Bill Doyle

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Bill serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. He specializes in the attitudes and behaviors of mass-affluent and affluent investors; online investing; brokerages, mutual funds, and insurers; financial advisors; financial firms' websites; and customer loyalty. He has helped brokerages, asset managers, and insurers design their websites and understand their market opportunities. His recent reports include "Segmenting Today's Investors."

During his 12 years at Forrester, Bill has led the company's coverage of the financial services industry. He has led research on other industries as well, including media and online advertising. Bill is the author of several Forrester Big Idea documents, including "Customer Advocacy: The Secret To Loyal Financial Services Customers."

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, Bill spent 14 years designing, building, and running online services for business and consumer users. As a producer-in-chief for the AT&T Business Network, Bill led the design and implementation of one of AT&T's first web-based products. He also led the development and launch of Ziff-Davis Interactive's services for Prodigy.

Before Ziff-Davis, Bill was a vice president and creative director of new product development at Citibank, where he led the development of the user interface and applications for the first full-screen consumer telephone. He also managed relationship marketing for Citibank's PC banking service. Prior to Citibank, Bill helped build and then run Huttonline, the first-ever online service from a full-service brokerage. He was also a researcher and writer at Newsweek.

Bill has been widely quoted in publications including BusinessWeek, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a much sought-after speaker and moderator at conferences. As host of Forrester's Financial Services Forum for 10 years, Bill has conducted on-stage interviews with the chairmen and CEOs of dozens of major firms, including American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Charles Schwab, Citi, Edward Jones, and Vanguard.


Bill is a graduate of Harvard University.

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    Report:The Top Five Trends In Digital Wealth Management For 2012

    Mobile, Social, Video, Advice, And Usability Will Change Retail Investing

    Rocketing adoption — by financial advisors and agents as well as investors — is driving five digital trends that will change the wealth management industry. Smart eBusiness managers will...

    • Downloads: 1228
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    Report:Trends 2013: Digital Wealth Management

    Digital touchpoints have become the channel of choice for most investors worldwide. Despite this massive shift in channel preferences, few wealth management firms dedicate substantial resources to...

    • Downloads: 955
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    Report:Digital Disruption Hits Retail Financial Services

    Disruptors Deliver Superior Customer Experiences At A Lower Cost

    Digital disruption has arrived in retail financial services. Banks, insurers, and wealth management firms are besieged by a wave of disruptors that aim to use digital tools to deliver superior...

    • Downloads: 978
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    Report:Mobile And Social Technologies Come Late To Wealth Management

    Younger Generations Are Just The First Wave Of Mobile and Social Adopters

    To date, traditional investment and life insurance firms have been insulated from the disruptive forces of mobile and social technologies because their best clients are older. In countries around the...

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    Report:The State Of Mobile Investing

    Mobile is the hot channel these days. A number of investment firms have developed mobile apps, and many offer dedicated mobile Web sites. Consumer adoption is ticking up: Today, 11% of investors are...

    • Downloads: 998
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    Report:Customer Advocacy 2009: How Customers Rate US Banks, Investment Firms, And Insurers

    US consumers rate their financial services firms lower than ever in our most recent customer advocacy survey. Investment firms as a group rank lowest as former high-fliers Edward Jones and Vanguard...

    • Downloads: 817
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    Report:Investment Firms Can't Ignore Social Technologies

    No major US investment firm has used social technologies like discussion boards to build an open investor community. But social media adoption is galloping forward, especially among online traders...

    • Downloads: 747
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    Report:Customer Advocacy 2013: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Services Firms

    Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Issuers, Insurers, And Investment Firms

    For 10 years Forrester has shown that customer advocacy — the perception on the part of customers that their firm does what's best for them, not just the firm's own bottom line — is the...

    • Downloads: 658
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    Report:Which Digital Touchpoints Should You Focus On Now?

    Use The Splinternet Engagement Index To Jumpstart Your Agile Commerce Strategy

    This report, originally written for market insights professionals, includes content relevant to eBusiness and channel strategy professionals. Here's why: The golden age of the Web is over. The...

    • Downloads: 656
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    Report:2013 Mobile Wealth Management Functionality Benchmark

    E-Trade And Fidelity Lead The Pack

    With investor expectations rising and substantial business at stake, digital wealth management teams know they need to improve their portfolios of mobile sites and apps. Forrester evaluated the...

    • Downloads: 757
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    Report:Which Media Sites Do Financial Consumers Visit?

    Our Data Reveals An Interest In News, Sports And Social Computing

    Reaching consumers means having a presence on the Web sites they visit. Where do banking and brokerage consumers spend their time online? Among media sites, the Weather Channel and local newspapers...

    • Downloads: 562
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    Report:The Web Dominates US Auto Insurance Research

    How Auto Insurers Can Take Advantage Of Consumers' Online Research Habits

    In 2007, nearly 15 million Americans researched auto insurance on the Internet. These US online auto insurance researchers are an attractive group for insurers: They are relatively wealthy,...

    • Downloads: 686
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    Report:How Clients Want To Interact With Financial Advisors

    Younger Consumers Prefer Online Chat, Websites, And Email

    Now more than ever, clients are using new channels to communicate with their financial advisors. Younger clients show a strong preference for communicating with advisors through digital channels like...

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    Report:Customer Advocacy Q2 2012: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Services Firms

    Customers Rate Their Banks, Insurers, Investment Firms, And Credit Card Issuers

    When customers feel that a financial services firm acts in their best interest, they are willing to invest more, borrow more, and buy more products from that firm. We call this corporate trait...

    • Downloads: 567
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    Report:The ROI Of Mobile Investing And Mobile Trading

    Making The Business Case For Mobile Efforts At Wealth Management Firms

    Mobile has become a high priority for eBusiness teams at wealth management and investment firms. In the US, the proportion of online adults who use the mobile channel to manage their investments rose...

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    Report:Getting The Online Auto Insurance Word Out

    Auto Insurance Purchasers Frequently Do Not Know About Online Applications

    The number of US online consumers applying for auto insurance over the Internet has more than tripled in the past five years. With such staggering growth, auto insurance eBusiness managers must...

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    Report:Case Study: Vanguard Uses Social Media To Learn From Its Clients

    Adoption of social media among investors is relatively high, but many investment firms have been slow to embrace the medium. The Vanguard Group has had success by using social media to engage with...

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    Report:Full-Service Wealth Management Firms Neglect The Net At Their Peril

    Affluent US investors are managing their money online — but usually not at their full-service firms' sites. Why? Every direct brokerage's Web site is stronger than every full-service firm's...

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    Report:Ten Ways Financial eBusiness Executives Can Weather The Recession

    How To Evolve Your eBusiness Strategy To Deal With The Financial Crisis

    The sharp worsening of the financial crisis in the past two months and the recession in most Western markets mean that eBusiness executives need to rethink their priorities — and fast. As the...

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    Report:Fidelity Becomes An Online Financial Content Publisher

    Personal Finance News And Commentary Dominate Redesigned Home Page

    Fidelity Investments is launching a new home page more akin to Yahoo! Finance or than to any other financial services firm's home page. will feature hundreds of news...

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    Report:Ten Must-Have Features For The Public Sites Of Investment Firms

    Best Practices From The Public Websites Of Leading US Wealth And Asset Management Firms

    The Web is now the most popular channel for US consumers researching investment products: More buyers of products like individual retirement accounts (IRAs), mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds...

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    Report:How To Create A Site That Appeals To Affluent Investors

    Use Importance And Quality Ratings To Prioritize Improvements To Your Site

    Four out of five US online affluent investors visit their investment firms' websites at least a few times a year. What secure-site features do they value most? Account inquiry features —...

    • Downloads: 612
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: Digital Financial Advice

    The Budding Revolution In Free Or Low-Cost Financial Guidance

    Digital financial advice platforms deliver free or low-cost investment and other financial guidance to consumers who are planning for goals such as home ownership, education, and retirement. Startups...

    • Downloads: 611
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    Report:Lessons In Leading The Digital Business Revolution

    Insights From Keynote Speeches At Forrester's 2013 eBusiness And Channel Strategy Forum

    The forces of digital revolution have reached critical mass, threatening every incumbent firm in every industry. The 750 executives who gathered in Chicago in November 2013 for Forrester's Forum For...

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    Report:How US Consumers Research And Buy Investment Products

    Purchasers Have Often Researched Through A Different Channel

    Over the past year, 7% of US online adults have purchased an investment product. While the online channel is the most popular channel for researching, the in-person channel is the most popular for...

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