Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Her 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion, as well as on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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  • Consumer Technographics
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Profiling US Health-Conscious Consumers

    A Technographics® 360 Profile

    "Health-conscious" is not only a descriptor, it is also a driver. US consumers who prioritize their health have a distinct attitude that consciously and subconsciously influences their behavior...

    • Downloads: 47
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Canada Customer Experience Index, 2015

    Benchmarking The Canadian Brands That Create The Most Loyalty With Their Customer Experience

    Six in 10 Canadian companies want to improve their customer experience (CX) in 2015. Forrester's Canada Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) benchmarks 194 companies that do business in Canada...

    • Downloads: 309
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Australian Mobile Customer, Part 6

    Australians Use Apps For Utilitarian Purposes

    In the age of the customer, CIOs and the technology management organizations they lead must take an active role in the design and development of their companies' mobile strategy. While marketing...

    • Downloads: 71
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:New Online Shopping Traditions Emerge From The 2015 US Holiday Season

    A Technographics® 360 Report: Using Online Community And Social Listening Data

    With the 2015 holiday season safely behind us, eBusiness professionals can start to analyze US consumers' holiday season shopping behaviors. Due to the large sales volumes, consumers' high...

    • Downloads: 16
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Polishing Up Your Products — Why PIM Really Matters

    Telling A Consistent And Engaging Product Story Is Imperative

    For decades, product data has been the lifeblood of many large enterprises. Now, in the age of the customer, eBusiness leaders and marketers are critically reliant not only on their product data, but...

    • Downloads: 296
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Public Is Still Skeptical Of Federal Digital Customer Experience

    Since 2011, the White House has been trying to improve the federal digital customer experience (CX). Five years later, federal digital CX is finally starting get better. Unfortunately, customers...

    • Downloads: 97
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Retail Segmentation: Emerging Patterns Of Multitouchpoint Shopping

    Using Forrester's Online Retail Segmentation Data To Understand Multitouchpoint Shopping Behavior Across Europe

    European shoppers are embracing an ever increasing range of new devices and touchpoints across the path to purchase. eBusiness professionals must be prepared for the rise of multitouchpoint shopping....

    • Downloads: 392
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Chinese Mobile Consumers Are An Attractive But Unique Audience

    How Mobile Marketing Differs In The Largest Smartphone Market In The World

    China is the largest smartphone market in the world, with what appear to be highly sophisticated mobile users. Metro Chinese consumers use mobile for everything from social media to watching video to...

    • Downloads: 234
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:US Online Consumers' Perspectives On Wearable Technology

    A Technographics® 360 Report: Using Survey, Qualitative, And Social Listening Data

    In 2012, Forrester's "smart body, smart world" report asserted that sensor-laden embedded devices would be the next big thing among technology trends. Since then, we've witnessed the adoption...

    • Downloads: 95
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Harness The Power Of The Second Screen

    When And How It Makes Sense For Marketers To Integrate Second-Screen Experiences Into Their Plans

    Consumers today are rarely without a mobile, tablet, or laptop device close to hand, even when engaged in other activities such as watching TV. Being active on these second screens is now a normal...

    • Downloads: 274
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Meet The Changing Needs Of Connected Customers

    Your customers are more connected, more empowered, and more distracted than ever. To compete in this volatile world, companies need a new approach to delivering customer experiences. This report...

    • Downloads: 963
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Fight Between Apps And Websites Is Futile; You Need Both

    A Technographics® 360 Report: Using Behavioral Tracking And Survey Data

    Smartphones aid users in a multitude of ways in their everyday lives, and they use both apps and mobile websites to meet their needs. Each platform serves both distinct and overlapping needs,...

    • Downloads: 47
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2014: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Institutions

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

    The traditional competitive barriers in retail financial services are crumbling. Digital touchpoints render branch distribution strength impotent. Digital technologies are cheaper and easier to...

    • Downloads: 452
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Brief: Facebook (Still) Dominates Teens' Social Usage

    Kids May Not Think It's Cool, But They're Using It As Much As Ever Before

    Marketers seem to think teens are fleeing Facebook. The reality is that this couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, young people don't think Facebook is very cool — but that doesn't mean...

    • Downloads: 110
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA's Value To Customer-Experience-Driven Transformation

    Firms can no longer rely on operational excellence or product innovation alone for their success. Sooner or later, cost reduction efforts run out of steam and the organization is forced to...

    • Downloads: 374
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Australian Mobile Customer, Part 2

    Smartphone Adoption By Age

    In the age of the customer, CIOs and the technology management organizations they lead must take an active role in the design and development of their companies' mobile strategy. While marketing...

    • Downloads: 104
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: European Digital Insurance

    eBusiness Executives Must Drive Digital Business Transformation

    After a number of lean years, European insurers are eager to return to growth in 2015. But with economic growth in Europe still subdued, this aim can only be achieved by winning new customer segments...

    • Downloads: 561
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:From Mobile Government To Mobility Enablement

    Governments Not Only Embrace The Mobile Mind Shift, They Enable It

    In the age of the customer, government organizations must understand and address the needs of their citizens. For governments, it's the "age of the citizen," with demands for greater transparency and...

    • Downloads: 294
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Mechanics Of Trust

    Take A Three-Pronged Approach To Build Trust With Empowered Customers

    In today's always-on, post-digital world, consumers are skeptical of even their favorite brands, so marketers' old methods of building trust simply don't work anymore. This report outlines a modern,...

    • Downloads: 138
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Facebook Factor: US Online Youth

    Quantifying The Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Brand Interactions For US Online Youth

    It's been more than a year since Forrester published its original report on the "Facebook factor," which quantified the impact of a Facebook fan on brand interactions for US online adults, and social...

    • Downloads: 346
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: Digital Wallets

    Digital Wallets Compete For Market Share, But Consumer Adoption Will Be Slower Than You Think

    Where, with whom, and how much customers spend is a treasure trove of profitable data currently held by banks and a handful of card networks worldwide. The past few years have seen the emergence of...

    • Downloads: 338
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Build Seamless Experiences Now

    Experience Persistence Transforms Fragmented Interactions Into A Unified System Of Engagement

    Multidevice ownership and pervasive connectivity mean customers now have, use, and expect multiple ways to interact with companies far beyond the desktop or retail outlet. This change in behavior is...

    • Downloads: 783
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Three Gaming Apps Earn "Engaging" Scores On The App Engagement Index

    North American Consumer Technographics® — Revealing The Q4 2014 App Engagement Index Scores Of US Gaming Apps

    As consumers shift the time they spend on PCs and TVs to mobile devices, marketing leadership professionals need to shift their advertising budgets in parallel. Forrester estimates that mobile...

    • Downloads: 21
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:2015 Mobile App Marketing Trends

    Orchestrate Your Brand Presence, Beyond Your Own Apps, By Borrowing Mobile Moments

    With more than 80% of consumers spending mobile time on apps, brands will continue to place their bets on their own apps to successfully engage with consumers. It's an app world, after all! This...

    • Downloads: 669
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Trends 2016: The Future Of Customer Service

    Vision: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    In the age of the customer, executives don't decide how customer-centric their companies are — customers do. Changing customer expectations for easy and effective service that is deeply personal are...

    • Downloads: 4590