Melissa Parrish

VP, Research Director serving Marketing Leadership PROFESSIONALS

As vice president and research director, Melissa serves Marketing Leadership Professionals and is a leading expert on social and mobile marketing. In her research, Melissa explores how these complementary technologies can be used to effectively bring marketers and their always addressable customers ever closer together.

Melissa has been quoted frequently in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Fortune magazine. She has spoken at hundreds of events around the world, including Ad:Tech, Mobile World Congress, OMMA Global, SXSW, and Social Media Week.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, Melissa was the director of community strategy at Time Lifestyle Digital group, where she was responsible for community and social media initiatives across the network's 10 titles, which include Real Simple, Southern Living, and Cooking Light. Prior to joining Time in 2007, Melissa was part of Crayon, a conversational marketing consultancy, where she managed social media projects for brands like Coca-Cola and American Airlines. Previously, Melissa held senior product and community roles at Meetup, the world's largest network of local groups, and Bolt.com, a community of more than 10 million teenagers and young adults. In parallel with her work in social media, Melissa led early innovation initiatives in mobile marketing at several of her previous companies.

Education

Melissa earned a B.A. in drama and philosophy from Loyola University, New Orleans, an M.A. in liberal studies from The New School, and an M.F.A. in dramaturgy and script development from Columbia University.

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  • Melissa Parrish
  • Consumer Technographics
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Location-Based Social Networks: A Hint Of Mobile Engagement Emerges

    Marketers Hope For Success In Nascent Market

    Location-based social networks (LBSNs), such as foursquare and Brightkite, offer interactive marketers the promise of right-time, right-place marketing by connecting people and nearby points of sale...

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    Report:Social Mobile Technographics®: How Consumers Socialize On Mobile Phones

    The increasing accessibility of the mobile Web and mobile apps makes connecting with traditional social networks like Facebook and Twitter more convenient than ever. Due to these technology and...

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    Report:The Always Addressable Customer

    Vision: The Mobile Marketing Playbook

    This report introduces Forrester's vision of mobile marketing for interactive marketing professionals: Discover the new ultra-connected customer, for whom mobile is the key touchpoint. In 2010, we...

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    Report:Objectives: The Key To Succeeding With A Mobile Marketing Channel Strategy

    The personal nature of mobile devices creates a deeper, more-connected bond between marketer and consumer, which requires a new approach to traditional marketing objectives. Marketers looking to...

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    Report:US Mobile Search And Display Forecast, 2010 To 2015

    Mobile marketing dollars will near $2.8 billion with mobile search and display each representing 6% of interactive marketing spend in 2015 as marketers get their footing in the rapidly growing mobile...

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    Report:Twitter: The Public Forum For Your Brand

    How Interactive Marketers Should Tap Twitter For Real Business Results

    With Twitter's usage numbers ballooning and its recent announcement of brand pages, interactive marketers are paying attention. Recognizing its potential across the marketing mix, many have already...

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    Report:Mobile Apps For Marketing

    When And How Interactive Marketers Should Build Apps For Marketing Purposes

    Mobile apps hold exciting potential for interactive marketers to reach their audiences through mobile devices in ways the mobile Web can't. But today, mobile apps receive a mixed response from...

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    Report:Marketing Via Geosocial Apps: Why And How

    Location-Based Social Networking, Though Stagnant Now, Is Poised To Grow

    Geosocial applications — also known as location-based social networks — hold potential for interactive marketers: They can help increase in-store visits, your brand's visibility, and...

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    Report:US Marketers: Stay Ahead Of 2D Bar Code Adoption

    Start Piloting Now To Be Prepared To Benefit From Growing Consumer Use

    The 2D bar code is a promising mobile marketing tactic: It provides marketers a quick way to bridge the offline-online gap and enhance consumer engagement with their target audience anytime, anywhere...

    • Downloads: 360