Dan’s App of the Week: ChatGPT


By Dan Baron, Marketing Consultant at Heinz Marketing

“The Future is Now”

At this point, you’ve most certainly heard about ChatGPT. Maybe you have someone in your life who has been talking about it incessantly, or maybe you learned about it when we talked about Mint Mobile’s latest advertisement in our blog. The conversation about Artificial Intelligence in creative fields is prevalent across every industry right now. But as someone who spends a fair amount of time writing and designing, even I have been curious about how much of my own responsibilities AI could take off of my plate. The full answer is more complicated than I’d like, but the short answer is “A Lot, But not all.”

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a state-of-the-art language generation model developed by OpenAI. It is a variant of the GPT-3 model that is specifically designed to generate human-like text in response to a given prompt. The model is trained on a massive data-set of text from the internet, allowing it to understand and respond to a wide range of topics and styles of writing. ChatGPT can be used for a variety of tasks such as language translation, text summarization, question answering, and so much more.

It’s also being utilized in creating chat-bots and virtual assistants, as it is able to understand and respond to natural language input. The model can be accessed through OpenAI’s API, which allows developers to easily integrate it into their own applications.

It’s easy to see how much help this could be, especially in assisting or even replacing some of the more time-intensive tasks. And even from my limited usage, I am left with countless ideas of how a tool like this can be utilized.

But, with any new technology, caution is advised. The possibilities, while exciting, are not yet a reality. So an over-dependence on such a new technology could have numerous drawbacks.

  • An AI might miss your customer’s context or intent, leading to misunderstandings
  • Neglecting the human aspect of marketing could disconnect you from some clients
  • Over-reliance on the tool could also mean less effective and less authentic content

But don’t just take my word for it, why don’t we see what ChatGPT has to say about it’s own value in the field. I gave ChatGPT the simple prompt of writing a short essay about the following question…

“Is ChatGPT Valuable in Marketing?”

The Good

ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can be used in a variety of ways in the field of marketing. One of the most obvious benefits of using ChatGPT is its ability to generate large amounts of text quickly and easily. This can be incredibly useful for creating blog posts, social media posts, and other types of content that require a lot of written material.

Another major benefit of ChatGPT is its ability to understand and respond to natural language input. This makes it an ideal tool for creating chat-bots and virtual assistants that can interact with customers in a more human-like way. This can be especially useful for companies that want to provide personalized customer service or support, as ChatGPT can understand and respond to a wide range of customer queries and concerns.

The Bad

However, there are also some potential downsides to using ChatGPT in marketing. One of the biggest concerns is that there can be a temptation to rely too heavily on ChatGPT and neglect the human element of marketing. While the tool is very powerful, it is still important for marketers to have a deep understanding of their target audience and to be able to create engaging, compelling content that connects with them on a personal level. If marketers rely too heavily on ChatGPT and stop putting in the effort to create authentic, engaging content, they may find that their marketing efforts are less effective in the long run.

The Ugly

Another potential downside happens to be one of the biggest concerns. The concern that the tool is not able to fully understand the context or intent behind a piece of text. This can lead to errors or inaccuracies in the text that is generated, which can be detrimental to a company’s reputation or branding. Additionally, because ChatGPT is a machine learning model, it can inadvertently generate biased or offensive content if the data it was trained on is not diverse enough.

In Conclusion

ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can be incredibly useful for marketers, but it is not a magic bullet. It is important for marketers to understand its strengths and limitations, and to use it in conjunction with other tools and strategies in order to create effective marketing campaigns. While it can save time and effort, it is crucial to not neglect the human element of marketing. With proper use, ChatGPT can be a valuable asset in any marketing toolkit. But, if marketing teams stop making an effort to create real, engaging content, their efforts may not be as successful in the long run.