Friday, February 17, 2023
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In this newsletter, you’ll find: 👇
📦 Can Chat GPT be a copywriter’s assistant?
📦 How to bring the power of first-party data to your brand's creative strategy
📦 Is your brand exploring omnichannel experiences?
📦 An event where the main focus is boosting your bottom line
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Join The Robots: How Copywriters Can Use ChatGPT to Their Advantage
It can write college-level essays, spin-up jokes, jingles, and taglines, and
even crank out Bible verses about removing a peanut butter sandwich from a VCR. 🤯
Yes, we’re talking about ChatGPT.
The platform, launched by OpenAI in November 2022, is on the tip of everyone’s tongue and taking over Twitter feeds. But what about folks whose job is to write for a living? 😬
While it can produce some insanely entertaining content, the general consensus is that in its current form ChatGPT can’t replace ~good~ copywriters. (Mediocre, bland copywriting is another story, however.)
Most of the content it creates, while well-written and informative, is pretty generic, unoriginal, and lacks the emotion, storytelling, and dare we say humanness of good writing.
Heck, take it from the bot itself:
Now, that doesn’t mean copywriters should ignore ChatGPT — they should use it to their advantage. 🔥
“AI can be a remarkable productivity tool. For example, I use AI as an instrument, an aid for sourcing and organizing ideas. AI can give writers and copywriters the dots to help us start writing (which, often, is the hardest part).” – Eddie Shleyner of VeryGoodCopy.
So, if you’re ready to join forces with the robots, here are a few (ethical!) ways copywriters can use ChatGPT to improve the quality and efficiency of their writing. 🖖
Note: We used the free/beta version of ChatGPT for this article. That’s for two reasons: 1) to make it more accessible to folks that don’t want to pay, and 2) because the paid platform is already at its full capacity!
1️⃣ Get inspo and brainstorm ideas
Nothing plagues a writer more than that devil writer’s block. Luckily, this is where ChatGPT can really come in handy! 😈
Need some ideas for a blog post?
A basic outline for an article you want to write?
Chugging your fifth cup of coffee trying to come up with “fun” headlines?
Or, how about creating a Buzzfeed-esque listicle?
(Not-so-fun fact: Buzzfeed just laid off 12% of its staff, and will now be using ChatGPT to generate its lists and quizzes. 😮)
A good writer likely wouldn’t use these suggestions verbatim, but they’re definitely helpful for breaking through writer’s block!
Creative Strategy Meets First-Party Data
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It's time to ditch the 🔮 and bring the power of first-party data to your brand's creative strategy. Motion and Northbeam have teamed up so you can apply a reliable data attribution model and level up your creative reporting.
Here’s what Motion’s integration with Northbeam brings you:
Stop guessing. Start winning. Level up your brand. 🚀
2️⃣ Automate generic content
While it’s not great for original content, ChatGPT *is* pretty useful for creating frameworks for generic copy.
For example, it can give you a decent starting point for automated emails:
It can also generate FAQs for certain products or websites (just make sure to double-check for accuracy). 📌
And it can even put together pretty decent summaries of existing content for social media captions!
You’ll still have editing to do, but using ChatGPT for that not-so-creative copy can save you tons of time!
3️⃣ Spice up your writing.
For a robot, ChatGPT can be pretty dang clever.
If your writing is feeling a little vanilla, try prompting the bot for puns, clever lines, or cheeky copy to get your creative juices flowing. 🧃
(PSA: its sense of humor is still a little rusty. Heh. Get it?… Robot pun? 😬)
And perhaps our personal favorite, you can even Gawker-ify your writing. (Or insert content crush of choice. 🤩)
#12: hi, it’s us. ✋☕☕☕☕
🚨 *BIG Caveat: You’ll definitely want to validate any claims made by ChatGPT. It’s been known to give incorrect facts with surprising confidence. Additionally, the Beta version is only trained on data up to the end of 2021, so asking specific research-based questions about anything current will likely generate inaccurate information.
In summary, ChatGPT won’t be replacing talented copywriters any time soon, but it’s still an incredibly impressive piece of technology. We’d be remiss not to learn how to use it to our advantage (or at least waste several hours entertaining ourselves with it).
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You’ll hear “the omnichannel experience” thrown around in marketing discourse, but what are all the cool kids talking about?
In short, omnichannel experiences provide a seamless customer experience across all platforms, elevating your brand above the competition.
🎬 So, what’s it look like in action?
Look no further than Dunkin Donuts! 🍩 They offer meaningful benefits to mobile and in-person shoppers regardless of their shopping habits. With incentives like Dunkin Rewards, Dunkin Cards, and delivery, they are everywhere for their customers.
Don’t forget about the folks over at Shopify. You can access their support through Facebook Messenger, Twitter, phone, live chat, and email. And guess what? They can reference previous conversations and notes from other support advisors on every platform! Talk about making your customer’s life easy.
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On the other hand, a multi-channel experience is an unsynchronized version of an omnichannel experience.
A multi-channel experience consists of a few ways to access a brand (let’s say email, live chat, and Meta’s Facebook Messaging) but each experience is limited its platform.
This can restrict the customer in several ways:
It’s all about being where customers are so everyone can access your brand on their platform of choice.
With that flexibility, you’re likely to improve your reach, increase your conversions, and leverage that high customer satisfaction to feed more UGC content into your advertising strategy.
💪 Let’s get started then, yeah?
Multichannel experiences are common and much easier to implement because they aren’t fully synchronized. With so many customers who have their own preferences, it’s well worth the investment to start developing an omnichannel platform if you haven’t already.
A great place to start is Meta. Meta’s data can easily sync across a Shopify store, Messenger, and a Facebook/Instagram Shop.
A great deal of organization is needed to start your brand off on the right track, but don't let that deter you! Being available to more people in more ways promises a significant return on investment (ROI) with higher conversions and a greater potential for future expansion.
If you’re looking to expand, consider starting with the largest platform available and link your assets to smaller platforms with native or third-party app integrations!
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DTC Newsletter is written by Rebecca Knight, Kelsey Hess, and Michael Venditti. Edited by Claire Beveridge and Eric Dyck.
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