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Thursday May 24, 2018 at 7:43pm
Does AI-driven marketing threaten consumer choice?To read a summary of the debate click here.“Although consumers will still be empowered to have the illusion of choice, AI will clearly diminish the number and nature of those choices”. These were the words of Rob Sellers, Manager Director of Grey Shopper, proposing the motion ‘AI-driven marketing threatens consumer choice ‘at the Debating Group debate on 21 May 2018 at the House of Commons. The debate was sponsored by the Institute of Promotional Marketing and Chaired by the Lord Black of Brentwood, Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group.Rob Sellers prefaced his paper by paraphrasing a quotation from Jurassic Park, “Technologists pushing for an increasing role for Artificial Intelligence in consumer and s... Read More..
Thursday May 24, 2018 at 11:36am
As an ex-agency person, I’vecontributed too and even moderated a fair few panel discussions in my time. Butthis Monday was my first experience of a formal debate, and in the Houses of Parliamentno less! The subject of the debate, whichwas hosted by the Debating Group and sponsored by the IPM was: AI driven marketing threatens consumerchoice. With Rob Sellers (MD of Grey Shopper Marketing), we proposed themotion. To read asummary of the debate please click here. To read the full debate transcript, click here.I’ll put you out of your miserynow - we lost the debate. The final vote in the room was 35 against the motionand only 16 for. Here’s some of the reasons why I think we lost. AI, especially within the context ofmarketing, has become emblematic of tec... Read More..
Thursday May 24, 2018 at 10:29am
On Monday 21st May, the IPM sponsored a debate for The Debating Group, an organisation that regularly holds debates on politicalissues which surround marketing within the House of Commons. This debate centredon the effect Artificial Intelligence in marketing has on consumer choice, acontrastingly modern topic to be discussed in the historic building ofWestminster Palace building. Today, we live in a world where we can buy anything andeverything we want in one-click, a world in which our search history andpersonal data is sold to send us personalised marketing messages. In thiscurrent environment AI is working behind the scenes and is growing andincreasing in intelligence at a rapid speed. Are we sure AI’sbenefits outweigh the potential risks? It made for a lively and engagingdebate.T... Read More..
Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 9:40am
Series 1: Tech and thefuture of promotional marketing / Post 1.The recent news of the merger between Asda and Sainsbury’sis a clear indication that retail is changing drastically, leaving many questioningwhat the future of grocery retailing may look like. The £51bn-sales mergercomes as a protectionist move against powerful organisations, namely Amazon,who are moving inexorably to the food retail market. Recent speculationsuggests that Amazon could buy UK supermarket chain Morrisons, signalling thedramatic shift in the framework of food retail in which tech-forward onlinegiants are the new major players. As Asda and Sainsbury’s claimed in their joint statement: “The retail sector is going through significantand rapid change, as customer shopping habits cont... Read More..