Level up your growth marketing strategies with ChatGPT: how to write AI prompts to get the best results
Marketing teams are constantly searching for innovative ways to streamline processes, optimize campaigns, and drive business growth.
Well, what if I told you there was a way to do all of that?
Please welcome, 🥁ChatGPT and the AI Revolution! 💥
As a growth marketer, ChatGPT is an incredibly powerful tool that you can use to help drive engagement and conversions. By crafting the right prompts, you can create personalized experiences that speak directly to your target audience.
In this post, we’ll explore the art of crafting effective prompts and walk you through tips and best practices for writing prompts that will help you take your growth marketing strategy to the next level.
Importance of crafting thoughtful prompts
In the age of AI-powered marketing, crafting thoughtful and precise prompts is critical to unlocking the full potential of generative AI tools. 🤖As growth marketers, it’s important to remember that AI is the doer, not the thinker. 💡Our role is to be the strategic masterminds, guiding the AI with well-constructed prompts to help us streamline processes, optimize strategies, and achieve growth goals.
AI is the doer, not the thinker.
The importance of prompt writing has become so apparent that companies are now hiring dedicated ‘AI prompt engineers’ and offering up to $335,000 a year. 💰💻
To write an expert prompt, start by being clear and specific about your intentions. Remember that AI will do what you want it to do, as long as you explain it thoroughly and accurately. Avoid using ambiguous language or overloading the prompt with unnecessary details, which can lead to confusion and subpar results. 😕 Instead, focus on providing concise and direct instructions to maximize the AI’s ability to understand and execute the task.
Ultimately, the success of AI-driven growth marketing strategies hinges on the collaboration between humans and machines 💻🤝 – sounds like we’re in a Sci-Fi movie, right? We’re certainly getting closer…
Let’s dig into certain types of prompts and how you can interact with generative AI.
Open-ended vs close-ended prompts
Open-ended prompts encourage more creative and extensive responses, while closed-ended prompts typically yield brief, specific answers. Choose the type of prompt based on your desired output.
“Can you suggest some ways to improve our marketing strategy?”
Assuming you’ve provided detailed specifics on your marketing strategy prior to asking this question.
This prompt encourages ChatGPT to generate its own thoughts and ideas on how to improve the marketing strategy without limiting it to a specific set of options or ideas. The response may be more varied and generate broad suggestions that may or may not be what you’re looking for.
“Which social media platform is the most effective for reaching a younger audience?”
This prompt provides a specific set of options for ChatGPT to choose from and limits the response to one choice. This type of prompt is useful when seeking specific information or opinions, but may not provide as much insight or variety in responses compared to open-ended prompts.
Define a specific role for ChatGPT to adopt during the conversation.
If you leave this up to chance, the AI will make too many assumptions.
e.g. “You are a world-class software developer.”
By tailoring prompts to my specific role, ChatGPT can provide more relevant and accurate responses. This approach helps to ensure that the conversation stays focused on my needs and interests, ultimately leading to more productive and effective interactions.
Knowledge & Task-based Priming
Specify the knowledge level or expertise you expect from ChatGPT. As you can see in the example prompt above, I specifically asked for beginner-friendly, step-by-step instructions. I combined knowledge and task-based priming by asking for specific tasks – the names of the files, which files to paste which code into, and how to export and upload the code into WordPress.
I’ve defined AI as the world-class expert and me as the beginner. The roles and tasks are very clear and as things progress and I start to ask more questions, the AI will remember its role as well as mine.
Utilizing personas in prompts
Defining a Persona. Provide a specific persona to ChatGPT to enhance the conversation’s depth and consistency.
Persona: 🙋Jennifer, a 35-year-old marketing manager at a B2B SaaS company.
Prompt: As a marketing manager for a B2B SaaS company, Jennifer needs to generate high-quality leads for the sales team. Can you suggest some strategies that are effective for reaching decision-makers in the tech industry, particularly those who are actively researching solutions in our market?
In this prompt, the persona “Jennifer” is clearly defined by her role, company, and target audience. The prompt is specific to the challenges she faces and the desired outcome, which is to generate high-quality leads. By utilizing this persona and providing specific context, ChatGPT can generate more relevant and effective strategies for Jennifer’s specific situation, leading to a more productive and valuable conversation.
Segment your asks
Most requests in ChatGPT fall into 1 of 3 buckets:
Research prompts can have less context.
Creation prompts need the most context.
Improvement prompts require the most back and forth.
Break your request into smaller parts
If you ask for a whole blog post at once, it won’t be as good.
If you break the request into parts, you can get great content.
A good rule of thumb?
Ask for a max of 150 words at a time.
Make AI ask you the questions
Maybe the most underrated tip here.
If you’re stuck or want to look at a problem from different angles…
Make AI think of all the angles for you.
Working from a list of questions helps you generate more ideas yourself.
Reference books or well-known marketing frameworks and tell it what to avoid
Priming ChatGPT with references to reputable sources or well-known marketing frameworks can significantly enhance the quality and relevance of its output because you’re guiding it to generate insights that align with established theories and strategies.
Fun fact. When one of our SEO strategists thought that the invoice from their CPA was unreasonably expensive, they asked ChatGPT to write an email using principles from “How to Win Friends & Influence People” and they were able to get a reduced fee!
Go heavy on context
Bad prompt, bad result.
Simple as that.
The more context you give, the better your responses will be.
Trying giving basic context like:
- Target audience
- Desired outcome
- Where the content will go
Build this all into a repeatable template
The last step is to bring it all together and build a repeatable template that you can use time and time again. 🔁
Creating a repeatable template with these suggestions streamlines the interaction process, ensures consistent, high-quality results, and saves you time on future tasks.
Leveraging ChatGPT’s full potential requires thoughtful and strategic interactions.
Use effective prompts that are explicit, concise, and specify the desired output format. Priming AI with context, such as “You are a world-class content marketer,” can guide responses toward a desired expertise.
Employing personas can further refine AI-generated content by instructing it to emulate a specific tone or style, for example, “You are an enthusiastic fitness coach.”
By mastering these techniques and continuously refining your approach, you can significantly streamline marketing processes, optimize campaigns, and drive business growth.
Derek is a digital marketer based in Boston, Massachusetts with almost a decade of hands-on SEO experience. He finds it meaningful, challenging, and exciting to develop, test, and implement new SEO strategies. When he’s not auditing websites and optimizing content he’s usually backpacking and exploring new cultures.