Harnessing AI's Time-Saving Potential: A Productivity Boost for AEC Marketing Professionals

Team Joist
September 5, 2023
6 min

In today's fast-paced and demanding work environments, professionals everywhere, across all industries, are seeking innovative solutions to optimize their time and increase productivity. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool that has quickly revolutionized how we perform tasks, enabling professionals to focus on higher-value activities, leaving the more nuanced tasks to machine learning. Simply put, we’re figuring out how to do more with less.

Architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) business development teams are no strangers to running lean and maximizing bandwidth and efficiency. Unlike other industry sales and marketing teams, who can leverage an average of 15-25% of their company’s annual revenue towards their marketing budget, design and construction firms are required to meet the same demanding sales goals with budgets closer to 5% of a company’s revenue, making it even more critical to maximize efficiency and stretch bandwidth as much as possible.

In this article, we will explore the significant potential of utilizing AI for AEC professionals and why now is the time to take advantage of this time-saving technology.

 

Automating Routine Tasks

AI automation can significantly reduce the time spent on repetitive and mundane tasks, freeing up time to concentrate on more strategic and creative endeavors. A study by Accenture found that AI technologies can automate up to 80% of repetitive tasks, resulting in time savings of approximately 20% for professionals across various industries [1]. By offloading tasks like data entry and retrieval, report generation, and content searching to AI-powered systems, professionals can allocate their time and expertise to activities that require human judgment and critical thinking—like a capture plan and win strategies. 

 

Intelligent Information Retrieval

Efficient information retrieval is essential for professionals, as it enables quick decision-making and supports their daily tasks. AI-driven tools, such as virtual assistants and intelligent search engines, provide professionals with rapid access to relevant information. For example, a survey conducted by McKinsey revealed that employees spend nearly 20% of their workweek searching for and gathering information [2]. AI-powered tools can significantly reduce this time by delivering targeted and accurate results, enabling professionals to find the information they need in a fraction of the time.

 

Streamlined Communication and Collaboration

Communication and collaboration are vital components of professional workflows, but they can also consume a substantial amount of time. AI-enhanced communication tools, such as smart filters and chatbots, can help professionals create and manage their messages more efficiently. For instance, a report by IDC suggests that AI-driven automation can save professionals an average of 10 hours per week by automating data analysis and other administrative tasks [3]. By automatically prioritizing and categorizing data based on relevance and urgency, professionals can focus on the most critical information, improving their overall productivity.

 

Advanced Data Analysis

Analyzing large datasets and extracting meaningful insights is a time-intensive process. AI algorithms and machine learning techniques enable professionals to process and analyze vast amounts of data quickly. These tools can identify patterns, trends, and correlations that would be challenging to detect manually. According to a survey by the NewVantage Partners, 97.2% of respondents believe that AI and big data analytics have the potential to significantly improve decision-making [4]. By leveraging AI's data analysis capabilities, professionals can expedite the discovery of insights and make data-driven decisions more efficiently.

 

Personalized Assistance and Workflow Optimization

AI-powered personal assistants, such as virtual assistants and chatbots, can streamline and optimize professionals' daily workflows. These assistants can perform tasks such as searching for information, producing content and outlines and providing analytics and reports. A survey conducted by PwC found that 72% of business executives believe that AI assistants help increase efficiency and improve overall job performance [5]. By delegating administrative and organizational tasks to AI assistants, professionals can save significant time and focus on more critical responsibilities that cannot be performed by AI.

 

Conclusion

AI's time-saving potential is substantial for design and construction teams. By automating routine tasks, streamlining information retrieval and communication, facilitating advanced data analysis, and offering personalized assistance, AI enables AEC marketing professionals to maximize their productivity and allocate their time to higher-value activities. As AI technologies continue to advance, the time-saving benefits are expected to grow exponentially, transforming the way professionals work and enhancing overall efficiency in the workplace.

 

Sources:

[1] Accenture, "Rewire for Growth: Accelerating Workforce Transformation with Intelligent Automation”
[2] McKinsey Global Institute, "Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation"
[3] IDC, "FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2019 Predictions"
[4] NewVantage Partners, "Big Data and AI Executive Survey 2020"
[5] PWC, “Why you need to turn your organization’s attention to Artificial Intelligence”