Shar VanBoskirk

VP, Principal Analyst serving Marketing Leadership PROFESSIONALS

Shar serves Marketing Leadership professionals. She is a leading expert on how businesses can leverage interactive marketing channels and technologies to drive sales and deepen customer relationships. During her 12 years with Forrester, Shar has been instrumental in the development of many of the company's interactive marketing program evaluation methodologies, training courses, and marketing planning tools and has also been part of Forrester's sales and consulting organizations.

Shar's research focuses on overall interactive marketing strategies; crafting efficient, effective interactive programs; organizing for interactive marketing; and integrating interactive channels into the rest of the marketing mix. Specific subjects addressed in Shar's research include email marketing, online advertising, search engine marketing, ad serving and targeting, interactive budgeting and forecasts, and interactive marketing organizational models.

Previous Work Experience

Shar returned to Forrester in 2004 after several years away working in marketing consulting. Shar served as research director for marketing research boutique, TideWatch, where she led internal strategy efforts and client strategy projects. Shar was also a consultant with Carlson Marketing Group's Business Strategy Consulting team, developing CRM and email programs for clients including British Airways, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and Home Depot. Shar began her career at Forrester in 1997 during the early days of the Internet and has written research on customer loyalty, ad networks, and marketing measurement and planning.

A popular speaker, Shar has been seen on stage at ad:tech, MITX, DMA, and the Email Service Provider Coalition events, among others. She is on the board of SEMPO — the search engine marketing professionals organization — and is also widely quoted in the press including such media outlets as BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest on CNBC and National Public Radio.

Education

Shar is a graduate of Harvard University.

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    Report:How Consumers Find Websites In 2011

    And Why Multitouchpoint Campaigns Will Drive Value, Not Just Traffic

    As in years past, natural search results, links, and personal emails are the most cited resources for finding websites. But take note: Social media — in particular social networks —...

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    Report:US Interactive Marketing Forecast, 2011 To 2016

    Spend Will Near $77 Billion As Interactive Gains Legitimacy In The Mix

    By 2016, advertisers will spend $77 billion on interactive marketing — as much as they do on television today. Search marketing, display advertising, mobile marketing, email marketing, and...

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    Report:Making The Most Of Mobile Search Marketing

    How To Decrease Waste And Improve Results From Mobile Search

    Search marketers are eager to launch mobile campaigns. But just plunking your online search strategies down in mobile won't address mobile users' needs or take advantage of mobile-specific...

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    Report:US Interactive Marketing Forecast, 2009 To 2014

    Spend Will Reach Nearly $55 Billion As Interactive Cannibalizes Traditional Media

    Interactive marketing will near $55 billion and represent 21% of all marketing spend in 2014 as marketers shift dollars away from traditional media and toward search marketing, display advertising,...

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