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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    Report:The Next Act For Usage-Based Car Insurance

    US Insurers Strive To Kindle Demand Among Tepid Buyers

    Smart devices, smartphones, and smart cars are converging to create what should be a smart insurance choice for safe drivers and their insurers: usage-based insurance (UBI). The policy option is a...

    • Downloads: 204
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    Report:Define Your Digital Transformation Partner Strategy

    Establish A Lean Governance Model To Drive Value From Digital Partners

    Few organizations are fully equipped to deliver every aspect of their digital strategy. eBusiness professionals need help, yet they face a complex and constantly changing landscape: As consumers...

    • Downloads: 165
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Social Lending

    P2P Lending Marketplaces Will Continue To Disintermediate Banks

    Social lending is the practice of lending money to unknown individuals or businesses without the involvement of banks and other traditional financial institutions. Social lending marketplaces like...

    • Downloads: 193
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    Report:Ship-To-Store Delivers 'The Goods'

    Retailer And Consumer Benefits Drive Mutual Adoption Of Omnichannel Ship-To-Store Programs

    Three decades after online ordering became a reality, the majority of customers still chose to complete their transactions with multichannel retailers through the physical store. But eCommerce plays...

    • Downloads: 137
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Social Investing

    Social investing platforms like Covestor, eToro, and wikifolio threaten to disrupt personal investing by bringing the wisdom of the crowd and the stock-picking of talented individuals to mainstream...

    • Downloads: 178
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    Report:India Online Retail Forecast, 2013 To 2018

    The Indian online retail market is in a nascent stage, yet it is growing rapidly. Despite all of the existing challenges related to underdeveloped logistics and supply chain operations, poor...

    • Downloads: 217
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    Report:Five Global Marketplaces All Brands Must Know

    The Opportunities For Brand Owners On Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre, Rakuten, And Tmall

    The global expansion process has changed substantially over the past five years, with eBusiness leaders no longer expanding internationally just by launching a series of direct-to-consumer websites....

    • Downloads: 196
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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Product Information Management (PIM), Q2 2014

    Hybris (An SAP Company), IBM, Informatica, Riversand, And Stibo Systems Lead The Pack, With A Robust Set Of Midmarket Players Close Behind

    In Forrester's 19-criteria evaluation of product information management (PIM) vendors, we identified the 10 most significant providers in the category — ADAM Software, Agility Multichannel,...

    • Downloads: 297
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    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: 342
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Digital Financial Advice

    The Budding Revolution In Free Or Low-Cost Financial Guidance

    Digital financial advice platforms deliver free or low-cost investment and other financial guidance to consumers who are planning for goals such as home ownership, education, and retirement. Startups...

    • Downloads: 351
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    Report:Define New Metrics For Digital Business Success

    Performance Management: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital business has broken traditional metrics. Key performance indicators (KPIs) that measure the success of a single touchpoint fail to inform eBusiness executives of the impact of consumer...

    • Downloads: 836
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    Report:Engage Investors With Game Mechanics

    Competition, Rewards Motivate Wealth Management Clients

    Consumers know that investing is important to their financial futures. But wealth management can be complex and involves deferring current spending for long-term benefits. To engage investors and...

    • Downloads: 70
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    Report:Trends 2014: Staffing And Hiring For eBusiness

    Our Annual Benchmark Of eBusiness Team Sizes And Job Functions

    In our annual organizational and staffing survey of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, we found that while eBusiness budgets and team sizes are growing, finding the skills and capabilities...

    • Downloads: 219
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Digital Banks

    Digital Banks Offer A More Compelling Digital Banking Experience

    Over the past few years, a wave of new digital banks like Fidor Bank, Jibun Bank, Moven, and Simple have launched, competing to win customers with better digital customer experiences than those...

    • Downloads: 363
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    Report:Measure The Fundamentals Of B2B eCommerce

    Performance Management: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    Business-to-business (B2B) companies face a daunting yet critical task: accurately measuring and reporting the impact that digital channels have on sales, service, loyalty, and operations. Factor in...

    • Downloads: 529
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    Report:The Emergence Of Beacons In Retail

    Early Implementations Lack Depth, But Future Integrations Have The Potential To Transform The In-Store Customer Experience

    It is impossible to read retail news today without hearing about another implementation of beacons, a technology based on Bluetooth low energy (BLE) that allows smartphones to interact with sensors...

    • Downloads: 658
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    Report:Why Shoppers Buy At General Merchants

    North American Consumer Technographics®: Uncovering The Drivers Of Repeat Online And Offline Purchase

    Consumers today have a myriad of choices when deciding where to shop. The age of the customer is in full swing, and to best serve existing and potential customers, companies need to be...

    • Downloads: 30
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Digital Investment Managers

    Software-Based Startups Slash The Cost Of Managed Accounts

    Digital investment managers like Nutmeg in the UK and Betterment and Wealthfront in the US use the Internet to offer customized, diversified portfolios — also known as managed accounts —...

    • Downloads: 286
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    Report:Digital User Behaviors Are Driving Digital Goods Growth

    ForecastView Document

    Forrester recently updated its online retail sales forecast to show continued growth in digital goods in Western Europe. The compound annual growth rates from 2013 to 2018 for online sales in music,...

    • Downloads: 11
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Social Insurance

    Social Insurance Platforms Will Struggle To Drive Adoption

    Social insurance enables people in need of insurance to connect and pool their money and risks. It is facilitated by startups like Friendsurance, jFloat, and Peercover that, with the help of digital...

    • Downloads: 189
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    Report:The State Of Digital Money Management, 2014

    Landscape: The Digital Money Management Playbook

    Interest in digital money management has been strong for the past few years since pioneers like Wesabe and Mint.com showed how simple online money management could be. Yet despite growing numbers of...

    • Downloads: 164
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    Report:2014 Global Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Benchmarks: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of 32 large retail banks in Western Europe, North America, and Australia. In general, the firms...

    • Downloads: 232
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    Report:Manage The Cross-Touchpoint Customer Journey

    Processes: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Today's consumer engages through a variety of touchpoints, yet many brands struggle to deliver cross-touchpoint experiences. Too many firms focus on each touchpoint in isolation and fail to enable...

    • Downloads: 2029
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    Report:Best Practices In Mobile Financial Sales

    Digital Teams Must Use Context To Be Relevant And Earn Sales

    As mobile touchpoints displace PCs, branches, advisors, and agents at the heart of customers' relationships with financial services firms, digital executives need to step up their mobile marketing...

    • Downloads: 115
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding Provides A Viable Alternative Source Of Funding

    Crowdfunding, which is collaborative funding, typically via the Internet, has grown exponentially over the past few years. There are currently hundreds of crowdfunding sites, including Indiegogo,...

    • Downloads: 175