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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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The 3 analysts: cheerleader, amplifier, naysayer, illustration for blog post by Jonathon Gordon / EMI on the IIAR website

[GUEST POST] Industry Analysts can be Influencers, Supporters or Antagonists

Industry Analysts – Love ’em or hate ’em, but ignore them at your peril Industry Analysts range from the boutique one-man band to the behemoth Gartner.  Industry Analyst firms exist to fill a gap in the market – namely providing expertise in a particular field, so decision-making becomes easier.  That’s the theory anyway, the reality …

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IIAR Discussion – Negotiating with Gartner – 22nd Jan 15

What – IIAR Discussion Group – Negotiating your Contract with Gartner When – Thursday the 22nd January 2015 @ 4pm GMT, 5pm CET, 12 Noon – New York Where – IIAR Webinar Who: Discussion initiated and will be chaired by Aniruddho Mukherjee (Head of AR and Branding Manager, Europe for HCL Technologies) Register Here – To attend please …

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IIAR Discussion – Negotiating your Analyst Firm Contract – 31st Oct 14

What – IIAR Discussion Group – Negotiating your Analyst Firm Contract (aka – Negotiating with Gartner) When – Friday the 31st October 2014 @ 4pm GMT, 5pm CET, 12 Noon – New York Where – IIAR Webinar Register Here – To attend please REGISTER <<HERE>>, now Successfully negotiating your contract with analyst firms and gaining best …

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The Gartner Godfather, illustration from the 1972 movie for a blog post by Jonathon Gordon / EMI on Gartner on the IIAR website

[GUEST POST] Analysts’ Dirty Little Secrets

NetScout is crying foul against Gartner. The NetScout lawsuit against Gartner has raised the ‘pay-for-play’ specter once again. Whether this is a case of a vendor just peeved at their spot on the GMQ or they have a legitimate grievance, I am not in a position to judge Whether NetScout will be successful with their …

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Click to tweet - illustration on post by Jonathon Gordon / EMI on the IIAR blog

[GUEST POST] Analyst value does not equal word count

Yesterday I was reading a thread (here) on the IIAR (Institute of Industry Analyst Relations) LinkedIn group regarding Analysts’ adoption/use of social media and it got me to thinking.. It was claimed that the CIO did not see social media as an ‘appropriate source’ of analyst information. Maybe it’s because the analysts themselves have conditioned …

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[GUEST POST] The importance of business ethics

Originally posted by Bram Weerts from KEA on BramWeerts.com: Non-Academic Views. On the 5th of March, the IIAR (The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations) will hold a panel that will discuss what the ethical standards should be across the analyst industry. Kind  as they are at the IIAR, they have invited me to take place …

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