eSports is not gaming: Why advertisers need to note
Industry players contend that the two sectors are independent of each other, and it's key for marketers to distinguish between esports and casual gaming as they offer different opportunities to brands
While esports and gaming continue to see unprecedented growth spurt in the country (collectively the sectors may value upwards of $8 billion or nearly Rs 65,000 crore by 2026), industry experts are getting increasingly vocal about making a clear delineation between the two sectors.
Lokesh Suji Director, Esports Federation of India and Vice President of Asian Esports Federation (AESF), celebrates the fact that eSports is not far from being considered a mainstream sport now, courtesy of the efforts by AESF and OCA (Olympic Council of Asia), but insists that stakeholders, especially advertisers and consumers, need to be cognizant of the difference between esports and gaming, a term that includes everything from our daily Wordle to online Poker to video games.
Suji was speaking to e4m on the sidelines of the India Game Developers Conference (IGDC) held in Hyderabad.
And to bring home the point, the International Olympic Committee has just confirmed that its inaugural Olympic Esports Week would take place in Singapore in June 2023. As the Olympics website itself reads, “The announcement marks the next major step in supporting the development of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement and engaging further with competitive gamers.”
Rohit Agarwal, Founder and Director, of marketing agency Alpha Zegus, agrees that, presently, gaming in India is a vague term, especially because it encompasses sectors like real-money gaming, hyper-casual gaming, and more.
“Esports, in particular, is a different league altogether. Brands, without a doubt, should be looking at esports in a similar way to cricket - it's highly competitive, the stakes are high, the audience base is massive (and loyal), and the career progression is similar to any of the traditional sports.”
Sharing the sentiment, Rohit N Jagasia, Founder and CEO of Revenant Esports, says, “Let’s compare this to a traditional sport. Cricket is a game; IPL or the World Cup are competitive experiences of the game. Likewise, in Esports, there are different games that have competitive significance when teams like us come in.”
Agarwal contends that brands have many opportunities to captivate a large, young audience base through esports. “The numbers are soon catching up to TV/OTT. Since most of the esports industry relies on digital and tech, all brand campaigns become highly trackable, and there are endless possibilities to innovate.”
eSports events and tournaments, much like any sporting tournament, provide opportunities for brands to reach and engage with their key demographics. Animesh Agarwal, CEO and Founder, 8Bit Creatives, and a former eSports athlete himself, observes that at the smallest scale, tournaments hosted by individuals or small organisations allow for massive digital marketing opportunities, including becoming the title sponsor, contributing to the prize pool, or even in pre- and post-event marketing activities.
“In large-scale events, all possible opportunities like jersey sponsorship, team sponsorship, event rights, naming rights, logo placements, advertising and more are possible. As esports events have made their way into television, more and more brands are eyeing the various branding spots to reach the esports audience, which is growing by the day, and is already established as a key marketing focus for marketers,” he points out.
Talking about connecting with the audience, Jagasia says, “Brand sponsoring teams help them connect with the team’s audience in order to build brand advocates and have fan engagement activities with the brand. We’ve also had brands like PUMA, Fan Clash, Cybeart & AMD partnering with us because of our diversified approach in esports.”
Rohit Agarwal further says, “While they are in fact completely independent of each other, the fact that esports are perceived to be under the same umbrella of gaming has a trickle-down effect. Advertisers start withdrawing their budgets from esports, and that has a domino effect on the different stakeholders of esports.”
Stakeholders include end users as well, as many people have carved out a career playing esports apart from the athletes themselves. Video streamers, often youth from Tier -II, Tier-III cities, who can have millions of online followers make a living from their viewership numbers, brand deals and sponsorships.
For instance, Rooter, which streams both esports and gaming, recently became the first platform to financially empower its streamers, while allowing them to work with and earn from top glocal brands. “We have a very diverse audience, which is still well-segmented. This gives brands a very unique opportunity for targeted advertising and so brands from different categories will approach us and say they want to make deals with our top x number influencers of a particular esport or game,” shares Piyush Kumar, Founder and CEO, Rooter, which has been able to rope in over a 100 top brands like Flipkart, Amazon, Intel, HP and Pizza Hut.
With the recent news around bans/regulations on real money gaming advertisements and other decisions taken by state authorities and high courts, brands at times confuse esports and regulated games with prohibited ones. This is despite continuous recognition of the distinct nature of esports by international sports bodies, including the Olympics, Asian Games, and the Commonwealth Games.
“We work closely with the Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and other central ministries as well as with regulatory bodies, and they are all aware that esports has nothing to do with gambling or even gaming for that matter. We need brands and the public to also make that distinction,” Suji reiterates.
Animesh Agarwal reaffirms it's important for marketers to distinguish between esports and casual gaming, purely because of the kind of engagement that happens in the two important components of the gaming and esports world.
“Casual gamers and streamers create a relaxed and casual atmosphere, where the audience expects a lot of fun engagement, and brands would need to curate campaigns that speak directly to the gamer’s audience. Meanwhile, in esports, there is a competitive and fun environment that involves a lot of visibility to the brand’s identity. Clearing this confusion will help curate campaigns suited to the medium being used,” he noted.
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Dentsu-e4m Digital Advertising Report 2023 to be unveiled today
Industry leaders to discuss opportunities and future of digital domain under the theme ‘Creating Value In The Web3 Digital Economy’
By exchange4media Staff | Feb 2, 2023 8:49 AM | 3 min read
The rapid data penetration coupled with various technological advancements has revolutionised the digital landscape, helping companies to become more sustainable and resilient. As the domain continues to evolve, it creates ample opportunities to tap into the uncharted arena of digital space in newer ways. To highlight the current trends in digital sector, Dentsu and the exchange4media group will jointly unveil the 7th edition of the dentsu-e4m Digital Advertising Report 2023 today, February 2, in Mumbai. The event is co-powered by Criteo, Bobble AI is the Co-gold partner while Lemma is the lanyard partner.
Dentsu, one of the leading global media conglomerates in India, specialises in media, digital and creative offerings. After the unveiling of the report, industry leaders will come together to discuss the opportunities and future of digital under the Theme ‘Creating Value In The Web3 Digital Economy’.
The event will kickstart with a welcome address by Dr Annurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and Founder, exchange4media, and Nawal Ahuja, Co-Founder, exchange4media, after which the much-awaited dentsu-e4m Digital Advertising Report 2023 will be unveiled. Divya Karani, Media Chief Executive Officer, dentsu South Asia; Vinod Thadani, Chief Digital Growth Officer, dentsu Media & CEO iProspect; Abheek Biswas, AVP Consumer Insights, Dentsu Creative India, will share key insights of the report and highlight the significant trends of 2022-23 and real time facts and figures pertaining to the entire digital domain.
The conference has a stellar line-up of insightful sessions by industry heads throughout the day. Rob Gilby, CEO, dentsu APAC, will deliver a keynote address on the topic- ‘Creating value in the Web3 digital Economy’. Following this will be the first panel discussion on the topic ‘India digital stack for technology and creativity in the new digital economy’. The panellists are Gagan Singla, MD, blinkX by JM Financial, Prasad Pimple, Executive Vice President & Head of Digital Business Unit, Kotak Life, Medhavi Singh, Head of Enterprise - India, Criteo, Abhijit Shah, Head Marketing, Digital & Customer Experience, ICICI Prudential AMC. The session will be moderated by Rashmi Sethi, Chief Strategy Officer, Fractal Ink, a Merkle Company.
The next panel discussion will be on the topic ‘Customer expectations in new digital economy’ where panellists including Amit Deshmukh, Business Head, NMIMS Global, Sachin Shukla, Head, Brand and Digital Media, ICICI Bank, Shoorveer Shekhawat, Head of Marketing, Video Banking & TFx Initiatives, AU Small Finance Bank will throw light on the expectations of the Web3 consumer and the ways brands can meet them to create value in the new digital economy. The panel will be moderated by Anita Kotwani, CEO, Carat India.
A keynote address will be delivered by Gulbahar Taurani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ISC, Philips Domestic Appliances, on the topic ‘Unlocking the potential of Web3 decentralized economy for consumer marketing and commerce’. The day-long conference will conclude with the last panel discussion on the topic ‘Experiential creativity for the modern consumer’ where panellists including Manasi Narasimhan, VP and Head, Marketing & Communications, South Asia, Mastercard, Adrian Terron, Head of Corporate Brand and Marketing Strategy, Tata Group, Sunil Nat, Head - Ecommerce & Digital Marketing, Galderma. The session will be moderated by Heeru Dingra, Chief Business Officer, DENTSU CREATIVE India.
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AI, TDS, Devices & Data: Why gaming industry is loving Budget 2023
Even though the Budget didn’t specifically bring out the matters of concern related to the gaming and esports sector, there were some decisions which are sure to impact the burgeoning industry
By Shantanu David | Feb 2, 2023 8:27 AM | 6 min read
The Narendra Modi government’s last full Budget before the 2024 general elections tried to cater to as many segments of the population as possible, and even though it didn’t specifically bring out the matters of concern related to AVGC sector, specifically the gaming and esports segments, there were some decisions which are sure to impact the burgeoning industry.
Suhas Khullar, CFO, Loco, believes the Union Budget for 2023–2024 is “commendable for setting the bold vision of making India a tech superpower. Two initiatives focusing on capability building for the tech ecosystem stand out. First, the intention to set up 100 labs for developing applications using 5G services has the potential to open up a wide range of prospects for the ecosystem, including esports. Second, setting up of centers of excellence for AI under the ‘Make AI in India’ and ‘Make AI work for India’ vision, along with the introduction of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 4.0, will help young people in developing the necessary expertise in coding, artificial intelligence and other technologies.”
These enhanced digital skills will now support the sector's capacity to grow into a significant employer. Manvendra Shukul, CEO, Lakshya Digital was also heartened to see the Finance Minister’s continued focus on the most crucial building block for every sector - skilling India.
“A wide range of sectors, including the gaming industry, are facing a shortfall of skilled workers. India has a huge opportunity to be a leader in the global gaming market. However, for us to compete with entrenched players like China, it is essential to develop a strong pipeline of skilled workforce,” he said, adding, “We look forward to an effective implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 4.0 that will allow our youth to upskill and be job-ready for the global gaming industry.”
Gaurav Kapoor, Chief Finance Officer, Baazi Games, also welcomes the “Amrit Kaal” Union Budget 2023 with an optimistic perspective.
The new income tax regime will result in stimulating local demand and consumption in the economy. The rise of India’s position from an importer to an exporter of mobile phones in India augurs well for the online gaming sector. Moreover, the announcement of setting up 100 labs for developing 5G services apps for smart classrooms, healthcare, and others will open up a new range of opportunities and potential employment. Simplifying the KYC system process will further help in realizing ‘Digital India’ and will enable a seamless experience for consumers. Lastly, the ‘Make in India’ vision will further get a boost with a focus on ‘Make AI in India’ and ‘Make AI work for India’, and online gaming companies can develop new AI-based advancements that can provide a first-of-its-kind experience to users.
Sunil Yadav - CEO, PlayerzPot, says the Budget announced a welcome move in defining the future of the online gaming industry by removing the minimum threshold of Rs. 10,000 for TDS to clarify taxability. “The action will result in transparency, a clear legal identity, and standardized taxation for online gaming. We hope that the government will unquestionably support the sector's growth and development in the right direction, which will benefit the economy and its stakeholders,” he says.
Rohit N Jagasia, Founder and CEO of Revenant Esports, agreed that the announcement of removing minimum threshold of Rs 10,000 for TDS on online gaming and providing clarity on taxability is a big step forward, adding, “However most esports games, like ours, don't have any money withdrawing system so these are applicable for the online gaming sectors which are into real money gaming.”
Rishabh Bhansali, Co-Founder of FanClash, says the enormous upsurge in mobile phone production has been the impetus for the boom of the esports industry in India. “Pocket-friendly smartphones have taken gaming and fantasy esports to every corner of the country and a further decrease in its prices, as the government proposes to reduce customs duty on import of certain inputs for mobile phone manufacturing, will boost the sector's growth like never before,” he says.
Indeed, the expansion of India's gaming business mirrors and contributes to the growth of the mobile phone industry. The number of mobile gamers in India is projected to increase to 650 million by 2025, according to the most recent report from the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
Animesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, 8bit Creative, notes that the previous seven to eight years have been instrumental to the relationship between mobiles and gaming in India, with numerous mobile gaming titles being released and gaining popularity among the Indian gaming community.
“Developer dedication to expanding mobile gaming in India and the advent of different employment opportunities through mobile gaming have all contributed to an increase in the number of Indians adopting mobile gaming. This has also contributed to the growth of the mobile device sector, as professional gamers frequently seek to upgrade their devices as they progress in their career. Even casual gamers seek better devices in their gaming journey,” he says.
This interdependence of the industries is also reflected in the commitment of the mobile device companies towards strengthening their presence in the gaming community through dedicated efforts and investments. From launching gaming-specific devices such as One Plus Nord, ASUS ROG gaming phones, etc., to hosting multiple events and tournaments for the community, to working with gamers to build a community of mobile gamers, etc., mobile device giants are also investing heavily in the gaming industry in India.
Rohit Agarwal, Founder and Director, Alpha Zegus, points out that the increase in smartphone production in our country will bring down smartphone costs drastically - which will be a big win for the gaming industry. “More advanced smartphone tech will be available at accessible pricing, which means gaming will eventually no longer be restricted by hardware capabilities.”
Experts say that Indian gaming has the potential to provide a significant boost to the electronics industry as a whole, including consoles, PCs, VR gadgets, mobile devices, wearables, IT accessories, and so on.
Lokesh Suji, Director, eSports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian eSports Federation (AESF), concludes, “With the numbers of devices as well as gamers further upscaling and 5G acting as a catalyst that fuels the industry's growth, we are going to witness monumental growth within the esports sector in the coming years. As we are still awaiting clarity on the taxability for esports, we are hopeful that the decisions will be in favour of the community and impact it positively.”
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Connected TVs take centre stage as HD falls behind
Native Content: The shift towards CTV is indicative of a broader trend towards digital-native content
By exchange4media Staff | Jan 31, 2023 4:46 PM | 7 min read
The digital revolution in the country is driving a significant change in content consumption patterns. The popularity of streaming services and on-demand content has led to a decline in interest for traditional High-Definition (HD) channels. In its place, Connected Television (CTV) has emerged as the new norm for television viewing, particularly in the realm of sports.
The shift towards CTV is indicative of a broader trend towards digital-native content. The convenience and flexibility offered by this technology has made it a preferred choice among audiences, leading to its rapid adoption. With the continued growth of CTV, it is clear that the way people consume and engage with television content is undergoing a significant transformation.
As India continues its transition towards digital-native content, the switch from High-Definition (HD) to Connected Television (CTV) is projected to accelerate in the coming year. With the launch of JioCinema's offering of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for free on CTV, the trend towards this technology is expected to rise.
HD TV, once considered a symbol of prosperity, is witnessing a decline in subscription numbers in recent years, while CTV viewership continues to grow. A recent report by Kantar-GroupM states that the number of connected TVs reached 22 million in the last year, and is projected to reach 30 million this year. Although these figures are based on household numbers, CTV is known to be a co-viewing experience, with an estimated 80-90 million individuals expected to watch content on CTVs. According to a recent Google data, in May 2022 alone, over 60 million people in India streamed YouTube on their TVs, and in 30% of instances, they watched together with other people. The availability of a popular property like IPL for free on CTV is likely to further increase its popularity among viewers.
The trend towards Connected Television (CTV) in India is particularly evident in the case of cricket tournaments. The number of households tuning in to watch cricket on High-Definition (HD) channels has seen a significant decrease in recent years. In 2022, 4.3 mn indian urban households watched IPL’22 ,whereas only 3.6 mn households watched ICC T20 World Cup’22 on HD TV and 1.5 million households in mega cities viewed the tournament on HD channels.
The change in viewership can be attributed to the growing accessibility of IPL content on CTV platforms. This shift is expected to accelerate with the upcoming availability of IPL on CTV platforms for free streaming, as opposed to the traditional linear TV where viewers must pay to access the content. The convenience and affordability of CTV is driving its widespread adoption among audiences and represents a major transformation in the way sports content is consumed.
The rise of Connected Television (CTV) as a platform for sports viewing is a result of its superior features and user experience. With the ability to stream live matches and access a diverse range of on-demand content, an increasing number of people are opting for CTV as their preferred method for watching sports.
The engaging nature of CTV makes it an ideal platform for high-intensity sports viewing, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL). The upcoming season of IPL is expected to follow this trend, as more viewers turn towards CTV for their sports consumption needs. The combination of live streaming capabilities and a wide variety of on-demand content sets CTV apart from traditional television and makes it a leading choice for sports fans.
Overall, the rise of streaming services and the advancement of technology have led to a shift in the way people consume and view media, making HD TVs less relevant. Additionally, the growth of broadband connections in India has played a significant role in this trend. As of 2022, the number of broadband connections in India has risen to 32 million, making it easier for people to access streaming content on their CTVs. With access to high speed internet on their phones, a lot of consumers are also seen streaming content on CTV through their mobile hotspots.
Krishnarao Buddha, Sr. Category Head - Marketing at Parle Products Pvt. Ltd said that the pandemic has affected the pattern of content consumption by audiences all across the world. Staying at home, online streaming of television, movies, and videos became the key source of knowledge, entertainment, and getaway. The ability to see content on any device, at any time, became nearly compulsive for consumers, speeding viewers' transition from linear TV to connected TV.
“The market for connected TVs (CTVs) is one of the fastest growing in India right now. The rise in popularity of these internet-enabled devices that are displacing the good old linear televisions throughout cities is mostly due to the low cost of smart televisions, introduction of 5G network, rising broadband penetration, and the accessibility of international content,” said Buddha.
He added that the number of connected televisions in India is expected to double in the next two years, from the current 20-22 million connected television homes (about 10% of TV homes). According to the 'Spotlight23' research by GroupM-owned marketing firm Wavemaker India, urban cities would see the most growth until 2025.
Samir Sethi, VP& Head of Brand Marketing Policybazaar.com was also optimistic about the growing numbers of CTV consumers. “Connected TV is on a growth path and I see this growing constantly. I see it growing on two accords--the prices of the connected TV devices are coming down drastically and it will become very affordable for people not only in the metro cities but even in smaller towns to switch to smart TV and the other reason is that the DTH players are introducing a lot of combo plans along with fibre internet which also give free access to live TV. These two aspects will be key drivers of growth of connected TV,”said Sethi.
The trend of "cord cutting" is gaining momentum globally, not just in India. The growth in popularity of connected TVs (CTVs) is due to the convenience, flexibility, and superior viewing experience that it offers. With the increasing affluence levels of CTV audiences, it has become a highly sought-after cohort for advertisers looking to reach consumers with a high spending potential. The shift from traditional linear televisions to connected TVs is happening across the world, as viewers prioritize the benefits that come with CTVs.
Quoting from the Changing Landscape of Indian Television- GroupM Finecast and Kantar survey, Bhairav Shanth, Co-Founder- ITW Universe said that although it is still possible that more affluent viewers are on linear TV, but they form a much smaller proportion of the total linear TV viewership and on the flip side, 2 in 3 affluent households prefer CTV. The way that ads can be targeted on CTV (as opposed to the same ad across all linear TV viewers) means that it will be more efficient and impactful for those looking to reach out to affluent viewers to advertise digitally.
“Recent research has suggested after conducting a survey amongst NCCS A and B residents of 16 cities to understand their preferences.It showed that the Household Income for CTV Viewers was 1.2 times higher than those that watched only Linear TV. Moreover CTV viewers are 2x times more likely to own smartphones that cost more than 40K. The more important point is that most of the respondents in the study around 78% said they intend to switch to CTV in the near future and every 2 in 3 preferred CTV as the primary mode to access TV,”added Shanth.
This year’s IPL may prove to be a game-changer in the way people consume content on their large screens. Especially, sports. With high-quality streaming and the biggest variety of language options available, the CTV sports watching experience is bound to become a massive phenomenon this summer.
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Meta’s AR Playbook to help brands connect with customers
Marketing Initiative: Over 81% of Indian consumers believe that AR can help bridge the gap between online and offline
By exchange4media Staff | Jan 31, 2023 1:59 PM | 2 min read
The digital advertising landscape continues to undergo a transformation especially as technology becomes more and more accessible to consumers. With growing data penetration, Augmented Reality (AR), with its immersive and engaging nature, has emerged as an innovative way for brands to connect with their audience. On Meta apps, AR usage has surged considerably with a staggering 750+ million users opting for Meta Spark AR across Meta technologies globally, every month.
At a time when consumers are redefining their digital experience by using AR to connect with brands, Meta has unveiled its AR Playbook that provides deep insights to advertisers about AR adoption on Meta. This gives advertisers the much-needed push and helps them plan their own AR campaigns and drive engagement. Meta’s AR Playbook aims to help advertisers gain insights into AR adoption on Meta, get a brief understanding of how some of the best AR campaigns have delivered great results to brands and plan their own AR campaigns with greater efficiency, and explore the AR ecosystem.
Reels are the best medium by which brands can directly connect and engage with customers. Over 40% of reels that have been created globally use AR effects to create a long-lasting impact in the minds of the viewers. As per recent studies, advertisers believe that AR can be widely used in their marketing strategies with about 75% of businesses planning to use AR/VR by 2023 for better brand engagement. Consumers are more receptive towards AR as a way to engage with brands with over 81% of Indian consumers believing that AR can help bridge the gap between online and offline.
AR is fundamentally shifting the way advertisers approach consumers. Recently, Meta rolled out Instagram AR ads to help advertisers reach their target audience and foster brand engagement. With this, advertisers will now be able to leverage Facebook & Instagram to promote their AR effects and reach the right audiences at the right time to drive the business.
Download the AR playbook now: https://www.facebook.com/business/m/augmented-reality-playbook
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TRAI issues consultation paper on regulating converged digital technologies & services
The paper examines the challenges posed by converging technologies and seeks views of the stakeholders on changes required, if any, in legal, administrative, and licensing framework to deal with them
By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 6:37 PM | 1 min read
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper on "Regulating Converged Digital Technologies and Services -Enabling Convergence of Carriage of Broadcasting and Telecommunication services".
“Over the period of time, various technological developments in digital markets have resulted in the convergence of devices, services, and networks. Efficient utilization of resources, increased level of competition, more innovative user applications and technological developments are the main drivers of convergence. Convergence has been intensified by the emerging use of digital technologies across the sectors. The convergence of digital and physical products through the use of Machine to Machine (M2M), Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence and other technologies is paving the way for Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). Convergence has brought several benefits to stakeholders. Technological convergence not only enables possibility of delivering a broader set of products, but also benefits through lower entrance barriers, promotion of competition, lower cost equipment, quicker market response, and new business opportunities. But at the same time, it has posed several challenges as well,” TRAI said in a statement.
The paper examines the challenges posed by converging technologies and seeks views of the stakeholders on changes required, if any, in legal, administrative, and licensing framework to deal with them. The consultation paper is available on the TRAIwebsite, and the last date for submission of comments is 27.02.2023 and counter comments by 13.03.2023.
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OpenAI’s GPT-3 as news and SEO publisher in 2023: How to make the most of it
Guest Column: Saurabh Singh Kushwah, Digital Product Specialist, explains what makes OpenAI’s GPT-3 so lucrative
By Saurabh Singh Kushwah | Jan 30, 2023 4:52 PM | 7 min read
It's 2023 and the artificial intelligence market is scaling new heights with fiercely innovative competitors aiming to conquer the peak.
OpenAI’s GPT-3 has taken the world by storm and caught the attention of traditional technology giants Google, Microsoft, Meta and Amazon who are also vying for a piece of the AI pie with its precise, almost human-like responsive abilities.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into this emerging market to understand what makes it so lucrative:
- There is going to be an explosion in the production and usage of AI-powered devices in the next few years. This will generate a vast amount of data that needs to be processed and analysed.
- The potential applicationsAI are increasing at an exponential rate as the technology and its refinement evolves each day
- The cost of AI is dropping rapidly as the market matures and moves towards a better understanding of scaling up the adoption. This makes it more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses who can use it to enhance their operations.
- The talent pool for AI is growing immensely with increased investment in resource upskilling by both corporate as well as academic institutions.
- Most new initiatives stepping forth in the market are powered by artificial intelligence or affiliated technology. This gives rise to the need for action from the established players in the market.
These factors aided with the addictive dependence of the general population on use of technology presents a sizable opportunity for those willing to make the most of it. .
Here enters OpenAI’s GPT-3. It is a machine learning platform that helps developers work on AI models. GPT-3 has been designed to provide a high level of flexibility to developers and make it easy for them to create and deploy AI models. It is based on the open source TensorFlow platform, and is available under the Apache 2.0 licence.
OpenAI’s GPT-3 has the potential to revolutionise various industries and disciplines. And it is already being used by leading news publishing organisations in some interesting ways, a few of which are explained below:
Research - It can act as a resourceful tool for journalists covering data intensive planned events such as a state or general election. They can access specific data points such as the total participation of a particular constituency, its age and/or gender breakdown, details of the candidates etc. at their fingertips.
=GPT3()... the spreadsheet function to rule them all.— Paul Katsen (@pavtalk) July 21, 2020
Impressed with how well it pattern matches from a few examples.
The same function looked up state populations, peoples' twitter usernames and employers, and did some math. pic.twitter.com/W8FgVAov2f
Wrote something that we rewrite text using different styles. pic.twitter.com/2XRKqu3flq— Carlos E. Perez (@IntuitMachine) July 25, 2020
This eases content creation for live blog coverage with instant availability of statistical and trivial information about the background of a regularly repeated event. To illustrate an example, when a journalist is covering a live automated cricket match blog and a wicket falls, they can use GPT3 to gather relevant information about the player dismissed by the same bowler or by the same method in the past.
Demo link to generate few content using keywords.
ChatAI from OpenAI can generate news as per the available keywords given to them Generate Text
How to Approach AI-Generated Content for SEO
It is widely known that 100% AI-generated content is not currently accepted under Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. If you use GPT-3 to write the content of your website without human review, you run the risk of receiving a manual action. (You’ll probably end up posting some degree of AI gibberish as well.)
However, using GPT-3 as a tool to create your content could be a viable way to expedite your work. It could give you inspiration for your writing and help spur ideas for how to approach a topic. You could also use it to translate dense industry jargon (like translating Legal English) into something more digestible for your writing team to work from.
Even if GPT-3 delivers you coherent, relevant copy, remember that creating a truly valuable content asset is often a group effort, with subject matter experts providing information, marketing teams layering in audience pain points and insights, and design teams helping to improve the overall experience for users.
Using AI for SEO isn’t the end-all-be-all for creating valuable content. Those insights lie outside of AI’s neural network. Can it be used as a tool to get a rough draft started or expedite your research? Surely. Will it eliminate the human element from SEO altogether? Not anytime soon.
SEO Is More Than Churning Out Content
GPT-3 is an incredibly powerful tool—there’s no denying that. But if you’re looking at GPT-3 as a way to create content and fill your site with low-value content just for keyword rankings, you’ll be fighting a losing battle.
A piece published by The Verge, A college student used GPT-3 to write fake blog posts and ended up at the top of Hacker News, shows how GPT-3-generated content can pass as human-written. Passing as human-written is a long way from SEO-optimised, which is still a long way off from being valuable to users.
To drive lasting revenue, your content needs to speak to your audience and inspire additional action.
GPT-3 will almost certainly inspire SEOs to take the easy route and publish AI-generated content with little-to-no human revision. The marketers that use this tool in tandem with a thorough editing process with an audience-first approach, however, could potentially improve their ROI by expediting the first draft of their content using GPT-3 and focusing more heavily on optimising for their audience.
Keyword research and Content Strategy -
As mentioned previously, Chat GPT is a great way to quicken up lengthy processes. One SEO process that is considerably lengthy is keyword research. By using OpenAI’s chatbot, it makes keyword research similar or related keywords and ChatGPT will churn out a list of related keywords based on the AI’s understanding of the search results. Additionally, you can also request ChatGPT to determine the competition for various keywords.
ChatGPT can be a great resource for small to medium-sized companies that have little to no experience in marketing, especially SEO. You can ask ChatGPT to provide you with a content strategy for a selected business. As you can see below the plan doesn’t provide in-depth details with a plan, however, it does provide a followable plan which can help a small business to improve its marketing and SEO needs.
Generating SEO Titles on demand
One of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of SEO content writing is creating the right title to address the topic issue, feature a keyword and entice the reader to click. ChatGPT can be used as an idea generator as you can ask ChatGPT to generate titles for a topic and set the tone and the keyword you want to use and within seconds you’ll have several different titles.
After this, you can take inspiration from each recommendation and make your own title or use one of the recommendations. Within seconds you’ll have various options instead of time-consuming brainstorming.
ChatGPT has the potential to make search engine optimization readily available for businesses of all shapes and sizes with little or no marketing resources, whilst making the process faster and more efficient. It can help quicken up the topic research and keyword process.
However, there’s no guarantee that the content created by ChatGPT is original and one of a kind, with over 1 million users, the AI may recycle similar or the exact same content to different users which will negatively affect the effectiveness of using the chatbot.
Although ChatGPT is a great piece of AI, we believe you still need human touch within SEO. If you have no resources but want to improve your business resources, then ChatGPT can greatly assist you. However, we recommend contacting an SEO specialist if you’re wanting to develop an in-depth, tailored SEO strategy.
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Will bring back Trump's FB & Instagram accounts in support of 'open debate': Meta
The tech giant also said that it has defined the criteria under which it will ban profiles of public figures after receiving critical feedback from its internal review team
By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 1:48 PM | 2 min read
Weeks after Donald Trump's Twitter account was reinstated, Meta announced that it will bring back the former US president's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks.
The tech giant justified its move, stating that it's lifting the two-year-old ban on President Trump's accounts to preserve "open debate" and "free flow of ideas."
"As a general rule, we don’t want to get in the way of open, public and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms — especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States. The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying — the good, the bad and the ugly — so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box. But that does not mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform. When there is a clear risk of real-world harm — a deliberately high bar for Meta to intervene in public discourse — we act," write Nick Clegg, President, Global Affairs, Meta in a blog post.
Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended following the January 6, 2021 violence at Capitol Hill.
Clegg explained that the decision was then referred to the Oversight Board -- a body comprising experts that performs independent checks on Meta's decision-making. The Board, while supporting the move, also criticised the tech firm's "open-ended nature of the suspension and the lack of clear criteria for when and whether suspended accounts will be restored."
The feedback prompted Meta to review the matter and then took a decision to impose a time-bound suspension of two years from the original date of suspension of Trump's accounts on January 7, 2021.
Meta also defined its criteria which could lead to the suspension of accounts of public figures during times of civil unrest and ongoing violence. It has also introduced a new Crisis Policy Protocol to guide its assessment of on and off-platform risks of imminent harm, wrote Clegg.
The executive also said that before lifting the ban on Trump's accounts, it would assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.
Trump will also be scrutinised for repeat violations with heightened penalties, said the platform.
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