Posted on Tuesday 4th March 2014 by Simon Jones
It’s big, and it’s just around the corner – it’s CeBIT time again. For AR professionals attending the show, the IIAR has put together a new paper sharing expert tips, both from ARs and analysts, on how to best use CeBIT to connect with and build relationships with analysts. This is available free of charge in our IIAR Members Area.
Even though CeBIT looms large – many vendors begin media briefings in Hanover on Sunday – both ARs and analysts also agree that it is still possible to set up meetings at short notice. However, CeBIT is not the place to expose analysts to a full-on deep dives into a new or revised strategy. See the white paper (link, membership required) to learn more about what leading Forrester analyst Pascal Matzke (LinkedIn, bio, @pascalmatzke) recommends for AR professionals. Continue reading
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Posted on Monday 14th October 2013 by peggyoneilliiar
I just survived Gartner Symposium in Orlando and as part of my regular post mortem, I analyze what went well and what I can do to improve the experience next year. A critical player for me this week is my Gartner salesperson, which got me thinking about how many AR managers neglect this key participant in their program.
Analyst firm salespeople are unsung heroes in the AR world because AR managers tend to overly focus on our analysts and overlook these useful resources. I remember one year when I was at Oracle OpenWorld, I took out my account execs for dinner one evening – no analysts, only my key salespeople from the major firms to a fun dinner as a thank you and hosted them, as usually it’s the salesperson hosting us. This was years ago so hopefully things have gotten better out there, but I was saddened when one of my account execs said it was the first time he saw an AR manager do something special for sales rather than for an analyst. Continue reading
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Posted on Monday 2nd September 2013 by Ludovic Leforestier
Whilst public relations and marketing are mainstream in commercial companies, most analyst relations (AR) professionals are often at pain to describe their role.
AR is a relatively new discipline, tracing its origins in the last 15-20 years when a handful of very large ICT firms institutionalised a function to handle consultants and analysts relation. Nowadays all major technology vendors and services players have established sizeable analyst relations (AR) departments –50 to hundred strong for mega-vendors such as IBM or HP. Its raison d’être is to liaise with industry analysts, providing them a single point of contact and managing the relationship between them and the suppliers. Continue reading
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Posted on Tuesday 20th August 2013 by carolinedennington
With the Summer coming to an end in Europe (boo!), it is time to start thinking about heading off to Orlando (6-10 October) and/or Barcelona (10-14 November) for the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.
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Posted on Sunday 16th June 2013 by carolinedennington
Owing to technical issues, the Best Practices in Measurement webinar will be rescheduled to a date in July.
The IIAR would like to extend its apologies to those who tried to join the session today and also to the session moderator, Rebecca Bergman, Analyst Relations Manager at Digital Reality and David Taylor, author of the new IIAR Best Practice Paper in Measurement.
A copy of the paper can be found at https://my.huddle.net/workspaces/7600790/files/23495251.
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Posted on Friday 17th May 2013 by Ludovic Leforestier
Measurement is one of the issues most often raised by AR professionals. A new IIAR Best Practice Paper by David Taylor has just been released. We will be hosting a Best Practice Webinar on the subject on the
20th June 11th July 2013.
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Posted on Friday 10th May 2013 by Ludovic Leforestier
One of the main issues of AR professionals is often the lack of focus or the wrong priorities for their AR programme. The latest IIAR Best Practice Paper has just been released and covers this aspect. The AR Compass is a framework to uncover business goals and align your AR programme to those goals. During this call, we’ll detail this framework and explain how to leverage it for your benefit. Continue reading
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Posted on Friday 3rd May 2013 by peggyoneilliiar
By Peggy O’Neill, AR Director / Informatica (LinkedIn).
It happens to the best of us. Your analyst relations program is humming along nicely – your analysts are behaving, your internal constituents under control – when one day, wham! You get a call from one of your SVPs sharing some exciting news! Joe Analyst, one of your company’s key advocates, has now joined your company.
AR managers will inevitably grapple with this scenario as analysts migrate to vendors often. Informatica took out two high profile analysts last year and I’ve experienced this at previous employers too. AR managers can expect certain behaviors when an analyst who used to cover your company comes inside, so your best bet is to prepare for when that day hits and take full advantage of the opportunity. Continue reading
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Posted on Tuesday 30th April 2013 by dick4sanchez
By John Simons (@JohnSimonds, LinkedIn),originally posted here a year ago. It’s vintage and all the better!
Recently, I’ve done joint announcements with Oracle, SAP, HP, Tibco, Software AG and HP. As you can imagine, I’ve had varying relationships with each and I’m happy to report that the state of the A/R industry is good and that we can work together.
When I was in PR, it was cat fight supreme with territorial ism and turf wars. Most of the announcements I did with these companies when in Analyst Relations didn’t have that element. For the most part, the announcements were about standards, not products. So that went a long way towards working together. Still, if you include IBM, the companies I’ve named here aren’t known for being best buddies.
As and aside, I can say that the executives (who can be the source of most problems) all worked towards the cause of the best briefing possible. Continue reading
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Posted on Thursday 14th March 2013 by David R
Blog courtesy of: Simon Levin (IIAR Board Member), Managing Director at The Skills Connection
David Rossiter (IIAR UK Chapter), Director at Sunesis Analyst Relations
The London Forum started with a best practices roundtable chaired by IIAR Board Member Caroline Dennington (@CDennington
) and one of the IIAR UK Chapter Leads David Rossiter (@davidrossiter
) on sponsoring analyst events. One of the many issues covered circled around the ROI of sponsorship packages vs. simple hospitality. Continue reading
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