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  • Report Customer Obsession Explained

    Your Guide To Understanding Customer Obsession And Why It Matters To Your Business
    May 3, 2021 | Shar VanBoskirk

    Don't delay adopting customer obsession any longer. Your competitors that put the customer at the center of their leadership, strategy, and operations enjoy stronger revenue growth, more satisfied...

  • Report Aligned, Defined, Fluid, Fast: Four Principles Of Effective Structures

    Structure Should Help You Put Your Vision For Customer Obsession Into Practice
    April 23, 2021 | Shar VanBoskirk

    Chasing an ideal org structure won't make you customer obsessed; structure should be an enabler of your strategy for customer obsession, not a substitute for it. Better to learn the truths about...

  • Report Forrester Infographic: Work To Maintain Pandemic-Level Email Marketing Engagement

    April 19, 2021 | Shar VanBoskirk

    In the decade spanning 2006 to 2016, consumer data showed stable and often improving perceptions of email marketing. But in the years that followed, a paradox emerged: Behavioral responses to email...

  • Report Consumer Goods Companies Spend More On Digital Marketing

    The COVID-19 Pandemic Hastens Trends That Were Already In Motion
    August 6, 2020 | Shar VanBoskirk, Brandon Verblow, David Novitzky

    For CPG marketers, the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated shelter-at-home restrictions created both a burst of product demand and unexpected media behavior. The result is that digital spend by...

  • Report CMO Priorities In Light Of The Pandemic Crisis

    What To Do Now, In Early 2021, And By Year-End 2021
    June 11, 2020 | Shar VanBoskirk, Tina Moffett

    With so much uncertainty at present, CMOs don’t know how to balance cost-saving measures with the innovation needed to help their firms recover well. This presentation explains near-term,...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Email Marketing Service Providers, Q2 2020

    The 13 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    May 12, 2020 | Shar VanBoskirk

    In our 23-criterion evaluation of email marketing service providers, we identified the 13 most significant ones — Acoustic, Adobe, Bluecore, Braze, Cheetah Digital, Cordial, dotdigital, Epsilon,...

  • Report The 2020 COVID-19 Crisis Will Stun US Marketing

    CMOs: Apply An Adaptive Approach To Manage The Downturn

    The next two years will be difficult, no matter how quickly the COVID-19 crisis ends. In our most optimistic scenario, Forrester projects a 28% drop in US marketing spend — including media,...

  • Report Video: How To Find Your Value-For-Customer Sweet Spot

    Use This Exercise To Find The Differentiating Blend Of Value Dimensions That Matches Your Target Customers' Needs

    Even if you think about "value for customer" the right way, you must still find the sweet spot in which you uniquely help your most important target customers create value. To help you do that,...

  • Report The Business Case For Marketing Innovation

    Why Investing In Marketing Innovation Will Grow Your Business
    February 11, 2020 | Shar VanBoskirk

    Business leaders expect marketing to deliver revenue growth, improved customer experiences, and innovative products and services — and all at lower costs. Yet most marketing teams still work with...

  • Report How To Build Your Company's Customer Obsession Strategy

    Audit Your Current Ops Against Your Future Vision To Know What To Change
    January 31, 2020 | Shar VanBoskirk

    Most firms aren't yet customer obsessed, but that's not because they don't understand the concept. (We've been writing about it for 10+ years!) Leaders don't know how to operationalize customer...

  • Report Now Tech: Email Marketing Vendors, Q1 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 34 Email Marketing Providers
    January 22, 2020 | Shar VanBoskirk

    You can use email marketing to create better brand experiences, establish customer relationships, and experiment. But to realize these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of...

  • Report Regularly Rejuvenate Your Marketing Talent

    Advanced Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation
    November 11, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk, Brigitte Majewski

    When creating customer-obsessed marketing talent, there is no finale. Rather, advanced marketers make sure their thoughtfully developed talent mix and organizational structure doesn't create...

  • Report Predictions 2020: CMO

    CMOs Must Establish A Span Of Control Before Their Purpose And The CMO Title Itself Are Dissolved

    It's been 20 years since the digital era transformed the CMO role from a long-term brand-building growth captain to a quarter-disciplined and data-focused operator. This painful transition has...

  • Report The Marketing Talent Casting Call

    Intermediate Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation
    September 24, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk, 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....

  • Report Operating A Customer-Obsessed Enterprise

    Know What To Pivot At Your Firm
    September 12, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk

    Eight years into the age of the customer, just 15% of enterprises are customer obsessed. Our research finds that executives agree with the idea of customer obsession — they just struggle to put it...

  • Report Launch Your Marketing Talent Transformation

    Beginner Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation
    August 20, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk, 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,...

  • Report Email Deliverability's Higher Calling

    Deliverability Fundamentals Improve Customer Relationships
    August 5, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk

    Deliverability has resurfaced as a tactical concern for email marketers because of new regulations and ISP upgrades. For smooth sailing into the inbox, B2C marketers should ace the basics and use...

  • Report The Customer Obsession Assessment

    Advance Your Entire Enterprise
    July 29, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk

    The path to customer obsession doesn't get easier with time. But learning from other firms' progress can make it less rocky for you. This report harnesses the results of a 1,008-executive survey...

  • Report The Best And Worst Of Email Marketing, 2019

    Small Improvements Will Boost Response Rates And Sales
    July 22, 2019 | Shar VanBoskirk

    This report identifies the small fixes that every B2C marketer can make to their email marketing campaigns in order to boost performance. Forrester reviewed 100 email marketing campaigns across...

  • Report Value For Customers: The Four Dimensions That Matter

    An Introduction To Forrester's Value-For-Customer Framework

    Firms that create value for customers get business value in return. But most customer experience (CX) professionals work in organizations that fail to deliver value to customers because they think...