Supercharging tech firm’s PR campaign with
analyst relations insight
Analysts are an important stakeholder for technology companies. They are cited regularly in the media as independent commentators, and produce industry reports that are highly respected by buyers. There are over 40 technology analyst firms in the UK, with around a dozen covering the IT infrastructure space.
The likes of Gartner, Forrester and IDC are the power-house analyst houses, with thousands of staff covering a global IT market. More specialist and/or boutique analysts, such as TechMarketView and Quocirca offer a strong independent view and are equally sought after.
With a recent name change, CenturyLink Technology Solutions wanted to increase awareness amongst the analyst community in EMEA, communicating its proposition as a comprehensive global IT managed services provider, working across virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms.
After previous web-ex briefings, Firefly planned a breakfast event for analysts at London’s Langham Hotel with speakers from both CenturyLink Technology Solutions’ EMEA executive team and also corporate head office in St Louis, Missouri.
Analysts were carefully selected from all major UK analyst houses to attend a two hour briefing where they would be taken through a company update and solutions roadmap. Analysts would also be offered one-to-one briefings following the event if they wanted to discuss a particular topic in more detail with one of the speakers or have a chance to ask their own questions.
A CenturyLink Technology Solutions customer joined the briefing to speak on the importance of partnering to achieve goals such as business transformation. Future briefings would be planned to keep analysts up to date with specific technology updates.
The event took place on Tuesday 17th June 2014 with five analysts attending and four follow up briefings scheduled for those who couldn’t attend, meaning eight analyst houses were briefed overall. Firefly organised the event from start to finish; booking a venue, compiling the presentation deck, managing the invitations and ensuring the speakers were fully briefed on the attendees.
The analyst event was incorporated into the ongoing PR plan and activity for CenturyLink Technology Solutions, helping to strengthen analyst relations and their understanding of the business and all the latest news. A number of analysts will be incorporating elements from the presentation into future reports. CenturyLink Technology Solutions plans to continue analyst briefings with regular breakfast briefings and web-ex presentations.