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Why do you need AR when you have PR?

I’m often asked why vendors should invest into analyst relations (AR) when there’s already a fully-fledged media relations (PR) team? To many analysts and AR pros, this may sound like an odd question, after all would you ask an electrician to install your plumbing? However, I’ve observed many times in large corporations a trend for …

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Four ways analysts must respond to the crisis

The IIAR’s developing discussion on the crisis in AR (reflected by analysts’ declining comfort in recommending solutions) took interesting turn recently. In the the institute’s second conference call on the topic, I was asked to spell out suggestions for how analysts can reverse the falling quality of information sharing by vendors, which is the root cause of analysts’ lowering confidence. These are my four suggestions.

[GUEST POST] An Analyst’s Take on the Crisis in AR by Saverio Romeo / Frost & Sullivan

A New Approach to Market Analysis for the Evolving Mobile Communications Industry  An argument in favour of multi-disciplinary analysts By: Saverio Romeo, Frost  The mobile communications industry has been infrastructure-centric for a long time. The core has been the network. The value added has been the services offered on this network. For many years, voice …

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[GUEST POST] So Where AR You Going? – part 1

I first encountered the heady world of AR in 1997 as a lowly account executive. The PR agency I worked for, Text 100, was the main agency for Microsoft in Europe. It had a very, very small AR programme which was passed around and found its way to me. That’s where my AR journey began. As the AR profession has matured, the question of where AR as a career is going is a serious one that merits consideration.

Gartner Wields the Most Influential Influencers, Peers, Not Analysts

A Glimpse into Peer Connect Every AR person knows that many of the most influential analysts in the information technology industry work at Gartner.  But analysts are not the most influential influencers out there, peers are – IT buyers and practitioners most trust the insights of other IT buyers and practitioners who have been through …

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[GUEST POST] Trends: Influencers Aspire For Market Maker Status by Ray Wang / Constellation

The Bottom Line: Influencers Who Adopt Multiple Influencer Types Emerge As Market Makers

Market makers create tremendous influence in the market. Today’s savvy influencers adopt multiple influencer types to gain market maker status. A true market maker will master at least four influencer types. For example, some industry analysts earn market maker status by authoring books, writing for media publications, facilitating peer to peer sessions, delivering training, advising clients via consulting, keynoting events, and partnering with academia. Management consultants who author books, gain a column on a blog such as Forbes, and run focused events achieve market maker status. Blogger media moguls who write industry analyst reports, lead training sessions, and speak at events gain market maker status. Expect legacy models to be blown up as new firms of market makers emerge and continue the disinter-mediation of the influencer market.

Proteiform Analystus -the multichannel dilemna for IT analysis firms in the socmed era

I was reading Merv’s post on Analysts Don’t List Themselves on Social Media « Merv’s Market Strategies for IT Suppliers and it coiincidentally resonated with a conversation I was having this week with an account manager at an IT analysis research form. Merv’s point that twitter handles and blogs are not listed on analyst bios raises …

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[GUEST POST] Analyst Relations Basics – part three

Level 3 part 1: How Vendors Leverage Analyst Subscriptions
EFFECTIVE ANALYST RELATIONS REQUIRES SUBSCRIPTIONS. There, I’ve said it. In capitals. Feel free to disagree with me, but please allow me to explain where I’m coming from…
In the world of ICT, analysts are a unique influencer, not only do they interact with multiple audiences, but also, in many cases, it is possible to pay to have access to their research and, with certain firms to the analysts themselves, through an analyst subscription.