Joanna   O'Connell

Joanna O'Connell

Vice President Serving B2C Marketing Professionals

Joanna serves B2C marketing professionals and is an industry expert on programmatic advertising. As vice president, principal analyst leading adtech coverage, Joanna explores the fast-evolving digital advertising ecosystem with a focus on helping marketers make the right organizational and technology decisions to power customer-obsessed marketing. Specifically, she covers several core components of a modern buy-side tech stack including demand side platforms (DSPs), ad servers, dynamic creative optimization (DCO), and the like, as well as looking at the intersection of service and technology in programmatic media management.

Previous Work Experience

Joanna has nearly 20 years of digital marketing experience and has been a pioneer throughout her career. She began at digital agency Avenue A as a media planner and buyer in 2000 and, in 2008, launched Razorfish’s agency trading desk, ATOM Systems, to bring programmatic expertise to the agency and its clients. Joanna joined Forrester in 2010, serving interactive marketers and covering adtech and programmatic advertising as a principal analyst. In 2013, she moved to leading trade publication AdExchanger, which further deepened her adtech expertise, and in 2015, she joined programmatic tech company MediaMath as CMO, where she led a global marketing team for two years.

Education

Joanna holds a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with general and departmental honors.

Joanna O'Connell

Vice President Serving B2C Marketing Professionals

Joanna serves B2C marketing professionals and is an industry expert on programmatic advertising. As vice president, principal analyst leading adtech coverage, Joanna explores the fast-evolving digital advertising ecosystem with a focus on helping marketers make the right organizational and technology decisions to power customer-obsessed marketing. Specifically, she covers several core components of a modern buy-side tech stack including demand side platforms (DSPs), ad servers, dynamic creative optimization (DCO), and the like, as well as looking at the intersection of service and technology in programmatic media management.

Previous Work Experience

Joanna has nearly 20 years of digital marketing experience and has been a pioneer throughout her career. She began at digital agency Avenue A as a media planner and buyer in 2000 and, in 2008, launched Razorfish’s agency trading desk, ATOM Systems, to bring programmatic expertise to the agency and its clients. Joanna joined Forrester in 2010, serving interactive marketers and covering adtech and programmatic advertising as a principal analyst. In 2013, she moved to leading trade publication AdExchanger, which further deepened her adtech expertise, and in 2015, she joined programmatic tech company MediaMath as CMO, where she led a global marketing team for two years.

Education

Joanna holds a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with general and departmental honors.

Joanna O'Connell's Research

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  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Solving The Cross-Platform Targeting Riddle

    Why Marketers Should Not Be Satisfied With Today's Mechanisms For Targeting Individuals Across Platforms — And What They Can Do About It

    August 23, 2013Joanna O'Connell

    As consumers increasingly embrace personal mobile technologies, the third-party cookie, the most prevalent desktop-based targeting mechanism, is showing its limits at identifying and addressing your target audience — let alone at reaching the same user cross-platform. Today's targeting challenge for marketers is threefold: 1) reliably identifying, in a persistent manner, an individual consumer; 2) reaching that consumer across an ever-increasing number of devices and platforms; and 3) partnering with vendors whose infrastructure is still built around traditional targeting mechanisms. Read this report to make sense of today's cross-platform targeting ecosystem, understand the pros and cons of each targeting type, develop your own plan for cross-platform user targeting using this knowledge, and determine where you want the ecosystem to improve — and fast — to meet your specific targeting needs.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Data Management Platforms, Q3 2013

    DMP Providers That Matter Most For Marketers And How They Stack Up

    August 21, 2013Joanna O'Connell

    In Forrester's 70-criteria evaluation of data management platform (DMP) vendors, we evaluated the seven most significant providers — Adobe, Aggregate Knowledge, Blue Kai, CoreAudience, Knotice, nPario, and X Plus One — for marketers to consider. This Forrester Wave™ details our findings on how well each vendor fulfills our criteria and helps marketers select the right partner for audience insights and coordinated targeting.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: 2013 Interactive Marketing Predictions

    The Ultra-Connected Customer Will Upturn Marketing

    February 11, 2013 Melissa Parrish, Nate Elliott, Anthony Mullen, Jim Nail, Joanna O'Connell, Shar VanBoskirk, Jennifer Wise

    In 2013, the ultra-connected customer base will grow at a staggering pace, destabilizing marketing as you've come to know it. This report identifies the changes you'll see in your customers' expectations, your abilities, and the way your organization is structured and explains how you can succeed in this new age.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Scale Success with Programmatic Multichannel Media Buying

    December 6, 2012Joanna O'Connell, Christine Spivey Overby

    This report will guide marketers to think beyond the possibilities of programmatic media management in display; take them down the path to embracing programmatic on video, mobile, and social; and explain how to achieve that goal.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Selecting Digital Media Buying Partners

    How To Get The Right Mix Of Service And Performance

    June 6, 2012Joanna O'Connell

    Interactive marketers have more choices than ever when it comes to picking media buying partners. Once dominant, media buying agencies now face stiff competition from a whole host of new specialists who've emerged to fight for clients' digital media dollars amid transformational shifts — like the rise of audience-centric buying — in the digital media buying ecosystem. This report details the range of choices now available to you, gives practical advice on how to choose the right buying partner model, and details the key qualities to look for in any buying partner you're considering.

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