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The AI Revolution: How Small Companies Will Disrupt Big Business

Key Takeaways:

  1. AI Levels the Playing Field: With the advent of AI, the size advantage traditionally held by big companies is diminishing. Smaller organizations can now leverage AI to compete effectively, challenging the dominance of industry giants. 

  2. Speed is Essential: In today’s business environment, speed is paramount. AI enables businesses to accelerate processes and adapt quickly to changing market conditions, giving them a competitive edge. 

  3. Transformation of Marketing: AI is reshaping the marketing landscape, automating tasks previously performed by agencies and creative professionals. This shift presents opportunities for marketers to combine creativity with AI-driven insights to drive growth and innovation. 

  4. Embracing Change and Opportunity: While AI may disrupt traditional business models, it also opens doors to new careers and industries. By embracing the fusion of creativity and technology, individuals can thrive in an era of unprecedented change and innovation. 

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In the realm of business, size has historically been seen as an advantage. Large companies wielded their vast resources and extensive workforce to outcompete smaller rivals. However, the landscape is rapidly changing, thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. What was once a strength for big corporations may now become their Achilles’ heel. In this blog post, we’ll delve into how AI is reshaping the competitive dynamics of the business world and why small companies are poised to thrive in this new era.

The End of Size Advantage:

Traditionally, large companies enjoyed a competitive edge due to their size, reach, and depth of resources. However, with the advent of AI, this advantage is diminishing. AI not only levels the playing field but actually reverses the equation, giving smaller companies newfound power to compete with industry giants. This shift is driven by the agility and nimbleness inherent in smaller organizations, which can now harness AI to overcome past limitations and challenge the dominance of big corporations.

The Need for Speed:

Marketers, branders, and sales professionals are increasingly recognizing the importance of speed in today’s business environment. As Mark Schafer, an industry expert, points out, the ability to accelerate business processes will be a key determinant of success. AI plays a crucial role in enabling this acceleration by automating tasks and streamlining operations. Moreover, its affordability makes it accessible to businesses of all sizes, allowing small companies to leverage AI to compete effectively with larger counterparts.

The Transformation of Marketing:

AI’s impact on marketing cannot be overstated. According to Sam Altman of OpenAI, a significant portion of tasks currently performed by agencies and creative professionals will be automated by AI. This shift will particularly affect marketers in big companies, leading to a restructuring of the industry. However, this disruption also presents opportunities for marketers to adapt and thrive in a new landscape where creativity is enhanced by AI-driven insights and capabilities.

The Birth of a New Industry:

As traditional roles evolve and new challenges emerge, a new breed of marketers is poised to emerge. These professionals will combine creative prowess with a keen understanding of AI and technology. They will help small businesses navigate the complexities of modern marketing while leveraging AI to drive growth and innovation. This fusion of creativity and technology represents a paradigm shift in the marketing industry, creating opportunities for those who can embrace both aspects effectively.

Embracing Change and Opportunity:

While AI may disrupt traditional business models, it also presents abundant opportunities for those willing to adapt. The convergence of creativity and technology opens doors to new careers, industries, and possibilities. As businesses strive to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving landscape, individuals who can harness the power of AI while preserving the essence of human creativity will be in high demand. By embracing change and seizing opportunities, we can navigate the AI revolution with confidence and optimism.


Mike Carr (00:04): 

We’re going to talk about how AI is going to eradicate big companies. The days of most companies needing tens of thousands of employees, I believe, and I think others do too. It’s coming to an end with AI and robotics and other tech companies that had tens of thousands of folks are actually going to be able to grow faster and deliver more profits to the bottom line with perhaps just hundreds of employees. And if they don’t downsize, if they don’t lean into technology, competitors that do that are faster and nimbler and agile are going to put ’em out of business. Big companies historically have been slow. They’ve been bureaucratic, but their big size has given them an advantage in the past. I don’t believe this is the case any longer. Their large size is going to be their greatest competitive disadvantage. It’s going to be a weakness to be big. 


AI is going to be this great leveler. Here’s something I’ve thought about that I think is significant. AI not just removes the size advantage, it actually reverses it. That’s a big deal in most industries because historically, that scale, that reach, that depth of resources has been able, the big companies to outcompete, that’s no longer going to be the case. Small has almost always been more agile and more nimble. Mark Schafer, who’s written a number of books and is sort of a guru in this space, has talked about how in the future, the best marketers, the best branders, the best sales folks. It’s all going to be about speed. This pace, this need to increase the general acceleration, the speed of business is going to become so important. And because AI is so cheap, there’s no barrier to entry. So the small companies that have historically been the nimbler, the more agile, the faster can use AI to make up for the deficiencies that they’ve had in the past compared to the big companies. 


And the big companies can also use AI to replace a lot of the employees, A lot of the folks that have skill sets that AI can now do, or at least supplement or compliment. Now, Sam Altman said here a few months ago, and this is a well-known quote when he was talking about ai. AI will mean that 95% of what use agencies and strategists and creative professionals for today, 95% will easily, nearly instantly, and at almost no cost be handled by ai. So Sam is one of the big guys at Open ai, and he’s one of the industry visionaries, but there’s been some disagreement and pushback about AI over the next couple of years, eliminating 95% of these jobs. What I think should be added to Sam’s statement is 95% of what marketers at big companies use agencies and strategists and creative that will be eliminated. 


Why? Because they’re going away. The marketers at these big companies aren’t going to be at big companies anymore, but there’s an opportunity. Where are they going to go? Just like AI is going to eliminate a lot of the big companies, at least they won’t have nearly as many employees. There’s going to be an explosion of these small companies that can’t effectively compete with companies that have historically been much larger than them. So a lot of these folks are either going to be on their own or they’re going to go to work for some of these smaller companies, and they’re going to be all kinds of mistakes made at these smaller companies, right? Because AI is seductive in how easy it seemingly makes writing great copy or doing something cool in social media, it makes it fast. It makes it easy, but misses some very foundational and fundamental things. 


So the opportunity and almost this new industry that I think is going to be created are marketers who combine that creative, that artistic, that craft ability that historically has been such an important part of what agencies have delivered with an awareness and an ability to leverage AI and technology and pivot quickly and stay up to date with the newest apps, the newest agents that run on top of the LLMs. This is something very different, right? It’s the combination of this creative with this ability to accelerate that creative and leverage that creative with the technology and the pace of change. This is a new industry, and the need for this industry is going to be coming from all these new small businesses that now can compete with the larger companies, but they’re not necessarily competing the right way because they’re trying to go down what just AI tells it, and they don’t have the domain expertise in branding or in naming or in marketing or in sales to do it right. So the opportunity for us is huge, and I actually want to thank AI for this opportunity. We are going to see an explosion of jobs and careers and excitement for those that can embrace both the way it used to be done, that craft side, that creative, that think thoughtful thinking, pondering about the best solutions, but then accelerating it with the technology, the speed, and the efficiencies that AI bring to the table. Lots of disruption, lots of change, and lots of opportunity for those that can move quickly. See you next week. 

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