I got my regular opt-in email from BNET this afternoon. The subject was, "Discussion: Why Industry Analysts are Sales Tools."
Hey, I thought, that looks like it would be interesting! So I open the message and I see this link: Industry Analysts... from an Analyst.
Now this really looks interesting. So I click. Turns out it's a comment I wrote on Geoffrey James's blog 18 months ago.
I've written about Geoffrey before. He's a great writer, has plenty of guts and he's salesguy through and through. And, he understands the analyst business. Big plus.
(At the moment Geoffrey's having quite a back-and-forth with another BNET blogger. Check it out and pile on as you see fit. )
Whether you're a sales executive or in sales training, you do need to consider industry analysts as sales tools. In the past I helped a number of companies figure this out and then watch them excel at leveraging the analysts that covered their markets. By the way, analyst relations falls under marketing. If it's not getting done, or getting done right, just walk down the hall and start asking why.
From my position as an sales training industry analyst, few sales training company executives really understand how to leverage us. ESR's principal analyst, Al Case, wrote a terrific report a while back, but only a handful executives of companies we've spoken with have actually read the thing. Many get on the phone with us for briefings and wind up squandering what should have been a great opportunity.
If you're a sales trainer and want to bring ESR up to speed on what you do, please learn a bit about analysts first and how we work.
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