Almost Timely News: What ChatGPT is Really Good At, Measurement Strategies for Agencies Course (2023-01-22) :: View in Browser
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What’s On My Mind: AI Creation Vs. Refinement
Let’s take a minute to talk about originality, AI, and content marketing. A lot of folks, myself included, have had a lot to say about generative AI, about how AI is ushering in a new age of generated content. Machines that write almost as well as we do on average, machines that can crank out incredible artwork.
Yet, that’s not what these machines excel at.
When it comes to the use of artificial intelligence, in particular, large language models like GPT-3 and the ChatGPT interface, what these models are good at is transforming inputs. Large language models, in general, are nothing more than massive statistical probability matrices. There was a great quote from the “This Week in Machine Learning and AI” podcast that goes something like “a word is told by the company it keeps.”
This means that these tools and models understand language only to the extent of the statistical distributions of the words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs that they appear in. That’s why they can replicate grammar very well because grammar is nothing more than statistical distributions of words. They’re autocomplete on steroids.
For example, what’s the next word in these sentences?
“For all you do, this Bud’s for _____”
“That’s not a knife, this is a _____”
“God save the _____”
We know what these various sentences are because in their respective cultures, they’re so frequently used that we are accustomed to the word distributions, though the last one is now changing once again because the people it’s about have changed.
What this means is that from a generation capacity, these tools can generate text very capably, but that generation is going to be mathematically an average of the text that most commonly surrounds those keywords. That’s why your prompts to generate new stuff have to be so incredibly detailed, so that the tools can understand the increased sense of probabilities for the words you’re asking them to generate.
Telling a large language model to write a blog post about social media marketing is going to generate extremely bland, average content. Telling it to generate social media content about the engagement rates on TikTok with regard to time of day and gender is going to give you more specific content because the large language model itself can understand based on the additional words you’ve provided, more of the context. It is drawing from additional statistical probabilities from those words – a word is known by the company it keeps.
However, what these tools produce is still a statistical average of what they’ve been trained on. They’re not going to produce anything original because they can’t by definition. Certainly, they’ll produce original orderings of words to some degree, but they can’t produce new concepts that aren’t in the original model. That’s why it’s such a big deal when new versions of models – bigger models especially – get released, because the models have more original ideas in them to work with.
So some marketers are going to create an avalanche of average, a swamp of sameness as they dramatically accelerate the quantity of their content production but not the quality. Their use of AI will be to scale quantity in the hopes that wins them the game, or at the very least frees up their time to do other things. And for some companies, that will be a win, and that’s okay. If your company blog is atrocious now, a completely machine-generated blog of mediocrity will be a GIANT upgrade for your company.
But what if you don’t want average? What if you aspire to more than mediocrity? What role do these tools play? Here’s the part everyone is overlooking: these tools are better at refining than creating, and that’s the secret we need to understand to unlock their power.
Because these models – their technical name really is transformers – are adept taking in inputs and transforming them into outputs, they are actually BETTER at refining text than they are creating it. About a third of this article, the first third, was written with the help of ChatGPT. But it’s not what you think – it took my words and just cleaned them up. Here’s how – I did a voice recording while I was waiting to pick my kid up from art class, and fed it to Otter:
then took that transcript and fed it to ChatGPT:
Is what you’re reading my words? Yes. It’s my words, but changed from one medium to another and cleaned up. My words were transformed by the GPT model – which stands for generative pretrained transformer – into text that’s almost exactly what I said, minus some things that weren’t helpful.
This is what these tools excel at – taking data and transforming it, rearranging it, making it more useful. This preserves our originality, our ideas, our language, while improving the quality – and that’s what they’re best at. Because they’re not relying on a gigantic average of all the content they’ve ingested, because they’re using our own words and just cleaning up or rephrasing, they perform great AND keep the spirit of what we’re trying to say. There was a great story on Buzzfeed about an AI app made for a contractor who is dyslexic, helping refine the inputs into better quality outputs.
We can even use multiple, different voices to create something useful from original inputs. My martial arts teacher, Mark Davis, has said it’s challenging sometimes to create social media copy that resonates with audiences. What better way to create ads than to use the voice of the customer itself? I wrote this prompt for GPT-3, using real customer reviews from the school’s Google Business profile:
What will happen? The large language model will digest not just my directions, but also the language of what customers had to say in their reviews of the school, then generate social media copy based on that. It’ll preserve the main ideas, the original ideas it was provided rather than resort to dipping into the pool of average commentary about martial arts schools.
And what was the outcome?
Those are some good suggestions to get started with social media content. They’re clear, they’re specific, and they’re appealing.
This is the power of transformer-based large language models. You can have them create something average from scratch, or provide them with the raw materials and they’ll create refined products – but keep your originality and spark in the final product.
Now you know the secret!
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ICYMI: In Case You Missed it
Besides the newly-refreshed Google Analytics 4 course I’m relentlessly promoting (sorry not sorry), I would recommend the livestream we did this week on customer lifetime value. It really illustrates just how complex this seemingly simple calculation can be.
- So What? Calculating Customer Lifetime Value (CLTV)
- You Ask, I Answer: ChatGPT Predictions?
- A Data-Driven Analysis of the Warrior Nun Franchise and #SaveWarriorNun Campaign
- Almost Timely News, January 15, 2023: Warrior Nuns and Widened Horizons
- Mind Readings: Adobe Podcast Review
- Almost Timely News, January 8, 2023: Best Practices and Recipes
- Now with More Twitter, Salmon, and Warrior Nun!
Skill Up With Classes
These are just a few of the classes I have available over at the Trust Insights website that you can take.
- Measurement Strategies for Agencies
- Empower Your Marketing With Private Social Media Communities
- Exploratory Data Analysis: The Missing Ingredient for AI
- How AI is Changing Marketing, 2022 Edition
- How to Prove Social Media ROI
- Proving Social Media ROI
- Paradise by the Analytics Dashboard Light: How to Create Impactful Dashboards and Reports
Get Back to Work
Folks who post jobs in the free Analytics for Marketers Slack community may have those jobs shared here, too. If you’re looking for work, check out these five most recent open positions, and check out the Slack group for the comprehensive list.
- Digital Analytics Developer at VMWare
- Digital Analytics Lead at Fonterra
- Digital Marketing Manager at Crossover
- Digital Marketing Strategist/ Manager at OODDA INC
- Director Of Brand Messaging Strategy at Giddy
- Director Of Demand Generation at EnergySage
- Executive Director Of Marketing Technology at Orveon Global
- Global Marketing Manager at Valco Melton
- Head Of Content And Social Media at Museum of Ice Cream
- Marketing Director at BlueChew
- Marketing Director at Hussey Seating Company
- Product Owner – Data at Charlotte Tillbury
- Senior Data Engineer at Red Hat
- Senior Manager Of Digital Analytics at Jarvis Cole
- Sr. Consultant 1, Analytics at AdSwerve
- Sr. Ecommerce Advertising Strategist at Whitebox Inc
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What I’m Reading: Your Stuff
Let’s look at the most interesting content from around the web on topics you care about, some of which you might have even written.
Social Media Marketing
- Planning for 2023: TikTok Posting Tips via Social Media Today
- 3 in 4 marketers view economic downturn as opportunitymany are redirecting Twitter spend via Agility PR Solutions
- TikTok EU ban on the table if social network doesn‘t comply with new laws via BGR
Media and Content
- Is AI-written content replacing cheap old content farms?
- Move on from these nine fundamental content marketing myths
- Best Practices for Fact-Checking AI-Generated Content via Contently
SEO, Google, and Paid Media
- Technical SEO report reveals what matters in 2023
- The Benefits and Importance of Local SEO via Techcolite
- 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Machine Learning for SEO
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Tools, Machine Learning, and AI
- Azure OpenAI and ChatGPT services are now available to enterprise customers via TechSpot
- Artists Launch Legal Action to Stop AI Generative Tools from Re-Purposing their Work via Social Media Today
- Researchers Tested ChatGPT on the Same Test Questions As Aspiring Doctors
Analytics, Stats, and Data Science
- How AI-Unified Data Analytics Is Good for Your Business via insideBIGDATA
- Introduction to FastText Embeddings and its Implication –
- Distinguish between bot text and human text via Analytics Vidhya
All Things IBM
- Make data protection a 2023 competitive differentiator
- IBM Certified Deployment Professional via Security QRadar SIEM V7.4.3 via IBM Training and Skills Blog
- Check out the new courses available for Maximo Application Suite (MAS) via IBM Training and Skills Blog
Dealer’s Choice : Random Stuff
- Fans Protest Netflix’s Cancellation of ‘Warrior Nun’ | Time
- PodCamp 2023 Registration
- (1) Yoga Nidra – Guided Meditation to Relax | 10min – YouTube
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How to Stay in Touch
Let’s make sure we’re connected in the places it suits you best. Here’s where you can find different content:
- My blog – daily videos, blog posts, and podcast episodes
- My YouTube channel – daily videos, conference talks, and all things video
- My company, Trust Insights – marketing analytics help
- My podcast, Marketing over Coffee – weekly episodes of what’s worth noting in marketing
- My second podcast, In-Ear Insights – the Trust Insights weekly podcast focused on data and analytics
- On Twitter – multiple daily updates of marketing news
- On LinkedIn – daily videos and news
- On Instagram – personal photos and travels
- My free Slack discussion forum, Analytics for Marketers – open conversations about marketing and analytics
Events I’ll Be At
Here’s where I’m speaking and attending. Say hi if you’re at an event also:
- Martechopia, London, March 2023
- B2B Ignite, Chicago, May 2023
Events marked with a physical location may become virtual if conditions and safety warrant it.
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Thanks for subscribing and reading this far. I appreciate it. As always, thank you for your support, your attention, and your kindness.
See you next week,
Christopher S. Penn
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