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 B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Email Marketing Service Providers, Q2 2018

    The Eight Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    June 20, 2018Shar VanBoskirk

    In our 26-criteria evaluation of email marketing service providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — Adobe, Cheetah Digital, Epsilon, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, Yes Lifecycle Marketing, and Zeta Global — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2C marketing professionals make the right choice.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: The US Marketing Technology And Services Outlook, 2017 To 2022

    CMOs: Tech And Services Will Top $122 Billion In Five Years

    April 23, 2018Shar VanBoskirk, Drew Green

    By 2022, CMOs in the US will spend over $122 billion on investments in marketing technology (martech) and services. The growth of technology spend will outpace that of services as marketers emphasize building customer experiences, automating more processes, investing in innovation, and supporting more forms of mobile engagement. This report sizes and explains the trends behind the growth in marketing, advertising, and data and analytics technologies as well as operations, advertising, and strategy services.

  • 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.

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