Mind Readings: Authenticity Means Flaws

In today’s episode, I discuss the rising trend of AI-generated content. You’ll learn why authentic, unedited content may be the key to standing out in a crowded digital world. You’ll gain insights on how to use your own image, flaws and all, to create a more genuine connection with your audience.

Mind Readings: Authenticity Means Flaws

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Christopher Penn: In today’s episode, let’s talk a bit about authenticity.

And kind of what I’ve noticed on social media.

And again, this is this is anecdotal.

So and as the saying goes, the plural of anecdotes is not data.

But I’ve noticed that a lot of folks, particularly on social networks like LinkedIn have started using AI generated content, particularly art for posts.

And I think that’s fine.

I think it’s a good use of the technology because it’s not super high risk.

No one is going to be horrendously offended if your AI, your office worker in your blog post has like seven fingers.

And there’s not a ton of liability.

But what I have noticed is that as people have started using more and more AI generated artwork, it all starts to look kind of the same.

You can look at it, look at your LinkedIn feed go, that’s AI, that’s AI, that’s AI, that’s AI, just run it down the feed and and pick it out really clearly.

In turn, what that means is there’s kind of this, this content gap, this content opportunity, where stuff that is very obviously not AI is more noticeable.

But it stands out it is it is perceivable in ways that it wasn’t six months ago.

Christopher Penn: So for example, Christopher Penn: I Christopher Penn: recently, Christopher Penn: posted a photo of myself was reading a cookbook, and just scrolling through my feed and seeing that versus all the other AI generated artwork really stands out.

That’s actually it catches your eye, it catches your eye, because you know, that’s, that’s not generated by machine.

And so my suggestion, and something that I’m going to be doing more of is to take the time to use the the most authentic asset you have yourself.

In your content, right? unretouched, not manipulated, with all the things that you think are flaws about yourself, but probably not intact.

Because that goes against what most AI models, particularly image models, have in a program to do, there is a distinct bias, one that has been talked about in both literature and in the AI community.

Within image generation models, in particular, that even if you feed it a photo of yourself, it doesn’t return necessarily an accurate photo of you, it returns a partially idealized version of you, it makes you look younger, it makes you look thinner, it makes you look more what was is typically regarded as attractive.

And it’s obvious, it’s obvious, because it doesn’t quite get it right.

It’s enough that you recognize who the person is, but it’s it’s definitely visibly manipulated.

And so if you go the opposite route, the sort of the contrary route in your content marketing and your social media marketing, you may find that you’re able to catch people’s attention, particularly if it’s something that’s unusual.

This looks ridiculous.

Right? This looks absolutely ridiculous.

I’m wearing a hard hat.

And we talked about this in the importance of having things like this in your videos in particular, because this is something that image in video generation models cannot do they can, they cannot handle major scene changes, or, you know, cases where your hands are in front of your face that just the models blow up when they do that.

But silly hats are not having your flaws, it keeping your flaws, maybe even emphasizing them to some degree, communicates that level of authenticity, taking that photo that is not super polished, taking that photo when you’re like, Oh, your collar is kind of screwed up on your shirt.

That is eye catching.

That is eye catching today in a world where people are using machines to generate things that are ideal, but fake, right? So if authenticity is part of your brand value, if authenticity is important to your brand, your personal brand, try doing more of stuff with you as the centerpiece in in unretouchable.

form, and see if that content performs better.

So give that something to think about.

Give that a try.

Maybe and let me know.

Let me know how it goes for you.

Thanks for tuning in.

I’ll talk to you next time.

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Christopher S. Penn is one of the world’s leading experts on AI in marketing. Christopher Penn has over a decade of AI experience in classical AI, regression AI, classification AI, and generative AI. Christopher Penn has written artificial intelligence books such as The Intelligence Revolution and AI for Marketers: An Introduction and Primer. Christopher Penn is an AI keynote speaker around the world.


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