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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  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Messaging Apps: Mobile Becomes The New Face Of Social

    Messaging Apps Will Force Digital Platforms To Evolve

    You've surely heard of the second-largest acquisition in tech history, Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion. However, you may not have heard of KakaoTalk, Kik, Line, Secret, Snapchat,...

    • Downloads: 446
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Harness The Power Of The Second Screen

    When And How It Makes Sense For Marketers To Integrate Second-Screen Experiences Into Their Plans

    Consumers today are rarely without a mobile, tablet, or laptop device close to hand, even when engaged in other activities such as watching TV. Being active on these second screens is now a normal...

    • Downloads: 256
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:US Young Professionals: A Demographic Overview

    North American Technographics®

    In this demographic overview, we take a look at US young professionals — an ambitious group that seems to embody the "work hard, play hard" lifestyle. Forrester defines young professionals as...

    • Downloads: 90
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Forrester Research Smartphone Adoption Forecast, 2012 To 2017 (Western Europe)

    ForecastView Spreadsheet

    Smartphone installed base and subscriber data for 16 countries in Western Europe. Includes age and income ownership demographics by country as well as subscribers by operating system for selected...

    • Downloads: 9
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Profiling Brand-Loyal And Price-Conscious US Consumers

    A Technographics® Data Essentials Document

    Brand loyalty and price sensitivity guide consumers' purchasing decisions, but these qualities also create unique audiences that embody distinct social attitudes, technology engagement, and...

    • Downloads: 112
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Understand Operational Nuances To Achieve Success With Google Product Listing Ads

    Introduced in late 2012 as a paid model, Google's Product Listing Ads (PLAs) were readily embraced by marketers of all types. Throughout the past year, spend has increased and the number of PLA...

    • Downloads: 180
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Four Social Programs Every Marketer Should Study

    Lessons From The 2014 Forrester Groundswell Awards

    In April 2014, Forrester announced the winners of the eighth annual Forrester Groundswell Awards. The awards recognize the very best in social marketing — focusing on programs that go beyond...

    • Downloads: 291
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Forrester Research Interactive Marketing Forecast By Industry, 2012 To 2017 (US)

    ForecastView Spreadsheet

    Company spending on interactive marketing spending segmented by industries. Each industry's spending is further broken into the various components of interactive marketing: display, paid search, SEO,...

    • Downloads: 18
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Why US Investors Behave The Way They Do

    Segmenting US Investors, 2015

    This report, originally written for eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, includes content relevant to your role. Here's why: US investors comprise half of all online US adults — a vast...

    • Downloads: 114
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Customer Life-Cycle Industry Overview: Over-The-Counter Health Products

    A Consumer Technographics® Report

    When it comes to buying health-related products, consumers take extra care to learn about the item. Although over-the-counter health products aren't generally high investments on the basis of price,...

    • Downloads: 69
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Get To Know Mobile Tactics

    Tools And Technology: The Mobile Marketing Playbook

    Smartphone adoption is increasing and propelling your audience into the growing segment of always addressable customers. A key touchpoint for these mobile-savvy and connected consumers, smartphones...

    • Downloads: 939
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The State Of Consumers And Technology: Benchmark 2013, China

    China Consumer Technographics®

    This report provides an overview of metropolitan Chinese online consumers' behaviors and technology attitudes. In general, they are enthusiastic mobile owners and social participants. China is a...

    • Downloads: 45
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Mobile App Discovery: Best Practices To Promote Your App

    Most brands would love to have their apps among the top 25 most downloaded apps on the Apple App Store or Google Play. With more than one million apps available, there's a great risk that your app...

    • Downloads: 600
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    Report:The Best And Worst Of Email Marketing, 2014

    Benchmarks: The Email Marketing Playbook

    This report helps marketing leaders benchmark their email marketing campaigns against 98 of their peers that Forrester reviewed from the consumer goods, retail, travel, financial services,...

    • Downloads: 619
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    Report:The State Of Consumers And Technology: Benchmark 2012, China

    Asia Pacific Consumer Technographics®

    This report provides an overview of metropolitan Chinese online consumers' behaviors and technology attitudes. In general, metropolitan Chinese consumers are enthusiastic mobile owners and social...

    • Downloads: 88
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Brief: Digital Marketers Are Embracing eCommerce, And China Is Leading The Way

    As Obsolete Organizational Boundaries Fade, Digital Marketers Are Increasingly Taking Responsibility For eCommerce Initiatives

    As B2C digital marketing professionals become more directly responsible for business outcomes, they are gradually taking responsibility for eCommerce. Our research shows a clear trend toward merging...

    • Downloads: 71
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Digital Health Management Needs A Makeover To Broaden Its Consumer Appeal

    Forrester Technographics Digital Consumer Community Report

    Tracking and managing personal health information — with technology or without — is not a mainstream consumer activity today. There are multiple reasons for this: Consumers lack...

    • Downloads: 14
  • 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: 682
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:How To Reach US Investors

    What Different Investor Segments Really Want

    This report, originally written for eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, includes content relevant to your role. Here's why: Forrester's investor segmentation and media consumption data can...

    • Downloads: 107
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    Report:Compare Your B2B Content Marketing Maturity

    Benchmarks: The Content Marketing Playbook

    Creating content that attracts attention and builds customer relationships requires a fundamental shift from writing about features and benefits to delivering valuable information that drives...

    • Downloads: 512
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    Report:Customer Life-Cycle Industry Overview: Automobiles

    A Consumer Technographics® Report

    When Mad Men's silver-tongued creative director Don Draper declared that "happiness is the smell of a new car," he suggested that buying a car means more than just having the ability to get from one...

    • Downloads: 105
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    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: 85
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    Report:The State Of Consumers And Technology: Benchmark 2012, US

    North American Consumer Technographics®

    This report is a graphical analysis of Forrester's North American Technographics® Online Benchmark Survey (Part 1), Q2 2012 (US, Canada). It provides a generational overview of US consumers'...

    • Downloads: 562
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Facebook Factor: US Online Youth

    Quantifying The Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Brand Interactions For US Online Youth

    It's been more than a year since Forrester published its original report on the "Facebook factor," which quantified the impact of a Facebook fan on brand interactions for US online adults, and social...

    • Downloads: 334
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Social Media Grows Up

    A Stable Social Landscape Will Foster Marketing, Customer Insights, And Sales Success

    Social media will experience evolution rather than revolution in 2015. Privacy issues will get people's attention but won't scare anyone away from social sites. In fact, people will grow more willing...

    • Downloads: 611