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Unlocking the Power of AI to Transform Your Marketing Strategy

[fa icon="calendar"] 19-Jun-2024 07:15:00 / by Iliyana Stareva

top AI trends for marketing

The marketing world has been significantly transformed by the advent of artificial intelligence (AI). With AI's ability to streamline processes, enhance personalisation, and boost content quality, savvy marketers are leveraging its power to stay ahead of the curve. 

I use AI every day for various content marketing activities and I save at least double the time if not more thanks to Gen AI these days and especially ChatGPT that I am a huge fan of not just for content creation but also for research, ideas generation and advice. 

I recently came across a research by HubSpot called the "AI Trends for Marketers" and wanted to share its key learnings. The paper provides a comprehensive overview of how AI is reshaping marketing strategies and operations as well gives practical tips to help marketers leverage AI effectively.

Key AI Trends for Marketers

1. AI's Role in Content Creation and Scaling

AI is revolutionising content creation by generating high volumes of content quickly, providing a robust starting point for marketers to refine and personalise. This capability is crucial for scaling marketing efforts without a proportional increase in resources.

In fact, 83% of marketers report that AI helps them create significantly more content than they could without it​.

In practical terms, AI assists in creating content outlines, generating initial drafts, and making minor edits, saving an average of three hours per piece of content​.

2. Personalisation and Localisation

Personalising and localising content are time-consuming tasks that AI can streamline. By tailoring content to specific audiences or regions, AI ensures that messages resonate more effectively.

For example, AI adjusts spelling variations (e.g., American English to British English), updates local currencies, and incorporates regional cultural references​.

3. Enhancing SEO and Keyword Research

SEO planning and keyword research are repetitive tasks that AI can automate, making the process more efficient and freeing marketers to focus on strategy and creativity.

82% of marketers say generative AI has already impacted the way they plan to create content, and 69% say it's important to their overall content strategy​.

Many marketers are learning prompt engineering to ask AI the right questions, starting with small queries, and always fact-check AI-generated SEO data​, to bigger prompts like entire strategies.

4. Improving Content Quality

AI tools not only aid in creating content but also enhance its quality. By providing a draft that marketers can refine, AI ensures that the final output is polished and effective.

63% of marketers using generative AI for content creation say it performs better than content created without AI, and 89% say it improves the quality of their content​.

5 Practical Tips of Using AI in Marketing

1. Balancing AI and Human Creativity

While AI is powerful, it cannot replace human creativity and judgment. The best results come from a collaboration where AI handles repetitive tasks and humans add creativity and strategic insights.

  • Tip: Use AI for tasks like content generation, SEO, and data analysis, but rely on human skills for creativity, originality, and critical thinking​.

2. Effective Use of AI in SEO

AI can significantly streamline SEO tasks, but it's essential to use it correctly. Start small, ask specific questions, and always verify the data AI provides.

  • Tip: Use AI to automate keyword research, internal link building, and SERP comparisons. This not only saves time but also improves SEO strategy effectiveness​.

3. Overcoming AI Bias and Inaccuracies

AI tools can sometimes produce biased or inaccurate information. It's crucial to be aware of these limitations and take steps to mitigate them.

  • Tip: Fact-check all AI-generated information and ensure your AI tools are trained on diverse datasets to minimize bias​.

4. Repurposing Content

AI can help repurpose long-form content into various formats suitable for different channels. This ensures broader distribution and maximizes the impact of your content.

  • Tip: Use AI to summarise reports into key points, create social media posts, and generate promotional emails tailored for different platforms​.

5. Editing AI-Generated Content

While AI can produce content, it often requires human editing to ensure quality and alignment with brand voice.

  • Tip: Focus on adding richness and depth to AI-generated content by infusing it with your brand's personality, using anecdotes, colloquial expressions, and data to enhance its value​.

Without a doubt, AI is reshaping the marketing landscape by enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in content creation, personalisation, SEO, and data analysis, saving marketers and business people a ton of time. 

By balancing AI with human creativity, fact-checking outputs, and mitigating biases, marketers can harness AI to elevate their strategies and achieve much better and much faster results. I don't think we can doubt this anymore and so if you are not using AI for your marketing efforts, you really are missing out.

How do you use AI in your marketing activities? 

 

Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing, Content Marketing, Artificial Intelligence

Iliyana Stareva

Written by Iliyana Stareva

Iliyana Stareva is the author of Inbound PR - the book that is transforming the PR industry. She's also a keynote speaker and a consultant in inbound and digital for fast-growing companies and agencies. Currently, Iliyana is Chief of Staff to the EMEA President at ServiceNow. Before that, she held global and EMEA-wide positions at Cisco and HubSpot. She is also certified by the PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. In her free time, you can find Iliyana writing for her blog, dancing salsa or travelling the world.

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