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The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

The Skills Connection was able to bring value to us by providing a clear analyst strategy and plan along with helping us develop compelling analyst briefing decks — both for introductory analyst briefings and for product launch briefings.

Corporate Communications/PR, Small Business Professional Services Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

4.5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We use The Skills Connection for developing and executing our analyst relations plan.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, I would recommend The Skills Connection because of their experience, expertise and clear, direct and constructive feedback in developing a compelling analyst briefing presentation. I found them to be a great partner to work with throughout the process of developing our analyst relations plan, executing on it, and continuing to hone it as our relationships with analysts evolved.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

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

The team at The Skills Connection are real pros and provided great guidance to help us develop our analyst plan and briefing decks, as well as work with each presenter to have compelling content, examples and talking points for those briefings. For analyst inquiries, they also helped shape our prep questions and content to make sure we got the most from each analyst interaction.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

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

Because they over delivered. We initially hired them to consult with us. What we did not know at the time was how much more we would end up getting once we started working with them. They’ve pushed us to understand what we do, why we do it, how we do it, and most importantly answer the question ‘so what?’ (from our customers’ perspective). To have that clear allowed us to not only present ourselves to the analysts with a strong vision, but equally to the rest of the market as well. Now, not only do we know why we are better, best or unique in what we do, we know how to communicate it strategically.

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We used The Skills Connections as our consulting partner during our Gartner MQ and CC assessment. They worked with us before we received the Gartner’s welcome package until the final report was published. It was an eight month period of co-working, where we received far more from them than we ever expected to.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, strongly. Because they work as if they are a part of the team. At some point during our time together, they had more energy to fight for things in our favor than we had ourselves. And that is priceless.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

They gave us the map. Based on their former research experience we were able to get into the analysts’ internal mindset. So not only were we able to provide relevant content during the assessment, but we also understood how to use it for our benefit when interacting with the rest of the market. We now have strong marketing positioning because of the work we did with The Skills Connection.

CMO, Medium Enterprise Computer Services Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

Advice on how to engage with and communicate to analysts.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. Especially to help companies navigate Gartner and their process.

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:

Deep knowledge of the Gartner process.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

They taught us to have a “Big Dog” mindset.

CEO, Small Business Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

To better respond to the Gartner Magic Quadrant process.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, They act like owners, they are very committed to the result and they are always available.

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:

1) They are very committed to the results and work like they were owners of the company
2) There are ALWAYS available
3) They have a lot of experience

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

A Corporate Communications/PR at a small business computer software company would be likely to recommend The Skills Connection for this reason:

Being able to think and interpret information like analysts do is an invaluable skill that is unique to the people at The Skills Connection.

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

Our first engagement was for AR Spokespeople Training. In a second engagement we used consulting time to develop a Wave briefing story and deck.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. They are knowledgeable, experienced, personable and engaging staff. Evidence, evidence, evidence — they were able to provide the evidence of best practices to our stakeholders to validate what I’d been preaching.

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:

Both our Analyst Relations spokespeople and I have received significant value from our interactions with The Skills Connection.

The Skills Connection Customer Testimonial

While we are still waiting for the outcomes of the Forrester Wave and Gartner Magic Quadrant assessments, the work we did with The Skills Connection is already being leveraged across our marketing and sales teams for other initiatives.

Product Management, Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

The Skills Connection Customer Review

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

To help us put together the briefing for a Forrester Wave.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, we would definitely recommend The Skills Connection to help you formulate good evidence of your offering.

The Skills Connection Customer Satisfaction Rating

Outside-in storytellers

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

Really helped to clarify how we tell the story and show our differentiators.

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




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