Aniket Warty

Director at Atlantis Inc


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Aniket Warty is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building businesses from scratch. He specialises in online gaming, e-commerce, and IT, and is the Director and Board Member of Atlantis Inc, a Venture Capital and Private Equity company based out of the US. Aniket has the unique ability to work in proactively diverse and inclusive organisations across industry types, niches, geographic or linguistic variants. He’s always on the lookout to transform the next innovative idea into a sustainable business that has the vision and foundation to make a positive impact on the world.

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How to Build B2B Brand Success by Standing Out on Social Media

Every day, social media serves up a platter of possibilities for contemporary marketers thanks to the sheer scale of its captive audience. According to data from Statista, almost 4.9 million people use social platforms around the world and that number is projected to rise by another couple of million by the end of the decade. It's common sense that marketing to end consumers in this vast and sprawling digital ecosystem would be a savvy idea, but what about harnessing the juggernaut power of social media to market to other businesses? Happily, if you want to level up your B2B marketing, platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are just as advantageous for you as they would be for your direct-to-consumer counterparts. If you think about it, this welcome news is hardly surprising—because a whopping 93.79% of businesses are actively pursuing their own marketing efforts on the very same platforms. It stands to reason that if you want to get their attention, you can meet them right there on the playing field! Yes, social media is a prime ally for achieving success as a B2B brand, but plenty of other businesses will be just as clued in on the opportunities to be seized. So, how can you get the upper hand? Let's get to grips with some stellar strategies to help your business stand out from the crowd. ### What Makes B2B Social Media Marketing Strategies Different? Long ago, in the earliest days of social media, platform creators dreamed of providing virtual spaces where friends and family would be able to connect and share, and advertisers would be able to frolic. However, next, something truly interesting happened. Businesses began claiming their own social media presences and personalities, connecting with customers more affordably, broadly, and meaningfully than ever before. This was marketing magic in action—a place where audiences and brands could interact directly and slick campaigns could go viral, achieving massive reach without worrying about a cost per click. It's no shock that today's brands spend a pretty decent chunk of their overall marketing budgets on social content creation and campaigns. It's also no revelation that in the current economic climate, businesses are managing their spending wisely. This year, roughly [58% of B2B marketers]( in the UK and US anticipated a marketing budget that is equal to or less than in 2022, but despite such stagnation, B2B brands are deciding to [serve up a larger budgetary slice]( to their social media teams. If social media is the place to be for B2B branding, what do you need to know about this particular sub-category of marketing? Crucially, it's important to recognise that the businesses you want the attention of are hustling just as hard as you are—and they'll respond to messaging that reflects that. ### 10 Essential Tips to Help Your B2B Brand Stand Out on Social Media Digital channels such as social media are poised to become the setting for [80% of B2B sales interactions]( by 2025, so let's look a little further into how you can hone that hustle of yours with the needs of other businesses in mind. ### #1: Make Your B2B Social Media Marketing Human ### With the rise of chatbots, automation tools, and AI content generation, it's easy to get carried away with the gloss of artificiality. However, as useful as these tools may be, a human touch can be a powerful thing when it comes to forging more genuine B2B connections. Research from LinkedIn highlights that [75% of B2B decision-makers turn to social media]( to size up whether a purchase is right for their enterprise. They'll be looking for shared values, transparency, brand authority, and outstanding communication. This makes a human presence—whether it's the voice that shines through your posts or the courteous comment replies—an impactful one indeed. A great way to showcase the people behind your brand is to place leadership and employees in the spotlight from time to time. As an added bonus, this can double as employer branding, attracting new talent while giving your current team a greater sense of autonomy. ### #2: Strategically Differentiate to Stand Out From the Competition Your B2B brand is getting busy on social media, but as we mentioned, so are most other businesses—including your direct competition. These days, setting up your social profiles and posting once in a while isn't likely to cut the mustard. You need to discover an interesting edge that will allow your presence to shine the brightest. When novel messaging and creative but consistent visuals are combined, the results can be potent. But to get these ingredients right, you need to understand your social media niche and curate in the right direction. So start by asking who will engage in your content and why. What needs will your business address for theirs and how can you clearly communicate that value? From that point, you can begin to identify how to differentiate your B2B brand and product marketing from competitors' without veering off message. ### #3: Position Your Social Media Pages as First Points of Contact Chances are, you've put in some primo effort to get your website's SEO up to scratch. It represented a solid investment because organic web traffic is always a solid return. However, now the time has come to invest the same kind of might into transforming your social media pages into the kind of first-contact landing pages that you can truly be proud of. Why is this important? Well, young consumers are increasingly using social media to track down what they need. [40% of Gen Z use Instagram or TikTok]( to look things up and even Google's execs aren't exactly happy about it. Fortunately for your B2B brand, this is something that you can leverage to your advantage. The place to start is sprinkling smart keywords through your profiles and posts, before getting to grips with how to hashtag #likeapro. It's also worth regularly running your own industry-relevant social media searches to figure out how to boost your visibility even higher. ### #4: Build Your Community to Boost B2B Brand Authority A little earlier, we touched on the importance of the human element on social media as well as the power of communication. These are concepts that you can really pick up and run with by focusing on forging community, stimulating stronger audience relationships and customer loyalty along the way. In fact, according to HubSpot, [90% of social media marketers]( say building an active online community is critical to success in 2023. Here are some B2B community-building options to explore: • Get active in social media groups that are relevant to your B2B niche • Create your own groups and establish yourself as an industry thought leader • Drop high-value content and free resources to make your business indispensable • Jump into authority-focused digital spaces like Reddit and Quora • Keep comments-based dialog flowing with your day-to-day audience ### #5: Use Multimedia to Keep Your Social Feeds Fresh Social media continues to evolve at flat-out speed and it's essential for B2B brands to keep up. When Instagram first debuted the Reels feature in 2019, nobody could have predicted how quickly short-form video would come to claim space on the platform. Today, users increasingly get to choose how they use their go-to social media platforms, including whether they pay more attention to images, linked posts, polls, memes, video content, or SnapChat-style stories. Right now, according to Sprout Social, short-form video is the most engaging type of in-feed social content—but that may change tomorrow. Clearly, there is an advantage to be claimed by mastering every format on your social media channels of choice. Crucially, a diverse multimedia offering will keep things fresh for your audience while ensuring that you don't drop out of view for the business decision-makers that you want to reach the most. ### #6: Balance Brand and Demand Marketing Undoubtedly, the right brand-building social media strategy will elevate both awareness and perception of your business among the minds that matter. However, there is another angle of marketing that should always be present in the mix and that is demand marketing. What do we mean by demand marketing? Well, vitally this carries us back to the idea of understanding the needs of your customers. As a business, you cannot create demand—you can only step up to meet it. Where brand marketing focuses on forging epic associations that wire and fire, demand marketing focuses on demonstrating an understanding of customer needs and an ability to provide optimal solutions. The B2B gurus at LinkedIn recommend that brands divide their marketing efforts pretty evenly between these two endeavors. ### #7: Monitor Your Market Niche to Stay One Step Ahead I've ticked off talking about the importance of differentiating your B2B brand from its competitors, but there is more to be uncovered in keeping tabs on others operating within your social media market niche. Because their target audience is yours and vice-versa, there is much to learn through simple observation. Soon, you'll be able to spot which of the opposition's campaigns, content strategies, or even comments get the most engagement and which fall flat. Not to mention, you'll also be able to sniff out sneaky opportunities. For example, if there's a buzz in the headlines about something relevant to your industry, you'll definitely want to jump on it—but if your competition drops the ball in this area then you'll likely be able to nab some of their limelight by taking the lead on a trend. ### #8. Leverage Audience Insights to Your Advantage Having initially done the work to understand your audience well enough to reach them, now you can make the most of social media analytics and dig even deeper. As the world's ultimate data gatekeepers, social media platforms thankfully have the sense to provide a bevy of information to businesses about how users interact with their content. Not only can this information allow you to confirm that things are working well, but you can also use audience insights to test different approaches to your B2B brand marketing. You'll need to identify the metrics that are going to be most useful and consolidate them between platforms, but from there you can analyze, discover, apply, and repeat. Yes, with analytics at your fingertips, you can zero in on the kinds of content to prioritize, where and when to post, and even which platforms are more worthy of your time. Thinking back to those limited B2B marketing budgets, there is no shame but in fact great wisdom in dialing in your social marketing strategy tightly so that time and money invested always provides the best possible return. ### #9. Set Clear KPIs Based on Your Core Objectives Speaking of metrics, have you already made friends with a handy set of key performance indicators? If not, it's time to find your new best buddies and get acquainted. These crucial data points are going to elucidate whether or not your B2B brand marketing strategy is a sure thing. Key performance indicators, or KPIs for short, are the measurables that any business can examine to better understand their progress. The best way to identify the right social KPIs for your brand is to think first about what you hope to achieve on these platforms and work out from there. Your goals might include things like: • Increase brand awareness • Drive website traffic • Build trust and authority • Generate leads • Drive conversions • Inform customers • Boost customer retention • Attract job applicants Once you know the whys behind your social media marketing efforts, you can much more easily pinpoint the right metrics to track. For example, social likes and shares are healthy indicators of growing brand trust and authority, while tracking your audience from your latest social posts through to conversion will let you illuminate what it was that sealed the deal. ### #10. Regularly Re-focus Your Targeting For most B2B brands on social media, marketing dispatches will be made up of a mix of organic and paid content. When it comes to your paid campaigns, social media platforms are increasingly facilitating laser-sharp ad targeting, allowing you to point and pull the trigger with curated content for the exact kind of businesses you want to speak to. But you can also think of your organic content as targeted content. By factoring in things like the types of professionals you hope to reach, when and how they use social media, and what will make them sit up and pay attention the most, you can make sure your messaging always land. Dividing your audience into segments, catering to each segment in turn, and consistently monitoring to see if a tactical shift is necessary will help you hold your relevance overall. At the end of the day, as specific as B2B brand marketing may be in some regards, one thing is certainly universal. Being a champion within the varied worlds of social media means providing something that people truly want to scroll to—something that gives them that all-important dopamine hit while ideally anchoring them to your business for the long haul. If you make that a central tenant to your hustle while harnessing the above tips, you should soon find yourself climbing the social media podium towards success!

By Aniket Warty

26 October 2023

12 Min Read

Unify Your Brand Strategy With These Superhero Content Creation Ideas

What might the habits of superheroes have to do with impactful brand building? Well, from the Justice League to the Powerpuff Girls, we find that even those with the most impressive capabilities prefer to work together rather than going solo. Our caped crusaders are really onto something here, because there is power in unity—and their tried and true tactic is just as relevant to building your brand strategy as it is to saving the universe! Yes, creating a unified brand across all touchpoints is absolutely key for today's most masterful marketers. However, it is a feat that can be just a little more complicated than many savvy business owners imagine, not least because there are more potential angles of approach than first meet the eye. In today's digital era, the combination of a brilliant brand story and consistent presence across all platforms can move mountains when it comes to engaging an audience. However, branding must serve a greater purpose than enticing consumers alone. These days, it must deliver a trifecta of triumph, speaking directly to investors and stakeholders, employees and industry talent, and potential customers alike. Far from being something to be daunted by, this multi-faceted quest should have your best marketing maestros excited. Because, when navigated knowingly, unlocking the potential of a unified brand strategy means gaining access to untold advantage—a boon that may well elevate you above the competition. So, read on as we swoop right into the thick of how to create content that will power-boost your branding, as well as why it's so worthwhile to pursue the same unity so often sought out by the most beloved caped crusaders. ### What Is Branding? What do you think of when you hear the word branding? Perhaps color palettes, logos, and font choices come to mind, or even the vital importance of emotionally compelling brand storytelling. However, while these factors are intrinsic elements of the thing that is branding, in and of itself, your brand is actually something much less tangible. Ultimately, branding is the way that consumers perceive your company—it is the sum of many parts, but also something that you can only steer by showcasing your unique offering, sensibilities, and resonant values to the very best of your ability. The role of your branding strategy is to carefully curate and influence how the world relates to your enterprise. If the job is done well, audiences will draw in, customers will remain loyal, investors will be keen, and your industry's innovators will be sending over their CVs in droves. Of course, not all companies hit the mark first time, and it's not only newcomers that struggle with getting their brand messaging on point. For many scaling businesses, trouble arises when different employees, teams, or departments begin to silo toward varying branding strategies. The result is inevitably diluted messaging and a confused audience, providing opportunity for an arch nemesis to gain headway. So ask yourself, is the brand experience you are currently offering as unified as the Power Rangers' most prosperous combat sequences? If not, now is the time to practice your group fist-bump and together transform your brand into its most unbeatable iteration yet! ### Why Unified Branding Requires Three Angles of Approach Many of our favorite fictional adventures involve a heroes' triad of some kind, and the very same thing can be said of legendary branding. As businesses connect more and more with their audiences online, a diversity of eyes fall on their every action as never before. This means that your marketing tone, consumer interactions, and moral stances will all bear scrutiny from anyone and everyone who might have an interest in your brand, either repelling or magnetizing along the way. Interestingly, it is not only the evolution of the digital era that has upped the stakes when it comes to multi-faceted branding, but also the lasting impacts of the pandemic. Most have heard of the 'Great Resignation' which saw millions of workers quit their jobs in the hope of attaining roles that would better align with their growth and values. Well, not only is the World Economic Forum reporting that the [Great Resignation continues into 2023](, but experts have found that consumer behavior has also shifted, with audiences seeking a greater sense of shared purpose with the brands they choose to invest in. So, is it possible to send out a far-reaching Bat-Signal that conveys your brand's convergence with the wants and needs of both modern consumers and top-tier employee talent? The answer is absolutely yes! However, as that branding strategy signal is constructed, another set of eyes should be kept in mind too. Inescapably, a brand's messaging and reception can substantially influence how existing stakeholders and potential investors perceive its potential. What's more, there are advantages to be leveraged in blending signals geared towards all three of these critical character sets—and hopefully, they'll all answer your superhero call with equal enthusiasm. ### Great Branding Forges Iron-Clad Customer Loyalty These days, companies earn lasting consumer loyalty by consistently delivering branding that mirrors the personal values of their customer base. Making space for people to identify with your brand starts with things like the delivery of consistent quality, encouraging strong positive associations, taking a moral stance, and forging a sense of trust that consumers will return to again and again. Adding even more promise to this portion of your branding strategy triad, research from LinkedIn reveals that exposing the consumers within your brand audience to messaging tailored towards both recruitment efforts and corporate spellbinding can increase the click-through rate (CTR) of consumer campaigns by 14% and reduce the cost-per-click (CPC) by 18%. So, a brand strategy that is unified in more ways than one is truly something that your customers will appreciate seeing in action. ### Strong Branding Drives Recruitment by Attracting Top Talent Just as an epic brand strategy will entice would-be customers, it can also help you attract and keep the kind of employees that will propel your business toward greater success. When your brand messaging is authentic and tells a tale of stellar, diverse, and values-driven company culture, you can reap the rewards of higher-caliber applicants, reduced cost per hire, and the retention of teams who wear superhero costumes in spirit. Better yet, that aforementioned LinkedIn research also highlighted that when you ensure that your industry's talent gets to see the best of your corporate and consumer brand messaging too, amazingly, you can anticipate a CTR increase of 138% and a CPC decrease of 32% for your recruitment campaigns. **Epic Branding Builds Confidence Among Stakeholders and Investors **It's impossible to launch or grow a business without timely access to capital and continuing faith from your key stakeholders. In this area, sending relevant branding out into the wild can be much more motivating than even the tightest of business plans alone. What better way to demonstrate that you understand your audience than to proactively converse with them? How better to showcase how you can trump your competition than with a brand story that hits home? Once again, LinkedIn's data tells us that tackling all three areas of strategic branding in unison is the advantageous approach. In fact, they found that exposing corporate brand audiences to campaigns intended for both consumers and potential recruits resulted in a CTR increase of 32% and a CPC decrease of 22% for corporate-targeted branding efforts. Now, that truly is a trifecta hat trick. 6 Content Creation Tips to Unify Your Brand Strategy Having covered that a unified brand strategy should draw together the power of branding towards consumers, talent, and stakeholders—and that doing so can multiply rewards—let's dive into what else goes into the creation of content that will help your brand stand out for all the right reasons. Perhaps yours is among the many businesses asking several different teams to churn out specialized content across numerous marketing channels, so let's look at how to ensure that all remain in sync. Crucially, now is the time to decipher what your brand's central DNA is composed of so that the various caped crusaders of your marketing team can contribute to a shared goal. When everyone engaged in content creation truly understands that DNA's structure, they'll be able to ensure that their marketing messages always chime with the brand, no matter which chunk of your audience they are speaking to or what responses they are ultimately hoping to encourage. ### 1. Make Your Branding Memorable and Consistent Whether driving past billboards or scrolling on social media, have you ever noticed that it only takes a second to recognize content from the most influential brands around? From universally known logos like the Nike tick or the MacDonald's 'M' to brand-associated color schemes like Coco Cola's red or Facebook's blue, these consistent signals help the desired neurons fire in the brains of viewers every time. However, consistent branding goes much further than a dedication to thoughtful aesthetics. It also involves cultivating a dependable voice across all marketing channels, from big press releases to tiny social media comment responses. That voice should convey your brand's mission and values so effectively that audiences begin to perceive and recall a trustworthy personality whenever they encounter it, because research tells us that 81% of consumers need to trust a brand before they'll buy into it. ### 2. Harness the Power of Social Media Social media is ideal for extending the unified branding that you have already established on your website and other marketing materials. However, this dynamic domain provides something else too. Alongside providing an outstanding avenue to send regular signals to all the right folks, social media also provides an opportunity to connect and converse with your audience in real-time, building trust even further. As it turns out, [77% of consumers prefer]( shopping with brands they follow on social media. However, keep in mind that in a world of shares and screenshots, even your team's most seemingly insignificant posts and replies can have an impact for better or worse. But, if your marketing gurus can keep that all-important consistent brand personality in mind, their all-for-one strategy is sure to pay off. ### 3. Don't Be Afraid to Blend Your Branding Efforts We've already explored the fascinating data on the value of cross-exposing customers, stakeholders, and industry talent to the campaigns coming from your brand's HQ that target each of them respectively. The great news is that this information can be leveraged to help keep your feeds even fresher by mixing up your brand messaging with different audiences in mind. A diverse spread of content types is always handy for keeping digital followers interested and engaged. However, now you also know that you don't have to be afraid to mix exciting brand milestones and recruitment advertising in among your regular content—whether it's shaped by show-stopping images, informative blog posts, contests, exciting data, or promotions. ### 4. Keep Referral Generation in Mind When branding really resonates, customers are usually keen to spread the word. You can encourage this among your audience by generating content that is geared toward referral generation. Sharable content might be ultra-stylish, funny, relatable, or provide instant value by being useful in some way. Crucially, it's important to remember that content doesn't only have to compel its viewer to buy. It can also help to forge greater brand authority and trust—or even better, take on a life of its own as your audience shares it far and wide. In this area, the familiarity of a unified brand experience will certainly boost the confidence of your customers to encourage others to check out what you're offering. Plus, when your branding kick-starts growth that doesn't cost you a dime, you'll feel as if you've just unlocked a new superpower! ### 5. Balance your Organic and Paid Marketing Efforts If you've followed our explorations of branding so far then you'll likely guess that consistency between organic and paid marketing is a must for propelling your brand effectively into the collective consciousness. What you might be surprised to discover is that audiences actually respond favorably to a mix of both organic and paid brand messaging. Another investigation from LinkedIn found that users exposed to both organic and paid content were [61% more likely to convert]( compared to those who saw paid content alone. The platform concluded that the two content types prime and compel audiences to seek out the other, increasing the probability of brand familiarity and recall in the process. ### 6. Offer Your Audience a Human Connection As much buzz as there might be about the recent explosion of AI—and as useful as these kinds of high-tech tools might be to your business—it is important to remember that humans are fundamentally hardwired to connect. Way back at the beginning of the pandemic, researchers found that [85% of their respondents felt that organizations]( had become impersonal and lost their 'human' touch. This is why making rich and emotionally charged storytelling central to your unified branding is so essential, and it's also why communicating with intention is invaluable. Your audience needs to not only see but also feel the impact that your brand has on the people it serves and the people who drive it. In this way, you can distribute those superhero capes among not only your whole team but your audience members too, because you'll all be engaged in pursuing the very same mission—which is the success of your superhero brand. Related Read: [How Will AI Impact Branding In The Future?](

By Aniket Warty

18 April 2023

12 Min Read

How Will AI Impact Branding In The Future?

If you haven’t heard of ChatGPT - the AI text generator that’s taken the internet by storm - then you must have been living under a rock for the past couple of months. They range from sophisticated text programs to visual-based software like Midjourney that can create a new piece of digital art in seconds. But what’s not surprising is that these AI programs are upending everything we thought we knew about digital marketing - including the aspect of branding. With ChatGPT, for example, it’s now possible to create anything from a branded Instagram caption to an SEO article to a social media posting schedule - all in seconds, using prompts typed in by the user. The visual-based AI software works much the same way. Imagine being able to generate advertisement spreads, key art, and copywriting for your rebranding campaign, each in less than a minute. Now, imagine the speed with which you could develop a whole new brand. You can literally do it in less than a day using AI. But there are also other, darker implications of this seeming AI takeover of branding. And with those implications come important questions. How, for example, will consumers respond to branding materials that were generated by an AI, not a human? And what are the ethics of using these types of software? Are the products they create 100% original, or are they plagiarizing pre-existing content that was typed or rendered by uncredited human hands? I’ll explore those questions and more in the rest of this article. ### What Is An AI Generator? Before we can understand while AI generators are having such a huge effect on branding, we have to understand what an AI generator is. First, let’s go over the term “AI.” This is an acronym for “artificial intelligence,” which refers to computers and/or computer programs that are designed to be capable of performing complex operations that were previously only achievable by human beings. That’s the idea behind [ChatGPT](, which is expected to have gained [more than 100 million active users]( by the end of January 2023. Simply enter a prompt for any kind of text-based content, and the AI operating in the background of that program will generate the content for you - typically in just a few seconds. (This same principle applies to AI image and art generators, as well.) What makes the AI generators that have recently risen to fame so remarkable is that they have the capacity to produce complex content of more than decent quality. The level of sophistication is often such that it’s not always apparent that the text or image was generated by a computer program instead of a human. ### Potential Impacts Of AI On Branding Obviously, something that can produce sophisticated content with such a fast turnaround is going to impact the way that business owners and marketers approach branding in the future. Let’s take a look at some of those potential impacts. ### 1. Heightened Risk Of Plagiarism How is it that a given AI knows how to generate various types of complex content? To understand that, you must know [the way that AI learns](, which is by taking in immense amounts of data. This data can come from anywhere, even the internet. This presents a problem to marketers who want to use AI to generate new branding materials: the content that is being generated may not be 100% original. Thus, it is incumbent on the user to check the content for plagiarism before they use it themselves. **Takeaway**: If marketers and business owners are going to utilize AI generators to create branding materials, they’re going to have to be more careful than ever that they do not directly copy the content produced by the AI. Otherwise, they could open themselves up to serious legal trouble with plagiarism. ### 2. Decreased Brand Uniqueness Since the AI in AI generators learns from pre-existing data on the internet, we can also assume that there is always a chance that any content that you ask it to produce is very similar to another brand’s work. Thus, one potential pitfall of using AI generators for branding is that your brand could end up looking a lot like (if not almost identical to) another business - and therefore, not unique. A decrease in brand uniqueness can cost you dearly. For example, if any of your target customers realize, even subconsciously, that they’ve seen your brand identity, voice, or values before, they may perceive you as a cheap facsimile or a copycat. This may cause them not to trust your brand as much and refuse to buy from you. A brand that’s not unique is also not sustainable in the long term. This is because it’s hard to generate interest from stakeholders when you can’t differentiate yourself from your competitors. **Takeaway**: Similar to how you should check any AI-generated content for plagiarism, you should also ensure that it is unique. This will help your brand stand out from your competitors, both in terms of the value you’re bringing to the market and in the public perception of the high, curated quality of your brand. ### 3. Increased Customer Awareness Of AI Speaking of customers, one thing that we have little data on so far is how customers are going to respond to the inevitable use of AI in branding. Will they be able to distinguish an ad that was created almost entirely using an AI program from one that was designed by a human from scratch? In some cases, maybe not. In one instance of a survey by Tidio (a SaaS that utilizes AI chatbots), 87% of respondents misidentified an AI-generated image as a real life photo. But in other instances, they spotted the fake right away, especially when it came to identifying AI-generated text. Sometimes the specificity of the prompt is what determines the AI’s accuracy. For example, for the purposes of Tidio’s article, they requested that an AI generate an image of a cat’s head. The head looks quite accurate to real life; but once Tidio requested the AI to create a “complete cat,” the results were an amalgamation of cat bodies and their potential positions. It was a complete mess. The lesson here is that the less careful you are with your prompts and with editing AI-generated content, the more likely it is that your target customers will suspect that your branding was made by a computer program. They’ll see it in the little ticks and inaccuracies, the flaws in the text or the ad that make it seem robotic, false, and not human-like. Who would trust a brand that would churn out all their ads, social media posts, logos, and other materials through an AI without checking it for errors? Would you? I’m betting the answer is, “No.” And with the rise of AI in marketing and other aspects of customer engagement, you can bet that consumers are going to get better at determining what’s real and what’s not. **Takeaway**: While AI is getting better at producing realistic content, errors are still apt to slip in. These errors, if not spotted and fixed, are dead giveaways that your branding materials were generated by a computer program. As such, they could ruin your credibility and trustworthiness in the eyes of your target consumer base. ### 4. Faster Branding Creation Even if businesses can’t use AI-generated content as-is (for quality as well as copyright reasons), they can always use it as a springboard for developing more unique ideas. Thus, AI has the potential to speed up the ideation phase, which may in turn lead to faster branding creation. This is particularly helpful for developing marketing campaigns that are centered on current and predicted trends, in order to capitalize on the trends’ virality before they age out. **Takeaway**: AI generators enable businesses to develop new branding materials and marketing campaigns quicker by producing concepts and ideas to work from. ### 5. More Widespread Accessibility To Branding Tools Perhaps the greatest impact that AI will have on branding is how it makes marketing and building a brand identity and brand awareness more accessible. Startups and small businesses with either a low or zero budget for digital marketing will find it much easier - and cheaper - to build their brand when they have AI tools to help them. **Takeaway**: AI has its most positive effect on entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses by enabling them to develop branding materials on a low budget. ### 4 Ways To Keep Up With AI In Your Future Branding Without a doubt, AI will have many effects on the future of branding. But while those effects rapidly unfold, how can we, as business owners as well as marketers, prepare to keep up? Here are 4 tips to follow to maximize your ability to adapt and thrive in a world of AI-driven branding. _1. Use AI To Optimize, Not Replace, Branding Strategies _ Don’t start throwing out all your tried-and-true branding strategies just because there’s a revolutionary new technology being implemented in your field. Remember that we don’t know for sure to what extent AI will impact digital marketing. Until we do, I recommend using AI generators to optimize - not replace - your current branding methods. Use it to ideate, develop concepts, generate SEO keywords, etc., but don’t let the results be the final product. _2. Be Prepared To Heavily Edit _ Your editing skills will need to be sharper than ever when you’re using an AI generator. For text-based content, you’ll need to watch out for grammatical errors, robotic tone, repetitive words, and outright plagiarism. For images and artwork that is AI-generated, you’ll need to look for flaws (both obvious and subtle) such as unnatural variations in shapes, colors, and patterns, and of course - I’ll say it again - plagiarism. _3. Keep Putting Stakeholders First _ At the end of the day, your stakeholders are still the heart of your business. While AI can be used to inspire and conceptualize, it shouldn’t replace your human employees, nor should it completely remove real human interaction with your customers from the equation. By always putting your stakeholders first, you’ll be able to use AI without losing sight of what makes your business great in the first place: the people involved in it. _4. Prioritize Human-Based Branding Strategies _ While you use AI to streamline the creation of branding materials, you can start directing the time, money, and energy you’re saving in that area toward branding strategies that are more human-based. For example, you can start dedicating those freed up resources to community outreach, paper advertising, or brand architecture. In this way, AI can help your business grow and scale. ### Conclusion The future of AI generators and how they will impact branding is not entirely certain. But what is certain is that changes are coming. The question now is, how will you integrate AI into digital marketing for your business? I hope the tips I shared above will help you find your way forward. Related Read: [Slaying Giants with Great Branding: How to Outmaneuver the Goliaths in Your Industry](

By Aniket Warty

03 April 2023

9 Min Read

How Breakthrough Startups Gain An Epic Edge On Social Media

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