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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  • eCommerce
  • CMO
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Marketing Case For A Branded Sales Channel

    Marketers Must Look Beyond Incremental Sales And Margins To Assess The Full Impact Of A Direct Sales Channel

    Every product category has a set of competitors that have a branded route to the customer — such as The Body Shop in cosmetics, Gap in apparel, and Apple in consumer electronics — while...

    • Downloads: 290
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: B2B CMOs Drive Content Marketing Results By Fostering Direct Involvement

    Benchmark Data Shows That Content Marketing Maturity Improves As Team Participation Increases

    Eager to put content marketing to work by attracting buyer attention and generating demand, business-to-business (B2B) CMOs often turn to agencies and freelancers to boost their content marketing...

    • Downloads: 172
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Assess The Impact Of Touchpoints Along The Consumer Path-To-Purchase

    How Research Touchpoints Affect Consumer Spending

    Consumers connect with brands throughout the customer life cycle — they discover, explore, buy, and engage using a multitude of touchpoints. In the explore phase, consumers use a variety of...

    • Downloads: 1101
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:B2B Marketing's Big Data Destiny

    How To Make Business Buyer Data Actionable

    Business-to-business (B2B) CMOs who make business decisions based on internal data, with all of its imperfections and gaps, risk the same fate as hikers who head off into the wilderness without a...

    • Downloads: 427
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:How To Engage Your Omnichannel Consumer

    Brand Engagement The Consumer Way

    The report "Brand Engagement The Consumer Way," originally written for market insights professionals, highlights key behaviors that today's US online consumers exhibit when they engage with companies...

    • Downloads: 832
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Role Of Digital In The Path To Purchase

    New Digital Platforms Have To Wait Their Turn, As Traditional Stores Stay Critical

    CMOs of business-to-consumer (B2C) companies have lately called on shopper marketers to address the growing complexity of the impact of digital on in-store purchasing. Forrester recently conducted a...

    • Downloads: 1562
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Marketers Need To Put Money Where A Consumer's Mouth Is

    How Consumers Discover New Brands, Products, And Services

    This report, originally written for market insights professionals, includes important content for CMOs and marketing leaders looking to improve discovery of their products and services. The discover...

    • Downloads: 384
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Redesign B2B Dashboards Around Customers To Deliver Actionable Insights

    Most B2B marketers rely on static slide decks and tedious spreadsheets to demonstrate the impact of their marketing spend. Yet they are being held to higher expectations regarding ROI and faster...

    • Downloads: 359
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Transform From Top Lead Supplier Into Leader Of Customer Engagement

    The New Physics Of Lead-To-Revenue Management

    The report "The New Physics Of Lead-To-Revenue Management," originally written for sales enablement professionals, explains that standard practices, which demonstrate marketing spend's impact on...

    • Downloads: 224
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Tell Stories To Connect With Business Buyers

    Using Narrative Makes Content More Compelling

    Most business content fails to engage buyers. And marketers admit they struggle to make it more compelling. The solution to this problem is something we all know and love — a good story. To...

    • Downloads: 165
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: B2C CMOs Embrace The Post-Digital Landscape

    The post-digital era is upon us — digital has tremendous impact but no longer lives in its own vacuum of marketing tactics. And this will be another year in which fast-paced technology adoption...

    • Downloads: 377
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Create Mobile Moments That Boost The Brand Experience

    Shift Mobile From A Siloed Tactic To A Connected Brand Building Tool

    Forrester believes that we are witnessing a mobile mind shift — "the expectation that I can get what I want in my immediate context and moments of need." The new battleground for customers is...

    • Downloads: 289
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Direct Your 2015 B2B Budget Gains Toward Creating Exceptional Customer Experiences

    For this report, Forrester and Direct Marketing News (DMN) jointly surveyed a new crop of 132 business-to-business (B2B) marketing executives about their 2015 budget plans and expectations. The...

    • Downloads: 148
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:B2B CMOs Must Evolve Or Move On

    CMOs Stand At The Crossroads Of A Redefined Marketing Remit

    Digital channels, online social activity, and rapidly evolving personal technology cause top business marketers to take on unfamiliar responsibilities in order to succeed. While new peer and...

    • Downloads: 492
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:B2B Marketing Measurement Needs An MBA

    Marketing Data Is Key To B2B Business Decisions, But Top Execs Don't Take It Seriously

    Business-to-business (B2B) chief marketing officers (CMOs) can no longer rely on soft measures like brand awareness or disconnected stats like trade show scans or website traffic to demonstrate how...

    • Downloads: 453
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Nurture Thought Leadership To Nurture Your Brand

    Make Thought Leadership The Tip Of The Content Marketing Spear

    Great marketing content fuels the demand generation engine, boosts brand visibility, and attracts buyers interested in the problems your company can solve. But when marketers publish promotional...

    • Downloads: 769
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: B2B CMOs Will Juggle Data, Brand, And Organizational Investments

    In 2014, business-to-business (B2B) CMOs will have to determine the right balance of investments in data and analysis, brand building efforts, and organizational adaptations that help handle these...

    • Downloads: 399
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:How To Build A Strong B2B Brand Experience

    Processes: The Brand Experience Playbook

    As business buyers gain control over their purchase process with easy access to product specs, peer reviews, and competitive intelligence, business-to-business (B2B) organizations must depend on a...

    • Downloads: 752
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:How To Organize For The Digital Future

    Assign An Owner To Digital Strategy, Governance, And Execution

    To survive the destructive forces of digital disruption, firms must use eBusiness and interactive marketing capabilities to become customer obsessed. Yet most current digital organizations are too...

    • Downloads: 1275
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: B2B Content Fails The Customer Engagement Test

    Stories, Narrative, And Video Help Shift The Focus To Customers

    Engaging content can mean the difference between creating a business opportunity and losing to a competitor. Nowhere is the struggle to produce compelling business-to-business (B2B) content more...

    • Downloads: 210
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Make B2B Marketing Thrive In The Age Of The Customer

    Empowered buyers, disruptive digital innovations, and removal of global and traditional boundaries erase traditional types of competitive advantage. We are now in an era in which competition comes...

    • Downloads: 926
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:CMOs Must Prepare For Lead-To-Revenue Investments Now

    Balance People And Process To Fund L2RM

    This report, originally written for customer insights professionals, includes content relevant to CMOs, especially those leading marketing for business-to-business (B2B) companies. Here's why:...

    • Downloads: 270
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Microsoft HoloLens Changes Everything With The Next Natural Computing Interface

    CMOs Will Have To Support The Digital Experiences That Holographic Computing Enables

    With the launch of its Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft revealed an unexpected aspect of the new Windows 10 platform: a holographic interface that will launch with a dedicated headset called...

    • Downloads: 89
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Fragmented Path-To-Purchase Demands Everywhere Marketing

    Landscape: The Customer Life-Cycle Marketing Playbook

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

    • Downloads: 848
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Next-Generation Dashboards Put Data To Work To Drive B2B Marketing Decisions

    New marketing dashboard offerings deserve attention from business-to-business (B2B) CMOs, because these tools help convert dashboards from pipeline data displays and report aggregators to...

    • Downloads: 301