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CRM systems leverage technology to organize and synchronize marketing, sales, customer service, and technical support processes, helping organizations reduce costs and improve efficiency. Forrester provides advice on how to plan, justify, evaluate, implement, and improve areas like sales force automation and sales effectiveness, customer service and support, customer self-service and assisted service, and multichannel management. Research coverage includes CRM architecture, strategy, deployment, and services.

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  • Retail
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Chinese Retail Market Landscape In 2014

    Traditional Retailers Must Embrace Disruption

    The restructuring and slowing down of the Chinese economy is changing the country's retail industry. In 2014, the growth rate of China's top 100 retail chains has continued to decline and is now at...

    • Downloads: 95
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Customer Life-Cycle Industry Overview: Over-The-Counter Health Products

    A Consumer Technographics® Report

    When it comes to buying health-related products, consumers take extra care to learn about the item. Although over-the-counter health products aren't generally high investments on the basis of price,...

    • Downloads: 62
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, 2013

    How good is the customer experience at your company — as rated by your own recent customers? This report answers that question by providing benchmarks of the quality of customer experience for...

    • Downloads: 2519
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:US Alternative Payments Forecast, 2011 To 2016

    As eCommerce has exploded, eBusiness executives have often looked to various payment forms at checkout as a means of growing their businesses. Alternative payments, or non-card payments, purport to...

    • Downloads: 1007
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Prioritizing Online Access To In-Store Inventory

    Retailers Stand To Gain From Online Visibility Into In-Store Inventory And Buy Online/Pick Up In-Store Capabilities

    Multichannel retailers have made unprecedented investments in enabling omnichannel services. Giving customers the ability to view, reserve, and buy in-store inventory through the online channel for...

    • Downloads: 236
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 439
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Marketing Case For A Branded Sales Channel

    Marketers Must Look Beyond Incremental Sales And Margins To Assess The Full Impact Of A Direct Sales Channel

    Every product category has a set of competitors that have a branded route to the customer — such as The Body Shop in cosmetics, Gap in apparel, and Apple in consumer electronics — while...

    • Downloads: 290
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Welcome To The Era Of Agile Commerce

    Multichannel commerce is being reborn. Traditional ways of describing multichannel commerce no longer work because customers don't interact with companies from a "channel" perspective. Customers now...

    • Downloads: 4101
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use Mobile To Engage With In-Store Consumers In China

    Globally, mobile has changed the way consumers shop: They expect both to research and purchase goods on their mobile devices. The biggest sales opportunity in mobile is not driving digital sales, but...

    • Downloads: 132
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: Global eCommerce Mandates Multiple Touchpoints And Business Models

    Eight Trends Set To Impact The Industry

    The past year saw a surge in eCommerce revenues around the globe, and 2014 will be no different. eCommerce brands in every country will continue to spread their global wings, expanding their...

    • Downloads: 644
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Forrester Research Search Engine Marketing Forecast, 2013 To 2018 (Western Europe)

    ForecastView Spreadsheet

    Spending on paid search and search engine optimization (SEO) for each of the 17 Western European countries. Segments paid search spending by 11 different verticals. Includes historical...

    • Downloads: 8
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Information Fabric 3.0

    Forrester's Reference Architecture For Enterprise Data Virtualization

    Enterprises face growing challenges in bridging disparate sources of data to fuel analytics, predictive analytics, real-time insights, and applications. The data explosion is also exacerbating...

    • Downloads: 1103
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Gaining Executive-Level Access

    Executive buyers respond well to clear, personalized, easily scannable emails as a way to raise their interest in taking a meeting. The things that motivate executives to take a meeting fall into two...

    • Downloads: 105
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Accelerating Technology Change Restructures US Services Employment

    Human Middleware And Transaction Processing Jobs Are Becoming Obsolete

    A perfect storm of technology change is streamlining, simplifying, and atomizing business processes. The effects will ripple across organizations, as human capital shifts from handling transactions...

    • Downloads: 81
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:China Tech Market Outlook: 2014

    Tougher Conditions Await Global Brands As Local Vendors Grab A Larger Share Of The World's Third-Largest Market

    IT purchases in China will reach $113 billion in 2013, making it the third-largest tech market in the world after the US and Japan. China is still largely a hardware-driven market, but spending on...

    • Downloads: 337
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Market Outlook Dims For 2012 To 2013

    US Tech Spending Growth Will Maintain A Mediocre 4% To 5% Pace

    This report details Forrester's projections of tech market growth in the US. We have reduced our forecast for 2012 growth in the US tech market from our April projections of 7.5% for total US...

    • Downloads: 634
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Assess The Impact Of Touchpoints Along The Consumer Path-To-Purchase

    How Research Touchpoints Affect Consumer Spending

    Consumers connect with brands throughout the customer life cycle — they discover, explore, buy, and engage using a multitude of touchpoints. In the explore phase, consumers use a variety of...

    • Downloads: 1101
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Business Impact Of Customer Experience, 2013

    Years of Forrester data confirm the strong relationship between the quality of a firm's customer experience (CX) and loyalty. We built three simple models to estimate the impact customer experience...

    • Downloads: 1381
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Continued Gloom For European ICT Markets

    Tech Recession Extends Through 2013, At Least

    Will it ever end? When will the European economic recession end, and when will European tech buying start to pick up? These are questions that CIOs across Europe and tech vendors selling to them into...

    • Downloads: 408
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Introducing The Global Retail Segmentation

    Leverage Forrester's Global Technographics® Benchmark Data To Design Localized Retail Experiences

    It's easy for eBusiness executives to assume that shoppers use different touchpoints the same everywhere. But the reality is that there are some significant global differences in consumers' attitudes...

    • Downloads: 508
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Website Functionality Benchmark: Australian Apparel Retailers

    Forrester Applies Its Website Functionality Benchmark Methodology To The Websites Of Five Australian Apparel Retailers

    In Australia, apparel retailers face incredibly challenging conditions, not helped by the emphasis that global online retailers from other countries are placing on this market. To test whether online...

    • Downloads: 224
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:A Tsunami Of Empowerment Will Hit Your Network With The Internet Of Things

    Empower The Lines Of Business With Virtual Network Infrastructure

    The empowered era — cloud, virtualization, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD)—pummeled the network and networking teams. This deluge isn't letting up, as the Internet of Things (IoT)...

    • Downloads: 451
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Evolution Of eCommerce In Brazil

    Five Ways In Which Online Retail Will Shift In The Next Five Years

    Brazil remains the dominant market in Latin America by a wide margin. A number of leading brick-and-mortar retailers in the country embraced eCommerce early on, and today both traditional retailers...

    • Downloads: 190
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Executing A Retail eCommerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Retail eCommerce has nearly two decades of experience under its belt, so companies in the early stages of web retail can now follow a fairly established set of best practices. This report is a...

    • Downloads: 916
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Home Depot's Age Of The Customer Transformation

    Senior Management's Digital Transformation Business Plan

    On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the International Strategy & Investment (ISI) Fourth Annual Retail Summit in Atlanta, Frank Blake, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, talked about the firm's age of...

    • Downloads: 281