an ongoing focus on the MQ to make an impact. Andrew Hsu would also Read more about Not-so-Magic Quadrant: Gartner analysts’ experience falls; vendors’ data collection burden grows[…]
Perhaps the biggest surprise of last week’s Analyst Relations Value Forum was Huawei winning one of the KeaCircle awards given to several leading-edge analyst relations teams. Recommendations from industry analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester have not only been a powerful driver of Cisco‘s success over the last 20 years, but it has been a Read more about How Huawei’s analyst relations overtook Cisco’s[…]
The KeaCircle and Analyst Firm Awards, which we’ll present at the Analyst Relations Value Forum on Thursday, will highlight the stunning dynamism of both analyst relations and of the analyst industry itself. Traditional megavendors are not longer at the leading edge for analysts relations, and clients of major analysts firms have more alternatives and are Read more about How AWS, HERE & Huawei overtook the megavendors[…]
Success breeds success: When I talk to technology vendors about starting an analyst relations program I get all kinds of reactions. One way or another most vendors have had first or second hand experiences with analysts. Either they’ve seen competitors promoting the latest research publication which featured them in a favorable way or they have Read more about Engaging in Analyst Relations is sending a message: Five common traits confident vendors are displaying[…]
In recent years we have seen quite a few changes in the analyst landscape: We’ve seen new boutique analyst firms entering the market and focussing on sub-segments or geographies (HfS Research, Crisp Research, Greyhound Research etc). We’ve seen M&A activities indicating a trend towards bigger firms and more comprehensive research coverage (CXP/BARC/PAC, ISG/Alsbridge/Experton, Informa/Ovum). And Read more about Adapt or Fail! – Analyst firm business models are changing – does this mean that analyst relations needs to change as well?[…]
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 of the firm and the adaptability if the executives to adjust to the market and conversation. The solution pitch is used to assess the ability of executives to adapt.
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. Founder Richard East has become a partner in Kea Company, which obtained substantially all of Active Influence’s intellectual property and assets at the end of 2016.
Thought leaders are characterised by thinking differently about important issues. Martin Luther King was a thought leader – his vision of a society where whites and blacks could live together changed the rules of thinking and behaviour in American society. The British nurse Florence Nightingale was a thought leader. She changed the 19th-century philosophy in health care, amongst others through the promotion of the importance of hygiene. Steve Jobs is hailed as a thought leader. He changed the way we look at the use of computer technology. These three persons contributed to this world with their vision and indeed, were eventually seen as thought leaders. But what is thought leadership in an organisational context? Why should organisations want to promote thought leadership? And how do you build this? How many thought leaders do you know personally? […]
The economic theory, and also the lay opinion, that whatever goods and services are provided, they must be paid for by someone – i.e. you don’t get something for nothing. The phrase is also known by the acronym of ‘There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch’ – tanstaafl.
What is wrong with this world? Why do people talk nonsense fifty percent of the day? I am clearly fed up with this. I exactly took thirty minutes out of my busy schedule to tell this to you. […]
How do you measure whether clients are happy with your service? Do we need a matrix to make sure we make it all visible, or can we just conclude that when you ask the question their response has to speak for itself? […]
Today, of all days , I spend some time in a sub par hotel in the deep south of the Netherlands. Nothing cool about that I hear you thinking, but if I tell you that this place has a 750 seat capacity, the next bit will sound like winning the lottery. I walk in, pick a good seat close to the wireless access point. When I wanted to start with my first course two people sat down next to me and started to discuss next year’s budget. Nothing cool about that either you might say, and I was just enjoying my meal at first. Then it became clear that they were responsible for a tech company, just over the border in Belgium. They were discussing marketing and then, you’ve guessed it, the magic words came out – “Analyst Relations”.
Now we are talking! […]
Anyone who can think straight and does more than reading the local newspaper or watching one of the indoctrinated television channels around the world, knows that the “economical crisis” is not so bad as it sounds. A group of people who run this world via the banking corporations messed up big time and now they let us pay for it and call it a worldwide economical crisis. Enough said here. In this particular case, failure is incompetence.
I would like to shift my focus a bit more to the people who work hard and play hard. In this current environment, you need to invest just as much time and energy as you did in the times that there would not be a so-called crisis. In advertisements, it is always about showing your face. In good times and in bad times. Companies that stop developing their core business will shut down sooner than later. Stop telling yourself that this happened because of the crisis. It didn’t. There is always a market ready for you. You need to shift, not stop doing what makes your product or services so different from the competition. […]