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
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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Mobile Access To Back-End Systems

    The Uses And Limitations Of Screen-Scraping

    Mobile applications are the linchpins of business strategies to attract, retain, and delight customers. Mobile developers, in turn, need access to customer data typically resident in back-end systems...

    • Downloads: 169
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Define The Right Metrics For Tracking CRM Success

    Performance Management: The CRM Playbook

    Defining the right metrics to track success and prompt corrective action is a critical best practice for getting more value out of customer relationship management (CRM) initiatives. In addition to...

    • Downloads: 1720
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How To Use Text Analytics In Your VoC Program

    Customer experience professionals struggle to get the most out of text analytics tools and make the case for their value. This report describes the pitfalls that customer experience teams should...

    • Downloads: 351
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Disney Leads The Charge Across The Digital-Physical Divide

    The Magic Kingdom's $1 Billion Bet On Technology Signals A New Era Of Digitally Enhanced Customer Experiences

    Disney has spent $1 billion on MyMagic+, a next-generation technology-fueled customer experience that transforms the way its guests play, stay, and pay at the "most magical place on Earth." Disney...

    • Downloads: 255
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Revisiting The Touchpoint-Impact Framework For 2014

    A Deep Dive Into Apparel And Personal Care Categories

    Consumers connect with brands throughout the customer life cycle — they discover, explore, buy, and engage using a multitude of touchpoints. In the explore phase, consumers use a variety of...

    • Downloads: 217
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Building Mobile Services? Location Matters

    Intelligent Location Enables Smart Consumer Engagement

    Consumers are very task-oriented on their mobile phones. At most, they allot a minute or two to check a price, get a boarding pass, or pay a bill. As a result, digital business professionals must...

    • Downloads: 156
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 European Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Garanti Tops Our Review Of European Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking offerings of 11 retail banks across Europe on more than 35 criteria. The banks have laid strong...

    • Downloads: 153
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Case Study: How Delta Air Lines Soared In The Customer Experience Index

    Every year, Forrester uses the results of its Customer Experience Index (CXi) benchmark to see which firms made big strides in the race for customer experience excellence. In our 2014 data, we saw...

    • Downloads: 76
  • 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: 174
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Customer IAM Security Maturity Model

    Customer identity and access management (IAM) is essential to providing customers an easy-to-use, easy-to-administer, cost-effective, and most importantly, secure, experience. This Customer IAM...

    • Downloads: 26
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Life360 Wins In Family Mobile Moments

    Use The IDEA Framework To Evolve Mobile Services From Apps To Platforms

    Mobile can transform product and service experiences. With the adoption of smartphones, customers expect immediate access to relevant information or services when they reach for their phones in what...

    • Downloads: 65
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Navigate The Future Of CRM In 2014

    Vision: The CRM Playbook

    The only source of competitive advantage is the one that can survive technology-fueled disruption: an obsession with understanding, connecting with, serving, and delighting customers. But as...

    • Downloads: 660
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Sustain A Digital Culture

    Continuous Improvement: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Organizations face a number of roadblocks as they transform to become truly digital businesses. Legacy technology, siloed KPIs, and a lack of understanding of how customers really use emerging...

    • Downloads: 711
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Cross-Channel Retail Sales Forecast, 2013 To 2018

    Tracking The Growing Influence Of The Web On European Retail Brick-And-Mortar Sales

    By 2018, Forrester forecasts that 44% of all retail sales in Europe will be offline sales that are influenced by the Web. The growth of these cross-channel retail sales emphasizes the importance of a...

    • Downloads: 199
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Chase And U.S. Bank Top Our Review Of US Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking services of the five largest retail banks in the US across more than 35 criteria. The banks have...

    • Downloads: 303
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of The Digital Store

    Landscape: The Digital Store Playbook

    The face of retail is changing. In-store digital experimentation is well underway, and eBusiness executives have the technical know-how and an increasingly cross-functional view to lead these...

    • Downloads: 353
  • 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: 1302
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Spotify Retunes Its User Experience

    What CX Pros Can Learn About Enriching Customer Experience From The Digital Music Service's Redesign

    Digital music service Spotify has been investing large sums in enhancing its customer experience, culminating with a major redesign across multiple platforms, including its iPhone app, on April 2,...

    • Downloads: 102
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:You Are Here: Location Analytics And The Rebirth Of Customer Experience

    As the digitization of people, places, and experiences brings the online and offline realms together, companies are waking up to the fact that they know much more about their customers online than...

    • Downloads: 565
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Brief: Don't Neglect Mobile Web Ads In Favor Of Apps

    In-App Ads Are Appealing, But They're Not A Panacea

    Smartphones have captured the attention of customers, and marketers are following suit by shifting a portion of their budgets into mobile advertising. But with mobile, unlike with desktop planning,...

    • Downloads: 87
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 UK Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Barclays Tops Our Review Of UK Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking services of the seven largest retail banks and building societies in the UK on more than 35...

    • Downloads: 117
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The State Of Voice Of The Customer Programs, 2014: It's Time To Act

    Voice of the customer (VoC) programs are vital to improving customer experience; they both feed customer experience (CX) measurement and uncover the insights necessary to deliver better experiences....

    • Downloads: 261
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Navigate The Future Of Customer Service In 2014

    Vision: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    In the age of the customer, executives don't decide how customer-centric their companies are — customers do. Changes such as the explosion of digital communications, mobility, and the...

    • Downloads: 2619
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Journey Maps: Necessary But Not Sufficient For Running CX Programs

    Journey maps are a tried-and-true tool for understanding customer interactions with a company. As powerful as journey maps are, however, they come up short when it comes to planning what customer...

    • Downloads: 254
  • For CMO Professionals

    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: 71