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    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    Saying farewell to David Bradshaw

    A funeral and celebration for David Bradshaw (shown left in this 2000 Ovum awayday photo, arm raised, with me and other colleagues) is to take place at West Norwood Crematorium, London SE27 at 2.45pm on Tuesday 23rd August and after at the Amba Hotel above London’s Charing Cross Station, on the Strand. David considered that that Ovum in that incarnation was […]

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw 1953-2016

    David Bradshaw, one of the colleagues I worked with during my time as an analyst at Ovum, died on August 11. He led Cloud research in Europe for IDC, whose statement is below. David played a unique role at Ovum, bridging its telecoms and IT groups in the late 1990s by looking at computer-telecoms integration areas like CRM, which I […]

    AR managers are failing with consulting firms

    AR managers are failing with consulting firms

    Reflecting the paradoxical position of many clients, Kea’s Analyst Attitude Survey also goes to a wide range of consultants who play similar roles to analysts and are often employed by analyst firms. The responses to the current survey show that consultants are generally much less happy with their relationships with AR teams than analysts are. The paradox is that as […]

    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 […]

Analysts can go around AR using social media

icon-social-media-blue.jpgWhen Analyst Relations Get Social is a short and interesting post by Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang (bio, Twitter handle) on the fact that analyst relations professionals should not consider themselves gatekeepers, but facilitators. On this, we at SageCircle completely agree. Frankly, the best AR programs have always had the facilitator attitude.

For those AR programs that still want to be gatekeepers, social media is making it harder and harder to maintain control of every interaction with the analysts. As Jeremiah points out:

 “…For example, I can easily tweet out “anyone in the sharepoint team have have a moment for some questions” and I’d suspect they’d quickly respond in seconds, whether or not the AR person was involved. …”

SageCircle Technique

  • AR programs that currently look at themselves as gatekeepers should reevaluate this position
  • AR needs to embrace social media then experiment and adapt
  • Incorporate social media into your AR plan, including modifying interaction policies to include social media
  • Educate your company’s staff about best practices for interacting with analysts using Twitter or blogs
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of change

Bottom Line: With more and more analysts blogging and tweeting, AR programs that do not systematically add social media to their toolbox will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. AR managers need to make adopting social media, with the appropriate emphasis, a major objective for 2009.

Question: AR managers – What are the reasons, in priority order, why you do not incorporate blogging and tweeting into your mix of interactions? Analysts – Which AR teams or individuals are best at using social media? 

Get up-to-speed quickly and efficiently with SageCircle services

SageCircle has a portfolio of services that can help both individual AR professionals as well as AR teams adopt this fast growing trend in the analyst ecosystem. Our flexible pricing and packaging means there is a service at a price point and time commitment that fits into almost every AR situation. Here is a sampling from our portfolio:

  • Launching a Social Media Strategy for AR – Half-day workshop ($495 per ticket). May 13th 1 pm to 5 pm in Silicon Valley. Dedicate four hours and learn almost everything you need to know
  • AR Team Briefings – 90-minute in-house webinars ($495 for unlimited attendees). Topics:
    • The Fog of Influence: Social Media Trends in the Analyst Ecosystem
    • Introduction to Twitter for AR
    • Introduction to Blogging for AR
    • Adding Blogs and Twitter to Your Measurement Program
  • Services
  • Reference
    • Online SageContentTM Library ($395 per seat for 12 month subscription) Best practices, downloadable tools
    • Analyst Twitter Directory (free)
    • AR Twitter Directory (free)
    • Blog Directories for Gartner and Forrester (free)
    • Blog, 80+ articles on social media (free)
  • Advisory
    • Blocks of Advisory Hours (2 hours $495, 5 hours $995 or custom quote) On-demand phone-based advisory
    • Annual Advisory Service (inquiry for pricing) Bunde: inquiry, Online Library seats, AR briefings, more

To learn more about how we can help you get up-to-speed quickly and efficiently, please contact us at 503-636-1500 or “info [at] sagecircle [do] com”.

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