Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Christine Overby [Posted by Christine Overby]

Nearly two years ago, I heard that an influential blogger was interested in an analyst job at Forrester. I had just taken over management of our interactive marketing team and to my complete pleasure was able to hire that blogger -- Jeremiah Owyang.

And so it's on a bittersweet note that I share that Jeremiah has decided to leave Forrester at the end of this month. All of you who connect with Jeremiah through his reports, blog posts, and tweets know that he is an enthusiastic teacher, a client advocate, and a creative force. We will miss his exuberance and his contribution to the Forrester "Idea Factory". We will miss him. What's next for Jeremiah? He's going back into the field to apply the trends. I expect that he'll still sleep in shifts so that he can stay connected. :-)

What's next for Forrester? More insights on social technologies -- driven by the topics that you tell us matter to your roles. We have 24 analysts who touch social computing in some way. Upcoming research from Nate Elliott and Emily Riley will look at the ROI of social media, both on its own and in concert with other interactive channels. Lisa Bradner is finishing up a piece on how social tools change the fundamentals of brand management. Sean Corcoran's next doc will analyze the growth of sponsored  conversations. On the B2B side, Laura Ramos and Oliver Young will examine how executives use social tools to make business decisions. And our resident best-selling author Josh Bernoff is currently taking entries for the third annual Forrester Groundswell Awards.

We're also starting a search for a senior social media analyst who will focus on online communities, social networks, and org structures that support social technology efforts. We're looking for an individual who is active in the social media community and has good ideas on how social tools complement other analyst activities and research methodologies. If you are interested, then please contact me at coverby@forrester.com.

Please join me in wishing Jeremiah the very best!

Comments

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Jeremiah is a real inspiration for me and people in the industry. He's always been insightful, clear and by all accounts, honest in his assessments of the industry and tools.Forrester may be losing his services full-time, but in his typically giving way, I'm sure he'll make the transition in a positive and supportive way.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

I am sure you will miss Jeremiah. He is well-respected and well-loved, not an easy combination to find!I am selfishly hoping he might want to take up roots in Hawaii, where social media is starting to take hold after a slow simmer the past 5 years.I hope you enjoy the search for his replacement.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Thanks for the update and good luck to Jeremiah. He will certainly continue to be and idea factory and it's courageous of him to go back to more applied work.I wish your blog post would have mentioned all the blogs of the different researchers you mentioned here if they have blogs of course.Keep up the good work,

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

To new chapters! Wish you the best.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Jeremiah has been a transparent and honest analyst -- He's left very big shoes to fill. Thanks for all of your insight and direction over the last two years!

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Best of luck to Jeremiah, it will definitely be a challenge finding someone to replace him--someone's who's an equally respected 'employee of the web' as he is a Forrester employee.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

I jumped at the chance to work at Forrester and be an industry analyst --it was an honor. Thank you Christine for being a good mentor, manager, and friend.Thankfully, with the social web, we'll all continue to stay connected, learn from each other, and grow as a community.I highly recommend to anyone who wants to really elevate their career is to become a Forrester analyst --it was one of my best career moves.Thank you so much Forrester!

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

I know two things: I've become a lot better at my job thanks to Jeremiah; and the Forrester Idea Factory has a way of revitalizing itself and will remain very strong. For instance, Emily Riley is an outstanding analyst in social media especially in examining the intersection between online advertising, social, and measurement. Thank you Jeremiah and Forrester on many fronts.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Congrats to Jeremiah! While it's sad he's leaving, I'm sure you guys will still come up with great ideas. Looking forward to seeing what you all have in store.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Thanks, Jeremiah. I've appreciated your research, insights and advice. Good luck with your next adventure. I hope you'll continue innovating and helping us all to become more social.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

Christine, that was a very gracious note. I'm not surprised that Jeremiah is ready for something new, but sometimes managers aren't as great about it, in public or private. I have a few ideas for people to send your way.Meanwhile, Jeremiah, best of luck and thanks for what you've done to push us all hard and to bring our thinking to new levels. I wonder whether you decided to go for of the jobs you posted recently. Hmmm....copywriter? Assistant Account Exec? :)

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

We wish all the best for his efforts in future.Looking forward to see what you have in store through your blog.

re: Farewell and Best Wishes to Jeremiah Owyang

I am very sorry for Forrester to see such an authority leave. I wish Jeremiah all the best. I sincerely hope that he will continue to do what he can do best: inspire people in the field of social media, world wide.I wish Forrester good luck finding a replacement.