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Is AI actually a solution for CMOs or just another burden?

Is AI actually a solution for CMOs or just another burden?

Is AI actually a solution for CMOs or just another burden?

ankur goyal

Ankur Goyal

Ankur Goyal

Ankur Goyal

Jun 5, 2024

Jun 5, 2024

Jun 5, 2024

Introduction

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the buzz in marketing these days, promising to change the game by automating the boring stuff and unlocking new insights. Curious about whether it's really living up to the hype, I chatted with a few Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) from different industries to get the inside scoop.

These weren’t just any chats; they were deep dives into the daily realities these leaders face when mixing AI with marketing.

What I found was pretty eye-opening. Sure, everyone agrees that AI can do some cool things, but there’s also a lot of hesitation and frustration. Each CMO shared unique struggles, from dealing with legal issues to making sure their brand’s voice doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

This blog is about unpacking those stories. It’s about getting real with the challenges and figuring out if AI is more of a help or a hassle. So, let’s break it down and see what’s really going on behind the scenes in the world of marketing AI.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the buzz in marketing these days, promising to change the game by automating the boring stuff and unlocking new insights. Curious about whether it's really living up to the hype, I chatted with a few Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) from different industries to get the inside scoop.

These weren’t just any chats; they were deep dives into the daily realities these leaders face when mixing AI with marketing.

What I found was pretty eye-opening. Sure, everyone agrees that AI can do some cool things, but there’s also a lot of hesitation and frustration. Each CMO shared unique struggles, from dealing with legal issues to making sure their brand’s voice doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

This blog is about unpacking those stories. It’s about getting real with the challenges and figuring out if AI is more of a help or a hassle. So, let’s break it down and see what’s really going on behind the scenes in the world of marketing AI.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the buzz in marketing these days, promising to change the game by automating the boring stuff and unlocking new insights. Curious about whether it's really living up to the hype, I chatted with a few Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) from different industries to get the inside scoop.

These weren’t just any chats; they were deep dives into the daily realities these leaders face when mixing AI with marketing.

What I found was pretty eye-opening. Sure, everyone agrees that AI can do some cool things, but there’s also a lot of hesitation and frustration. Each CMO shared unique struggles, from dealing with legal issues to making sure their brand’s voice doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

This blog is about unpacking those stories. It’s about getting real with the challenges and figuring out if AI is more of a help or a hassle. So, let’s break it down and see what’s really going on behind the scenes in the world of marketing AI.

The Promise vs. The Reality

Everyone's talking about how AI in marketing is this big game-changer. It's supposed to make things super personal, take over the boring jobs, and help us really get what our customers are thinking. And yeah, those perks sound amazing—who wouldn’t want a bit of that magic in their work life?

But when we actually start using AI, things don't always go as smoothly as the sales pitch makes it sound. It's a bit like expecting a fancy new sports car and ending up with a clunky old van that struggles to get up the hill. Sure, it moves, but it’s not quite the thrilling ride you were promised.

I heard a lot about these bumps in the road from the CMOs I talked to. They were excited at first, thinking AI would free up their schedules and give them killer insights. But the reality they encountered was often a mix of hit-and-miss results, extra headaches figuring out how to make the AI do what it's supposed to, and even some trouble where the AI's idea of 'creative' stepped on the toes of legal standards or echoed a competitor a little too closely.

Legal and Compliance Nightmares

When it comes to AI in marketing, the legal stuff can really throw a wrench in the works. It's kind of like playing a game where the rules aren’t totally clear. You might bring in an AI tool, hoping it’ll be your ace in the hole for cranking out fresh, spot-on content.

But then, boom—you find out it's just spitting out stuff that sounds eerily like your competitor's latest campaign. Not only is that a headache to sort out, but it’s also a straight shot into a legal grey zone that no one wants to be in.

Then there’s the whole compliance circus, especially if you’re in a tight-laced field like healthcare or finance. Every single piece of content has to jump through hoops like the Promotional Review Committee (PRC) and the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before it can see the light of day.

It's a meticulous process, and if your AI isn't tuned to follow these strict guidelines, you’re left doing a ton of legwork to make sure everything checks out. This makes what was supposed to be a convenience into a pretty substantial chore.

Budget Blues and Strategic Missteps

Let's talk about the money side of things. AI tools aren’t cheap, and sometimes, they don't even fit into the budget plan your company has. Some of the marketing chiefs I chatted with told me that the cost of AI tools is really high, especially when you compare it to the older tools they're meant to replace. 

This puts everyone in a tricky spot because there's only so much money to go around. Teams have to make tough choices:

Do they spend on AI, hoping it'll pay off down the line, or do they use their budget for other things that might help right away? It's a tough call, and it feels like a big risk when money is tight.

The Branding Conundrum

One big problem with AI that keeps coming up is that it just doesn't get what makes each brand special. The marketing leaders I talked to all had stories about how AI tools would spit out content that could really belong to any company—it didn’t sound like them at all.

Their brands have their own style and personality, but the AI was missing the mark, making everything sound too general and bland. This is a big deal because what’s the point of using a tool that’s supposed to be helpful if it can’t even get your brand's voice right?

Because of this, teams end up spending a lot of extra time just fixing what the AI created. They have to go through each piece of content, tweak it here, adjust it there, to make sure it sounds like it’s truly coming from their brand.

This kind of defeats the whole purpose of using AI, which is supposed to make things easier and save time. Instead, it's turning into another task on the to-do list, making everyone wonder if it's worth the hassle.

Operational Challenges

Bringing AI into our regular marketing routines isn't as smooth as just flipping a switch. The folks I talked with mentioned how their departments usually work separately from each other, in silos, and trying to get AI into the mix doesn't always help.

In fact, it can make things more complicated. When each team is used to doing things its own way, trying to introduce a new AI tool across the board can end up causing more confusion than it solves. This makes it super tough to get everyone on the same page, and getting all parts of the company to work together smoothly with AI feels like a rare win.

On top of that, the way teams talk to each other hasn't caught up with the times, which just throws more sand in the gears. A lot of places still bounce back and forth with old-school emails or document shares that take forever. This slow communication style can drag down the speed and efficiency we’re all hoping to get from using AI.

When you're trying to move fast and stay agile, being stuck with slow communication methods is like trying to run through mud—it holds you back big time.

ROI and Performance Measurement

One of the biggest headaches for the CMOs I spoke with is figuring out if the money they're pouring into AI is really paying off. Measuring the return on investment (ROI) for AI tools is super tricky because there aren't always clear ways to track how well these tools are doing.

Without solid numbers to show that AI is making a difference, it's hard for marketing bosses to justify spending big bucks on it, especially when that money could go to other surefire strategies. This is even more pressing when you think about the high costs of hiring agencies to create top-notch creative content.

Everyone wants to know that they’re not just throwing money into a bottomless pit, so having dependable ways to see what’s working and what’s not is super important.

Conclusion: A Call for Smarter AI

The consensus among the CMOs is clear: AI needs to evolve. It’s not enough for AI solutions to offer automation and data insights; they must also be intelligent, compliant, and seamlessly integrated into existing workflows. They must understand and adapt to brand voices, anticipate legal issues, and prove their value through measurable results. Only then can AI become a true partner in marketing, rather than just another tool in the arsenal—one that might sometimes feel more like a burden than a boon.

Amidst these challenges, a beacon of hope shines through with platforms like Fibr. Fibr is designed to tackle precisely the kind of problems today’s CMOs face. It’s an AI-powered platform built for enterprise marketers who need to keep their brand consistent across all communications while juggling high-volume content demands across multiple channels.

Fibr automates the compliance process and streamlines collaboration between marketing, design, and development teams. This not only makes creating on-brand content easier but also boosts creativity and efficiency.

By integrating insights from campaign performance and customer feedback, Fibr offers a smarter way to manage marketing workflows, ensuring that AI isn’t just another tool, but a true ally in the complex world of marketing.

Fibr's AI is the future of marketing!

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About the author

ankur goyal

Ankur Goyal

Ankur Goyal, a visionary entrepreneur, is the driving force behind Fibr, a groundbreaking AI co-pilot for websites. With a dual degree from Stanford University and IIT Delhi, Ankur brings a unique blend of technical prowess and business acumen to the table. This isn't his first rodeo; Ankur is a seasoned entrepreneur with a keen understanding of consumer behavior, web dynamics, and AI. Through Fibr, he aims to revolutionize the way websites engage with users, making digital interactions smarter and more intuitive.

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