Ludovic Leforestier

Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovic and LinkedIn) is a recognised thought leader in influencer and analyst relations. He has over 20 years of hands-on analyst relations experience with the very best AR teams such as Oracle and IBM and has built two world-class analyst & influencer relations departments at management firm BearingPoint and AdTech leader Criteo. At BearingPoint, he also led the launch and development of the BearingPoint Institute. He has co-founded the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR>) and is currently serving as one of its Board Members. He is the founder of Starsight Communications, a dedicated AR agency.

IIAR London Forum: Best Practice followed by NelsonHall: Getting the Message Out in a Post-Truth World

As 2017 is shaping up to be a Tectonic Year when it comes to Analyst Relations the IIAR will be holding a London Forum on April 27th and on the evergreen topic of AR Best Practice, IIAR members are invited to share and debate best practice relating to Analyst Relations, Ludovic Leforestier (LinkedIn, @lludovic), will moderate …

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BREAKING: Gartner gobbles brand benchmarking agency L2

2017 is definitely a a tectonic year for influencer relations: after expanding to other functions with the CEB purchase, Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) announced it bought L2, a brand benchmarking agency cum research company founded by Scott Galloway. This further reinforces its capabilities in marketing and digital, a segment coveted by rival Forrester (NASDAQ:FORR). As IT expenditure moves to business …

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Gartner acquisitions: META, AMR, Burton, Ideas, Software Advice, Captera, SCM World

2017, a tectonic year for influencer relations? A world post Gartner + CEB and IDC sold

This January feels like our IIAR April Fool posts came early. After Gartner gobbling the largest peer-to-peer advisory firm CEB (Corporate Advisory Firm) for a cool USD 3.3 billions (2.6b in cash and stock plus 700m debt), the long awaited and many times postponed sellout of IDG, the parent company of IDC, happened yesterday. Those two deals are nothing less …

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Constellation and the curse of the (not so) magic quadrant

At the beginning, the intent was pure. Industry analysts, more specifically the buy-side “prescribers” exist to help technology buyers (often referred to as end-users) select the best vendors and providers. They gather insights through public and private sources such as (semi-)private vendor briefings and conversations (inquiries) with their end-user subscribers. Some analysts take hundreds of briefings and inquiries …

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Don’t tell my mother I work in AR, she believes I’m a pianist…

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 …

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