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    Your pitch to analysts isn’t just about your solution

    Your pitch to analysts isn’t just about your solution

    In pitches to analysts, there are many conversations going on. At one level, there’s a communication about the business solution. There’s also a conversation about the wider market and about the personal credibility of the participants. Sometimes the slides used in pitches are just excuses for the interaction. The slides are used to assess both the market vision of the firm and the […]

    KPMG pushes out 451 in 2017 Strategy Analyst Firm Awards

    KPMG pushes out 451 in 2017 Strategy Analyst Firm Awards

    For the strategic heavy lifting, executives are reaching out to a very wide range of advisors. Gartner heads up the list when we look at the Analyst Value Survey data to find the analyst firms most valued by people who work on strategy. It creates almost 19% of all the value being produced by analyst services around strategy (If CEB, […]

    Save the date for our Analyst Firm Awards

    Save the date for our Analyst Firm Awards

    This year we’re publishing our analyst firm awards more or less monthly. Please put the dates in your diary. If you’re a subscriber to the Analyst Firm Awards, you can also access a webinar for each of these events, held on the final Thursday or each month. January – Global January 18 – Outstanding reports February 17 – Strategy March 15 – Internet […]

    IDC could flourish after IDG’s sale to Chinese consortium

    IDC could flourish after IDG’s sale to Chinese consortium

    As we predicted in our April Fool’s Joke last year, IDC has been sold as part of a Chinese-led purchase that leaves CEO Kirk Campbell at the helm. IDG Capital will take control of the IDG Ventures; China Oceanwide will control IDG and most of IDC, and an independent trustee will take control of IDC’s High Performance Computing (HPC) practice, […]

    Kea Company acquires UK analyst relations consultancy Active Influence

    Kea Company acquires UK analyst relations consultancy Active Influence

    Merger consolidates Kea Company’s position as world’s largest analyst relations consultancy January 19, 2017. London — Kea Company, the world’s largest analyst relations consultancy, today completed its acquisition of Active Influence. Founded in 2010, Active Influence has helped many of the world’s largest technology companies to gain measurable business benefit from their relationships with analyst firms. Founder Richard East has become […]

Portland’s tech startup community – Startupalooza [Startup Saturday]

rocket-for-startups.jpgLast Saturday I attended one of the events coordinated by Portland’s vibrant startup tech community and encountered entrepreneurs, executives, bloggers, analysts, and consultants.  Startupalooza (link) is one of the various ways that social media is helping to bring people together.  Organized through the web this event had capped the attendance at 200 people due to space limitations, but had an additional 67 people on the waiting list.  Its goal was to provide a live networking opportunity as well as a forum for presenting ideas.  Many of the attendees had their twitter addresses on their name badges.

Among the presenters were executives from Jive Software to explain their successful startup process.  They understand the influence of the analysts and have dedicated resources to an AR program.  You will note that we blogged about Sam Lawrence’sAnalyst Report card” which certainly raised their visibility.

You can link to the descriptions of the various presentations, but I would like to point out an example of one that could significantly benefit from more analyst exposure.

 I want Sandy is a personal email assistant that reminds you of tasks, appointments, and concepts you wanted to recall.  It integrates with Outlook, sends you a morning digest, and maintains reminders by whatever email methods you use including your phone or blackberry.  Their service is free to individuals with a business model aiming toward corporate use.  A strong connection with the right analysts could promote its use in the large corporations as they consult with those analysts about email upgrades.  As a small startup they don’t have the resources to conduct a full AR program, but analysts have a significant influence in the implementation process of IT for large companies.  Some well placed connections would have impact on future revenues.

Remember, you do not have to be a client to brief the analysts and information is your best currency.  If you can create buzz about new concepts and get the discussion going you have a chance at category creation. Also, don’t forget that there are “bite sized” AR services available to help startups with entry level analyst outreach.

SageCircle Technique

  • As always, determine the best analyst list based on rank and tier in your marketplace
  • Focus on analysts that are seeking new technology or cool innovations
  • Determine the related analysts that use social media, especially blogs
  • Arrange briefings and then conduct them using web technologies
  • Attempt to meet analysts at their conferences and social events

 Bottom Line: SageCircle research continues to show that analysts have a significant influence on the IT buyer decisions.  Startups hoping to enter new spaces will need to create awareness with appropriate analysts so that they may be considered for future corporate purchases.

 Question:

 Startups – What attempts have you made to brief the analysts? What results have you found?

 Analysts -What advice would you offer startups on how to communicate with you to provide a briefing?

How SageCircle can Help: If you need advice about how to build awareness and relationships with analysts, check out SageCircle’s two-hour and five-hour advisory paks. The advisory paks are easy to setup and pay for via credit card. We can help you by: 

  • Reviewing your briefing plans and presentations
  • Suggesting analyst lists
  • Suggesting tactics and providing best practices for using other forms of social media

For more information, visit our website or contact us at sales [at] sagecircle dot com or 650-274-8309.

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