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So, You Did Well in an Industry Analyst Report… How Do You Get the Word Out?

By Vicki Jenkins/ Nelson Hall (LinkedIn@VickiJ_NH)
This is the fifth in a series of blogs for AR professionals containing tips and pointers on how to optimize the relationship between AR and industry analysts. Here I take a look at promoting your organization’s inclusion in an analyst report. Vicki Jenkins / NelsonHall

Often times, before committing to participating in an industry analyst report, subject matter experts will say to their AR colleagues, ‘What happened with the last report we participated in? What did we get out of it?’ In many organizations, it’s not realistic to send the report to the marketing team simply asking them to leverage it, as they have many other commitments and deliverables and might not understand the value of the report and how to make best use of it internally or externally.

Based on my background as both an AR professional and an industry analyst, I and NelsonHall colleagues have put together guidelines for planning promotional campaigns to communicate positioning in analyst reports, using NelsonHall’s (vendor) Evaluation & Assessment Tool (NEAT) reports as an example. NEAT reports help strategic sourcing managers to evaluate outsourcing vendors, and consists of a two-axis model: assessing vendors against their ability “to deliver immediate benefits” to clients and their ability “to meet clients’ future requirements”.

Plan for promotional rights

When participating in industry analyst reports, it is important to secure budgetary funds for promotional rights (or ‘reprint rights’ in old terminology).  If your organization does well, the rights will be needed to promote your organization’s position in the report. In the case of NelsonHall’s NEAT, promotional rights allow vendors to use the NEAT graphs, supported by quotes from NelsonHall analysts, as part of their service marketing initiatives (e.g. in marketing collateral, press releases, news articles, social media, websites, etc.). NelsonHall also delivers a bespoke report containing a summary analysis of the vendor’s capabilities within the specific service type (including financials, strategic direction, and strengths), plus the latest market analysis summary for the service in question.

NelsonHall and most other industry analyst firms have guidelines on how the reports can be used and have a review process regarding their usage.

Promote your positioning internally to support external campaigns

Promotional rights of analyst reports typically allow promotion for an agreed upon timeframe. The extent to which a vendor is able to leverage the promotional rights depends on being able to communicate their positioning effectively within their organization, and to encourage usage.

In reaching out to colleagues across the business, explain the significance of your positioning as well as the potential benefits to your organization. Make sure the personnel that participated in the report preparation, briefing, and securing of client references are made aware of the analyst firm positioning of your organization.

Make it as easy as possible for colleagues to leverage promotional rights by, for example:

  • Getting approved analyst quotes
  • Preparing slides for internal departments to use externally. Usage examples include sales presentations and inclusion by solutioning employees in proposal responses
  • Developing brief articles (or simply bullet lists) based on the report

NelsonHall recommends vendors share their NEAT positioning with the departments listed below and provide direction on how it can be leveraged:

  • Marketing/Social Media:
    • Develop some one- or two-line quotes or facts about positioning to be used as tweets
    • Share a link to a news release about your positioning, to be posted on LinkedIn, Facebook or other social media used by your company
    • Place an article about your positioning in client and employee newsletters
    • Seek opportunities to include your positioning in marketing brochures, marketing campaigns, annual reports, and if applicable earnings scripts
    • Develop an e-mail marketing campaign about your positioning.
  • Web Team:
    • Explain the significance of your positioning and ensure the NEAT graph(s) have strong website real estate for the full duration of the promotional rights(in my time as an AR professional, I once paid for reprint rights for a year, only for the web team to remove the relevant collateral from the website after a month! I had to remind the team of the value of the reprint rights in order to get the web post reinstated)
    • Ensure the NEAT graph is accompanied by key benefits and include a quote as well
    • Provide a link to the NEAT report.
  • Public Relations:
    • Draft a news release
    • Provide the NEAT graph(s)
    • Ensure the news release is shared with key global media contacts as well as trade media, and local media where the company has contacts and a presence.

Following these simple guidelines can help AR to ensure that their business gets the most mileage from their participation and positioning in an industry analyst report such as NelsonHall’s NEAT series.

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Around Annette Zimmermann in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Annette Zimmerman from Gartner. Munich-based Research Director Annette (LinkedIn, Twitter) is Agenda Manager for Gartner’s devices research – and she probably has more gadgets than you.

  1. What are your coverage areas?Annette Zimmermann

My beat is very broad in comparison to many analysts. I cover personal technologies including devices, PCs and wearables, following firms like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung to name but a few. I’m also tracking the IoT and specifically beacon technology and indoor positioning solutions from vendors like Cisco, Aruba and Estimote.

  1. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?

It’s still a growing business with demand coming from vendors and IT-users alike. Industry specific knowledge is becoming more important. Continue Reading →

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Analyst Briefings: The Delicate Business of Client References

By Vicki Jenkins/ Nelson Hall (LinkedIn@VickiJ_NH) 
This is the fourth in a series of blogs for AR professionals containing tips and pointers on how to optimize the relationship Vicki Jenkins / NelsonHallbetween AR and industry analysts. Here I take a look at using client references and case studies in the briefing process.

Quite often, participating in an analyst report requires providing client references as part of the briefing process, and in the area of outsourcing these can be rather difficult to secure. It is important to develop relationships with your sales and client services teams and to let them know about upcoming analyst reports that will require references so they can assist you without it being a fire drill. Knowing that references are required well in advance also enables your colleagues to select references appropriately, and avoid overusing certain clients where they are handling multiple requests for the client’s time. Continue Reading →

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[Guest Post] Analyst Briefings: Preparing for Success

By Vicki Jenkins/ Nelson Hall (LinkedIn@VickiJ_NH) Vicki Jenkins / NelsonHall

This is the third in a series of blogs for AR professionals containing tips and pointers on how to optimize the relationship between AR and industry analysts. Here I take a more detailed look at preparing for analyst briefings.

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Around Katy Ring in 10 Questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Katy Ring, (LinkedIn@451Research) Research Director for IT Services at the 451 Group

  1. What are your coverage areas?Katy Ring 451 Group
    I cover Cloud Transformation Services – basically how advanced technologies are used by consultancies and IT service companies to create and deliver offerings for digital transformation.
  1. What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?
    It is much the same as other marketplaces – you have the large incumbents that everyone moans about but continue to use, the disruptive entrants that are the most fun to work for, and the mid-sized firms that are squeezed by both sides. One thing that does bother me about the IT Analysis Marketplace is the lack of young analysts coming through – in many geos this is a side effect of the death of industry trade journalism, which is where a lot of us began our careers. I’m pleased to say 451 is investing in a graduate Research Associate scheme to help address this.
  1. What’s your typical day like?
    I tend to have two different types of day: either I spend the day in my home office writing, researching, taking phone briefings and enquiry calls; or I am traveling to customer sites and events around the world. The former type of day is quite introspective, the other is socially demanding. The variety is part of what makes the job interesting.
  1. Now, c’mon, tell me an AR horror story?
    Many years ago being disinvited from an event because (I was told) that although I was a tier 1 analyst the vendor had decided I worked for a tier 2 firm. I am not sure in what world that kind of attitude makes for good relationships but most analysts have experienced this kind of nonsense at one time or another.
  1. How do you position your firm? What is your business model? 
    I would say 451 Research is a disruptive firm with reasonable scale (more than 120 analysts globally). We deliver a combination of research & data across fourteen channels aligned to the prevailing topics and technologies of digital infrastructure. Our digital transformation coverage spans from the data-center core to the mobile edge.
    We differentiate by publishing daily, topical, up-to-date reports via our Market Insights product. We also publish longer pieces of research such as our Voice of the Enterprise quarterly commentator products that we provide in a range of technology areas.
    Our customer base is a mix of suppliers, investors and buy-side organizations in that order. However, our readership influence tips that mix on its head, as our commentator network of over 30,000, accesses our research via a “freemium” model.
  1. What is your research methodology?
    We employ a lot of PhDs – indeed by some vendors’ metrics this fact alone would merit rebranding as a big data consultancy – so we undertake primary research. The research is largely conducted via the phone, although where we can we like to meet in person. However, the quantitative team is working with sample sizes that would make face-to-face meetings quite challenging!
  1. Tell us about one good AR practice you’ve experienced or one good AR event you’ve attended.
    I particularly welcome the all too rare ability to meet customers as part of the “speed-dating” executive 1:1 sessions that vendors provide at analyst events.
  1. Any hobbies or favourite restaurant / food that you’d like to share?
    Magdalen in Tooley Street is great and brings back good memories of the CIO dinners Kate Hanaghan and I hosted when we were running K2 Advisory.
  1. What is your biggest challenges for the upcoming 6 months? And for the next 30 mn?
    For the rest of the year? Trying to analyze “digital transformation services” in a way that is both meaningful and useful to our audiences. In the next 30 minutes? Deciding which biscuit to have with my cuppa
  1. Is there another analyst whose work you rate highly?
    I have a lot of respect for William Fellows, who I have the pleasure of working with at 451 – he is an individual with an encyclopedic knowledge of the cloud industry. Other analysts that I find to be both creative and engaging in the way they work are Kate Hanaghan, Bola Rotibi, and Jess Figueras.

 

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Around Tim Jennings from Ovum in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Tim Jennings, (LinkedIn, @tjennings) Chief Research Officer and Research Fellow at Ovum (@ovum, see related posts)

1. What are your coverage areas?Ovum Tim Jennings
As Chief Research Officer at Ovum, my focus is less on a specific topic, and more on how technology overall is being applied to create business value. That said, I need to keep abreast of all the hot topics, and be able to hold vaguely sensible conversations on anything from converged infrastructure to customer experience. If I was to pick the coverage area that I enjoy most, it would be BI and information management.

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IIAR Webinar – Why Peer Review Sites Matter: Influence and the digital buyer

G2 CrowdWhy Peer Review Sites Matter: Influence and the digital buyer
Presented by Mike Fauscette (LinkedIn, @mfauscette), Chief Research Officer at G2 Crowd.

When: Wednesday 25th May 2016
Time: 0700 PST/ 1400 BST/ 1500 CEST

The Internet and mobile technologies have changed the way people interact and created a population that is always on and always connected. This new connectivity and interaction patterns have opened up many new business innovation and opportunities, but at the same time has led to behavioral changes that are creating frictions and unmet expectations among employees, partners and customers/prospects. For many companies this manifests as a “sales” problem but is, in fact a buyer behavioral “problem”. Buyers are looking to new sources of information, sharing past experiences and in general influenced in new ways and by different I information sources. Continue Reading →

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Around Anthony Mullen from Gartner in 10 questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Anthony Mullen  from Gartner (@gartner, see related posts). Anthony ( LinkedIn, @ant_mull) recently joined Gartner and was previously with Forrester. Last year while working in a data science consultancy, Anthony conceived of and ran a piece of R&D work that developed the worlds first richAnthony Mullen segmentation using wearable data. The work went on to develop propensity to buy predictions related to heart rate as well as dissecting what made for a good nights sleep.

 

  1. What are your coverage areas?
    I have two main streams that I’m working on. The first is macro trends and forecasting in the personal technologies space. The second is more horizontal research which covers topics like analytics, AI, IoT and the connected home. From a role point of view I often write for customer experience professionals, strategic planners and innovation teams.

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[Guest Post] AR Planning Doesn’t Have to be Like Nailing Jell-O to a Tree

By Vicki Jenkins / NelsonHall  (LinkedIn,  @VickiJ_NH)

With a background as both an analyst relations (AR) professional and an industry analyst, I have seen what happens on both sides of the fence, and communication between the two sides is not always straightforward. Hence, this is the first in a series of blogs for AR professionals containing tips and pointers on how to ensure that the AR/analyst relationship stays smooth. Topics will include briefing preparation and follow-up plans, promotion plans for report placement, and industry analyst days. As it’s that time of year, I’ll start by taking a look at AR planning.  Continue Reading →

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Do you need to pay Gartner to be in the Magic Quadrant?

It’s been interesting reading some of the recent posts and comments on Linkedin about Gartner and its supposed lack of independence.

I’ve been an AR professional for 15 years now and work for a variety of technology and telecoms companies (large and small). Some have Gartner contracts, some don’t.

I have never seen or heard of any evidence that says you can buy your way gartner-empty-magic-quadranton to a Magic Quadrant. Nor does the amount of money you spend influence where you appear on the MQ.

My personal experience supports that. I’ve had clients who spend a lot of money with Gartner fail to be included on an MQ (or be included but not where they wanted to be). I’ve had clients who spend no money with Gartner be included on an MQ – and in good positions. Continue Reading →

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Around Scott Liewehr from Digital Clarity Group in 10 questions

dcg-team-profiles-scott-liewehrToday we ask our probing questions of Scott Liewehr from Digital Clarity Group (@Just_Clarity, see related posts). Scott ( LinkedIn@sliewehr) is the founder and CEO of Digital Clarity Group, voted New Analyst Firm of the Year by IIAR in 2014.

 

1. What are your coverage areas?
Customer Experience Management, Digital Transformation, Service Providers (specifically digital agencies and SI’s), marketing and ecommerce technologies, vendor and service provider selection, content management technology. Continue Reading →

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German analyst firms: die große Konsolidierung

ISG buys Experton (IIAR)German consulting (and analyst) firm Experton (web, @expertongroup in German, seems they stopped tweeting in English back in 2013 @twitter.com/experton), founded by ex-Meta Group employees (including Andreas Zilch), falls to American ISG (web, @ISG_News).

With BARC and Berlecon in the CXP Group stable (including PAC), the German IT analysis market is now largely foreign owned with the exception of TechConsult (@techconsult_de,owned by media group Heise)

ISG also bought Saugatuck (web, @ISG_Insights), showing they believe scale is key in the research subscription business model.  Continue Reading →

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[GUEST POST] Do You Have a Digital Devil’s Advocate? You need one.

By Phil Hassey, CEO CapioIT (@PHassey, LinkedIn)Phil Hassey / CEO, capioIT (IIAR guest post)

Digital is truly transformational to an organizational ecosystem when it works, but it is increasingly runs the risk of significant corporate exposure and risk when it fails.  Unfortunately the failure of digital will lead to the reduction in innovation and down we spiral. No-one wins with that environment. Just ask Westfield/SCentre who had to completely alter their strategy for ticketless parking after capioIT identified major security issues in Nov. 2015 (Reference – Westfield may have a “Smarter Way to Park”, but the risk to individual privacy and security is not sma… http://wp.me/p15cZf-dy). Westfield simply was not in the position, or resourced the right individual to identify the unknown unknowns, or unintended consequences of the otherwise positive innovation of ticketless parking. Continue Reading →

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[GUEST POST] The mysterious HfS business model… revealed

By Phil Fersht (@pfersht, LinkedIn) from HfS (@HfSResearch).

SuperHfSMan

So how do you build a business where not a lot of people understand how you make money and many assume you’re a not-for-profit that provides the industry with free research?

The answer is simple: flood the market with a daily dose of insight and have everyone feel part of what you are doing.  Make your information company open, social and collaborative; make everyone feel like they are a “client”, even when they are not. Make people want to spend time reading your stuff and also invite them to weigh in with their views and opinions. Continue Reading →

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Who’s really shaping the digital future?

Professor Neil Pollock (Linkedin, @neilpollock) looks at the role industry analysts play in creating today’s markets and asks: Who is shaping this dynamic digital world?…

Neil Pollock IIAR

The words digital economy conjure images of young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs breaking molds in a world where technology is disruptive. But could the reality be much more mundane and mercantile? Continue Reading →

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[GUEST POST] The Truth About Freemium Research

By Paul Connolly (@Paul_NH, LinkedIn) from Nelson Hall (@NHInsight).

For over a decade, freemium has been the ubiquitous business model for fledgling internet firms and the developers of smartphone apps. Users sign up for free to enable basic features, and are then drawn into subscribing to various levels of premium functionality. More recently, the freemium model has been the subject of considerable attention in the B2B market research space, with some rather extravagant claims and unsound thinking being used to herald it. Let’s have a closer look. Continue Reading →

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Around Dan Bieler from Forrester in 10 questions

16zu9 Dan Bieler, Forrester ResearchToday we ask our probing questions of Dan Bieler from Forrester. Dan (Linkedin@DSBieler) was runner up in this years IIAR Analyst of the Year for 2015 as voted by analyst relations professionals

 

1. What are your coverage areas?

Key focus areas include customer engagement strategies, the mobile mind shift, and digital transformation. Continue Reading →

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Around Errol Rasit from Gartner in 10 Questions

Today we ask our probing questions of Errol Rasit from Gartner. Errol (Linkedin@ErrolRasit) was runner up in this years IIAR Analyst of the Year for 2015 as voted by analyst relations professionals.

1. What are your coverage areas?Errol Rasit / Gartner for the IIAR Around 10 Questions series

I typically describe my coverage as all things in the data center that you can kick, not that I would advise it. Percussive maintenance is not a first option! This translates to servers, storage, integrated systems, Hyperconvergence, and a special interest in in-memory computing. I also run a global team of analyst who specialize in Data Center Infrastructure technologies. We focus on both technology provider and end-user advice. Continue Reading →

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Around Ray Wang in 10 questions (redux)

Ray WangToday we ask our 10 probing questions of Ray Wang from Constellation. Ray (Linkedin@rwang0) was runner up in this years IIAR Analyst of the Year for 2015 as voted by analyst relations professionals.

1. What are your coverage areas?

Digital transformation, disrupting technologies, service providers transition, cloud bill of rights, vendor selection, software licensing and pricing. Continue Reading →

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