What’s next for content marketing? As writers look to streamline their creative processes and scale their ability to craft engaging, impactful marketing conversations, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will play an increasingly significant role. Just not necessarily in the way you might think.
No matter how sophisticated the technology may become, AI won’t replace the human content creators on your marketing team. Instead, it will help make their work more relevant, easier to produce, and better aligned with their audience’s needs and interests.
In other words, AI will empower writers to achieve their marketing goals with greater creativity, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Why AI won’t replace writers
If you’re reading this, you recognize the value of content marketing. You’ve probably also seen articles predicting that AI and machine learning will eventually replace the need for human workers across a broad spectrum of industries and roles. But when it comes to content marketing, creative marketers need not worry about machines taking over their jobs and rendering them obsolete.
The role tech will play is much more nuanced. Content is essentially a form of communication between two human beings; while automation can certainly enhance many aspects of its creation and delivery, it probably will never replace writers entirely.
Instead, it will make the writing process easier and more intuitive than ever, unlocking new opportunities for creators and dramatically transforming how marketers approach high-quality content creation at every level.
A creative revolution is on the way
Over the last decade, we’ve seen a massive shift in how brands leverage creativity to build their businesses online. Today, AI-powered writing tools are leading the charge to democratize content marketing success for businesses of all sizes and skill levels.
Just as the printing press and other disruptive technologies have previously evolved human communication, AI offers a tremendous potential to improve how we manage some of the most tedious, costly, and frustrating creative tasks, as veteran copywriter Jacob McMillen explains:
“I’ve paid several hundred dollars for first drafts I then rewrote completely. I’ve spent hours hung up on phrases and ideas that had me in a mental rut. I’ve procrastinated for days on pieces of articles that were simple and boring but mandatory. GPT-3 tools like Copy.AI have allowed me to skip some of the worst, most frustrating parts of what I do as a writer and jump straight to developing and polishing the core substance of my copywriting pieces. It’s the single most effective productivity tool I’ve ever used as a writer.”
3 ways AI will empower writers
1. Writer’s block will become a thing of the past
We all know how frustrating writer’s block can be – nobody likes staring at a blinking cursor for hours before churning out a single paragraph worth keeping. This is especially common if you find yourself writing about the same topic frequently – like content marketers often do when writing blog posts or crafting social media updates. Top writers are already outsourcing their first drafts to junior writers — now, imagine a world where anyone can write the first draft of a high-quality blog post in under five minutes.
Author and entrepreneur Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income explains:
“One of the hardest parts of writing is staring at a blank screen, aka. ‘the blinking cursor of death.’ AI can get us from 0% to 60%, and sometimes even up to 75% of the way there, so we’re no longer starting from scratch. It’s such a time-saver.”
2. Writers will work faster
As AI tools become more sophisticated, writers will be able to rely on them for many of the tasks that currently slow them down. For example, AI-driven software like Grammarly and Hemingway Editor can already help writers spot grammatical errors and sentence structure problems with ease. By reducing the need for writers to edit their own work, they’ll have more time for the fun stuff: researching new topics, exploring new formats, and coming up with appealing headlines.
3. Writers will learn more as they write
The latest natural-language AI models, such as GPT-3, are trained on a massive amount of data from the internet, giving them a far broader understanding of the world than any human could hope to achieve in their lifetime. As AI writing tools become more sophisticated, writers will be able to draw from an ever-expanding base of information as they compose their works. Not only will they write faster and smarter, but they’ll also uncover new ideas, insights, and perspectives they may not have considered before.
Content marketing is here to stay, but AI will make it easier than ever
It’s hard to imagine a world where machines produce content. But it’s not difficult to envision a future where AI, writers, and marketers can work together to make their content better and more effective.
Machine learning should not be viewed as a threat to people’s livelihoods, but rather as a valuable tool for creating better workflows and producing more effective marketing campaigns. Ultimately, AI will complement human efforts, enhance our workflows, and make us more creative as we move into the future of marketing and technology.
Not convinced? Try out an AI writing tool yourself!
Copy.ai is the leading provider of AI-generated content in the world. We create everything from copy for your website to social media posts, email blasts, and more, all with a click of a button.
We believe that incredible ideas don’t have to be created by just a select few—instead, we should all be able to access our creativity and make it work for us. We’re here to help you achieve your goals with the power of artificial intelligence.
Daily SEO Fix: Competitive Link Research
Link research is an essential pillar of an SEO strategy, but competitive link research can help you get a leg up. It’s vital for websites to not only know about their own link profile, but to also have an effective strategy in place to stay relevant against competitors.
Hopefully at this point, you know who your competitors are, and hey, that’s half the battle. If you still aren’t sure, check out our Competitive Research tool in Moz Pro. This tool can help you find out exactly who your competitors are, the keywords they rank for and what their top performing content is.
If you would like to understand our Competitive Research tool more, and learn how it can be used to your advantage, feel free to book a Moz Pro Kick Off Call with a member of Moz’s Onboarding Team below.
So, why do we want to conduct “competitive link research”?
Learning how others are performing can help guide your own linking strategy, and you may discover tactics that you haven’t considered before.
There may be opportunities and gaps in your competitor’s link profile, which you can identify and slot yourself into.
You will know what types of content perform well, and from there can make your content 10x better than your competitors!
Your analysis will help you understand more about the audience you are trying to speak to.
A comprehensive backlink strategy can aid you in ranking higher on the SERP.
If you’re seeking guidance on how to build an SEO competitive analysis framework, check out Moz Academy’s SEO Competitive Analysis Certification. This coursework covers everything you need to know to confidently implement an effective strategy, and you’ll earn your Moz Certification, which you can display on your LinkedIn profile!
In the following videos, the Moz team will show you workflows and other tips and tricks within the Moz Pro tool set that will help you with your competitive link research analysis.
Link Gap Analysis: Link Intersect
Link gap analysis is a popular tactic amongst SEOs. It involves comparing your own link profile to that of your competitors, and finding the gaps that exist. They could be getting backlinks from several websites that you aren’t receiving any from — this could be a golden opportunity — another way to compete with your top competitors.
In this video, Emilie will show you how to use Moz Pro’s Link Intersect tool to find out this information.
Discover Linking Domains with SERP Analysis
In the Moz Pro Keyword Research tool, there is a functionality where you can search a keyword, and the top ranking pages for that keyword will show. But, there is so much more to this function.
In this video, Varad will show you those ranking pages, as well as the domains that are linking to that particular page. Get ready to soar from there!
Use Page Optimization to Find Content Suggestions
Moz’s Page Optimization tool is primarily used to see what improvements may need to be made to a page, as well as keyword placement on a page. When you dive a bit deeper into this particular tool, you’ll find that Moz offers content suggestions to you, including URLs that are ranking for the keyword you first queried. Identifying these top ranking URLs is a great way to see what kind of content you should also be creating.
In this video, Rachel will show you what you can do with this new found information and how it can help your link research.
Find Backlinks to Competitor’s Broken Pages
Analyzing the backlinks on a competitor’s broken page is another tactic that SEOs are using, that you may not have been aware of. There are hidden opportunities within these broken pages that are just waiting to be discovered.
In this video, Arian will show you exactly how you can find those broken pages within Moz Pro’s Link Research tool.
Discovered & Lost Backlinks
Another gem within the Moz Pro Link Research tools is the ‘Discovered & Lost’ section. This section will show you all of the new backlinks that Moz has found linking to your competitor in the last 60 days, as well as backlinks that have been lost. This can be insightful information when working on your own backlink building.
In this video, Eoin shows you how you can use this functionality to up your Link Research game.
If you’d like to continue learning about Competitive Research, check out our previous Daily SEO Fix on Competitive Keyword Research for some great insights into a competitive keyword research strategy.
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