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.


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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  • Omnichannel Customer Experience
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How To Drive Action With Your VoC Program

    Boost Your Customer Experience By Leveraging Your Stakeholders More Effectively

    Voice of the customer (VoC) programs are still not taken seriously because they struggle to drive action. To change that, VoC teams need to leverage stakeholders across the organization; only then...

    • Downloads: 336
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Building A Digital Travel Business

    Multichannel Strategies To Better Serve The Connected Traveler

    The act of traveling may always be immune to digital disruption, but the way in which travelers engage with the experience is ripe for digital enhancement. The Internet has revolutionized the way in...

    • Downloads: 729
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Getting Mobile Right With Mobility POST

    A Methodical Approach To Building Your Mobile Phone, Tablet, And Wearables Strategies

    Back in 2009, Forrester created the first version of mobile POST — a methodology to help our clients create mobile strategies that align well with the mobile sophistication of their customer...

    • Downloads: 565
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How Companies Improved Their Customer Experience Index Scores, 2014

    Processes: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Forrester interviewed customer experience (CX) professionals at brands that showed the biggest year-over-year improvement in our annual CX benchmark. We asked them what they and their companies did...

    • Downloads: 1036
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How Journey Maps Improve CX Measurement Efforts

    Performance Management: The Digital Customer Experience Improvement Playbook

    Even some well-established customer experience (CX) measurement programs aren't able to measure the health of end-to-end experiences that cross touchpoints as customers pursue a goal. Customer...

    • Downloads: 484
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use Best Practices To Determine Core Features: A B2B Ratings And Reviews Case Study

    Processes: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    As B2B organizations embark on an eCommerce path, they can choose from many features, functions, and interfaces to maximize their business opportunity. Separating the wheat from the chaff and...

    • Downloads: 939
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Website Functionality Benchmark: US Health Insurance Plan Public Sites

    In An Age Of Increasing Complexity And Consumer Choice, Healthcare Sites Struggle With Simplicity

    In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, leading health plans have been vocal about finally making serious investments in retail-oriented, digital shop-to-enroll experiences. As we move into the tail...

    • Downloads: 259
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Mobile Insurance, 2014

    Digital Teams Continue To Expand Their Mobile Services

    Insurance companies are rolling out a widening range of mobile insurance functionality for both consumers and agents. While there's substantial and growing consumer interest in mobile insurance,...

    • Downloads: 677
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Customer Journey Mapping Is Becoming Key To Digital Transformation

    Use This New Process To Understand Problems And Drive Alignment

    As businesses seek success in the age of the customer, they need to rework and transform their business processes to align with the rising expectations of their empowered clients. In this context,...

    • Downloads: 353
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Software Requirements Practices Are Ripe For Disruption

    Agile approaches and continuous delivery have improved software development, testing, and delivery capabilities, but many organizations find their requirements practices continue to be a source of...

    • Downloads: 418
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:This Isn't Your Grandfather's Service Desk

    How To Transform Your Service Desk To A Customer-Experience-Focused Organization

    While the service desk remains the primary point of contact for business customers with issues, questions, and challenges related to their hardware and software, the traditional metrics focus on...

    • Downloads: 406
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Z Gallerie Crafts A Results-Oriented, Mobile-Specific Search Strategy

    This Retailer Successfully Drives Mobile Search Consumers Through A Multichannel Customer Life Cycle

    Brick-and-mortar retailer Z Gallerie realized it was time for a mobile search strategy when analytics revealed that its consumers were increasingly connecting with it through mobile channels. To...

    • Downloads: 69
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Right Mobile Usability Testing Tool

    Mobile is a leading driver of customer experience (CX) innovation, but a bad mobile experience can turn away customers for good. That's why CX professionals should embrace tools and services...

    • Downloads: 356
  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    Report:B2B Marketers Prefer To Create Their Own Content Mostly For Lead Nurturing

    Effective content marketing is now critical to B2B marketers' success because useful content accelerates potential buyers along their journey. That usefulness is predicated on the content being...

    • Downloads: 390
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Emerging Technologies Of The Digital Store

    Retailers across the globe are investing significant resources and cash to adapt retail stores to meet the realities of digital disruption. The breakneck pace of technological innovation means...

    • Downloads: 630
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Introducing Forrester's Next-Generation Customer Experience Index

    Great Customer Experiences Create And Sustain Customer Loyalty

    For the past seven years, Forrester has used its Customer Experience Index (CXi) to benchmark how consumers rated their interactions with hundreds of brands in the US and, more recently, in Europe...

    • Downloads: 1129
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Customer Life-Cycle Industry Overview: Consumer Electronics

    A Consumer Technographics® Report

    A range of different motivations may inspire a consumer's decision to purchase a consumer electronics device: While some technology mavens know of the latest product through community interest groups...

    • Downloads: 73
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:How To Start Bridging The Mobile Monetization Gap

    Use Mobile Engagement To Extend Existing Business Models

    Facebook, Groupon, Pandora, Path, Rovio, and Twitter are companies that get a lot of media or investor attention and have a common denominator: Each has a large mobile audience but an unproven...

    • Downloads: 681
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Winning The Customer Experience Game

    Best Practices For CIOs

    Customer experience (CX) is too often thought of in terms of the IT help desk. But CIOs and their IT teams are increasingly being challenged with improving the customer experience for the...

    • Downloads: 651
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Rogers Communications Pilots A New Customer Experience Strategy

    In 2011, the customer experience team at Rogers Communications, Canada's largest telecommunications carrier, was beating its collective head against a wall — how could it operationalize its...

    • Downloads: 553
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Enrich Customer Life-Cycle Understanding With Customer Journey Maps

    Processes: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

    Customer experience is rapidly increasing in importance across all phases of the customer life cycle — including early phases that have traditionally been the exclusive purview of marketing. As...

    • Downloads: 1016
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 UK Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Barclays Tops Our Review Of UK Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking services of the seven largest retail banks and building societies in the UK on more than 35...

    • Downloads: 269
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Seven Steps Of Highly Effective Journey Mapping

    Rethink The Journey Mapping Process To Drive Change

    Journey maps are wildly popular. But the production of a map won't change anything unless it is part of a well-defined process that takes into consideration a purpose, goals, and customer experience...

    • Downloads: 984
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:IT's Role In Winning Customer Experience

    Tips For CIOs From Fidelity Investments And FedEx

    Improving customer experience (CX) is about to become the top priority for CIOs. CEOs are turning to CIOs and IT leaders to help transform customer experiences through digital technologies. And...

    • Downloads: 574
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Manage The Cross-Touchpoint Customer Journey

    Processes: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Today's consumer engages through a variety of touchpoints, yet many brands struggle to deliver cross-touchpoint experiences. Too many firms focus on each touchpoint in isolation and fail to enable...

    • Downloads: 2456