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    Vendors’ five key thoughts about analyst firms

    Vendors’ five key thoughts about analyst firms

    Five things stand out from vendors’ responses to a survey we conducted after our Analyst Relations roundtable at the English Speaking Union. Analysts (including analysts who call themselves consultants or advisors) are often thought to have bias, especially if most of their revenue comes from vendors. Sometimes the effort put into staying informed makes analysts seem very process-driven but less […]

    Join us for the Forum in San José on November 17

    Join us for the Forum in San José on November 17

    Should someone you know be at the year’s most important discussion on analyst relations? We’ll be at the free ARchitect User Forum 2016 in San José, CA, on November 17. Professionals from industry leaders will introduce the sessions: Lopez Research, Digital transformation; IBM, AR in large organizations; Cognizant, Managing analyst events;  Capgemini, AR knowledge management; Wipro, Intelligence-driven relationships; and ARinsights, AR […]

    Take the 2016/17 Analyst Value Survey

    Take the 2016/17 Analyst Value Survey

    The Analyst Value Survey is open! Each year several hundred users of analyst research tell us which analyst firms they use, and which are most valuable. In exchange, they get access to our results webinar, where they discover which firms are delivering the most value in key market segments. You can take part too. Go to AnalystValueSurvey.com and click on […]

    Guess Who’s Looking for Top Talent in Analyst Relations?

    Guess Who’s Looking for Top Talent in Analyst Relations?

    Looking for a new direction in your Analyst Relations career? October is a time when new opportunities pop up in the field. From IBM to Google, we gathered the top US Analyst Relations firms with vacancies needing to be filled. If you’d like to learn more about the opportunity and to schedule an interview, contact these firms directly. However, if […]

Are you checking for the year-end prediction research notes?

Well, it’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to holiday parties, mistletoe and… the annual deluge of analyst predictions for the coming year. For example, the rollout of Gartner Predicts research notes started in November with 44 published so far. Another example is IDC starting its series of industry Top 10 Predictions webinars and reports. There are many more examples from single practitioners to major firms. 

Many in the vendor community dismiss the annual flurry of predictions because they perceive them to be fluff with extremely short shelf lives. It is also easy to miss these annual notes if you have alerts keyed to your company name because companies are not often mentioned in the notes. However, your sales people can be blindsided by one of these notes if the analyst denigrates your market, even if your company is not directly mentioned. Don’t be surprised if the content of a prediction appears to be a little wild-eyed and out of character for your favorite sober-sided analyst – they are encouraged to write in an edgy style in order to be entertaining and perhaps get press attention.

Don’t forget to check the firms’ press releases as well, because they can differ from the original prediction. For example, a Gartner prediction in 2004 said that by 2007 three of the top 10 PC companies would exit the market. The original prediction did not cause much of stir. However, the press release that came out a couple of weeks later said that HP was a likely candidate to get out of the PC market and that caused a real kerfuffle inside HP. Why? Prospects with multi-million dollar PC proposals were literally waving the prediction in the face of HP sales reps and asking why they should sign the contract.

SageCircle Technique for AR professionals:

  • Search your most relevant analysts’ publishing, events, and press releases for end-of-year predictions
  • Carefully review any predictions for possible impact on sales situations – put yourself in the mindset of a nervous IT buyer with a highly-tuned FUD radar
  • Schedule inquiries with analysts whose predictions you feel could impact sales to gather insights on how the end users have been reacting to the prediction
  • Where relevant, alert your sales organization about the predictions and how to leverage positive ones or mitigate negative ones

Bottom Line: AR professionals should be careful not to ignore end-of-year analyst predictions just because they seem like filler or fluff. Be prepared to take seriously any prediction from a relevant analyst that could influence an ongoing sales deal.

Question: AR – Have you ever been blindsided by an analyst year-end prediction?

One Response

  1. Yes, it’s the season!

    I just posted my (un)official predictions on my blog at

    http://newdigitalcafe.com

    because Harry McCracken over at Technologizer was enticing me to!

    Randy

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