• Recent Posts: Influencer Relations

    Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

    Fersht: some IIAR award-winners “just tick the boxes”

    Some of the firms mentioned by the IIAR’s analyst team awards fall short of excellence. That’s the verdict of several hundred analysts who took our Analyst Attitude Survey, and of the CEO of one of the top analyst firms. Phil Fersht left the comment below on our criticism of the IIAR awards. We thought we’d reprint it together with the […]

    Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?

    Do the IIAR awards simply reward large firms?

    The 2016 Institute for Industry Analyst Relations’ awards seem to be rewarding firms for the scale of their analyst relations, rather than their quality. In a blog post on July 6th, the IIAR awarded IBM the status of best analyst relations teams, with Cisco, Dell and HP as runners-up. Together with Microsoft, which outsources much of its analyst relations to […]

    Unmaking fruit salad: 6 ways to help analysts segment markets

    Unmaking fruit salad: 6 ways to help analysts segment markets

     It’s a common challenge for providers: some new or fast-changing market contains very different solutions. Clients want either apples or oranges, but the analyst research reads more like fruit salad. As new solutions come into old markets, or as analysts try to squeeze hot new solutions into their less-exciting coverage areas, it’s increasingly hard for users of analyst research to make […]

    Control in Analyst Attitude Surveys

    Control in Analyst Attitude Surveys

    Because a lot of analysts take part in our Analyst Attitude Surveys, we are able to offer clients what we call a control group. In the language of research, a control group is a group of people who don’t get the treatment that we want to measure the effectiveness of. For example, most firms might be focussed on a top tier […]

    Time for a new direction in AR measurement?

    Time for a new direction in AR measurement?

    Worldwide, Analyst Relations teams are committed to fostering the best information exchange, experiences and trusted relationships with tightly-targetted global industry analysts and influencers. Sometimes the targeting is too narrow and analysts are treated inhumanly. However, the technology buying process is transforming and so must the benchmarking of analyst relationships. There’s already a long-term transformation of analyst relations. Over one-third of technology […]

Teradata’s Katherine Knowles talks about her broader focus on third party influencers

TeradataOne of the sharpest thinkers about analyst relations (AR) is Katherine Knowles, long time AR honcho for Teradata. When Teradata was spun off from NCR last fall, Katherine got an interesting new title: Director of Third-Party Influencers. One of the intriguing aspects of this change is how Katherine includes academics into the mix of influencers.

In the seven-minute podcast Third Party Influencers-Analysts, Academics and Consultants, Katherine explains why Teradata combined analysts, academics and consultants into one group. Katherine also describes and provides examples of the resultant synergies.

You can download the podcast from iTunes or stream it from the podcast page.

This move by Teradata is similar to what SAP did when it morphed its AR program into “Influencer Relations.” Don Bulmer, SAP’s VP of Influencer Relations, has an interesting blog called Everyday Influence.

Bottom Line: AR executives and professionals need to think about how influence is evolving (see SageCircle’s Fog of Influence) within their markets. While in some markets, AR can focus on its traditional constituencies and remain relevant, in other markets AR will need to adapt to changes in the influence landscape. Even if you are swamped with today’s day-to-day activities, it is important for AR professionals to start this analysis both to keep their teams relevant and for career management.

Question: How do you think influence is evolving in the markets of current employer?

SageCircle can help you jumpstart your thinking with our free “AR Briefing: AR Trends and the Changing Analyst Landscape” (click to download the PDF). The briefing can fit into your regular AR team call or be used with your executives to kick off a project to evaluate the evolving influencer landscape. To arrange a free AR trends briefing, please contact Carter at 650-274-8309 or carter [at] sagecircle.com.

 

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