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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  • Multichannel Customer Experience
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Embrace Continuous Improvement To Power Customer Service Operations

    Continuous Improvement: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    Companies struggle to deliver reproducible, effective, and personalized customer service that meets customer expectations and doesn't break the bank. Application development and delivery (AD&D)...

    • Downloads: 474
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: The Age Of The Customer Is Set To Disrupt The BPM Market

    Predictions: The Business Process Management Playbook

    The age of the customer is disrupting a business process management (BPM) discipline that started in the 1990s to drive costs from production and operations. Over the next two years, new alternative...

    • Downloads: 382
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Win The Social Marketing Measurement Game

    Performance Management: The Social Marketing Playbook

    Measuring social marketing is hard. But too often, the solutions that marketers use — such as focusing only on engagement, cherry-picking only the best-looking numbers, or relying on vendors'...

    • Downloads: 873
  • 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: 544
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Web, Hybrid, And Native Mobile Apps All Have Their Place

    Strategic Plan: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    In the past few years, we've handled hundreds of client inquiries regarding which technology approach best suits mobile app development needs. The most common question: "Should we go with a native...

    • Downloads: 2716
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Best Practices In Mobile Financial Sales

    Digital Teams Must Use Context To Be Relevant And Earn Sales

    As mobile touchpoints displace PCs, branches, advisors, and agents at the heart of customers' relationships with financial services firms, digital executives need to step up their mobile marketing...

    • Downloads: 298
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Infrastructure Will Drive The Retail Store Experiences Of The Future

    In-Store Technology Is Too Critical For I&O To Be Left Out

    To engage customers, retailers are implementing new technologies to help increase the relevance of content, reduce shopper frustrations, and create pleasing experiences. For example, Burberry tags...

    • Downloads: 647
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Executing End-To-End Mobile Services

    Mobile technologies are tactics — not strategies in themselves. Too often mobile services conversations start with "Let's build an app." Instead, decisions like these should only be undertaken...

    • Downloads: 1308
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Methods And Techniques For CX-Driven Transformation

    Companies that set out to transform the customer experience (CX) they deliver need to redesign their firms from the outside-in — starting with the experience they want customers to have and...

    • Downloads: 351
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Customer Life-Cycle Industry Overview: Clothing, Footwear, And Accessories

    A Consumer Technographics® Report

    Window shopping can be trendy, but "screen shopping" might be next season's newest fashion. With the proliferation of online garment retailers, fashion labels' aggressive digital campaigns, and...

    • Downloads: 66
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy Q2 2012: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Services Firms

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

    When customers feel that a financial services firm acts in their best interest, they are willing to invest more, borrow more, and buy more products from that firm. We call this corporate trait...

    • Downloads: 564
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2013: US Retail eBusiness

    As US online retail continues to grow and capture shopper wallet share, online retail executives must determine the best areas on which to focus their limited resources, particularly given the number...

    • Downloads: 1048
  • 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: 2382
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Advance Campaign Automation With Personalization And Real-Time Context

    Benchmarks: The Enterprise Marketing Technology Playbook

    For the recent Forrester Wave™ evaluation of cross-channel campaign management (CCCM), we surveyed 96 customers about their vendors. We found that CCCM users are generally satisfied with the...

    • Downloads: 1161
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How To Make The Case For Customer Experience

    Four Business Case Models To Help You Win Funding For Your Customer Experience Program

    We're in the age of the customer, where unyielding competition, low barriers to entry, and disappearing sources of competitive advantage impede the path to profitability. Successful enterprises like...

    • Downloads: 722
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Brief: Don't Neglect Mobile Web Ads In Favor Of Apps

    In-App Ads Are Appealing, But They're Not A Panacea

    Smartphones have captured the attention of customers, and marketers are following suit by shifting a portion of their budgets into mobile advertising. But with mobile, unlike with desktop planning,...

    • Downloads: 170
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, UK 2014

    How good is the experience at leading UK companies — as rated by their consumers? This report helps answer that question by providing a benchmark of the quality of experience for 28 UK brands...

    • Downloads: 377
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Multichannel Home Lending Status Boosts Results

    eBusiness Professionals Must Integrate Mobile Into Loan Processes

    As customers become more comfortable with research and applying for financial products through mobile devices, eBusiness professionals at banks will need to consider how mobile can support...

    • Downloads: 401
  • 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: 972
  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    Report:Assessing Your Content Management Processes And Organization

    B2B marketers across all industries are investing more into creating digital content to generate new business opportunities, nurture existing sales or marketing leads, and to encourage deeper...

    • Downloads: 631
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Bank Of The Future Has Arrived — In A Box

    Diebold's Prototype Integrates State-Of-The-Art Branch Technologies To Deliver The Bank Branch Of The Future

    Many banks have flagship branches that showcase modern technology and innovative customer interaction concepts. However, most have just one or a few of these showcases, so the overall number of...

    • Downloads: 181
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:2013 B2B CMO Imperatives

    Driving Growth With Customer Insights, Marketing Automation, And Content Marketing

    Business-to-business (B2B) CMOs will have three key initiatives to execute on in 2013 in order to separate themselves from the competition in front of empowered business buyers. Marketers must work...

    • Downloads: 1112
  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Case For B2B Customer Experience Programs Is Revenue Generation And Renewal

    But Marketing Cannot Take On This Issue Alone

    Research conducted over the past years indicates that B2B customers perceive their experiences to be worse than those delivered by bottom-of-the-barrel consumer industries such as TV service...

    • Downloads: 446
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: I&O And CX Pros Jointly Improving Customer Experience Is A Win-Win

    Strategic Plan: The Modern Service Delivery Playbook For 2015

    We live in a world where customers use software to interact with our products and services. However, software is infinitely malleable, which leaves us to question what we should build and why....

    • Downloads: 10
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Organize To Support Integrated Messaging

    Organization: The Email Marketing Playbook

    The future of email is integration with other marketing channels. But most email organizations today are too small and too operationally focused to be prepared for customer-focused integrated...

    • Downloads: 223