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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  • Omnichannel Customer Experience
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Prioritizing Online Access To In-Store Inventory

    Retailers Stand To Gain From Online Visibility Into In-Store Inventory And Buy Online/Pick Up In-Store Capabilities

    Multichannel retailers have made unprecedented investments in enabling omnichannel services. Giving customers the ability to view, reserve, and buy in-store inventory through the online channel for...

    • Downloads: 290
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How CX Professionals Can Use VoC To Surface Pricing Issues

    Inject Customer Experience Insights Into Pricing Decisions

    Pricing can make or break the customer experience (CX). However, most voice of the customer (VoC) programs don't deliver comprehensive data on customers' perception of pricing. This report will show...

    • Downloads: 354
  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    Report:From Priming The Pipeline To Engaging Buyers: The B2B CMO's New Role In Sales Enablement

    Advances in automation increase visibility and accountability surrounding lead-to-revenue processes. Despite this, tensions between marketing and sales persist concerning the quality of support that...

    • Downloads: 292
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Mastering New Marketing Automation Approaches

    The age of the customer ties success to firms' ability to know and serve their customers. Campaigns provide an instrument to drive customer behavior, but traditional campaign approaches can't keep up...

    • Downloads: 801
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Implement Effective Customer Service Metrics

    Benchmarks: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    Customer service managers can easily become distracted by the sheer volume of metrics available for tracking operational activities and fail to deliver on key business goals. To keep customer service...

    • Downloads: 1352
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Architecting Digital Business Transformation

    Australia Post's Customer Experience-Driven Enterprise Architecture Guides Pervasive Transformation

    Digital technology is transforming markets. Companies engaging in markets undergoing transformation are finding that their traditional products — and their product-centric mindset — no...

    • Downloads: 361
  • 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: 990
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:You Are Here: Location Analytics And The Rebirth Of Customer Experience

    As the digitization of people, places, and experiences brings the online and offline realms together, companies are waking up to the fact that they know much more about their customers online than...

    • Downloads: 755
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How US Online Consumers Research And Buy Mortgages

    Homebuyers And Refinancers Have Complex Purchase Journeys

    The mortgage purchase journey is complex, with customers using a mix of digital and human touchpoints to research and then buy mortgages. The journey differs depending on whether the customer is...

    • Downloads: 185
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Which Technologies Fit Where In Marketing's Future

    Marketing relationships are changing from invisible and one-sided to visible and cooperative — manifested through uniquely designed, valuable experiences. Meanwhile, customers are increasingly...

    • Downloads: 685
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The State Of Digital Customer Experience Technology, 2013

    Findings From Forrester's Digital Customer Experience Online Survey

    Forrester recently surveyed 233 digital customer experience professionals with decision-making roles in digital experience (DX) technologies, asking them about their strategies for the coming 12 to...

    • Downloads: 933
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Closing The Experience Gaps

    Adopt A New Experience Architecture And Philosophy To Bridge Gaps In Performance, Convenience, Personalization, And Trust

    Improving customer experience is now the No. 1 priority of business executives. And as Forrester's revised Customer Experience Index makes clear, simply meeting needs is not enough to deliver...

    • Downloads: 527
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Nailing In-Store Pickup

    Meeting And Exceeding The Expectations Of Today's Shopper

    Omnichannel fulfillment capabilities — the ability to offer the customer cross-channel visibility and ordering options — have become the standard for leading traditional retailers, with...

    • Downloads: 229
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Serving Your Customer-Obsessed Employees

    Analyze And Close Your Customer Engagement Technology Gap

    In the age of the customer, every employee has a responsibility to win, serve, and retain customers, directly, indirectly, or, in the case of customer-obsessed employees, both. As the head of the...

    • Downloads: 181
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:CMOs: Own Mobile To Own Your Customers

    How To Organize For Mobile Success

    Mobile moments are the next battleground where you must win, serve, and retain your customers. As the ultimate owners of the brand and customer experiences, chief marketing officers (CMOs) must...

    • Downloads: 289
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Start Innovating With Future-State Journey Mapping

    Strategic Plan: The Customer Experience Ecosystem Playbook

    Rising customer experience (CX) scores have been a boon for customers who are now less likely to struggle through poor experiences, but for companies, it means that they must take more aggressive...

    • Downloads: 598
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™ For AD&D Pros: Contact Center Solutions For Customer Service, Q2 2013

    Locking in customer loyalty via deeper engagement and differentiated experiences will continue to be critical priorities for organizations in all sectors in the decade ahead. But navigating the...

    • Downloads: 905
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Voice Of The Customer Vendor Landscape, 2014

    A Customer Experience Professional's Guide To The VoC Vendor Market

    Companies use voice of the customer (VoC) programs to collect and analyze customer feedback, inform customer experience improvements, and track the results of those improvements. To manage the...

    • Downloads: 860
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Retool Your Operations To Enable Store Fulfillment

    Shipping Products From Stores Drives Incremental Revenue But With Added Complexity

    Store fulfillment programs have propelled omnichannel integration efforts to be center stage for eBusinesses. Retailers are no longer debating the benefits of store fulfillment — instead, the...

    • Downloads: 318
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Linking Customer Engagement To Business Capabilities In The Age Of The Customer

    Processes: The Business Technology Agenda Playbook

    This report uses business capability mapping concepts to depict how customer engagement activates business capabilities. In the age of the customer, during which knowledge of and engagement with...

    • Downloads: 903
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Microsoft .NET: New Options, New Choices, New Risks

    The Emerging Windows Platform Expands On The .NET Framework

    One Microsoft platform era is ending and another is beginning. The .NET era as we've known it is winding down. .NET doesn't go away — it becomes Microsoft's preferred server environment for a...

    • Downloads: 875
  • 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: 755
  • 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: 405
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile Mandate For eBusiness Professionals

    Business Case: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Mobile offers eBusiness and channel strategy professionals the opportunity to engage with consumers at every step of their purchasing journey, from upper-funnel demand generation through...

    • Downloads: 1175
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Mobile Auto Insurance Functionality Benchmark

    Benchmarks: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Just how effective are mobile insurance apps and sites at meeting the needs of auto insurance customers? This update details the findings from Forrester's 2014 benchmark of the mobile offerings of...

    • Downloads: 332