Unleashing the Power of AI: Transforming the Future of Marketing and Communications
The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII) recently organized an event exploring the profound impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
on the future of marketing and communications. The event highlighted the need to approach AI with curiosity rather than viewing it as an
obstacle. By leveraging AI technologies, marketers can unlock new opportunities and enhance their strategies to drive engagement,
personalization, and efficiency. Let’s delve into our key takeaways from the event and discuss the potential of AI in shaping the future of
marketing and communications. To learn more about how we’re embracing AI, call Smart WSI Marketing today.
Embracing AI: Current Applications and Advancements
It’s important to recognize that the use of AI in both our industry, and our every day lives at this point, is not new! Siri
and Alexa, anyone?
We’ve been using various AI technologies to assist us with repetitive and tedious tasks in both the home and workplace for a while now. Here
are some examples:
- We use Monday.com to help automate our workflows and manage medial administrative tasks.
- We have previously used Lumen5 to piece together videos.
- Google Ads runs on AI and machine learning, and that’s a huge part of what we and do as a digital marketing agency!
- Even our phones are laden with AI elements. Word suggestions when texting and auto correct are AI.
- Taking random symbols and turning them into the little pictographs we call emojis is also AI.
It’s all over the place, and we don’t even think about it anymore. What is new, and on all of our minds now, is generative AI.
What’s New? Generative AI!
Generative AI is an AI model that can actually generate different types of content, such as text, images, and video, in response to prompts
that are given to it. This differs from the older models we are familiar and comfortable with that analyzed existing data to make
predictions. Those types of AI are classified as predictive AI. While both or powered by machine learning, their core functionality is
Currently, marketers are actively experimenting with generative AI to amp up their efforts. Additionally, they are building AI tools to
prompt ChatGPT, enabling personalized eCommerce shopping sessions to promote conversions and reduce cart abandonment rates.
One of the notable aspects of generative AI is its ability to emulate human capabilities. Through machine learning, these AI systems learn
from data and make predictions, leading to more accurate and targeted marketing campaigns. For instance, AI plays a crucial role in
optimizing Google Ads by determining the ideal positioning for keywords and bids.
Emerging Frontiers: AI for Content Creation and More
AI's potential in marketing extends beyond its current applications. It is increasingly being leveraged for content creation, image
generation, and background fills. This allows marketers to streamline their creative processes, freeing up more time for editing, iterating,
and perfecting their content.
Addressing Common Fears and Misconceptions
Despite its remarkable capabilities, generative AI can evoke fear and skepticism. However, it is essential to remember that generative AI is
designed to enhance human potential, not replace it. AI tools like ChatGPT are particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with
writing, generating ideas, or overcoming writer's block. They can be used as personal assistants for students, enabling them to adopt the
roles of editors and writers rather than just to replace writers. To simplify: AI tools are tools to help people, not replace people.
Fact-checking remains a critical aspect of using AI tools. While generative AI can appear confident and provide references, it is crucial to
exercise caution and fact-check information independently. Using prompt libraries and relying on proven techniques rather than reinventing
the wheel can greatly benefit marketers and accelerate their workflow.
Overcoming Challenges and Ethical Considerations
As generative AI continues to evolve and integrate into marketing practices, certain challenges need to be addressed. Choosing the right AI
tools, navigating complex tech stacks, integrating systems seamlessly, and dealing with legal complexities can be overwhelming. It is
important to stay informed, research legal policies, and prioritize the responsible use of AI to avoid potential legal issues.
Ethical considerations are also critical. AI experts have raised concerns regarding manipulation, addiction, misinformation, and the growing
difficulty of distinguishing real from generated images and videos. However, it is important to recognize that AI technology is ethically
neutral—it is the people who use AI that determine its moral impact. People have the choice whether to use it for “good” or for “evil.”
Education and critical thinking will play crucial roles in mitigating the risks associated with generative AI and ensuring its responsible
Preparing for the Future
As AI continues to advance, it will inevitably impact various job roles, both low and high skill. However, rather than being a threat, this
presents an opportunity to embrace new ideas and explore innovative possibilities. The evolution of technology has consistently brought
about changes, and adapting to these changes has been essential throughout history. The future will require AI literacy, continuous
learning, and a willingness to explore and use AI tools effectively.
How We Are Currently Leveraging Generative AI
There are few ways we are already embracing generative AI at our agency, including:
Administrative tasks: This is a no brainer for those basically no brain tasks that just need to get done to keep the office
Brainstorming: while brainstorming amongst your colleagues is fantastic, with AI, you’re also accessing the brains of the
internet at large, with a perspective someone at the office may not have thought of.
Generating outlines: Often the hardest part of writing content is the framework. Once you have the bones of what you plan
to write, the rest of it falls into place. AI can be a very helpful tool for laying out what you want to write before you get to the actual
Overcoming writer’s block: sometimes a few suggestions from AI really gets the gears going in a writer’s brain when you hit
a wall. Unfortunately, we all get stuck sometimes!
Evolving with AI
This AMII event highlighted the immense potential of AI in transforming the future of marketing and communications. By embracing
generative AI with curiosity and a responsible mindset, marketers can unlock new heights of creativity, productivity, and personalization.
While challenges and ethical concerns certainly do exist, they can be addressed through education, critical thinking, and the development
of ethical and unbiased AI systems. As the world evolves, it is crucial to adapt, innovate, and harness the power of AI to reshape the way
we engage with our audience and drive marketing success. To learn more about how we are leveraging AI and how your business can embrace it
too, call Smart WSI Marketing!