Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • Multichannel Customer Experience
  • Past 6 months
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Optimize Performance For Global eCommerce

    Performance Management: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Global is all the rage: eBusiness teams are feverishly building new international initiatives in the search for lucrative foreign customers and their wallets. Unfortunately, the Internet was not...

    • Downloads: 642
  • 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: 311
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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Advance To Next-Generation Personalization

    Support Relevant Digital Experiences In The Multichannel World With Contextual Experiences

    Organizations have long personalized their websites for customer segments. Now they need to go further, first by delivering the right experience to the right user at the right time and on the right...

    • Downloads: 957
    • Comments: 1
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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Embed Innovation To Drive Continuous Improvement In Mobile Insurance

    Continuous Improvement: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Successful digital insurance executives recognize that their jobs aren't done just because apps and sites are live and the metrics are proving that the launch was a triumph. With expectations set by...

    • Downloads: 145
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Website Functionality Benchmark 2013: US Online Apparel Retailers

    The US online apparel retail market is highly competitive. To see whether top US online apparel retailers offer a best-in-class online retail experience, Forrester analyzed Abercrombie & Fitch,...

    • Downloads: 318
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Building A Digital Travel Business

    Multichannel Strategies To Better Serve The Connected Traveler

    The act of traveling may always be immune to digital disruption, but the way in which travelers engage with the experience is ripe for digital enhancement. The Internet has revolutionized the way in...

    • Downloads: 255
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Large-Scale Multicountry Banking Platform Rationalization

    With Working Capital At Risk, A Bank Realized Business Benefits And Savings Via A Powerful Cross-Geography, Cross-Channel Front-End

    Banking platforms are critical business infrastructure — and many banks today need to transform their banking landscape to remain fully competitive. However, quantitative benefits late in the...

    • Downloads: 161
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Executive Q&A: Forrester's Customer Experience Index

    To help customer experience professionals get the most from Forrester's Customer Experience Index (CXi) research, we've summarized answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions we get from...

    • Downloads: 631
    • Comments: 1
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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, France 2014

    How good is the experience at leading French companies — as rated by their consumers? This report helps answer that question by providing a benchmark of the quality of experience for 38 French...

    • Downloads: 104
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Digital Customer Experience Delivery Platforms

    A Range Of Software Vendors Tackle The Multichannel Experience Mandate

    Businesses need an array of software technology to support digital customer experiences, but they struggle to understand and leverage the tools necessary to create and manage unified, multichannel...

    • Downloads: 700
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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Service Design Agency Overview, 2013

    Service Providers: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Service designers define and implement interactions that span time and multiple touchpoints — as well as the behind-the-scenes activities and systems that enable firms to deliver those...

    • Downloads: 253
    • Comments: 1
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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: JetBlue Scores With Its In-Flight Super Bowl Experience

    While other major airlines focused on advertising activities related to the Super Bowl, JetBlue Airways focused on actually doing something that customers cared about: helping them enjoy the game...

    • Downloads: 55
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Understand Business Needs For Responsive Web Design

    This report, originally written for eBusiness professionals, is also relevant for application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals who will play a significant role in planning, building, and...

    • Downloads: 230
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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Digital Customer Experience Trends, 2014

    Landscape: The Digital Customer Experience Improvement Playbook

    In 2013, the number and variety of digital touchpoints blossomed, and a new breed of digital innovators rushed forward, blending online and offline experiences. In parallel, privacy concerns...

    • Downloads: 1000
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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Embrace Continuous Improvement To Power Customer Service Operations

    Continuous Improvement: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    Companies struggle to deliver reproducible, effective, and personalized customer service that meets customer expectations and doesn't break the bank. Application development and delivery...

    • Downloads: 234
    • Comments: 1
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Win The Social Marketing Measurement Game

    Performance Management: The Social Marketing Playbook

    Measuring social marketing is hard. But too often, the solutions that marketers use — such as focusing only on engagement, cherry-picking only the best-looking numbers, or relying on vendors'...

    • Downloads: 646
    • Comments: 3
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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The State Of Service Design, 2013

    A Sea Of Small Agencies Delivers Strategic Customer Experience Offerings

    Companies need to define and implement seamless customer journeys that span time and multiple touchpoints. To help achieve that goal, this report sheds light on the current state of service design,...

    • Downloads: 297
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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Mobile Moments Transform Customer Experience

    Mobile Experiences In Four Steps: Identify, Design, Engineer, And Analyze

    Your customer is experiencing a mobile mind shift: the expectation that she can get what she wants in her immediate context and moments of need. As a result, mobile is central to customer experience...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Customer Life-Cycle Industry Overview: Automobiles

    A Consumer Technographics® Report

    When Mad Men's silver-tongued creative director Don Draper declared that "happiness is the smell of a new car," he suggested that buying a car means more than just having the ability to get from one...

    • Downloads: 56
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Solving The Quandary Of Responsive Design

    Seven Key Questions That Will Guide eBusiness Leaders To Make The Right RWD Decisions

    Web traffic on mobile phones and tablets is increasing to the point where firms must optimize for these touchpoints. Native mobile apps aren't always necessary because organizations can support a...

    • Downloads: 438
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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:B2B Marketing's Big Data Destiny

    How To Make Business Buyer Data Actionable

    Business-to-business (B2B) CMOs who make business decisions based on internal data, with all of its imperfections and gaps, risk the same fate as hikers who head off into the wilderness without a...

    • Downloads: 106
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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:More Than Hype: Determining When To Use Responsive Web Design

    Web traffic on mobile phones and tablets is increasing to the point where firms must optimize for these touchpoints. Native mobile apps aren't always necessary because organizations can support a...

    • Downloads: 415
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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile App Or Mobile Web? It's A Choice, Not A Battle

    Neither Is Perfect, But Either Could Be Perfect For Your Customer

    Companies struggle to choose between building a mobile app and implementing a mobile website. The decision becomes a battle shrouded in competing points of view and often a lack of customer...

    • Downloads: 412
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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Retail Segmentation: Emerging Patterns Of Multitouchpoint Shopping

    Using Forrester's Online Retail Segmentation Data To Understand Multitouchpoint Shopping Behavior Across Europe

    European shoppers are embracing an ever increasing range of new devices and touchpoints across the path to purchase. eBusiness professionals must be prepared for the rise of multitouchpoint shopping....

    • Downloads: 119
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Tip The Balance From Reference Customers To Advocates

    Capture Buyer Satisfaction And Enthusiasm Earlier

    Most business-to-business (B2B) marketing budgets have a significant and recurring line item entitled "customer reference program," which involves extensive spending and effort so the sales force and...

    • Downloads: 139
    • Comments: 1
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