Megan Burns

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Customer Experience PROFESSIONALS

Megan Burns is a VP, principal analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals. She has spent more than 15 years helping companies use technology to make life better and easier for everyone. Megan joined Forrester's CX practice in 2006, focusing initially on measuring CX quality and understanding its link to financial results. In 2009 she shifted focus to the broader topic of CX maturity, publishing Forrester's CX Maturity Framework in 2010. That framework defines the essential habits that every company needs to design, deliver, and evolve CX in a disciplined way and is the foundation of the book Outside In.

Megan also leads Forrester's semiannual benchmark of CX quality at nearly 300 large US firms, called the Customer Experience Index (CX Index™), and she co-developed the CX Index methodology. She recently launched a new stream of research on the role of emotion CX based on the strong connection between emotion and loyalty in CX Index data.

As an accomplished public speaker, Megan frequently presents at events in the CX space earning top scores from attendees for her presentations. She has been quoted in media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The Los Angeles Times, Internet Retailer, CRM Magazine, and B2B Magazine.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, Megan spent several years defining online customer experiences for B2C and B2B websites at AT&T. She worked with lines of business to define key features for the carrier's eCommerce, online customer service, and online marketing websites and acted as the liason between development teams, business partners, and external design agencies. Prior to her time at AT&T, Megan spent time at both Intel and IBM as a software engineer.

Education

Megan holds a master's degree in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where she specialized in user and business requirements. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • Megan Burns
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Ten Things To Know About Forrester's Customer Experience Index

    Frequently Asked Questions About The Customer Experience Index Methodology, Diagnostic Tool, And Benchmark

    Companies need a way to measure changes in the quality of their own customer experience (CX) and how it compares with the one that competitors deliver. Forrester's Customer Experience Index...

    • Downloads: 101
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Loyalty Program Members Give Brands Higher Customer Experience Index Scores

    Many loyalty programs include perks that are designed to give a firm's best customers a differentiated experience. But do they deliver? In this brief, we answer that question by comparing the...

    • Downloads: 104
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Impact Of Emotion On Customer Experience

    Emotionally Savvy Brands Combine CX Discipline With Empathy To Make Customers Smile

    Companies work hard to improve customer experience (CX) but often emphasize its utilitarian aspects of effectiveness and ease rather than emotion — how interactions make customers feel. This...

    • Downloads: 529
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Executive Q&A: The Top Seven Customer Experience Measurement Questions Answered

    To measure customer experience (CX), firms need a framework that tells them not only how good their customers' experiences are but also how to improve them and what benefits to expect from doing so....

    • Downloads: 1005
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Canada Customer Experience Index, 2015

    Benchmarking The Canadian Brands That Create The Most Loyalty With Their Customer Experience

    Six in 10 Canadian companies want to improve their customer experience (CX) in 2015. Forrester's Canada Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) benchmarks 194 companies that do business in Canada...

    • Downloads: 203
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The US Customer Experience Index, Q1 2015

    Benchmarks: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Three-quarters of companies want to improve their customer experience (CX) in 2015. Forrester's first US Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) benchmark of 2015 sets the baseline that will tell...

    • Downloads: 1052
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: How To Help Your Executives Lead CX Transformations

    The Big Gestures And Everyday Habits That Propel Organizations Toward Customer Experience Greatness

    There's no shortage of enthusiasm for customer experience (CX) among executives these days. But there is a shortage of action. Executives we talk to are often eager to be part of the CX...

    • Downloads: 248
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Use Bright Spot Analysis To Deliver Quick Customer Experience Wins

    Bright spot analysis is a performance improvement technique popularized in the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. It has delivered shockingly fast and meaningful results in fields...

    • Downloads: 172
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The State Of Customer Experience Maturity, Q4 2014

    Landscape: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Want to know how mature your customer experience (CX) program is compared with other organizations? This report will tell you. Forrester surveyed 126 CX professionals to find out how their firms...

    • Downloads: 333
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Path To Customer Experience Maturity

    Road Map: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Companies have lofty goals for customer experience. Unfortunately, most customer experience professionals aren't doing even a fraction of the things required to achieve those goals. Customer...

    • Downloads: 1478
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Close The Experience Gaps With The Right Business Technology

    Closing The Experience Gaps

    Companies that want to improve customer experience will increasingly rely on technology to close gaps in performance, convenience, personalization, and trust. Forrester has created a catalog showing...

    • Downloads: 160
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Where Are You On The Path To Customer Experience Maturity?

    Assessment: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Success in the age of the customer requires the ability to design, implement, and manage customer experience in a disciplined way — a capability few firms have today. They can build this...

    • Downloads: 989
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Actions Speak Louder Than Words When It Comes To Customer Centricity

    Financial Services Firms Must Demonstrate Customer Advocacy In Every Interaction

    Customer experience (CX) and customer advocacy are both leading indicators of customer loyalty for financial services firms. This report outlines the drivers of great customer experience that do...

    • Downloads: 251
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Why Good Customer Experience Isn't Good Enough

    Business Case: The Customer Experience Ecosystem Playbook

    Forty percent of the brands in Forrester's 2014 Customer Experience Index (CX Index) earned scores in the good category. But for many, those scores are actually anything but good because those brands...

    • Downloads: 416
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:What Drives A Profitable Customer Experience

    The Most Critical Factors In The CX-Loyalty Equation Across 17 Industries

    Firms have no shortage of ideas on how to improve customer experience (CX). What many haven't had is a good way to prioritize those ideas — until now. Forrester recently conducted a survey of...

    • Downloads: 905
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Introducing Forrester's Next-Generation Customer Experience Index

    Great Customer Experiences Create And Sustain Customer Loyalty

    For the past seven years, Forrester has used its Customer Experience Index (CXi) to benchmark how consumers rated their interactions with hundreds of brands in the US and, more recently, in Europe...

    • Downloads: 1107
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How Companies Improved Their Customer Experience Index Scores, 2014

    Processes: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    Forrester interviewed customer experience (CX) professionals at brands that showed the biggest year-over-year improvement in our annual CX benchmark. We asked them what they and their companies did...

    • Downloads: 1015
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Five Secrets Of Effective Customer Experience Steering Committees

    Customer experience (CX) steering committees add value by coordinating CX efforts that span silo boundaries. We interviewed leaders of CX steering committees at various firms to learn what helps...

    • Downloads: 446
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Executive Q&A: Forrester's Customer Experience Index

    To help customer experience professionals get the most from Forrester's Customer Experience Index (CXi) research, we've summarized answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions we get from...

    • Downloads: 851
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, 2014

    How good is the customer experience at your company — as rated by your own customers? This report helps answer that question by providing benchmarks of the quality of customer experience for...

    • Downloads: 2534
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Customer Experience Maturity Defined

    Vision: The Customer Experience Maturity Playbook

    This report is an update to "Customer Experience Maturity Defined" originally published on September 12, 2011. To excel at customer experience, organizations must routinely perform the practices...

    • Downloads: 3925
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Hiring The Right Customer Experience Team For Greater CX Maturity

    Although customer experience (CX) teams need a diverse mix of skills, they're typically too small to afford an army of specialists. In fact, many CX leaders have just one or two direct reports when...

    • Downloads: 419
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How AT&T Mobility Elevated Its Customer Experience Maturity

    Many firms aspire to move beyond just repairing broken experiences to a phase we call "elevate," in which they work to prevent bad experiences from happening in the first place. AT&T's Mobility...

    • Downloads: 455
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:How Companies Improved Their Customer Experience Index Scores, 2013

    Every year, Forrester uses the results of its Customer Experience Index benchmark to see which firms made big strides in the race for customer experience excellence. This report summarizes what we...

    • Downloads: 1276
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The State Of Customer Experience Management, 2013

    Customer experience management (CEM) is top of mind for many companies as they kick off 2013. This report sheds light on the current state of CEM, using data we collected from our Customer Experience...

    • Downloads: 1210