In today’s episode, I discuss how using AI for content creation impacts brand image. It depends on your brand promise – if authenticity is key, AI could undermine trust. But for most, as long as content quality stays high, the source likely doesn’t matter. Know your audience through surveys. AI aligns with some brands more than others. Tune in for more on balancing AI and brand identity!
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In today’s episode, Mel asks, What is the impact on our brand if it is known that we are using AI instead of humans to write our copy? It depends on your brand.
If you are making claims that your brand is all authentically inhuman, and there’s no AI used and, and authenticity, human authenticity is part and parcel of your brand.
Then yeah, you could see some negative impacts if people run a checker on your website says, Yeah, it looks like a lot of the content machine generated.
On the other hand, if those things are not implicit is part of your brand’s promise, right? If you’re if your brand is maybe similar to to mine or Trust Insights, where you’re known for providing valuable information, who wrote it is less important than the fact that it’s valuable, whether machine wrote it, whether human wrote it, as long as the the audience is getting what they came for is getting what they wanted, then, yeah, it doesn’t really matter who wrote it.
It does from a legal perspective, from a copyright perspective, there are issues with using AI generated output, namely, you cannot copyright it.
But that’s not a branding issue.
That’s a legal issue.
What is your brand promise? What is your brand? Ze Frank, back in 2006 had a great expression.
He said a brand is the emotional aftertaste from a series of experiences.
And I love that definition is is such an apt definition of what a brand is because it is an emotional aftertaste.
Part of those series of experiences.
It might be depending on a brand, it might be contingent on human versus machine made content, it might not.
Real simple example, if I go to the Department of Motor Vehicles website to renew my driver’s license, do I care who wrote the copy? No, do I care the copy is correct? Yes, so that I know what to show up with a you know, when I get to go to do my license renewal, I tried to do online, I don’t care who wrote it, I care that it’s correct that as a consumer, I’m getting the right information.
If I’m reading sales techniques, you know, that might be something that requires more of a human touch.
And so if you’re if your brand promise is all about the authentic art of selling, then yeah, you could you could see some negative impacts there.
But there’s no one blanket answer here.
You have to know your brand, you have to know your audience, you have to know what their interests are, you do have to consult with your legal department.
But ultimately, it will be your audience that determines whether or not anyone cares that you’re using AI to generate copy rather than humans.
There are knock on effects, which is important if your brand is all about supporting small business and and employees and stuff.
There is an implicit belief to which is correct to some degree that AI can cost jobs.
It absolutely can AI won’t take your job.
But an employee who is skilled AI will take the jobs, plural of people who are not skilled at AI.
And so the use of AI if you are a workers rights advocate, that could be a mixed message.
And that could in turn arm your brand.
If on the other hand, you are known as a ruthless, bloodless corporate, you know, corporate raider.
Using AI would be perfectly aligned with your brand.
There’ll be no question at all.
Like, yep, that is consistent with their your brand.
So it depends.
If you have concerns, if you’re worried about about your brand and the use of AI, pull your audience survey your audience ask them, Hey, do you care if on it? You know, here’s a blog post, go read it, and then run a survey like did you care that a machine wrote this or not? And if people say no, I didn’t care, then you know that there probably won’t be much of an impact on your brand.
If people see no, no harm in consuming content that was generated by machines, you’ve got to ask your audience, you’ve got to know your audience to be able to answer this question.
But it’s a good question.
It’s worth asking.
Anyway, that’s the question.
Thank you for tuning in.
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