Generating Coherent and Diverse Slogans with Sequence-to-Sequence Transformer

by   Yiping Jin, et al.

Previous work in slogan generation focused on generating novel slogans by utilising templates mined from real slogans. While some such slogans can be catchy, they are often not coherent with the company's focus or style across their marketing communications because the templates are mined from other companies' slogans. We propose a sequence-to-sequence transformer model to generate slogans from a brief company description. A naive sequence-to-sequence model fine-tuned for slogan generation is prone to introducing false information, especially unrelated company names appearing in the training data. We use delexicalisation to address this problem and improve the generated slogans' quality by a large margin. Furthermore, we apply two simple but effective approaches to generate more diverse slogans. Firstly, we train a slogan generator conditioned on the industry. During inference time, by changing the industry, we can obtain different "flavours" of slogans. Secondly, instead of using only the company description as the input sequence, we sample random paragraphs from the company's website. Surprisingly, the model can generate meaningful slogans, even if the input sequence does not resemble a company description. We validate the effectiveness of the proposed method with both quantitative evaluation and qualitative evaluation. Our best model achieved a ROUGE-1/-2/-L F1 score of 53.13/33.30/46.49. Besides, human evaluators assigned the generated slogans an average score of 3.39 on a scale of 1-5, indicating the system can generate plausible slogans with a quality close to human-written ones (average score 3.55).



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