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What is AI doing to marketing?

What is AI Doing to Marketing?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a useful tool capturing the attention of millions of marketing professionals as a helping hand to enhance their efficiency, refine their content and optimise their marketing efforts. But although AI has proven itself beneficial in many ways, it has also proven itself as a double-edged sword and brings its own set of challenges and consequences for marketers. From privacy concerns to algorithmic bias on the one hand, yet enhanced productivity and improved customer engagement on the other, marketers will benefit from finding a balance between leveraging AI to optimise their marketing efforts whilst learning how to mitigate its negative impacts.


So how has this seemingly groundbreaking technology affected the marketing industry for better or for worse?

WHAT IS AI IN MARKETING?

Before diving into AI’s impact on marketing, we should clarify what AI in marketing entails. AI helps marketers to perform tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence. AI ‘learns’ how to perform these tasks through the input of huge amounts of information and learning how to identify the patterns in it. With the help of AI, marketers can automate tasks, optimise campaigns, create content, generate insights and more.


THE GOOD

  1. Increased productivity and efficiency

One of AI’s many talents is the automation of tasks and it goes without saying that this can massively streamline workload for marketers. Repetitive tasks such as email marketing, campaign management and content creation can be performed by AI, thus freeing up time for marketers to focus on other aspects of their work. Not only does this improve overall productivity, but it also enables marketers to spend more time on tasks that will be completed to a higher standard due to improved focus and increased time. Moreover, with the addition of AI, businesses may be able to take on more projects due to an extra pair of digital hands helping out with the workload. 

  1. Improved customer engagement

Gone are the days of solely relying on humans for customer service; AI chatbots and virtual assistants are the latest additions to your business’s faculty. These intelligent tools offer round-the-clock support including answering inquiries, providing product recommendations and resolving issues in real-time. This personalised assistance and 24/7 availability enhances customer satisfaction which then translates into stronger relationships, enhanced brand loyalty and improved engagement.

  1. Enhanced personalisation

AI is helping many marketers to deliver more personalised customer experiences through AI-powered algorithms that analyse customer data to understand preferences, behaviours and purchase patterns. With this knowledge, brands are able to deliver highly personalised content, product recommendations and offers that are tailored to the customer. As a result, conversion rates increase along with engagement rates.

  1. Predictive analytics

AI-powered predictive technologies are another way that AI is transforming marketing strategies. By analysing historical data and identifying patterns, AI algorithms can predict future trends, customer behaviours and market fluctuations with impressive accuracy. This allows marketers to anticipate demand, optimise inventory management and allocate resources effectively. As a result, businesses can maximise their ROI while minimising potential problems. 

  1. Impressive data analysis

There is an incomprehensible amount of data now available which can sometimes be overwhelming for marketers. AI excels at processing and analysing this data to provide valuable insights that human analysis may overlook. This means that marketers can make data-driven decisions with precision and confidence, ultimately leading to better results.


THE BAD

  1. Privacy concerns

It goes without saying that privacy concerns come at the top of many people’s lists when it comes to the concerns of AI use. With AI analysing large amounts of personal data, concerns about the protection of this data mount. To combat this, it is important for marketers to be transparent with their consumers and comply with privacy regulations to protect their consumer’s rights and trust. Ensuring that they obtain consent for data collection and the use of it is important before it is used with AI technology. 

  1. Loss of human connection and authenticity

A paradox when it comes to AI technology is that it has the potential to both enhance personalisation and erode it. Overlooking the human element of marketing can be detrimental to a business, especially when it comes to creating content. You know your audience better than anyone so it is important to add your personal touch and authenticity to your content that resonates with your audience. Consumers want originality and genuine interactions with the brands they support, so the lack of human input when using AI can lead to consumers feeling disconnected. Furthermore, with more and more AI content floating around the internet, consumers are beginning to realise the difference between human content and AI content. While AI content can sometimes be effective, consumers want to see effort from brands putting out content and, more importantly, know that the communication they have with them is genuine.

  1. Over-reliance on technology

The more AI is used, the higher the risk of marketers over-relying on data and technology at the expense of creativity and human intuition. This can lead to carbon copy campaigns that lack originality and do not resonate with audiences in a meaningful way. This can then negatively impact engagement metrics, consumer relationships with brands and overall, campaign results. To avoid this, marketers need to remember that human creativity and connection are what drive meaningful and memorable communication with consumers. Therefore, they should find a balance between the automation of tasks through AI and the human element of marketing, ensuring that AI enhances their marketing efforts rather than replaces them. 

  1. Job displacement

Jobs that were once only able to be completed by humans can now be performed by AI. As AI becomes increasingly proficient, there is a growing concern that human marketing roles will become disused and leave many professionals unemployed or underemployed. Whilst these concerns are completely valid, the importance of human input can never be underrated so it is important that marketers continue to prioritise the human element of marketing.

  1. Ethical considerations and challenges

The use of AI raises ethical considerations and challenges. These challenges include concerns about data privacy, the question of algorithmic bias and the ethical use of consumer data. Furthermore, AI algorithms are susceptible to bias in the data that they are trained on which can lead to discriminatory consequences in marketing campaigns such as perpetuating stereotypes, excluding certain demographics and reinforcing inequalities in access to products and services.


THE UNKNOWN…

AI is still new in the world of marketing and there are many grey areas when it comes to the use of it. There is no denying that the introduction of this new technology has, and continues to, reshape the face of marketing, but with so many concerns about what that actually means, many marketers are searching for answers about how they can benefit from AI without experiencing any profound consequences.


In conclusion, AI offers a multitude of opportunities for marketers to optimise their efforts, however, with the uncertainty surrounding it, as well as the need for more development, it is crucial to utilise it with caution and an awareness of its disadvantages.

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