Even if the process is automated, the human aspect should still shine through. One of the good examples is building a chatbot or a virtual assistant, where the cooperation between developers, copywriters and strategists is necessary to achieve the perfect result.
Chatbots shouldn’t just be able to provide the right answers, but also show personality. All those little quirks, filling phrases and maybe even humour (depending on the type of service they provide) that can transform the entire experience into more immersive and enjoyable. And that’s not just a fun gimmick, but a key competitive advantage. Think of Siri and Alexa — apart from functionalities, it’s the personality that sets them worlds apart from basic assistance bots.
Technology isn’t a goal in itself, but a set of tools, an extension of our senses. Seen this way, it enhances our possibilities, allowing us to convey the same story in endless possible ways. And sometimes, technology enables us to democratize content by making stories accessible to all.
As seen in the project of Google Cloud and The New York Times — thanks to the digitalization of millions of photos stored in the dusty basement archives of TNYT, global audiences gained access not only to fascinating photos but also to the stories behind them. Thanks to smart algorithms, the platform recognizes key elements of an archived item and links pictures to streams of stories and related topics for each image. An endless historical and sentimental journey. It’s also a great example of how a company with a strong heritage built on traditional analogue media can incorporate digital solutions in a way that doesn’t overshadow, but enhances its core purpose and values.
Individuals, brands and organizations get unlimited opportunities and advanced tools that allow them to express themselves. To tell their own story. But how effectively do they use these tools? It’s a challenge to stay on top of technological developments. Novelties continue to show up, which requires updating skills and knowledge on a regular basis. It’s not always easy, especially in a bigger business structure.
“One thing is clear, though. Both creativity and technology are indispensable for today’s brands. ”
One thing is clear, though. Both creativity and technology are indispensable for today’s brands. The first one is necessary to become more than a faceless service or product provider. In the day of automation of services and saturation of markets, it’s creative storytelling that allows us to connect with audiences on a deeper level. Why? Paradoxically, it may just be because of widespread access to technology.
For individuals who are constantly connected, with unlimited access to knowledge and lifestyle influences flowing towards them from all sides, the need for outstanding stories is bigger than ever. People look for something to believe in and worth including in their own personal story. Enabling them to share and create content, connecting with like-minded members of their local and global communities.
Today’s consumers are also publishers, with the possibility to communicate their insights, opinions and lifestyles on multiple social platforms. Creativity is key here, but it’s the medium that eventually shapes the message. That’s why it’s crucial for brands and companies to speak this language at least as fluently as their audiences do.
Apple, a world leading technology player, understands the balance between tech and creativity very well. They seamlessly marry these two elements in both their products and communication. Besides their short, functional videos presenting their latest tech solutions, they also invest in big productions that showcase strong creativity and storytelling.
The “Memory” video is an absurd, dramatized introduction to face recognition functionality in iPhoneX. Focusing on that relatable situation when you simply can’t remember the password you’ve just modified. Does it sound familiar? Chances are big you’ll share this story with friends, together with a ready solution offered by Apple.
Stories need to be told creatively in order to be memorable and stand out. They need to be honest and believable. But first and foremost, relatable. Resonating with lifestyles of real people, and thanks to that — inspiring and engaging. And technology is exactly what makes it all possible. Thanks to it, we can bring our stories to the next level.
Technology and creativity are not at odds with each other — they’re two sides of the same coin. And that’s why today’s brands and companies need to be able to smartly combine both.
16 October 2019
At our latest Lunch and Learn, we invited Belfius, Proximus, VRT and the European Commission to come have lunch with us. Besides sandwiches, we shared some thoughts and ideas about being user-centric in a digital environment. We discussed challenging experiences, proposed interesting opportunities, and articulated razor-sharp opinions. Here are our five key takeaways.
15 October 2019
TikTok, a social video platform from China, entered the social media landscape with a bang. While many expected it to be just another hype for kids only, the number of its users grew beyond expectation. What makes it so successful? How is it different from other, well-established social platforms? And how can your brand profit from joining it? Let’s find out.