5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Change Marketing Forever

From self-driving cars to the rise of chatbots, we’re seeing a rapid acceleration in artificial intelligence and machine learning — and it’s changing the marketing world. 

Tech research firm, Gartner, predicts that by 2020, AI will be a $3.9 trillion business. Businesses need to prepare for this inevitability by taking action and capitalising on the opportunities artificial intelligence can bring to their business.

Preparing for the future

When it comes to the future of marketing, opinions are divided. Some experts believe that AI will change the way we live for the better and boost our economy. Others see it as a potential threat to humankind and we can understand why, at a cursory glance. 

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter. It’s approaching the same level of intelligence as human beings, and there’s no question that it will continue to become more relevant as we find new use cases for it in a digital world. 

As it does so, it will continue to have an impact on many aspects of our lives, including on the way we market our businesses and how we interact with brands as consumers. But in a best case scenario, this intelligence will be used to heighten human potential rather than cannibalise it. 

Why is it taking so long?

AI has been a hot topic for years, but it’s only recently become widely accessible and affordable enough to be utilised in business applications as a standard. What’s more, advancements in machine learning technologies and the rise of big data have fueled interest and sparked new research into AI’s potential for democratising access to opportunities and unifying the world with technology. Let’s get down to what it is at its core and why it’s so relevant to us as modern marketers. 

1. What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximise its chance of success at some goal.

We’re already seeing a number of applications for this in the marketing and comms world - particularly in the social listening and monitoring space. This is, in part, why marketing has changed so much over the last 5 years. 

2. Why it’s crucial to your new marketing strategy

Marketing comprises a range of activities that are typically focused around understanding consumers and their interests in a modern context. By simulating or supplementing human intelligence, we have a range of benefits available to us on both sides of the messaging fence. 

  • Streamline resources. Internally, AI can support businesses in their process goals. Think of a SlackBot for example that provides useful tidbits of information or reminders to the team. Similarly, word prompts and email suggestions can take some of the mental work out of completing tasks.

  • Target content to specific audiences. AI allows you to get information about individual customers and prospects so that you can then tailor marketing campaigns to them. This is a lot more effective than generic marketing campaigns. So, for example, if you want to know what your consumers are saying online or how they behave, AI can help scan trillions of data points to collate a profile for you - making quick work of building personas or targeting specific demographics.

  • Interact with less manpower. Artificial intelligence can communicate with your consumers on your behalf. And, with the help of machine learning, it can change its behaviour to accommodate their interests and needs. Automated responses can be a useful tool when customers message you on social media platforms. Improved interactive voice systems also hold some efficacy when it comes to supplementing manpower.

  • Delight and engage automatically. While AI technology is still relatively new to consumers, it still has the power to delight them, even in simple applications. Acknowledging their DM with an automated message, can be a powerful way to increase your response time and offer them useful resources for what to do next.

  • Prepare for future advancements in technology. As technology advances, the possibilities for marketing automation become endless. Artificial intelligence can help take a lot of the manual work out of marketing and allow you to focus on the creative aspects of your work. However, there’s another important aspect at play. Brands that want to succeed beyond web 4.0 need to have the infrastructure, skill and understanding to operate in a hybrid world of virtual, artificial and physical environments. 

3.. How to use it effectively in your business

  • Use it to intimately know your audiences through media monitoring and social listening
  • Integrate AI into new brand activations and media campaigns
  • Automate engagement through chatbots and profile growers
  • Activate your brand with creative concepts that incorporate new technologies. 

All told, AI is no longer a far-off concept that may or may not impact our realities in the near future. It’s very much here in familiar interfaces and chat applications that people encounter on a daily basis. Even companies like Google have incorporated it into their document creation, suggesting words and helpful tools when users start to write. However, as the capability and access grows, so does the scope of opportunity to use this technology in more exciting and novel ways. 

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