In this episode, I recap some of the memorable moments from Day 2 of ContentTech Summit, from what to ask sales people to criteria for vendor selection to what Henry Rollins thinks. Watch the video for a deeper dive.
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In today’s episode, we recap day two of the content Tech Summit, which was the final day of the event. It started off with Carmen Simon from MC, who was going through a lot of the the neuroscience of very similar to a lot of Roger, Julie’s work out really good presentation in the sense that she did a really good job, I thought it dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions and popular concepts about memory and how the brain works. from a marketing perspective, her big thing is that, from birth, actions we take come from, in many ways, from memory from the memories that we build. And from simple things like an hour, that’s a hot stove, don’t touch that to all the pressure senses, we have to. And that attention is the gateway to remember, if you don’t have somebody’s attention, they can’t form memories. And she emphasizes by just having people remember that their experiences with brands and things, if you if your your brand is memorable, you will get more consideration, she did a really good layout of breaking out of the four types of attention can get so there’s attention. Big that comes from either internal external focus and initiated by the personal initiated by the environment. And there are ways that you can control or a catch people’s attention in each of those categories. So are the things such as guided actions, or introspection or visual search, things that take advantage of the waste people’s brains work, what I thought was fascinating was the concept of interference, the idea that if your content or your brand or whatever is too similar to somebody else’s, you won’t be remembered, because there’s too much cognitive interference. So style and tone, logos, identity, and language, especially language, the language that you use, is really, really important. One of the, one of the tests that I remember we used to do in the old agency days, was to take a client’s campaign, our mission statement, whatever and do that and delete all the names. And you know, and swapping a competitor’s name and see if anyone could tell the difference, like what company was it? One of the key takeaways from that event was, she said, content is like a clothesline, if you put only your stuff on it and just cover the line of your stuff, there’s no room for customers or your audience to co create with you. So be able to try to leave room for the customer, user generated content, customer generated content, anything that’s interactive, is really important for for people to be able to be involved because as the more involved a customer is, the more memorable that customer. So that was fantastic. I went to a session on artificial intelligence, because I like to see what’s what other people are sharing. And I was very critical of the session. Because the speakers knowledge was not, not current, not up to date, which in some fields,
there are, in every field of human learning there is development. But in some fields like AI, you have to be dialed into what’s happening right now, because the the field changes so quickly. And what the technology is, is capable of is is changing even faster. So this one speaker was talking about how, for example, neural networks require massive amounts of data. That’s that’s not a
you can use neural networks, even on very shallow sparse data sets. Now, if you have a good data science background, most of the time, you’ll find that yes, you can use a neural network for this task or that task, but it may not be the best choice, right, you can use a frying pan to make soup if all you have is firing pin, you can make soup in it. But it’s not going to be as good as if you’re using the actual soup pot. And so the same is true in AI machine learning. They eat every technique has tasks for which is well suited and tasks for which is not. So that was that was a little disappointed. But we’ll skip past that one. Allison were shown a hamster from run frontline education, did a great talk on multi touch attribution. It was interesting they they spent a lot of time on the marketing technology stack and and the difficulty of connecting gluing all the pieces together, I thought that was a lot of useful listen to their experiences of trying to get the system to talk to each other. And and they both said the same thing that I know, many folks in the market base upset over the years, which is if a vendor, look at the number choice for vendor selection criteria is look at the integrations that offers right that was their thing as what does it plug into mine has always been what data doesn’t like to export? How does it look better export it, the easier the company makes it to export data, the more trustworthy that vendor is a vendors like, no, we’re not gonna let you have your data. And that that means that
there’s something wrong, they’re there, they’re going to, they’re going to lock you in at some point.
Amy Higgins did a fun talk on using sales data to creating marketing content. And one of the things I thought the other insights and that session I thought was fun was she said, when you talk to sales professionals about what’s working, what’s not working for them, do not talk to them in a group, because you will run into all kinds of issues. Instead, do one on one interviews so that you get honest responses about what’s really working what’s not. And you don’t always, always get that in the group because of group dynamics. So that was a very useful takeaway. And then the day close out with
artist musician and writer, Henry Rollins, who talked at length about infusing efforts, all content marketing efforts, all communications efforts, with moral goodness. And he talked about a lot a lot of the experiences he had where he would publish something or write something,
and and the impact that it had in people’s lives, people would come up to him after shows and
tell him how his work, save them their life or meant a lot to their, their family, which is a very emotionally moving conversation. He made the very bold statement, which I completely believe is true that elections are no longer political processes. They are content driven processes, and that relatively few people have control of the truth. And that’s going to be one of the major challenges of the century century. I had a chance to ask him a question in the q amp. And I asked him about, you know, how do you differentiate the different types of good and he said it’s mostly commonality of purpose. If we can help people find that commonality of purpose. We can get them on the same page, we can get them a unified as opposed to
sort of the the tribalism that we’ve got going on right now. Overall, I was
pleasantly surprised to hear such an interesting talk that was on point and unbranded about content marketing from someone who does not
position themselves as a content marketer is more of an entertainer. So that was a you know, that was an interesting way to close up the the event but well worthwhile. Overall, this this event reminded me of the first year of martech before became the other giant beast that it is now and I love these sort of inaugural events we can get to sit in a room with a few hundred people I’ve been great about 450 at this event, and really get to know people really get to talk to people and really get to make solid connections which difficult to do it larger show so this is a wonderful first start for this event and I hope to see it succeed in the years to come. As always, if you have comments or questions, you can leave them in the below if you want a copy of my presentation video is actually up now if you go to where can I get the slides. com It will be up there for a little while. And as always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon. want help solving the problem these data analytics and digital marketing problems.
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