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Surviving the Digital Transformation Through Creatives – Here’s How

Posted July 17, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:52 am

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Digital transformation, while two steps forward for marketing and mankind, has been arguably a giant step back for brands. The seismic cultural shift initiated by digital media and personal devices opened the door for an explosion of new entertainment channels, technologies and consumption behaviors. But it also meant increased media fragmentation and the loss of a controlled, linear consumer journey. So while opportunities to create compelling and innovative content have grown exponentially – so has competition for consumer attention. If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of digital transformation, here how you can survive it through engaging creatives.

Open Your Mind To Newer Ideas

Today’s workforce is packed with creative technologists, consultants, business strategists and inventors whose days are spent thinking up new ways to innovate alongside clients in the fast-moving age of digital transformation. And let’s agree: They’re extremely good at it. The world around us is an innovation lab and, as a creative, you’ll have to get used to the fact that everyone around you is pitching an idea that could become the next big thing.

Learning On The Go

Commit to increasing your depth as a specialist, while gaining perspective and context about the world around you. This education-based tactic is a big part of how we can apply design thinking to the digital world. There are teams that are competing for the client’s trust and attention and are jam-packed with individuals who possess highly specialized knowledge (e.g., mobile cloud strategy), understand how their expertise plays into overarching customer experience and adeptly apply those skills inside industries we serve (e.g., global automotive). Companies like Airbnb, Netflix, Uber and their contemporaries have made a huge impact on our perception of possibility inside this brave new world.

 

Their innovation opened our minds, brought the convenience of choice to our lives and brilliantly illustrated the basics of digital transformation—its processes and potential. The businesses at the forefront of that tectonic shift are now the fabric of our everyday expectations. We’re more demanding and empowered and less patient than ever before. And those demands accelerate every time we experience the magical comingling of creativity and technology. There are no rules for how to transform successfully, but creatives have a unique perspective on how to move and inspire people—a key role, as our relationship with technology dramatically influences the next chapter of human history.

Business Has Always Been About Inspiring People

While creativity finds new mediums and avenues for expression, the most beautiful trend in digital transformation is our renewed focus on humanity. The convergence of technology, data, and creativity provide boundless opportunity to improve people’s lives. Through continued focus on brand purpose, empathy and two-way conversation inside innovation, we elevate everyday experiences and benefit from deeper, more personal engagement. Even more, than we want a great product or service, we long to be drawn into the magic of a powerful story, the shared ethos of a community and the beauty of artistic expression. In a thrilling shift for creatives, human beings and our values are beginning to overtake technology as the focus of digital transformation.

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5 Ways To Collect Meaningful Customer Data

Posted July 16, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:39 am

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Understanding your customer better isn’t as complex as you might think, but it does require a thoughtful analysis of where and how you can collect meaningful data. By better defining which aspects of their behavior or profiles are most significant to your business, you can start to measure and analyze better ways to engage them and ultimately sell more. Here are some important areas of customer data that you must look to clean up or improve in order to reach your customers better.

1. Key Factors That Set Your Customers Apart

Everyone has different customer types. Not all customers are created equal. Identify what key factor(s) set one apart from another and segment your users from one another. It could be geography; it could be specific products they buy or it could be a demographic detail. Once you understand that, you are better able to target messaging, develop product and drive value for both the customer and your business.

2. Customers’ Real-Time Behavior

To understand your customers better, you have to get greater insight into how they actually behave. Surveys are fine and generalizations drawn from basic demography are still important, but businesses today need to gather as much data as possible on the way that customers are behaving in real time.

 

How long are they staying on your site? What links are they clicking? What triggers them to share your content on social media? What are they uploading or downloading and at what times? The holy grail that Big Data seeks to discover in industries of all shapes and sizes is needed anticipation. The businesses that are ahead today are the ones who can harvest, blend and analyze real-time customer data to identify patterns and predict customer needs before they’re even aware of them themselves.

3. Customer Service Records

When people call to return products, get more information and the like, it is the perfect opportunity to ask them a few questions about what they like/dislike, how they found you and how they are using their product or service. Have a list of questions on hand for your customer service representatives and make them use it!

4. Referral Source

Many times on a sales call you are busy tracking all the information about the client that is relevant to them closing a sale, but you forget to track the referral source of the lead. Without the referral source, it’s hard to understand how you can better reach your customers because you don’t have clear data about where your existing customers are coming from.

5. Personal Tastes and Preferences

By specializing in collecting data about consumers’ tastes and preferences, you can use this consumer intelligence to create content that resonates with your users. In particular, you can use aggregated statistics about your customers to provide information that’s more engaging than any other content types.

 

We love to keep our members as part of the conversation on Instagram, for example, by using the information they provide in real time to spark conversations about the newest trends. For instance, we can say that “Seventy-five percent of you love metallic nails,” provide a captivating image of the newest metallic nail art trends from fashion week and provide entertaining content for users grounded in their interests. Look for opportunities to create a feedback loop with your customers using data.

 

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Keep Up With the Ever-Changing Digital Age? Here’s How

Posted by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:33 am

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Today’s global CMOs, regardless of sector, are facing the same challenge: digital transformation. New technologies are entering the market at lightning speed, and disruptors are springing up and challenging entire categories. As a result, traditional marketing organizations need to always be thinking two steps ahead, which can be difficult to do while trying to run a global marketing team and keep up with the evolving ecosystem.

The rapid integration of digital into nearly every aspect of marketing has completely changed the way marketers interact with their consumers and their agencies as well as other functions within their own organizations. Here are some things CMOs can do to keep pace with the changes while keeping their sanity intact.

Embrace Marketing Automation

Proving the value of marketing has never been an easy task. But in recent years, with the addition of ridiculous amounts of data and constantly-emerging marketing channels, proving value has become a bit of a nightmare. Add to this the fact that most CMOs are not techies – they’re simply people who have been forced into situations where they have to figure everything out or else. This is why it’s important for CMOs to embrace marketing automation tools that make it easy to read and share data. Better customer insights lead to better marketing outcomes.

Hire Those With Skills You Don’t Have

A lot of CMOs cut their marketing teeth during a time when digital was something “out there” that was taking place. But now digital is happening front and center and in their very own department. This means few CMOs have the skills necessary to constantly adapt, which means they need to hire marketers who can fill in that skills gap. They need to hire people who are proficient in using today’s technologies, can analyze mounds of data while constantly thinking strategy.

Finding marketers who wear multiple hats may become a trial, especially for those brands not located in major metropolitan areas. The next best bet is to create specialty teams who collaborate with each other. For instance, you may develop a “content center” whose team members are ninjas when it comes to creating and distributing content. You may also have a “marketing technology” team that specializes in testing and selecting the right tools and channels for distribution.

Think Like a Publisher

Back in the day, when you heard the word content, you tended to think of PDFs and brochures. But today’s consumers expect more. Today’s CMOs have to be in the publishing business and distribute content that is relevant and consistent across all channels. (Oh, and it has to educate as well. When you educate an audience, they tend to trust you more.) All of this is to say that CMOs need to stop thinking of themselves as CMOs and instead think of themselves as publishers whose goal is to use data to create integrated, meaningful experiences for their audience.

CMOs Must Coordinate Teams Efficiently

It is not uncommon, even for smaller, local businesses, to have parts of their marketing team located in another city, state, or even country. One of the biggest challenges for CMOs in this situation is to make sure all of these dispersed team members are working as a cohesive unit. This requires ensuring everyone is regularly communicating and sharing data, insights, and content. CMOs also must be able to be the voice of the translator that serves as a go-between of what a company does and what a customer needs.

This requires understanding the product roadmap while keeping your finger on the pulse of your customers’ needs and demands – always listening to those digital conversation taking place ‘out there.’ With all of these demands, it’s easy to see why some CMOs have trouble sleeping at night. But by following these guidelines, they can rest easy while proving their value.

 

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Social Responsibility Is Changing Creative in the Wake of Digital Transformation

Posted July 10, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:58 am

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Digital transformation is forcing the hand of businesses everywhere. Adapt or die seems to be most modern companies’ mantra in today’s cutthroat world. If they aren’t proactive at responding to changing technologies, social behaviors and the ingenious marketing campaigns of the competition, they’ll end up in the recycling bin.

The Changing Game

Technology has always been the great enabler. Just look at the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays advancements are leapfrogging at accelerating speed because modern technology is powered by software. Digital technology leveled the playing field. Now competition comes from unexpected places. Upstart companies with bold business models move fast, ship often and design for customers first. And they’re gaining market from the big boys.

Impact on Customer Economy

People behave differently too and are doing new things because of digital technology. They use digital products and services in unexpected ways. With powerful capabilities, they now communicate with each other and with the companies that serve their needs and interests. They chat privately with friends, send messages to public groups, and reach strangers around the world. They share their opinions in online reviews, tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos. They’re discerning and not afraid to wield their choice. They seek products and services that add value to their lives, and they want them from companies they believe are fair, genuinely care, and demonstrate social and environmental responsibility.

Digital Revolution Equals Customer Revolution

There’s no way to predict how the digital revolution will play out. Every industry will be disrupted, probably sooner than we think. Adapting to this reality is the most urgent challenge facing business leaders today—how to sense the oncoming change and emerging opportunity then respond to it rapidly and effectively?

The companies thriving amidst the volatility and uncertainty don’t move at an annual pace. They’ve adapted to harness continuous change. They sense instantly, respond in real time, and innovate continuously at startup speed. Every day they try out new things in the market, observe people’s behavior, measure the effect and adjust quickly. In return, customers get to experience new offerings as they evolve, and vote with their wallets. These companies are having an ongoing conversation with customers, employees, partners, and stakeholders that are rich with information about creating customer value. They don’t have strict plans. Instead, they’re learning their way forward.

Contrast this with incumbents who must protect their core business for as long as possible. Who, for a while, manage to make enhancements through localized digitization efforts but, despite facing the continuous threat of disruption, inevitably succumb to the pressure to deliver higher share prices in the short term. Financial engineering wins out over refreshed customer value creation. These established companies rarely get the chance to sustain a longer-term effort to create fertile ground for future growth engines. Unlike Amazon with its ambidextrous strategy rooted firmly in its organizational culture, they can’t execute today’s business while also cultivating the business models for tomorrow that will disrupt their market and even their own business.

Grand Challenges And The Greater Good

Disruption is all the rage. When its impact is positive for society as a whole, disruption is a good thing. Rather than looking for markets to disrupt, we must look for the human endeavors we can empower with digital technology. This is a greater good than just getting one up on the competition.

Today’s grand challenges and wicked problems need more than clever code. They need a different approach. One that embraces change and enables continuous experimentation. One that’s inclusive and sees entrepreneurs, design thinkers and creative technologists collaborating with industry experts and customers, cancer clinicians or climate scientists, to reimagine what’s possible and do the remarkable.

Quantified Outcomes

It’s difficult to predict what the market needs yet projects are still planned as if we know exactly what’s going to work. Projects are managed by specifying the outputs or deliverables, which are nearly always features. This stops us adapting to what’s being learned. Businesses must shift from delivering the outputs they think are needed to realizing the business outcomes they want. They must declare those outcomes in a way they can be measured, and give teams the freedom to try different approaches, experiment, and learn how to get there given constraints like time and cost.

Inclusive Collaboration

Mobile-first apps with their gesture-driven customer experiences, industrialized digital platforms, and the API economy are ushering in complexities that require us to collaborate like never before. Digital ventures need agile teams that are more cross-functional than ever before. One dedicated team of designers, developers and digital workers of all kinds; entrepreneurs, business stakeholders, domain experts. Businesses must encourage them to bring all their courage, curiosity and creativity to the table, and have continuous conversations with users and customers to understand unexpressed and unmet needs and determine the market demand.

Learning Culture

To be able to sense and respond, people must be learning all the time. To understand customer behaviors and the data they generate everyone must develop the new universal skills of customer listening, empathy, assessment, and dialog. Learning needs a culture of openness and humility that supports curiosity, welcomes other ideas, and respects the skills, strengths, and humanity of fellow collaborators. It must give permission to fail, embrace the willingness in people to admit they don’t know the answer, and celebrate their eagerness to go find it.

Wrapping Up

Agile practices enable product teams to make small changes in an ongoing way, continuously sensing the performance from customers and responding with successive adjustments, be they new features, business rules, pricing, marketing language, support policies, or anything else that contributes to business success. The core principles underlying agile methods have fundamentally changed planning to leverage continuous learning—listen rather than predict, make a credible guess, get feedback in nearly real time, then adjust the plan. Similarly, Innovation Accounting and Beyond Budgeting have changed how to budget. It’s no longer affordable to make commitments a year in advance when every day there are new things being learned. This changes how digital products and services are marketed and sold.

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Leading Sports Brands Are Now Paying Attention to Female Fans. Here’s Why

Posted July 9, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:49 am

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For years, athletic products for women were simply designs for men in smaller sizes and more feminine colors. For many companies, women haven’t been the main focus — or even taken into account at all — when products, retail experience, and marketing messages were being created.

In 2016, US apparel sales grew by 3 percent, reaching $218.7 billion, according to data compiled by the NPD Group. Athleisure continued to be a top growing segment that year, with an 11 percent increase that made it a $45.9 billion market. Including women in the sportswear, the conversation comes at a time when they account for a significant share of all buying decisions. A 2013 Nielsen report reveals that American women alone wield $5 trillion to $15 trillion in purchasing power annually.

Of the more than 11,000 athletes who took part in the 2016 Rio Olympics, 45 percent were women. It’s a far cry from the first modern Olympics 120 years ago in Athens, where all 241 athletes were men. There are also more women identifying as sports fans. On average, across 24 major countries representing the Americas, Europe, and Asia, nearly half of all women now declare themselves either interested or very interested in sport compared to 69 percent of men.

Many businesses have taken heed. Mainstream sportswear players like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour now feature women in their marketing campaigns and are developing lines that women want to wear. But is it too late? As more women buy into the sportswear sector, more brands are competing for a place in the market and there is greater access to affordable, trend-led athletic gear at the likes of Asos and Amazon. There is also competition from women-focused activewear brands like Lululemon and Sweaty Betty, as well as newer rivals like Ultracor and Outdoor Voices.

Speaking To The Female Athlete

For International Women’s Day in March, Nike — which is currently the market leader in both men’s and women’s activewear according to NPD — launched three films, in the Middle East, Russia and Turkey, aimed at challenging gender stereotypes in each region.

In 2015, Nike announced ambitious plans to hit $50 billion in sales by 2020 — and the women’s business is a massive opportunity. The Oregon-based company pushed its marketing spend to $804 million in 2016, an increase of 10 percent year on year, with a focus on its women’s offering, which it plans to grow into an $11 billion business by 2020.

For Autumn/Winter 2017, Under Armour debuted “Unlike Any”, an entirely digital execution featuring six female athletes across a variety of sports, including ballerina Misty Copeland, stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and champion sprinter Natasha Hastings.

According to the NPD Group, Under Armour commands 7.1 percent of the men’s activewear space in the US and 3.8 percent of women’s this year through May. The women’s business currently accounts for around $1 billion of Under Armour’s $4.8 billion revenue.

Adidas, too, has released female-centric campaigns over the past year. In February, the athletic brand launched a global campaign called “Unleash Your Creativity”, which tells the stories of 15 women athletes, including supermodel Karlie Kloss, fitness influencer Hannah Bronfman, and fitness instructor Robin Arzon. This is a stark change in strategy for the German brand, which, through its 97-year history, has partnered with the biggest sports stars who were almost always male, like Jesse Owens, Derrick Rose, and David Beckham.

The increased female focus is part of Adidas’ strategy to double its share of the female sporting goods market by 2020. In an investor address in March 2017, board member Eric Liedtke said that the company is “not happy where we are today” when it comes to its position in the women’s market, which represented 23 percent of Adidas’ revenue in 2016. He vowed to lift that proportion to 28 percent within four years.

Combining Style With Versatility

Mainstream sportswear players also need to focus on creating products and services specifically designed for women. More women are buying into the sportswear sector as they prioritize self-transformation and wellness. In 2016 alone, the global market for health and wellness reached £539 billion (about $732 billion) and is expected to grow by a further 17 percent by 2021 to £640 billion ($869 billion), according to Euromonitor International. What’s prompted the shift in attitudes? A blend of social media and a growing consciousness about the importance of physical health.

Marketing to women doesn’t mean excluding men, but it does mean excluding stereotypes. Following an immensely popular sports bra campaign last July, featuring plus-size model Paloma Elsesser, Nike has expanded its plus-size offering with the “Black and White” collection, a range of fashion-forward shorts, tops, bras and leggings, which are designed to fit and flatter larger women.

Meanwhile, Adidas has been designing more sneakers, jackets and other garments specifically for women’s sport. The brand recently unveiled the Pure Boost X sneaker, with motion-tracking technology that studies the movement of the female foot.

Upgrading The Store Experience

Sportswear brands are also taking the retail experience into account. According to data from Euclid, which works with retail businesses to make data-driven decisions, 65 percent of women prefer shopping in-store to e-commerce, as it is easier to try clothes and receive personalized recommendations. Only 55 percent of men feel the same way.

Nike currently operates several women’s only-stores worldwide: in Shanghai, Newport Beach and London. In February 2017, Adidas launched a women-only fitness studio in London, where certified personal trainers, fitness influencers, and Adidas ambassadors host free workout sessions.

Brands are in danger of being viewed as superficial at best and condescending at worst. It’s one thing to create high-performing products for the female customer, but it’s an entirely different challenge to get her attention and create a brand that speaks her language. Nowadays, newer brands being born every day in the athleisure space. Even celebrities have gotten in on the action with their own brands. But the opportunity is still great. Women of different types of fitness levels are looking for a different kind of apparel for their fitness needs.

 

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Getting Started With Audio Marketing? Here’s How

Posted July 6, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 4:54 am

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The written word always has its place in content marketing. However, adding audio and visual content can elevate your ad to even better heights. Nowadays, live video marketing is one of the forerunners in the content marketing scene while audio content is being increasingly consumed across demographics in new and innovative ways. According to Statista forecasts that audio and spend could grow from 28.4 billion to 31.7 billion U.S. dollars between 2010 and 2020. As we enter 2018, here are some tips to add audio marketing content to your content strategy.

Podcasting

Podcasts aren’t new, but their popularity is growing steadily thanks primarily to their convenience factor. Plus, there are still so many niches and industries without relevant podcasts. According to Meghan Keaney Anderson, VP of Marketing and Host of The Growth Show, HubSpot, “Marketing is about being where your prospective customers are, good marketing is about being there and adding something of value.” Furthermore, Anderson commented that her organization understood that more and more of their users were consuming audio content.

Webinars

Webinars are powerful customer and prospect engagement mediums that deserve to be experimented with. You can think of a webinar as an online presentation or show which can be used to demonstrate products or services, host a Q&A or even have a roundtable discussion. With webinars, the user is able to learn how to get more out of the tool, and, in return, businesses get more active users. There is no point in selling anything during the session, as there is no conversion in a traditional sense. Rather, the idea is to bring value to the spectator and to solve his or her problem. Therefore, you can bring reputable experts to your webinars, to take one step towards brand loyalty. Likewise, while webinars are primarily visual mediums, audio-only webinars do exist, and audio content can easily be extracted and reused elsewhere.

Anchor App

The anchor is a growing iOS and Android app that is steadily attracting podcasters and radio station hosts. With it, you can record and manage a station with ethereal audio content that expires after twenty-four hours. You can also archive content before it expires, which turns it into a podcast with episodes that are always available to your audience. Anchor content — or “Waves” — can also be accessed via smart home assistants, or via in-vehicle interfaces. Anchor also provides a service that enables you to set up a podcast on popular podcasting platforms like iTunes and Google Play using your archived Anchor content. Lifehacker has taken advantage of this service, launching their Anchor-native podcast.

Alexa Skills

As the popularity of Amazon’s line of Echo products increases, the nifty Alexa Skill needs less and less of an introduction. In essence, they’re apps that function through audio commands made to your Amazon Echo device. Therefore, you can leverage Alexa skills to create a list of signals that can help users to reach out to your business, when in need. All they have to do is say their name and your company name to their Alexa-powered device and you can get notified via Slack. It’s also worth noting that while Alexa Skills are currently the most popular smart home assistant apps, Google Home and Apple Homepod equivalents will also be big players in 2018 and beyond.

Audiograms

Audiograms make audio content easier to share across social media and give some vibrancy to your content that would otherwise give listeners nothing to look at as they listen. WNYC, the radio and podcast station enjoys the use of audiograms, releasing their own audiogram generator which is free and accessible via Github. The station published a Medium post shortly after making their tool public, stating that their Twitter research shows that the average engagement level for an audiogram is “8x higher than a non-audiogram tweet.” On Facebook, they are seeing some audiograms outperform photos and links by 58 percent and 83 percent respectively.

Voice Search

According to Comscore, 50 percent of all web searches will be voice searches by 2020, and that’s again thanks in part to smart home assistants as well as smart virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana. Voice search optimization has thus emerged as a way for brands to ensure that, when consumers ask Siri about a question, it’s their web page that pops up with the best answer. The renowned SEO company Yoast has laid out some foundations for a voice search optimization, explaining that content writers should take into account the “Five W’s” when writing content intended for voice searches: The five Ws encompass the five primary ways humans ask questions when it comes to searching with their voice; who, what, when, where, why and how.

 

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Alibaba Debuts It’s Latest AI Copywriter

Posted July 4, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 4:57 am

Related imageAlibaba’s digital marketing arm Alimama has unveiled an artificial intelligence-powered copywriting tool. Tapping the huge pool of content on Alibaba’s e-commerce sites Tmall and Taobao, the AI copywriter uses deep learning and natural language processing technologies learn from millions of top-quality existing samples to generate copy for products. Brands and advertisers can insert a link to any product page, and click the “Produce Smart Copy” button to see multiple copy ideas.

Currently, the technology has passed the Turing test and is capable of producing 20,000 lines of copy in a second, said Alimama. It said brands using the new tool, such as fashion chain Esprit and Texas-born clothing brand Dickies, can adjust the length and tone of their copy, such as dictating whether they want the tone to be “promotional, functional, fun, poetic or heartwarming.”

What is Turing Test?

Unveiled by Alibaba’s digital marketing arm Alimama, the “AI copywriter” can produce up to 20,000 lines of copy a second and has passed the Turing test, according to the company.

The Turing test measures a machine’s ability to exhibit behavior that is indistinguishable from a human through natural language conversations, and few machines have managed to successfully pass the test. The company did not immediately respond to questions about how the test was conducted.

The AI-copywriter uses deep learning and natural language processing technologies to learn from the millions of lines of existing copy on Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao e-commerce platforms. To use the tool, copywriters simply insert a link into a product page and click a button to see different copy ideas generated by the machine. The tone of the copy can also be selected, according to the company.

What’s So Special About the AI Tool?

The tool is used on average nearly a million times per day, by merchants and marketers on Alibaba-owned sites such as Taobao, Tmall, Mei.com (a fashion flash sale website) and 1688.com (Alibaba’s Chinese-language wholesale buying site).

“For merchants, from today onwards, AI can take care of a portion of their copywriting needs. And it significantly changes the way [copywriters] work: They will shift from thinking up a copy—one line at a time—to choosing the best out of many machine-generated options, largely improving efficiency,” Alimama said in a statement.

As with design, copywriting involves a certain degree of repetitive, low-value work that can be made more efficient, Alimama added. A single product might require up to 10 versions of copy for different ad formats, like posters, web banners, product pages, and other special event pages.

“All the content produced by the AI Copywriter is the result of applying deep learning models, trained with large volumes of quality content created by humans. Human creativity is the cornerstone for the machine, which isn’t able to replace the creativity of people,” said Christina Lu, general manager of Alimama marketing. “AI for marketing… allows people to devote more energy to richly creative work.”

“The AI copywriter is a really amazing tool,” said Shaozhang Ding, head of e-commerce for the Asia Pacific market at Esprit. “Based on a massive database of existing copy and advanced AI technologies, the tool can reduce the repetitive and tedious copywriting workload for our teams.

Wrapping Up

The AI Copywriter is the latest in a suite of technologies Alimama has developed to assist small to mid-sized businesses on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, including a “smart banner designer” released in April that can resize and reformat promotional website banners with the slide of a mouse (drag a corner of the banner to change the shape of the box, and the system automatically re-proportions the images and copy to fit the new format). In the same vein, Alibaba released an AI-powered video-editing tool for brands to generate—in less than a minute—20-second videos to use for promotion on Taobao.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help Further Develop Creativity? Here’s How

Posted July 3, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:13 am

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Thanks to computational creatives, Artificial Intelligence (also known as AI) can produce real design outputs. This further strengthens the notion that AI is not a foreboding future but an interesting reality. On the other hand, advertising is facing an existential crisis, which is fueled by intransigence and denial. Furthermore, traditional agency CEOs continue to regard the machinery around them as an alien technology that is capable of an extinction event and haunted by Artificial Intelligence rampaging through departments, decimating jobs and ultimately: creativity. However, Artificial Intelligence has the capabilities to enhance the traditional decision-making through data-driven insights. Here’s how Artificial Intelligence can further help develop creativity.

How is Artificial Intelligence Disrupting Marketing?

Today, the number of marketing channels is growing significantly, whether we talk about retail, online, social, flash sales, or even mobile. Therefore, marketing decisions too, need to be faster and out-of-the-box. However, the focus and excitement continue to be on how machine learning and AI can help marketers connect with their customers, without much discussion about how the fundamental rules of marketing can assimilate the integration of digitization, big data, and Artificial Intelligence. While, there is a high dependency on analytics to extract insights and developing strategies to measure the impact of various marketing actions, both machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence are can be helpful in automating tasks, especially in the creative aspects of marketing.

Artificial Intelligence as a Creative Marketing Tool

Selecting Images

Artificial Intelligence can decide whether an image fits or not by analyzing its content. AI can also offer hyper-personalized selection and ranking filters based on unique user requirements. Technologies, which run on deep neural networks are also able to scan multiple images, choose the best pieces and combine them to create the desired image.

Storytelling And Video Content

Self-learning algorithms can be trained to write scripts, stories, produce music videos and edit content based on distinctive interests of users. AI-based tools can develop copy for commercials, ads, and other marketing campaigns. In addition, Artificial Intelligence-based copywriters can help to check content quality by analyzing writing style, text, grammar, tone, and punctuation.

Virtual Experiences

Experiential marketing can be a beneficial strategy for improving sales. Sharing real-life experiences between brand and its customers can help marketers develop a strong relationship. Both AI and VR-AR are capable of creating powerful, engaging and layered experiences. Therefore, AI can help connect users to brands via life-like virtual interactions. It is important to know here that AI  may be assisting the marketer in the creative aspects. However, its application can help automate repetitive/operational tasks. This clearly indicates that AI can help free up a lot of time spent on mundane tasks so that marketers can focus on being creative, ideate and innovate!

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A Complete Guide to Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018 – Know Them

Posted June 21, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 1:50 am

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Instagram has become the forefront for industries investing in Advertisement lately. From its user-friendly story feed to its awesome video feature, it is the place for people who love trend in their lifestyle. Instagram provides these unique features not only to the user but also to the marketers who are provided with audiences of various demographics. Though the user assessment and unique Ad features remain almost easy, Instagram has made it easier to join its platform for business purposes also. So, once you have been added as a Business Instagrammer, you need to know the Instagram Ad Sizes in order to advertise. Here is a detailed guide to Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018-

Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018 – Landscape Image (1200 x 628)

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While uploading the Landscape images on Instagram, do note that these images are generally wider and will not take the traditional full square of the Instagram Post. It has been studied by the Chicago School of Media Theory which explains the Landscape art. The Landscape art is a representation of mountains, prairies or inland scenery to focus more on the spectator. They have unique feature and purpose as well to show the entire scene and not just one or single post. This type of images is ideal for brands which like to capture the best sceneries in the world or say they use it for photojournalism. Here are the guidelines to the same-

  • Instagram landscape image ad size is 1200 x 628 pixels.
  • The proper aspect ratio is 1.9:1.
  • All formats should be either JPG or PNG.
  • The image files are 30MB max.
  • All image and video captions max are 2,200 characters, but 125 is recommended.

Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018 – Square Images (1080 x 1080)

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Landscape Images are good, but they cover most of the space for the overall post layout. They mostly focus on the width and hence the size matters. That is where the Square Images for Instagram work profusely. It does not use all the space provided per post. Here you don’t require to limit your scenic images to landscape, but the Square format will not let it down. Here are the guidelines to the Images –

  • Instagram square image ad size is 1080 x 1080 pixels.
  • The proper aspect ratio is 1:1.

Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018 – Vertical Image (600 x 750)

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The vertical image size is the most popular photo size on Instagram and is mostly used by the general population. This is due to the fact it’s what your image is preset to when you snap an image on the app or upload one. As far as the specifications are concerned, overall ratio and resolution change only. Here are the Image guidelines-

  • Instagram vertical image ad size is 600 x 750 pixels minimum resolution (1936 x 1936 pixels maximum resolution).
  • The proper aspect ratio is 4:5.

Instagram Ad Sizes for Videos

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Around 25% of all the media that gets uploaded on Instagram are single video features. The popularity has surged for these videos nowadays. The popularity of video isn’t just surging on Instagram either. But to make sure you’re on top of your video strategy, you must ensure you’re using the correct sizes and specs. So, what should be the ideal resolution for Instagram Video Ads?

Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018 – Landscape Videos (600 x 315)

These kinds of videos are very popular and have same scenic influence also. Here are the guidelines for Instagram Video Ads –

  • Instagram landscape video Ad is 600 x 315 pixels (minimum).
  • The proper aspect ratio is 1:91:1.
  • Recommended video formats include MP4 and MOV.
  • Max video size for all formats is 4GB.
  • Max video length for all formats is 60 seconds.
  • Video max frames are 30fps for all formats.

Instagram Ad Sizes for 2018 – Square Videos (600 x 600)

Not much changes when you select the Instagram square video format. Pay attention to how your ad and call to action appear on a mobile device–not to crop anything important in the actual video. Here are the guidelines for the video ads-

  • Instagram square video ad is 600 x 600 pixels (minimum).
  • The proper aspect ratio is 1:1.
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Some Social Media Strategies to Improve Ad Performance – Part 2

Posted June 18, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 11:41 pm

Social Media Strategies to Improve Ad PerformanceIn the previous post of Some Social Media Strategies to Improve Ad Performance – Part 1, we did talk about some of the ways in which you can improve your social media performance for Ads. For social sites to work pretty well, it is imperative that you do things precisely and correctly. Check out the social media strategies to improve ad performance through these following points.

Benefits of Advertising on Each Social Network Site

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For each social network, the functions differ significantly. These networks have their own benefits to a paid advertisement. But essentially in your own brand, you would not use each social media site. For starters, try choosing one or two networks that best align with your goals and objectives.

  • Facebook– The plethora of Facebook ad formats make it perfect for business-to-consumer campaigns. But its ability to make scalable audiences is also great for B2B. These formats are ideal for getting deeper into your audience and uncovering potential customers through awareness and social reach.
  • Instagram: Increasing web traffic sales and driving awareness is ideal for Instagram ads. Highly-visual content gets users to engage with the content and show off products in the best light for high B2C conversions.
  • Twitter: Twitter’s various advertising options let brands work on getting new followers for a product launch or simply starting a new social channel. Social Media Strategies to Improve Ad Performance on Twitter help grow awareness and drive clicks to your website.
  • LinkedIn: With a very specific demographic, LinkedIn is more ideal for business-to-business interactions. Your LinkedIn campaigns help gain visibility, generate leads, and boost traffic to your web pages through thought-leadership content.
  • Snapchat: This B2C platform works best with for pure engagement metrics, especially for younger audiences. Its sponsored filters and lenses are built to get users to engage, have fun and promote the product. Visibility and awareness are high markers for Snapchat ads.
  • Pinterest: The ads on Pinterest are often used to generate immediate sales of your product or services. Your paid content blends with other pins, allowing your brand to work as another avenue for your web store.

Find the Middle Ground for Social Audience Targeting

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It is not always an easy task to target an audience on social media through Ads. Trying to bring into fore the targeted audience in a given frame of time is almost impossible. Even if you are pro at social ads or a novice or just getting started, one thing will remain the same. Here you will require to find a middle ground with your targeting. Ad platforms are only getting more complex and sophisticated, so it’s important to spend your time wisely by creating workable target audiences. Additionally, you can use the Audience Behaviours feature to narrow down users who have specific intents like purchasing behaviors or traveling intentions. All these things lead to sales and with the right behaviors selected, you’ll see those who are active with brands that relate to you.

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