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: The Marketing Talent Casting Call

    Intermediate Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation

    September 24, 2019Shar 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. This report explains how CMOs can attract, develop, and organize top marketing talent in order to advance their marketing transformation.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Operating A Customer-Obsessed Enterprise

    Know What To Pivot At Your Firm

    September 12, 2019Shar 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 into practice it at their firms. This report is one of a pair that tackles the problem of operationalizing customer obsession. Read on for a reintroduction to Forrester's customer-obsessed operating model and inspirational examples of customer-obsessed operations in play today.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Launch Your Marketing Talent Transformation

    Beginner Level: Talent Practices For Marketing Innovation

    August 20, 2019Shar 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, 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. This is an update of a previously published report. Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Email Deliverability's Higher Calling

    Deliverability Fundamentals Improve Customer Relationships

    August 5, 2019Shar 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 machine learning to predict potential missteps. But don't stop there. The energy to fix your deliverability practices can power an upgrade to your broader data management practices. Read on to find out how.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: The Customer Obsession Assessment

    Advance Your Entire Enterprise

    July 29, 2019Shar 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 and presents Forrester's refreshed customer obsession assessment, a self-evaluation tool that profiles you, places you in a peer group, and outlines how you — regardless of your starting point — can start putting the customer at the center of all enterprise decisions.

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