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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  • Past 6 months
  • Consumer Technographics
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Introducing The New Social Technographics®: The First Step Toward Social Success

    Landscape: The Social Marketing Playbook

    For most marketers, the question is no longer whether their customers use social media but rather how best to use social media to interact with those customers. So we've created a new data model...

    • Downloads: 1917
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Mobile Insurance, 2014

    Landscape: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Insurance companies are rolling out a widening range of mobile insurance functionality for both consumers and agents. While there's substantial and growing consumer interest in mobile insurance,...

    • Downloads: 378
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Messaging Apps: Mobile Becomes The New Face Of Social

    Messaging Apps Will Force Digital Platforms To Evolve

    You've surely heard of the second-largest acquisition in tech history, Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion. However, you may not have heard of KakaoTalk, Kik, Line, Secret, Snapchat,...

    • Downloads: 245
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, Germany 2014

    How good is the experience at leading German companies? This report helps answer that question by providing a benchmark of the quality of customer experience for 25 German brands across seven...

    • Downloads: 124
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile Messaging Update: Pervasive Consumer Use Offers Unique Engagement Opportunities

    Broad Reach And Usage Among Consumers Demands That Mobile Messaging Is In The Mix

    Twenty years ago, the only form of mobile messaging was SMS, and it offered the only pragmatic mobile data service: it had broad reach, standardization, and carrier interoperability. That's a far cry...

    • Downloads: 881
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Evolving Consumer Attitudes On Privacy

    A Technographics® 360 Report: Using Survey, Qualitative, And Social Listening Data

    The tide of privacy is turning. For the past decade, brands have become increasingly dependent on the collection, analysis, and use of consumer data. With many consumer services now subsidized by...

    • Downloads: 77
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brand Experience Redefines Brand Management

    Vision: The Brand Experience Playbook

    In the age of the customer, chief marketing officers (CMOs) battle to build their brands with distracted, technology-empowered consumers. In this new era, CMOs must shift from simply managing a brand...

    • Downloads: 869
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Listening To Social With The Eyes: Visual Social Analytics

    In social media, content is king — and the king of content is the image. Mainstream social networks Facebook and Twitter have become increasingly visual over time; Facebook added images to...

    • Downloads: 122
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Brief: Facebook Dominates Teens' Social Usage

    Why The Sky Isn't Falling On The World's Favorite Social Network

    Since Facebook's CFO admitted in 2013 that young teens were visiting the site slightly less frequently, most marketers have accepted as fact that teens are fleeing the site en masse. But that's...

    • Downloads: 165
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Harness The Power Of The Second Screen

    When And How It Makes Sense For Marketers To Integrate Second-Screen Experiences Into Their Plans

    Consumers today are rarely without a mobile, tablet, or laptop device close to hand, even when engaged in other activities such as watching TV. Being active on these second screens is now a normal...

    • Downloads: 175
  • 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: 251
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Sharpen Your Mix In China With The Marketing RaDaR

    Chinese consumers are eagerly embracing new media channels such as social and mobile more and more in their daily lives. To effectively reach and engage with them, marketers have to manage and...

    • Downloads: 65
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Bring-Your-Own-Thing Enables The Digital Business

    Navigating Internet-Of-Things Business Models — A CIO Perspective

    Digital business is the imperative to stay competitive in the age of the customer. Easier said than done for a manufacturer of traditional physical goods. Here the Internet of Things (IoT) provides...

    • Downloads: 297
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:CISOs Need To Add Customer Obsession To Their Job Description

    Until recently, consumers haven't been overly concerned with cybersecurity. Credit card laws and policies protect customers from theft and fraud by limiting or negating cardholder liability; similar...

    • Downloads: 118
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Ranking The Most Agile US Banks

    Banks are burdened with sizable infrastructure, struggle to service traditional and emerging channels, are severely boxed in by increasing compliance demands, and are not particularly nimble —...

    • Downloads: 225
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:The US Consumer Tablet Landscape

    North American Consumer Technographics®

    Consumer uptake of tablets continues to climb. In 2013, one-third of US online adults reported using a tablet; in 2014, this figure has grown, with the largest increase in usage coming from older...

    • Downloads: 29
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Demands For Effortless Service Must Influence Your Customer Strategy

    Consumers of all generations demand effortless service. They want to use self-service communication channels to quickly get answers to their questions; move between communication channels during a...

    • Downloads: 221
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    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: 38
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Quality Of Products And Service Support Positive Brand Resonance For Insurance Firms

    Technographics® TRUE Brand Compass: General Insurance

    Brands in the general insurance business — life, auto, and home — must prove that they are trusted across every touchpoint as consumers increase their expectations. This will force...

    • Downloads: 192
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Australian Mobile Customer, Part 1

    Smartphone Adoption By Gender

    In the age of the customer, CIOs and the technology management organizations they lead must take an active role in designing and developing their companies' mobile strategy. While marketing...

    • Downloads: 91
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Q&A: The Privacy-Personalization Paradox

    Strike A Balance Without Losing Competitive Advantage Or Consumer Trust

    Marketers today find themselves in a Catch-22. On the one hand, their customers want to be recognized and rewarded for their loyalty with better-tailored content and offers. On the other hand, those...

    • Downloads: 208
  • 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: 482
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    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: 14
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, UK 2014

    How good is the experience at leading UK companies — as rated by their consumers? This report helps answer that question by providing a benchmark of the quality of experience for 28 UK brands...

    • Downloads: 273
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How Companies Improved Their Customer Experience Index Scores, 2014

    Processes: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Forrester interviewed customer experience (CX) professionals at brands that showed the biggest year-over-year improvement in our annual CX benchmark. We asked them what they and their companies did...

    • Downloads: 640