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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    Report:Extract Business Value From Your Mix Model

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    Report:Quick Take: Google Acquires Adometry

    Google Acknowledges The Significance Of Measuring The Customer Purchase Path

    On May 6, 2014, Google announced its intent to acquire Adometry, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) cross-channel attribution provider focused on providing deeper insights to marketing and media...

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    Report:Forrester's Attribution ROI Calculator

    Cross-channel attribution measurement accurately allocates credit across different marketing tactics and media assets, resulting in quantifying the customer purchase path. This toolkit, part of...

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    Report:Quick Take: AOL Acquires Convertro, Adding Attribution To Its Ad Tech Stack

    AOL Leapfrogs Competitors To Deliver Marketers' Holy Grail

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    Report:Quick Take: Google Attribution Improves, But Not Enough

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    Forrester recently attended the 2013 Google Analytics Summit (GA Summit) in Mountain View, California. Following the August announcement of its new Data-Driven Attribution (DDA) tool, Google took...

    • Downloads: 220
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    Report:Measure The Impact Of Cross-Channel Attribution

    Business Case: The Cross-Channel Attribution Playbook

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    • Downloads: 217
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    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...

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    Report:Embrace Cross-Channel Attribution As The New Marketing Measurement Standard

    Executive Overview: The Cross-Channel Attribution Playbook

    Marketing measurement has evolved. Brands are embracing advanced measurement methodologies, such as cross-channel attribution, to determine the true impact of all interactions across all devices,...

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