As marketers, we will soon be the managers of the machines that are managing our marketing. Until the machines don't need us anymore.
Here are a few of the marketing areas where we are already managing the machines and one area where the machines have already managed us!
1. Search Marketing Platforms
Search marketers have been using bid management systems for the last decade to manage the search campaigns. Today, new solutions like DataPop are even automating ad copywriting!
2. Algorithmic Media Buying
A significant portion of the online media landscape is quickly moving towards algorithmic media buying. Providers like Turn, MediaMath or RocketFuel are able to take your creative, budget and goal and run online advertising programs that are managed and optimized by algorithms, making billions (literally) of ad buying decisions for their clients every single day.
3. Dynamic Creative Optimization
What if you could create a template for an ad, dynamically create hundreds of versions for different audiences, products or messages, and then have an algorithm optimize your creative, determining the best performing version for each audience? Companies like MediaMind make this possible today. Combine it with something like DataPop, mentioned above, and you could have a system that continuously creates, tests, learns and optimizes brand new creative.
4. Marketing Automation
What if everyone could always get the right communication, based on all of the information you have about them? Marketing automation platforms like Marketo and Eloqua allow marketers to create complex business rules that are automatically executed, similar to the early bid management platforms.
5. Identifying Content to Create
Demand Media showed the potential, prior to Google’s Panda and Penguin updates, to automate the identification of content opportunities. In this case, the machine was feeding work to the people instead of the people feeding work to the machine.