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New Tech Spotlight: Let’s Get Real About Extended Reality

Carlton Doty February 4, 2019
This morning, I came across a story about Warby Parker’s new “virtual try-on” capability. It seems the eight-year-old eCommerce company is dipping its toes back into augmented reality (AR). The rub is that the auto-magical feature is only available to people on Warby Parker’s iOS app for iPhone X or later. I guess Android and […]
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Wealth Management Firms: You Need Videos On Your Websites And Apps

Peter Wannemacher January 31, 2019
When digital channels such as websites arrived, they were designed in large part as “pieces of paper” delivered on a computer screen (thus, the still-widely-used term “web page”). But the human brain wasn’t wired to slog through big blocks of text, so millions of websites (and now mobile apps and other digital interfaces) are currently […]
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Decoding Patterns In Consumer Behavior Empowers Leaders

Anjali Lai January 30, 2019
When sociologist Jane Jacobs artfully depicts crowds on a city sidewalk, she may as well be describing consumers. In Jacobs’ words: “Under the seeming disorder . . . is a marvelous order. It is a complex order . . . This order is all composed of movement and change . . . ensembles all have […]
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Align Martech Investments With Your Digital Transformation Strategy

Rusty Warner January 29, 2019
Customers demand that marketing coordinate with sales, service, and commerce to deliver better experiences. That’s why enterprise marketing technology (martech) is melding with customer experience (CX) to deliver consistency and relevance (see Forrester’s “Predictions 2019: B2C Marketing” report). Martech is a direct line to consumer touchpoints, and marketers should embrace and leverage it to drive […]
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Be Better Than Best-Guess Development

Christopher Condo January 25, 2019
Developers sometimes feel as though they work in the dark, writing code, pushing updates, and delivering features but remaining detached from the customers they serve. Often relying on feedback from internal experts and best guesses, dev teams rarely have an unobstructed view into how customers truly use their features and feel about their products. Fostering […]
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The CMO’s Guide To CES 2019: Customer+Brand+Tech

Dipanjan Chatterjee January 23, 2019
Each thing you see at CES may be wondrous, but after you’ve seen five variations of the same hundred things, the net effect is clutter and confusion. Let me help sort things out. I’ve had a week away from mood-lit Alexa-enabled toilets, from fierce ping-pong-playing robots, and from the jingle-jangle morning of walking through unending […]
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Facebook: The Myth Of The Monopoly

Anjali Lai January 17, 2019
After a tumultuous 2018, Facebook’s fate looks bleak. While the characteristic hope of the New Year lingers, you might look at the glimmers of positive news around Facebook with optimism: Advertisers are still using it; the company is investing in local news partnerships in a public display of its commitment to quality reporting; and consumers […]
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Gillette’s Close Shave: Its Latest Ad Is A Masterful Emotional Play Let Down By Its Execution

Anjali Lai January 17, 2019
Brands are jumping into the messy arena of polarizing issues with greater fervor — and Gillette just raised the stakes. After 30 years of sitting on the sidelines, Gillette is passing its razor like a baton, with an overture that overtly calls masculinity into question. Within 72 hours of launch, Gillette’s “We Believe” TV spot skyrocketed […]
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CES 2019 Delivers Dazzling Tech But Disappointing Experiences

Jennifer Wise January 12, 2019
I spent this week in Las Vegas at CES to check out the latest and greatest technology wonders, ranging from 3D printing, AI, and cryptocurrency to drones, autonomous vehicles, dancing robots, and wearables. A lot of what I saw has broad CX implications for accessibility, healthcare, and more. My focus was on who will use […]
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The Race To Innovate CX In Brokerage And Wealth Management

Harley Manning December 26, 2018
Recently, Forrester published our CX predictions for 2019. Our first prediction was that stagnating CX quality will cause short, destructive price wars. We cited Fidelity’s two new zero-fee investment funds as an example of how this is already starting to play out. We also noted that Vanguard responded to Fidelity by highlighting its many funds […]
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When Design And Algorithms Collide

Andrew Hogan December 13, 2018
Algorithms are a new design material, affecting UX in the form of news feeds, recommendations, and propensity scores. Unfortunately, it’s not all going smoothly . . . Want to learn more? Please reach out with any questions; I’m always happy to discuss over inquiry.
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Emphasize Emotion In Your Holiday Customer Service

Ian Jacobs December 4, 2018
This blog post is part of Forrester’s Holiday 2018 retail series. As the holidays approach and the post-holiday return rush quickly follows, a few things will occur simultaneously: Hundreds of millions of customers will make purchases, total holiday retail sales will push the $720 billion mark, and millions more will send odd, ill-fitting, or unwanted gifts […]
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Healthcare In 2019: Five Bold Predictions

Arielle Trzcinski November 28, 2018
The healthcare industry is experiencing some much-needed transformation and disruption. Looking ahead to next year, we made five bold predictions. Watch the video below to learn what is in store for the future of healthcare. Check out the full report here, and join our webinar on December 3 for a more in-depth understanding of our predictions. Click here to […]
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Evaluating Digital Experience Agencies In Asia Pacific — Providers Have Deep But Diverse Capabilities

Michael Barnes November 28, 2018
Firms across Asia Pacific are actively leveraging digital experience (DX) agencies to design, build, and manage digital customer experiences (CX). But to fully access these benefits, you need to carefully select from a diverse set of providers that vary by size, functionality, geography, and industry focus. Your options include agencies, consultancies, and tech providers that […]
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2018 Marked 20 Years Of Customer Experience Research At Forrester!

Harley Manning November 26, 2018
I didn’t want to leave 2018 without noting a milestone for all of us here at Forrester who cover customer experience. It was 20 years ago, all the way back in September of 1998, when we inaugurated our customer experience research by publishing our first report about CX. That report, “Why Most Websites Fail,” introduced […]
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Tier It Up: A Winning Strategy For Customer Success Management Programs

Judy Weader November 21, 2018
When my B2B clients on Forrester’s Customer Experience (CX) Council first start considering a customer success management (CSM) program to boost their retention and enrichment, I often hear that initial flash of concern: How do I scale the same CSM practices across my entire book of business? The answer is that the most successful CSM programs use tiered structures that balance people […]
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Will CX Pros Still Have A Job In 2025?

Rebecca Wilson November 18, 2018
There we were . . . a round table of CX leaders from across Southeast Asia, senior executives with years of experience running large, successful teams and chipping away at the journey to turn our organizations into customer-obsessed enterprises. We shared our recent wins and successes and learned from each other how to go faster, […]
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Predictions 2019: Transformation Goes Pragmatic

Carrie Johnson November 8, 2018
Our Predictions 2019 guide, “Transformation Goes Pragmatic,” is live. What do we mean by pragmatism? A sense of realism, practical steps, a desire for tangible outcomes. It’s a good description for what we are seeing in a market that carried ambitious strategies into 2018 but ran afoul of internal headwinds. Don’t get me wrong, the […]
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Predictions 2019: B2B Marketing And Sales — Mission Possible

Caroline Robertson November 8, 2018
Many attendees of our B2B Marketing 2018 Forum remarked how the energy was high and the focus was driven — the marketing and sales leaders who joined us in Austin were on a mission to overdeliver on business expectations for their practice and figure out how to manage the conflicting priorities that 31% of respondents to […]
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Predictions 2019: This Is The Year To Invest In Humans, As Backlash Against Chatbots And AI Begins

Tom Kaneshige November 8, 2018
For some time, the burning question has been: Will robots replace humans? While the proliferation of robotic process automation (RPA) has reduced headcount in the back office, it’s a different story for customer service and sales. In a Forrester survey, 46% of companies said sales and marketing are leading the investment in and adoption of […]
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