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Feeling the pinch in your negotiation with Forrester on your subscription contract?Do you feel comfortable in buying the multiple seats being pushed your way? Is Forrester covering the technology and business areas that are important for you? You’re not alone – many of your peers and IIAR members have commented (see the IIAR Tragic Quadrant 2017)
Forrester seems to force sell multiple seats, TEIs etc during renewals. Forrester analysts may be amongst the top IIAR Analyst of the Year 2017 but is Forrester seeing an exodus of top talent? As per the IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2017 survey, AR professionals mentioned that they felt a flip flop in Forrester’s focus on various key topics and verticals. Also the research subscription costs seem to be increasing at 10-20% yoy. They also felt that while Forrester had some great visualisation of data BUT insights were focused on niche topics like Customer Experience, Business Technology, Software and Marketing. Many Wave’s have not been renewed while others are renewed in an irregular cycle.
In past 2 years, Forrester has invested in its Consulting Practice and has been advising many end users on sourcing and business strategy. As per the IIAR Analyst Firm of the Year 2017 survey, AR professionals mentioned a lack of transparency with vendor firms on the ways of working between Forrester analysts and Forrester Consulting.
Building on our previous conversations (see links below), the IIAR will host an in-depth discussion with IIAR members, looking at Forrester’s commercial practices and explore potential solutions.
Date: 26th April 2018
Location: Webinar > REGISTER here
London based member can attend in person > pls fill in form below (Holborn).
Time: 1600pm GMT / 1700pm CET / 0700 PDT / 1000 EDT
Held under Chatham House Rule the discussion will be chaired by Aniruddho Mukherjee (@aniruddho, LinkedIn), IIAR UK Co-Lead and Head of AR and Branding, Europe for HCL Technologies) and Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovic, LinkedIn, IIAR co-founder and Director Influencer Relations at Criteo).
Of course, by attending you will not only have the opportunity to give your knowledge and opinions but also gain from that of others and have the advantage to submit questions directly. Let us have a lively discussion, the more of you that join in the better, so please don’t forget to REGISTER. Attending IIAR Events is free and restricted to AR professionals active members of the IIAR. So if you work at an analyst firm, we request you save yourself some time, have a beer and chill.
IIAR will act as channel for anonymised and aggregated IIAR Member feedback to Industry Analyst firms. This is to provide an opportunity for Industry Analyst firms to present their responses to ensure balanced view of the topic being discussed and help the industry effectively address the issues raised.
IIAR Discussion Group: negotiating with IDC – 27th March 2018
IIAR Discussion Group: Negotiating with Gartner – 15th Feb 2018
IIAR Discussion – Negotiating with Gartner – 3rd Nov 2016
IIAR Discussion – Negotiating with Gartner – 22nd Jan 15
IIAR Discussion – Negotiating your Analyst Firm Contract – 31st Oct 14
A few years ago, I transitioned from an AR Practitioner to an Analyst & Advisor Practitioner and have met a few others like me. I have also met Analyst Relations professionals who have been thinking about transitioning to Sourcing Advisor Relations (SAR). To discuss the SAR role in more detail, Ed Gyurko (LinkedIn, @edgyurko) and I created the IIAR SAR Workgroup. I hosted a roundtable webinar and this blog is a summation of that webinar.
A new breed of (Sourcing Advisor Relations) SAR is emerging, whose job resembles that of a solutions broker. To succeed, a new skill-set is needed. For analyst relations professionals, the gap is widening and it’s becoming harder simply to move over into Advisor Relations.
As we’ve heard from many sources, the big deal is dead. Buyers have been buying for some time and have become mature, relying less on advisors to assist them with the “big deals”. Continue Reading →
With profound and rapid changes taking place in the Outsourcing Services industry, what does the present and future look like for the sourcing advisory firms and those executives who manage relations with advisors. ISG estimates 30+ new Advisor Relations positions for 2018. One of the feeding grounds for Advisor Relations is Analyst Relations. Roles are morphing into “Influencer Relations” positions.
To this end, IIAR (International Institute of Analyst Relations) has created a Sourcing Advisory Relations (SAR) Working Group, led by Wendy Shlensky / VP Analyst and Advisor Relations, HGS (LinkedIn, @WLS26) and Ed Gyurko (LinkedIn, @edgyurko). The goal of this workgroup is to provide education and networking for analyst & advisor relations professionals. Continue Reading →
The result of IIAR Analyst Professionals and Teams of the Year 2017 was announced in the IIAR summer party in July. Join an IIAR Webinar discussing the survey and more fine-grained results about analysts’ changing perceptions of the AR Professional role on the 28th Sept at 1600 BST. Continue Reading →
IDC is usually one of the better analyst houses I encounter. They usually show tight co-ordination amongst their end-user practices, and reach out and access their client and subscriber database across over 10,000 IT decision-maker professionals (and counting). So, in mid-2017, what’s changed at IDC? And how are they handling organisational change since their change of ownership, earlier this year? These were just some of the questions posed by Industry Analyst Relations professionals at a recent IIAR webinar and networking session with…
Dan Timberlake (UK&I MD, VP Sales, EMEA), Tom Meyer (GVP Research EMEA, @tomtxt), and Mathew Heath (EMEA Marketing Director, himself the brains behind the always-entertaining @IDC_EMEA account).
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Two years ago, in 2015, we produced the first IIAR Tragic Quadrant. It was met with much enthusiasm and comment, thus we have decided to repeat the exercise once again this year. Below we present the Tragic Quadrant for 2017. The Tragic Quadrant is compiled from data collected as part of the 2016 IIAR Analyst of the Year Survey, where, annually, we invite analyst relations professionals to rate individual industry analyst and the firms they work for. This year more than 100 different individual organisations responded to our survey. We were interested to see if we could do further analysis on the data that was collected.
In producing the Tragic Quadrant what we sought to do was to rank analyst firms according to three criteria. We chose these criteria because this is what the IIAR survey asks respondents to assess:
- Impact: The Y axis depicts the ‘Impact’ of the industry analyst firm on the purchase decision. This also relates to their perceived credibility and capability to provide an objective opinion.
- Relevance: The X axis marks their ‘Relevance’ for the purchase decision. This means their capability to cover the market and their specific geographical allocation. It also includes public recognition of their presence in the market (e.g. as an expert).
- Interaction: The size of the bubble is ‘Interaction’. This relates to issues of communication (e.g. how easy is it to get to them and to talk to them).
What better way to kick off the start of the new year than a “How to Guide” for Getting Started in Analyst Relations.
Lyn Fariello, (LinkedIn, @) will talk through everything you need to know from the practical aspects of managing a briefing and analyst evaluation through to the strategic aspects like identifying and managing stakeholders, key targets and planning.
This new IIAR Best Practices Paper will be resented by Susan Galer (@smgaler, LinkedIn) in an IIAR Webinar moderated by Ludovic Leforestier ( LinkedIn @lludovic), Bearing Point and IIAR Board, this how-to webinar is designed to go beyond textbook best practices, providing step-by- step techniques you can put in place immediately to:
- cut through the noise and determine which analysts really matter to your company
- forge ahead even when you don’t have a business plan from internal stakeholders
- match your organization’s objectives to the analyst’s true scope of influence
- answer hard questions to bridge the gap between expectations and reality
451 Research has been growing rapidly over the past few years, with an analyst team of 120+ and a diversified set of data-driven research services. James Stanton, (@stantonibus, LinkedIn), SVP Marketing will provide an overview of the company. He will be accompanied by William Fellows, VP and Founder of 451, (@wif, LinkedIn) and Penny Jones, (@PennyJones451, LinkedIn), a Senior Analyst focused on European Services who will provide an overview of her coverage area and help answer questions on how best to engage the 451 Analyst team.
Why Peer Review Sites Matter: Influence and the digital buyer
Presented by Mike Fauscette (LinkedIn, @mfauscette), Chief Research Officer at G2 Crowd.
Moderated by Ludovic Leforestier ( LinkedIn @lludovic), BearingPoint and IIAR Board
When: Thursday 22 September 2016
Time: 0800 PST/ 1100 EDT/ 1630 BST/ 1730 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 →
Companies that do strategic AR understand how to get the most out of their analyst relationships. They are also confident and can articulate their vision and roadmap, and can plan their analyst interactions accordingly. But they’re not so confident that they think they can’t learn anything from analysts.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Analyst Relations is that you need megabucks or unlimited budgets in order to succeed. Of course, having the financial muscle to engage with analysts will ultimately get you further – and help drive deeper relationships with your Tier One analysts, but you can also do it on a budget. Continue Reading →
Announcing an IIAR Webinar on 23rd April at 1600 UK, (1700 CET, 1100 ET, 0800 PT) during which Laurent Calot, CEO of CXP Group (includes PAC and BARC) will update IIAR members of the progress since acquisition and his views on European research firms in the global ecosystem.
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Following the Progressive Digital Media Group’s acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc in July 2014, Simon Pyper (CEO Progressive Digital Media Group) and key members of his team, kindly agreed to provide a Webinar for IIAR Members. This well attended webinar took place on the 5th September and provided a great overview of their combined strategy, synergy and strengths the two companies are now able to offer their blue-chip customer base, through expanding its premium subscription based services into global markets.
The webinar was led by Ludovic Leforestier (AR Director at BearingPoint and IIAR Board Member) who was joined by:
The webinar presentation and recording are now available (for IIAR Members) <<here>>
We’ll hold a webinar to discuss our latest IIAR Best Practice Paper: Analyst Relations and Industry Analysts –The 7+7+7 Golden Rules of Engagement byLudovic Leforestier & Caroline Dennington
Date: September 11th, 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5pm CET, 11am EST, 8am PST
Location: IIAR Webinar – Register here
AR Pros and the Industry Analysts work on the basis of undocumented principles – principles that sometimes get broken or abused and then what do you do? This webinar will look at the types of analysts AR Pros come across on a daily basis and how to engage with them. Questions such as whether there is a secret recipe on how to build trust? – When should you be transparent? – Should analysts be afforded preferential treatment? – And does NDA really mean, NDA? – will be addressed along with many other frustrations we all face in the world of AR. Oh yes, there is also a section on ‘Divas’! Continue Reading →
Subject: IIAR – EMEA Service Providers AR Virtual Chapter
Date: 9th September 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5pm CET, 6pm EET
Location: IIAR Webinar
Lead: Maria Forss – Director, Industry Analyst & Media Relations at Tieto, Finland
This is the first meeting of the new “IIAR – EMEA Service Providers AR Virtual Chapter”. With an objective to hold meetings once every two months and bring together AR professionals from Service Provider companies across Europe with a varied agenda. The agenda for this meeting focuses on – Continue Reading →
IIAR Webinar: Progressive Digital Media Group Acquisition of CurrentAnalysis Inc.
Date: 1st August 2014
Time: 4pm BST, 5pm CET, 11am EST
Location: IIAR Webinar
There is renewed interest in the IIAR Certification programme with several members completing the certification test recently. This has highlighted the need to update the test questions, expand the range and ensure it is relevant to today’s AR community and market needs. We’re exploring how we can partner with Edinburgh University on the IIAR Certification programme required update and AR Training. Join our brainstorming on IIAR Training needs, facilitated by Edinburgh University training design experts Neil Pollock (LinkedIn, @neilpollock) and Gian Marco Campagnolo (@campagnolo_g) – read their profiles below, their expertise is unquestionable. You will be invited to name the 4 MOST IMPORTANT aspects that an “AR training programme should cover” – so come prepared. Continue Reading →