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Alyson Clarke

Principal Analyst Serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

Alyson Clarke has returned to Forrester and serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. She is a highly skilled expert with extensive industry experience in both wealth management and banking. Alyson has global expertise, having previously worked at Forrester in the financial services vertical in our Sydney, London, and San Francisco offices. She is now based in New York and specializes in digital and non-digital channel strategy and innovation, in particular the sales, service, and customer experience of financial services and advice across online channels, smartphones, tablets, and branches.

Previous Work Experience

Alyson has more than 19 years of financial services industry experience, including senior positions with several of Australia's leading banks and wealth management firms. She has practical experience in leading teams of people to drive results, influencing C-suite executives, and driving change across product development, sales strategy, brand, and marketing. Her previous roles include director of mass affluent and, most recently, head of bank and wealth strategic execution for Westpac; she was also head of multi-brand and vice president of product development for a leading wealth management firm in Sydney.

Alyson has spoken at industry and company events in her Forrester and non-Forrester roles and is a well-regarded keynote speaker and industry commentator. She has also co-authored two books on superannuation for financial planners.

Education

Alyson has a degree in economics from the Australian National University and a graduate diploma in financial planning from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Alyson Clarke

Principal Analyst Serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

Alyson Clarke has returned to Forrester and serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. She is a highly skilled expert with extensive industry experience in both wealth management and banking. Alyson has global expertise, having previously worked at Forrester in the financial services vertical in our Sydney, London, and San Francisco offices. She is now based in New York and specializes in digital and non-digital channel strategy and innovation, in particular the sales, service, and customer experience of financial services and advice across online channels, smartphones, tablets, and branches.

Previous Work Experience

Alyson has more than 19 years of financial services industry experience, including senior positions with several of Australia's leading banks and wealth management firms. She has practical experience in leading teams of people to drive results, influencing C-suite executives, and driving change across product development, sales strategy, brand, and marketing. Her previous roles include director of mass affluent and, most recently, head of bank and wealth strategic execution for Westpac; she was also head of multi-brand and vice president of product development for a leading wealth management firm in Sydney.

Alyson has spoken at industry and company events in her Forrester and non-Forrester roles and is a well-regarded keynote speaker and industry commentator. She has also co-authored two books on superannuation for financial planners.

Education

Alyson has a degree in economics from the Australian National University and a graduate diploma in financial planning from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Alyson Clarke's Research

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Trends 2017: North American Digital Banking

    Digital Executives Need Stronger Foundations To Create New Customer Value

    July 24, 2017Alyson Clarke

    Slow economic growth, low interest margins, regulatory uncertainty, increased competition, and changing consumer needs are challenging the retail banking industry in North America. Differentiated experiences will drive success, and tomorrow's winners will use digital technology to create new value for customers and help them achieve the outcomes they most desire. This report focuses on the drivers shaping the retail banking landscape and the key actions that digital business strategy teams at US and Canadian banks must take through the remainder of 2017.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Disrupting Finance: Digital Consumer Lenders

    Digital Consumer Lenders Will Continue To Disintermediate Traditional Lenders

    March 13, 2017Alyson Clarke, August Du Pont

    Startups globally have sought to use digital technology to improve consumer lending. By using alternative sources of data, continuously honing their underwriting algorithms, and using digital technologies to keep overheads low, firms like CommonBond, Earnest, and SoFi, can often offer better rates to borrowers than traditional lenders. Unlike P2P or marketplace lenders, these digital consumer lenders use traditional sources of capital. Learn who the main players in digital consumer lending are, how to assess their disruptive potential, and how to outsmart them.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Disrupting Finance: Digital Point-Of-Sale Lending

    Digital Point-Of-Sale Lenders Offer Alternative Credit To Consumers And Incremental Sales To Merchants

    March 13, 2017Alyson Clarke, August Du Pont

    Digital point-of-sale lending has emerged as a new category of lending to help consumers finance new spending and to help merchants reduce basket abandonment. By partnering with merchants and embracing digital technologies, disruptors like Affirm, Bread, and Klarna are competing directly with credit cards and store cards to provide customers with quick and easy short-term credit at the checkout. Digital business strategy executives should read this report to learn about the leading digital point-of-sale lenders, assess their disruptive potential, and understand how to outsmart them.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Banking On Millennials: It's Not All About Mobile

    February 16, 2017Alyson Clarke, Gina Fleming

    To win the hearts and minds of US Millennials, banks need to gain a deeper understanding of their financial needs and behaviors. In some ways, this generation is the same as older generations were at their age. But in many ways, Millennials are unique. Digital leaders must think beyond the mobile experience if they want to attract and retain Millennial customers.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Customer Advocacy 2016: Drive Cross-Sell And Loyalty By Focusing On Advocacy

    US Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Wealth Management Firms On Advocacy And Future Purchase Intent

    January 27, 2017Alyson Clarke

    Forrester has shown that customer advocacy — customers' perception that a firm does what's best for them, not just what's best for the firm's own bottom line — is the key driver of loyalty and future purchase intent at retail financial services firms. Firms rated highly on customer advocacy are more likely to be considered for future purchases, while firms rated lowest have the fewest customers who would buy from them again. Digital business strategy leaders need to show customers that their firm does what's right for them when they interact through digital and human touchpoints.

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