Elevating Storytelling to New Heights Using AI
Digital Advertising 07.20.2023

Elevating Storytelling to New Heights Using AI

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In this episode of Sunny Side Up, host Brian Hopper interviews Chris Clemente, a seasoned marketer and online marketing director. They discuss audience segmentation, content personalization, and the transformative impact of AI in B2B marketing. Chris emphasizes understanding the target audience and tailoring content to their needs. Data-driven segmentation, including sub-specialties, cohorts, regions, and age groups, is crucial for crafting effective messages. A/B testing is highlighted as a valuable tool to determine optimal strategies for different audience segments. Ethical considerations in AI marketing are explored, such as data privacy and transparency. Crafting relevant messages that drive engagement requires an audience-first approach, considering where people are in their customer journey. Technical writing’s role in documenting processes and knowledge transfer is emphasized. Chris shares insights on balancing new technologies with expertise, and the importance of embracing AI responsibly. The interview also touches on Chris’ background in web development and his recommended books.

About the Guest

Christopher is an Online Marketing Director. His background is in web development, but he has been working in email for the last 10+ years. He’s worked with agencies and ESPs, and also worked with clients from the American Cancer Association to the Academy Awards, along with running the marketing channel at WebMD. At Medscape WebMD, he oversees the email channel health of physician and healthcare professional users.

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Key Takeaways

  • Personalizing content based on audience data is essential for effective marketing campaigns.
  • Segmentation allows marketers to target specific subgroups and deliver relevant messages.
  • Understanding the customer lifecycle helps in crafting tailored content for each stage.
  • Documenting processes and defining target audiences can streamline content curation and distribution.
  • Adapting to new technologies is crucial for marketers to stay relevant and thrive in their field.
  • Introverts have valuable contributions and should be recognized for their unique perspectives.
  • Happiness cannot be solely achieved through money and fame; other factors play a significant role.
  • Autobiographies and biographies offer insights into personal growth and different life experiences.
  • Attention to design elements influences A/B testing outcomes and reader engagement.
  • Storytelling skills are valuable in both screenwriting and marketing contexts.
  • The impact of AI on industries raises concerns about ownership and creative expression.
  • LinkedIn provides an effective platform for professionals to connect and network.
  • The marketing industry is evolving and becoming increasingly complex, requiring ongoing discussions and resources.
  • The value of continuous learning and adapting to changes in the marketing landscape.


With AI it’s either adapt and succeed, or you’re just going to fall by the wayside.”  – Chris Clemente

Highlights from the Episode

How has your background in web development and screenwriting/filmmaking influenced your marketing career?

Chris explained that his interest in storytelling and creating something from nothing has been present since his upbringing, influenced by the first personal computers, the internet, and watching movies. His career in web development and screenwriting/filmmaking allowed him to combine both passions. While he primarily works as a marketer, he has also had opportunities to write film reviews, interview filmmakers, and create scripts for independent production companies.

How can AI be used to enhance storytelling in B2B marketing and sales?

Chris delved into how AI can be utilized to enhance storytelling in B2B marketing and sales. He emphasized the importance of viewing AI as a tool rather than a complete takeover. While AI technology is currently an exciting revelation, it is still in a transitional phase, which presents challenges such as continuity gaps and repetitive outputs. Chris pointed out that relying solely on AI-generated content can result in generic responses that lack depth and specificity. To effectively leverage AI in storytelling, human curation and expertise are essential. Experts should curate content, conduct marketing research, and incorporate SEO language to provide the necessary level of detail for AI to generate meaningful and tailored content. By combining human creativity and strategic thinking with AI technology, B2B marketers can craft compelling stories that resonate with their target audiences and effectively communicate complex business solutions.

What are the ethical considerations when using AI in a B2B setting, such as data privacy and maintaining transparency?

Chris acknowledged the ethical considerations surrounding AI in B2B settings. He highlighted the need for companies to take responsibility for the content produced by AI and not solely rely on it as a crutch. The extent of ownership and trademark depends on the level of human input and curation. By combining human expertise with AI, companies can claim ownership of the majority of the content while using AI to fill in specific gaps. It’s crucial to balance AI functionality with human curation to maintain transparency and ethical practices.

How can marketers utilize the available data to create relevant and attention-grabbing messages and drive engagement with their brands?

Chris explained that marketers should prioritize the audience and personalize content based on the data at their disposal. He mentioned that many marketers fail to understand their audience deeply and end up sending broad messages to a wide range of people. Chris advised segmenting the audience into more specific subgroups, such as specialties, geography, and age, and conducting AB testing to determine the most effective messaging. By understanding the audience and curating content on a micro level, marketers can create messages that are relevant and engaging.

How do you consider the different stages of a customer’s life cycle when crafting messages to align them with your company?

Chris emphasized the importance of considering the customer’s life cycle and journey when crafting messages. He acknowledged that this step is often overlooked due to deadlines, but it is critical to define the life cycle and understand the stages of a customer’s journey. Chris suggested documenting processes and researching the various life cycles to curate content that aligns with each stage. Starting from a user-centered perspective, marketers can deliver personalized messages that cater to where the customers are in their interaction with the company.

What is one piece of advice that you would give your younger self, knowing what you know now?

Chris shared advice he would give his younger self, emphasizing the need not to be too hard on oneself. He mentioned his tendency to worry about new technologies replacing his skills and craftsmanship, citing an example of AI-generated websites. Chris acknowledged the existence of certain niches and budgets that still require human expertise and highlighted the importance of adaptation. He encouraged embracing new technologies and focusing on how to absorb and adapt to them effectively, rather than being overly concerned about immediate challenges.

Is there a book, blog, newsletter, website, or video that you would recommend to our listeners?




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