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TechValidate Research on The Skills Connection

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821 Data Points Collected

122 Published TechFacts

11 Published Charts

42 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


Why People Say They Recommend The Skills Connection

A Product Marketer of a large enterprise computer services company is very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for the following reason:

They provide the level of insight into analysts thinking that isn’t available internally.

How Companies Use The Skills Connection

Check all of the following statements that describe how you use The Skills Connection.

Give us the necessary expertise to effectively engage analysts
61%
Show us how to gather the right information for analysts
63%
Show us how to effectively communicate our story to analysts
94%
Help us improve our position in an MQ/Wave/Marketscape
87%
Help us enter an assessment such as an MQ/Wave/Marketscape for the first time
15%
Focus just on what was needed, and avoid wasting time on anything else
42%
Create an internal learning environment so that our team can be more effective in the future
31%
Provide the tools and best practices needed to build a strong case for analysts
52%
Create compelling evidence-based cases for analysts
71%

94% of Our Clients Rate Us At Least 4 out of 5

How would you rate The Skills Connection?

50%
24%
20%

The Skills Connection Case Study

Small Business Computer Services Company

Introduction

This case study of a small business computer services company is based on a June 2016 survey of The Skills Connection customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“The Skills Connection provided valuable counsel to us through the journey of building our value proposition for a new SaaS product, identifying and sharpening appropriate use cases, and collecting the evidence to support our suggested product positioning.”

“The money we spent with The Skills Connection proved to be a great investment. Our target analysts have a much sharper understanding of the value we deliver, and now give their clients a stronger endorsement of our solutions, which has led to a tangible increase in new business opportunities.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select The Skills Connection:

  • Engaged with The Skills Connection for the following reasons:
    • Did not have the in-house expertise to effectively engage with analysts
    • Wanted to learn how to effectively differentiate themselves from their competitors when talking with analysts
    • Wanted to change their position in the MQ/Wave/Marketscape to generate new business

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of The Skills Connection that the surveyed company uses:

  • Uses The Skills Connection to:
    • Provide the necessary expertise to effectively engage analysts
    • Show them how to gather the right information for analysts
    • Show them how to effectively communicate their story to analysts
    • Help them enter an assessment, such as an MQ/Wave/Marketscape, for the first time
    • Focus just on what was needed, and avoid wasting time on anything else
    • Provide the tools and best practices needed to build a strong case for analysts
    • Create compelling evidence-based cases for analysts

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with The Skills Connection:

  • Experiences gained with The Skills Connection:
    • Confidence communicating the unique value of their solution to analysts
    • The ability to create a strong evidence-based case to analysts covering their product / service
    • The skills needed to communicate with analysts in the future
  • Benefits from working with The Skills Connection:
    • Generated new business by improving the clarity of their market story
    • Provided their internal team the tools and skills to effectively engage with analysts
    • Effectively communicates the unique value of their products / services
  • Rates The Skills Connection 5 out of 5 stars.

Case Study: Small Business Professional Services Company

Introduction

This case study of a small business professional services company is based on a March 2016 survey of The Skills Connection customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“We use The Skills Connection to advise us in sharpening our messaging and they were there to help and advise us in a tough situation. They always bring a perspective to the table. That is why we would recommend them.”

“Beyond the dialogue with analysts, the process has really helped us to focus on what we need to do in generating information within our business overall.”

Challenges

  • Engaged with The Skills Connection for the following reasons:
    • Wanted to learn how to effectively differentiate themselves from their competitors when talking with analysts
    • Wanted to change their position in the MQ/Wave/Marketscape to generate new business

Use Case

  • Uses The Skills Connection to:
    • Show them how to gather the right information for analysts
    • Show them how to effectively communicate their story to analysts
    • Help them improve their position in an MQ/Wave/Marketscape
    • Focus just on what was needed, and avoid wasting time on anything else
    • Create an internal learning environment so that their team can be more effective in the future

Results

  • Experiences gained with The Skills Connection:
    • Confidence communicating the unique value of their solution to analysts
    • The ability to create a strong evidence-based case to analysts covering their product / service
    • The skills needed to communicate with analysts in the future
  • Benefits from working with The Skills Connection:
    • Made the most effective use of their internal resources
    • Effectively communicates the unique value of their products / services
  • Rates The Skills Connection 5 out of 5 stars.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

A Product Management at a medium enterprise computer software company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

We achieved our goal to be Magic Quadrant leaders with the quality of coaching provided by The Skills Connection. Their understanding of the Gartner analysts and MQ process is outstanding.



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About The Skills Connection

The Skills Connection helps technology companies to get the right results from analyst engagement. They work with technology clients that want to optimize their chances of success in a Gartner MQ or Forrester Wave assessment. In addition, they work with elite analyst firms, providing coaching and training services to sharpen delivery and improve client satisfaction and renewal rates.

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