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    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 […]

Vendor AR teams need to achieve balance between outbound and inbound interactions

One of the biggest mistakes that an analyst relations (AR) team can make when trying to influence an industry analyst is focusing too much on outbound communications (e.g., briefings) and not using inbound interactions (e.g., client inquiry) enough (click to enlarge graphic).

Analyst relations (AR) is typically interrupt-driven so it is easy to get caught up in responding to analyst requests and getting ready for the next briefing. Unfortunately, this leads to a situation where some of the most effective tools AR has are not taken out of the toolbox. To correct this problem, AR teams need to make it a priority to balance inbound and outbound interactions.

SageCircle suggests an interaction plan that creates a schedule based on internal and external triggers.  (We have details and a sample spreadsheet in the Online SageContent Library).  This allows you to easily review the balance of planned interactions for type, tier, and focus.  By creating this forward-looking plan you can better schedule your spokespeople, get ahead of critical briefing needs, and better utilize your contracted inquiries. 

SageCircle Technique:

  • Develop a strategy AR plan that includes targets for the mix of interactions
  • Create a planning calendar that lists out your Tier 1 analysts and planned interactions by month, balancing inbound and outbound
  • Capture all analyst interactions in your Analyst Relationship Management (ARM) application or other tool
  • Monthly review your previous three months of interactions to determine if you adhering to your mix targets
  • Adjust upcoming interaction types to adjust the balance of inbound and outbound

Bottom Line: One of the best ways to “get inside the head” of analysts is using client type interactions. Client interactions, especially inquiry, are also critical to impacting the top of the Analyst Hierarchy of Needs. By making the review of interaction mix a regular activity, AR teams can ensure they are using all the tools available to them.

Question: Do you have a ratio of inbound to outbound that you try to maintain? If so, what is your ratio? What process do you use to ensure that you are achieving your goals?

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  1. […] your emails along with other forms of communications to ensure you are maintaining the right mix of interactions (track using a commercial AR management tool like ARchitectTM or at least a homegrown […]

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