Ryan   Skinner

Ryan Skinner

Senior Analyst Serving B2C Marketing Professionals

Ryan primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for B2C marketing professionals. He analyzes how marketers should pivot from campaign- and channel-focused strategies to content- and customer-focused ones. In this context, Ryan leads Forrester’s research on content marketing, content strategy, customer engagement, and content intelligence for marketers.

This work has naturally led into other areas of focus, such as agile marketing, customer experience, native advertising, and brand narratives. In workshops, speeches, and consulting assignments, Ryan has advised large consumer brands in the US and Europe on their efforts to engage with customers across channels. Further, he advises marketing leaders on a variety of technology and service provider decisions that relate to content and customer engagement.

Ryan is the thought leader for Forrester’s cross-disciplinary team researching content-related topics, and he takes part in a similar group researching personalization initiatives.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to Forrester, Ryan worked at London-based Velocity Partners, a specialist and pioneer in content marketing and digital marketing strategy for the B2B market. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years in PR and communications for a number of large Scandinavian corporations, where he focused on digital outreach and engagement, as well as social media and community-building.

An American, Ryan speaks Norwegian fluently, giving him working proficiency in Swedish and Danish. He also speaks French at a conversational level.

Education

Ryan studied at Duke University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English.

Ryan Skinner

Senior Analyst Serving B2C Marketing Professionals

Ryan primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for B2C marketing professionals. He analyzes how marketers should pivot from campaign- and channel-focused strategies to content- and customer-focused ones. In this context, Ryan leads Forrester’s research on content marketing, content strategy, customer engagement, and content intelligence for marketers.

This work has naturally led into other areas of focus, such as agile marketing, customer experience, native advertising, and brand narratives. In workshops, speeches, and consulting assignments, Ryan has advised large consumer brands in the US and Europe on their efforts to engage with customers across channels. Further, he advises marketing leaders on a variety of technology and service provider decisions that relate to content and customer engagement.

Ryan is the thought leader for Forrester’s cross-disciplinary team researching content-related topics, and he takes part in a similar group researching personalization initiatives.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to Forrester, Ryan worked at London-based Velocity Partners, a specialist and pioneer in content marketing and digital marketing strategy for the B2B market. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years in PR and communications for a number of large Scandinavian corporations, where he focused on digital outreach and engagement, as well as social media and community-building.

An American, Ryan speaks Norwegian fluently, giving him working proficiency in Swedish and Danish. He also speaks French at a conversational level.

Education

Ryan studied at Duke University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English.

Ryan Skinner's Research

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  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Evaluate Your Approach To Successful B2B Content Marketing

    Five Areas Create And Deliver More Customer Value

    April 13, 2018 Laura Ramos, Ryan Skinner

    To attract attention and build a following, B2B marketers must shift their content marketing from being product-focused to building relationships. This report helps marketers identify the capabilities required — and the gaps that can exist — across five dimensions. When taken together, these help marketers not only attract the right audience but also increase engagement with them across the entire customer life cycle.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Tech Tide™: Martech For B2C Marketers, Q2 2018

    Twenty Technologies Underpin Modern Marketing

    April 5, 2018 Mary Pilecki, Stephanie Liu, Erna Alfred Liousas, Tina Moffett, Ryan Skinner, Joe Stanhope, Rusty Warner

    Marketing technology (martech) is essential to delivering contextually relevant experiences to consumers. Firms are continuously evaluating and adopting a range of martech to support customer obsession, but the hundreds of technology solutions present a tangled web of options for today's marketer. This Forrester Tech Tide™ report presents an analysis of the maturity and business value of the martech categories that support modern marketing. B2C marketers should use this report to help shape their firm's investment approach to these technologies.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Agile Methodology Embeds Customer Obsession In Marketing

    Intermediate Level: Process Practices For The Marketing Innovation Playbook

    March 16, 2018Ryan Skinner

    Once you've established customer-obsessed processes, you're ready to advance them using Agile methodologies. The forces that drove Agile into developer communities have hit marketers just as hard. CMOs must respond to constantly changing requirements, cross-functional demands, high-performance expectations, and most of all, climbing customer expectations — all benefits of a more formal approach to Agile methodologies in marketing. Read this report to understand how Agile methodologies apply to marketing innovation principles.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Omnichannel Strategies Demand A New Content Approach

    Set Up Content Strategies To Suit Omnichannel Use Cases Because Technology Can't Do It For You

    March 9, 2018Ryan Skinner, Nick Barber

    The market has sold omnichannel strategies — customer experience, retail, media buying — as a switch that business leaders must throw, and they're throwing it. But there are many snags to realizing its benefits. Among the biggest is a failure to address content strategy and execution to support omnichannel experiences. This report provides marketing and technology leaders with the core concepts and building blocks they'll need to make their content — and the teams, processes, and systems behind it — truly ready for omnichannel customer experiences.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Investment Companies All Talk Alike

    Investment Companies Fail To Produce Content That Gives Customers Reason To Believe Them

    March 8, 2018Ryan Skinner

    Investment firms are fighting for an estimated $30 trillion in new assets under management for individuals between 2015 and 2020. And new digital investment firms (so-called robo-advisors) join the cutthroat struggle for those dollars. You'd think that marketers promoting these firms were pulling out all the stops to demonstrate their client obsession; you'd be wrong. We undertook an audit of investment companies' content, which reflects little customer obsession and gives investors little reason to trust or differentiate any one company.

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