AI marketing is the talk of the town recently—from ChatGPT to AI integrations into all social media apps to Google releasing its own AI chat, AI is taking over the world of marketing
. But … what exactly is it and how can it help you as a social media marketer? That’s what we’re all here to find out today! In today’s blog, we go through everything you need to know about AI marketing
from what it is to how to use it to our step-by-step on getting started.
What is AI Marketing?
AI marketing is when marketers use artificial intelligence (like ChatGPT
or Flick’s latest and greatest AI Social Media Assistant
) to improve and optimize their marketing processes and strategies.
AI marketing comes in different forms, but the biggest ones are using algorithms and analytics to help brands and businesses figure out what their audience wants from them.
But … how is AI marketing used? It is used to automate a lot of tasks for marketers that take a lot of time a marketer might not have. Things like lead generation, customer segmentation, personalized advertising, and email marketing are some of the best ways that a marketer can use AI.
One of the best things about AI marketing is that it can provide personalized recommendations to someone. Think of Instagram and TikTok’s algorithm—that’s all based on AI. And the more you engage with certain content on your algorithm, the more personalized your feed becomes because the app’s AI has realized what content you like and want to see more of.
Another great tool that AI helps with in marketing is analytics reporting. Manually figure out all of your metrics and what has done well vs. what has done poorly for your account. Using AI for reporting in marketing can help streamline a marketer’s workflow and save them a lot of time in the long run.
How can marketers use AI?
If you’re a marketer looking into AI and wondering where you should start or even how you could use it in your marketing strategy, here are some ways you can implement it:
It’s time to get personal! The best way for you to reach audiences new (and old!) is to make sure that your content is personalized to your audience—and AI can help with that!
If you’re looking to personalize your marketing strategy or ads for your social media, using AI can help you by gathering data on your customers (their behavior, their preferences, their likes, and dislikes) and you can take that information to better target your audience in the future.
One of our favorite AI tools around here is being able to know what trends people are going to be into next and one of the ways to do that is by predictive analytics!
AI tools can analyze data from a variety of different sources and can figure out certain patterns to help marketers figure out a better strategy for their future content.
If you’re constantly responding to guests’ DMs and not having enough time to work on things outside of that, using AI-powered chatbots can seriously help you with that.
Set up a chatbot that responds to frequently asked questions that your guests and followers might be asking. This will help you increase your conversion rate and save you time by not spending hours and hours answering the same questions.
If you find content creation a struggle and spend hours upon hours working on it, AI can help you with that. There are a lot of content creation AI tools to help you with creating content like product descriptions, blog posts, social media captions, and more.
AI can help marketers target their ads to the right audience by analyzing data on their customers’ behavior, interests, and demographics. If you use AI in your ad targeting, it can help you with creating a more effective ad campaign with even higher conversion rates.
Pros of AI Marketing
While there are loads of different advantages to using AI marketing, here are some of our top pros:
Improved customer experience
Psst: AI can help your business deliver a personalized and engaging customer experience by providing tailored content, offers, and recommendations based on customer preferences and behavior. If you want to start having a higher conversion rate of your customers actually completing a purchase with you, using AI can help streamline it all for you. No more pain points with purchase.
One of the best things that AI can do is help automate repetitive marketing tasks like email marketing, social media management, and data analysis. And you know what that means? You’ll be saving lots of time and reducing your costs while letting you focus on creating a better marketing strategy.
Want to have better and more targeted ads? AI can help you there by analyzing vast amounts of customer data to identify patterns and predict behavior, allowing businesses to deliver targeted marketing messages to the right audience at the right time. No more wasting time.
Oh, what’s that? If you optimize your marketing campaigns and target the right audience you’ll have better ROI? Yup, it’s true. And by using AI in your campaigns, you have a better chance of streamlining your campaigns to hit a higher ROI.
This one ties into all of the ones above. If you want to be a step ahead of your competition, using AI will give you that competitive advantage by delivering a more personalized and engaging customer experience, improving efficiency, and increasing ROI.
Challenges of AI marketing
Yes, while there are a lot of pros when it comes to AI marketing, there are some cons to using AI which we break down for you:
Data privacy concerns
Uh-oh. AI collects and uses customer data for marketing purposes which could raise some privacy concerns for users—especially if the data is ever misused or mishandled.
Lack of human touch
While AI can automate many marketing tasks, it cannot replace human creativity. You do not want to over-rely on AI as you might lose your personality and what makes your brand specifically you in the content. Use AI to help you kickstart content ideas for the month ahead or to help with your reporting and analytics. Not every piece of your marketing needs to be automated. Make sure there is still some of you in each of your content pieces.
Bias and inaccuracies
Yes, sometimes AI can be wrong (hello, Google Bard anyone?). AI algorithms are only as accurate as the data they are trained on, and biased data can lead to biased results. This can impact the effectiveness of AI marketing campaigns and potentially harm brand reputation. Make sure to cross reference anything you’re putting on marketing materials to make sure nothing is inaccurate.
Complexity and learning curve
If you’re not familiar with AI marketing tools, they can be complex and require specialized expertise to use effectively. This can make it challenging for smaller businesses with limited resources to adopt and implement AI marketing solutions.
How to use AI marketing
Now that you know the basics, how do you actually use it in your own strategy? Here are some basic steps to help you get started:
Define your marketing goals
Start by defining your marketing objectives and the specific tasks you want to automate or optimize using AI.
Gather and analyze data
Collect and analyze data on your target audience, including their behavior, preferences, and purchase history, to identify patterns and insights.
Identify your AI solutions that can help you achieve your goals, such as predictive analytics, chatbots, or personalization tools.
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Implement the solution
Now that you have the AI tools, it’s time to integrate it into your marketing strategy and ensure it is configured correctly to deliver optimal results.
Monitor and optimize
Monitor the performance of your AI marketing campaigns, and use the insights to continuously optimize your strategy and improve results.
Ensure data privacy and security
We will say this a million times: Protect your customers’ data! You have to make sure that customer data is collected and used ethically and that appropriate measures are taken to protect data privacy and security.
Train your team
This is SO important! Because how in the world are you going to do marketing with AI well if you don’t teach your team how to use it? Ensure your marketing team is trained on how to use AI solutions effectively and integrate it into their day-to-day work.
It’s time to start using AI for your marketing strategy. Want to know which tools we think you should add to your toolkit? Click here
for our must-have AI marketing tools.