The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) in the realm of advertising and influencing is changing the landscape of the creative industries. Major companies like Amazon, Google, and Meta are encouraging the use of AI tools for ad creation, offering cost-effective and targeted solutions. Now, brands are opting for AI-generated virtual influencers, like Aitana, created by The Clueless agency, which are shaking up the $21 billion content creator economy and worrying human influencers about potential income loss.
- AI-generated virtual influencers are emerging as a cost-effective alternative in advertising, challenging traditional human influencers.
- Meta’s case study shows significant increases in ad recall and decreases in costs with AI influencers like Kuki.
- The rise of virtual influencers signifies a shift in the advertising industry, focusing on efficiency and novelty over authenticity.
This trend, while not entirely replacing human influencers, represents a new direction in advertising that prioritizes metrics and cost-effectiveness. Virtual influencers are seen more as tools for enhancing certain campaign aspects rather than completely supplanting the influencer role. This development illustrates how AI is gradually encroaching on creative industries, taking over the more basic economic functions and setting the stage for further automation in areas traditionally dominated by human creativity and influence.