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Mike Kaput

Mike Kaput is the Director of Marketing AI Institute and a senior consultant at PR 20/20. He writes and speaks about how marketers can understand, adopt, and pilot artificial intelligence to increase revenue and reduce costs. Full bio.
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This post originally appeared on the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute's blog. The Marketing AI Institute was created and is powered by PR 20/20. 

How do you get started with AI?

AI is a complicated subject. It’s easy to get frustrated or struggle to “get it.” It can take weeks, months or even years for some marketers to fully understand what AI is and why it matters.

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No matter what content you write or what stories your brand tells, there’s a good chance a machine can help you do it better.

Artificial intelligence, despite any hype or buzz you hear, is a very real force in the marketing industry—and it’s changing the way brands and people create content.

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This post originally appeared on the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute's blog. The Marketing AI Institute was created and is powered by PR 20/20. 

A lot of people suck at content strategy.

Don't worry: We're only human.

Content strategy is an art and a science, after all. Humans are great at the art part. We excel at the creative side of the process, like the creation of compelling content and telling stories that resonate with customers.

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Every year, research firm CB Insights publishes their AI 100 list of hot companies to watch in artificial intelligence.

The list is compiled using proprietary CB Insights data and by weighing aspects of each business, like its momentum, market, funding and quality of investors. The result is a list of 100 privately-held companies that are reinventing industries using AI and machine learning.

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6 Ways to Get Started with Marketing AI

Posted by Mike Kaput on November 8, 2018

How do I get started?

You don't need to know it all to build a competitive advantage with AI in your business and career.

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This post originally appeared on the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute's blog. The Marketing AI Institute was created and is powered by PR 20/20. 

Marketers always have the same question when it comes to artificial intelligence:

“How do I get started with AI?”

The best way is to experiment with AI-powered marketing tools. But there are a lot of vendors out there. And a lot of bold claims about what AI can and can’t do.

So taking demos and trials of tools is a must.

We can point you in the right direction.

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Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated to be more current and comprehensive.

Brands have a major problem using the S-word. The term strategy is so overused by marketing departments and agencies that it is, in many cases, meaningless. They build marketing or content strategies. They think or act strategically.

Too often, marketers are irresponsibly using strategy and its variants as synonyms for planning.

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This post originally appeared on the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute's blog. The Marketing AI Institute was created and is powered by PR 20/20. 

“How do I get started with AI?” This is one of the top questions we get from marketers. A lot of professionals want to understand and apply AI to their work. But they don't know where or how to start.

It's understandable. There is a lot of content out there on AI. And there's a ton of hype.

So I want to walk marketers through how I would approach this process, using mock examples.

The goal? Show you how a brand could actually go from conception to reality with marketing AI.

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If you’re Bethany Johnson (@thanybethanybe), you learn as much about it as possible.

Johnson is a content marketer who wrote an article for Skyword’s Content Standard about natural language generation (NLG), an AI technology that automatically writes data-driven narratives. She caused a stir among freelancers and writers who feared bots were going to replace them.

“This particular form of artificial intelligence may one day have the potential to put many of my buddies out of a job,” she writes. “What I consider exciting really upset many community members, so I decided to dig into the topic to clarify.”

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This post originally appeared on the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute's blog. The Marketing AI Institute was created and is powered by PR 20/20. 

Will AI replace your job?

To be honest, no one knows for sure. Not yet. Which makes it more important than ever to ask the question.

We know AI is advancing rapidly. Image and voice recognition have become serious technologies. Natural language processing and generation are progressing. Neural networks push the envelope of how well machines learn without human intervention.

This has led to some insane advancements. We all now have AI voice assistants in the form of Siri and Alexa. Self-driving cars are viable technologies—and self-driving trucks may be next. Google built AI that taught itself how to be superhuman at a board game—without human teachers.

It's still very early in AI. But these advancements mean we need to move beyond hype and start asking tough questions.

How might AI redefine marketing jobs? How might it redefine our entire industry? And how do we train ourselves and others to survive potentially massive disruption?

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