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What Can AI Do for SMBs?

Updated: Nov 11


What Can AI Do For SMBs

Introduction

In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands out as a game-changer, especially for Small to Mid-size Businesses (SMBs). As AI continues to advance, its potential impact on various business operations becomes increasingly evident. This post delves into the opportunities and challenges AI presents for SMBs.


The Promise of AI for SMBs

AI is not just a buzzword; it's a tool with tangible benefits for businesses

  • Time-saving: Automate routine tasks and focus on core business activities.

  • Cost reduction: Minimize operational costs with efficient AI-driven processes.

  • Task Automation: From customer support to data analysis, AI can handle it.

 

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Expected Savings from Using AI in Marketing

​Response/Option

Percentage

​$0-$499

20%

$500-$999

22%

$1,000-$4,999

30%

$5,000-$9,999

15%

$10,000-$24,999

8%

$25,000

5%

Utlization of Time Saved by Using AI

​Response/Option

Percentage

Plan what's next for my business

37%

Fine tune my overall marketing strategy

31%

Improve my product or service(s)

30%

Spend more time interacting with customers in-person

26%

Rest and/or take time for myself

22%

Network with other business owners

21%

Get more active on social media

17%

Budget and manage my expenses

17%

Update my systems and technology

12%

Give back to my community

10%

Savings by using AI in Muliple Areas in an SMB

Response/Option

Expect to save $1,000+ next yr

Expect to save $5,000+ next yr

2+ areas

60%

29%

3+ areas

61%

28%

4+ areas

64%

43%

Understanding the AI Learning Curve

While AI promises numerous benefits, it's essential to recognize its challenges:

  • The steep learning curve can be daunting for many.

  • It's still early days, with many SMBs just beginning to explore AI's potential.

  • A noticeable lack of comprehensive case studies makes decision-making tricky for SMBs.

Emerging Frontiers for AI in Business

AI is steadily making its mark in various business areas:

  • Content Development: AI-driven tools can generate content, from blog posts to social media updates.

  • Recruitment: Crafting precise job descriptions and candidate profiles becomes easier.

  • Marketing: Create promotional content tailored for different platforms, from email campaigns to social media posts.

The Current State of AI Adoption

The AI wave is here, and many are riding it:

  • The growing awareness and hype around AI drive its adoption.

  • For many SMBs, the primary cost of AI is the time invested in understanding and implementing it.

​Response/Option

Percentage

Currently using

26%

Not using but would like to start

44%

Not using, no interest in starting

14%

Unsure

16%

The Importance of Experimentation

To truly harness AI's potential, businesses must:

  • Continuously experiment with different AI tools and solutions.

  • Collaborate with peers, sharing insights and learning from collective experiences.

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AI's Integration in Popular Tools

Many tools that businesses use daily are now AI-powered:

  • Grammarly: Makes writing flawless with its AI-driven grammar checks.

  • Canva: Offers design suggestions tailored to your needs.

  • LinkedIn: Its AI writer aids in crafting impactful posts, though it's still in its nascent stages.

Looking Ahead: The Evolving Landscape of AI

The future of AI is bright and expansive:

  • Giants like Microsoft and Google are integrating AI into search, setting the stage for the next big tech battle.

  • AI's potential as an alternative to manual tasks, from writing to design, is immense.

Likelihood of SMB Investing in AI in the Next 12 Months

Response/Option

Percentage

Less than 6 months

31%

6 months-1 year

40%

1-2 years

19%

More than 2 years

10%

Conclusion

AI's journey in the world of SMBs is just beginning. While challenges exist, the opportunities are vast and promising. It's an exciting time for SMBs to dive into AI, experiment, collaborate, and pave the way for a tech-driven future.


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Sources

An AI Awakening. Constant Contact and Ascend2 (August 2023). Download PDF here.


About the Author

Chris Herbert spearheads Mi6 Agency, emphasizing small business growth and entrepreneurship. On the agency's blog, he offers practical marketing insights and solutions to unique challenges faced by businesses. Herbert advocates for sustainable and responsible growth. His "Rural Entrepreneur Podcast" extends this mission, providing essential advice and experiences for entrepreneurs. He adopts a comprehensive approach, focusing on building sustainable businesses, community engagement, and active participation in entrepreneurial ventures.




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