Harley Manning

Vice President, Research Director serving Customer Experience PROFESSIONALS

Harley serves Customer Experience Professionals. He is a research director in the Customer Experience practice at Forrester, and the coauthor of Outside In: The Power of Putting Your Customers at the Center of Your Business. The book is a comprehensive study of why customer experience is fundamental to the success of every business. It explores the six disciplines companies need to master in order to compete effectively in a world where their customers can leave them more easily than ever.

Harley's research, analysis, and opinions have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Economist, FT.com, Fast Company, Investor's Business Daily, and Direct Marketing News. He is a regular contributor to the 1to1 media blog. An accomplished speaker, Harley has keynoted major business conferences around the world.

Harley founded Forrester's Customer Experience research coverage when he joined the firm in 1998. For his first report, he created a website review methodology that's now been used to evaluate the online customer experience of more than 1,500 sites for both research and consulting purposes. The methodology forms the basis for a popular series of workshops that have been delivered across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. It has since been extended to cover cross-channel customer interactions that span touchpoints ranging from voice-response systems to mobile apps.

Harley also founded Forrester's annual Customer Experience Forum, the company's largest event. In addition to its original location in New York, the Forum also takes place in Los Angeles and London. Harley hosts and moderates the forum in all three locations and leads speaker recruitment for the event.

Previous Work Experience

Harley came to Forrester in 1998 after spending 18 years designing and building interactive services for companies such as Dow Jones, AT&T, MCI, Prodigy, and Sears. While at AT&T he worked for a time in the former Bell Labs, where he collaborated with scientists conducting research in the field of applied artificial intelligence (two patents awarded). 

Education

Harley holds a Master of Science degree in advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:B2B Marketing Measurement Needs An MBA

    Marketing Data Is Key To B2B Business Decisions, But Top Execs Don't Take It Seriously

    Business-to-business (B2B) chief marketing officers (CMOs) can no longer rely on soft measures like brand awareness or disconnected stats like trade show scans or website traffic to demonstrate how...

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    Report:Build A Marketing Innovation Engine And Team To Power Growth

    Invest In Marketing Technology Talent To Accelerate Marketing Innovation Velocity

    Top CMOs are partnering with their CIO counterparts to integrate new technologies into their customer engagement, commercial, and brand building efforts as consumers rapidly adopt new behaviors and...

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    Report:The Costs And Benefits Of Marketing Innovation Labs

    Build An Innovation Lab To Focus The Organization On "What's Next" Customer Engagement Opportunities

    Marketing innovation labs are all the rage. Companies including Staples, Wal-Mart, Mondelez International, Nike, Comcast, Nestlé, Chick-fil-A, and many more have developed innovation labs to...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Publishers Must Invest In First-Party Data Protection

    Safeguard Your Single Most Important Asset

    First-party data is a publisher's single most important asset. It represents the trust that a publisher builds with a loyal audience. It embodies the very essence of a publisher's brand, and it is...

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  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:A Stopgap For Marketing Science Scarcity

    Marketing scientists play an essential role in converting the ever-increasing amount of customer data into more profitable customer relationships. The scarcity of skilled marketing scientists,...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Getting The Green Light For Marketing Mix Optimization

    Business Case: The Marketing Mix Optimization Playbook

    Marketers must update traditional media mix models to incorporate fast-emerging channels such as social and mobile. But, to make sure the marketing plans reflect the insights from more sophisticated...

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Two Paths To The Ideal Digital Experience Delivery Organization

    Digital Customer Experience Delivery Demands An Organizational Transformation

    Many application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders are often on the outside looking in when it comes to their organizations' digital customer experience projects. Yet their role has great...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:How To Build A Strong B2B Brand

    B2B Brands Gain In Importance In The Age Of Empowered Customers

    Business-to-business (B2B) organizations find themselves dependent on a strong brand to maintain a place in the consideration set as business buyers gain control over the purchase process with easy...

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    Report:CMOs Must Prepare For Lead-To-Revenue Investments Now

    Balance People And Process To Fund L2RM

    This report, originally written for customer insights professionals, includes content relevant to CMOs, especially those leading marketing for business-to-business (B2B) companies. Here's why:...

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    Report:Mix Art And Science For Marketing Success

    Vision: The Marketing Mix Optimization Playbook

    Marketers have access to more marketing channels than ever before — but most of them are struggling to cope with the increasing complexity of allocating budget effectively across channels and...

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    Report:Adopt The Customer Life Cycle To Win In The Age Of The Customer

    Executive Overview: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    There is widespread recognition that the old way of marketing — driving awareness through push advertising — has sputtered and slowed in the wake of media fragmentation and the disruptive...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:The Search Marketing Operations Scorecard

    Processes: The Search Marketing Playbook

    Search marketers looking to evolve current efforts into cross-channel discovery marketing programs will find they can't do so without setting up a solid operational foundation that includes...

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    Report:Culture Is Key To Marketing Innovation Velocity

    How B2C Marketers Inspire Cultural Change

    Marketing innovation is hard and getting harder. Traditional marketing tools, channels, strategies, and tactics are becoming less effective in the age we live in now — that of the perpetually...

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    Report:Evaluate The Completeness Of Your Marketing Effort

    Assessment: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    The world your customers live in is complex — a maze of media, devices, conversations, and interactions — and to make a connection between them and your brand means finding new ways to...

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    Report:Make Customer Obsession Pay Off With The Customer Life Cycle

    Business Case: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    Forrester's customer life cycle provides a platform for CMOs to reorient marketing from a linear funnel-based approach to a customer-centered approach. Making the switch to customer life-cycle...

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    Report:Evaluate Your Marketing Innovation Culture

    Understand Your Cultural Bias In Order To Set Expectations For Innovation

    Today's CMOs and senior marketing executives are under intense pressure to deliver innovative marketing programs that find new ways to build brand awareness and stronger relationships with customers....

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    Report:Executive Spotlight: Selling Security To The CMO

    An Outline Of CMO Priorities, And The Five Questions Every CISO Should Ask The CMO

    The age of the customer is redefining business challenges for organizations of all types. Rather than paying lip service to "customer care," they now must become "customer-obsessed" to retain market...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Balance Trust With Targeting In Social Reach Marketing

    A Reach-Focused Road Map For The Social Marketing Playbook

    Reach marketing helps potential customers discover your brand and offerings and, in social as in other channels, requires a mix of tactics that's not the same as at other stages of the customer life...

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    Report:Build A Digitally Savvy Organization

    Organization: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    To survive the destructive forces of digital disruption, eBusiness leaders must drive digital business transformation. Yet most current digital organizations are too tactical to create competitive...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Rise Of The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Systems

    Tools And Technology: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    Marketers need business technology that can help them create, manage, and measure increasingly complex marketing efforts. Major technology vendors have invested to help reduce this complexity for...

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    Report:Organizing For Digital Disruption: Where And How To Ignite The Disruption You Need

    Forrester's surveys make it clear that executives believe in digital disruption; a majority of them are excited to put into practice the foundational tenets on which digital disruption must be built:...

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    Report:B2B CMOs Must Evolve Or Move On

    CMOs Stand At The Crossroads Of A Redefined Marketing Remit

    Digital channels, online social activity, and rapidly evolving personal technology cause top business marketers to take on unfamiliar responsibilities in order to succeed. While new peer and...

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    Report:The Evolved CMO In 2014

    CMOs Must Ramp Up Business And Technology Acumen

    Forrester and Heidrick & Struggles fielded a global survey of 212 CMOs in July 2013 to assess their current remit and how they prove their value as business and strategy leaders. In this report,...

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    Report:Predictions 2014: B2B CMOs Will Juggle Data, Brand, And Organizational Investments

    In 2014, business-to-business (B2B) CMOs will have to determine the right balance of investments in data and analysis, brand building efforts, and organizational adaptations that help handle these...

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Build Your Dream Team: Organizing To Deliver Exceptional Digital Experiences

    Organization: The Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

    Many application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders are on the outside looking into their organizations' digital customer experience projects. Yet their role has great potential to expand as...

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