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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 […]

Tweetparty works as a distribution list manager for Twitter direct messages

Graphic 1 = tweetparty main screen

Graphic 1 = tweetparty main screen

A nifty new tool for Twitter is tweetparty, which permits users to send a direct message to a group of followers. This could be a very useful tool for analyst relations (AR) programs as it enhances the efficiency of using Twitter. It provides for Twitter what a distribution list does for email.  There are a number of uses that AR can apply for a direct message distribution list, such as:

  • Notices to analysts attending an event
  • Updates about fast breaking news
  • Reminders

Tweetparty, which is free, is very simple to use. You set up an account using your existing Twitter handle. After it has downloaded your followers you can set up various groups.  This is done by creating a name and picking followers to add to the group from a list of all your followers (see Graphic 2 to below).

To send a direct message to a group, you send a direct message to @tweetparty with the group name you want to message preceded by a hash mark, e.g., 

   d @tweetparty #groupname  message text

The DM shows up in your Twitter Sent folder as any DM. Within minutes, individual DMs generated by tweetparty also show up in your Sent folder as if they had been sent by you.

Graphic 2 = Managing a group's membership

Graphic 2 = Managing a group's membership

As with any communications technology, tweetparty is not the end-all and be-all but just another tool in the AR toolbox.

SageCircle Technique:

  • Set up a tweetparty account and start experimenting with it
  • Keep group names as short as possible to conserve character count
  • Check SageCircle’s Analyst Twitter Directory periodically for your top analysts
  • Don’t spam the analysts

Bottom Line: Social media provides AR with valuable tools to enhance relationship building, intelligence gathering, and communications. However, AR professionals have to be careful to focus on those tools that provide most ROI. One way to enhance the value of social media is to use tools like tweetparty that improve the efficiency of using social media.

Question: What are your favorite Twitter tools?

Get up-to-speed on social media quickly and efficiently with SageCircle’s “Launching an AR Social Media Strategy” Workshop

In this SageCircle AR Workshop, we provide AR professionals with information, tools, and insights to make sense of the fast evolving social media scene.  The goal is to help you get up-to-speed on the implications of social media for AR so that you can make the important decision whether and how to add social media to your mix of interactions.

The next session of the “Launching an AR Social Media Strategy” Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 17th from 1 pm to 5 pm US Pacific Time in the Silicon Valley. The cost is only $495. Click here to learn more about the workshop and register. You can also contact us at 503-636-1500 or “info [at] sagecircle dot com” to talk with us about the workshop and the full range of SageCircle social media offerings.

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