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 B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Brief: Use Social Marketing To Advance Customers On Their Financial Services Journey

    Social Is More Than Just A Discovery Tool

    B2C marketing professionals in the financial services industry in Asia Pacific (AP) are active on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But many are novices in using social marketing to win,...

    • Downloads: 67
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Best Practices In Mortgage Sales

    Weave Human And Digital Touchpoints Together To Improve The Experience And Drive Conversion

    The first in our financial product sales series, this report looks at how eBusiness executives can drive mortgage sales and improve the customer experience for both homebuyers and refinancers....

    • Downloads: 203
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Bridge Complex Customer Journeys With Continuous Business Services

    Digitally empowered customers are redefining how business is won, forcing firms to become digital businesses that leverage digital technologies across the ecosystem. Winning in this fast-paced...

    • Downloads: 301
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Digital Predator Or Digital Prey?

    Six BT Transformation Strategies To Energize Your Digital Business

    By 2020 every business will become a digital predator or digital prey — which will your company evolve into? The answer to this question lies in how well you, as the CIO, and the executives in...

    • Downloads: 239
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The State Of Voice Of The Customer Programs, 2014: It's Time To Act

    Voice of the customer (VoC) programs are vital to improving customer experience; they both feed customer experience (CX) measurement and uncover the insights necessary to deliver better experiences....

    • Downloads: 623
  • 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: 679
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Customer-Centric BPM Technology, Q4 2014

    Tools And Technology: Business Processes Management Playbook

    The shift to customer centricity has disrupted an aging business process management (BPM) software market with deep roots in the back office and a mixed track record for driving efficiency and worker...

    • Downloads: 418
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:US Retail Segmentation: Gen Y Online Shoppers

    Using Forrester Technographics® To Profile Generation Y Online Shoppers In The US

    In the US, Gen Y is a digitally savvy segment that frequently buys online through a number of touchpoints and will continue to be a core segment for US online retailers for years to come. eBusiness...

    • Downloads: 644
  • 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: 573
  • 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: 211
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Master Your Mobile Loyalty Moments

    Continuous Improvement: The Customer Loyalty Playbook

    Today, consumers rely on their mobile phones and tablets as information, entertainment, shopping, and life companions. They expect they can get what they want in their immediate context and moments...

    • Downloads: 844
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Emerging Markets Overview: Brazil

    A Global Consumer Technographics® Report

    By far the largest and most populated country in South America, Brazil has a presence on the world stage that continues to win global attention and inspire awe with as much flair as Adriana Lima...

    • Downloads: 81
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Mobile And The Travel Experience

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

    Traveling is synonymous with being mobile — and we mean that in every sense of the term. Smartphones and tablets have disrupted the travel life cycle to the point where consumers reach for...

    • Downloads: 39
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Ecosystem Redefined

    Vision: The Customer Experience Ecosystem Playbook

    Customer experience (CX) competition is intensifying, and fundamental flaws in ambitious companies' CX ecosystems are thwarting their efforts to differentiate. To help customer experience...

    • Downloads: 1046
  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report:Unlock Customer Context With Marketing Technology

    Executive Overview: The Enterprise Marketing Technology Playbook

    Once relegated to the province of direct mail teams and analysts, customer data and marketing technology are now essential to every marketing function, from strategy to creative development to...

    • Downloads: 811
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Case Study: How DBS Reinvented The Asian Banking Experience

    DBS Bank is a prominent financial services group in Asia with more than 250 branches across 17 markets. Battling for customers in highly competitive markets like Singapore, China, and India, DBS...

    • Downloads: 285
  • 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: 302
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Welcome To The Era Of Agile Commerce

    Multichannel commerce is being reborn. Traditional ways of describing multichannel commerce no longer work because customers don't interact with companies from a "channel" perspective. Customers now...

    • Downloads: 4171
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Rethink Marketing In The Customer's Context

    How B2B Marketers Need To Recast Their Approach

    Business-to-business (B2B) marketers must face a new reality: Customers seek a range of inputs as they embark on solving business needs. Some executives prefer vendors that can create and deliver on...

    • Downloads: 1086
  • 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: 238
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Marketing Strategy For The Mobile Mind Shift

    Vision: The Mobile Marketing Playbook

    Customers are in the midst of a mobile mind shift. As a result of their perpetual mobile connections, their expectations have changed. They're not interested in your messaging and logos. They want...

    • Downloads: 1405
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Digital Customer Experience Trends, 2014

    In 2013, the number and variety of digital touchpoints blossomed, and a new breed of digital innovators rushed forward, blending online and offline experiences. In parallel, privacy concerns...

    • Downloads: 1690
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Federal Customer Experience Finally Turns The Corner

    Major changes are coming to federal customer experience (CX). The seeds that the administration planted in 2014 — like the US Digital Services Playbook — will start to bear fruit in 2015,...

    • Downloads: 175
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2013: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Services Firms

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

    For 10 years Forrester has shown that customer advocacy — the perception on the part of customers that their firm does what's best for them, not just the firm's own bottom line — is the...

    • Downloads: 680
  • 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: 921