Everything I seem to read now is talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI)--robots are taking over our jobs, another vendor is investing in AI, inherent biases in AI, governmental AI regulations.....it’s everywhere!
But I really wanted to know is what AI and machine learning could mean for content marketers, and what’s just overhyped.
In my quest for more information on AI in content marketing, I found that the most common definitions for AI in content marketing are centered on content intelligence: how emerging technologies can be used to “understand” the qualities inherent to a piece of content, such as an image, audio clip, or video.
It’s pretty amazing to think that a computer can do things like analyze an image and video, and understand not only the subject matter of the content, but also things like emotional quality (e.g. is the person in the picture happy?) and maybe even recognize the actual face of the subject (e.g. recognize the person in the image is President John F. Kennedy).
But as I continued my research, I couldn’t help but thinking there’s got to be so much more that AI and machine learning could do for content. And while delivering content at scale requires organizations to do these three major things, only one involves recognizing the content’s subject:
Enrich: Automatically capture inherent qualities for each piece of content
Execute: Automate the content creation process
Experience: Better understand content performance
And this is just the beginning. AI and Machine Learning can enable marketers to do so much more if they also follow these three E’s of for optimizing these technologies for content: Enrichment, Execution, and Experience.
Using AI for Content Enrichment
Marketers can utilize intelligence technologies to automatically enrich content, which can save them time and money during the content creation process. For example, content tagging is monotonous and time consuming for me. But I also realize it’s extremely useful to have tagged content, because it will be much easier to search and find that content when I’m looking for it next time.
And that’s where AI can help. It can auto-tag using pre-determined tags that further describe an image, or use speech-to-text capabilities to identify and tag the person speaking in an audio clip.
AI also can “read” an image and perform sentiment analysis. This would enable the AI solution to automatically add other types of sentiment-oriented descriptive tags, such as “sad child” or “scared child” to an image of a child. That would help me quickly find the image I want by searching using these emotion terms to ensure I choose the most accurate image for my project.
Using AI for Content Execution
Content intelligence technologies can do more though then just understand content qualities- they can also improve content processes. For example, AI can “understand” the type and amount of resources required to create various types of content, so it can add intelligence and help auto-route tasks. For example, if I’m a graphic designer and I receive an assigned task, but I’m already bogged down with projects, or am out of the office, AI can automatically reassign that task to another designer on the team who has the same skillset but has more bandwidth.
Using AI for Better Content Experiences
Finally, marketers can use intelligence technologies to drive better content experiences.
For example, as my content marketing initiatives mature, I can use them to gather and analyze more holistic ROI metrics for them, such as
How much money did they take to create?
How many and which resources were involved?
Were external agencies used and how much time did they spend?
What type of engagement did they produce across channels?
AI then can use its findings to start suggesting content that will better resonate with my customers, project ROI for new content pieces, suggest more budget allocations for higher ROI content programs, and even surface new content ideas based on past content’s ROI.
I’m not saying that AI will replace content marketers’ jobs anytime in the future: I realize that AI and Machine Learning can never fully replace human creativity in the content creation and customer experience processes—after all, that’s the secret sauce of good content marketing. But the three E’s —Enrichment, Execution, and Experience— of optimizing AI in content can help organizations take their creative content ideas and deliver them faster and at scale.
If you’re interested in learning more about how organizations can utilize intelligence technologies in content and other marketing activities, watch our on demand webinar, “Optimizing AI for Marketing: What’s the future and what’s just hype.”
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