Is your organisation ready for AI implementation?

18 June 2018 / Ben O'Brien
Advances in AI and machine learning will impact organisations beyond just technical capabilities. They will face new challenges in terms of skills, implementation and more. In this blog, Ben O’Brien, Managing Director at Jaywing, explores how brands can prepare for AI implementation, to ensure that you make the most of marketing investments.

 

In order to remain competitive, brands want smarter, faster decisions.  The best way to achieve this is by becoming an AI-driven predictive business however, there are some key questions that marketers need to consider before embarking on this journey.

Is your data ready for AI?

The best technologies in the world can only make use of the data that’s provided to them. It’s therefore crucial that organisations have sufficient, accurate data to begin with.
 
From data quality, to data storage, and ultimately transforming data into insight, organisations adopting best practice data management will be best placed to adopt AI effectively. What’s more, with new GDPR laws, these practices are more important than ever before - getting data management right at the beginning is essential to compliant use of AI.
 
Are your people prepared for AI?
AI technology is growing in sophistication, but the level of knowledge in the industry isn’t necessarily keeping pace. In our data-driven marketing research study, we found that 40% of companies see the lack of data skills as their biggest barrier to successful data-driven marketing.

 

In addition, in a recent Infosys research study, 53% of organisations surveyed cited developing knowledge and skills as the key to preparing for AI deployment and use. Alongside this, many organisations recognised the value of outside specialist help – whether to assist with planning (46%) or for knowledge gathering (40%).

 
That’s why it’s crucial that businesses ensure their people have enough knowledge of the analytics behind the AI models and technology systems. Many organisations find it useful to bring in outside specialists to help with knowledge transfer during set-up and deployment.
 
Do you have the right AI technology?
The rise of newly developed technology, such as Jaywing’s modelling software Archetype, allows marketers to unlock greater customer insights. With access to tools that create better performing models, brands can transform the way their CRM campaigns work, targeting personalised campaigns and content across all channels, at the people most likely to respond, amending their strategies to focus retention activity, or using insights from deep within their data to eke out more profit than traditional techniques. This allows you to focus your marketing activity where it’s going to make most difference.
 
Unique tools like this enable brands to model almost any outcome on almost any data set - whether that’s in pricing, product and channel propensity, customer value, marketing attribution, digital activity or a host of other fields.  They help brands do more, in less time, with better results, so they can focus on what’s most important – their customers. Archetype is a significant advancement in the market and for which Jaywing has applied for a patent.
 
A new era for AI
The successful use of AI presents organisations with many challenges. Yet with best practice data management processes, ensuring compliance with GDPR, the right skills and external support, and crucially, the right technology, organisations will be well positioned to take advantage of the new era of AI.
 
For organisations to harness the benefits they need to act quickly – AI is currently a hot topic in marketing, and plenty of organisations are starting to make moves in this direction so that they can better predict conversion, re-purchasing, lapsing and more to engage with customers and prospects on a deeper, more personal level. 

 

Find out more about Jaywing’s AI predictive modelling software Archetype and AI Consultancy Services.