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Over 4.2 million peanut emojis have been used on Twitter since the emoji’s creation for the Spreading Good Campaign and the National Peanut Board (NPB) has set out to reach 6 million peanut emojis on Twitter by March 31 (National Peanut Month). Ryan Lepicier, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, National Peanut Board, tells Portada how he is using emoji marketing.

 

The National Peanut Board (NPB) is giving substance to the peanut emoji by turning digital peanuts into real peanuts. The company will turn Peanut emojis into real peanut butter donations to food banks across the nation. The NPB is not only making a donation based upon all the U.S. peanut emojis used to-date on Twitter. In addition, they’re encouraging consumers to continue to use the peanut emoji on Twitter to fuel even more peanut butter donations to food banks.

 

Emoji Marketing as Amplification Tool

With emojis, we’ve been able to create a simple and straightforward campaign that is very user-friendly. Emojis are a universal language to communicate feelings and emotions. Thus, it makes it easy to engage with a broad range of audiences”, Ryan Lepicier, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, National Peanut Board tells Portada.

“For example, the fan base behind popular South Korean K-Pop Band, BTS caught wind of our campaign and it quickly spread across their audience. We saw an increase of peanut emojis used within hours! In less than two weeks, we saw more than a million peanut emojis used on Twitter, surpassing our original goal. With people around the globe Spreading Good, NPB decided to increase the campaign goal. The objective is 6 million emojis on Twitter by March 31 and in return, NPB will donate 17,000 pounds of peanuts and peanut butter to food banks.

In less than two weeks, we saw more than a million peanut emojis used on Twitter.

 

Millennial Target

According to NPB data, about 94% of homes in the U.S. have at least one jar of peanut butter in their pantry. For the Spreading Good campaign, NPB targets millennials, who on average, spend nearly 18 hours a day on different types of media and 71% say they engage with social media daily. With this in mind, NPB honed into the digital space with an emphasis on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

The Spreading Good campaign is all about shareable content and a sense of unity.

 

Twitter, a Good Vehicle for Emoji Marketing

According to Lepicier, through Twitter the NPB was able to connect to its target audience: Millennials. Millennials have an average attention span of only 12 seconds, making it important to capture their attention quickly. To do so, the NPB thought of a tone for its Twitter page @PeanutsHere that was quick, fun, and a little nutty – just like the platform. “The Spreading Good campaign is all about shareable content and a sense of unity. For these reasons, we felt Twitter was our strongest platform to bring this fun campaign to life”, Lepicier concludes.

 

 

 

AI is on the way to transforming the marketing world as we speak. While it is still in its nascent stage, it offers marketers a wealth of tools for leveraging data about customers to understand their preferences and journey with your products.

More importantly, it allows brands to keep up with customers’ increasingly high standards and expectations. Customers want their interactions with brands to feel personal and relevant, and AI enables a level of targeting and tracking that any marketer should get excited about.

But distinguishing between what can be implemented now and what will be possible in the near future is important, as the field of AI is in constant evolution. Here, we break down the different ways marketers can use AI to streamline operations, deliver better customer experiences and channel data into insight.

Defining AI

 AI can be defined as a subset of computer science through which machines display “intelligence” by making predictions and decisions. AI acquires intelligence based on the analysis of data sets, a process enabled by algorithms that tell the machine how to complete tasks and interpret information.

The most basic form of this is machine learning, which uses historical data to predict future outcomes. As the machine acquires more data, it becomes better at making predictions.

AI already driving marketing budgets, data-driven insights

Recent studies reveal the important role that AI plays in driving marketing budgets and business growth strategies. Marketers clearly believe that AI is a valuable tool: 72% of marketers surveyed in a PWC study view AI as a “business advantage.” By 2021, organizations are projected to spend $57 billion on AI platforms for marketing.

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AI in Marketing

And organizations are already seeing the results of implementing AI: 3 of 4 companies using AI have reported a boost in sales of at least 10%. 75% of organizations in another study say AI has driven customer satisfaction by at least 10%.

In terms of how CMOs are currently implementing AI, another recent survey found that many are using it for content personalization (56.5%), predictive analytics (56.5%), and targeting decisions (49.6%).  But those are just a few of the ways AI can support marketing efforts today.

AI has 8 broad applications in marketing today

Marketers are accumulating data at an astonishing pace with the intention of harnessing it into better targeting. But sometimes the mere volume of data that organizations acquire makes it difficult for them to know how to make use of it. AI is incredibly helpful in this respect, as it enables real-time analysis of large volumes of data, automate tasks, and generate insight.

1. Market intelligence and insight:With the help of algorithms, machine learning enables in-depth analysis of complex data sets from data management platforms (DPMs), data warehouses, or other repositories, connecting the dots to support marketing intelligence and forecasting in a way that humans cannot.

2. Customer profiles and personas:Through the analysis of on-site interactions, purchasing history, referral sources and geo-specific behavior, AI can help brands form a 360-view of their customers and match them with personalized content and promotions.

3.Lead generation and sales:Machine learning and predictive analytics can help marketers automate the process of generating and scoring leads. They also help brands keep customers engaged through predicting turn: through analyzing users’ engagements with brands, they can tell when someone is about to drop off. Brands can then attempt to re-engage these users with notifications and emails.

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AI in Marketing

4. Media buying: AI automates the laborious process of media buying and ensuring that ads are seen by relevant audiences through programmatic advertising and optimization and measurement platforms. With almost no human input, AI helps marketers analyze, manage, and measure the performance of ad campaigns.

5. Customer experience: According to Gartner, 85% of customer service inquiries will be handled via AI by the end of 2020. AI is increasingly being implemented in the customer experience space to support improved call centers and automated customer service via chat bots and digital assistants.

6. User experience: AI helps marketers optimize user experience on websites through analyzing data about single users’ behavior to personalize content, promotions, and notifications. A study from Evergage found that 33% of marketers are using AI for more personalized website experiences, and that 63% of them noted increased conversion rates, while 61% assert that customer experiences have improved.

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AI Marketing

7. Natural language generation and content creation: There are a variety of applications for AI in the realm of content. Using simple rules and formats, AI-enabled tools and platforms can author content such as business reports, product descriptions, stock market reports, and sports recaps without human input. Through setting the rules and formats, marketers can dictate the tone and style that the content takes.

AI-enabled content platforms can also make suggestions about what kinds of content formats and topics a brand’s target audience is likely to engage with through tracking users’ online activity.

8. Chatbots: While chatbots technically fall under customer experience, they have changed the marketing world in such a way that they deserve their own dedicated text. AI-enabled bots are successfully delivering customer service for thousands of global brands through natural language processing and machine learning.

Natural language processing allows machines to interpret the meaning of written and spoken speech and respond accordingly, all without human intervention. The machine can track the effectiveness of its responses and adapt accordingly, improving as it has more conversations.

Marketers must self-educate before selecting vendors

Marketers considering ways to implement AI in their organization have to be careful when evaluating different products and platforms. Many use the term “AI” loosely, mislabeling tools that implement data processing and analytics as “AI.”  Smart organizations can bring in experts to educate and advise them as they consider the alternatives.

Ask questions about the data sets they use and pay attention to whether they have data scientists on staff. Request a demo and confirm what deliverables and KPIs will be included in their activities.

Make sure your data is clean and high-quality

 While AI might seem like magic, it still depends on effective human inputs: namely high-quality data that it can learn from. If marketers don’t format data in a way it can be processed, or you do not have the infrastructure to process it correctly, it will not produce an “intelligent” machine.

To this end, marketers must innovate and collect more annotated data that can be tagged to train AI systems. Measuring only clicks is not going to create a rich enough data set to use for impactful AI.

Remember the human touch

AI will be able to replace humans in many, but not all, of the brand interactions customers expect. Consumers are excited about AI – an Acquia study found that 53% of consumers say they are “looking forward to artificial intelligence making interacting with brands a better experience.” At the same time, the study found that 85% percent claim that “a human touch is needed, in addition to technology, for a positive customer experience.”

Marketers should only use AI where it will enhance customer experiences, and it turns out there are plenty of situations in which people prefer to speak to a human than a machine. 75% of the respondents to the Acquia survey agreed that “the problem with automated experiences – interacting with technology instead of a real human – with brands is they are too impersonal.”

The future of AI in marketing depends on smart investments  

Implemented correctly, AI will offer us tools that make our work better, easier, and more enjoyable. Marketers will be able to focus on the strategic, creative elements of their work and leave the tedious and time-consuming tasks to a well-trained machine.

All of this, though, depends on marketers educating themselves so that they can help their organizations invest in smart solutions. As AI evolves at a rapid pace, marketers will face increasing pressure to keep up.a