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:Brand Building In The 21st Century

    The Quest For Market Share And Mindshare In An Age Of Higher Standards

    Like the ruins of Rome, the traditional pillars of brand equity are cracking under the weight of the higher standards of the 21st century consumer. Marketers are disoriented in this world where they...

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    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...

    • Downloads: 449
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Content Matters Across The Entire Life Cycle

    Include Post-Purchase Activity To Increase B2B Content Effectiveness

    Business-to-business (B2B) CMOs so fixate on acquisition in their content marketing efforts that they fail to deliver content that addresses the day-to-day realities that customers face when living...

    • Downloads: 177
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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:...

    • Downloads: 176
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: B2C CMOs Embrace The Post-Digital Landscape

    The post-digital era is upon us — digital has tremendous impact but no longer lives in its own vacuum of marketing tactics. And this will be another year in which fast-paced technology adoption...

    • Downloads: 352
  • 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
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    Report:Benchmark Your Brand Building Capabilities

    Benchmarks: The 21st Century Brand Marketing Playbook

    In 2012, Forrester surveyed marketing leaders to get a pulse on their progress toward successfully building 21st century brands. The results show that marketers are in the early stages of 21st...

    • Downloads: 492
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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...

    • Downloads: 374
  • 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
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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,...

    • Downloads: 502
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    Report:Brief: Five Behaviors Inspire Organizations' Shift To A Marketing Operating System Approach

    Forrester recommends that chief marketing officers (CMOs) shift from hierarchical and channel-obsessed structures to a new organizational framework — the marketing operating system (MOS)...

    • Downloads: 108
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    Report:CMOs Must Embrace Software's Role In Delivering A Compelling Brand Experience

    Software Must Enrich Your Brand

    This report, originally written for CIOs, includes content relevant to chief marketing officers (CMOs). And here's why: A perfect storm of technology change — mobile, social, and digital...

    • Downloads: 106
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    Report:Align Your Global Marketing Organization To Deliver On 21st Century Brand Building

    Consumers have higher expectations of 21st century brands, requiring marketers to rethink how they navigate the brand, from reestablishing the brand's North Star to creating a consistent set of brand...

    • Downloads: 295
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    Report:Consumers Demand More From 21st Century Brands

    Empowered consumers threaten the traditional building blocks of brand equity, as they have greater influence than ever over brand preference, recommendation, and pricing power. In February 2012,...

    • Downloads: 474
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    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:Fragmented Path-To-Purchase Demands Everywhere Marketing

    Landscape: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    The traditional marketing funnel has been done in by consumer behaviors that are anything but linear. Instead, in each phase of Forrester's customer life cycle — discover, explore, buy, and...

    • Downloads: 770
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    Report:CMOs Must Lead The Brand Experience

    Organization: The 21st Century Brand Marketing Playbook

    Twenty-first century brands are grappling to maintain their traditional sources of competitive advantage in the age of the customer — a world in which the companies that take an obsessive...

    • Downloads: 542
  • 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: 772
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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...

    • Downloads: 472
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:How To Build Your Brand With Branded Content

    Traditional marketing vehicles are becoming less effective in capturing and engaging the attention of today's perpetually connected consumers. Chief marketing officers (CMOs) must adapt their...

    • Downloads: 913
  • 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...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Benchmark Your Marketing Innovation Culture

    In May 2013, Forrester surveyed marketing leaders to get a pulse on their progress toward building a marketing innovation program and a culture of innovation within their organizations. The results...

    • Downloads: 265
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Nurture Thought Leadership To Nurture Your Brand

    Make Thought Leadership The Tip Of The Content Marketing Spear

    Great marketing content fuels the demand generation engine, boosts brand visibility, and attracts buyers interested in the problems your company can solve. But when marketers publish promotional...

    • Downloads: 723
  • For CMO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 561
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 496