Challenge: Analysts need their independence – we need to work with them to influence them
Analysts have a tremendous impact on technology companies in the advice they give to their clients. Their recommendations can put your company on the short list or put your company out of contention. We need these analysts for their independence – the very same thing that can make the relationship so frustrating.
Work with your analysts — not against them. What they need is information about products, markets and trends. Give them what they need! You have a list of great customers who love your products. Create a project for the analysts where they can interview your customers to deliver key learning for your executive staff. What you will receive are several benefits. The first is an independent report on an issue of importance to your executive team – this is what you defined in your project. A secondary benefit is to get the analyst speaking with your customers and hearing directly about how your solution has helped them substantially. Finally, you will also have the analyst speaking directly with your executive staff – building better relationships and establishing ongoing communication flows.
I have frequently found that there is learning on all parties. The analysts learn countless new things about your company, your products and more. Your executive staff learns not to demonize the analysts but rather to understand their perspective. This frequently results in better ratings for the company and a better communication channel with the analyst.
Lesson: Working closely with your analysts on projects with customers is an effective and efficient way of putting the relationship on track.