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My son Arthur has just been awarded a prize for story-telling at his primary school. So when I watched that short movie whose script was generated by artificial intelligence, based on thousands of sci-fi books and films, I could certainly see a lot of similarity between both outputs. For me this epitomizes the current state of AI… It is raw, forming, full of potential but sti ...
Conversations. These days, there is a lot of chatter about talking – and it’s not that surprising considering the forays in AI, machine learning and natural language processing have made interactions with technology more conversational, more human. Bots are now capable to think, but also view, speak, and listen.
The IAB UK has just released their digital advertising spend report for 2016 and announced that digital advertising grew at its fastest rate for nine years – up 17.3% to £10.3 billion. The last time annual growth was higher was in 2007 (+38%), when Apple released the iPhone leading to the accelerated adoption of smartphones, the emergence of the app paradigm, etc.
Remember the cringing router sound that accompanied your early internet connections? Being a 40-year old father of two, when I hear that screeeeeeeechhhhhhhhhh I can’t avoid feeling a smile pop on my face. That sound reminds me, with a touch of nostalgia, of the cry of a newborn. It makes me smile as fond memories have overshadowed the dirty nappies and sleepless nights.
The motivational quote encourages us to “think outside the box”… But for once, I want you to think behind the box. Have you ever thought about the cogs, bots, artificial intelligence and other algorithms that are getting in motion every time someone hits the “search” button? The computing forces in motion are staggering and the amount of data that is crunched and produced is even more.
For years, search engines have proved themselves as the gateway to the web, an entry point to the content of webpages people wanted to read. However people don’t want to just read anymore, they want to publish, play, share, watch and exchange. The way they search has evolved too: they have gone from asking “what” to asking “why” and “how to.
If I were to deliver a sales pitch I would want to leave you with one figure; it would be 18%. But I am not a sales person and these pages are not meant to be commercially minded. I am the Head of Marketing in Europe for Microsoft search advertising, and that number made me realise how much transformation the search industry has undergone, and how rich a lesson it could teach marketers.
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 58 seconds Lately there’s been a rumble pretty much everywhere about artificial intelligence, digital personal assistants, the Internet of Things, wearables and apps for everything. I’ve even written myself about what the rise of digital assistants mean to search.
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 26 seconds Understanding intent, not just queries, is critical to the success of e-commerce. It is all the more critical in informing the evolution of search experiences. After all, we are developing search engines for searchers, not for keywords strings. Bing commissioned a market research from French institute Ifop to dig into the lates ...
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 48 seconds Search is like electricity: it is all around us; we don’t see it, it just lights everything up. Search has now become so pervasive that most users are not aware of their search habits. They may not be consciously searching nor aware that search is offering a service without being asked.
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 41 seconds In the world of marketing and advertising, paid search may sometimes lack the sizzle of social, the zing of video and the visual impact of display. But what happens when we look for beauty that’s more than skin-deep? When a French guy like me looks beyond the blue links of paid search, I see a marketing channel that’s sexy as he ...