Shar   VanBoskirk

Shar VanBoskirk

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CMO Professionals

Shar helps CMOs lead customer-obsessed strategies at their firms while also transforming their marketing functions to deliver brand experiences that are relevant to empowered customers. Her specific research focuses on marketing strategy, budgets, staffing, organization, and creating an operating model for customer obsession.

Shar has spent many years helping clients create optimal digital marketing teams and programs, leveraging research on email marketing, consumer psychology, storytelling, and digital maturity. During her 18 years with Forrester, Shar has been instrumental in the development of many of the company's marketing program evaluation methodologies, training courses, and marketing planning tools and has also been part of Forrester's sales and consulting organizations.

Previous Work Experience

Shar returned to Forrester in 2004 after several years away working in marketing consulting. Shar served as research director for marketing research boutique, TideWatch, where she led internal strategy efforts and client strategy projects. Shar was also a consultant with Carlson Marketing Group's Business Strategy Consulting team, developing CRM and email programs for clients including British Airways, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and Home Depot. Shar began her career at Forrester in 1997 during the early days of the internet and has written research on customer loyalty, display media, search marketing, and marketing measurement and planning.

A popular speaker, Shar has been seen on stage at ad:tech, ShopTalk, DMA, Shop.org, and the Email Service Provider Coalition events, among others. She is widely quoted in the press, including such media outlets as BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Shar is a frequent guest on CNBC and National Public Radio.

Education

Shar is a graduate of Harvard University.

Shar VanBoskirk

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CMO Professionals

Shar helps CMOs lead customer-obsessed strategies at their firms while also transforming their marketing functions to deliver brand experiences that are relevant to empowered customers. Her specific research focuses on marketing strategy, budgets, staffing, organization, and creating an operating model for customer obsession.

Shar has spent many years helping clients create optimal digital marketing teams and programs, leveraging research on email marketing, consumer psychology, storytelling, and digital maturity. During her 18 years with Forrester, Shar has been instrumental in the development of many of the company's marketing program evaluation methodologies, training courses, and marketing planning tools and has also been part of Forrester's sales and consulting organizations.

Previous Work Experience

Shar returned to Forrester in 2004 after several years away working in marketing consulting. Shar served as research director for marketing research boutique, TideWatch, where she led internal strategy efforts and client strategy projects. Shar was also a consultant with Carlson Marketing Group's Business Strategy Consulting team, developing CRM and email programs for clients including British Airways, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and Home Depot. Shar began her career at Forrester in 1997 during the early days of the internet and has written research on customer loyalty, display media, search marketing, and marketing measurement and planning.

A popular speaker, Shar has been seen on stage at ad:tech, ShopTalk, DMA, Shop.org, and the Email Service Provider Coalition events, among others. She is widely quoted in the press, including such media outlets as BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Shar is a frequent guest on CNBC and National Public Radio.

Education

Shar is a graduate of Harvard University.

Shar VanBoskirk's Research

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  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Regularly Rejuvenate Your Marketing Talent

    Advanced Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation

    March 7, 2018Shar VanBoskirk, Susan Bidel, Brigitte Majewski

    When creating customer-obsessed marketing talent, there is no finale. Rather, advanced marketers make sure their thoughtfully developed talent mix and org structure doesn't create rigidity. This document recommends how CMOs can disrupt their teams and team members to fuel continuous innovation.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: The Marketing Talent Casting Call

    Intermediate Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation

    March 7, 2018Shar VanBoskirk, Susan Bidel, Brigitte Majewski

    You know your marketing function should lead your company's pivot to customer obsession. And you've already started orchestrating the right mix of old and new talent to change marketing's role. This report explains how CMOs can attract, develop, and organize top marketing talent in order to advance their marketing transformation.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Launch Your Marketing Talent Transformation

    Beginner Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation

    March 7, 2018Shar VanBoskirk, Susan Bidel, Brigitte Majewski

    The right people are critical to successfully creating an innovative mindset, processes, and insights within your marketing organization. This report, part of the marketing innovation playbook, introduces three steps that will help CMOs launch a new approach to hiring and managing marketing talent. It also links to additional reports that provide more depth.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Next Chapter For Email Marketing

    Use Email To Support Customer Journeys, Not To Pitch Promotions

    October 2, 2017Shar VanBoskirk

    Customer-obsessed marketers should spend their resources developing email into the linchpin of the customer journey, instead of just continuing it as a promotions vehicle. This report explains how to treat email as more than just an advertising medium by innovating around email content, templates, and experiences. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Marketing Teams Today: Not Deft

    Mindsets, Structures, And Skills Aren't Yet Customer Obsessed

    August 9, 2017Shar VanBoskirk, Drew Green

    Today's marketing organizations aren't yet designed to flex to the changing attitudes and behaviors of empowered customers. Marketing mindsets, structures, and skills still align with legacy marketing methods. This report profiles current marketing organizations and recommends ways CMOs can help them become more nimble.

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