Ellen Carney

Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Ellen is a principal analyst serving insurance eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Her research focuses on the eBusiness strategies, technologies, adoption trends, and best practices of property and casualty, life, group, and health insurers globally. Ellen works with insurance clients to understand how market forces are changing how consumers, groups, and distributors engage with insurance carriers and the role that technology plays in maximizing new opportunities.

Ellen most recently served the technology sales enablement role, writing research and providing advisory on how technology vendors sell and market their solution value to industry buyers, with a particular focus on the insurance, banking, and securities industries.

Previous Work Experience

Ellen brings nearly 20 years of experience in delivering technical and professional services to clients in a variety of industries and markets. She joined Forrester from ThruPoint, a New York-based professional services firm, where she was a principal consultant focusing on IT service business strategy to Global 100 clients in securities, banking, and insurance; telecommunications; and media and entertainment. Before joining ThruPoint, Ellen was a director and principal analyst for Gartner, following the infrastructure services market, including consulting, support, and managed services. Prior to her Gartner experience, Ellen spent seven years in a variety of sales enablement and support roles at the former Cabletron Systems, including strategic bid and proposal management; inclusion on approved vendor lists for corporate and global accounts; and master sales and GSA contract management.

Ellen has presented on vertical industry and role-based marketing in a variety of Forrester and client events. She has been cited in a number of publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Best's Review, Insurance & Technology, and American Banker.

Education

Ellen received a B.S. in economics from Southern New Hampshire University.

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  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Taking Industry Vertical Marketing To The Web

    Lessons From 100 Site Visits And One Excellent Example

    IT buyers rate vendor Web sites as one of the most important information sources they use when researching technology purchases. Vendors, too, are increasingly trumpeting industry solutions on their...

    • Downloads: 1028
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Lead Your Mobile Insurance Future With Sound Strategic Planning

    Strategic Plan: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Mobile strategies fail when firms approach them as purely technology solutions without clear business objectives and stakeholder support. Having a documented strategic plan that all stakeholders...

    • Downloads: 633
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:B2B Digital Marketing: A Deep Dive Into Insurance IT Decision-Makers

    Insurance professionals seem unlikely candidates for social media use. They trust familiar information sources, value personal relationships, and are generally risk-averse. However, this group's...

    • Downloads: 462
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2013 US Health Insurance Plan Online Sales Rankings

    Humana's Website Is Best Prepared For Health Insurance Shoppers

    Come January 2014, US health insurance plans will be facing a big enrollment event when millions of Americans will be required to purchase health insurance. Where will many go to do research and...

    • Downloads: 423
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2013 US Mobile Auto Insurance Functionality Rankings

    Benchmarks: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    With customers now trained to expect more from their mobile experiences, insurers are fortifying their mobile strategies through increased investments. But how effective are mobile insurance apps and...

    • Downloads: 423
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2012 US Auto Insurance Secure Site Rankings

    Forrester assessed the secure websites of five American private passenger auto insurers: Allstate Insurance, Geico, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Progressive Casualty Insurance, and State Farm Mutual...

    • Downloads: 343