Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 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, retail, 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 and 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 M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • Past 6 months
  • Consumer Technographics
  • 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: 292
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Telecom Brands Are Not Connecting

    Technographics® TRUE Brand Compass: Telecom

    Customers' dissatisfaction with telecom providers is well documented. These firms are known for frustrating customers with confusing programming bundles, poor customer service, and opaque pricing....

    • Downloads: 130
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Focus On Three New Service Experiences To Thrive In The Age Of The Digital Customer

    Social, Proactive, And Embedded Customer Service Builds Intimacy With The New Breed Of Consumers

    A new generation of customers doesn't seem to remember details of service processes. They have begun to prefer self-service versus speaking with contact center agents and now look to companies to act...

    • Downloads: 106
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Segmenting US Investors, 2015

    Forrester's Segmentation Combines Self-Directedness And Investable Assets

    The new power of consumers means that a focus on the customer now matters more than any other strategic imperative. Customer segmentation allows firms to systematically understand and serve their...

    • Downloads: 133
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Comparing European And US Consumers' Perspectives On Wearable Technology

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

    Technology publications predicted that 2014 would be "The year of the wearable" — and looking at the past 12 months, 2014 has more than lived up to that prediction. Within Q4 alone, Apple...

    • Downloads: 24
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Asia Pacific CIOs: Start Your Digital Journey With Mobile

    The Mobile Mind Shift Is Already Underway — Ensure That Your Company Doesn't Fall Behind

    CIOs in Asia Pacific are working with other business leaders to drive their companies' digital initiatives. Most of the region's CIOs focus on digitizing back-end systems and processes to enable...

    • Downloads: 72
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The US Customer Experience Index, Q1 2015

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

    Three-quarters of companies want to improve their customer experience (CX) in 2015. Forrester's first US Customer Experience Index (CX Index) benchmark of 2015 sets the baseline that will tell 299 US...

    • Downloads: 415
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Brief: Consumer Ad Attitudes Show Promise

    Use Context To Overcome Ad Fatigue

    Here's some good news for marketers: Advertising continues to drive sales and brand affinity, and ad attitudes have improved in several dimensions since 2012. However, consumers still feel...

    • Downloads: 40
  • 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: 418
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Europeans Are Ready For Usage-Based Car Insurance

    Digital Executives Must Drive Adoption With Marketing And Education

    Telematics looks set to transform car insurance as smart wireless devices, smartphones, and smart cars converge to create what should be a smart insurance choice for safe drivers and their insurers:...

    • Downloads: 79
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Mobile Push Notifications: Do They Save Or Spend Consumers' Time?

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

    US consumers' No. 1 reason for opting in to almost any type of app's push notification — whether it's a new coupon alert or a breaking news report — is universal: They want real-time...

    • Downloads: 37
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Making Sense Of New Video Consumption Behavior

    The Proliferation Of New Digital Video Sources, Formats, And Devices Demands New Planning Recipes

    Consumers' video viewing habits are changing as new sources of TV content they love, available on new devices, allow them to watch their favorite shows more conveniently. Consumers are also...

    • Downloads: 370
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Mobile Wallets Lies Beyond Payments

    Select Your Mobile Wallet Partners To Craft Valuable Mobile Moments

    Despite the accelerating rate of disruption and innovation in mobile payments, no one, including Apple, has yet cracked mobile wallets. Forrester believes that several players will emerge as winners...

    • Downloads: 488
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Exploring The Drivers, Attitudes, And Behaviors Behind The 2014 US Holiday Shopping Season

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

    The holiday season continues to be lucrative for all retailers, and early planning will help them get ahead of the competition. With the 2014 US holiday season now behind us, we can see that...

    • Downloads: 45
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Contact Centers Must Go Digital Or Die

    Rework Your Contact Center Technology And Staffing Models To Align With Customer Channel Preferences

    Consumer preference for customer service channels is changing across all ages and demographics. Adoption of digital customer service channels, with an emphasis on self-service channels such as web...

    • Downloads: 313
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Evolve Your Marketing Strategy To Outpace Consumers' Behavior

    Landscape: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    The traditional marketing funnel has been done in by consumers' behaviors that are anything but linear. Instead, in each phase of Forrester's customer life cycle — discover, explore, buy, use,...

    • Downloads: 1041
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Know Your Data To Create Actionable Policy

    Policy: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    Data defense is the fundamental purpose of information security. To defend your data, there are only four levers you can pull — controlling access, inspecting data usage patterns for abuse,...

    • Downloads: 816
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Washington Must Work Harder To Spur The Public's Interest In Digital Government

    Federal Agencies Are Spending Millions On Digital CX That Customers May Not Want

    Federal agencies will continue spending huge sums on digital customer experience (CX) for years to come. Their efforts have already given the American people more and better digital channels than...

    • Downloads: 35
  • 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: 181
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Customer Experience In The Post-PC Era

    Vision: The Digital Customer Experience Improvement Playbook

    The rapid consumer adoption of mobile devices, new interfaces, and the changing behaviors they encourage have transformed how customers engage with companies. Gone are the days when companies could...

    • Downloads: 1441
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Personal Identity And Data Management Success Starts With Customer Understanding

    Processes: The Personal Identity And Data Management Playbook

    With the increase in high-profile data breaches and the recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlements that hold Facebook, Google, and Twitter accountable to strict privacy audit guidelines,...

    • Downloads: 487
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:What Makes A Great Government Experience

    Lessons Learned From Our New Customer Experience Index

    Federal agencies are failing the administration's mandate to offer customer experiences (CX) that match the best of the private sector. What's worse, their poor CX performance hurts our whole...

    • Downloads: 193
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:A Marketer's Guide To The Mobile Mind Shift

    Landscape: The Mobile Marketing Playbook

    Your customers are on smart mobile devices. The question is: how many, what do they expect, and what are they doing? The average US smartphone owner spends over an hour per day interacting with their...

    • Downloads: 1200
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Unified Digital Customer Experience Imperative In India

    Complex Customer Engagement Mandates Unifying Digital Experiences

    India boasts a growing digitally active population. Booming device usage means that digital users are increasingly adopting a multiscreen approach, often leveraging multiple devices to accomplish a...

    • Downloads: 80
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How US Online Consumers Research And Buy Credit Cards

    Online Capabilities Are Crucial To The Purchase Journey

    Credit cards remain the top selling financial product in the US, even though sales are significantly lower than before the financial crisis. Prospects shopping for a new credit card have clear goals...

    • Downloads: 127