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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 […]

Gartner analyst restarts his use of Twitter

photo - Gartner Anthony BradleyGartnerian Anthony Bradley (bio, blog, Twitter) in his blog announced OK, OK, I Hear Ya, I’m Tweeting Again.

“I used Twitter ages ago and never really got into it (didn’t see the value). But now that Twitter has gained more participants and I’m being asked more and more for my Twitter name, I’m going to give it another shot.”

icon-social-media-blue.jpgThis is not an uncommon occurrence. Someone signs up for Twitter, plays around with it for awhile and drops it when they don’t see immediate value. Then something gets them back on Twitter and they have an “ah ha!” moment. Moral of the story is that analyst relations (AR) cannot assume that an analyst’s position on Twitter and other social media, no matter how vehemently stated, is permanent. Of course, an analyst that was a heavy user of social media could stop using it as well.

SageCircle Technique:

  • Check SageCircle’s Analyst Twitter Directory periodically for your top analysts
  • Ask your analysts who are not using Twitter if they have changed their minds. This can be done during briefings, inquiries or during any other interaction
  • Mention to analysts just starting to use Twitter that you found a particular tweet useful or interesting to encourage them and to build your relationships

Bottom Line: AR needs to keep on top of their most relevant analysts’ usage of social media because their opinions can change quite quickly. AR can score relationship points with their analysts by being early followers of their tweets and blog postings.

Question: AR – Do you have examples of your analysts who scoffed at social media who are now using some form of it?

Do you think it would be too much work to monitor analyst commentary on social media? Maybe it would be less than you assume.

 SageCircle’s Analyst Social Media Traffic Analysis service can eliminate the work of establishing whether your top analysts are tweeting and blogging. Starting at $195, the service is a bargain. Click here for more information.

One Response

  1. Just finished two days worth of briefings with Adobe and twitter has played a key role in prep and in testament to how well content was received. It is a little tricky to track it all but so is keeping on top of email.

    Granted it depends on whether your key analysts are Twitter savvy but for me Twitter is no different than email.

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