Mariana Uses Artificial Intelligence to Build Personas and Find Target Audiences
Can computers understand an individual human’s personality (and then, presumably, use that understanding to better target marketing messages)? It turns out that’s no longer even a question: if you haven’t yet played with CrystalKnows , be prepared for some weirdly accurate insights into yourself and those you know well, based on public Internet information. And, yes, Crystal advises you how to interact with others based on those insights, going so far as to suggest changes to your emails to better fit the style of the recipient. If there’s a gap between this and letting a computer just manage the whole relationship without any human involvement, it’s almost too small to worry about.
So the real challenge isn’t having the computer analyze your data; it’s having enough data for the computer to analyze. People like me, who blog and Tweet incessantly, are easy enough to understand (or, at least, it’s easy to describe our carefully curated public personas). But many of your marketing targets are less visible. Finding enough of them to be useful is a major limitation for systems that rely on machine intelligence to help target marketing messages.
This is where Mariana comes in. The whiz-bang part of its pitch is using artificial intelligence (“deep learning” as in the Mariana Trench – get it?) to build personas by analyzing a sample of your existing customers. Users see attributes for each persona such as interests, titles, functions, tenure, and average deal size. Pretty cool, I must say.
But the really special part is what comes next. Mariana finds other people who match the personas, using its deep understanding of social data to accurately identify and find contact information on larger numbers of relevant people than other vendors.
How many more? Mariana told me that while other vendors might find social profiles on less than 30% of the records on a B2B email list, it regularly finds data on 50% to 80%. The difference is that Mariana uses its artificial intelligence to analyze connections between people – including unique access to the Twitter social graph, as well as where people work or have worked, groups they belong to, and the types of work they do.;
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