Posted on January 23, 2009 by sagecircle
This earnings call should be much more interesting than recent quarters in the wake of the recent layoffs of analysts at five firms and the cancellation of Gartner’s Spring Symposium. So far, Forrester has not announced any layoffs, but sometimes companies regardless of size or market will announce job actions during an earnings call to show Wall Street analysts that management is taking the recession seriously. In addition, Forrester could announce an acquisition like it did at the 2Q FY08 call with the purchase of JupiterResearch.
Forrester’s earnings call is on February 11th at 8:00 a.m. PT. The earnings call is a webcast that you can find on Forrester’s investor relations webpage. This call is coming one week after Gartner’s earnings call.
I don’t listen to the Gartner and Forrester earnings calls with the same mindset as a financial analyst. What I listen for are clues to how the two publicly traded analyst firms are Continue reading
Filed under: Analyst industry, News | Tagged: acquisitions, analyst relations, AR, earnings, Forrester, Forrester Research, Gartner, Jupiter, Jupiter Research, JupiterResearch | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 20, 2008 by sagecircle
So, this is almost not news anymore – Forrester loses another social media analyst. In this case, Brian Haven (blog, Twitter handle) is leaving to join Peter Kim (see here for his departure news) at a startup. The other recent departure from Forrester’s social media research was Groundswell co-author Charlene Li (see here). The math so far is three analysts from one research team leave in less than six weeks.
Think about the bigger picture. Changes in Forrester’s social media research team have been quite “interesting” lately with new hires, significant departures, the Groundswell book publication and the acquisition and integration of JupiterResearch.
Forrester can rightly claim that it has sufficient social media research head count on staff because of the JupiterResearch acquisition and new hires. However, the constant churn Continue reading
Filed under: News | Tagged: analyst relations, AR, Brian Haven, Charlene Li, Forrester, Jupiter, JupiterResearch, Peter Kim | 2 Comments »
Posted on July 31, 2008 by sagecircle
Forrester Research acquired JupiterResearch for $23 million in cash plus assumed liabilities. JupiterResearch joins Forrester’s Marketing & Strategy Client Group. Click here to read the press release and click here to read a blog post by analyst Josh Bernoff.
The key question for any analyst firm merger & acquisition (M&A) activity is whether the acquired analysts – the core intellectual property value – stay with their new employer or leave. For example, in the case of Gartner’s acquisition of META more than 50% of the analysts left voluntarily or through buyouts within a few months.
Our initial impression is that the JupiterResearch acquisition is more of an expansion of Forrester’s services than a consolidation move to eliminate a competitor. This is similar to Forrester’s Giga acquisition, but different from Gartner’s grab of META which was clearly a strategic move to Continue reading
Filed under: Analyst industry, AR best practices, Commentary, News, Spending money | Tagged: acquiries, acquisition, analyst relations, AR, buys, Forrester, Jupiter, Jupiter Research, JupiterResearch, purchase | 11 Comments »
Posted on July 15, 2008 by sagecircle
From the website: “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.” And a cool toy it is.
Obviously, SageCircle really, really focuses on AR and the analysts (click on the graphic to the right to enlarge).
However, Wordle is not just a toy, but potentially a useful tool for analyst relations professions with analysts that blog. Now you can in a minute with only a simple cut-and-paste of a URL get a feel for the most frequent – and by extension, most important – words in an analyst’s blog. For example, the word cloud to the left is for Continue reading
Filed under: Tools | Tagged: analyst relations, AR, JupiterResearch, Michael Gartenberg, word cloud, word clouds, Wordle | 1 Comment »