Laura Ramos

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CMO PROFESSIONALS

Laura Ramos serves Chief Marketing Officers. She is a leading expert in business-to-business (B2B) marketing with hands-on senior management experience in corporate, industry, and product marketing; demand management; and social media. She helps Forrester's CMO clients plan, build, and deliver marketing programs that combine traditional, digital, and social approaches that lead with business issues and fuel their company's topline growth. Her research addresses the marketing organizational structure, skills, technology, process, and customer experience concerns that top marketers need to understand and integrate into programs that address ongoing evolution in buyer behavior, markets, channels, and competition.

Laura worked at Forrester from 2001 to 2010, where she started up its B2B marketing practice, wrote leading research, and advised clients on integrated B2B marketing, demand generation, lead management automation, sales and marketing integration, social media best practices, digital marketing strategy, and customer engagement.

Previous Work Experience

Laura has worked as a marketing practitioner and expert for more than 20 years — primarily in B2B roles at high-technology companies. Before rejoining Forrester in 2013, Laura ran industry marketing for Xerox, where she was responsible for increasing brand visibility and reputation in key industries, beginning with healthcare and financial services. She joined Xerox in 2010 to run industry marketing for the firm's services business as part of the US field marketing organization, where she and her team drove demand in the managed print services market for education, financial services, government, high-technology/telecom, manufacturing, and retail. Prior to Forrester, Laura held marketing leadership positions at various companies in California's Silicon Valley, including Verity, Stratify (now part of Iron Mountain), Vitria Technology, Sybase, and Tandem Computers.

Laura has spoken at industry and company events in her Forrester and non-Forrester roles. She is a well-regarded speaker and moderator at such venues as the ANA, BMA, ITSMA national user conference, and the MarketingProfs' B2B Forum. She was named to BtoB Magazine's "Who's Who" list for four years, most recently in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, BtoB named her to its list of "Top 25 Digital Marketers." Laura currently serves as vice president of programs for the Northern California chapter of the BMA. She is active in social media; you can follow her on Twitter at @lauraramos.

Education

Laura holds an M.B.A. from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Laura Ramos's Research

  • For CMO Professionals

    Report: B2B Marketing's Big Data Destiny

    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 ...

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    Report: Brief: Redesign B2B Dashboards Around Customers To Deliver Actionable Insights

    Most B2B marketers rely on static slide decks and tedious spreadsheets to demonstrate the impact of their marketing spend. Yet they are being held to higher expectations regarding ROI and faster...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report: Focus B2B Marketing Budget Gains On Business Outcomes To Succeed In 2014

    Business-to-business (B2B) marketing executives must stretch budget dollars across an increasingly fragmented set of funding demands to reach buyers where they are spending their time. While CMO...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report: CMOs Must Prepare For Lead-To-Revenue Investments Now

    This report, originally written for customer insights professionals, includes content relevant to CMOs, especially those leading marketing for business-to-business (B2B) companies. Here's why: B...

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  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report: Balance People And Process To Fund L2RM

    In the age of the customer, business buyers have access to information that lets them explore solutions prior to engaging in a formal purchase process. This puts marketing in the hot seat to dri...

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  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report: Making Social Media Work In B2B Marketing

    Business-to-business (B2B) marketers' interest in social media and Web 2.0 tactics spiked during the past nine months. Yet those who focus myopically on the tools — as they contemplate whe...

    • Downloads: 2335
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Enterprise Software In 2017

    Software investments — especially for core business applications and infrastructure — create dependencies on products and vendors that last for decades. To maximize the return on the...

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  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report: The Social Technographics® Of Business Buyers

    Social media give a voice to buyers who can now describe their experience and disappointment to a global audience. And, wow, are they saying a lot. Forrester surveyed more than 1,200 business te...

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  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report: B2B Lead Management Automation Market Overview

    Lead management automation (LMA) requires a degree of process maturity many business-to-business (B2B) firms don't possess, resulting in underachievement by vendors and users alike. Yet, the ben...

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  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report: Topic Overview: B2B Marketing

    B2B marketers face two primary challenges: reaching key decision-makers and demonstrating marketing results. Unfortunately, outdated marketing tactics, immature lead management processes, and me...

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