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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  • Marketing Organization & Culture
  • Past 12 months
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Convergence Of Brand, Customer Experience, And Marketing

    CMOs Must Define The Brand/Customer Experience Relationship To Fuel Business Success

    The line between the brand, marketing, and customer experience (CX) disciplines has blurred as people gain access to companies and products on their own terms. This requires an explicit architecture...

    • Downloads: 775
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Start To Build Your Ultimate Customer Relationship

    Digital Platforms Pave The Way For Others To Build Powerful Lifestyle-Enhancing Relationships

    Thanks to digital disruption, consumers have fully embraced a world where they use digital enablers to connect with companies more deeply than ever before. Digital platform providers like Amazon.com,...

    • Downloads: 389
  • For CMO Professionals

    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:...

    • Downloads: 190
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The CMO And CIO Must Accelerate On Their Path To Better Collaboration

    Chief marketing officers (CMOs) need to engage their chief information officers (CIOs) to develop the most effective strategy for putting marketing technology into practice. But the two organizations...

    • Downloads: 380
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Three Ways That The Right CMO-CIO Partnership Can Pack A Powerful Punch

    For two days at our recent Forrester's Forum For CMOs And CIOs in Napa Valley, California, 100 CMOs and CIOs engaged in a conversation about the roles each of them play in helping their companies win...

    • Downloads: 201
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Marketing Technology Buyer's Dilemma

    Maintain Customer Focus While Navigating Market Changes

    Successful marketers leverage a rich mix of integrated technologies to navigate complex customer journeys and orchestrate contextually relevant customer experiences. However, recent activities in the...

    • Downloads: 110
  • For CMO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 736
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Staff Agile Teams For Social Marketing Success

    Organization: The Social Marketing Playbook

    Marketers tell us that organizational challenges make it difficult to scale and optimize their social marketing efforts: Siloed teams, rigid processes, and resource constraints block their...

    • Downloads: 439
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Organize To Support Integrated Messaging

    Organization: The Email Marketing Playbook

    The future of email is integration with other marketing channels. But most email organizations today are too small and too operationally focused to be prepared for customer-focused integrated...

    • Downloads: 148
  • For CMO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 398
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 412
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 420
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Forrester's I&O And Marketing Partnership Readiness Self-Assessment

    Forrester recommends using the marketing partnership readiness self-assessment tool to help I&O professionals understand whether they are ready to partner with marketing and other members of...

    • Downloads: 7
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Beyond ROI: Showcasing The True Impact Of Mobile Marketing

    Business Case: The Mobile Marketing Playbook

    Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous, but the same cannot be said for sophisticated mobile marketing strategies within organizations. It's a classic chicken-or-egg problem: Marketers can't build a...

    • Downloads: 445
  • For CMO Professionals

    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:...

    • Downloads: 521
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The State Of Customer Experience Management In Australia, 2014

    The only way to compete effectively in the age of the customer is to become truly customer obsessed. To help firms achieve this goal, this report sheds light on the current state of customer...

    • Downloads: 51
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:A Stopgap For Marketing Science Scarcity

    Organization: The Customer Analytics Playbook

    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,...

    • Downloads: 182
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Five Ways To Impress Marketing And Support Digital Business Transformation

    Spruce Up I&O And Partner With Marketing To Support Digital Strategy Delivery

    The age of the customer demands that your firm transform into a digital business. Your marketing colleagues are leading this shift, but Forrester finds that they are currently facing numerous...

    • Downloads: 98
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:B2B Measurement Needs A Reboot

    B2B Customer Insights Professionals Must Focus On Consumer Indicators To Drive Business Success

    Business-to-business (B2B) organizations struggle to provide a holistic measurement framework. B2B customer insights (CI) professionals must constantly deal with siloed, incomplete measurement of...

    • Downloads: 200
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The DNA Of The Chief Digital Officer

    What To Look For When Hiring A Digital Leader

    While it's crucial for strong CIOs and CMOs to work in tandem to drive firms into the age of the customer, the job of chief digital officer (CDO) has recently emerged as a new role on the leadership...

    • Downloads: 226
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Plan A Stream Of Emerging Touchpoint Programs

    No two organizations are the same, and that means there is no universal approach to developing a single emerging touchpoint. Developing a stream of these innovative touchpoints is even more...

    • Downloads: 78
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The New Roles That Will Power Your Marketing Operating System

    CMOs Need To Add Key Roles To Tune The New Marketing Org For Customer Obsession

    As empowered customers take control of their relationship with brands, CMOs must redefine their organization in the form of a marketing operating system (MOS). A MOS-based organizational design...

    • Downloads: 247
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Find, Support, And Keep Emerging Touchpoint Talent

    There is no uniform organization structure to support emerging touchpoint innovation. Instead, success requires a shared strategy and C-level support of nontraditional, high-caliber staff. Today's...

    • Downloads: 92
  • For CMO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 375
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Brief: Get The Most Out Of Stakeholder Meetings

    Stakeholder meetings make or break your emerging touchpoint marketing program. To make progress, you need to ensure you are prepared not just to profile the current opportunity but also to take the...

    • Downloads: 78