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The Skills Connection Customer Fact

A medium enterprise computer services company strongly agrees The Skills Connection is value for money.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

Utilising The Skills Connection’s skills and knowledge, we were able to deliver an outstanding result for the Gartner Magic Quadrant we appear in.

Product Marketing, Medium Enterprise Computer Services Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

Delivered beyond our expectations

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

The Skills Connection has assisted us in analyst relations and, particularly, specific assessment reports, such as the Gartner Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. Very professional, competent and friendly team who delivered results beyond our expectations.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

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

The Skills Connection’s guidance and support helped us all to deliver an excellent job.

Compared to what we had been doing previously, the work we undertook with The Skills Connection delivered a substantial improvement and we were really satisfied with the final result.

We also found that this process forced the whole team to think through a really useful exercise of identifying what the real value is that we deliver to our customers, and where we, as a company, want to be in the mid to long term.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

How did The Skills Connection help?

• Evidence based approach to differentiation.
• Stronger case studies.
• Clearer positioning and messaging.
• Organizational framework and support for the Magic Quadrant.

Analyst/Influencer Relations, Small Business Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

To improve our Magic Quadrant score

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Excellent and personal service and always available. Practical guidance to engage analysts and improve our scores in the Magic Quadrant.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

Improving our Magic Quadrant ranking

An Analyst/Influencer Relations at a small business computer software company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

Consistently practical and good advice that has led to an improvement in our ranking.

The Skills Connection Customer Review

4.5/5 Stars

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. Leveraging their professionalism and knowledge.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

Recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor

We achieved our goal – we got recognized as being a Gartner Cool Vendor

CEO, Small Business Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

A CEO at a small business computer software company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

Professionalism, our consultant from The Skills Connection was proactive in bringing ideas. She led the process and made sure we made the right progress. She cared about making this engagement a success, and we did (we fully achieved the goal we set ourselves).

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

The Skills Connection (TSC) has touched every analyst interaction we’ve had. From assessments to business update briefings, TSC has been both part of the team and an valuable outside voice with a different perspective to ensure that we are being honest with ourselves and our target analysts.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Wholeheartedly! Every organization, from 10-person start-ups to large enterprises, can benefit from a relationship with TSC. They are client-focused, proactive and diligent in helping organizations initiate and/or improve their AR strategy.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

An Analyst/Influencer Relations at a medium enterprise computer software company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

The Skills Connection (TSC) has been an integral part of our business from the beginning. Initially, TSC was able to help us achieve inclusion in a Gartner Cool Vendor report in 2014, and the relationship grew from there. TSC was instrumental in helping us craft and communicate a unique, differentiated story about our core product which ultimately led to a Leader position in the inaugural Magic Quadrant (MQ) in our space in 2017 (a position that the company has continued to hold in every subsequent MQ).

Outside of assisting the team with any assessments that we are included in, TSC has instrumented a culture of AR best practices at our company. The entire team, from the CEO on down, understands the value and benefits of a targeted, engaged AR program.

We owe a lot of our success to TSC and our TSC consultant.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

The Skills Connection helped us maximize our position in our first Magic Quadrant (MQ) with great momentum for our second MQ. Our position was strong enough to call out key differentiators in our MQ reprints that we delivered to our prospects and customers. In addition, the MQ results were strong enough to make a positive impression with our investors.

Analyst/Influencer Relations, Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

A level of credibility and insight that can’t be matched by any other consultant or expert

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We invested in The Skills Connection to support our efforts to set realistic goals for our first Magin Quadrant (MQ). The expectations were set with our executives, and we achieved our goals with great momentum for the subsequent MQ. We engaged The Skills Connection to help us strategize and deliver our content effectively to the analysts in a way that would resonate with them. They also reviewed and provided feedback for all our content including questionnaire responses.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. The real-world experience of The Skills Connection team provides a level of credibility and insight that can’t be matched by any other consultant or expert. Setting realistic internal expectations is half the battle when participating in MQs, and there isn’t a more credible source to educate participants about the facts regarding process, methodology, and scoring for MQs. Not only did our Skills Connection consultant help us build and deliver content effectively, but he also made himself available to join calls that were convenient for our team, but not convenient for him with respect to his time zone. We were very impressed with the level of expertise, professionalism, and availability that was delivered by our Skills Connection consultant.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

The money we spent with The Skills Connection proved to be a great investment. We entered our first Magic Quadrant as a vendor, and The Skills Connection played a critical role empowering us to set expectations with our executives and achieve realistic goals. The Skills Connection also educated us on how to effectively communicate our value propositions and key differentiators in a way that would resonate with the analysts. They have established themselves as a highly valued source of coaching, support and insight for business critical initiatives with large industry analyst firms.

Analyst/Influencer Relations, Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

An Analyst/Influencer Relations at a medium enterprise computer software company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

The Skills Connection team have real-world expertise based on hands-on work experience. Not only does that contribute to producing results, but it also empowers the client to set realistic expectations by debunking misperceptions about competitive evaluation processes and methodologies. Setting realistic expectations internally is half the battle.

Our Skills Connection consultant also made himself available based on our time zone even if it meant he would be up late at night to join a call.

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We engaged TSC to help us with our Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) submission.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, we would because they are able to synthesize the MQ submission process into an actionable process, creating internal alignment with our various stakeholders who otherwise would have had difficulty executing efficiently.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

It has enabled us to align our future product development, marketing, and sales with Gartner’s Magic Quadrant focus for the future.

Analyst/Influencer Relations, Small Business Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

An Analyst/Influencer Relations at a small business computer software company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

The Skills Connection has offered us comprehensive end-to-end services with intellectual rigor, spot-on advice, and contribution – easily becoming an extension of our team.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

With The Skills Connection’s help, we’ve been creeping our way up the Magic Quadrant, and along the way, we’ve been developing great relationships with the Gartner analysts.

CEO, Small Business Professional Services Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

Coach and adviser on how to engage Gartner analysts and navigate the MQ process.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes (and I do!)

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

A CEO at a small business professional services company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

The Skills Connection have really been instrumental in helping us navigate the Magic Quadrant process, and more broadly, effectively engage the Gartner analysts covering our space. They provided insights that I doubt we would have discovered on our own and given us candidate feedback that’s helped us improve our ratings (and essentially our product).

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We use TSC to review our AR programs, and also our value proposition reviews.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

I strongly recommend TSC for software vendors, especially in an emerging category because they can make a big impact. But also for mature categories, highly experiences former Gartner analysts provide a better understanding of how our target analysts may be thinking, which may help you improve your company positioning significantly.

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:

They have been outstanding in the quality of advice provided for our analyst-related programs.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

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

The level of advice is appropriate to our needs and TSC accommodates any changes we need.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

Our score in the Magic Quadrant materially improved as we went from the Challenger’s Quadrant to the Leaders Quadrant. That is what we hired them to do and they were successful.

CEO, Medium Enterprise Computer Services Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We used The Skills Connection to assist us in the preparation of our responses to the Magic Quadrant.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

We would recommend The Skills Connection without hesitation. It was great value for the money. Our score improved over the prior year and we attribute much of that improvement directly to their efforts. They can think like the analysts which is invaluable in terms for assuring that responses hit the mark. and they were very flexible with their time and willing to work around our schedules which we greatly appreciated. We will use them again.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

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

The Skills Connection did a truly outstanding job. I would recommend them without any hesitation at all.

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

I would recommend them to anyone, except the competition!

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

A CMO at a medium enterprise telecommunications equipment company would be very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

Working with The Skills Connection is so easy. They are responsive, smart, and know exactly what needs to get done. They have never let me down and have consistently gone above and beyond expectations. Having The Skills Connection on our side is what separates us from the competition.




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