Mary   Shea

Mary Shea

Principal Analyst Serving B2B Marketing Professionals

Mary Shea is a principal analyst serving Forrester’s B2B marketing and sales professionals. In this role, she writes for and advises clients on routes-to-market strategies in the age of the customer. Mary’s research specifically focuses on the empowered B2B buyer and how business leaders must adapt, organize, and enable their marketers, sellers, and channel partners to succeed both today and in the future.

Previous Work Experience

Mary has significant operational experience, having held general management, commercial leadership, business development, and marketing positions at companies ranging from high-growth startups to publicly traded firms. She has an exciting track record of building, developing, and leading organizations and driving profitable growth through direct and indirect channels across domestic and international markets.

Prior to rejoining Forrester, Mary was an adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where she created and taught a course called "Building Effective Go-To-Market Organizations," designed to arm the next generation of business leaders with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to succeed in the 21st-century global marketplace.

Mary is a sought-after keynote speaker for sales kickoff meetings and external industry events.

Education

Mary holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Mary Shea

Principal Analyst Serving B2B Marketing Professionals

Mary Shea is a principal analyst serving Forrester’s B2B marketing and sales professionals. In this role, she writes for and advises clients on routes-to-market strategies in the age of the customer. Mary’s research specifically focuses on the empowered B2B buyer and how business leaders must adapt, organize, and enable their marketers, sellers, and channel partners to succeed both today and in the future.

Previous Work Experience

Mary has significant operational experience, having held general management, commercial leadership, business development, and marketing positions at companies ranging from high-growth startups to publicly traded firms. She has an exciting track record of building, developing, and leading organizations and driving profitable growth through direct and indirect channels across domestic and international markets.

Prior to rejoining Forrester, Mary was an adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where she created and taught a course called "Building Effective Go-To-Market Organizations," designed to arm the next generation of business leaders with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to succeed in the 21st-century global marketplace.

Mary is a sought-after keynote speaker for sales kickoff meetings and external industry events.

Education

Mary holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Mary Shea's Research

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  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Sales Performance Management Solutions, Q1 2019

    The Eight Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    January 18, 2019Mary Shea

    In our 35-criterion evaluation of sales performance management (SPM) providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — Anaplan, beqom, IBM, NICE, Optymyze, Oracle, SAP, and Xactly — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps sales, finance, and HR leaders make the right choice.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Tech Tide™: Sales Technologies, Q4 2018

    Seventeen Technologies Underpin The Sales Ecosystem

    December 20, 2018 Tom Kaneshige, Kate Leggett, John Bruno, Mary Shea, Jay McBain

    Consultative selling is increasingly critical to firms' ability to win, serve, and retain their customers. To accelerate their performance in sales, companies are evaluating and adopting a range of contributing technologies. This Forrester Tech Tide™ report presents an analysis of the maturity and business value of the 17 technology categories that support sales. Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals should read this report to shape their firm's investment approach to these technologies.

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Tech Tide™: B2B Marketing Technologies, Q4 2018

    18 Technologies Underpin Modern B2B Marketing

    October 25, 2018 Steven Casey, Laura Ramos, Mary Shea, Allison Snow, Lori Wizdo

    B2B marketing technologies are increasingly critical to firms' ability to win, serve, and retain their customers. To accelerate their performance in B2B marketing, companies are evaluating and adopting a range of contributing technologies. This Forrester Tech Tide report presents an analysis of the maturity and business value of 18 technology categories that support planning, executing, and optimizing customer engagement for today's self-directed digital-first buyers. B2B marketers should read this report to shape their firm's investment approach to these technologies.

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Sales Enablement Automation Platforms, Q3 2018

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    September 24, 2018Mary Shea

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of sales enablement automation platform providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Accent Technologies, Bigtincan, Brainshark, ClearSlide, ClientPoint, Highspot, Mediafly, Pitcher, Quark, SAP, Seismic, and Showpad — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing and sales professionals make the right choice.

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: B2B Consultant Sellers Reign In The 21st Century

    Empower Your Sellers With Strategic Tooling

    August 27, 2018Mary Shea

    B2B buyers prefer a self-guided journey. While simple commodity transactions can occur without direct sales interaction, more highly considered purchases require B2B marketing and sales leaders to meet the needs of buyers who expect sophisticated, consultative, and technology-enabled salespeople. This report highlights these types of enabled sellers and the role technology plays in elevating their status and rebalancing the power dynamic with buyers. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates reports periodically for continued relevance and accuracy; we revised this edition to factor in new ideas and data.

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