The CX Cast

Research-based guidance on how to manage customer experience (CX) at any organization — an imperative that Forrester has been researching for over 20 years. Each week, Forrester analysts discuss key findings from their latest research on CX; analyze relevant topics in the news; or chat with CX professionals about how they’ve overcome prevalent challenges managing CX in their organizations.

Latest Episodes


266: Forrester’s Periodic Table Of Insights

The CX Cast August 19, 2021
Customer experience (CX) leaders who would like to become insights driven need to familiarize themselves with the different techniques that analysts and data scientists apply to data. In this episode we’re joined by VP, Principal Analyst Brandon Purcell to discuss Forrester’s periodic table of insights, which highlights 20 of the most common analytical approaches for […]

265: Assurant – How To Structure CX In A Decentralized Organization

The CX Cast August 12, 2021
Choosing how to organize and operate a customer experience (CX) team depends on many factors, including the business’s maturity, goals, structure, and culture. In this episode we’re joined by Deborah Cornwell, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Assurant, to discuss how they’ve structured their CX team in a large, decentralized organization. Click the titles […]

264: CX Strategy Essentials

The CX Cast August 5, 2021
The precise definition and composition of a customer experience (CX) strategy has proven elusive for many business leaders. Getting it right is essential, though, as the CX strategy plots how a business will execute on its CX vision, helping it achieve its business goals. In this episode we’re joined by Principal Analyst TJ Keitt to […]

263: Customer Obsession Explained

The CX Cast July 29, 2021
Companies that put the customer at the center of their leadership, strategy, and operations enjoy stronger revenue growth, more satisfied customers, and more engaged employees than their competitors. And customer-obsessed firms can better pivot in response to market shocks like the pandemic. In this episode we’re joined by VP, Principal Analyst Shar VonBoskirk to discuss […]

262: Collaboration And Growth Strategies To Power CX Transformation

The CX Cast July 22, 2021
High-functioning customer experience (CX) teams don’t treat CX as a standalone function, rather they determine what they can do themselves and what requires internal and external partnerships. In this episode we’re joined by Executive Partner and Senior Analyst Su Doyle to discuss collaboration and growth strategies for customer experience leaders, from who to work with […]

261: SCAN Health Plan – Building Customer Empathy

The CX Cast July 15, 2021
Building empathy with your customers is vital, particularly when your audience is part of the ‘silver tsunami’ of a rapidly growing ageing population. In this episode we’re joined by Archie Dey, Director of Consumer Experience and Insights at SCAN Health Plan to discuss how they listen to and empathize with their customers, from trainings to […]

250: Benchmark Customer Journeys To Drive Emotional Engagement (R)

The CX Cast July 8, 2021
To know what good customer journeys look like — and to benchmark them — customer experience (CX) pros need to understand how to design for emotion. This requires gaining a more granular understanding of how emotions impact CX and discrete customer journeys, going beyond simply delight. In this episode we’re joined by VP, Principal Analyst […]

238: How Equity For Your Employees Drives Equity For Your Brand (R)

The CX Cast July 1, 2021
As issues of gender equality, racial justice, and discrimination across the diversity spectrum hit the headlines, organizations are struggling to respond to customers, employees, and other stakeholders. In this episode, we discuss with Principal Analyst, Katy Tynan, about how having a diverse workforce is both a competitive advantage and table stakes for values-based consumers and […]

260: Don’t Miss Your Anywhere Work Opportunity

The CX Cast June 24, 2021
C-level leaders know they are on the hook for an anywhere-work strategy beyond the pandemic. A striking 75% of CEOs surveyed expect their office spaces to shrink. But many aren’t sure what benefits they can expect from such a bold move nor do they know how to succeed.  In this episode we’re joined by VP, Principal […]

259: Everyone Benefits When Data Ethics And Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion (DEI) Converge

The CX Cast June 17, 2021
Data ethics and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly critical issues for organizations. In research conducted for our Forrester Wave™ evaluation of customer database and engagement agencies, we uncovered an important mandate for CMOs: The convergence of these two practices is central to a brand’s customer engagement strategy.  In this episode we’re joined by […]

258: US Bank – Scaling The Design Organization

The CX Cast June 10, 2021
Once a company is bought-in on design, how do design leads scale the design organization to continue to meet the company’s evolving needs?  In this episode we’re joined by Lance Thornswood, Senior Vice President, Head of Design at US Bank, to discuss the scaling of their design practice, which has doubled in size each year […]

257: Creativity Feeds The Future Of Work

The CX Cast June 3, 2021
All firms can access the same tools for business success — capital, business process, and tech — making it hard to generate a sustainable market advantage. The pandemic reveals that adaptive companies update their use of these tools more effectively than others. But adaptivity depends on an underutilized fourth tool: a workforce motivated to apply […]

248: The ROI Of Culture Change (R)

The CX Cast May 27, 2021
Evolving an organization’s culture towards greater customer centricity is complex work, requiring careful prioritization. In this episode we’re joined by Chief Experience Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), Gratia Carver, to discuss her team’s approach to evolving culture and the important role measurement plays. Click the titles below for more […]

256: The Opportunity, The Unknowns, And The Risks Of Vaccine Passports In The Workplace

The CX Cast May 20, 2021
With vaccine rollout occurring around the world, hopes run high of returning to a life free from COVID-19. Vaccine passports promise to quickly turn this hope into a reality, including bringing employees back to the physical workplace. Despite the high expectations, employers must be cautious as they plan and execute their pandemic management plans. In […]

255: Five Ways To Ensure Deep Collaboration Between Marketing And Customer Experience

The CX Cast May 13, 2021
Marketers and CX professionals are out of touch with today’s business realities. While companies pursue business models that scramble traditional customer lifecycles, marketing and CX functions remain siloed in outdated roles that become ineffective and wasteful. There is a better way forward: CX and marketing can master the new normal by reinventing their relationship with […]

254: Uncovering Insights From CX Leaders

The CX Cast May 5, 2021
In this episode, we’re joined by VP, Research Director Harley Manning to discuss a recent internal research effort to better understand the needs of Forrester clients.  Iterative interviews with about 40 senior CX leaders helped to uncover what they’re working on, what data and insights they’re missing, and more. Click the titles below for more […]

243: Merging CX Teams After An Acquisition (R)

The CX Cast April 29, 2021
After a merger and acquisition, CX teams must face the realities of combining forces.  From VoC measurement to the overall approach for improving experiences, they must evaluate ways of working across both organizations.  In this episode, we are joined by Yvan Goupil, Head of Customer and Marketing Insight at Virgin Money UK, who experienced and […]

220: Five Best Practices For Measuring Business Impact Of Design (R)

The CX Cast April 22, 2021
Measuring the impact of design is critical so that design teams can prove their value internally, scale up, and elevate their strategic influence. In this episode, Principal Analyst, Gina Bhawalkar, joins us to answer the question: What steps can companies take to measure the business impact of experience design? The complexity of this topic and […]

253: Agile And Design Teams — Better Together

The CX Cast April 15, 2021
Companies are adopting agile frameworks and adding designers to their delivery teams to improve digital experience development efforts. But these two constituencies don’t rely on the same workflow, artifacts, or ceremonies — and often struggle to find common ground as a result. In this episode, we’re joined by Senior Analyst Karine Cardona-Smits to discuss how […]

252: How To Measure Value For Customer

The CX Cast April 8, 2021
Organizations don’t typically know how customers derive value and which value drivers matter most. Instead, they measure value using flawed proxies. They also collect data about value in different parts of the organization, at different cadences, and using different tools, making it hard to assemble a complete picture of the value that customers derive. In […]