What It Means: A Forrester podcast

Each week, the What It Means podcast invites Forrester analysts to discuss the latest trends and challenges to help business and technology leaders make bold decisions and become truly customer-obsessed. Topics range from tech-driven innovation and CX design to B2B buying trends and marketing planning. Listen now and subscribe to get a new episode each week. Got a comment or question? Email our team at podcast@forrester.com.

Latest Episodes

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What COVID-Related Absenteeism Has Taught Us About Workforce Planning

What It Means 19 hours ago
COVID-related absenteeism continues to cause challenges across industries and business functions. In this episode, VP, Research Director James McQuivey and VP, Principal Analyst J. P. Gownder highlight some key learnings for workforce planning.
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The Case For Modernizing Your Operational Platforms

What It Means August 11, 2022
If aligning your operational platforms with your customer-facing platforms is way down on your IT roadmap, you might want to move it up. Hear VPs Linda Ivy-Rosser and Liz Herbert explain why in this episode.
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Why The CIO-CMO Partnership Matters More Than Ever

What It Means August 4, 2022
Technology and marketing leaders need each other, and companies need strong technology-marketing partnerships. On this week’s What It Means, VP, Senior Research Director Matt Guarini and VP, Principal Analyst Thomas Husson explain why the CIO-CMO relationship matters more than ever and the key benefits of effective CMO-CIO collaboration.
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Build A Successful Voice Of The Customer Program

What It Means July 28, 2022
Only 12% of CX pros rate their voice of the customer (VoC) program’s maturity as high or very high. In this episode of What It Means, Senior Analyst Colleen Fazio explains what’s blocking success with VoC and how CX professionals can derive value and get stakeholders excited.
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Is Employee Wellness Broken?

What It Means July 21, 2022
There’s a giant disconnect between how executives view employee wellness and how employees view it. Senior Analyst Jonathan Roberts digs into the causes and impacts of that disconnect in this week’s episode.
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It’s Time To Kick The Leads Habit

What It Means July 14, 2022
The traditional focus on individual, marketing-supplied leads is failing B2B companies and buyers. So why does it persist, and what’s a better alternative? VP, Principal Analyst Terry Flaherty and VP, Research Director Mike Pregler discuss on this week’s podcast.
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Encore Presentation — Avoid The Chatbot How-Can-I-Help-You Problem

What It Means July 7, 2022
The problem with chatbots can be summed up in one question: “How can I help you?” This question sets the expectation that a chatbot will be as helpful as a human agent, which isn’t true. But don’t scrap all your chatbots. Instead, invest in experience design, says VP, Principal Analyst David Truog on this episode of What It Means.
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The Trouble With Thought Leadership

What It Means June 30, 2022
Thought leadership content is everywhere. But, too often, it’s neither particularly thoughtful nor leading, say analysts Ian Bruce and Lisa Gately. On this week’s What It Means, they discuss what defines good thought leadership and how B2B firms can create it.
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Why Are Brands Funding Misinformation?

What It Means June 23, 2022
Marketers are accidentally funding misinformation and fueling the proliferation of dangerous falsehoods. In this episode of What It Means, Principal Analyst Kelsey Chickering discusses how marketers can protect their brand from this phenomenon.
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The Customer Obsession Balancing Act For B2B Firms

What It Means June 16, 2022
B2B companies that center their strategies and operations on customers far outperform their less customer-focused peers. Still, when it comes to customer obsession, more isn’t always better. Analysts Amy Bills and Nick Buck explain on this week’s podcast why customer obsession means finding a balance.
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The Best And Worst Security Practices From Around The World

What It Means June 9, 2022
The fact is, no business can stop every breach. So is it time to shift to a “post-breach” resilience strategy? Analyst Allie Mellen thinks so. This week, she discusses the best — and worst — security practices from various global regions.
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The Two Sides Of Technology’s Environmental Impact

What It Means June 2, 2022
Is emerging tech the cause of or the solution to the climate crisis? The answer is complicated. In this episode, Analyst Abhijit Sunil and VP, Research Director Glenn O’Donnell debate the benefits and impacts of emerging tech on the environment.
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Multicloud Strategy By Design Or By Accident?

What It Means May 26, 2022
As more organizations branch out to use multiple cloud platforms and providers, the question becomes: Is there a strategy behind your multicloud decisions, or do they just happen? In this episode, Principal Analyst Lee Sustar and Senior Analyst Tracy Woo discuss the important differences.
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Will Web3 Live Up To Its Promise?

What It Means May 19, 2022
Web3 proponents have a grand vision of a fairer internet. But will it ever become reality? VP, Principal Analyst Martha Bennett examines both sides of this complex question.
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The Business Case For Inclusive Design

What It Means May 12, 2022
Why has inclusive design become so important? On this episode of What It Means, Principal Analyst Gina Bhawalkar and UX Researcher Senem Biyikli delve into the multi-faceted benefits of inclusive design.
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Marketing And The Metaverse

What It Means May 5, 2022
Is the metaverse your ticket to marketing innovation or a quagmire into which marketing dollars will sink, never to be seen again? What is the metaverse, anyway? Join VP, Research Director Mike Proulx and VP, Principal Analyst Julie Ask as they explore what the metaverse means for marketers.
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European Skill Clusters: A Solution To The Tech Talent Crunch?

What It Means April 28, 2022
With the tech talent crunch in Europe creating urgent challenges, business and technology leaders are looking beyond their local regions to fill their skills gaps. On this episode, Principal Analyst Dan Bieler and VP, Research Director James McQuivey discuss a new report that identifies and ranks Europe’s top talent regions, or “skill clusters.”
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Content Localization Is A Competitive Differentiator

What It Means April 21, 2022
Tailoring content for regional buyers is key to good customer experience, yet many global B2B companies don’t give it the attention it deserves. On this week’s What It Means, Principal Analyst Kathleen Pierce explains what a good content localization strategy entails and previews research that she’ll unveil at Forrester’s B2B Summit North America.
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How B2B Firms Are Redefining Purpose

What It Means April 14, 2022
Following the lead of their B2C counterparts, B2B firms are embracing brand values and a broader notion of purpose. What’s at stake, and where do companies’ intentions fall short? On this week’s episode, Vice Presidents Nancy Maluso and Jennifer Ross weigh in and give a preview of their keynote session at Forrester’s B2B Summit North America.
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What’s Next For Customer Loyalty?

What It Means April 7, 2022
Customer loyalty is not a new concept, but a confluence of trends has increased the emphasis that brands are placing on it. In this episode, VP and Principal Analyst Mary Pilecki dives into these trends and provides a sneak preview of new research that will be unveiled at CX North America.