Tagged 'Automation'

How Machines are Changing the Role of the Marketer…in a Good Way

Posted by Glenn Pingul on May 30th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

There seem to be some misconceptions among marketers in terms of how the "rise of machines" will impact our role, and ultimately, our jobs. There's no denying that it can be intimidating to have someone – or something – come in and do your job potentially faster, smarter, and easier than you. But when marketers actually embrace the power of machines to scale to the masses what they do best, a complete transformation takes place.
Before I married my wife, I thought I was a pretty good cook. Not a chef worthy of any awards but I could get the job done. Gather a few ingredients, toss them in the saucepan, and voila – I had an edible meal. My wife put up with my lack luster attempts for a few years, but then one day she declared that while I’m good at getting the job done, she’s clearly superior when it comes to the creative art of cooking. Yes, her food had always been amazing but in my opinion it required way too much effort! So in an attempt to appease my loving wife, I grudgingly accepted my role as the sous-chef – shopping, chopping and steaming – all... Read more

When To Put The Brakes On Marketing Automation

Posted by Mark Edwards on February 4th, 2014 at 10:07 am

Those who know me and have worked with me know that I'm a fan of usingmarketing automation to schedule some messaging.  Not all messages, but some, especially on Twitter and text messages.  But I'm also a big fan of thinking about the audience and what the message will mean to them.  I ran across a case in point this morning and wanted to share it.  I'm not picking on the business that I'll talk about, I really love them, but this incident shows that they probably scheduled a text message and didn't account for how their database would be affected by it.
I'm in St. Louis, as is this business.  We're having snow today, many schools are closed, and the ones that aren't will most likely be sending students home early because the heaviest of the snow will be coming starting around noon.  TheMissouri Department Of Transportation has issued a "stay off the roads" alert so they can get to the snow and keep people safe.  So it's fair to say this isn't the day to be going out unless you really have to.
Even with all that happening, I got this text message at 8:40 this morning.

I've got to believe this was... Read more

Will technology make media planners obsolete?

Posted by Mario Sgambelluri on December 8th, 2008 at 12:00 am

As technologies like ad exchanges, more sophisticated metrics and other technologies mature, it's natural for media planners to wonder whether or not their careers have much of a future.  The short answer is, yes.
The main reasons?  Machines can't solve mysteries or come up with killer ideas. 
Speaking on a panel at this week's iMedia Summit, Jim Miskauskas, ICON international VP Director of Online Media, pointed out that, "a lot of what [media planners] have to do is solve mysteries."  Machines can often point to a solution, but they needed to be guided.  
Something machines will probably not be doing anytime soon is come up with big ideas.  "What clients want are good ideas," said Meskauskas, "and there's not a machine that can do that."  He continued, "clients want good ideas and they don't care where they come from, they just want them first.