Gina   Bhawalkar

Gina Bhawalkar

Principal Analyst Serving Customer Experience Professionals

Gina Bhawalkar is a principal analyst serving customer experience (CX) professionals. Her research focuses on user experience (UX), particularly UX organization (including the relationship between UX and CX teams); the design technologies that UX pros use; using journey mapping effectively; making the most of personas; financial services UX (banking and brokerage); Lean research methods (e.g., UX research in agile teams); and accessibility (including designing for the aging population).

Previous Work Experience

Gina has over 15 years of experience as both a UX/CX practitioner and leader, with eight years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Forrester, Gina was director of customer experience research at Bank of the West, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. There, she led the bank's digital voice of the customer program and conducted primary research to inform digital product development. Previously, Gina led the user experience and accessibility department at Scottrade, where she built the two disciplines as well as the firm's journey mapping practice from the ground up. Earlier in her career, Gina was a UX consultant at Perficient, leading design and research projects for clients in the financial services, agribusiness, utilities, insurance, and retail industries. She has also served as an accessibility consultant at both Criterion 508 and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Education

Gina holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and computer science from Trinity University and an M.S. in human-computer interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where her research focused on evaluating the accessibility of physical and digital products to people with disabilities.

Gina Bhawalkar

Principal Analyst Serving Customer Experience Professionals

Gina Bhawalkar is a principal analyst serving customer experience (CX) professionals. Her research focuses on user experience (UX), particularly UX organization (including the relationship between UX and CX teams); the design technologies that UX pros use; using journey mapping effectively; making the most of personas; financial services UX (banking and brokerage); Lean research methods (e.g., UX research in agile teams); and accessibility (including designing for the aging population).

Previous Work Experience

Gina has over 15 years of experience as both a UX/CX practitioner and leader, with eight years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Forrester, Gina was director of customer experience research at Bank of the West, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. There, she led the bank's digital voice of the customer program and conducted primary research to inform digital product development. Previously, Gina led the user experience and accessibility department at Scottrade, where she built the two disciplines as well as the firm's journey mapping practice from the ground up. Earlier in her career, Gina was a UX consultant at Perficient, leading design and research projects for clients in the financial services, agribusiness, utilities, insurance, and retail industries. She has also served as an accessibility consultant at both Criterion 508 and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Education

Gina holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and computer science from Trinity University and an M.S. in human-computer interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where her research focused on evaluating the accessibility of physical and digital products to people with disabilities.

Gina Bhawalkar's Research

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Banking Wave™: Global Mobile Apps Summary, 2018

    Mobile Banking Leaders Keep Raising The Bar On Functionality And User Experience

    September 27, 2018 Benjamin Ensor, Arnav Gupta, Aurelie L'Hostis, Gina Bhawalkar, Peter Wannemacher

    Mobile apps have become the touchpoint of choice for millions of people to manage their finances. Digital banking teams need to build mobile banking experiences around customer needs, empowering customers to manage their finances while reassuring them with helpful support. To see how helpful and easy to use mobile apps are to customers, we evaluated the apps of 42 leading banks worldwide. This report lays out where these banks excel, where they lag, and what digital business strategy and customer experience executives can learn from them.

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    REPORT: The Top Four Takeaways From SF Design Week 2018

    September 18, 2018 Andrew Hogan, Gina Bhawalkar, Kelly Price

    The 2018 SF Design Week (in July) provided a window into what top designers are working on and thinking about through 197 presentations, panels, and other activities from Airbnb, Chase, Facebook, Google, IDEO, Kaiser Permanente, Salesforce, UCSF, and many others. This report lays out the four themes Forrester believes mattered most for customer experience (CX) pros and what they mean to companies aiming to design experiences that drive growth.

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Tech Tide™: Experience Design, Q3 2018

    Nineteen Technologies Underpin Experience Design

    August 23, 2018 Jennifer Wise, Gina Bhawalkar, Kelly Price, Andrew Hogan, Joana van den Brink-Quintanilha, Faith Adams, Alex Causey

    Experience design (XD) is increasingly critical to firms' ability to win, serve, and retain their customers. To accelerate their performance in XD, companies are evaluating and adopting a range of contributing technologies. This Forrester Tech Tide™ report presents an analysis of the maturity and business value of the 19 technology categories that support experience design. XD professionals should read this report to shape their firm's investment approach to these technologies.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Show That Mobile Banking Is Private And Secure

    Digital Feature Fix: Reassure Customers About How You Protect Them

    July 24, 2018Gina Bhawalkar, Peter Wannemacher, August Du Pont

    Consumers have plenty of reasons to worry about the privacy and security of their personal financial information. Yet in our Forrester Industry Wave™ reports, we often find that banking apps fail to reassure customers about the privacy and security of their information. This brief lays out how digital business strategy and customer experience executives can make customers feel safe and secure and illustrates good practices from leading firms.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: P2P Transfers Should Enhance Your Mobile Banking App, Not The Other Way Around

    Digital Feature Fix: Remove Barriers By Fitting Person-To-Person Transfers Into Holistic Design

    July 23, 2018 Peter Wannemacher, Gina Bhawalkar, August Du Pont

    In our recent mobile banking Forrester Industry Waves™, we found that many banks have added new P2P transfer services to their apps without explaining how to use them, thinking through money movement from the customer perspective, or considering how P2P transfers change the experience. P2P transfers end up as a bolt-on feature, sometimes making mobile banking harder to use. This brief explains why digital banking teams must focus on quality and consistency of money movement to drive engagement and illustrates good practices from leading firms.

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