Speaker Biography

Laura Ramos

Vice President, Principal Analyst

Sessions Featuring This Speaker

Forrester's Forum For Marketing Leaders

05/13/2014

  • 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

    Turning B2B Big Data Into Actionable Customer Insight

    Empowered buyers force B2B marketing to shift focus from selling products to knowing and serving customers. In this session, Laura will explore how leading B2B CMOs move their team from data managers to custodians of customer insight by leveraging buyer journey maps throughout the complex B2B purchase process. Laura will discuss:

    • What the B2B customer journey looks like and who participates in it.
    • How B2B CMOs build engagement scenarios that anticipate and intercept the path they take.
    • What the best practices for using B2B customer data to deliver these key insights are.

Research Focus

Laura Ramos serves B2B Marketing Professionals. She is a leading expert in business-to-business marketing with hands-on senior management experience in corporate, industry, and product marketing; demand management; and social media. She helps Forrester's B2B Marketing clients plan, build, and deliver marketing programs that combine traditional and digital approaches that lead with business issues, create thought leadership, and fuel their company's topline growth. Her research addresses the skills, technology, process, and customer experience concerns that top B2B marketers need to understand and integrate into programs that address the ongoing evolution in buyer behavior, markets, channels, and competition.

Laura previously worked at Forrester from 2001 to 2010, where she pioneered its B2B Marketing practice, wrote leading research, and advised clients on integrated B2B marketing, demand generation, lead management automation, social media best practices, digital marketing strategy, and customer engagement.

Previous Work Experience

Laura has worked as a marketing practitioner and expert for more than 20 years — primarily in B2B roles at high-technology companies. Before rejoining Forrester in 2013, she was responsible for industry marketing inside the Corporate Marketing function at Xerox, where she enhanced brand visibility and reputation in key industries, beginning with healthcare and financial services. She joined Xerox in 2010 to run industry marketing for the firm's services business as part of the US field marketing organization, where she and her team drove demand in the managed print services market for education, financial services, government, high-technology/telecom, manufacturing, and retail. Prior to Forrester, Laura held marketing leadership positions at various companies in California's Silicon Valley, including Verity, Stratify (now part of Iron Mountain), Vitria Technology, Sybase, and Tandem Computers.

Laura has spoken at industry and company events in her Forrester and non-Forrester roles. She is a well-regarded speaker and moderator at such venues as the ANA, BMA, ITSMA national user conference, and the MarketingProfs' B2B Forum. She was named to BtoB Magazine's "Who's Who" list for four years, most recently in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, BtoB named her to its list of "Top 25 Digital Marketers." Laura has served as vice president of programs for the Northern California chapter of the BMA. She is active in social media; you can follow her on Twitter at @lauraramos.

Education

Laura holds an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.