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    Webinar: Survey shows new risks for analyst relations

    Webinar: Survey shows new risks for analyst relations

    A first glance at the Analyst Value Survey shows new risks emerging for analyst relations professionals. We’re hosting a webinar on November 30 to hear how leading AR professionals are responding to them, and what the best practice is for your analyst relations program. Three risks stand out massively. First, there a big gap between the firms that vendors think […]

    Vendors’ five key thoughts about analyst firms

    Vendors’ five key thoughts about analyst firms

    Five things stand out from vendors’ responses to a survey we conducted after our Analyst Relations roundtable at the English Speaking Union. Analysts (including analysts who call themselves consultants or advisors) are often thought to have bias, especially if most of their revenue comes from vendors. Sometimes the effort put into staying informed makes analysts seem very process-driven but less […]

    Join us for the Forum in San José on November 17

    Join us for the Forum in San José on November 17

    Should someone you know be at the year’s most important discussion on analyst relations? We’ll be at the free ARchitect User Forum 2016 in San José, CA, on November 17. Professionals from industry leaders will introduce the sessions: Lopez Research, Digital transformation; IBM, AR in large organizations; Cognizant, Managing analyst events;  Capgemini, AR knowledge management; Wipro, Intelligence-driven relationships; and ARinsights, AR […]

    Take the 2016/17 Analyst Value Survey

    Take the 2016/17 Analyst Value Survey

    The Analyst Value Survey is open! Each year several hundred users of analyst research tell us which analyst firms they use, and which are most valuable. In exchange, they get access to our results webinar, where they discover which firms are delivering the most value in key market segments. You can take part too. Go to AnalystValueSurvey.com and click on […]

    Guess Who’s Looking for Top Talent in Analyst Relations?

    Guess Who’s Looking for Top Talent in Analyst Relations?

    Looking for a new direction in your Analyst Relations career? October is a time when new opportunities pop up in the field. From IBM to Google, we gathered the top US Analyst Relations firms with vacancies needing to be filled. If you’d like to learn more about the opportunity and to schedule an interview, contact these firms directly. However, if […]

For PR — Analysts can be a great sounding board for your PR campaigns

A good PR campaign consumes significant resources in time, money, and creative energy.  With today’s limited resources it makes a lot of sense to test out a campaign early in the process to ensure that it will meet its goals.

Analysts have a unique ear to the market, your customers, and your competitors.  They have seen the hype, FUD, programs, practices and other campaigns that work and those that fail. Frequently they have strong relationships with the press as go-to resources for quotes and story background.  Given a strong personal relationship with your AR managers they can be an incredible sounding board under non-disclosure.  By reviewing your plans in the early draft stages they can guide you in better addressing the changing market and avoid sounding like a “me too” repetition of your competition. 

SageCircle Technique:  The key element to successfully using the analysts to review PR plans is in the selection of the analyst.  AR managers know the backgrounds and fields of expertise for the key analysts.  They have previously established personal relationships which include knowledge of which analysts can be trusted and also know the market this campaign will address. 

An action plan might include:

  • Create a simple document with the campaign objectives and rough timelines that can be shared with the AR Managers and selected analysts
  • Have the AR Manager recommended several trusted analysts and provide you background information
  • Schedule an inquiry with selected analysts – this should be done in conjunction with the AR Manager to ensure compliance with any contract terms
  • The inquiry should begin with a very brief review of the plans, followed by open dialog.  You are not briefing the analyst, but seeking their opinion.  Listen carefully to questions and areas of push-back
  • Plan additional inquiry interactions as the campaign develops.

Using inquiry to ask analysts about their opinion is commonplace, but establishing an ongoing relationship for a campaign is not frequently done by PR.  While you don’t have to accept everything they say, reviewing plans under non-disclosure creates a personal buy-in to your work.  More importantly, they can provide feedback on plans that are misguided, incomplete, or off target for the market.  Allowing them candor can save you valuable resources.

In the end analysts that have contributed are also more likely to endorse you in the form of positive commentary, press quotes, or published research – this is a powerful ROI for letting the analysts be part of your team. 

Bottom Line: As a client of the analyst firm you have inquiry privileges that can be used to gain opinions on your marketing plans.  An ongoing set of interactions with key analysts develops the relationship and can result in many favorable outcomes – including a more effective campaign.

Question: PR Managers – Have you ever called an analyst to get campaign feedback? AR Managers – Are you working with your PR teams to understand their needs and offer potential assistance?

Analysts – What benefits do you gain by working with PR teams? 

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  1. […] #2 – Earlier briefings about upcoming announcements. Too many vendors brief analysts only a couple weeks in advance when everything is set in stone. With enough notice the analysts can provide feedback that might be acted upon to improve the announcement. (see the posting Analysts can be a great sounding board for your PR campaigns) […]

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