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The Forrester Wave™: Location Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2018 — Eight Key Players To Help Understand Customers In The Real World

James McCormick 21 hours ago

The relentless march of digital transformation has not left the physical world untouched — particularly when it comes to understanding and engaging with customers. First, customers digitally connected to brands via PCs, then mobile devices, and now via a continuous tidal wave of emerging owned IoT devices (e.g., wearables, connected cars, etc.) and non-owned IoT devices […]

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Join Us At CX Europe 2018 For Insights Into Customer Understanding And Other Key CX Priorities

David Truog November 1, 2018

Forrester’s customer experience Forums are in their 10th year — from our first one in 2009 in New York, they’ve grown and spread to San Francisco, London, Singapore, and other cities around the world and have become yearly destinations for CX pros far and wide. CX Europe 2018 is just 12 days from now — Tuesday and Wednesday, […]

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Spring Cleaning In December: Declutter Your Insights House

Srividya Sridharan October 11, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed with all the data that your teams must wrangle before even getting to data science? Feeling like you have more than enough dashboards and tools? Feeling like you don’t have any more room in your complex data and analytics environment for yet another platform? Feeling like you can’t keep up with the exploding […]

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Use Text Analytics Technologies To Handle Mountains Of Unstructured Data

Boris Evelson June 14, 2018

Enterprises are sitting on mountains of unstructured data — 61% have more than 100 terabytes, and 12% have more than five petabytes! Luckily, there are mature technologies out there that can help. First, enterprise information architects should consider general-purpose text analytics platforms. These are capable of handling most, if not all, text analytics use cases, both […]

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Avoid Bad HiPPO Directives With Insights and Prioritization

Ryan Hart June 5, 2018

CX professionals often fall victim to the top-down HiPPO approach to prioritization; HiPPO being an acronym for the “highest-paid person’s opinion” — when priorities are set by the CEO or other senior management based on gut and experience rather than actual underlying data. Case in point, Hilton Hotels’ digital team often received “suggestions” from executives around […]

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The Data Digest: The Dangerous Contradictions Of Consumer Reviews

Anjali Lai May 24, 2018

The American showman P.T. Barnum understood the value of online consumer reviews well before the arrival of the internet when he said, “Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.” While consumer reviews generate buzz, they stop just short of being a circus because they’ve won immense levels of consumer trust. But two of the […]

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Four Forces Drive The Consumer's Tech Stack

James L. McQuivey April 5, 2018

Today I’m on stage in New York speaking to hundreds of marketing executives at our Consumer Marketing Forum 2018. I’m there to unveil the 2018 US Benchmark Data Overview, which for the first time ever we are making available to all Forrester clients. See the report here: The Consumer Tech Stack. The research is exciting. […]

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Revolutionize Your Marketing Insights

Tina Moffett March 1, 2018

The mundane exercise of measuring and analyzing marketing performance has gotten a much-needed boost over the past few years thanks to the development of advanced test and learn approaches, attribution modeling, and, even marketing mix modeling. Advanced marketers with rigorous marketing performance standards  must consider advancing their marketing insights, by bridging the gap between marketing […]

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Facebook: The Industry Wants Transparency, Not New Labels

Jim Nail February 23, 2018

Facebook made an announcement yesterday titled “Making Ad Metrics Clearer” that says, in part: We’ve heard that businesses want more insight into our measurement tools and metrics. So today, we’re introducing new labels on some of our metrics to clearly show how they are calculated . . . The centerpiece of its announcement is new […]

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The Data Digest: Which Ads Resonate In The Weeks After Super Bowl LII

Chris Collins February 23, 2018

In a blog post immediately following this year’s Super Bowl, my colleague Joanna O’Connell said that ads in this year’s big game could be summed up as “trying too hard with mostly nonsensical and underwhelming results.” Of all the ads that played during the game, the winner of this year’s Try-Hard award was certainly Ram […]

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Drive More Impact From Data And Analytics With Insights Storytelling

Cinny Little January 2, 2018

We said this a year ago, but alas, we have to say it again. There’s a big insights-to-actions gap out there.  Firms continue to invest in data, people, and technology, but in 2017, data and analytics pros reported basing fewer business decisions on data (45%) than in 2016 (49%).  If you don’t feel pressured by […]

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Why The Right Web Analytics Platform Is (Even More) Business-Critical

James McCormick November 10, 2017

Why The Right Web Analytics Platform Is (Even More) Business Critical Forrester just recently published The Forrester Wave™: Web Analytics, Q4 2017. In it we rank the leading web analytics platform provides including Adobe, AT Internet, Cooladata, Google, IBM, Mixpanel, and Webtrekk. “Why should I care?”, you may ask.  After all when it comes to […]

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Insights-Driven Businesses Have Different DNA

Brian Hopkins October 19, 2017

Like many digital native startups, data analytics underpinned peer-to-peer eCommerce site Etsy’s operations since the company was founded in 2005. In their early days , their struggles to achieve true customer understanding led to poor digital experiences for its sellers and the failure to accurately capture customer preferences. Etsy turned this around by building out […]

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CDOs Drive Change, Build Trust, And Foster Insights-Driven Organizations

Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. October 18, 2017

Organization are slow to change but technology changes quickly. If you leave the organization as is many won’t catch up with the change, and the technology maturity gap will widen between them over time. I saw this described in breakout panel at Strata Data in New York a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the speaker left […]

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CXEurope 2017: Introducing the Values Based Customer

Henry Peyret October 18, 2017

More than 5 years ago Forrester introduced the Age of Customer as a new 15 to 20 years era which saw the increasing customer empowerment in front of brands and companies. For companies, the first step in this era turned into improving the customer experience and the customer journey through an omnichannel strategy,  identifying the […]

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In A Brave New World Of Viewing, Consumers Need A New TV Guide

Kristopher Arcand October 5, 2017

Streaming behavior continues to increase among consumers, and TV viewing – whether it is through live TV, DVRs, or OTT devices – is a critical part of the viewing mix. With the recent surge in streaming offerings (both individual and those from cable/network content providers), consumers are seizing the chance to control what, when, and […]

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Luxury Brands Must Act Or Be Digitally Disenfranchised From Savvy Luxury Consumers

Michelle Beeson September 29, 2017

Luxury consumers around the world are embracing new technology and adding these digital touchpoints – including, of course, their smartphones – into their shopping behaviors. But overall, luxury brands have been far too slow to respond to their customers’ rising digital expectations. Luxury brands, tier one through to aspirational, are now scrambling to bolster their […]

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The Data Digest: Understand Emotion To Drive Technology Engagement

Anjali Lai August 17, 2017

Thanks to the rise of empowered consumers, products and experiences that once seemed improbable, such as (literally) instant delivery, are now integral to our lives. But this era of innovation has also seen its fair share of flops: From Pokémon Go to Google Glass, technologies that looked like promising disrupters stalled quickly or generated more […]

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The Data Digest: Empowered Customers Paint Their Own Future

Anjali Lai July 27, 2017

Microsoft Paint would have died a slow, quiet death if it hadn’t been for this week’s swell of voices on social media advocating for its revival. On Wednesday, Microsoft issued a press release announcing that it wouldn’t discontinue the Paint app in the wake of users’ “outpouring of support and nostalgia” for the product. Microsoft’s […]

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Visible Light Communication: The Location Intelligence Backbone For Real-World Experience Delivery

James McCormick July 25, 2017

Visible light communications (VLC) emerges as location intelligence practice takes-off Location and spatial data is becoming strategically important to a wider range of use cases beyond traditional government, military, mining and asset management applications.  It is now an important component of the system of insights for many financial services firms, retailers, and healthcare institutes — […]

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