If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve probably seen the term “artificial intelligence” or “machine learning” enough times to make your head spin. Heck, you’re reading another article on it now. So why continue when this topic is so saturated? In a word: hype.
Good stories have a point of a view. They put forth a perspective on the world as it unfolds around the viewer. The best stories are able to distill the chaos and noise in that world into a simply understood message. Nothing is more essential for a brand advertiser in today’s market where people have shorter attention spans and lower levels of trust than ever before.
Facebook recently made an algorithmic change that they’ve now implemented on the News Feed. They’re looking to foster genuine engagement amongst its users, reducing the organic reach of brands and publishers.
First things first. Pitching ideas to people is hard. Acknowledge that, then you’re ready to get your hands dirty. It’s crucial for you to have confidence, to project confidence. When you seem like you know what you’re talking about, people assume you know what you’re talking about. Confidence shows and it builds trust. Trust is good. Trust makes people open to your ideas, and by extension your company’s ideas, and gives your audience a reason to listen.
Let’s dive right in. Facebook Canvas is an interactive ad that provides the user with an immersive mobile experience. It’s easy enough to create, optimized for mobile, loads quickly (10X faster than standard mobile web), and sucks you in as it takes up the whole screen of your device. Canvas starts as just a regular ad, but when a user gives it a tap, that’s when the interactive magic happens.
It’s a brand new world, or better yet, a new world for brands. The goal hasn’t changed, but the rules of engagement have. Customers are savvy to marketers’ gimmicks, and increasingly expect a frictionless journey that delights at every point of interaction. To say it plainly, the objective is to deliver an amazing customer experience (CX).
There's no two ways about it. Customers are connecting with companies in more ways than ever. Apps, email, chatbots, social media – the list goes on. For the last decade, the adage has been, “content is king.” That is no longer true. The audience is king. People today are giving more of their attention to more places where content can be consumed, and with shorter attention spans.
“Sell me this pen.” Leo comes in hot with this classic The Wolf of Wall Street line. He reveals his intent to purchase, but nobody can close. Should a potential consumer reveal intent to purchase and you have no clue how to sell it, the odds of your sale will wilt like the Cavs in this year’s NBA Finals.
It happened. Finally. Instagram made the leap to augmented reality (AR) with their addition of face filters. “Shocking!” said absolutely nobody.