Outsell on the IT Industry Analyst Business

Barbaraanalysts, Industry analysts, Measurement, ResearchLeave a Comment

There are few bona fide analysts of the analysts. Outsell  has figured prominently in this small group for many years. What gives Outsell its chops? The company has published a landmark report on the industry analyst business for many years. The report has become a valuable resource for those in the analyst business as well as those who partner with analyst firms, purchase content from the … Read More

Advisory Industry Competition: Pushing Past ‘Business as Usual’ (Part 2)

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Industry analysts, Research, Sourcing advisors12 Comments

By Barbara French and Gideon Gartner (@bfr3nch, www.barbarafrench.net, @gideongartner, www.gideongartner.com) In the first part of this post, we challenged an urban myth that small analyst firms are threatening the Gartner and Forrester Research business models. We as yet see no compelling evidence. What we do see is many small advisory firms performing vital roles in the IT ecosystem, a few … Read More

Advisory Industry Competition: Pushing Past ‘Business as Usual’

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Industry analysts, Research, Sourcing advisors40 Comments

By Gideon Gartner (@gideongartner, www.gideongartner.com) and Barbara French (@bfr3nch, www.barbarafrench.net) There’s a good deal of speculation on whether the research and advisory business is entering a new phase — one in which small Advisory firms may be thriving at the expense of the large firms. David Hatch summed up this point of view in a comment to “Advisory Industry, a … Read More

Where else can you get IT research and advisory?

BarbaraIndustry analysts, influence, Influencer identification, influencer relations, Research, Uncategorized3 Comments

If you’ve been following my blogs or are a client, you’re familiar with my position on alternatives to the tech industry analysts for research and advisory. With this post, I’m bringing these conversations about alternatives to the industry analysts online. This post introduces some basic ideas and examples. My position is simple: well-respected alternatives are out there; more sources are popping … Read More

IDC, H&K to Host IIAR Meeting at IDC Directions 2010 San Jose

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Events, influencer relations, ResearchLeave a Comment

Jay Andersen was in touch to remind me that IDC, Hill & Knowlton and the IIAR will host a luncheon meeting for analyst relations professionals at next week’s IDC Directions 2010 in San Jose, Calif. Advanced registration is required. If you’re involved in analyst relations, at an agency or vendor, you can register for the meeting. Likewise, if you’re between AR-focused jobs, … Read More

Silicon Valley influencer relations – join Richard Edelman on March 1st

BarbaraAnalyst relations, B2B, Branding, Consumer markets, Events, influence, Influencer marketing, influencer relations, marketing, Measurement, Public relations, Research, social media2 Comments

If you work in influencer relations in Silicon Valley, you want to be at the Churchill Club this Monday March 1st for an evening event featuring John Byrne, Richard Edelman, Paul Bergevin, Peter Diamandis and Frank Shaw. The event comes on the heels of the 2010 Edelman Trust Barometer, a global opinion leaders study mentioned in my last post. The Trust … Read More

Influencer relations Friday gossip

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Ok, I’ve been heads down on projects all week. However, here are a few tidbits worth noting from the influencer relations world. Philippe Winthrop, one of my favorite enterprise mobility analysts leaves Strategy Analytics today. You can continue following his adventures at his Enterprise Mobility blog. Jon Collins, MD and CEO of Freeform Dynamics, is raising funds for Water Aid … Read More

GigaOM Pro launches a cool Analyst Relations program

BarbaraAnalyst relations, analysts, Influencer engagement, Research4 Comments

While tech providers have had formal analyst relations programs for 30-odd years, only Gartner and Forrester Research have reciprocated with influencer programs dedicated to vendor AR teams.  GigaOM Pro, the industry research arm of GigaOM, is about to shake up the status quo with today’s formal debut of their Analyst Relations program. The GigaOM Pro Analyst Relations program shares some expected similarities … Read More

Identifying influencers by apparent importance vs. real trust

BarbaraB2B, Influencer identification, Influencer marketing, Research2 Comments

Solid research is the only way to cut through the chatter about identifying and prioritizing influencers for word-of-mouth marketing and other forms of influencer marketing. Mike Gotta (Burton Group / Gartner ) points out a just such a study, from the pharma industry. I like this study because it focuses on finding the hidden opinion leaders who drive the first … Read More

SNCR study maps social media to B2B decision-making process

BarbaraDecision-makers, Influencer marketing, Research, social mediaLeave a Comment

I’m pleased to find that a new study validates what I’ve been seeing in client projects and industry conversations: social media is taking on a larger role in business decision-making processes. Social media is enabling decision-makers to reach out to larger numbers of people (the size of their unique influencer ecosystems) and to tap into their influencers through online as … Read More