Value-Driven AR Program Creation With FIAR

A Virtual Workshop For Analyst Relations Professionals

Part 1: September 24, 2020 (Half Day)

Part 2: September 25, 2020 (Half Day)

This virtual workshop will suit attendees from Pacific through Eastern to Brasilia time zones. Please refer to the agenda for its timing in these time zones.

If you'd like to attend this virtual workshop in a European time zone, please click here to register for a second version of this workshop that we've timed to suit you better.

Topic Overview

Analyst relations (AR) managers constantly ask us how to prove the value of their AR programs. Unfortunately, many struggle because they didn't build their AR plans to deliver business value in the first place, so they must rely on pure luck to find any. The key for them, and for all AR program designers, should be to build AR plans with business value baked in at the outset.

Yet many AR professionals are untrained and do not know where to start. They copy the activities of other AR programs with no idea of whether those programs are succeeding, or whether the same activities are appropriate to their own circumstances. Or they borrow approaches from PR with little grasp of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by work with industry analysts.

To avoid undue reliance on such shaky foundations, Forrester has used its research on successful and unsuccessful AR programs to create the Forrester Industry Analyst Relations (FIAR) process to design AR programs to the specific business needs of any vendor. FIAR (we pronounce it “fire”) will even warn you when your draft program design is weak. For example, it shows that one of AR's most popular objectives — managing analyst interactions —delivers no business value, demonstrating just how dangerous it is to rely on copycat AR.

Event Overview

This workshop introduces you to the six steps within FIAR, supported by a FIAR tool that helps you prototype your AR program ideas. You will receive a copy of the Forrester AR plan template to help you document your own plans swiftly and efficiently too.

Key Takeaways 

You will learn how to design a value-driven AR program focused on the needs of your specific company. In particular, a Forrester analyst gives you the fundamental insights that you will need to:

  • Follow the six steps of AR program creation and avoid common AR planning pitfalls
  • Bake business value into your AR plan through scaled objectives
  • Tailor your program design to take advantage of social media options
  • Create an eye-catching business case for your AR program
  • Align AR program activities with AR value generation and promote the program through pithy value statements
  • Test and improve the efficiency and viability of your AR program
  • Create an AR measurement regime
  • Document your AR program in a professional AR plan

Who Should Attend?

  • Analyst relations professionals
  • Technology marketing professionals, corporate communications professionals, PR professionals, or CEOs whose responsibilities include hands-on AR, or to whom AR reports

Why Attend?

  • Understand a vital best practice that determines the success of your entire AR program.
  • Learn specialized AR techniques including FIAR, need-chains, and why-chains. Relate these AR techniques to social media techniques including POST (People, Objectives, Strategy, Technology).
  • Complete hands-on exercises to reinforce your understanding.
  • Network with peers facing similar goals and challenges.
  • Leave with an action plan, techniques, a tool, and a plan template that will help you generate new business value for your company.

    Join Us


    Clients: $2,500 
    Non-clients: $2,500

    All prices in USD.

    This workshop will be held virtually, and attendees will be notified 3 business days prior to the event indicating the tools needed to allow access it. 

    Questions? Please contact us via email or phone: +1 888.343.6786